The Focus is on Being Prepared
Whether you are currently in the workplace or working on getting there, this track of programming narrows in on very specific competencies related to getting, keeping and enjoying whatever vocation you choose.
Designed for all conference participants regardless of experience or title, these "labs" are designed to be very experiential and may require "practicing" of the workplace related skills being taught. Discussion and sharing of experiences is highly encouraged in these workshops which run along side of the other program offerings.
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Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
On Your Own: How to Be an Entrepreneur
Is the entrepreneurship life for you? Ever thought about starting your own business? Whether it’s a full time "gig" or your “side hustle,” contribute to the conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of starting your own business and where to begin. Ready to take the jump?
Appreciation for the challenges versus payoffs of being an entrepreneur
Knowledge of the various types of motivations for doing your own "thing"
Identification of "resources" necessary to be an entrepreneur - including personal characteristics
Ability to apply planning strategies to business idea
Start a legitimate business plan
Friday - 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Your Career Success Depends Upon Accepting Feedback
Competency: Receiving Feedback
Do you find it difficult to receive positive and constructive feedback? Do you want to "toughen" up? Learn ways to position yourself correctly to hear all kinds of feedback. What's your frame of mind, ability to listen without defense, and demeanor throughout? See how accepting feedback is connected to career success.
Look inward to reflect upon your typical reaction to feedback
Explore various techniques to enhance your ability to be less defensive
Know a variety of choices for responding while maintaining a positive demeanor
Friday - 3 PM – 3:45 PM
Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your Organization
Competency: Productive Relationships (Working with Co-Workers and Group Mates)
Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Are you a person of influence? Do you know the secrets to cultivating healthy and authentic relationships? Can you get your point across without being or appearing aggressive, arrogant, or annoying? 85% of your success in life, school, and work is determined by your ability to get along with others. Participate and learn the principles and practices used by great communicators and leaders when influencing up, down, and across their organizations.
Increase their credibility utilizing the L-Factor Activity
Create a safe space to engage in Courageous Conversations
Build interpersonal trust with others utilizing the Trust Formula
Resolve conflicts and disagreements using the N.E.W. Approach
Adjust your communication & leadership style using the Carpenter’s Rule
Friday - 4 PM – 4:45 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Saturday - 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture
Competency: Other's Perspectives in the Workplace
Speak up or say nothing? Act or stand still? The session has the power to empower YOU to exercise the commitments of conscious leadership. Learn how to become a positive influence where challenging team, workplace and organizational culture exist. Participants will also learn effective leadership tools that engage the perspective of others in ones' decision-making process.
Identify personal commitments of conscious leadership
Know essential leadership traits
Better understand how to be more inclusive of other ideas and perspectives
Saturday - 1 PM – 2 PM
Ummm... So... Like... Let's Talk about Public Speaking
Competency: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking)
Jerry Seinfeld once said, "People fear public speaking more than they fear death. So that means, at a funeral most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy." Which would you choose? You've observed amazing displays of engagement by conference speakers learn what separates them from a mundane monologist.
Know characteristics and behaviors of engaging speakers
Identify personal assets and liabilities at the podium
Appreciate the reality: Success is linked to WHAT you say not HOW