EDchannels Symposium (EDS)

EDchannels Symposium 2024 (EDS)

November 11, 2024, 1:00-5:00 PM 

The EDchannels Symposium (EDS) combines education market training and networking savvy to encourage top management and sales professionals to chart service goals, explore new ideas, and embrace strategies for success. The distributor, independent manufacturer’s representative, and manufacturer community will gather on November 11 for a half-day, preconference to discuss challenges and opportunities to increase sales and profitability in a hyper-competitive business landscape.


EDmarket Members: $26

Nonmembers: $103

Please note that registration is limited to distributors, suppliers and independent manufacturer’s representatives.

EDchannels Symposium content developed by the EDmarket Distribution Council

PART ONE: CULTURE FIRST MINDSET – How Compassion, Connection and Clarity Build World Class Teams

Presented by Joe Schmit

The elite organization today creates an environment where employees enjoy being there, being productive and being valued. This happens ONLY when organizations create an atmosphere of compassion, connection, and clarity. When an organization puts people before profits, success is the by-product. Employees today want three things:

1. To work for a successful company.
2. A chance to grow and advance with the organization.
3. Leadership that truly cares about them and the communities they serve.

Joe Schmit will kick off EDchannels with an inspiring and interactive conversation around how to make everyone realize they are a part of building a World Class Culture where they do amazing work but still maintain a healthy work-life balance. Take the steps to help strengthen and align your culture to a mission where compassion, connections and clarity is valued. When an organization gets the culture right, it results in happier, healthier employees and great customer service.

About Joe Schmit

About Joe Schmit

Joe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, author, and popular keynote speaker. He is a 2019 inductee into the Minnesota Speakers Hall of fame and has earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association. He has won 19 Emmys from the National Television Academy. In 2020, Joe was awarded The Silver Circle designation by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Emmys for extraordinary contributions to the broadcasting industry.

Joe is also an author of three award-winning books “​Silent Impact​” and “​The Impact Blueprint​.”  He recently teamed with Minnesota Twins Legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Mauer to write a children’s book called “The Right Thing to Do.’  100% of the proceeds from this book go to two children’s charities and they have donated books to over 500 elementary schools.

PART TWO: Voice of the Student Panel Discussion


Moderator: Rhonda Ellington, Lone Star Furnishings; Administrator Leader: Allison Ginn, Moore Middle School Principal
Student Panel: 4 Moore Middle School students

Schools are designed, built, and outfitted for students, but those voices are often left out of the conversation when planning and implementing new builds or renovated classrooms. Students play a vital role in fostering a positive school culture and their voices should be at the forefront of conversations about creating ideal placing for learning. Join this panel discussion to learn from the students about their needs during every step of the process — and hear the unique perspective from our most important constituent group on these questions and more:

  • How do students feel about the places in which they learn, socialize, and grow?
  • How does the environment make students feel safe, supported, and connected?
  • How can students be part of solution development?
  • How does the environment impact your sense of belonging?