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2018 Spring Forum
AFLA is excited to offer a new educational opportunity for our members this year. The 2018 Spring Forum will allow registrants to participate in live audiences in Minnesota and New Jersey, or by live-streaming the event through their web browser.

Those attending this event at either of our live host sites will be provided with time for networking with fellow attendees, and will be provided with lunch.

Live Locations


Element Fleet Management
Vehicle Innovation Center
5 Capital Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

New Jersey:

Technology & Innovation Center
2001 Bishops Gate Blvd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Session Live Location Eastern Time Central Time
Think INSIDE the Box: The Key to Effective Cross-Cultural Communications
Natsuyo Lipschutz
Eden Prairie, MN 10:15 AM ET - 11:15 AM ET 9:15 AM CT - 10:15 AM CT
Break 11:15 AM ET - 11:30 AM ET 10:15 AM CT - 10:30 AM CT
Safety Implications of Autonomous Features
Christopher Hart
Eden Prairie, MN 11:30 AM ET - 12:30 PM ET 10:30 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT
Break/Lunch 12:30 PM ET - 1:30 PM ET 11:30 AM CT - 12:30 PM CT
Fleet Impact of Geo-Political Changes in US and EU
David Teolis & Steven Higgs, General Motors
Mt. Laurel, NJ 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET 1:00 PM CT - 2:00 PM CT


Registration is now open, and offer the following ways to participate in this event:

In-Person Attendee (Full day, either location)

  • Member - $60
  • Non-Member - $100

Live-Stream Attendee (Full day)

  • Member - $60
  • Non-Member - $100

Live-Stream Session Attendee 

  • Member - $25/Session
  • Non-Member - $45/Session


Natsuyo Lipschutz

ASPIRE Intelligence, LLC

An award winning speaker, TEDx speaker, 3-time New York district finalist of Toastmasters international Speech contest, certified public speaking coach, strategy consultant, best-selling author, competitive ballroom Latin dancer, mother, and cancer survivor, Natsuyo has been delivering powerful speeches in Japanese and English to the diverse audience. She is also the best-selling author of "The Success Blueprint", co-authored with world-renowned business speaker, Brian Tracy.

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Natsuyo began her career at one of the top Japanese trading companies, ITOCHU International in New York. She then received her MBA degree from New York University, and held a position as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. 

Today she is the managing principal of her own strategy consulting firm, ASPIRE Intelligence, and executive consultant of a global public speaking consultancy, Breakthrough Speaking. Using a multi-layered approach of global public speaking skills, logical thinking frameworks and global team leadership skills, Natsuyo assists her audience to learn how to gain respect and adjust their messages to be heard by different cultures. As a speaker, consultant and trainer, she has worked with American Express, Toyota, Fujitsu, and more.


Christopher A. Hart

Christopher A. Hart was a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2009 until January 2018, having been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. During that time he served as Chairman, Acting Chairman, and Member. He was previously a Member of the NTSB in 1990, having been nominated by (the first) President Bush. The NTSB investigates major accidents inall modes of transportation, determines probable cause, and makes recommendations in an effort to prevent recurrences.

Mr. Hart has also served in senior positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as being Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in addition to serving in a variety of legal position, including being the founder of a law firm in Washington, DC. 

Mr. Hart has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and he is a pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. 

David Teolis

General Motors

David Teolis is Senior Manager of Economic and Industry Forecasting – International for General Motors Company where he is responsible for providing economic analyses, forecasting long-term new vehicle sales, and conducting special studies for the economies of Europe, South America, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, David is responsible for managing the company’s foreign exchange rate forecast process. Prior to his current position, David served for five years as the Manager of European Economic and Industry Forecasting located at the Adam Opel Headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany. He joined General Motors in 1995 as an economist with primary responsibility for economic and industry forecasting for Mexico, and subsequently worked in several finance positions within the company before returning to the economics staff as the Senior Economist for North America.

David is a contributor to the Ifo World Economic Survey and teaches Global Business Economics to MBA students at Lawrence Technological University. He is past-President of the Detroit Association for Business Economics and previously served on the Board of Directors of the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest - Michigan Chapter and as co-chair of the National Association for Business Economics’ Manufacturing Roundtable. David graduated with a B.A. in economics (with distinction) and an M.S. in finance from the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University.

Steven Higgs

General Motors

In Steve’s General Motors career, he has lived in Scotland, Manchester and London within the UK. Steve then relocated to the USA in 1998 as an International Service Employee. In 2002 he was asked to transfer to GM US headcount and along with his wife Kim, nationalized as a full US citizen. Currently, Steve is responsible for global fleet sales, implementing and facilitating internal global best practices, and organizing and developing the interaction between General Motors senior regional leadership and international corporate customers via a global sounding board.


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    Menomonee Falls | WI 53051

    Phone: 414.386.0366 | Fax: 414.359.1671

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