Pre-conference Workshop

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Leveraging Coaching and Mentoring To Support Diverse Leaders' Advancement and Growth

Dawn Chandler, Ph.D.

How can you assist the business imperative to advance women and other underrepresented groups advance to senior management teams (SMTs) and boards? This session centers on how to leverage coaching and mentoring to support diverse groups' careers and ensure that SMTs and boards have sufficient diversity to aid strong financial performance. We will discuss: (1) the distinction between coaching and mentoring; (2) optimal developmental networks--groups of developers who help advance people's careers and personal growth--that can assist in propelling diverse leaders into the upper echelons of their organizations and board positions; and (3) strategies you can pursue to help diverse leaders cultivate those networks.

Conference: Day 1

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Prototyping a career change with a coach

Mark Hamilton, ACC, SHRM

Did you know that less than one-third working Americans report job engagement and about 15% say they hate their work. Coaches with clients exploring a career change and corporate professionals focused on job fit and employee engagement will be energized with new learning on key questions to ask clients who are contemplating a job or career change. Attendees will learn how to help clients generate ideas for exciting and rewarding work. Additionally, the unique aspect of this segment will be in helping a client prototype their job or career notion. Armed with this information, coaches may best serve clients or employees by challenging them to discover exciting work and designing a prototype project. This workshop is relevant for seasoned coaches who want to analyze their career client practices as well as coaches just entering the field who want to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.

Collective Coaching: Practices and Perspectives on Group and Team Coaching - Panel Discussion

Reginald Willis, Robert Johnson and Wendy White; Moderated by Tanya Bibby, Ph.D., ACC, SHRM

Without question, there is unique power in collective development. Now leading organizations are taking this to the next level with a range of group and team coaching options-- from councils, cohorts and learning circles to facilitated peer coaching and formal team engagements. Take a peek behind the curtain to understand what really goes into collective coaching. A panel of experienced coaches will spotlight key principles and share lessons learned. Discover current trends and take away innovative practices to foster collaboration and trust, establish and manage boundaries, and accelerate collective learning and growth.

The Magic of Metaphor

Alix von Cramon, MCC and Mary Howerton, Ph.D., PCC, BCC

Effective coaches can be engaged in listening & responding at a higher level by drawing on imagery and experience to assist clients in gaining clarity more easily. The use of metaphors helps illustrate a point of view or comparison and often facilitates clients in painting a verbal picture. In doing so, a coach can help identify a shift in perspective or reveal self-limiting patterns of thoughts and feelings. Metaphors and analogies are used to stimulate the mind and offer others the opportunity to reflect constructively. In this session, Howerton and Von Cramon will demonstrate how using metaphors effectively is designed to support and encourage such insight. Concrete examples and practice will be offered to reinforce learning.

Conference: Day 2

Friday, March 3, 2017

Keynote - The Science of Happiness

Catherine Sanderson, Ph.D.

This talk presents both surprising and not-so-surprising information on the science behind happiness. What role do money, marriage, friends, children, weather, age, and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? Professor Catherine Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provide participants with practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase their own psychological well-being and facilitate this learning with their clients, employees and important others. 

The Science of Success: What Predicts Success?

Catherine Sanderson, Ph.D.

Many people focus on the importance of cognitive intelligence in predicting academic and professional success. But a growing amount of evidence suggests that other traits - including the ability to control impulses, manage adversity, find internal motivation, and build relationships - are essential in achieving the best outcomes in both personal and professional relationships. This talk focuses on the importance of so-called emotional intelligence (or EQ) in predicting success, and offers specific strategies for increasing your own EQ and facilitating awareness in employees and clients.

Inhale Confidence, Exhale Doubt:  Learn Strategies to Develop Courage

Denise Kasper, PCC

Confidence is critical for coaches. We often work with clients on their confidence. Yet, how do we display our own courage when feeling vulnerabilities in dealing with clients? How do we develop resiliency after a difficult coaching session? This interactive workshop will focus on the distinctions and perspectives between how men and women view confidence and how, as coaches, we can bring these learnings forward into our own practices for ourselves and for our clients. The material is based on research findings from The Confidence Code as well as Denise's 12 years of coaching executives at Capital One.

The Actualized Leader

Will Sparks, Ph.D.

Dr. Sparks will introduce and guide attendees through a leadership profile he has developed over the past 25 years. Used by coaches and corporate professionals, the Self-Actualized Leader Profile is intended for clients to become a more effective leader by living and leading at one's highest potential. This profile invites us to meet and integrate what Carl Jung refers to as "the Shadow." An overview of the Actualized Leader Profile model and reflective exercises will assist conference attendees to examine motivation, style and a personal leadership shadow. Exploration of ways to become more self-actualized in one's approach with self and others will assist you in this journey to more effective leadership. Conference participants will have the opportunity to take the Self-Actualized Leader Profile prior to the event. This session will focus on processes to consider when asking questions relative to assessments and offering clients direct communication that can evoke personal discovery and commitment to act.

Keynote - Creating Productivity, Creativity, and Resilience through Mindfulness at work:  A New Way of Working

Karen Oldham, Psy.D.

Today's modern work environment is fast-paced and in constant transition. This leads workers to feel pressured, a sense of having to be "always on", information overload and distracted.  Research studies indicate the impact that this has on our brains and our ability to get the job done. Mindfulness is a tool that allows individual employees to rewire the brain allowing for productivity, efficiency, creativity, ability to manage change, and develop health benefits and emotional resiliency. Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT) is comprehensive mindfulness training for the modern work environment that leads to a new way of working.
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