#MeToo, Now what?
Kathleen Quinn Votaw

This engaging and valuable workshop is based on Kathleen’s article, titled: Valuing Sexuality in the Workplace.  Kathleen believes in women and men leading together, however she realizes that man professionals have a #MeToo story of sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace. If women and men don’t resolve these issues together, both parties – and their companies – lose out.

Program Designed For:

  • Executive teams and employees who want to learn the tools to collaborate and address, minimize and -ultimately- eliminate the destructive polarity that disrupts workplace peace, safety, and productivity.

The Audience Will Leave With:

  • Understanding of the boundaries around what is innocent flirtation to one and harassment to another.
  • Provide culturally appropriate words and behaviors that inspire workplaces where everyone feels safe.

Learn tools from role-playing showing how to react to inappropriate comments and behavior in a professional setting.

3 Ways to Invest in Female Leadership…with a (Guaranteed) Return
Presenter: Julie Holunga

Fact: women-led companies perform three times better than the S&P 500. Companies with women in more than 10% of key positions showed a 27% higher return on equity than those with less than 5%. It is essential for women in your company to know what to do to take control of their careers in order to occupy the top 10% of key positions. This conversation is for mid-level female leaders striving to achieve the next level of success and for leaders who want to advance their female talent. Participants receive evidence-based insight and action steps to better invest in women.

5 Techniques for Developing Your Leadership Style
Presenter: Tara Powers

You don’t have to be in management to be a leader. Women at any level of an organization can become an effective leader with the right skills and techniques. What every woman needs to know is that leaders behave differently; they exhibit different behavioral styles. With a greater understanding of these behavioral styles you can improve communications and interact more effectively with other people; even those you find most challenging.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Different leadership styles and the strengths and challenges of each
  • Identify your style and explore the priorities that drive you
  • Find out what motivates your style at work and what stresses you out
  • Understand how your style may impact others
  • Learn to better understand the people you work with
  • Consider ways to continue developing your leadership style

An Undeniable Link Exists Between Leadership and Storytelling
Presenter: Matthew Taylor

What do Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Winston Churchill have in common?

Correct! They’re all great leaders. But, also great storytellers.
Is it luck that great leaders happen to be remarkable storytellers too? I don’t think so.

The most common tread that exists between great leaders, past and present, is simple – an understanding of the irresistible power of story and how to utilize it to connect with people, generate loyal followers, and move people to action.

Leadership has little to do with position and everything to do with behavior. Storytelling is the critical component that, if enhanced, can instantly affect the behavioral performance and success of leaders.

During our time together we will explore what people look for in a leader, and how you can effortlessly illustrate those qualities within you. Combining the ancient wisdom of Aristotle with the insight of modern day thought leaders, participants will gain new awareness, propelling them to think and do differently.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand why story and leadership are so interconnected
  • Understand the science and fundamentals of story
  • Know what people look for in a leader
  • Identify which stories to tell and why
  • Learn how to comfortably reveal the real you, and why it’s critical to do so

Tips and tools you can implement immediately to improve your business storytelling

Are You Mentally Tough Enough to Meet Your Goals?
Presenter: Lauren Danielle Simms

The theory of being At Cause is all about taking ownership of what you can control in your life. Your career doesn’t happen to you, but instead it happens as a result of the decisions you make. In this empowering session, I describe how attendees can remain at cause in their career, instead of “at effect”.

A Woman’s Guide to Leadership: Power, Communication and Credibility
Presenter: Audrey Nelson

This program is about identifying internal and external barriers women confront in leadership and how to triumph above them.  Sheryl Sandberg , the COO of Facebook  is ranked one of Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She suggested in her NY Times best seller, that women need to Lean In. She asks the question why men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in the US. Women became 50% of the college graduates in the early 1980s. A meager twenty-one of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Women hold about 14% of executive officer positions, 17 percent of board seats, and constitute 18 percent of our elected congressional officials. Girls are increasingly outperforming boys in the classroom, earning 57% of undergraduate degrees in the United States and girls graduate with higher GPAs. This is a talent pool that HR professionals cannot afford to ignore or develop.

The Origin of the Rules of Engagement

  • From the Playground to the Boardroom
  • The Seven Most Asked Questions About Gender: Men and Women as Two Distinct Subcultures
  • The Fear of Success Syndrome
  • The Confidence Code

Expanding Your Presence

  • The Twelve A’s to Axe: Ways Women are Socialized that Create Stumbling Blocks
  • How to achieve the Balance of Being Assertive
  • Letting Go of Approval and Affiliation

Smart Talk: Being Heard and Taken Seriously

  • 5 Ways Women and Men Manage Conversation
  • Taking Charge versus Taking Care
  • How Process versus Goal Oriented Talk can undermine credibility
  • Unlocking your Credibility

It is What We Don’t Say that Means A Lot

  • Nonverbal Cues that Enhance Credibility
  • The Top 5 Nonverbals that Undermine Credibility
  • What is Means to “Walk the Walk”

How Leadership is Achieved with Code-Switching

  • What is the Code-Switching Style?
  • How Code Switching is a Blend of Two styles-Masculine and Feminine: A Synergistic Approach to communication
  • How Code Switching is Strong and Soft, Assertive and Straightforward
  • How Code Switching is Flexible and Adaptable

Wrap-Up: Back to Work as a Visible, Credible Employee-Enforce the Opportunity and Success You Deserve

  • Breaking the “He” and “She” Code
  • How to Become Self-Conscious, Self-Aware and Self Monitor Your Communication


Awaken Your Inner Fire
Presenter: Kami Guildner

Are you ready to ignite passion, purpose and meaning into your work and life? Shine a light on your gifts and talents and tune into the part of your work you love most! Kami will help you explore what brings a fire to your life and help you tune into what your heart wants you to know! You’ll jump start your year with a Yes-to-You intention! No playing small allowed! This is your year!

Bold in Business: Resilience Tools for the 21st Century
Presenter: Nancy Sharp

What happens when your employees don’t bounce back from setbacks and disappointments?
In Bold in Business: Resilience Tools for the 21st Century, Nancy Sharp provides the vision and tools to push beyond obstacles toward growth and change. This program is designed for emerging leaders, managers, and executives who understand bold steps today bring extraordinary results tomorrow.

Nancy’s powerful story of loss, gain, and the power of choice guides audiences to learn, laugh, and cultivate the necessary resilience to live bold. Through her interactive and warm presentation style, Nancy leaves audiences with the inspiration and action plan to transform their thinking in business and life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Live the three central questions that drive change every day
  • Discover untapped resilience
  • Welcome diverse, far-reaching opinions and perspectives
  • Demonstrate more flexible thinking
  • Access undiscovered resources
  • Reframe challenges into integrated gains
  • Commit to three, decisive bold steps

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase I: Setting the Stage
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only
Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase I: Setting the Stage
You’ve got a strategic plan or a set of goals. Now how do you bring them to life every day? How do you create the employee touchpoints that will align and focus your organization on achieving the right things in the right way?

This session covers:

  • What to share
  • Who to share it with in what order
  • How to set yourself up to be more successful
  • Demonstrating a winning mindset
  • Embedding strategic thinking in your ways of working
  • How to expose your thinking to align others in making decisions effectively

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life – Phase II: Communicating with Intention
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only
You’ve got a strategic plan or a set of goals. Now how do you bring them to life every day? How do you communicate what is most important and what criteria are critical for decision making? How do you keep everyone focused on what needs to happen and how to achieve your goals?

This session covers:

  • How to communicate successfully (including unsuccessful practices)
  • What to communicate when
  • How to use language to shift mindsets
  • How to measure the progress and effectiveness of your communications

Build Resilience to Ignite Performance
Presenter: Denise Liebetrau

Resilience is that ability to successfully adapt to stressors in the face of adversity.  It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions. It can be learned and cultivated in everyone. We all have stories of resilience, and they can be used to connect authentically. They also help to develop leadership behaviors. Stories of overcoming obstacles can ignite your performance and that of your team. Learn how to use what you have overcome in the past to fuel your future performance and become a better leader.

Building a Conscious Culture
Presenter: Chris Castillo

This session is targeted to business leaders so that they can learn how to build a deliberate culture. While many companies develop cultures as a result of the people they hire, here we will instead discuss why the most successful companies define culture first. We will discuss the attributes of a strong culture and why it’s important for a company to hire and foster it with intention.

Building Unstoppable Teams
Presenter: Meredith Masse

There’s a lot of talk around needing to build productive, high-performing teams who can achieve great results… but how in the world do leaders actually accomplish creating teams that outperform the competition over and over again? Are teams in your organization missing their goals, producing lackluster results, maybe even holding the entire organization back? Want to turn that around and watch outcomes soar?

In this interactive session, learn what it takes to build truly cohesive, effective teams that:

  • Make better and quicker decisions
  • Tap into all members skills/strengths for better results
  • Avoid the pitfalls of politics and confusion
  • Don’t waste time talking about the wrong things or the same topic over and over again
  • Actually create a competitive advantage 


  • Biggest barriers to building teamwork in the workplace
  • The five characteristics of dysfunctional teams – the characteristics to avoid!
  • The five characteristics of cohesive teams – and strategies for building a cohesive and productive team in your organization

And walk away with practical exercises you can take back to help teams in trouble in your workplace.

Business Aikido
Presenter: Glenn Bott

How to turn anything to your advantage.  Taking the skills/attitudes I learned while a research manager at Coors and have developed what I call Business Aikido.  How to establish your vision and then move forward taking whatever the day presents and using it to your advantage.  The predominant question to ask yourself throughout the day is “how can I use this to my advantage”?   Topics include commitments are carved in stone, being impeccable, lateral thinking, self-responsibility.  A sub-set of Drop Your Crutches but I go into more details on the tactics.

Catalytic Vision Crafting for Organizations
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

A comprehensive vision provides the structure within which your team can make magic. Without the structure of the walls, the art would fall to the ground — so it is with vision. A collective vision gets everyone pulling in the same direction and provides a clear roadmap for how to get where you want to go. And visions evolve along with the organization, so it’s important to take a step back and recraft them periodically. Let’s do this together!

This program is perfect for:

  • Project teams and team leaders
  • Executive management
  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses

The audience will leave with:

  • A comprehensive, values-based vision for your team or organization
  • The potential revenue streams that provide value
  • The foundations of messaging and marketing to communicate your solutions with clarity
  • Immediate action steps for implementing the vision

Format: Half to full day live workshop

Change Management – How Effectively Managing Change produces Better Business Results
Presenter: Karen Brown

This program will teach participants the most effective models for change facilitation, employee engagement, retention, and achieving corporate targets, from the newest human behavior research and scientifically proven unconscious mind methodologies. For background, methodologies that engage the conscious mind only comprise 20% of possible results. When unconscious mind methodologies are used, 80% of possible results are achieved.

Value to Audience

  • Identify negative emotions and limiting beliefs about the change
  • Integrate and resolve unconscious conflicts
  • Tap into the change through individual values alignment and cause
  • How to ask effective questions to facilitate all of the above for leverage and velocity through the change

Change the Workplace, Change the World: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Presenter: Renelle Darr

Renelle reviews emotional intelligence (EI), its importance in work and life, and the business case for EI as a threshold competence. Discover how to improve and maintain your own EI so that you can inspire, motivate, and connect with those around you in this engaging and interactive session.

Climbing The Corporate Ladder
Presenter: Bud Bilanich

Good performance is not enough to create a successful and fulfilling career. Participants in this workshop will learn the four keys to a successful corporate career:

  • Clarity of Purpose and Direction
  • A Sincere Commitment to Your Success
  • Unshakeable Self-Confidence
  • A Set of Critical Career Management Competencies

The ideas in this workshop are based on Dr. Bilanich’ book Climbing the Corporate Ladder.

Coach® – Co-Achieving in Leadership, Cooperation and Achievement

Presenter: Tricia Downing

This interactive program is used to help participants reflect on what is important when managing and motivating other people and enable them to clarify constructive ways of supporting and encouraging individuals and teams to accomplish tasks.

  1. Recognize the impact of different types of motivational forces on individual and team performance
  2. Understand thinking and behavioral styles
  3. Increase awareness of the assumptions that are made when motivating individuals and teams.

This workshop is based on research and reporting tools by Human Synergistics


Presenter: Deborah Westcott

In this presentation, coachEQ founder & CEO Deborah Westcott will talk about what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is, the specific ways that EQ can transform the leaders inside your organizations, and how those transformations produce lasting results. Using her 40+ years of experience as a trainer, teacher, and psychotherapist, Deborah will reveal the path to better employee retention, stronger professional relationships, authentic company culture, and an increased bottom line.

Coaching Secrets for Women Leaders
Presenter: Tara Powers

With today’s rapid transfer of information and knowledge, collaboration and teamwork are an absolute necessity. Effective teams have a high level of trust, open communication and a confident leader. This talk will show women professionals what to takes to lead and coach a successful team, keep them on track, and manage the special nuances and challenges that women face as the team leader.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Key strategies women can use to effectively lead a team
  • Common challenges of women leaders – and how to mange them
  • Tips for building trust and strong communication in the team
  • 5 top obstacles to team success – and how to overcome them

Conflict Dynamics Profile™
Presenter: Evan Roth

Conflict is inevitable. It is said that 20-40% of all supervisory time is spent in some form of conflict management.

In work with senior executives and executive teams, The Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) is a superior instrument for both coaching and workshop use. By focusing on the behavioral elements of conflict responses, the instrument effectively identifies specific skills to maintain or develop to enhance both individual and team effectiveness. Rather than focusing on conflict “style”, the CDP offers behavioral descriptions, which provide a much better working surface for development.

Using the CDP will change the way one thinks about and deals with conflict. This tool offers much more than perspective, it provides concrete suggestions to dramatically change the conflict conversation. The CDP provides reliable feedback that can be quickly grasped for immediate action along with the impetus for sustainable change that can be life and career enriching.

In addition to an individual assessment for each participant, workshop attendees will learn about conflict intensity levels, constructive and destructive conflict behaviors, overlaid by active and passive behaviors. Participants also learn about hot buttons or “triggers” for conflict for themselves. They learn pragmatic, applicable steps to de-escalate and shorten conflict situations.

Crucial Accountability
Presenter: Beth Wolfson

Learn how to close your accountability gaps or help others close their gaps by addressing the issue and identifying strategies to keep the commitments.

Culture by Design, Not Default
Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Featuring tools and tips to build positive, dynamic culture that promotes success companywide.

Developing Your EQ
Presenter: Holly Green

What is emotional intelligence, why should we constantly be developing it, and how do we do it? We’ll explore the elements of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills as well as how to develop in all of these areas. You’ll conduct a self-evaluation and learn more about the power of team intelligence. You’ll enhance your abilities to be an observing participant, setting the stage to take advantage of your brain and your abilities to develop stronger pathways to success.

Directing, Delegating & Developing Others
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only
Each of us has a predominant style we use in managing and leading others. The challenge is, that style is not appropriate all of the time. We tend to over apply the style we are most comfortable with and underutilize varying approaches depending on circumstances, competencies and skills of our direct reports.

This session covers:

  • Defining excellence at the individual level
  • Tips on performance documentation
  • Getting to know your employees
  • How to prepare for reviews
  • Knowing when to direct, delegate or develop and how to do each effectively

Diversity at the Top and How it May Improve ROI
Presenter: Michele Ashby

What is emotional intelligence, why should we constantly be developing it, and how do we do it? We’ll explore the elements of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills as well as how to develop in all of these areas. You’ll conduct a self-evaluation and learn more about the power of team intelligence. You’ll enhance your abilities to be an observing participant, setting the stage to take advantage of your brain and your abilities to develop stronger pathways to success.

Don’t Take Yourself out of the Race Before it Starts
Presenter: Julie Holunga

Much has changed since the workplaces of the 1950s (think Mad Men) and even the 1980s (Working Girl). Yet there are still challenges women face:

  • They propose a new opportunity and a colleague jumps in and runs with the idea
  • They are given the “office housework” (the tasks which are of no interest)
  • No one hears them, or listens, when they do speak

This workshop empowers women to take control of their career and stay in the race. Julie focuses on defining a personal brand – who they want to be known as, effective communication, defining and promoting their strengths, and pursuing the right opportunities. Attendees receive five ways to take charge of their careers with intention.

Emerging Leaders: Burn Bright Without Burning Out
Presenter: Jamie Shapiro

Your rising stars are one of your organization’s best assets. But how do you ensure that they burn bright without burning out?

Connected EC Founder Jamie Shapiro was a rising star in the software industry. A classic Type A personality, she had earned an MBA and Masters in IT by the age of 24, and was a competitive triathlete. By the age of 28, she was offered a position as Vice President in which she managed a team of 50 and a $25M budget.

Jamie focused all of her energy and drive on her new role which paid dividends for the company and her career. Soon she was in line for SVP. From the outside, everything looked great. But inside, she was burning out. She gained 30 pounds in nine months and began suffering stress-related health issues. Within one year of her promotion, she felt she had lost herself. She committed to recovering her wellness and began an evidence-based study of the best ways to prepare the mind and body for leadership.

This talk relates what Jamie and her team has learned about cultivating wellness for emerging leaders based on research and experience coaching leaders at Fortune 1000 companies. Participants will learn practices to help them burn bright and go the distance.

Emergenetics® – Meetings of the Minds
Presenter: Evan Roth

Few assessments can combine thinking preferences with behavioral preferences while keeping it simple and understandable.  Emergenetics is one of those assessments.  Based on high reliability and validity, Emergenetics takes advantage of emerging neuroscience to provide an assessment and meeting framework that facilitates business outcomes:  better teaming, collaboration, communication, and self-understanding. The Meetings of the Minds workshop is a talent development workshop that introduces participants to the instrument after they take a confidential assessment that provides them with four thinking and three behavioral preferences.  The “workshop in a box” is one of the best laid out workshops to provide both theory, practice, and relevance all in one half day.  It is a strengths based instrument that helps participants to value their natural preferences while learning to appreciate those who differ from them.


The workshop has been delivered around the world in multiple languages and works effectively across cultures due to the easy to understand topics and graphics that transcend local language.

Emotional Intelligence/Emotional Quotient
Presenter: Evan Roth

Research has confirmed the business and career value of high levels of emotional intelligence.   It is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in an effective and positive way. A high EQ helps individuals to communicate better, reduce their anxiety and stress, defuse conflicts, improve relationships, empathize with others, and effectively overcome life’s challenges.

According to Daniel Goleman, the most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but…they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. Without EQ, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he/she still won’t make a great leader.

There are five components of emotional intelligence that allow individuals to recognize, connect with, and learn from their own and other people’s mental states:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation (defined as “a passion for work that goes beyond money and status”)
  • Empathy for others
  • Social skills, such as proficiency in managing relationships and building networks


In this workshop, participants take the EQI2.0™ assessment, debrief it in a group setting, learn the framework, scales and subscales of emotional intelligence, and then begin their application of the material to their individual development planning. 

Enabling Strategic Agility
Presenter: Holly Green

Are you swift? Can you move fast with focus & flexibility in today’s rapidly changing environment? Have you learned when and how to slow down so you can go fast? And with the almost limitless opportunities surrounding you, do you know what to focus on? It is the greatest paradox of our times. Everything in our world says run! Go fast! But have you ever considered how often you run just to have to do it over? Holly can teach you how and when to slow down so you do it right the first time, getting where you want to go first. It’s not rocket science. It’s harder! What are you waiting for?
In today’s chaotic business climate, strategic agility is your #1 competitive advantage. You will learn and practice how to:

  • Get clear on winning
  • Define, with specificity, what it looks like
  • Determine what you need to do to get there
  • Pause and focus on the right things
  • Move fast with focus and flexibility in rapidly changing markets

This is a hands on session! You will walk away with the insight and drafts you need to complete your strategic framework as well as the guidance and tools for finishing it. You will draft your destination model (your detailed version of success) and get clear on your stakeholders and your value to them.

3 hour to full day working session appropriate at the organizational and/or team levels

Executive Presence (EP) – the X Factor at the Senior Level
Presenter: Evan Roth

We know it when we have encountered it.  Certain executives have more “presence” than others.  They carry their title well.  They are noticed and have an impact when they are in a room.  Researchers do not agree on what executive presence is and in fact, it will look very different from one executive to another.   Why is EP coveted and admired so much?  It seems that those who have it get the benefit of the doubt for the next opportunity and the next promotion.  Followers appreciate leaders who have it.  Even more significantly, those who do not have it do not advance in their companies.  Despite the variation of interpretation, certain key attributes surface from those who have studied it most deeply: 

Gravitas – includes confidence, acting decisively, speaking truth to power, high emotional intelligence, reputation and the ability to project vision.  It is the most important factor in EP.

Communication – includes great speaking skills, ability to command a room and the ability to read an audience.

Appearance – it counts and includes good grooming and attractiveness.

Other experts add character, substance and style.  

Development of executive presence can provide a number of benefits:

  • Increasing influence (driving business results, increasing assertiveness, ability to motivate others)
  • Enhancing “promotability” (higher self-awareness of career limiters, greater authenticity through credibility, Increased political and power structure awareness)
  • Developing communication efficacy (communicating with impact, stronger resonance and connection with others, being better understood) 

Each participant will have completed the EQI2.0™ prior to the workshop to self-assess 15 elements of emotional intelligence.  They will also complete a self-assessment of executive presence elements.  Additionally, they will also have 2-3 articles/models on EP to review.  During the workshop, the group will learn about the various aspects of EP, discuss their EQi 2.0 and EP self-assessment results, work through a case study on elements of EP, and formulate an individualized plan of action to increase their EP.

Exposing Yourself (legally & appropriately of course) to Enhance Your Career
Presenter: Holly Green

Is it important for your career and your success to influence others? …to establish and maintain credibility? Approaches to achieving these outcomes have changed dramatically due to significant shifts in communications, multiple generations at work, and the pace of change we are faced with in today’s world.

This session will use principles of neuroscience to:

  • Help you better understand why and how we think and behave the way we do at work
  • Why others think and behave the way they do at work
  • How you can make your thinking more visible
  • How you can better understand multiple perspectives
  • How you can effectively test your conclusions and assumptions
  • How you can expose the thinking of others to align, engage and move forward together

The session enables participants to better understand some of the instinctual reactions of the brain and provides tools and techniques to visit it more often so that you are engaging and aligning yourself and others more effectively.

1 to 2 hour keynote or session

Additional breakout/workshops include:

  • Over worked, Overwhelmed, Over it – regaining your resilience
  • Developing your EQ
  • A Valid Crystal Ball – hiring the best

Fascinating Truths About Employee Loyalty
Presenter: Heather Younger

This is an interactive speech that mirrors the 7 Laws found in Heather’s best-selling book, The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty. This is meant for supervisors or above, and/or human resources professionals who serve as the coaches to many in management positions. Attendees can expect to be energized by Heather’s talk about what it takes to create truly loyal and engaged employees.

Forget IQ. It’s EQ That Matters (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)
Presenter: Tara Powers

Research shows a strong correlation between success at work and a well-developed Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is widely recognized as a key factor in professional—as well as personal—success. Emotional skills are integral to decision making, empathizing with co- workers and friends, communicating vision to staff, overcoming challenging workplace situations, and staying resilient.

Key Learning Takeaways:

  • Discover the key aspects of emotional intelligence
  • Recognize the behaviors and characteristics of emotionally intelligent people
  • Identify areas where they can apply emotional intelligence
  • Evaluate their own emotional strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Generate action steps for improving emotional and social abilities

“Getting to ‘No’ You”: How to Say “No” When You Need To
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

Are you a “yes” person? It may be good to be the go-to person in your office, community, organization, association, club, etc. and yet…. where does it leave you?

Instead of always saying “yes” to everyone’s requests just so you think they’ll like you or to please everyone, decrease your stress level with a positive “no.”

Dee offers up a frame work for using “no” as a strong communication tool:

  • When you make a snap judgment, and say “yes” right away you give yourself little time to mull over the request, what it entails, how much time it will take, whom you have to confer with, if anyone, and how much of a priority it is.
  • If you do say “no” immediately, explain the reason(s).
  • Forget the “I’ll-try-to-get- it-done” syndrome; finish your top priorities.
  • When “no” is a certain, offer up options that help resolve the situation.
  • Stick to your “no.”

“No” is a powerful though hard word. “No” helps keep you sane, lowers your stress level and gives you self-respect as well as the respect of others.

Harness Accountability: Stop Being “Stuck” and Get Where You Want to Go
Presenter: Sarah Krivel

In your busy work life, juggling multiple priorities, sometimes your best-laid ideas never make it to fruition. You may have every intention of launching an industry-changing product or writing a life-changing book, yet it doesn’t happen. Follow-through on your commitments to yourself and others without working around the clock!

In this focused program, you will learn:

  • The essential elements of maintaining accountability
  • How to avoid staying “stuck,” or worse yet, sliding backwards
  • How to overcome procrastination and perfectionism to stay on track
  • How to prioritize what matters and say “no” to what doesn’t
  • A simple system to follow-through, each and every time


How Do I Occur?
Presenter: Greg Aden

We are all guilty of being unaware at times of how others really perceive us. Often times we would rather not take the time to truly know or we take it for granted that we are perceived as a great leader. Our perception may not reflect the voices of those that we lead.

Reaching out to identify how others truly perceive you is not for the faint of heart. Opening the door to actually reach out to those around you can be terrifying.

Greg will support you, teach you the best process to take the risk of being vulnerable and transparent to those you lead.

“Just Ask” Three Step Process:

  • Attendees will examine how they believe they occur to others.
  • Attendees will find out in real time how others actually believe they occur as each person receives the feedback and input from others.
  • Attendees will experience powerful, personal examination of beliefs and truths.

How I Built a 10,000-Member Team in Three Years

Presenter: Lauren Danielle Simms

Using Personality Types and Leadership Strengths

Are you a lion or an elephant? Are you motivated by recognition or significance? Do you thrive working in groups or independently? Are you an influencer, relationship builder, or strategic thinker?  Your personality influences every part of your life from the moment you wake up, to the first meeting you walk into, until you hop on the final team conference call of the day. Building a thriving team is about recognizing and empowering each personality type with the freedom to express their opinions and strengths.

Lauren Simms shares the exact process she followed for building a 10,000-member team in only three years by using the power of personalities. This message will give you hope, courage, and proven ideas for how to implement the best of ‘you’ for the greater good.

How to Design and Deliver Presentations That Get You What You Want
Presenter: Bud Bilanich

Many people fear speaking in public. Yet strong presentation skills are one of the most important career management competencies one can master. In this session participants will learn a simple five step process for designing and delivering presentations that get them noticed – in the right way. Dr. Bilanich designed this workshop for one of his Fortune 500 clients. He has trained over 3,000 people in this methodology. You’ll walk away from this workshop feeling confident in your ability to design and deliver a compelling presentation every time you are called on to do so.

How to Work With (Rather Than Against) Generational Differences
Presenter: Janelle Coleman

We hear a lot about millennials and their preferred work habits. What about Gen Z? And those baby boomers?! The reality is that our organizations are made up of people from across many generations, and with different talents and preferences. In this session, we help leaders decode the generations and develop strategies for getting everyone working together to help your organization thrive.

In the session, you will:

  1. Understand when generational differences matter (and when they don’t!)
  2. Learn how to find common ground and develop solid working relationships regardless of your differences
  3. Explore solid strategies to get the best out of your mult-generational teams

Influencer – The Power to Change Anything
Presenter: Beth Wolfson

The Power to Change Anything; Learn from the world’s best change agents and over five decades of social science research a model and skills to create behavior changes which results in sustainable changes in your life or organization. 

Innovation Tournaments

Presenter: Jeannie Clinkenbeard

How to lead the energizing process that results in exceptional solutions

Today’s leaders are under pressure to both support the day to day operations AND innovate for the future. Yet we often lack a specific process to do so.  We know we need to stay competitive and valuable – yet we aren’t sure where to start. Learn a process that can jumpstart innovation AND help you and your team focus on the right ideas.

Used by Deloitte and Touche, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and DOW to generate exceptional ideas, INNOVATION TOURNAMENTS are a fun, energizing process that gives voice to the whole team.  They increase employee engagement AND result in great ideas that move the business forward.

In this exciting, hands-on session, you’ll:

  • Identify which type of innovation is the best fit for your company.
  • Participate in an energetic mini Innovation Tournament and see how to generate and evaluate the best ideas.
  • Learn how to quickly draw out and pitch your best ideas

Inspiring Your Team to Act Like Owners
Presenter: Janelle Coleman

In today’s business climate, leaders can’t afford to be coddling employees or trying to convince them to step up and do what’s best for the business. We will help you cut to the heart of employee ownership and free you up to focus on strategy and growth.
In the session, you will:

  1. Explore your team (or organization’s) culture and learn how to diagnose why your employees aren’t stepping up
  2. Identify if and how you undermine your team’s efforts to own it
  3. Understand how to encourage employee ownership and and empower your employees (even when the stakes are high)

International Learning from Sports on the Square Box

Presenter: Kim Carver

After launching 11 television networks globally, hear stories of how different countries responded to different types of sports and marketing tactics. How working with people from all over the world created challenges and great opportunities in that learning.

It’s All In Their Heads: Understanding Neuroscience and the Three Parts of the Mind to Improve Engagement and Productivity

Presenter: Meredith Masse

If you’re a leader focusing only on time management practices, compensation structures, benefits and perks to improve productivity and engagement, you’re only treating the symptoms of low engagement and low productivity. If organizations truly want to cultivate cultures with motivated employees, we have to understand the actual causes and tend the roots to create flourishing business results. This high energy interactive session will get you thinking about solving for the causes not just the symptoms so productivity and engagement will soar!


  • From neuroscience, understand the Three Parts of the Mind – cognitive (skills and competencies), affective (values) and conative (natural talents) – to more effectively assess internal workforce members’ potential for success in individual roles and the organization.
  • Learn to improve engagement and influence higher workforce productivity by more accurately describing what success in a role looks like based on required cognitive skills (experience, competencies and skills), affective motivators (values and beliefs) and conative strengths (natural talents).
  • Learn the ingredients for improving hiring, retention and promotion decisions to get the right employees in the right roles at the right time being able to map ideal candidates’ skills, values and strengths to specific job requirements.

Key Distinctions for the Committed Leader

Presenter: Greg Aden

We all learn in different ways and lead according to beliefs we learned along the way. One irrefutable approach is to compare what is not serving you and others and a comparable to what is good for self, team and organization. Greg will walk through a group of leadership distinctions that he has been coaching with for years.

Explore the following with Greg’s unique process:

  • Process vs. Immediacy
  • Effort vs. Result (Outcome of the effort)
  • Reasonable vs. Unreasonable
  • Appease vs. Serving

Lead from Purpose

Presenter: Zach Mercurio

This powerful session explores the key, research-backed practices of Purposeful Leadership and provides a toolkit to apply them to transform your teams and organizations. With a specific focus on instilling belief in the purpose to compel engagement, unity, and results, leaders will learn research-backed practices to adopt a purposeful leadership approach. Leaders will also leave with a purpose statement that is tied to the organization’s purpose and clear action steps to guide their own leadership philosophy.

Specifically, participants will learn how to: 

  • Keep the human being at the center of the workplace
  • Create and use the language of purpose regularly 
  • Make purpose the “boss” of strategic decision-making, actions, and attitudes

Lead Yourself First to Get What You Truly Want

Presenter: Denise Liebetrau

Think of a really great leader that you’ve met. Is it someone in your community, church, or at work? Often, we think of people other than ourselves as great leaders. To lead others successfully, you first need to lead yourself. And that takes focus and the ability to manage your emotions. Learn how to lead yourself first to get what you want.

Leadership Style – Which Style Fits You

Presenter: Lowell Wightman

A review of 4 popular leadership styles are discussed so that personal leadership profiles can be created as first steps toward defining individual leadership skills and traits.


  • Define and list examples of four contemporary theoretical leadership styles
  • Identify how personal skills and traits match to the constructs of each leadership style
  • Recognize how to apply the four leadership styles


  • Define and list four contemporary leadership styles
  • Discuss where and how the constructs of each style would be applied in business settings as well assist in personal development.
  • Share and discuss case study examples for each leadership style in accounting, finance and entrepreneurial business settings.
  • List and discuss outcomes and action steps participants may take at the completion of the training.

Leading With Your Whole Self

Presenter: Renelle Darr

Teams and organizations are letting 50% of their talent be lost by unwittingly encouraging leaders to show up as an incomplete version of themselves. If people are hiding their weaknesses, hiding their sense of purpose and deeply held values, they aren’t leading to their true potential. Now is the time for workplaces to encourage deep growth and development in the workplace. Renelle will show you how to help leaders show up whole and thus increase overall business performance. It is truly an organization’s overlooked growth strategy.

Link Rewards to Culture for Business Success

Presenter: Denise Lebetrau

Reward programs linked to company culture can drive high performance. Rewards communicate to employees what is important. What metrics define business success? How can employees impact those metrics? How do your managers talk about rewards and performance with your employees? Company culture is every bit as important as a paycheck to your employees. Does their definition of your company culture match your definition?

Live Well, Lead Well – Whole Body Leadership

Presenter: Jamie Shapiro

Being a leader requires a constant stream of energy. We are faced with continuous demands from the business, people, personal obligations, travel schedules, and there is constant pressure to be “on.” How do we make sure that all the energy we put out for others doesn’t deplete us? How does health impact your performance and leadership ability? Why do we allow health to often take a backseat to other imperatives? Vitality is the typically overlooked foundation for all leaders and needs to be reprioritized for leaders. The model of driving yourself into the ground is not sustainable and certainly not the future of our companies. In order to be at our best, we need to bring our whole selves to our leadership. Come learn in this session the connection between how we lead from within and the impact it has on how we lead others.

During this session you will:

  • Get connected to your vision for health and learn why it is so essential for resonant change.
  • You will leave with more knowledge around nutrition, practical mindfulness, stress management and connected leadership.
  • Gain new tools and ways to make changes right away that impact your personal health, leadership, team and organization.

Master Coach and Mentor – Valuing Your Emotional Intelligence

Presenter: Lowell Wightman

Individuals who are looking for clarity between their role as a coach and mentor should attend as well as those currently in leadership roles that ask them to be a coach or mentor. Also individuals whose advancement is enriched by assuming a coach or mentor role should attend. Defining the roles of a Master Coach and Mentor sets the foundation for integrating Emotional Intelligence theory into behaviors needed to be effective mentors and coaches.


Participants will be asked to understand the definitions for Master Coach and Mentor as they compare and isolate where the two definitions intersect. In addition participants will discover circumstances when and where the role of coach and mentor may be interchangeable.


  • Define Master Coach and Mentor Roles in a business setting
  • List and discuss the differences between the role of a Master Coach and Mentor
  • Define Emotional Intelligence and its relevance to being a coach or mentor
  • Outline how Emotional Intelligence is the adhesive that draws coaching and mentoring roles together.

Master Magnetic Persuasion
Presenter: Traci Brown

The most successful people in the world have one thing in common. They can use their body language to be extraordinarily persuasive. And these skills can be learned.

In this hands-on program, dive deep into Strategic Body Language ™ and words for unconscious persuasion. Walk out flexible in your communication so you can direct any conversation and easily reach agreement.

You Will:

  • Become the leader in any sales situation and close the deal
  • Become the magnetic leader people are compelled to follow
  • Elegantly turn the toughest customers around and retain them
  • And get your kids to behave

When You:

  • Use strategic body language to unconsciously guide any situation
  • Make sure you’re sending the right unspoken message
  • Know behavior is really created
  • Use special Magic Words and Phrases to easily persuade anyone
  • Instantly profile others and speak their language

And the Great News is that This Talk Will Teach You How!

Bonus:  You’ll learn to talk your way out of a traffic ticket when you get pulled over.  Traci’s system has helped hundreds of people get out of tickets

…and you’re next!

Meet the Modern Learner: Implementing the 3Rs of Modern Learning for Higher ROI on People Development
Presenter: Meredith Masse

Were the training programs in your organization developed using traditional classroom methods? Well, meet the Modern Learner whose development needs can’t be touched with your mother’s (or grandmother’s!) old fashioned tactics. Does training in or organization need a reboot? Ask yourself: How many of the learners in the company remember more than 70% of the knowledge and skills taught during training? And how many of those people actively change their behaviors in the workplace to increase their productivity and effectiveness after their training sessions? Chances are, very few participants upped their game to the level of the organization’s learning objectives. Why? Because study after study reveals that one-shot learning events produce lower return on development investments. For real, “sticky” adult learning to occur that will lead to performance improvement, new knowledge, skills and behaviors must be practiced regularly and over time.

Reinforcement of training topics that encourages on-the-job practice, then, is key. Only 10% of what we learn is from what we are taught using traditional lecture methods, 20% from social-based learning methods (talking with others to work through problems), and 70% comes from direct experiences and practice in realistic settings (Bersin, 2013). Reinforced learning represents that 70% and can actually boost retention to 90%.

Does training in your organization need to deliver more value to learners and to the company? This high-energy session will cover the trouble with traditional training, why it no longer works for modern learners and the 3 Rs of Modern Learning attendees can start to implement to gain measurable effects on training and development ROI.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase understanding of the strain between the human brain’s capacity for learning and remembering versus what we know about the Forgetting Curve and its impact on training ROI
  2. Dissect how modern learners learn and why traditional training no longer works for this audience and must evolve meet the changing demands of our workforce in order to meet learning objectives and increase employees’ effectiveness and productivity.
  3. Be able to implement the 3 Rs of Modern Learning to create a training revolution in any organization that improves training effectiveness, knowledge and skill retention through training reinforcement, and mastery of new behaviors through guided practice.
  4. Demonstrate the 7 pillars of reinforcement that need to be addressed in a good development program to achieve an impact on the organizational strategy.

Mental Conditioning Methods & Strategies for Executive Excellence
Presenter: Lowell Wightman

This course is designed for those who strive to improve on a daily basis and yet monitor their environment in order to improve others and gain new insights; Participants who desire to manage daily distractions and stressors should consider attending. Participants will be given definitions for mental conditioning and mindset management. The course will provide practical strategies and methods for mental toughness, resiliency, and time management suited for the accounting and finance professional.


  • Apply definitions for Mental Conditioning and Mindset Management to weekly planning processes
  • List obstacles and distraction that diminish human performance
  • Practice applying mental conditioning skill
  • Apply mindset management strategies to specific behaviors
  • Write a 30 day mental conditioning strategy


  • Provide examples of Mental Conditioning and Mindset Management application
  • List strategies and methods for improving Executive Excellence
  • Impact of positive mindset on individual and team productivity
  • Improve a culture without diminishing human performance

Mentoring Matters: Make it Work
Presenter: Lori Bachman

Have you ever had that funny knot in your tummy when your boss asked you to mentor someone at work? Did you want to hide in the nearest restroom?

Business culture requires that we mentor others, but mentoring need not be scary, awkward or a ‘check the box’ chore. Lori Bachman’s unique workshop provides a way to make game-changing mentoring possible for you and your team. Inspired from her book, MentorShift – Four Steps to Improve Leadership Development, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer, Lori crafts a dynamic path to effective mentoring – one that creates bottom line results for your company and a strategic win for you.

Millennials – Why they are Your Best Friend, Not The Lazy, Entitled Enemy
Presenter: Karen Brown

Millennials are the future workforce, taking hold in today’s business-world. We are all touched by them and tend to categorize as lazy and entitled. This program takes a deeper look at this highly maligned group, providing factual data and how to utilize them for maximum value in an organization, regardless of size. Millennials are your new best friend.

Value to Audience

  • Learn how millennials really work and what drives them (and stops them)
  • How to harness and leverage this incredible group for maximum, mutual benefit
  • The vast benefits of and how shift your mindset and leadership of millennials.

More than One Way to Influence: The Power of Influencing in Both Masculine and Feminine Ways

Presenter: Caroline Turner

Do women want power? Yes, says the research. Does the average woman define power differently than the average man? Yes. Are there many ways to influence (get someone else to think like you want them to or do what you want)? There are both masculine and feminine styles of influencing.

Participants will develop appreciation of feminine as well as masculine styles of exercising power and influencing – in men and women. This gives participants more tools – and an appreciation of those who view power and influence differently than they do. Appreciating the styles of others increases engagement – and therefore improves results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of masculine vs. feminine ways of viewing power, exercising power, and influencing others.
  • A fact-based review of how leveraging the strengths of both masculine and feminine approaches can increase engagement and business results.
  • Skills to employ both feminine and masculine ways of exercising power and influence for greater effectiveness.
  • Tools to appreciate both styles to create teams and organizations of inclusion.

Neuro-Leadership: Effective Leadership for Today’s Businesses
Presenter: Karen Brown

The true test of leadership is effectiveness. Are you and those you lead achieving their goals? Could you achieve more, with velocity and ease? This program reveals the latest scientific findings for highly effective leadership, called Neuro-Leadership.

Value to Audience:

  • Understanding of Neuro-Leadership, and its massive effectiveness in today’s business culture
  • How to implement Neuro-Leadership in your organization
  • How to increase employee engagement, retention, individual and team performance, revenue and cash flow through Neuro-Leadership

Ouch! That Hurts: Dealing with Difficult People
Presenter: Audrey Nelson

You may call them inhuman resources. They are difficult people. Dealing with them is a challenge and often leads to feelings of hopelessness and frustration. This presentation will identify tactics for disarming games and contentious tactics including manipulation, blame, sabotage and bullying will be emphasized.


  • What are the payoffs for being difficult?
  • Don’t Be the Hot Reactor
  • The Seven Principles to Keep in Mind
  • The targets for change: other, system and self
  • Aiding and abetting: contributing to the success of the difficult person
  • Assertive persistence: disarming games
  • Nice people make me nervous: what’s really behind that smile
  • Standing your ground: Don’t be a doormat
  • How to take care of yourself when dealing with difficult people
  • Moving through unfinished business

Our Brains & Leading Others – Achieving Performance Excellence, the Basics
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only

Do you ever wonder if you’re crazy? You are sure you communicated expectations and were clear in what needed to get done, but it didn’t happen? Well, don’t worry, you’re normal. And you can become much more effective at leading humans by practicing some core behaviors consistently.

This session covers:

  • Gaining self-awareness (a leadership self-assessment is provided)
  • What the different generations in the workplace want at work today
  • The key indicators of successful cultures
  • How to remove barriers to winning attitudes and actions
  • What and how to communicate
  • Basic feedback pointers (including both positive and constructive)

People Skills and the Art of Managing Highly Productive Relationships
Presenter: Bob Heavers

Enrich your life … Live and work more successfully by treating others the way they want to be treated.  Discover the four Social Styles and the key characteristics that lead to understanding yourself and others better.  Inspire others and take the mystery out of stressful relationships by turning them into relationship assets.

Play the Part, Get the Role
Presenter: Julie Holunga

A study of Fortune 500 female managers found that more than 50% of the women surveyed reported “they felt outnumbered and have difficulty reading the room, were uncomfortable with conflict, and had trouble articulating their views was due to timing rather than emotions.” In today’s fast-paced work environment, the language women use can be a key factor in the impact and influence created with colleagues and clients.

This workshop helps women learn when and how to speak up, how to decipher weak vs. strong language, identify strengths to build confidence, take control of their career, and drive their personal image toward the future.

Positive Mindset. Positive Behaviors. Positive Results.
Presenter: Heather Younger

This presentation is meant to inspire audiences to think differently about adversity, or what was previously thought of as barriers to success. Heather walks the attendees through a verifiable case study of overcoming adversity. She guides those present to move out of their own way, creating break through thinking and helping to transform mindset and results.

Pound Signs vs Hashtags: Recognizing Generational Differences
Presenter: Victoria Gaulrapp

Often when we hear the term “diversity” we think of cultural or ethnic differences. Language barriers or even religious beliefs may come to mind. But how often do we think of different generations – generations we most likely work with on a day-to-day basis? Have we stopped to consider the multigenerational workforce that exists today and the challenges we are faced with?

Pound Signs vs. Hashtags: Recognizing Generational Differences discusses the different generations present in today’s workforce and what characteristics each generation identifies with. We will review generational influencers, sources of conflict and behavioral styles, and offer recommendations to motivate multi-generation colleagues and encourage teamwork.

Understanding the generational melting pot we are immersed in will improve communication and help organizations leverage the strengths that each generation offers. This will become increasingly important in terms of the ever-changing socioeconomic factors we are faced with. Learners will be more confident when communicating with people of different generations allowing more opportunities to thrive in the workplace.

Presentation Tools and Techniques for Your Success
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

How do you feel when you have to give a presentation? Every professional at one – or multiple times – in his/her career has to give a presentation whether it’s to a Board of Directors, staff, conference, meeting, or potential clients/prospects. What you say is important and it’s also how you say it that sticks with your audiences.

Dee gives you invaluable tools, tips and insights that help you plan and organize your presentations, plus educate, enlighten and engage any audience. Learn how stories impact your message, magnify your points, and stick with your audience.

Understand how your non-verbal language also complements your message:

  • Voice inflection
  • Body movements
  • Facial expressions
  • Posture

Recruitment as a Sales Process
Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Outlining steps for a recruiting sales process that boosts awareness, improves offer acceptance rate, increases retention, enhances employee engagement, creates a competitive edge and improves the bottom line.

Remove the Hidden Barriers to Your success – It’s Not What You think!
Presenter: Karen Brown

This presentation is geared toward C-suite and top-level leaders, who are motivated to find new and better ways of doing things. Audience members will learn the difference between conscious and unconscious mind, the vast power of tapping into the unconscious mind that top performers use, and the opportunity to resolve the “blind spots” within it, which ultimately block higher levels of success.

Value to audience

  • Audience members learn how the unconscious mind drives all learning, behavior and change
  • Awareness of “blind spots” that are hidden barriers to success and techniques to resolve them
  • Leadership take-a-ways: Called Unconscious Mind Keys, audience members come away with powerful tools to achieve greater results themselves and impact those they work with.

Resilience Rx: Boldly Push Beyond Challenges & Thrive
Presenter: Nancy Sharp

What’s the cost to you and your business of diminished resilience? Imagine fostering bold and empowered teams who tackle challenges small and large. No matter where your people stand on the spectrum of resilience, they will leave this program with the awareness, confidence, and concrete tools to move past obstacles in business and life. Simply put, they will gain the clarity to embrace change by acting with resilience and boldness.

Participants discover:

  • What it means to be resilient
  • The Resilience Framework™
  • How to ask and answer the three driving questions needed to summon resilience from “The Framework”
  • The ability to use resilient language to break through barriers
  • How to apply the four foundational pillars of resilience from “The Framework”: self-awareness, empathy, reasoned decision-making, and the willingness to grow and change
  • Specific steps to put into action to rise above challenges

Selling through Your Presence
Presenter: Amy Reczek

You have your pitch and your product down.  What about your presence?  Someone’s impression of you is subconsciously decided within the first few seconds of seeing you.  This includes deciding if they will do business with you or not.  Let’s close the deal a bit differently than most and create a client for life.  Leading authentically with presence, tweaking the pitch to present solutions, then showing the product will increase sales and create relationships.

SHIFT HAPPENS! Leading Compassionately Through Times of Turbulent Change
Presenter: Meredith Masse

An organization’s sustainability is rooted in its capacity to transform. Do your organization leaders pay attention only to the process and systems side of change? Do individuals in your organization simply react to change or proactively plow paths through times of transition to promote a fruitful competitive edge? In this engaging session, we’ll tackle understanding the people side of change! Change will continue to the be new normal and the rate of change will only continue to speed up as technological and other advances influence the world around us. As employee experience leaders who are perfectly poised to plant and water the seeds of the people side of change, participants learn how to influence change, and the people involved, more effectively and to minimize the collateral damage inevitable with any new internal initiative.


  • Understand the difference between change and transition and how to drive and influence both for positive fruitful results.
  • Understand the neuroscience of change in order to guide and lead people successfully through change process.
  • Take away the essential elements in a successful change management strategy that you can apply immediately to improve internal results.
  • Learn the most common barriers to accepting change to support leaders, managers and employees embrace change positively to produce better business outcomes.

Shoot the Moon
Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Featuring perspective, inspiration and motivation from a peer CEO who understands the daily challenges executives must face.

Spiral Leadership: Fostering Individual Creativity to Build Innovative Organizations
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

Healthy, dynamic organizations must “innovate or perish,” but when innovation is treated as too risky, it can be difficult to cultivate a culture of innovation. Luckily, organizations and teams are made up of humans who are innately innovative beings. In this talk, we’ll bring the human element to innovation, helping leaders leverage their most powerful assets, the complex humans on their team.

This program is perfect for:

  • Executive leadership
  • Management at all levels
  • Team leaders
  • Human resources professionals

The audience will leave with:

  • A practical understanding of the individual Creative cycle
  • The difference between team/organizational cycles and individual cycles and how to integrate them
  • How to build in safe spaces for innovation to flourish without being seen as “high risk”
  • How to convert individual creativity into an innovation-open organization

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote, available as a webinar

Story Telling is What Brings Authenticity to Leadership
Presenter: Kathy Lawless

Sharing stories, real, meaningful, and impactful stories, builds trust, confidence and connections. Most people are more open to hearing stories that are relevant to what they are going through then listening to advice about what they should do. Hearing someone else’s real life experience (aka story) about what worked or didn’t work is far more useful then hearing what someone else thinks you should do. Someone who may never have gone through what you’re going through or even tried their own advice.

Learn how powerful and inspiring your stories can be. When they are most impactful and which ones seem to connect the most (you might be surprised!).

This session is based on Kathy’s experience over two decades as a leader in corporate, non-profit and consulting roles. She shares stories that impacted her career, decision making and various ah ha moments, while infusing learnings from Dr. Brene Brown, research professor, author and speaker on vulnerability, and Patrick Lencioni, author and speaker on overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Valuable Take Aways:

  • Why story telling makes you more authentic as a leader
  • How and when to tell your stories
  • Which stories are most impactful
  • Techniques for using story telling to build trust within your teams and relationships

Stress Management for Women Leaders: You Can’t Just Lean In
Presenter: Jamie Shapiro

Despite great strides in gender equality in the US, only 17% of our senior leaders are women. Those who do make it into leadership positions report higher degrees of stress than their male counterparts. This is a problem not just for the women leaders themselves, but for the organization as a whole.

A recent study showed that women are better suited for leadership than their male colleagues when it comes to clarity, innovation, support and targeted meticulousness. When we fail to develop and retain women leaders, we create organizations that are less capable.

Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to look within and lean in. But to break through the glass ceiling and continue to lead long and strong, women leaders need more than grit: they must develop ways to manage their stress so that they can go the distance.

Too many women leaders push themselves to exhaustion—both at work and at home. Like a duck that glides gracefully across the water, its progress may seem effortless to the observer, but just under the surface there is a frenzy of paddling.

This talk introduces women leaders to stress management practices suited specifically for them. It addresses ways to incorporate exercise, rest and recovery in a busy schedule, nutrition to build energy and a variety of relaxation techniques. Participants will walk away with clear ideas of how to manage their stress effectively so that they have more energy to lead and live fulfilling lives.

Take the Bully By the Horns (and Never Be Bullied Again)
Presenter: Lori Bachman

Are you dealing with someone who delights in making your life difficult? Do you have to “talk on eggshells” around this person because you never know what might trigger a tirade? Do you have a co-worker who cuts you down to size and then claims they were “just kidding?”

Are you happier when you’re NOT around this person?

Welcome to the bully club. Bullies are people who abuse the rights of others in order to control the situation and the individual(s) involved. Sound familiar? Lori promises to share realistic (vs. idealistic) suggestions on what you can do if a workplace bully has targeted you. If you’re dealing with a controller or manipulator, it doesn’t help to hear a platitude saying you should assert yourself. You want to know, “HOW can I assert myself? WHAT exactly can I say? What if that’s thrown back in my face?”

In Take the Bully by the Horns you will learn how to:

  • “Do The You” and hold bullies accountable for dark remarks
  • Put all kidding aside (and cease the tease once and for all)
  • Act on (vs. act out) your anger so you don’t suffer in silence
  • Be positively intolerant and adopt a “Don’t you dare” attitude
  • Refuse to play the blame-shame game or buy tickets for guilt trips

Lori shares specific “Samurai Strategies” you can use to banish the bully in your life or at least minimize their damage. You’ll learn how to convince that bully (whether it’s a boss, co-worker, customer, or stranger) to cease and desist.

Lori offers either a one-hour presentation or a two-hour interactive workshop.


The 4 Keys to Influence
Presenter: Krystal Covington

Increase your influence and credibility to become more powerful, successful and impactful.

  • Learn tools for projecting a strong presence that reflects greater leadership and attracts higher level business opportunities.
  • Build your credibility by creating a strategy to become known as an authority in your field.
  • Create a trusted reputation as a business professional, leader and employee.

The Anatomy of Culture
Presenter: Kim Carver

A presentation of how culture can affect your bottom line, the health and well-being of your company and employees.

The Art of Negotiation
Presenter: Kim Curtis

Women are some of the greatest bargain hunters of all time—especially when it comes to using coupons. However, absent a coupon, they often settle without even trying to improve the deal. Men negotiate better starting salaries, time off, car deals, executive packages, perks when switching to a new job, moving allowances and more. Men ask. Women don’t. Men counter- proposes. Women take the offer. Even with smaller negotiations regarding social plans, household priorities, and sharing what they really want, they struggle.

The Brand of You: Igniting Your Presence, Purpose and Profile as a Thought Leader
Presenter: Kami Guildner

How are you playing small? Kami will help you connect to your personal and professional brand and give you a road map for showing up in the world. You’ll leave behind the self-doubts and open up to the wonder of who you are at your best and how you want to matter. She’ll give you real world tips on how to play a bigger game and up-level what you’re putting out into the world, so you are seen, heard and making an impact leading the change you desire.

The Career Path
Presenter: Kim Carver

The career path isn’t always straight forward and learning how to navigate it takes some practice. Learn how to put your career on the path you have always wanted and how to adjust when your life and goals change.

The Changing Art of Women in Leadership
Presenter: Kami Guildner

Women have been shapeshifting who they are in leadership roles for years to fit into a man’s world. Times are changing. A new leadership paradigm is unfolding making way for leaders to embrace and embody a more graceful, heart-based, wisdom infused way of leading. Leadership guided by seeing, feeling and connection. The world is ready. Kami will show you how to unleash the feminine leader in you, so you can shape the companies and cultures of leading. Leadership guided by seeing, feeling and connection. The world is ready. Kami will show you how to unleash the feminine leader in you, so you shape the cultures and companies of our future.

The Evolution of the Workplace: Creating a Culture of Meaning & Purpose
Presenter: Renelle Darr

Renelle will bring you up to speed on human development paradigms, conscious leadership, and “Teal” (next-generation) organizational models. you’ll gain ideas on how to help your people bring their whole selves to work and as a result, improve your organization’s performance.

The Fine Art of Building Business Relationships and Expanding Networks for Leaders and Emerging Leaders

Presenter: Debra Fine

“A desk is a dangerous place to view the world” John le Carré Author

Join Debra Fine for her informative, entertaining and interactive: The Fine Art of Building Business Relationships. Leaders learn the technical skills required for career success, often overlooking the importance of conversation and rapport building skills. The ability to talk easily with anyone is a learned skill, not a personality trait. Acquiring it will help develop rapport within organizations, raise visibility and create liaisons with the community at large and leaving a positive impression that lasts longer than an exchange of business cards. In the competitive world of business more emphasis is placed on developing personal business relationships than has been expected in the past. The leader who avoids opportunities to meet new people or whose conversation is frozen by these meetings will limit themselves professionally as well as personally.

Keynote program or training workshop attendees will gain the tools to:

  • Strike up conversations and keep them going
  • Master introductions and remember names
  • Come across as composed and self-assured when talking to people or entertaining clients at conventions, trade shows and other work related functions
  • Develop rapport with stake holders.
  • Become an “active” listener
  • Overcome communication barriers
  • Handle awkward situations
  • Come up with topics to discuss
  • Avoid conversation “killers”
  • Prepare for successful conversation
  • Exit conversations with grace
  • Feel more at ease at award receptions, banquets, receptions and networking events

The Guiding Write – How to Direct and Navigate Your Readers Every Time
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

Writing is still an art. With the invasion of e-mails, Twitter and text messages, writing complete, comprehensive, concrete and clear sentences make your points stand out above your competition.

Dee highlights back-to-basics tools on writing sentences that both your internal and external readers understand and gain from your information. Good grammar, punctuation and syntax are your guides to getting your readers to appreciate your information in both business and technical writing. Save time, save money and boost your bottom line with well-written and well-received written documents from e-mails to proposals, from memos to newsletters, or from instructional documents to cover letters: good writing is your readers’ and your best friend.

The Innovation Advantage: The Ultimate Key to Meaningful Business Growth
Presenter: Amy Simpkins

Innovation is for tech geeks, for venture-backed startups with millions of dollars at their disposal, and for a select few gifted visionaries, right? Wrong. If you are solving problems for people, you are an innovator, no matter your job title or industry. If you can embrace that title, you can access a whole innovation skill set already latent within you in order to more deeply serve your clients, differentiate yourself, make a stronger pitch, drive more business, make sure you are nourished as a person or team, and yes, change the world.

This program is perfect for:

  • Executive leadership
  • Product teams
  • Microbusinesses and solopreneurs

The audience will leave with:

  • An innovator’s mindset, enabling them to approach work with curiosity and confidence
  • The innovation method that links the individual to the team to the technology, enabling whole-person involvement in the business building process
  • A renewed connection to clients, so they can provide truly valuable products and services
  • A sense of peace in the present moment, while still maintaining the drive to move forward.

Format: 45-60 Minute Keynote, available as a webinar

The Path to Visionary Leadership: The Missing Link of Wellness
Presenter: Jamie Shapiro

Participants in this workshop will take a deep dive into the three levels of leadership and core dimensions that run through all three. We focus on the most essential elements of nutrition, physical fitness and training of the mind so that participants can begin making high impact shifts that lead to visionary leadership.

Connected EC was founded on a scientific approach to leadership. Conventional wisdom or intuition about what makes for great leaders is not good enough; we sought to develop a reliable model that can move the needle for anyone who wants to become a great leader.

We waded through an overwhelming amount of data and published studies to discover some surprising and powerful missing links.

First, the pinnacle of great leadership is actually the culmination of three progressive levels of mastery:

  • Vital Leaders who lead by example and force of will.
  • Empathetic Leaders who are able to facilitate the growth and contributions of other individuals on their teams.
  • Visionary Leaders who are able to inspire organizations and communities to action and innovation. This calls for the capacity to inspire.

Second, vitality is the typically overlooked foundation for all leaders. High levels of stamina, adaptability and focus are necessary to sustain the drive necessary to lead at all levels. Executives need to cultivate wellness in the way professional athletes do, with personalized nutrition, physical fitness and training of the mind.

Third, developing just three core elements of vital leadership creates a clear and simple path to becoming an empathetic and visionary leader. It’s about building on and expanding what has already been learned.

The Power of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
Presenter: Heather Younger

This talk is for supervisors and above and is full of stories where leaders exhibited great emotional intelligence with their people — and when they did not. The results are staggering! Attendees will learn about understanding the role of empathy, self awareness and the role that their verbal and non-verbal communications play in curating a masterful employee experience, or NOT. Attendees will laugh and cringe through what Heather presents as a compelling case for all leaders to take their emotional intelligence seriously.

The Power of Language: Creating Action through Words
Presenter: Sandra Ford Walston

When we communicate effectively, listening as well as speaking, we can intervene in and reshape the world in which we live. Language determines the way you think, act and interact with those around you. Critical to effective communication is to understand the use of linguistics and how the words that we use create our reality, and how those words enhance the welfare of everyone you contact. Words are also a means to get people to do things for us, endear ourselves to people, make people like us, buy our services, or countless other motivations that reap both positive and negative results. Wouldn’t you like to refine your communication finesse by learning how your words create your reality, and how certain words (“acts”) move people to action? This program is based on being a Newfield certified coach for over 23 years.

Learning Objectives:

  • How do you become an “observer” of your language skills to gain clarity and objectivity?
  • Why is it critical to insert the 5 linguistic speech acts to command action while speaking?

The Power of Mentoring to Create Diversity and Inclusion
Presenter: Lori Bachman

Look around your workplace. Does everyone look and act the same? Do those climbing up the corporate ladder have to “fit the mold?”

Or… is your workplace a beautiful array of color, talent, and imaginative skill sets?

If not, it’s time to mentor intentionally. You can be part of losing those glass ceilings and invisible barriers that still exist in many organizations.

Diversity training is often not enough. Employees leave those sessions knowing more about diversity, but lacking tools to create a more intriguing culture. Lori Bachman uses principles from her MentorShift process to help you and your team:

  • Mine talent you might not have been aware of before
  • Create effective one-to-one mentoring relationships with individuals you’ve never imagined
  • Talk about the “real stuff”
  • Grow diversity from within
  • Sustain that diversity through “mentoring that multiplies”

The Presentation Transformation
Presenter: Jeannie Clinkenbeard

The art and science of exceptional presentation design

Do you struggle with how to present data and information in a way that influences your team, your clients, and your senior leaders?  Not confident giving project updates or client proposals?

You don’t have to be a natural born presenter to deliver a compelling presentation.  At the heart of every great presentation is exceptional design.  And you can learn exceptional design!   I’ll share a simple method that’s repeatable and audience – centric. You’ll drastically shorten the time it takes you to design your presentations, AND it focuses on what your audience needs to hear.

 In our time together, you’ll get a presentation planner and hands-on practice as you: 

  • FOCUS on a small # of BIG ideas
  • GIVE your audience what they need to take the action you want them to take
  • CREATE an outline in half the time

 Those who master communicating through presentations rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn ideas into groundswells. Become one of them!

The Purpose Advantage: Inspire Lasting Results Through the Power of “Why”
Presenter: Zach Mercurio

Description: Through vivid storytelling, powerful case studies, and cutting-edge research, Zach shows how individuals, teams, and organizations in any industry can transform when purpose is discovered, clarified, and instilled.

In this compelling session, participants will learn…

1. The science of purpose and its business case
2. The key research-backed practices to build an organizational culture that cultivates mattering and significance
3. How to craft a compelling organizational purpose and infuse it in everyday work to produce results.

The Unmined Potential of the Worker Bee
Presenter: Chelley Canales

When the value of employees is limited to their abilities to simply keep the wheels turning, they may burn out from lack of creativity and appreciation. By allowing the voice of the underling to be heard and leadership opportunities to be considered, solutions and innovations can be born from minds of those that know the company intimately from a different level. Let’s move away from “this is how we’ve always done things” to “how can we move into the future by thinking outside the box?”

Time Management: How Preferences Affect the Way You Work
Presenter: Sandra Ford Walston

In this program participants will gain awareness and skills about their innate approach to one of the two time management preferences. These skills include how their approach to time management and the lens they use affects the way they do their work, how they connect with peers and clients, and how this knowledge improves productivity and diminishes frustrations. In this fun and interactive program, these discerning skill sets can be applied the next day (this is not a Franklin Covey class)

Learning Objectives:

  • What’s the significance to identify the two distinct time management preferences that are worlds apart in their approaches?
  • How do specific workplace time management scenarios affect morale, team effectiveness and efficiency?

Time Mastery: Productivity Simplified For Your Work & Your Life
Presenter: Sarah Krivel

You may often find yourself rushing between commitments, struggling to stay afloat and keep it all together. Do you have multiple calendars and to-do lists? Get more of the right stuff done without losing your sanity…and take a break!

In this interactive program, you will learn:

  • The essential components of time and self management
  • How to avoid burnout, or worse yet, disappointing others
  • How to manage distractions and maintain focus on what matters
  • How to increase efficiency day-to-day with recurring tasks
  • A simple system to make the most of your use of time and reach your goals

Transform HR from Tactical to Strategic in Less Than 30 Days

Presenter: Denise Lebetrau

Do you want to become an organizational leader that has a meaningful impact on strategic business goals? 

Are you ready to have your big ideas approved so you can impact the bottom-line? You will learn how to use technology, reset expectations, and communicate HR’s results so you can enhance HR’s reputation. You can grow your career by becoming known as the business consultant with strategic HR solutions.  And you’ll have a plan on how to do this within 30 days.  Don’t miss this opportunity to set yourself and your company up for success.

Tongue Fu® — Get Along Better with Just About Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
Presenter: Lori Bachman

If you’ve ever been tongue-tied — or given a tongue-lashing (and regretted it), Tongue Fu® offers constructive alternatives that turn hostility into harmony and help you avoid a mental breakdown in the face of aggression.

With straightforward strategies and proven techniques, Lori Bachman teaches the Tongue Fu® tools that examine almost every kind of verbal conflict — from fights with your co-worker, complaints from a customer, bullying by your boss (or a stalemate with your kids!) — and shows how to use martial arts for the mind and mouth to deflect attacks, disarm disputes, and defuse any explosive situation.

With Tongue Fu® you will learn:

  • words to use (and words to lose) in tense situations
  • the power of the phrase, “You’re right”
  • what to do when people push your “hot buttons”
  • how to handle a verbal bully who enjoys blaming and shaming
  • how to use silence to your advantage

Lori offers either a one-hour presentation format or a two-hour interactive workshop.

Undeniable Principles of Powerful Leadership
Presenter: Greg Aden

In this setting the attendees will take a deep dive into the meaning of each principle and how to apply the principle in their leadership role. Experience the power behind each principle, learn the skills to show up each as a more powerful leader. This program is meant for leaders who are committed to their craft and devoted to the development of the men and women they lead.

Greg will uncover the following principles of powerful Leadership:

  • Passion – Support the vision
  • Humility – Be humble
  • Integrity – I am my word
  • Accountability – Responsible for all
  • Courage – Identify and Remove Fear
  • Vulnerability – Be open and authentic

This program is meant for leaders who are committed to their craft and devoted to the development of the men and women they lead.

You will have the opportunity to experience the following:

  • Explore a new vision of leadership
  • Beyond just definition – apply the principle
  • Deep dive into the application of each principle
  • Behaviors to create relationships for the committed leader.

Using Values to Turn Vision Into Reality
Presenter: Bud Bilanich

Learn a four-step process for unleashing the power of values to make your organization’s vision a reality. In this fast-paced workshop, Bud Bilanich will share the secrets he uses to help companies large and small take their Vision statement off the wall and into the hearts of their employees.

You’ll learn a step-by-step process for communicating your vision, aligning your organizational practices with your vision, and a set of leadership behaviors that will guarantee that your employees understand your vision, accept it and have the skills to turn it into reality. The ideas in this workshop are based on Dr. Bilanich’ books Using Values to Turn Vision Into Reality and Leading With Values.

Using Your Brain to Get Great at Feedback
Presenter: Holly Green

Webinar Presentation Only

Feedback is the breakfast of champions and you are giving feedback each and every day in a multitude of ways. Are you communicating the messages you want to communicate or hoping people will figure it out on their own? What is effective feedback? When do you give it? Should you always combine constructive with positive? What are the most common pitfalls and how do you steer clear? How do we initiate a feedback conversation? What games get played in feedback conversations and how do I avoid them? How do we do it well?

This session explores these ongoing management challenges and offers tools, tips and guidelines to get great at feedback.

Feedback is the breakfast of champions and you are giving feedback each and every day in a multitude of ways. Are you communicating the messages you want to communicate or hoping people will figure it out on their own? What is effective feedback? When do you give it? Should you always combine constructive with positive? What are the most common pitfalls and how do you steer clear? How do we initiate a feedback conversation? What games get played in feedback conversations and how do I avoid them? How do we do it well?

This session explores these ongoing challenges and offers tools, tips and guidelines to get great at feedback.

Designed for both managers and individual contributors, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of how and why we think and behave the way we do at work
  • Why feedback is typically awkward and how we can get great at it
  • How to define excellence with specificity
  • When and how to provide both positive and constructive feedback
  • The difference between ‘how’ and ‘what’ and why it’s critical
  • Games that get played by both givers and receivers of feedback and how to manage them effectively
  • For managers, when to direct, delegate and develop

Using Your Brain to Win in Today’s Hyper Paced World
Presenter: Holly Green

Your brain is your most powerful competitive weapon –if you know how to use it properly. The brain can process large amounts of information. It has a real talent for forming patterns and connections. And it loves to answer questions and solve problems. It also has a tendency to see what it expects to see, overlook data that contradicts its prevailing view of the world, and have greater confidence in its decision-making abilities than it should. In order to become more effective leaders, we need a much deeper understanding of how our brain works and how it often gets in the way of winning.
Leveraging the latest in neuroscience, in this session, you’ll get tools, techniques and tips for learning how to:

  • Avoid getting blinded by your own data and make better, more informed management decisions
  • Slow down to go fast
  • Get and stay clear on winning
  • Stage your field of vision
  • Question the right answer and explore the second best answer
  • Use your brain to win every day


You’ll practice playing with your brain and walk away with practices you can immediately put to use to be even more successful!

  • Variations of Using Your Brain to Win
    [available as keynotes and breakout/workshop sessions]
  • Using Your Brain to Sell
  • Using Your Brain to Connect with Customers and Serve More Effectively
  • Using Your Brain to Lead Others
  • Using Your Brain to Give Feedback
  • Using Your Brain to Inform, Inspire & Engage your Organization

Well…? How Did I Get Here?
Presenter: Kim Carver

Practical tips and tricks from a woman who has lived in 4 countries and been a CEO of several recognized brands.

What HR Can Do to Fix the Gender Equity Gap
Presenter: Denise Liebetrau

Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men. Seventy-eight percent of CEOs have included gender equity in their top 10 strategic priorities. Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow and may even be stalling. Learn the 5 actions HR can take to close the gender equity gap. Become an organizational leader that creates a meaningful impact to the company’s bottom-line. Develop the business case and metrics that provide a long-term competitive advantage. Create cross functional change to your company culture so it supports gender equity. Embed gender equity in strategic planning and the execution process across the company.

What It’s Like Being in the Boardroom and How to Get on One
Presenter: Michele Ashby

Program primarily for women audiences:

There is a lot of talk these days about getting more women on boards, but what is it really like in the boardroom when you are the only woman?  Or the second woman on the board? Or the third?

The relative articles and conversations bring up a lot of questions and many of them will be addressed in this presentation.

Here are just a few of the most popular questions I am asked:

  • Should I take a board position if I am going to be the “token” woman?
  • Is it tough to be taken seriously?
  • How would I fit in and how do I get my own voice heard?
  • What is the responsibility of a board member?
  • How much do they pay?
  • How much risk is there when you are on a board?
  • How do I get on a board?

Every presentation on this topic will be customized for the group and will also include audience participation.  Every participant will come away knowing more about boards and more about their own affinity to be on a board or not.

Why Do They Do That: Understanding Human Behavior
Presenter: Jamie Shapiro

Many organizations are instituting Wellness programs in an effort to reduce healthcare costs, but few of these efforts are delivering results. Participation rates are generally low, costs keep rising and employees continue to lose productivity for health-related reasons.

Wellness programs make good sense when you consider that 75% of all healthcare costs are spent on chronic conditions that can be managed or even reversed by lifestyle changes. Well employees aren’t only less costly, they are more engaged, innovative and collaborative.

And employees stand to gain by becoming healthier. So, why are so many Corporate Wellness programs struggling?

This talk examines a variety of approaches to Corporate Wellness and offers some best practices learned from initiatives at Fortune 1000 companies. It addresses the following questions:

  • Which wellness initiative gets better results: distributing Fitbits, subsidizing gym memberships or offering Lunch and Learns?
  • What is the single most important thing that leaders can do to improve participation in wellness programs?
  • What things do companies do that actually reduce participation in their wellness programs?
  • What critical elements of wellness are typically missing from corporate programs?
  • What easy, small steps can every company take to improve wellness? 

Why Do They Do That: Understanding Human Behavior
Presenter: Victoria Gaulrapp

In order for businesses to thrive in today’s economy, they have to be productive, efficient, and employ the best people to get the job done. While having best-in-class products, technology and services are key components to making this happen, how we communicate with our internal and external teams as well as our customers and clients is crucial to drive business forward.

In Why Do They Do That: Understanding Human Behavior Using DISC we will take a deep dive into the DISC model of behavior to understand what it really is, what each style means and what each style is perceived to be. We will review strategies you can implement when working with others to ensure effective communication occurs, preventing conflict and promoting greater productivity. Understanding this model will also provide greater insight into how we currently behave, and how to carry those behaviors over into our everyday work lives or adjust them to guarantee we are presenting our best at all times.

After our time together you will be able to understand your DISC style and recognize the different styles in others, develop a keen awareness of individual strengths and development opportunities, and communicate effectively with others to foster productivity and reduce tension.

Why “Can’t” Is a Four-Letter Word
Presenter: Lauren Danielle Simms

Lauren has a proven track record of creating healthy rebellion against roadblocks and glass ceilings of potential. The only reason you can’t succeed is if you don’t believe you can. The biggest question you need to answer is “Why can’t I?” Lauren not only encourages your full potential, but actually guides you through breaking through self-limitations. She reminds you of the Little Engine That Could … “I think I can… I think I can … I think I can …” and then YOU can!

Women on Corporate Boards
Presenter: Michele Ashby

Program primarily for women audiences:

Have you ever wondered if you could get on a paying corporate board? Now more than ever, companies are looking for qualified women to put on their boards. The percentage of women on public boards is still under 20% and has stalled out there over the past few years. Michele Ashby, founder of Ashby Consulting Enterprises, works to educate women about corporate boards and how to get on them.

No matter where you are in your career today, if you want to learn more about what it takes to get on a board, how much you can earn in this high-powered, part-time position and make a difference, join Michele as she shares her knowledge and expertise on how to be on a board.

Writing Effective E-mails
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

How many e-mails did you receive today? How many did you have an opportunity to read and respond to? Did you understand what your writers were saying or asking? Did your readers understand your e-mail?

E-mail is a major way we communicate. Dee gives you tools and tips on the importance of your subject line and how often to change it.  She’ll cite the importance of when to send and when not to send an e-mail. (Telephones work too.)  She’ll also impress upon you the importance of good grammar, punctuation and syntax.

E-mails can be overwhelming; gain insight to Dee’s Six Flow tools to manage your inbox. This fast-paced and information-driven workshop is full of tools and techniques you can implement immediately for better and more comprehensive e-mails, no matter who reads them.

When you write clearly, conversationally and concretely your readers gain the information you want them to and they are able to respond in kind. This valuable tool is a win/win. Write for the reader: give them what they need in a comprehensive and professional style.

You Are Not A Firefighter: Becoming Proactive in a Reactive World
Presenter: Janelle Coleman

Traditional business practices have trained leaders and employees in fighting fires. However, organizations don’t usually have the right protective gear or training to fight fire efficiently. Come learn how to get proactive so that the fire doesn’t start in the first place.

In the session, you will:

  1. Come to understand the high costs of being reactive and the big payoffs that come with learning to be proactive
  2. Learn how to differentiate between the urgent and the important and how to build your day accordingly
  3. Identify key triggers that send you into firefighting mode and develop strategies that enable you to get respond rather than react
  4. Re-learn how to delegate and ultimately empower your team