TMA Connect Live

TMA Connect Live: Shared Interest Video Breakout Chats Sponsored by Ritchie Bros.

Back by popular demand...TMA Connect Live!  These small breakout VIDEO discussion sessions allow you to have more in-depth discussions with members who share common interests. If you’re looking to meet new people in your niche, or professionals who have taken on similar projects, this is your chance to make those connections over things you love most. And because many TMA members say they’ve made lifelong friends at TMA events, we’re also offering some fun topics too! 

There are three distinct types of TMA Connect Live sessions:

Mini Keynote: These TMA Connect Live sessions feature one or more experts who will engage in an interactive presentation.  

Structured Conversation: These TMA Connect Live sessions involve conversations that are structured around a topic. If you see a TMA Connect Live session on a topic that interests you, add it to your schedule and show up with questions or a point of view or a story to share with other attendees!  

Open Forum: These TMA Connect Live sessions are on lighter, human interest topics.  These sessions attract a wide range of attendees and often lead to really fun, engaging discussions. Be prepared to come away with a list of books to read, new hobbies to look into, and new friends and contacts!  

Tuesday, February 23 (all times in CST)

TMA Connect Live: Tech Tips for Virtual Meetings & Social Media (9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Open Forum

From barking dogs to baseball caps during meetings, has working from home forever changed the workplace? We’ll engage in a group chat about everything from virtual meeting dos and don’ts to the right way to use social media to build your personal brand. 

TMA Connect Live: Pro Bono Support in the Post Pandemic World (9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Structured Conversation 

How has COVID-19 impacted your pro bono work? How do you decide where to focus your attention when there are so many areas in need of help? What challenges are you finding in supporting the nonprofit sector? The TMA Chicago/Midwest Pro Bono and Nonprofit Committee chairs will help lead this discussion and invite you to shar stories and experiences you have had helping those in need.  

TMA Connect Live: TMA Awards Winners Circle (11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Structured Conversation 

TMA Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Awards are amongst the most coveted in the restructuring industry.  You are invited to use this rare opportunity to meet with our awards committee co-chairs and hear first-hand about the rigorous process and the diligence review that goes into the gold standard of industry awards.  

TMA Connect Live: Disruption – Is the Game Stop Game Just Getting Started? (11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Structured Conversation 
Will the Subreddit Wall Street Bets or similar social-media inspired activism continue to shake the stock market? How will this type of activism affect well-loved brands on the verge of bankruptcy? Or is what’s happening with Game Stop and AMC just a fad that will fade when the fun wears off? Attend this session to discuss this new brand of social media activism and where you think the next disruption will come from.    

TMA Connect Live: Retail (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

Retail took a beating in 2020. How will retail businesses recover and what can be done to help them along? They can start by embracing technology, such as utilizing payment systems like Klarna to drive revenue. Come prepared to discuss loyalty programs, digital testing of products, and advanced digital training systems and how technological innovations can reduce costs and drive revenue with special guest host Michael Appel, Appel Associates LLC (TMA New York City).  

TMA Connect Live: Innovation 3x5 (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Mini Keynote 

Three speakers. Five minutes each. IGNITING INNOVATION through conversation to get you motivated and inspired. 

TMA Connect Live: Commercial Real Estate (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

How many employers will choose to offer remote work even after the pandemic ends? The shift toward a greater acceptance of remote workforces combined with an unprecedented number of businesses closing has rocked the commercial real estate sector to its core. How will the industry recover? Discuss what the future holds. 

TMA Connect Live: Distressed Investors Tell All (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) 
Structured Conversation 
Why do restructurings fail? Whether it’s in-store or online, the industry’s fate is being hashed out in court. As restructuring professionals, what are the areas you tend to stay away from vs. the ones that interest you? See what other professionals have to say and learn about the distressed investors’ point of view!  

TMA Connect Live: NextGen Power Hour (3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Open Forum 

Engage with TMA’s energized, and always-engaged, NextGen community for this virtual icebreaker challenge where you get to share and compare fun facts that create a new dimension of connection through TMA.

TMA Connect Live: Diversity in Dealmaking (4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

The issue of diversity in the corporate world has taken on increased urgency. Does diversity open more channels for deal opportunities? How do we attract a diverse mix of professionals to choose turnaround and restructuring roles when deciding on a career path? Join us for a candid conversation on one of the most critical issues the world is currently facing. 

Wednesday, February 24 (all times in CST)

TMA Connect Live: Resolutions and Self-Care (8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
Open Forum 

Every January we all make resolutions that we TRY to keep all year long. How is yours going so far? Discuss the self-care strategies that are working for you and learn what others are trying to improve upon in 2021. 

TMA Connect Live: Subchapter V (10:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)
Structured Conversation 

Compare and contrast experiences with those who have been in the trenches of the world of Subchapter V, and discuss and debate what may be next for the small business restructuring solution.

TMA Connect Live: A Global Economy in Flux (10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.)
Structured Conversation 

Restructuring laws and processes are changing in much of the world.  Exchange ideas about globalization and the new dynamics on deal making and cross-border opportunities while engaging with those in-the-know from the United States, Europe, and beyond. 

TMA Connect Live: NOW Power Hour, Women Who Innovate (1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

Join  2021/2022 TMA NOW Co-Chairs  Anne O'Donnell, r2 advisors llc (TMA Rocky Mountain), and Rachel Mauceri, Robinson + Cole LLP (TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington), and other innovative women in the corporate restructuring industry for a lively and engaging discussion. Meet other TMA NOW members and share your own tales of innovation!

TMA Connect Live: CRO War Room (3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 
Sponsored by Ravinia Capital
Are you a Chief Restructuring Officer? Then this is the session for you! Investment banker Tom Goldblatt, CTP, Ravinia Capital (TMA Chicago/Midwest) will facilitate this conversation where you’ll network, connect, and trade war stories with other experienced industry leaders who are on the front lines. 

TMA Connect Live: Chapter Presidents Meet Up (3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

Network with fellow TMA Chapter presidents as you discuss tips, struggles, or successes that you’ve faced during this past year. Invitation only.

TMA Connect Live: How to Read a Networking Room (4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Mini Keynote

Hold ‘em like they do in Texas! From the game table to your next networking opportunity, learn how to read a room and network like a pro. Networking, like a poker table, is about reading others. How should you insert yourself into a conversation? When is it time to move on? How should you follow up? Join Heather Morgan, Ritchie Bros. (TMA Rocky Mountain), to learn how the skills you’ve learned in table gaming can translate into reading people in a networking setting.

TMA Connect: Pets of TMA (4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Open Forum

Did you get a pet during quarantine? Are you dying to show people what your dog dressed up as for Halloween? Discuss and share all things pets with fellow furry friend lovers during this show-and-tell session.  

TMA Connect Live: Side Hustle Share (5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Open Forum 

How do you gain new skills while working full time? What are your peers doing to pick up new skills outside of working hours?  Learn what others are doing and share how you’re making the time to invest in your own personal growth. 

Thursday, February 25 (all times in CST)

TMA Connect Live: Negotiating as an Art Form (10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
Mini Keynote

In business, negotiation skills  are important in both informal day-to-day interactions and formal transactions. Active listening, self-awareness, and brand value are just some of areas you'll explore in this session led by Elayne Greenberg, Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution, St. John's University School of Law. Greenberg has a breadth and depth of experience in dispute resolution and has elevated this to an art form. She is a mediator and conflict management consultant who has developed programs, educated, trained, written and lectured internationally on dispute resolution ethics, innovation and advocacy. Join this session and set yourself up for success in your next deal or negotiation situation!

TMA Connect Live: Crisis Management (11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Mini Keynote

Join Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling, USMC (RET), Author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker,” as he leads what is sure to be a riveting interactive discussion on crisis management, leadership, and decision making. Learn the dos and don'ts from the man was on the ground during our nation’s greatest crisis and hone your decision-making skills so that you’re prepared when it matters most.

TMA Connect Live: Healthcare (12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

COVID-19 has been an unprecedented challenge for our nation’s communities and the hospitals and health care systems that serve them. We’ll discuss which areas we think have been impacted the most as they go from response to recovery. 

TMA Connect Live: Hospitality (12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Structured Conversation 

When will the hospitality industry recover? We know there’s a long road ahead, but some leaders are optimistic, as we’re now seeing restrictions ease when it comes to corporate travel and large sporting events. What are you comfortable with? Join us for an in-depth discussion on the segment that has been hit the hardest by COVID-19. 

TMA Connect Live: #TMADIC 2021 Committee (1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)
Open Forum

Meet the people behind the magic. During this session you’ll get to meet with the 2021 TMA DIC Planning Committee and see if being on a committee in the future is something that interests you! 

TMA Connect Live: Podcasts, Books & Apps (1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)
Open Forum

Have you read a great book recently or listened to a podcast that you couldn’t get enough of? Share what you’re currently obsessing over and maybe you’ll walk away with a new book to read or podcast to listen to. 


*Invitation only

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
(all times listed in PST)
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Registration Opens - VIP
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Joint TMA Executive Board/Board of Trustees Meeting* 

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

Chair's Reception  

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

TMA Conference Pre-Party

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
(all times listed in PST)
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CPC Brunch
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  CPC Meeting*
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  TMA NOW Luncheon 
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  COC Meeting*
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Certified Turnaround Professionals Reception 
1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Joint Networking with SFNet, Women in Secured Finance Committee
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Attendee Lounge 
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  First-Time Attendee Reception 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Joint Education Session with SFNet
5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Joint Opening Reception with SFNet
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. NextGen Late Night 
Thursday, February 10, 2022
(all times listed in PST)
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Attendee Lounge
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Session
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Plenary Education Session
10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.  Networking Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Education Session Breakout
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Education Session Breakout
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Networking Break
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Plenary Education / Keynote Luncheon
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Distressed Desserts Networking Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Education Session Breakout
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Education Session Breakout
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break 
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Turnaround Capital Forum & Networking Reception 
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

Martini Social Hour 

Friday, February 11, 2022
(all times listed in PST)
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Attendee Lounge
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast