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!

Check back frequently as new speakers are being added as confirmed.  In late March a downloadable list of all speakers and topics will be available on this page.

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

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.


Ride the Wave of Change with Microlearning: Why Creating a Culture of Learning Maximizes ROI
Linda Ruhland, Founder & President
Spirit of Success, LLC

Organizations spend $100 billion annually on workforce learning, yet few can prove the return on their learning investment. Eighty percent of CEOs believe that the need for new skills is their biggest challenge. Meanwhile, more than 80 percent of employees feel their work doesn't allows them to develop their skills. How can we close the gap between the lack of skilled talent and the surplus of employee desire for advancement?

Since it is six times more costly to hire from the outside than to develop talent from within, the choice should be obvious. However, the question is, “How do you design a learning program that operates successfully within the constraints of a busy workplace?” The answer begins with developing a growth-minded learning culture that is aligned with busy workdays and lives.

Micro learning is education delivered in short, concentrated bursts. It fits easily into the workflow, which enables employees to participate. Courses are designed consistently so that learners know how to allocate their time. Comprehension is tracked, recorded and rewarded.

In this presentation, Ruhland shows how organizations leverage micro learning to elevate their workforce. She shares techniques that help make learning a strategic asset through which to engage, develop and retain talented employees.

3 Things Every Recruiter Wishes Candidates Knew About Interviewing
Scott Faurot, Founder
Blue Shoe Recruiting

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.

All on Board: Helping Immigrants and Refugees Chart a Pathway to Employment
Sandra Marsh-McClain, Senior Program Manager
Kristen Tsapis, Project Coordinator
Pennsylvania Women Work

Organizations need to attract talent to fill critical roles. The refugee and immigrant population in our communities are seeking self- and family-sustaining employment but face significant barriers in achieving this goal. How can workforce development professionals create pathways to help non-native job seekers navigate the complex path to secure employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency? In this session, you will identify the unique obstacles faced by this population—across a broad spectrum of education, work backgrounds, and English language skills—discover resources along the path, and create a plan relevant to your particular needs and community.


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

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?


Welcome 2 the Jungle: The 4 Animals of Leadership and Team Building
Kendall Ficklin, Coporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker
Grindation, LLC

All business leaders know their organization is only as good as the people it employs. As organizations scale, this becomes more complicated than simply "hire the best people". Excellent people are placed on teams, yet how teams interact and perform makes a world of difference on each individual's impact. The best teams are balanced, accountable, and open. The 4 Animals Assessment provides decision makers and team leaders with tools to create the best teams and supercharge performance. There are 4 Animals that run any workplace: a lion, flamingo, chameleon, and turtle. And each of them does things differently! What if you knew how each one operates, communicates, and works? What if you knew that your over-bearing personality can be used as a strength or the fact that your indecisiveness means you're adaptable?


Emotional Compensation
Randy Fisher, Speaker
Randy Fisher Training

“People work for money, but they go the extra mile for recognition, praise, and rewards.” Dale Carnegie

Monetary compensation will get you an employee but it’s the emotional compensation that will keep them. In this highly topical keynote, we’ll have a conversation about the simple steps leader can take to build their people and keep their teams.

Rejuvenation Through Meditation
Daniela Nastasi
Meditation Expert, Speaker & Coach
Unequivocal Mind Mastery, LLC

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.

Cut the Panic: Purposeful Culture Change in the Workplace Begins with a Story
Christina Blacken
Founder, Chief Story Strategist
The New Quo

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.

Exploring Rural Workforce Development Strategies Together
Greg Wilson
Workforce Development and Economic Analysis Unit Manager
Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

Rural America comprises over 70% of America's landmass and 46 million individuals. Delivering effective workforce development strategies in rural America requires new approaches and models. This session will focus on exploring the challenges, opportunities, and promising practices for meeting the workforce development needs of rural America. Each state has rural areas and urban areas. The needs, challenges, and strategies for urban population center and rural areas differ. As we seek to strengthen our rural economies, workforce development will play a critical role in supporting individuals and businesses. The facilitated workshop will feature large group and small group work to review data, answer questions, and identify solutions. Participants will be asked to take an active role in the session by sharing success stories, identifying barriers, and developing potential solutions.

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

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.

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Demystify The Buzz Around Mindfulness And Let It Go To Work For You!
Jessica Campain
Facilitator & Career Counselor
Professional Outplacement Assistance Center

In this session, we will explore effective strategies for stress relief and improved focus. You will create your own self-care plan custom tailored for your unique work situation.

We will:

-Define mindfulness and demystify the buzz
-Discuss some of the helpful underpinnings of the concept
-Identify varying techniques for quick stress relief in the workplace
-Create a simple and effective self-care plan using mindfulness technique

You will be able to use these strategies immediately, build on a new mindfulness practice, and share these stress relief strategies with your teams at work.  Please come prepared to participate in small group discussions, some light stretching and movement, and additional activities.

Getting Back to Business:  Re-Integrating Formerly Incarcerated into the Workforce Successfully
Charlotte E. Garnes
Innovative Staffing Solutions

The facilitator shares her impactful experience to discuss both her unsuccessful/successful journey from prison to paycheck.  The 60-min workshop will take a holistic approach to how businesses and companies hire formerly incarcerated/directly impacted individuals.  Also, take an honest perception of barriers and obstacles to consider in working with this specialized population.  Discuss the Employer-Driven Model and create strategies that can greatly assist justice-involved individuals transitioning to the community workplace.

Multipotentiality In the Workplace
Mia Wilson
New Birth, LLC

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.

Teambuilding and Problem Solving
Rebekah Wilkes
WorkFirst Employment Counselor
Washington State Employment Security Department

This fun and interactive workshop will encourage participants to explore the areas that contribute to creating and maintaining a well-organized, functional team. Attendees will learn problem solving techniques and conflict resolution strategies. They will also explore the qualities of a good leader and ways to lead others. The presenter will also facilitate some Lean Six Sigma techniques. Participants will learn many techniques that they can use in their workplace.

Creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Roadmap – The Key to a Successful DEI Journey
Deborah Baldwin
Senior Consultant
HRDA: Human Resources- Diversity Advisors

Many organizations are gaining a clearer understanding of how a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can improve business operations. Specifically, enhancements can be observed in employee productivity, recruitment, retention of top talent, innovation, work-environment safety, and profitability. Unfortunately, this newfound understanding of the business case for DEI frequently focuses on quick fixes, such as training, which do not equate to long-term sustainability. To create long term success, an agency’s DEI efforts must be aligned to business goals and operational objectives. The solution: To be successful organizations need to create a DEI Roadmap linking the business strategies and the DEI work plans.

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others
Kevin Wayne Johnson
The Johnson Leadership Group LLC

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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