AmeriCorps 2019 Launch
CELEBRATING EVERYDAY SUPERHEROES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
HARTFORD CONVENTION CENTER
KEYNOTE: Mr. Jeff Dess is a dynamic public speaker, author, emcee and professor of Haitian descent. The native New Yorker,
known as the Disruptive Educator, is also the cofounder of the educational platform, Trill or Not Trill. The company bridges the gap between popular culture and student development. Mr. Jeff Dess is the author of five books, including Trill Motivation, which through imagery, poetry and commentary tackles leadership and motivation from a contemporary perspective. After studying at St. John’s University and earning a B.A. and M.A in English literature, he worked in student affairs for over 10 years. He has delivered lectures at over 25 universities, including Columbia and Princeton University, and has performed globally in Indonesia, Italy and South Africa. He’s been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Root and Urban Cusp Magazine. It’s time to DO THE WORK!
TRAINING PROVIDER: KJR Consulting: Learning & Development Catalysts, offer a full menu of services designed to meet a variety of organizational development and training needs. They offer a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to create lasting change in organizations. They provide training, consulting, and assessments in several core areas of focus, including leadership development, team development, diversity and inclusion, customer service, behavioral assessment, productivity solutions, and change management, as well as customized services to meet unique organizational needs. Individual speaker bios are available at this event.
AmeriCorps Member Workshops
Presenter: Jamal Jimerson
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the impact that bias, stereotypes and prejudice can have on people. We will spend time exploring how our own cultural views create assumptions that impact the way we see and respond to others and how this can raise unnecessary hurdles in our cross-cultural communication with others. We will also share strategies for responding to situations where stereotypes are used.
Presenter: Heidi Hanson
Do you understand how people around you perceive your talents, values, and contributions? Are you sure you are sending the right professional messages to those you interact with? Image and visibility are essential components of career success. Making a strong and favorable impression is far more than following a list of “do’s and don’ts.” You must perfect an authentic professional image — your own unique “brand.” Join us as we explore strategies for communicating your passion and purpose in a manner that builds and elevates your unique personal brand.
Presenter: Stephanie Sibille
Ever wonder why one person’s communication “do” is another person’s communication “don’t?” We’ll use the DiSC behavioral instrument to examine different styles, how to read people, and how to shift your communication style to get the result that you want!
Presenter: Sadie Lee Rosethorn
Feedback can be difficult to give and even harder to receive. Yet the ability to share constructive feedback is essential to team and organizational success. In this workshop, participants will discover a simple, yet effective, model for giving feedback without damaging relationships.
Presenter: Esther Jean-Marie
Have you thought about the definition of diversity? How about inclusion? This session creates a common language for all participants around diversity and inclusion. Participants will develop a personal connection to diversity, identify what diversity is and is not, and discover how diversity shows up in their environments every day.
Presenter: Jeff Flowers
Are you 100% certain what makes an ideal team member? Are you completely aware of what strengths and weaknesses you bring to a team? Do you know what the leading research into team dynamics says are the most important virtues for team members to develop in order to create high functioning teams? This workshop is designed to help you answer these questions affirmatively. An interactive workshop led by an instructor with over 20 years’ experience in team development, this session will be engaging, fun and full of insights and self-discovery.
Presenter: Rachel Moore
Use Facebook! No, use Snapchat! Not that, use YouTube! Use all of them! And, make sure you don’t do it wrong! There are so many social media options and features out there. How can you know which ones (or one) to invest your time and energy into? And, how do you use it effectively without feeling used by it instead? Join this dynamic and interactive session where you’ll learn what you need to know and come away with a practical plan to manage social media without it managing you.
PROGRAM STAFF WORKSHOP
Presenters: Steve Ockerbloom
One of the characteristics of some of the best leaders is their ability to flex their own styles. In this full day workshop, we’ll talk about the skills of great situational leaders: 1) diagnosing a person’s competency vs. a person’s commitment, 2) choosing the correct Situational Leadership style, and 3) identifying the correct language and motivation to better lead that person.