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2018 Leadership Forum: Leading Across Generations

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 11:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Join the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for a half-day of professional and leadership development on the theme “Leading Across Generations,” where our keynote will spotlight EF Education Firstan international education company that ranked number one on Boston Globe's 2017 Top Places to Work.

In a moderated discussion with David Ager, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, father and son Bertil and Dr. Edward Hult will explore how they use multi-generational leadership to encourage a culture that balances employee empowerment and respect to stimulate growth over the past 53 years and into the future. Their keynote will kick-off a series of workshops focused on leading across generations and the skills necessary to navigate a multi-generational workforce, then conclude with a networking reception.

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Agenda:
11:45 AM - 12 PM
Arrivals + Registration
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Welcome, Lunch, Keynote: Mr. Bertil Hult and Dr. Edward Hult
Keynote
Presented by:
Bertil Hult
Founder, EF Education First
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Dr. Edward Hult
CEO North America, EF Education First
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David Ager (Moderator)
Managing Director, Executive Development, Executive Education at Harvard Business School
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Workshops
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Session 1
Shaping Company Culture for the Digital Economy
2nd Floor: Salon VI

The speed of technological innovation is having a profound effect on organizations. The Digital Economy is availing clients to big data faster than ever before. Clients expect rapid responses, quick turnaround and lightning speed problem solving. This accelerated pace requires an Agile workforce capable of flexible, nimble and responsive problem solving and appropriate autonomy. This workshop will help participants understand how to shape a culture for an agile workforce.  

Participants will learn how to accurately recognize and demonstrate behaviors that contribute to and build a culture of voice and eliminate those that elicit silence.

Presented by:
Dr. Rob Bogosian
Founder, RVB Associates, Inc.& Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Executive MBA Program
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When the #@$! Hits the Fan: Leading Your Team Through Deep Conflict
2nd Floor: Salon I

Conflict is inevitable. Yet, too often conflict is avoided or swept under the rug, particularly in the workplace. A leader’s ability to successfully navigate through conflict is the gateway to the success of teams, projects, and organizations. In this interactive session, participants learn a technique to help groups talk respectfully and productively about conflict and move towards resolution.

Presented by:
Keli Trejo
Founder, Rising Mountain Studio​
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Maya Townsend
Founder, Partnering Resources
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Building Relationships in a Multi-Generational Workforce
2nd Floor: Concept

As employees, we often lose sight that we are part of an overall team working towards a common goal. In this workshop, presenters will introduce an evidence-based framework and tool for building relationships to improve communication and performance within and across multi-generational workgroups. Participants will hone skills to identify and communicate shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect to improve processes, collaboration, and performance. 

Presented by:
Dr. Lauren Hajjar
Director of Research, Brandeis University
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Michael Noce
Business Development and Strategic Alignment, Relational Coordination Analytics
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Who Made You the Leader?: Authentic Leadership Across Generations
3rd Floor: Discovery

For anyone with the ambition to join the next generation of industry leaders, so much of the conversation – and even research – that drives our discussions about leadership require us to adjust our business practices by changing what others can observe about us externally: how we speak, how we dress, how we present ourselves, which projects we take on, how late we can be seen working in the office, and who we spend time with. While some of these external measures are excellent proxies for determining if we are effective leaders, there is far more work that to be done to address how we come to know and make the decisions that are right for ourselves in the moment. In this session, you will explore research-driven methods for addressing differences of internal identity across generations and levels of seniority in the workplace to ultimately help those stuck on their leadership journeys move forward to their own beat.

Presented by:
Kadesh Conroy
Global Director of Human Resources, Ivy Gate International Education Group
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Managing & Leading The Gig Economy Workforce
3rd Floor: Endeavor

The on-demand economy continues to fundamentally change the availability of talent and the structure of teams. Whether you’re someone who is embracing this change or pushing back against it, this interactive session will help managers of integrated teams better lead within their organizations. We will outline how to get the best results from your integrated workforce as well as present a simplified approach to employee engagement to retain gig economy talent.   

Presented by:
Dr. Curtis Odom
President, Stuck On Start Coaching and Professor, Northeastern University
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Increase your Understanding of Generational Differences
3rd Floor: Enterprise

Today’s generational diversity has created challenges for both employers and employees. This workshop will examine stereotypes of these generations and separate fact from fiction. Participants will have the opportunity to understand key situations that have developed the mindset and styles of each generation and will be able to interact with each other to share and discuss ideas on how to more effectively collaborate in a generationally diverse work environment.

Presented by:
Joshua Combest
Senior Consultant, MCG Partners
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3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Session 2
Leading Through Innovation & Collaborating to Win
2nd Floor: Salon I

Leaders who do not innovate are relegated to being managers forever. To lead teams, companies, and industries, you need to master the tenants of innovation and the art of collaborating to win, especially across generations. In this workshop, participants will study examples of how C-level executives and senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies get insights and answers from millennials as future customers and employees. 

Presented by:
Ronald Jonash
Principal, IXL Center
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Mastering Self-Awareness to Lead
2nd Floor: Concept

We all want greater fulfillment, joy, and success for our lives. But how do we get there? Mastering self-awareness is one way. Through an interactive presentation, participants will learn critical-thinking strategies and processes to empower themselves to create goals, increase self-confidence, and lead in a way that’s true to themselves. This holistic approach enables leaders across all generations to connect to one’s purpose with their work, resulting in better effectiveness professionally and personally.

Presented by:
Ngan Nguyen
Founder & CEO, Cintamani Group
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Designing Employee Engagement… Without Spending a Fortune
3rd Floor: Enterprise

In today’s tight job market, recruiting, motivating and retaining employees is both critical for business success and increasingly challenging. While empowered employees are a potent force, managers are finding the idea of ‘empowerment’ a bit of a black box, often lacking specific actionable recommendations. What’s more, ‘empowerment’ can be particularly difficult for employees whose jobs are highly routinized, low-skilled, or repetitive. This workshop gives participants actionable ideas and tools to maximize the attractiveness and motivating potential of jobs in their organizations, across all generations and types of work. Participants will engage in a job-design exercise during the workshop, and will take away materials and specific, evidence-based concepts that they can use to more effectively think about, talk about, and outline work for their employees.

Presented by:
Barbara Larson
Professor, Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School Of Business
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Improving the Quality of Conversations Across Generations
3rd Floor: Endeavor

Innovative organizations of the 21st century require leaders that can foster quality conversations at all levels. This is especially important as dynamics in the workforce shift with the increasing number of millennials in the workforce.  During this session we will discuss recent MIT research and share and practice coaching approaches for teams to be engaged and empowered.

Presented by:
Jen Armstrong
Executive Leadership Coach & Strategy Consultant, Bright Chirp Consulting
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Meg Regan
Director for Executive Education MIT Sloan School of Management Office of Executive Education
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Moving Beyond Diversity
3rd Floor: Discovery

As leaders operating in a multigenerational workforce, we’ve heard of the importance of diversity and inclusion. However, many companies are still finding ways to nurture an environment where people feel they can actively participate, where their contributions are respected and valued. This workshop is about the steps we can each take, regardless of our position, to move beyond the individualism of diversity to build inclusive and equitable workforce.

Presented by:
Gina Patterson
Consultant, TSNE MissionWorks
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Aba Taylor
Professional Learning Manager, TSNE MissionWorks
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Conexión Model: Demystifying Mentoring (Panel)
2nd Floor: Salon VI

Many of us crave sage advice from experienced individuals – but how do you find someone like that? This workshop will demystify mentoring through the eyes of Conexión, Inc. a ten-year-old mentoring program matching mid-career Hispanic/Latino professionals with executive level mentors.  Presenters will provide an overview of their approach including identifying a good mentor and mentee, what goes into making the matches, and expectations of each party. Then you’ll hear from a panel of mentees and executive mentors who will share their strategies to maximize mentoring benefits.

Presented by:
Nancy McCabe (Moderator)
Founder & President, Results Business Coaching
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Phil Catchings
Former Chief Administrative Officer, The Boston Consulting Group (retired)
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Juan Lopera
Vice President, Business Diversity and Community Partnerships, Tufts Health Plan
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Marissa Vargas
Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Marketing Communications, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Anne Bailey Berman
President and Founder, Chadwick, Martin and Bailey (retired)
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Closing:
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Networking Reception
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