SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st
1:45pm - 2:45pm / 3:00pm - 4:00pm


The Active Retrospective – An appreciative inquiry approach to organizational continuous improvement (1 Technical PDU)

ALICIA MCLAIN

The tactics of the retrospective are 'just do it', but how can we inspire and engage teams to engage in the change that matters.
A key to building high performing teams is continuous improvement via a regular practice like the retrospective. The agenda is simple: what worked, what didn't work and what needs to be fixed. By taking an appreciative inquiry approach to transformation you build leaders in your organization.

In this session, we'll explore a functional approach to collecting insights and a way we can turn the things that are working into the basis to drive meaningful organizational change.

Your takeaways:

  • A new approach to conducting a retrospective that focuses on functions
  • A method to leverage the good and build it into positive change for your organization
  • How mindful facilitation can create an environment of psychological safety

Strategically Thinking: Project Management Meets the Big Picture (1 Strategic PDU)

CYNTHIA BOCCARA

Learn the 3 biggest mistakes even smart Project Managers make that keep them overworked, overwhelmed and heading for burnout. In today's business climate, it is not enough to be a competent Project manager and get your initiatives in on time and budget, you also need to be strategic. Your projects must align with the larger business goals and provide value beyond just their completion. You need to be able to effectively communicate with the C-suite to get executive support and to be able to course correct. This session will teach you 3 mistakes most PMs make and 3 critical skills you will need to be able to position yourself strategically as a trusted advisor and able to see the big picture beyond the completion of a successful project.


What I hate about Project Management (Co-Presenting with Manisha Maker) (1 Leadership PDU)

ALEXANDER WINTER

You love being a project manager, however there are aspects you hate.  

Okay, hate is a strong word! No matter how much we love project management, there are always some aspects of the work that we dislike. Traditionally, project managers go through every day “Challenges” that test our resolve.  

Once we recognize the challenges that we can control and start thinking of challenges as opportunities, we can develop a strategy to be a Mindful Leader. In this interactive session, participants will learn skills that will support our transformation from “organizers” to “energizers”, “task & issue trackers” to “motivators” and “project planners” to “Leaders”. 


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What I hate about Project Management (Co-Presenting with Manisha Maker) (1 Leadership PDU)

MANISHA MAKER

You love being a project manager, however there are aspects you hate.  

Okay, hate is a strong word! No matter how much we love project management, there are always some aspects of the work that we dislike. Traditionally, project managers go through every day “Challenges” that test our resolve.  

Once we recognize the challenges that we can control and start thinking of challenges as opportunities, we can develop a strategy to be a Mindful Leader. In this interactive session, participants will learn skills that will support our transformation from “organizers” to “energizers”, “task & issue trackers” to “motivators” and “project planners” to “Leaders”. 


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Build your EQ skills in 1 hour by learning Perspective Taking (1 Leadership PDU)

BARBARA GUNNING

Why do two people react differently to the same meeting? Why does one team seem to breed drama while another runs smoothly and efficiently? This session dives into these questions by introducing you to innate personality differences. People are a puzzle and this interactive and fun session will teach a framework that will give you a shortcut to solving that puzzle. The goal is to give project managers the tools to “shift perspectives,” a method which builds trust and respect between people. Spend an impactful hour building your EQ skills and learn how to bring out the best in your teams.


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Diving Into the Deep End: An Accelerated Interactive Exploration of EQ in Project Management (1 Leadership PDU)

DAVID WINKELMAN

EQ is a set of skills and practices each of us already has and can learn to master that directly influence our success in the workplace. Moment-by-moment each of us is more or less conscious of our own and others’ feelings. In this way, all of us already operate at a particular level of emotional intelligence depending on the situation. The purpose of EQ as discipline is to raise that level of operation, so that we’re more effective and successful at anything we’re focused on achieving–especially activity with others. EQ is a major success factor for all managers and leaders.

Let’s look at some common vocabulary in EQ: awareness, communication, connection, engagement, accuracy, accountability, discomfort, emotion, feelings, awareness, breakthrough, satisfaction,

accomplishment. EQ is not primarily about numbers, intellect or conceptualization. It’s about focusing on and harnessing our own and others’ emotional attention, vitality, energy, resources, etc.–because emotions are the source of both our power and our obstacles.

By the end of this largely interactive hour you will have laughed a lot, gotten some insight and determined at least one skill worth working on in your own EQ practice.


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Mindfulness & Stress Relief TuneUp with Cath DeStefano Interactive. Reflective. Fun, not stuffy (1 Leadership PDU)

CATH DESTEFANO

It’s a big challenge at the workplace today; how to get the job done without wearing yourself out. This session doesn’t ask you to re-do your entire life in the next 21 days but it does ask you to relook at your life and what needs to be transformed.

True or false? Stress can kill you. True or false? The idea of stress management is to eliminate stress from your life. Join your other program managers for answers to these two essential questions and an exploration of what works when you need stress relief.

  • Welcome!
  • The Frenetic Woman Story
  • Connect Mindfulness and Stress
  • Complete Your Stress-Relief Mind Map
  • Clarify Life/Work Values
  • Participate in the Grape Experiment

Leave with practical help for a less-stressed life, feeling revitalized, and ready to take on the world again.