Great Leaders Workshop Series
We believe that everyone is leading. Whether you are leading yourself or leading an organization, you are making decisions daily about how to show up, how to serve others, and how you want to engage in the community. To help you on your journey, Leadership Columbus brings you the 2021 Great Leaders Series! Bringing together local subject matter experts with a wealth of collective expertise, this monthly workshop series covers a variety of topics designed to elevate your leadership and help you become a truly Great Leader!
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 8:30 – 11 a.m. (individual dates listed below). Doors open at 8 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments served.
Location: Heartland Bank Corporate Center
430 N. Hamilton Road
Whitehall, OH 43213
Cost: $125 per session
Questions? Contact Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unpacking Racism: The long road to racial thriving, equity, belonging, and inclusion
September 21, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Suzanne Roberts & Karen Hewitt, Unifying Solutions
This workshop will focus on the history and challenges around racism in an engaging environment where participants unpack some of the hardest questions faced around the topic at hand. Participants will identify how systemic racism operates through policies, practices, and organizational structures as well as through civic engagement and how this has been embedded since the beginning of our country.
Why should you attend? White participants will learn that being a good person and having anti-racism philosophy is not what the work is – it is owning the ideological frameworks that white people have inherited, like it or not, that needs to constantly be unpacked and dismantled. Since BIPOC people do not have the opportunity to opt out, what is the moral imperative that keeps white people engaged in the work for the long haul? And for BIPOC people, how to interrupt being complicit with the messaging that is broadcast constantly about their lack of value and being less human than white people, to thrive and become BLACK Excellence.Register
Suzanne Roberts is the Principal of UnifyingSolutions and the co-founder of Safe Conversation About Race. As an Executive Coach, she has worked with leaders, teams, and organizations large and small to lead on purpose. Suzanne is dedicated to anti-racism, cultural diversity, social equity, and social justice. She educates how social systems of oppression got designed, and incorporates an intersectional lens in her work, in order to bring about sustainable change. The process illuminates how historical forces operate today to limit human dignity and contribution in some groups of people, while benefiting an elite group of people. While she cares about all marginalized communities, her primary focus is on interrupting and reducing racial harm due to systemic racism.
Karen Hewitt, M.Ed. (Ze/Hir and She/Her) is passionate about the heart work of advocacy, transformative justice, empathetic leadership, education, creativity, and connection. Currently, Ze serves as Associate Director for Leadership Columbus. Karen also facilitates and consults in Anti-Racism and Diversity Management. She is a published author, creative, coach and conversation catalyst. Karen is committed to doing the work of holding space to create connection, belonging and community. Karen serves on a variety of committees, commissions, and collectives in Columbus to further advance the work of racial and social justice and create visibility and representation for Black, Queer, Non-Gender Conforming/ Non-Binary intersections in these spaces. She is a non-negotiable stand for the most marginalized and the dignity and value of every human life.
LGBTQIA+/Queer Leadership Strategies: Leading Out Proud
October 19, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Densil Porteous, Executive Director, Stonewall Columbus
Queer identities have had to hide in plain sight. In business, this is often referred to as a silent identity. Until the 2020 Bostock ruling, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6–3 decision that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is necessarily also discrimination “because of sex” as prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, queer identities could legally be fired for simply living their truth. And while there are, and have been, a great many LGBTQIA+ identities that have led and guided organizations—few have always felt empowered to lead out proud!
Why should you attend? You will leave this session feeling empowered to lead authentically with your queer identity or be able to encourage other queer identities to lead authentically.Register
Densil Porteous is Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus, central Ohio’s LGBTQIA community center and organization and CEO of Pride Fund 1, a venture capital vehicle focused on LGBTQIA entrepreneurs and ventures. In 2015 Densil founded DePorteous Consulting–a bespoke consultancy focused on helping nonprofits build organizational capacity. Outside of his professional career Porteous has served on numerous boards and currently serves on the Board for the Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation; the Create Columbus Commission; the Human Rights Campaign; and Kenyon College.
ABIDE2 (Acceptance, Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Engagement)
November 16, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Lachandra Baker, Senior Manager, Employee Engagement, CoverMyMeds
There’s a new normal in the world of workplace engagement. Employees are demanding more autonomy, flexibility, and inclusivity. To stay competitive in the ever-changing job marketplace, employers must develop a compelling employee value proposition and employment strategy to attract, develop, and retain high potential, high performing talent.
Why should you attend? You will learn how to engage with employees in a more meaningful way by advocating on behalf of your employees and co-workers. This session builds upon the previous employee engagement session by adding layers related to the impact of personal and professional relationships, the concept of “additive workplace culture” and embodying inclusive behaviors.Register
Lachandra B. Baker, MBA, ABC, CTA (she/her) is the senior manager of Employee Engagement at CoverMyMeds, a healthcare technology company located in Columbus Ohio.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, majoring in Hospitality Management and Communications. She received her MBA with a Marketing specialization from the University of the Southwest. She is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Greater Columbus Region. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification program and was recently named one of Columbus’ Future50 leaders.
Mrs. Baker is an award-winning communicator and four-time TEDx speaker/performer. She is very active in the community and volunteers through Experience Columbus and Besa for many events, activities, and festivals around the city.
In her free time, she enjoys experiencing new cultures, eating great food, and doing
fun projects with her family.
Navigating Emotions at Work and Beyond
December 14, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Jim & Lynette Vaive, Spirit of EQ
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has become a buzzword that can easily stay theoretical. How can we learn to practice EQ, and how can that make a difference in the way each of us connects with others at work and elsewhere? How can I use emotions for my own benefit and that of others around me to improve my professional and personal outcomes?
Why should you attend? You will learn to notice emotions and the role they play in your workday which will help you understand how to choose an intentional response vs. reacting unintentionally. These learnings will in turn help you better connect with your colleagues as human beings and feel more connected to self as well.Register
In 30 years of building and running a successful business, Jim Vaive, PCC learned that leadership is all about people – and that the same interpersonal skills which let people lead in business are essential to leading in personal life. This insight led Jim to pursue Emotional Intelligence, a science he’s brought to dozens of businesses and social ventures to support the creation of value for all stakeholders.
Blending his business experience with background as a Spiritual Director, a stint in the military, and an emotional intelligence Advanced Practitioner, Jim brings a unique perspective. These “lenses” help him help others to see possibility in people and situations. This allows him to support leaders and changemakers to a greater depth and understanding of themselves and their clients.
Beyond the business arena, Jim has led multiple projects with nonprofits, education, and prison ministries. In one recent project, Jim worked with individual leaders of a large nonprofit to achieve breakthrough personal and professional growth, blending practical skills to move ahead with the insight and nurture that comes from working at the intersection of emotional and spiritual intelligences.
Jim completed extensive training in Spiritual Direction with the Dominican Sisters and the Spiritual Formation Academy of the United Methodist Church. Jim also holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation as well as both Emotional Intelligence (EQ, Six Seconds) and Spiritual Intelligence (SQ21, Deep Change, Inc.) coaching certifications.
Lynette Vaive, MBA, PCC supports the effective implementation of emotional intelligence coaching and training for individuals and organizations. As a Six Seconds Master Trainer, she mentors emotional intelligence practitioners to utilize effective experiential learning design and to make training both powerful and meaningful.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience in healthcare technology (as a Microbiology Lab Supervisor, Infection Prevention Practitioner and Credentialed Trainer for medical software), Lynette blends hard science, business acumen, and coaching expertise. Framing EQ in data-oriented language and combining process improvement experience with EQ business applications allows Lynette to effect change and develop processes and training that resonate within the business context.
Lynette is one of Six Seconds’ Advanced Practitioners and has authored several case studies on this methodology. She holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation as well as both Emotional Intelligence (EQ, Six Seconds) and Spiritual Intelligence (SQ21, Deep Change, Inc.) coaching certifications. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from Otterbein University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from The Ohio State University. Lynette also completed a Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University, as well as various healthcare certifications and medical software credentials.
Creating Change and Doing Good
July 20, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Ken Schneck, Baldwin Wallace University
Never has the clarion call to “do good” been heard more loudly than in our current landscape. But the gap between wanting to do good and doing good is one that leaders have been struggling through for as long as there has been this tricky concept called leadership.
Why should you attend? Whether you want to create a new nonprofit, pack the house for a change-making event, or just get your brand more ‘out there’, this workshop will help you define your voice, hone your idea of “doing good,” and market your attempt to create change. This highly interactive workshop will strengthen your approach to doing good and build your confidence…guaranteed.
Dr. Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame, Ohio’s only statewide LGBTQ+ news and views platform. He is the author of Seriously…What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew (2017), LGBTQ Cleveland (2018), LGBTQ Columbus (2019), and LGBTQ Cincinnati (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of leadership in education at Baldwin Wallace University.
Employee Engagement: Why You Need It, How to Get It
August 17, 2021, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Andrea Applegate, Applegate Talent Strategies
Employee engagement is essential for effective teams and productive workplaces. (Said another way, without engagement, an effective team or a productive workplace is impossible to obtain.) Levels of employee engagement can be measured via surveys of motivation and morale as well as through business metrics like high turnover, excessive absenteeism, and low productivity. Despite its “measurability,” employee engagement is elusive. Many teams and workplaces place responsibility for engagement with the HR department. Others turn to the social committee as the solution to increase engagement. While hosting birthday celebrations and outings to the ballpark are fun activities–and we should keep doing them–they have no meaningful impact on employees’ actual engagement.
Why should you attend? You will learn what employee engagement is and how it impacts teams and organizations. Stop defaulting to myth and misunderstanding about employee engagement and know how to explain what effective engagement really is. You’ll leave this workshop ready to recognize the influence employee engagement has as a ratchet on organizational outcomes!Register
Andrea J. Applegate is founder and president of Applegate Talent Strategies, a boutique consulting practice committed to helping employers get the best from their employees while ensuring their people have the best experience at work. Andrea has more than two decades of experience in workforce and talent, honed primarily at the Columbus Chamber, Per Scholas, and Jewish Family Services prior to striking out on her own. Andrea is active in the nonprofit community, currently serving as president of the board for SocialVentures. Andrea has a degree in English from The Ohio State University and an MBA in organizational leadership from Franklin University. She lives in the Brewery District with her husband and her beloved dog, Jack.