CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Whether you are a workforce, career, or economic development or human resources professional, concurrent workshops are a  great way to develop new skills on topics of interest to you and your organization!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

Cut the Panic: Purposeful Culture Change Begins with Narrative Intelligence
Christina Blacken
Founder, Chief Story Strategist
The New Quo
www.thenewquo.com

When change occurs, panic sets in, and most organizations struggle to maintain motivation, engagement, and goal setting through transition - primarily focusing on numbers-driven and money focused goals with no context as to why these numbers matter. In this talk, attendees will learn:

  • how critical having a clear purpose is for employee retention, innovation, and the bottom line.
  • how story is a key component for creating a clear purpose and direction that is inspiring and motivating.
  • the key types of stories every leader should be telling regularly within and outside of the workplace to create a culture of inclusive connection, engagement, and growth.

Christina Blacken is a public speaker, consultant, podcast host, and the Founder and Chief Story Strategist of TheNewQuo.com. The New Quo is a professional development and communication consultancy helping mission driven organizations build and brand their status-quo breaking ideas and create more inclusive company cultures through the psychological power of story. Her mission is to teach and consult leaders on how story is one of their most effective tools to achieve their business goals and create deeper understanding and bonding between diverse teams. As an entrepreneur she has shifted the mindsets of 440 business leaders through her proprietary communication and storytelling workshops on branding, unconscious bias, imposter syndrome, and culture change. She has also helped a variety of entrepreneurs of color brand their expertise and thought leadership through copywriting, brand strategy, and content creation. Before running her business, she worked for 10 years in corporate America using stories with teams to inspire 300K teens to take action on pro-social causes, and leveraged story to close 6.5M in sales with the teams and household brands she's worked with. As a Utah Native and NYC transplant she knows far more uses for Jello than she’d like to admit.

Multipotentiality In the Workplace
Mia Wilson
Owner
New Birth, LLC
www.iammiawilson.com

Multipotentiality: the ability and preference of a person to excel in two or more different fields. This term will have a major impact on the employees, teams, organizations, and businesses of the future, especially with the rise of Millennial leaders and Generation Z employees. However, very few people know that multipotentiality exists, including those who possess it. Introducing and embracing multipotentiality in the workplace leads to more diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and improved personal and professional development for everyone. Being intentional now about proactively understanding and embracing multipotentiality in our future leaders creates better business results later.

 

Mia Wilson is an Engineer, Certified Project Manager, Speaker, Strategist, and highly sought-after leader who is known for excelling in new and nontraditional environments while obtaining results. She draws from her diverse experiences in the classroom, corporate, and the community to create solutions, innovations, and speeches to equip leaders to maximize all their potential while achieving success and fulfillment. Mia has built a strong reputation for helping individuals, teams, and organizations succeed by teaching principles of leadership from a multipotential perspective. During the largest assignment of her corporate career as the Delivery and Project Manager of the 2016 U.S. Democratic National Conventions, Mia learned many professional and personal lessons as she managed a diverse team of 14 cross-functional engineers while transforming the city of Philadelphia into a mini-smart, connected city to host the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) under Cisco’s “Official Network Technology Provider” designation. After realizing the possibilities to thrive as a multipotential leader through entrepreneurship, Mia left Cisco in December of 2018 to build a brand and businesses that allow her to maximize all her potential along with her influence, impact, and income.

How to Mind Your EQ. IQ... and AQ
Emanuel Thomas, Transformational Mindset Coach
EmpowerSight
www.EmpowerSight.com

Many working professionals are familiar with the term IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Most working professionals are familiar with the term EQ (Emotional Quotient). However, FEW working professional are familiar with the term AQ (Adaptability Quotient), which is the most important factor of the three, if you're looking to become a successful business leader, business partner, mid-level manager, frontline employee, etc...

The reason why 'AQ' is the most important out of the three, when it comes to you pursing your personal path of becoming the best version of yourself, is because with the personal aim for growth--COMES STRESS. Unforeseen stress. Silent stress. Mental stress. Career ending stress.

But... all is not lost. There's a way to ensure that regardless of whatever stresses presents itself in your life, they can all be managed 'IF' you understand the specific margins of your Adaptability Quotient.

This will be a highly interactive workshop between myself and those in attendance. Collaborative, conversational, and transactional will be the style of this particular presentation. There will be a call to action that those in attendance can, and most certainly will implement in their personal and professional lives.

So the question is... Are you ready?

 

Emanuel D. Thomas is a Transformational Mindset Coach, Speaker, Freelance Columnist, and Author of the self-improvement book, “The Power of Thinking Inside the Box”.

As an army veteran, with eight years of Human Resources experience within high demand industries; Emanuel has worked with and helped multiple Fortune 500 companies, such as Adidas, Spectrum, TD Bank N.A. and Robert Half International reach their operational excellence goals and and departmental targets, while in professional relationship with one another.

Making the decision to own his life and live beyond the status quo, Emanuel made the bold choice to step into his calling as a connector, to help others find their purpose in life, along with providing guidance on how to help them live intentionally, efficiently, and effectively.

Emanuel has given talks on Mindset transformation--with an emphasis on the subconscious mind, and how by consciously training it through disciplined impressions of positivity and belief, one can reach any goal placed in their path; Along with finding and fostering a peace-of-mind that every person on earth deserves. No matter the circumstance. 

Rejuvenation Through Meditation
Daniela Nastasi
Meditation Expert, Speaker & Coach
Unequivocal Mind Mastery, LLC
www.ummastery.com

This session was pre-recorded by the speaker specifically for WORKFORCEDEV2020.  Daniela will join live to answer questions at the end of the presentation!

Hear my story.  How I went from being on a constant roller coaster of overwhelm to finding freedom from my negative thoughts.  Throughout the session we will cover:

  • Tapping into How your Mind Works:  Discover how your brain is wired so you can improve your mindset, sift through unhealthy thoughts and clear the path toward empowering ideas.  Understand how different, learned behaviors can create patterns in how your mind works, which naturally results in stress, anxiety or depression.
  • Boost your Business: Learn how meditation can also boost your physical health, including energy and blood flow, leading to improved decision making as a leader and business owner.
  • Meditation for Daily Life: You'll be provided with tools on how to practice multiple techniques specific for alleviating depression, anxiety, reducing blood pressure and inflammation & increasing energy, clarity and inner peace and more.  You'll be well equipped to start practicing with confidence and ease.
  • Guided Group Meditation: I'll guide you through a simple, calming and healing meditation that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

Daniela Nastasi is a Certified Meditation Expert, Coach and Speaker.  She helps CEO's and high impact executives who are looking to achieve mental clarity, more peace and increased energy levels, while reducing stress and anxiety.  As a career-driven woman with more than a decade of experience within the Property Management and Real Estate arena, she knows all too well the pressure of deadlines, quality control and being on call 24/7\. In an effort to keep her sanity, she became obsessed with finding inner peace and clarity...  That was 13 years ago...

Since then, she's embarked on a journey of immense self-reflection and exploration, including mission trips, globetrotting, walking on hot coals, and intensive meditative training's.  Most recently, she developed her signature Breaking Ground Meditation program, which shares the most powerful ways to begin your meditation journey, by helping you understand all practice methods and finding the best suitable one for your specific needs, with consistent success.

She's done the research, obtained certifications, tested theories and practiced multiple forms of Meditation.  Let her help you on this journey to finding more clarity, peace of mind and conscious awareness of your thoughts.

 

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others
Kevin Wayne Johnson
Founder/CEO
The Johnson Leadership Group LLC
www.thejohnsonleadershipgroup.com

This session was pre-recorded by the speaker specifically for WORKFORCEDEV2020.

Becoming a person of influence, is all about who you are as a person and how you treat those around you. People can be influenced by all kinds of traits and personalities, but a true person of influence does so by meeting the needs of those people around them. Each focus area (there are 10) outlines a different function a person of influence has with those which they come into contact with. A person of influence:

-Has Integrity with people
-Nurtures other people
-Has Faith in people
-Listens to people
-Understands people
-Enlarges people
-Navigates for other people
-Connects with people
-Empowers people
-Reproduces other influencers

We teach that honesty, integrity, unselfishness, kindness and understanding are crucial components of any relationship, business or personal. We believe that as you strengthen your character, you will enjoy a more fulfilling and productive life, at home and at work. Our material is spiced with entertaining anecdotes and glimpses of business celebrities.

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As Founder and Chief Executive of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC, Kevin provides organizations, and the people who work within them, with the tools to forge effective personnel and interpersonal communication. He delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships, to equip teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He does so through motivating workshops, seminars, insightful keynote speeches and compassionate coaching – all to encourage personal and professional growth. He is a John Maxwell Team certified trainer, coach, mentor and speaker, and an active member of the International Coach Federation. Kevin enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in government and private industry as a middle-to-senior level leader. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management/Economics/Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kevin is an ordained minister by the Church of God Ministries, Incorporated, Anderson, IN, and has held multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor. His best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – earned 19 literary awards from 2001 to 2013. He authors a weekly blog (www.kevinwaynejohnson.com/blog) and his newest book "Leadership with a Servant's Heart" ranked #2 and #4 on the Amazon.com new release bestseller list in 2 categories in August 2019. He currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife Gail and three sons.  

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

Teach it QUICK and Make it STICK
Elisabeth Sanders-Park
Worknet Solutions
https://worknetsolutions.com/

What we teach is important. HOW we teach it is as important. Based on current brain science, this fun and interactive session gives you practical, proven approaches to create immediate and lasting learning EVERY time you train, teach, or coach others. You will learn 4 simple steps and 6 powerful principles to engage and retain your learners as you teach anyone anything and make it stick… and you'll get a chance to apply the ideas to your content and learners. As a result of this session participants will be able to:

    • Better understand how people learn and how we should teach
    • Use a proven 4-step process for mapping any training interaction
    • Deploy 6 powerful strategies to quickly improve learning engagement and retention

Elisabeth Sanders-Park is on a mission to equip and inspire employment-career-workforce practitioners to increase immediate and long-term outcomes for clients at all levels including those facing barriers. She authored the L.A. Times’ top 10 career book “No One Is Unemployable,” and "The 6 Reasons You’ll Get the Job,” writes the 'Working with Difficult Clients' column for CPAD's international newsletter,  and is a founding board member of the Career Thought Leaders Think Tank. Over the last 15+ years, she has trained more than 30,000 practitioners across the U.S., Canada, and Australia and is known for delivering a powerful blend of frontline and national perspective, with wisdom, humor, and practicality.

 

Emergence: A New Paradigm for a Post-COVID World
Jessica Campain
Facilitator & Career Counselor
Professional Outplacement Assistance Center
www.jessicacampain.com

As we enter a post-covid world, it will not be possible to resume business as usual in every area of our lives. This pandemic has changed us and our culture irrevocably. It is incumbent upon us to co-create the new normal. One of our options is to be intentional in our approach and turn to the concept of emergence. Emergence offers a way to make more sense of what has happened and how we might proceed with a transformative approach. Sourcing the work of thought leaders such as Thomas Kuhn, Bayo Akomalafe, Charles Eisenstein, Peter Russell, Jordan Peterson, Marion Woodman, Joseph Campbell, and others, Jessica Campain outlines the structure of paradigm shifts, practices that will not survive in a post-covid world, and offers new ways of thinking about ourselves, our life's work, and our world to support us in this journey into an uncertain future.

Jessica is a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC with a master's in mental health counseling. She managed to trip her way onto this path after separating from the intelligence sector of the U.S. Air Force with sincere confusion about what to do with her life.

She found she enjoys working with those committed to personal and spiritual development. Her passion for living the happiest and healthiest life possible is second only to her joy in sharing best practices and life hacks with others. Jessica delights in sharing shortcuts and insights with groups in an interactive and lively manner.

She co-creates and facilitates a Mindfulness in the Workplace series for the Judicial College of Maryland. She is currently working with Maryland Department of Labor, as a career counselor, and facilitates a job seeking skills workshop called JumpStart for the Professional Outplacement Assistance Center (POAC). Additionally, she regularly creates new content for career development workshops and holds a monthly support group for job seekers.

Jessica also recently branched out and launched her own small business, Living Intuition. The business is focused on supporting people to develop their own intuition to guide them in making satisfying life decisions.

Enhance Your Transformational Leadership Skills: Increase Feelings of Equity and Equality
Treena Chabot, Principal Consultant
TREE for Supervisors
www.treenachabot.com

In this session, you will look at equity in a new way, and develop skills for increasing feelings of equity in your department or team. You will examine your thinking and behavior, and have a new insight on equality. By improving your MeYouQ© you will have better relationships at work, which will lead to satisfied, engaged, and productive employees. You will be in a better position to avoid discrimination and to become a transformational leader.

As a people leader, you need to be concerned with equity and equality in the workplace, and MeYouQ© can help you achieve these goals. Many supervisors are conscious of equity, but are trying to balance inputs and outputs the wrong way. Many supervisors think they are treating people equally, but their efforts are not working.

Most of all, by building MeYouQ©, you will have more peace in your own life and be able to live your purpose with confidence.

Treena is a Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor. As an ambassador for psychological health and safety in the workplace, Treena is pleased to share best practices for positive work environments, from research as well as her own recommendations. She does this in person, on LinkedIn, and via live webinars.

Treena is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and the owner of TREE for Supervisors – Training in Retaining and Engaging Employees. Her work includes live workshops for supervisors and employees and the “Become a Great Supervisor” individual training and coaching program. Treena believes the key to workplace engagement and satisfaction is ensuring supervisors build positive relationships with ALL employees. She also provides employee training on interpersonal skills, so they can meet supervisors half-way.

Treena Chabot is the author of MeYouQ: Life-Changing Protocols for People Leaders, which helps people live with greater peace and purpose, and have better relationships at work. She is currently working on the second book in the MeYouQ series, which will help organizations and supervisors adjust their policies and practices to increase employee engagement for the younger generations.

3 Things Every Recruiter Wishes Candidates Knew About Interviewing
Scott Faurot, Founder
Blue Shoe Recruiting
www.facebook.com/pg/blueshoerecruiting/about/

A portion of this session was pre-recorded by the speaker specifically for WORKFORCEDEV2020.  Scott will join live to answer your questions.

Interviewing has become the equivalent of a corporate root canal. Both evoke fear, sweaty palms and a level of stress that are almost unbearable.

Over the last two decades, I have interviewed thousands of candidates both over the phone or in person. I am ready to share with you what the winning interview strategies are and what corporate recruiters are looking for every candidate to say.

In my discussion, I will share the ways to attract a corporate recruiter with an eye-catching LinkedIn profile.  I will discuss the correct way to prepare for an interview and how to receive an offer without asking for one.  If you are serious about landing your next job, you must do well in the interview. Stop hoping the conversation goes well and begin deploying guidelines that will ensure success. Start by attending this session.

After three, three-hour interviews with a prestigious firm in Orange County, Scott began his recruiting career in 1998. Quickly winning awards and gaining recognition, Scott promoted from the ranks to a Senior Partner and then Managing Partner. Rehabilitating an ailing branch and turning a significant profit, Scott and the team began to win awards and receive national recognition.  As a recruiter, Scott’s work was recognized by his peers and international enterprises. One such company was Google. Recruited by Google, Scott jumped at the opportunity to become a contract recruiter at their world headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Successfully concluding his Google contract, Scott found a role back in San Diego and moved home.

Scott has placed over a thousand candidates and conducted more than five thousand interviews. Scott was published in FORBES and San Diego Voyager Magazine. Scott won countless incentive trips to exotic locations.

Scott is married to his college sweetheart, and they have three beautiful kids and reside in San Diego.

 

A Leader's "No": When "No" Becomes Your New Bestie
Tessie Watts, M.S.
CEO / Leadership Strategist
The Leadership Haven Resource Center, LLC
https://theleadershiphaven.com/

Warren Buffet once quoted, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything”. “No!” is a small word, yet a powerful word, one that may have big consequences when used. It’s a word that can improve our lives and make us more valuable to those we say it to – those we want to help in this world. “No” is a Leadership word; and a Leader’s “No” is the only way that you are able to give 100 percent of yourself 100 percent of the time to the tasks that are important to your MISSION and are in alignment with the life you most desire.

This will be a fun and interactive workshop where leaders will learn to respect the limits to their time, energy, and interests; and attendees will learn how to avoid those actions that may potentially destroy their own ability to doing things well.

Tessie Watts is a Transformational Leader and Speaker who believes in the power of “Whole Vision” Leadership. Since 2011, she has been on a Divine Journey to elevate the quality of Leadership by empowering Leaders to remove the restraints placed on their Leadership and Business Potential.

Tessie is a native Floridian; and a graduate of Bethune Cookman University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice; and Palm Beach Atlantic University where she earned her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Tessie is the CEO and Principal Leadership Strategist of The Leadership Haven Resource Center, LLC; an innovative training and development organization that is committed to turning leaders into the Positive “Change Agents” they are called to be. Tessie is relentless in her efforts to reach and empower as many Leaders as possible; believing there is no Leader alive that can’t benefit from her “No-Holds” Barred training style that promotes Transparency, Truth and Self-Awareness.

Tessie labors tirelessly in her community efforts by hosting monthly “LEADER-GIZE” sessions that brings leaders together to Strategize their next level of Personal and Business Excellence; and she is the Visionary behind the “REIGNITE FLORIDA” Leadership Summit. 

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others
Kevin Wayne Johnson
Founder/CEO
The Johnson Leadership Group LLC
www.thejohnsonleadershipgroup.com

This session was pre-recorded by the speaker specifically for WORKFORCEDEV2020.

Becoming a person of influence, is all about who you are as a person and how you treat those around you. People can be influenced by all kinds of traits and personalities, but a true person of influence does so by meeting the needs of those people around them. Each focus area (there are 10) outlines a different function a person of influence has with those which they come into contact with. A person of influence:

-Has Integrity with people
-Nurtures other people
-Has Faith in people
-Listens to people
-Understands people
-Enlarges people
-Navigates for other people
-Connects with people
-Empowers people
-Reproduces other influencers

We teach that honesty, integrity, unselfishness, kindness and understanding are crucial components of any relationship, business or personal. We believe that as you strengthen your character, you will enjoy a more fulfilling and productive life, at home and at work. Our material is spiced with entertaining anecdotes and glimpses of business celebrities.

CLICK HERE FOR SESSION HANDOUT

As Founder and Chief Executive of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC, Kevin provides organizations, and the people who work within them, with the tools to forge effective personnel and interpersonal communication. He delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships, to equip teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He does so through motivating workshops, seminars, insightful keynote speeches and compassionate coaching – all to encourage personal and professional growth. He is a John Maxwell Team certified trainer, coach, mentor and speaker, and an active member of the International Coach Federation. Kevin enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in government and private industry as a middle-to-senior level leader. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management/Economics/Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kevin is an ordained minister by the Church of God Ministries, Incorporated, Anderson, IN, and has held multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor. His best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – earned 19 literary awards from 2001 to 2013. He authors a weekly blog (www.kevinwaynejohnson.com/blog) and his newest book "Leadership with a Servant's Heart" ranked #2 and #4 on the Amazon.com new release bestseller list in 2 categories in August 2019. He currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife Gail and three sons.