Conference Program

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    Patrick Lencioni
    Keynote Session with Patrick Lencioni
    Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork, clarity, and employee engagement.

    What Is Your Working Genius?
    From the bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team comes The Six Types of Working Genius, the fastest and most practical personality assessment for identifying your natural gifts at work. After working with teams for more than 20 years, Patrick Lencioni has created a model that is revolutionizing the way we think about work and providing a new framework for tapping into one another’s “genius.” The simplicity and usability of this model and personality assessment has made The Six Types of Working Genius the fastest and most impactful teamwork tool that has come from The Table Group since The Five Dysfunctions of a Team was published.

    ATD OrgDev attendees will also receive special access to the assessment so they can take advantage of this powerful tool for free!
  • Concurrent Sessions

    10 Tips for Onboarding in the “Next Normal”

    The pandemic has changed the way we do business. There’s a good chance that we won’t go completely back to the ways things used to be. Companies need to define what their “next normal” will look like for customers, and employees. From an employee standpoint, it means reevaluating and possibly reworking orientation and onboarding. I hope you can join me in this session about what onboarding in the next normal might look like and how organizations can set their hybrid workforce up for success. Applications on the job:

    • The business reasons that organizations need to assess their onboarding process.
    • 10 Tips for reworking onboarding for in-office and remote employees.
    • A couple of metrics to measure the success of your efforts.

    Speaker: Sharlyn Lauby
    Track: Employee Lifecycle

    Action Steps to Replacing a Toxic Culture with a Civil One

    Harassment, bullying, and aggression occur because the organization facilitates the opportunity for them to occur. These problems aren’t created by individuals, they’re an organizational problem requiring organizational change to be effectively addressed. Join Catherine Mattice Zundel, a consultant who specializes in turning around toxic cultures, to gain real tactics for doing just that. She’ll share case studies and provide tangible action items you can use immediately after the conference. Applications on the job:

    • Help leadership down the path of ownership of the culture
    • Develop and deliver upon a strategic plan for change
    • Deliver specialized coaching to meanies and bullies

    Speaker: Catherine Mattice Zundel
    Track: Culture
  • Lunch Session with Leader Success
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Future-Ready by Design

    As dynamic systems, organizations are rapidly adapting to an environment characterized by continuous disruptions. In this context, complexity is increasing exponentially while new dilemmas are emerging for leaders, teams, and individuals alike. This convergence of powerful forces is demanding new ways of thinking, leading and working in order to shape a future-ready organization. Applications on the job:

    • Build your career based on future demands. After this session, you will be able to articulate the value creation that's at the center of workforce strategy and planning with a greater understanding of what really matters when building high performing teams.
    • Design organizational development initiatives with a framework that's flexible and comprehensive. By understanding the elements that comprise organizational capabilities, you will be able to design, co-create and implements innovative workforce initiatives that work!
    • Apply future-ready concepts to leading teams. Through real life examples and a focus on mindsets for the future, you will be able to explore dilemmas and complexity through the lenses of the work, workplace and workforce.

    Speaker: Wagner Denuzzo
    Track: Future Workplace

    The Future is Female

    ...and male - the future of leadership development relies on all our talent, both male and female to even out the playing field and develop strong female leaders Applications on the job:

    • finding our future female leaders on the team and in the market developing meaningful programs that suit and are flexible for the leaders of tomorrow (not the good old days)
    • creating an allyship culture so that everyone participates in the development of our female leaders (including the men)

    Speaker: Rebecca Jones
    Track: Leadership Development

    Succession Management for the Unknown

    As dynamics in the workplace continue to change beyond our wildest imagination, it is an increasing reality that employees no longer stay with the same organization for decades, but move from company to company chasing better opportunities and increased job satisfaction. Therefore, it is important for organizations to be aware of the needs of their employees and continue to align with them. It is also important to constantly manage succession activities to be prepared for the unknown. At the end of this session, attendees should be able to do the following:

    • Dispel common myths about succession planning
    • Discuss factors that impact succession management
    • Create an action plan to assess organizational succession management activities

    Speaker: Deadra Welcome
    Track: Employee Lifecyle
  • Fishbowl Overview
    Interact directly with like-minded individuals in your industry. If Zoom is the new meeting room, FishBowl is the office hallway. Have unique conversations in real-time in a casual environment tailored to your organization development interests.
  • Fishbowl Breakout Sessions

    What’s Next: Taking a Futurist Approach to Career Planning

    In this interactive session, we will explore how to apply “futures thinking” principles to career planning. In addition to learning from each other’s career journeys, I will share my own career journey and how I futureproof my skills and capabilities.
    By the end of this session participants will be able to:
    • List the core principles of futures thinking
    • Apply the core principles of futures thinking to career planning

    Speaker: Imani Mance; Director of Supply Chain Learning, The Home Depot
    Track: Future Workplace

    Grow Through Change

    One of the best things we can do as OrgDev Professionals is help people get better at change. Join this Fishbowl for strategies to support executives, mid-level managers, and front line employees grow through change. At the end of the session participants will be able to:

    • List the core principles of futures thinking
    • Apply the core principles of futures thinking to career planning

    Speaker: Amy P. Kelly
    Track: Culture

    Taking a Hybrid Approach to Performance Management Programs

    Many organizations believe that ditching ratings and the annual review in favor of more frequent check ins and feedback is the solution to their performance management process.  However, new research shows that this agile approach is not the cure-all to performance management.  Getting rid of ratings doesn’t get rid of the need to evaluate performance and an agile approach is not necessarily easier for managers and doesn’t suit every organization. But there is a hybrid approach and that may be more suitable for other organizations.   In this fishbowl session you will learn: 

    • How clear expectations are set with role-based competencies. Competencies create a common language about expectations in the role and in the organization.
    • What three simple questions you can develop to ensure employees are successful in their roles and organization.
    • How to develop and implement an effective hybrid performance management program

    Speaker: Lauren Bediako
    Track: Employee Lifecyle
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    Dominique Dawes
    Keynote Session with Dominique Dawes
    Throughout her career, Dominique has won more national championship medals than any other athlete. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, talking to audiences of hundreds and thousands on topics about passion, leadership, teamwork, health, fitness, and wellness.

    How To Climb The Mountaintop
    Dominique Dawes wows audiences with her honest, funny, and inspiring look at life as a three-time Olympic gymnast. As part of the “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta games, Dawes won gold, but also learned her greatest lesson: the pain of failure is always an opportunity for growth. After slipping in her individual floor routine and immediately falling out of contention for an All-Around gold medal, Dawes was heartbroken but resolute on continuing her career and becoming a beacon of hope in a sport that strives for near-impossible standards. Years later, Dawes is committed to teaching audiences around the world that failure fuels the mind and body to achieve things they could have never imagined possible. With a unique ability to connect with audiences, Dawes shares her thoughts on the power of the mind and positive thoughts, the importance of healthy self-esteem, why teamwork means checking your ego at the door, and why every person’s contributions matter—no matter how high or low on the totem pole they may seem to be. A roller coaster look at the life of an Olympian, Dawes leaves audiences inspired to be their best.
  • Concurrent Sessions

    The Sustained Change Method

    Pressures on organizational performance continue to increase. Capitalizing on change is imperative for organizations and their talent to grow and lead in their market. Employee performance is a critical resource in driving organizational productivity and overall success. OD professionals must build and lead a holistic and fully integrated change program to optimize organization performance. This session reviews “The Sustained Change Method” addressing five key steps to enable optimal employee and organizational performance through constant change.Applications on the job:

    • Share the value of "The Sustained Change Method" with organizational leadeership
    • Speak to the future of talent development in constant change
    • Implement the five steps in "The Sustained Change Method"

    Speaker: Amy Kelly
    Track: Culture

    Leading with GRIT: Overcoming Setbacks with Resilience

    If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable, and the leaders that succeed are the ones who respond to crises with stability and optimal thinking. In this session, Kimberly will share what resilience is, why it’s critical to have, and why resilience is a consumable resource that leaders need to invest in maintaining. Most importantly, participants will learn how to cultivate an optimal attitude and lead with GRIT through tough circumstances of any kind. Applications on the job:

    • Explore the physical impact of negative information and disruptive circumstances, and how it impacts our brain activity and decision-making mechanism.
    • Learn the GRIT model for strengthening your resiliency muscle.
    • Develop a personal strategy and create a 30-day action plan to develop GRIT for yourself, while guiding your team to do the same.

    Speaker: Kimberly Gerber
    Track: Future Workplace

    Moments that Matter When Leading Remotely

    In this session, we will explore the moments that truly matter when managing remotely. The ones that lead to higher engagement, better connection and productive teams. We will explore tools you can use to help your managers identify their own moments that matter when it comes to communicating, collaborating and connecting with their teams and start to build a plan  to help managers build their remote management skills. Applications on the job:

    • Learn about team agreements and how to use them to help teams identify how they will work, collaborate and communicate to be effective and productive.
    • Educate managers on how they can become more intentional in connecting with their teams everyday.
    • Identify ways to collaborate asynchronously within your work environment to lessen meeting fatigue and improve team collaboration.

    Speaker: Chris Coladonato
    Track: Leadership Development
  • Lunch Session with Administrate
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Employee Offboarding - 3 Reasons Why HR Should Give Exiting Employees the Red Carpet Treatment

    Offboarding practices have a direct ROI because they can dramatically impact your talent acquisition strategies, who buys your products, and how well your company is prepared for a changing workforce. By giving employees the red carpet treatment during their exit, they will be better brand ambassadors, better spokespeople, and allies, telling their talented colleagues about your organization and possibly even working for you again. Applications on the job:

    • Learn how offboarding impacts your bottom line and talent acquisition strategies , plus how to properly offboard employees, giving them the ‘red carpet treatment’
    • Discover a way to reframe the “exit interview” conversation to a “stay interview”, along with learning how to develop alumni networks to engage your alumni employees in being brand ambassadors
    • Develop a strategy for allowing employees to leave on their own and transition due to performance issues versus being fired, plus learn the benefits to hiring boomerang employees who already understand your company culture and industry

    Speaker: Raymond Lee
    Track: Employee Lifecycle

    Exploring the Impact of World Issues on Workplace Well-Being

    The global pandemic and racial injustices are affecting people in different, distressing ways. This conversation will examine psychological safety and its impact on workplace culture, productivity and engagement, and discuss how to create experiences and environments that support well-being. Applications on the job:

    • Explore the impact of world issues on workplace well-being
    • Understand the concept of psychological safety and its impact on workplace culture, productivity and engagement
    • Create psychologically safe experiences and environments that empower employees and support well-being

    Speaker: Allison McElwain
    Track: Culture

    The Hard Job of Virtual Soft Skills Development

    In this session, we will explore the moments that truly matter when managing remotely. The ones that lead to higher engagement, better connection and productive teams. We will explore tools you can use to help your managers identify their own moments that matter when it comes to communicating, collaborating and connecting with their teams and start to build a plan  to help managers build their remote management skills. Applications on the job

    • Broaden their perspectives and mental models that challenge traditional soft skill paradigms
    • Explore new synonyms for soft skills that better emphasize the proven competitive edge they give employees and leaders
    • Crowd source cutting-edge resources, tools and methodologies that support continuous and sustained emotional intelligence development in the flow of work.

    Speaker: Robin Miles
    Track: Leadership Development
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer

    Unconscious bias is a quiet, yet powerful performance killer because it interferes with our ability to build relationships across differences and leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. This session describes unconscious bias, identifies the specific ways it can diminish your effectiveness and proffers steps you can take to reduce bias and its negative impact on your performance. Applications on the job:

    • Define unconscious bias and describe the different types of bias that can impact your interactions with others as well as your performance (e.g., affinity bias, confirmation bias, conformity bias and halo/horns effect bias).
    • Identify the specific ways unconscious bias can affect your personal and professional relationships, as well as your work performance (including recruitment, selection, employee development, employee evaluation, customer service, and problem-solving and decision-making).
    • Identify specific steps you can take to reduce your unconscious bias and diminish the negative impact it has on your life and performance.

    Speaker: Tyrone Holmes
    Track: Culture

    Inclusive leadership Is Just Leadership! Developing 21st Century Leaders

    We are living in a complex and changing world. To support development and growth for our leaders we need to prepare them to lead inclusively. That complexity requires a different style of leadership than what many of us have been taught about leadership. This session will focus on: How to embed change management as a critical competency for successful leadership and development and How to design a curriculum that intentionally increases cultural competency using experiential learning. Application on the job:

    • Designing leadership development programs.

    Speaker: Sabrina Yvette D'Almeida
    Track: Leadership Development
  • Wrap Party
    Wrap up your experience at ATD OrgDev by joining us for live demonstration brought to you by Liquid Lab NYC on how to make some popular beverages. The bartender will share mocktail alternatives through the program so everyone can enjoy the experience. Not your favorite flavor? Grab your favorite beverage at home and join the discussion via chat during the demonstration.

    Cheers to a successful week!
  • Deep-Dive Workshops: Employee Life Cycle, Future Workplace
  • Deep-Dive Workshops: Culture, Leadership Development

    The Hard Job of Virtual Soft Skills Development

    This workshop is designed to engage participants in a high-energy, fast-paced, activity-based demonstration of a virtual soft skills training. Key takeaways include:

    • Strategies to best prepare (cognitively, emotionally and somatically)
    • Create conditions conducive to transformative emotional/interpersonal/social intelligence development

    Speaker: Robin Miles
    Track: Leadership Development

    Unbiasing Your Organization

    This session introduces a 4-step unbiasing process that will help participants reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias on work relationships and performance. Specifically, the facilitator will provide a detailed demonstration of the unbiasing process by examining its application with a specific organizational process and then give participants a chance to practice the application of the 4-step model on one of their organizational processes. As a result of this highly interactive workshop, each participant will be able to:

    • Describe a 4-Step Unbiasing Process.
    • Apply the 4-Step Unbiasing Process to any organizational process.
    • Implement an Unbiasing Process using the facilitator’s SMART-based Individual Action Plan (IAP) template.

    Speaker: Tyrone Holmes
    Track: Culture