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Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

Sessions in this track focus on the qualities, experiences and work styles that make individuals unique, such as age, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin and sexual orientation, and how organizations can leverage those qualities in support of business objectives.

12 Rules of Respect: The Neuroscience of Employee Engagement

Training can take on a new dimension if an organization adopts the transformational power of respect. In this session, learn how to incorporate an environment of engagement and trust, which ignites the brain to be more productive and collaborative plus highly innovative in the workplace. Based on neuroscience research, participants will learn the 12 rules of respect and how to use them to increase positive behaviors in the workplace. You'll also explore the role that attitudes play in promoting respectful workplaces. The key to learning any specific behavior is by successfully changing. Paul will introduce some new tools that the participants can instill in changing disrespectful behavior patterns.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize what respect should look (and feel) like within the workplace and training environment.
  2. Understand why respect is different from and goes beyond tolerance.
  3. Identify how the brain reacts to disrespectful behaviors while damaging morale and productivity.

Speaker: Paul Meshanko, CEO & President, Legacy Business Cultures

Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change. He opened Legacy Business Cultures in 1997 to serve the region's growing demand for change management and employee engagement training. Under his leadership, the business has grown to become a successful staff development and employee survey providers. As a presenter and facilitator, Paul has captivated thousands of leaders and business professionals on five continents. Always with any eye towards research and neuroscience, his speaking themes include organizational and personal resilience, employee engagement and respectful work cultures. Paul holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College. He is also is an active member if the Human Resource Planning Society and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

The Path to "Having It All" for Productive Women: The Coach's Approach to Creating Engagement in Your Own Life and Career

Someone reading the title of this presentation is already feeling uncomfortable. After all, aren't productive women supposed to be "all in" about "having it all"? One of the workforce's best kept secrets is that women, in larger majorities than gets advertised, don't want it all. But there's one more bombshell secret, men - in greater numbers than ever before - are coming to terms with not wanting it all either.

In this session, we will use the widely circulated article in "The Atlantic", by Ann-Marie Slaughter - "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" as a backdrop to identifying the three things productive women need to move this provocative issue from being a personal and professional roadblock to being a powerful key to creating personal and professional engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Origins of "Having It All" and Why It Matters - At Work and At Home
  2. Identify the Top 5 Myths (and Truths) About Having It All
  3. Learn the FP2 Process - Get Crystal Clear, Today, About What Having It All Means in Your Professional and Personal Life

Speaker: Karen Renee Hilton, President and Founder, The Alice Project LLC

Karen R. Hilton is Founder and President of The Alice Project, a coaching, speaking and consulting practice dedicated to "Focus, Purpose and Perspective". Karen's expertise is working with individuals or organizations to: leverage the Core Energy and FP2 Coaching Process to identify and align strengths, clarify values, remove roadblocks and deliver sustainable results in her clients. Prior to The Alice Project, Karen enjoyed a 20+ year career in Human Resources, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources for TRX, Inc., where she had responsibility for global human resources in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and India.

Leading and Working Successfully Across Cultures and From a Distance

Misunderstood by cultural differences and geographical distance? Unsure how to bridge the cultural gap? Struggling communicating in an intercultural team and organization, especially from a distance? Never before have we lived in such an interconnected and intercultural world. New technology, work force migration and globalization have brought new opportunities--but not without challenges. This seminar will increase your ability to overcome cross-cultural and virtual team issues, manage and lead diverse teams and customers and establish positive relationships that help you accomplish your goals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Implement tools and techniques to become a more proactive communicator
  2. Build trust and relationships despite cultural and geographic differences
  3. Develop and improve virtual team-member competences for collaboration success.

Speaker: Lan Bercu, MBA, President, Lead Across Cultures

Lan Bercu is the founder and president of Lead Across Cultures Intl, an Atlanta- based company with a focus on cross cultural competence and global leadership. As an international speaker and expert in her field, Lan has nearly two decades of experience working with multinational corporations in Asia and North America; among those are Intel, Bayer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In her earlier years, Lan was an entrepreneur and public relations executive at British Petroleum. She also consulted expatriates and their families in Southeast Asia. Lan received her MBA degree from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, Global Speakers Federation and the American Society of Training and Development. Lan - the author of the book, The 36 Ancient Chinese Strategies for Modern Business has been featured on Finance Business News Channel, in Vietnam Investment Review, Entrepreneur magazine and other media channels.