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Workshops

2019 Business Women's Forum Workshops

Morning Workshops

Workshop A: Receiving Feedback with Grace

Presented by: Cindy Maher, Chief Humor Officer and CEO and Jamie Guite, Expert Laugh Generator and Master Facilitator, Leading Edge Coaches

Perfect for: Those who want to keep their cool in annual reviews, debriefing meetings, and post-event pow wow sessions.

 

“Hey, can I give you some feedback?”

“Um … no thanks!”

A significant part of our reputation comes from how well we take feedback from others.  So why is it so difficult?  We know that feedback is essential for development, growth, and healthy relationships – but most of us dread and dismiss it.  That’s because feedback sits at the heart of two conflicting human desires: we want to learn and grow but we also want to be accepted and respected just as we are now.  Receiving feedback effectively is strongly connected to personal and professional success.  Be prepared to defuse defensiveness in yourself and others through a unique blend of improvisational comedic scenes, the latest leadership research, small group discussion and self-reflection.

 

  • Having built awareness around your own reactions to tough feedback – and how it impacts your reputation
  • Being able to recognize three major triggers that occur when you receive feedback from others
  • Ready to incorporate strategies to help you receive feedback with grace and an eye for learning
  • Able to put feedback in perspective by recognizing three core truths

 

Leading Edge Coaching & Development was founded in 2003 by Cindy Maher and Carol Grannis. This dynamic duo invented a new teaching approach by combining research, leadership best practices, active learning techniques, and live improvisational comedy. Their crazy-powerful and unique blend of strategies instantly wakes people up, builds self-awareness, instills a motivation to change, and moves learners forward. Today, Leading Edge is a powerhouse of talented and comedic instructors. Their mission is to help your organization thrive. They do that by teaching leaders how to deeply engage employees, move teams forward, and deepen relationships with those inside and outside of business, government agency, or academic environment. They focus on the most critical skills that leaders can use and apply on the job and within their whole life.

Workshop B: ENGAGE!

Presented by Dana Hilmer – Speaker, Author, Leadership & Success Coach – Founder, THRIVEitude, Inc.

Perfect for: Individuals and teams who could use some extra motivation and focus in their workday!

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to work and be fully engaged in the work that you do? And employers, how would your business be different if your employees were both happy and engaged daily?  In this workshop, leadership and success coach Dana Hilmer will provide research-based insights and actionable tools to cultivate workplace engagement. If you and your team could use a boost, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss!

 

  • Gratitude and recognition
  • Strength-based leadership
  • Purpose and impact
  • “Bringing your Human” to work

 

Dana Hilmer is a speaker, author, leadership and success coach. She’s also the founder of THRIVEitude, Inc.  Dana is passionate about helping people “own their awesome” and create the life and work they love. Inspiring and always actionable, Dana brings the research-based science of resilience and human flourishing to organizations to help people realize their potential and maximize their impact. Dana works with individuals and teams to provide strategies and tools to cultivate positive transformation. Through keynotes, workshops, coaching and her two flagship programs: The THRIVE Program for High Performance Living and Leading (for all leaders at all levels) and the Women’s Leadership THRIVE*circle ™ Program, she helps people elevate their confidence, performance, engagement, leadership and overall well-being. Dana has been featured on hundreds of radio and television shows across the country and she speaks on topics related to mastering your mindset (aka “THRIVEitude”), optimal living, owning your awesome, and creating the life and work you love. Dana lives in a peaceful shoreline town in CT with her husband and their three teenage boys. To receive free tips and videos to help you create the work and life you love, please go to DanaHilmer.com.

Workshop C: Stand Out Leadership-Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

SOLD OUT

Presented by Connie Podesta, Connie Podesta Presents

Perfect for: Company Managers and Team Leaders

 

In a perfect world all employees would be high achieving, self-motivated, engaging, team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. Does that sound like the Twilight Zone? Bottom Line: In the real world many employees: simply “meet expectations,” lack initiative, bring their personal life to work, stress over every change and whine about having to WORK…. on the job!  “Enough!” says Human Behavior and Leadership Development expert Connie Podesta, who has empowered thousands of leaders worldwide with the attitudes, mindsets and strategies necessary to create a team that’s willing, able and excited to get the job done THE RIGHT WAY! With her signature blend of comedy and “tell-it-like-it-is” delivery, Connie takes you inside the minds of even your most difficult employees.

  • Negative attitudes into positive
  • Entitlement into accountability
  • Complacency into productivity
  • Complaining into solutions
  • “That’s not my job” mentalities into ownership

Connie has a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Communications and Business, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and Counseling and was a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for more than 25 years. Combine this incredible education with 30 years of working with leading organizations throughout the world and you see why Connie is constantly Choice #1. Her education, experience, street smarts, personality and top-notch credentials are guaranteed to help organizations learn how to achieve exciting, measurable results.

Afternoon Workshops

Workshop D: 10 Critical Tools for Promoting Your Brand Online (& Making Your Life Easier)

Presented by Lauren White – Bingley Design, Founder & Creative Director
Lauren White
Perfect for: Those who want to build and maintain a stronger brand for themselves and their business.
Brands are built by what you do, what you say, what you believe, and how well you act on your brand promise. Branding is managing all these variables with deliberate intent to shape people’s perceptions in ways that achieve long-term success. How does your audience view your brand online? Are you utilizing digital marketing effectively or would you rather be getting a root canal over trying to organize your social media posts? There are specific tools and foundational blocks that you can implement to build a solid brand online – without taking up all of your time and energy.  My goal is to help you understand these tools and practical applications that will separate you from the competition. 

  • Actionable prompts for ‘why’ digital marketing is important
  • 10 tangible software tools and recommendations for growing your brand/company’s presence
  • Fresh ways to create or maintain a powerful and positive brand image throughout your digital media strategies
  • A sense of confidence to tackle your next big digital

Lauren White is the Creative Director for Bingley Design, a design and marketing firm with offices in Newtown, Westport, and New York City. She comes alongside poised mid-size businesses (with a specialty in e-commerce) to serve as their off-site marketing agency.

Lauren brings a fresh perspective to developing one’s brand by utilizing her seven years of corporate sales & marketing, along with an M.A. Degree in Graphic & Information Design. She has a great understanding of digital design, business entrepreneurship, and a strong appreciation of what it takes to turn your professional goals into a reputable vision that will draw in both investors and clients. After 3 1/2 years in business, Lauren has established ongoing relationships with over 150 clients in 10 states, has hired 5 employees, and is on the cusp of bringing the brand international.

 

Workshop E: Maximizing Energy in a Demanding World

SOLD OUT

Presented by Cindy Maher, Chief Humor Officer and CEO and Jamie Guite, Expert Laugh Generator and Master Facilitator, Leading Edge Coaches
Cindy and Jamie
Perfect for: Everyone who is tired of feeling tired and would like a long-term energy boost!

 

Our typical response to rising demands and pressures in the workplace is to work longer hours.  Unfortunately, that quickly takes a toll on productivity, creativity, engagement and health.  The problem with time is that it’s a finite resource (you only get 24 hours in a day).  But energy is renewable.  During this workshop, you’ll explore the four wellsprings of energy, and take a close look at what you’re doing to contribute (or not) to your own health as a leader.  Leading Edge founder Cindy Maher and Chief Humor Officer Jamie Guite will spark reflection, discussion and commitment through a wildly interactive presentation.  Through an innovative mix of improvisational comedy, cutting edge research, and peer learning, you’ll walk away with a greater awareness of the capacity you have and a 30-day roadmap that will lead to the energy you want.

  • Identify the four wellsprings of energy and how it relates to project performance
  • Recognize your own energy deficits and commit to critical strategies and rituals to expand energy
  • Develop a personal 30-day challenge to support your own energy and success

 

Leading Edge Coaching & Development was founded in 2003 by Cindy Maher and Carol Grannis. This dynamic duo invented a new teaching approach by combining research, leadership best practices, active learning techniques, and live improvisational comedy.

Their crazy-powerful and unique blend of strategies instantly wakes people up, builds self-awareness, instills a motivation to change, and moves learners forward. Today, Leading Edge is a powerhouse of talented and comedic instructors. Their mission is to help your organization thrive. They do that by teaching leaders how to deeply engage employees, move teams forward, and deepen relationships with those inside and outside of business, government agency, or academic environment. They focus on the most critical skills that leaders can use and apply on the job and within their whole life.

Workshop F: The Four Currencies of Conversation

Presented by Liz Dederer, Selling with Service, Founder and CEO

Liz Dederer

Perfect for: Those who want to master conversations surrounding money and have the confidence to ask for what they deserve.

Does the thought of talking about money make your stomach do a somersault? Many of us feel uncomfortable when it comes to talking cash with our clients, customers, or supervisors. Discover the Four Currencies of Conversation we trade with and how you can identify them easily to confidently be in control of any conversation. If you’d like to make relationship and business decisions from where you want to be instead of from where you think you are, this workshop is for you!

  • The #1 mistake we all make in conversations around and about money
  • How to stop self-sabotaging money thoughts from negatively impacting your relationships and your business
  • The three easy-to-implement strategies to align your natural money mindset with your business and your life
  • How to confidently control any conversation

As Founder & CEO of Selling With Service, Liz Dederer and her team have helped clients increase close rates from 0% to 80% in 30 days, end the year 50% over plan and increase sales from under $300 thousand to $1.2 million in under 6 months! Liz has been featured on the International Women and Money Summit and is on her 2nd national speaking tour, teaching business owners and sales teams The Currency of Conversation so they can Close Clients QuicklyTM!

Past Workshop Speakers