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Workplace Strategies Conference

Concurrent Sessions

Using Technology for Learning & Development

Victor Dumeige & Villetta Reeves, Qualcomm
Social networking is infiltrating corporate learning systems as employees play a more proactive and contributory role in shaping the learning that takes place at work. Social networking methodologies provide employees with the tools to access, collect and manage information and contacts, and to create and share their own learning experiences. Come hear how Qualcomm is using social media technologies and methodologies to improve the quality, convenience, relevance and effectiveness of employee learning.


Practical Challenges and Solutions to Global Diversity & Inclusion in Multinational Organizations

Tiffani Wang-Jones, IKEA; Lee Wills-Irvine; Meisha Sherman, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Strategically aligning corporate culture, strategies, systems and interventions to make diversity and inclusion (D&I) a reality remains elusive, even though multinational organizations have to anticipate and respond to global demographic talent, clientele shifts in order to survive and thrive. This panel of global diversity and inclusion practitioners will share the innovative approaches and initiatives used within their organizations and will share how D&I is embed into the global strategic initiatives. Discussion topics will cover the state of the global and domestic D&I practices, culturally-specific challenges, and practical solutions these practitioners have used to integrate D&I into day-to-day reality.


We Need to Talk...
Leading Crucial Conversations in the Workplace


Jessica Rivera-Mirabile, California Employers Association
Unhealthy workplace conflict haunts organizations daily, leading to lost productivity, diminished morale and decreased performance. It is costly and has a negative effect on the bottom line through employee absenteeism, job performance and customer service. This workshop helps leaders to model conflict resolution and how to avoid future conflicts.


Using Mindfulness to Raise the Bar on Individual and Team Performance

Sharon Griggs, Del Mar Center for Leadership & Change
Are you stressed out but don’t know where to start to become happier and more effective? During this session, we will explore: How are you at your best? What routines would help you show up that way more often? What outcomes can you expect from showing up at your best?


Getting Paid to Grow the Bottom Line


Don Phin, CalBar
It's time to claim your value as an HR Executive! Don will take you on a fast paced, challenging journey into what it takes to be truly strategic and get paid for it too! He will share insight from speaking to thousands of CEO's, as well as experience coaching HR executives.


Managing Chaos! Tools to Set Priorities and Get Things Done

Jan Zaragoza, High-Performance Training Solutions
Do you always feel behind in your job? Do you feel there is no way to ever “catch up”? In this fun session you will learn time saving habits to move you through a never-ending workload, reduce your stress, and make you more effective, successful, and valuable to your organization.


The Secret Sauce in the New Normal – A Positive Engaged Brain

Devin Hughes, Devin C. Hughes Enterprises LLC
The research is clear. Positive environments are performance enhancers. They are characterized by higher productivity, fewer health problems and more resilient teams. Leaders who know how to cultivate positive emotion tap into an endless well of psychological capital (hope, optimism, confidence, resilience and belief) that has the power to keep people and teams innovating, creating value and more successful even in tough times.


Why Won’t They Listen? How to Communicate With Millennials

Krishna Powell, HR 4 Your Small Biz
Do you ever feel like you are on Mars but your millennial staff are on Venus? Are you tired of the bickering and confusion taking place amongst your intergenerational employees then this session is for you. Studies have shown not only do Millennials see things differently but they also hear things differently. Learn proven techniques for communicating with millennials and understanding them.


New Paradigms for Building Leaders:
Mind and Body Approaches

Beth Levin; Christy Cassisa, The Institute for Mindful Works; Amy Sandler, Thunderheart
Progressive organizations known for thriving cultures and successful business models are incorporating new mind and body methods into their leadership development. Join local subject matter experts as they share proven methods to transform leadership and their development. Review the latest relevant neuroscience research findings related to emotional intelligence, a key attribute of successful leaders. Experience simple, accessible and impactful mind body activities building personal effectiveness you can add to your professional toolkit. Leave with resources and inspiration to live and work with more resilience!

Global Diversity and Inclusion Standards:
What Are They and How Can I Use Them?


Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ferdman Consulting
Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) is a unique free tool, created with input from 95 expert panelists, that provides guidelines for cutting-edge approaches to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Come learn about the GDIB 10th anniversary edition, its benefits, and how to use it.