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2024 Horton Leadership Forum – with Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell

Thursday July 18, 2024, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT
Metropolitan Ballroom: 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

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Please join us for an executive leadership forum and networking event led by two dynamic speakers, Eric Harkins and Kevin O’Connell. Harkins is well known and admired for his perspective on leadership and is one of the foremost speakers on workplace culture. O’Connell is the head football coach of the Minnesota Vikings and is known for his emphasis on details as the key to success


  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Registration, Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM | Eric Harkins, President & Founder of GKG Search & Consulting
  • 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Break
  • 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | Keynote by Kevin O’Connell, head football coach of the Minnesota Vikings
  • 10:45 AM | Wrap-up



Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell

Kevin O’Connell, Speaker, NFL Player, Head Football Coach of the Minnesota Vikings

At just 37 years old, Kevin O’Connell has played in the NFL, dabbled in broadcasting, and transitioned to head coaching in the NFL, earning a Super Bowl ring as an offensive coordinator and recently completing his second season as a head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Starting his professional career as an NFL quarterback, O’Connell was Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick’s earliest quarterback selection in any NFL draft. Shortly into his first season playing for Belichick, O’Connell recognized his innate desire to coach. Having now worked with a wide range of players, O’Connell is incredibly well-seasoned in both life and career experiences. “He has always used every opportunity to get better, study the game, and improve his own abilities so that he could use that to encourage, motivate, and better those around him,” says his wife, Leah.

Kevin O’Connell ensures that every individual he meets is treated with the same level of sincerity and respect. An incredibly genuine, optimistic individual who helps create a high-energy, united team environment, he understands the characteristics of a coach that are critical to leading a team that wins at the highest level.

Eric Harkins

Eric Harkins, Speaker, Author, Founder of GKG Search & Consulting

After decades spent within corporate America, Eric Harkins is done with assholes. He believes companies that allow leaders like that are doomed to fail. He also believes a leader’s only job is to make sure Monday morning doesn’t suck. Today, as the foremost speaker on workplace culture, Eric is forcing a change within C-Suites across the country.

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