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    • 24-Sep-2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Online using Zoom

    This meeting will be held online using Zoom. You do not need an account with Zoom. To register for this meeting, click on:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsfumvpj4vHNYa4Yz1yzBO0a2r2UgSLOwB

    You will be sent an email with a link and a password that may be required to enter the meeting.

    If You're So Smart, Why Does So Much Go Awry?
    by Judy Shenouda

    Presenter: Judy Shenouda


    As consultants, you’re the expert. Yet, in spite of your best intentions, knowledge, and skill, there’s still room for error when interacting with clients who do not have your expertise.

    In this session, Judy Shenouda will share what she has learned about the expert-novice chasm and how it affects decision-making and problem-solving to the detriment of positive outcomes.

    Looking at various scenarios, participants will consider what causes the expert-novice gap and think about how to close the gap, so that problematic outcomes can be transformed into favorable, positive ones for the good of all.

    Key Learning #1:  With a chasm between the expert and the novice, much can go awry.

    Key Learning #2:  Looking at the continuum from novice to expert helps to explain the chasm and its effect on decision-making, problem-solving, and positive outcomes.

    Key Learning #3:  Closing the expert-novice chasm can lead to improved outcomes for the good of all.

                                          ______________________________


    Judith Ellison Shenouda is owner of Shenouda Associates Inc., a business that researches, writes, and edits the many professional publications that streamline processes, launch products, and promote each client’s brand.

    Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education, a Master of Arts degree in Literacy Journalism, and additional courses in curriculum design and development, group dynamics, information studies, publication management, and project management.

    She has authored Career Success in 12 Easy Steps: A Journal; A Bisl of This, A Bisl of That: Eating Our Way; and Living Well in Froggy’s World of Plenty: Sweet Talk to Read Aloud. These books are available through online stores, including Amazon.com.

    She can be reached at Shenouda@easescommunication.com.

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    Note: After the meeting ends, open networking (with private breakout rooms available) will continue until 10:00 a.m. ET for the attendees.

    Want to sponsor a meeting? Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org for more information.







    • 08-Oct-2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Online using Zoom

    This meeting will be held online using Zoom. You do not need an account with Zoom. To register for this meeting, click on:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdeyqpjsqHNYZnmWgw80ef5uys9JccYa2

    You will be sent an email with a link and a password that may be required to enter the meeting.

    Navigating Networking: Virtually and IRL

    Presenter: Sandy Sloane


    Navigating Networking IRL (In Real Life) and Virtually

    During the pandemic, virtual networking became the new normal for making connections. Many events that switched to virtual are now going back to live. But others are continuing online. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to feel comfortable with both formats.

    Even though meeting people is just a click or handshake away, most professionals are still a bit lost when connecting with others.

    Navigating Networking IRL and Virtually will provide best practices to use to make sure both your ZOOM and IN THE ROOM networking BOOM instead of BOMB. Taught by Sandy Sloane, President of Solutions by Sloane, this webinar is for anyone looking to up their networking for professional and personal gain. You’ll learn how to connect with others, the importance of elevator pitches and follow-up, and the number one secret of effective networking.

    Key Learning #1: #1 secret of effective networking

    Key Learning #2: how to cultivate your existing network

    Key Learning #3: easy ways to make small talk

                                          ______________________________


    Sandy Sloane

    Armed with 3 decades of experience and a reputation as a "training guru", Sandy is an outstanding learning & development professional who uses interactivity and humor - combined with vital information - to ensure students are educated, enriched, engaged, and empowered. She is equally comfortable creating custom seminars/webinars/workshops as she is with deploying existing information and data. Sandy is passionate about teaching leaders how to help their teams grow and thrive by providing positive work environments that foster the talents of their teams through interactive learning & development, team building, and special events designed to unleash the limitless possibilities within their most important resource: the human capital of their employees. Her work gamut has included L&D, employee engagement and recognition, special events production, strategic audits, marketing, and public relations, for blue chip corporations including Comcast, Intuit/QuickBooks, Walt Disney World, Burger King, NBC, Triune Broadcasting, Paychex, US Tennis Association, Macy’s New York, Luminate NY, The Bonadio Group, and Tompkins Financial to non-profit organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The National Women’s Hall of Fame,RESOLVE, and Denver Children’s Hospital plus many other companies across a wide variety of industries. Sandy has also been a journalist for over three decades writing for local, regional, and national publications including The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, Family Circle Magazine, and The Democrat & Chronicle. Additionally, she has authored six popular children’s picture books about bullying, peer pressure, gratitude, imagination, and kindness. Her personal philosophy is, “If someone doesn’t have a smile, give them one of yours!”

                                       _______________________________

    Note: After the meeting ends, open networking (with private breakout rooms available) will continue until 10:00 a.m. ET for the attendees.

    Want to sponsor a meeting? Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org for more information.








    • 22-Oct-2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Online using Zoom

    This meeting will be held online using Zoom. You do not need an account with Zoom. To register for this meeting, click on:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscu6sqDotH9y8ZCoUxtGHa94ZBUOgplA8

    You will be sent an email with a link and a password that may be required to enter the meeting.

    Promoting Inclusive Workplace Communication

    Presenters: Sara Taylor & Tracy Boff


    Inclusive Communication requires a commitment to creating a supportive and effective environment, using every available means of communication to understand and be understood. Communication styles that relate to diverse identities can sometimes be the root of communication breakdowns. During this session we discuss key principles of effective and inclusive communication that enables everyone to contribute diverse perspectives and feel like they belong.

    Key Learning #1:  Understand communication from the lens of Diversity, Equity, and

    Key Learning #2:  Learn to understand and recognize when a communication breakdown is happening and do something about it

    Key Learning #3:  Become more self-aware and build confidence for engaging in difficult conversation with diverse perspectives

                                          ______________________________

    Sara Taylor


    Sara Taylor is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Positive Steps and Managing Director of Taylor-Jones Event Management Services. In addition, Sara is employed full time as a Training Specialist and Community Liaison in Western New York where she focuses on Social Justices and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

    Sara’s 20+ year career, across multiple industries, range from direct-care front-line social worker to senior-level administrator. Sara has extensive experience providing leadership development training and capacity building services to organizations as well as managing professional conferences throughout North America. Over the last three years, Sara has become a well-respected leader and voice promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across systems while reminding organizational leaders that “Everyone has a role”.

    Tracy Boff
    Tracy Boff has over 25 years of leadership experience in health and human services including care coordination, housing, employment and other support services for people with disabilities. Her career includes employment with Catholic Charities Community Services in Rochester NY, where she began working as a direct support professional and worked her way through various levels of leadership, providing oversight to NY State and Federally funded programs. Tracy then worked for the NYS Department of Health where she was responsible for Medicaid Policy and Redesign Initiatives. Most recently prior to starting Beyond the Box Solutions, Tracy was the President and CEO of Prime Care Coordination and led the successful build and launch of the multi million dollar organization providing Care Coordination Services to individuals with disabilities throughout Upstate NY. Throughout Tracy’s career, she has led and developed learning and development programs and has presented at regional and national conferences. Fueled by her passion for organizational development, Tracy has led several strategic planning, change management, branding and quality improvement efforts for both non profit and for profit companies.

                                       _______________________________

    Note: After the meeting ends, open networking (with private breakout rooms available) will continue until 10:00 a.m. ET for the attendees.

    Want to sponsor a meeting? Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org for more information.








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