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  • 08/27/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    How we can make radical change, without changing the radicals

    Facilitated by Micah J. Kessel & Kate Scott

    (8:30-10:30 AM - bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).

    A revolutionary take on how to approach organizational DEI, called ‘Two In The Room’

    We are at a time of history when we are told that to move forward, we must bring the two most extreme edges together, pulling them towards the middle through dialogue.

    That when dialogue meets in the middle, and the ends of the political spectrum listen to each other, depolarization will occur.

    In reality, we haven’t seen that happen. In fact, we see it only polarizes us further.

    But what about the middle that already exists? Those who, in their hearts, want inclusion and belonging for all. They just don’t know how to make it happen.

    Our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leaders have done everything they could to give the middle that knowledge, through facts, statistics, and exercises.

    But when we asked more than 100 DEI directors in organizations across the country what their biggest challenge is, we consistently hear that after all of those trainings, they’re not seeing people apply that knowledge in their teams and communities.

    And so by looking at our nation’s complicated strategy in defeating racism, speaking with the brightest researchers on bias, and the science of emotions, we came up with a clear starting point for change. This starting point is actionable, can change lives, and can be represented in one powerful easy to remember phrase:

    TWO IN THE ROOM. Specifically, two people in every room who are comfortable and willing to speak up for the rights of others.

    Two in the Room is the basis for our theory of change — we can make radical change without needing to change the radicals.

    NOTE: After being amazed by Micah’s ‘radical change’ article on LinkedIn, Kate and I wondered if he might possibly share those concepts with the Change SIG. Micah is leading our program as a gift, though he normally receives $1,250 for such a session. If you are inspired by the work he is doing and want to support him, you can contribute to his GoFundMe which goes toward expanding the Playground of Empathy’s library of immersive stories so people can experience more TWO IN A ROOMs here:https://www.gofundme.com/f/walking-in-the-shoes-of-empathy. You can also learn more about it in an upcoming virtual free session. Register here:  Contact — WALK in My Shoes (walkintheshoe.com). Kate and Mary Charles will be attending the Aug 13th session.

    ABOUT THE FACILITATORS: 

    Micah J. Wonjoon Kessel is Executive Director of Playground of Empathy and Emotions Centered Design Lead at the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab at Northeastern University. As a designer, Micah works at the intersection of emotions research, immersive experience, and the study of performance culture, with a focus on bridging the equality of human flourishing across difference. As a young adult, Micah performed at the Metropolitan Opera, then focused his masters on human centered design at the Royal Academy of Art in Belgium. He founded the immersive design bureau, Sherlocked Amsterdam, the world’s top rated escape games according to TripAdvisor. 

    Pioneering behavioral design in the Netherlands, Micah collaborated on concepts with Google, Disney, and the Diabetes Fund, then left to co-found Playground of Empathy.  

    • Playground’s Walk in My Shoes Experience, now called Empathable, was designed in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, president of the Association for Psychological Sciences, who has revolutionized the world’s understanding of how and why the brain creates emotions. Micah has presented his work at the Society for Neuroscience and Creativity, the Spectrum conference for founders of color, was a SOCAP scholar, and a Byron Fellow. 

    • Under his direction, Playground’s team was a winner of the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund Award in 2020, granted by their joint council of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and has since shared the Walk in My Shoes Experience with over 50 organizations, including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Conference, the Black in Design Conference, and The Boston Museum of Science. 

    As of recently, Micah is receiving advice from Dr. Mahzarin Banaji’s lab, OHM at Harvard. Dr. Banaji is the psychologist known for popularizing the concept of implicit bias.

    Kate Scott is an organizational and leadership development expert with over 20 years of Human Resources experience, mostly in the tech industry. Throughout her career, Kate has successfully led organization-wide transformation efforts and has expertise in the areas of organizational change, talent selection and development, and people strategy. 

    She played an instrumental role in establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program for PTC, a global software company, and is passionate about creating more equitable and inclusive work environments.

    Kate has a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and recently completed her Masters of Business Administration, with a special emphasis on strategy and entrepreneurship. Connect with Kate at linkedin.com/in/kate-scott-nc and @KateScott4 on Twitter.

    NOTE 1: SUMMER HELP NEEDED (8/27): Are you good at producing a Zoom program (i.e., 'behind the scenes' work) - the things our wonderful producer Debbie Morris usually does? Contact Mary Charles 919-656-9573 -- Debbie will be away for July & August, returning for our September program

    NOTE 2: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for October and 2022 speakers.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 07/23/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    SURPRISE: Two Free Hours to Think, Play, Create AND . . .
    Whatever you want
    Wherever you are
    8:30-10:30 am, Friday, July 23

    Between July 23 & 31, please send us
    (mcbreakthrough@gmail.com)
    ONE or more IDEAs
    for Change SIG PROGRAMs
    -- Topics
    -- Themes
    -- Panels
    -- Speakers

    COMING PROGRAMS
    August 27th
    How we can make radical change, without changing the radicals
    Micah J. Kessel, Playground of Empathy
    Kate Scott, Cisco Strategy and Planning

    September 24th
    Race Matters: Courageous Conversations
    Mike Brown, Silver Eagle Group
    Asila Calhoun, Calhoun Coaching and Consulting

    NOTE 1: SUMMER HELP NEEDED (8/27): Are you good at producing a Zoom program (i.e., 'behind the scenes' work):  - the things our wonderful producer Debbie Morris usually does? Contact Mary Charles 919-656-9573 -- Debbie is away for July & August, returning for our September program

    NOTE 2: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for October and 2022 speakers.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour

  • 06/25/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    What's Age Got To Do With It?
    A Field Guide To "More Experienced" Professional Help

    .Facilitated by Julie Mitchell, MA
    (8:30-10:30 AM - bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).

    Based on recent data from interviews with TODN members and other midcareer professionals ages 32-50, Julie has updated a program she first presented 25 years ago on coach/client fit. Join us as we explore work-related helping relationships, focusing on if, and when, the client or consultant's age, career stage, or specific qualifications are significant. We'll dive into subjective criteria, too, including how perceptions of "wisdom" and "experience" on both sides may or may not result in a good match.

    In this participative program we will focus on characteristics of high value interpersonal relationships from both sides: The guide or advisor, and a person screening or hiring help for self (or on behalf of others). Julie will summarize research findings and share her interviewees' stories of amazing successes and disappointing failures.

    Following this session you should have a deeper, more nuanced understanding of what to consider when seeking potential helpers or facilitating good fit with prospective clients. Age and wisdom do make a difference in some cases, saving time, money, and careers... yet, there are notable exceptions!

    ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Julie Mitchell, founder of CoachWalks®, has 34 years' experience hiring just right (and two very wrong) helpers to support her evolving work as a learner-teacher, organizational change consultant, retreat facilitator, communication and presentation skills expert and pioneer in the "walking meetings" movement.

    Julie is a lifelong learner who counts on trustworthy guidance. The first seasoned consultant she hired helped Julie survive the early years of self-employment. Julie continued hiring "older and wiser" advisors for support at critical times, discovering "younger and smarter" was a better fit in some situations. Locally, Julie has happily paid six professionals of various ages for support. She met three of them through TODN.

    Julie was asked to coach her first executive client in 1987, when she was only 28. He was 46, recently promoted into a leadership role at a Fortune 500 company. Since then, she has served over 1200 individual clients, from a 16-year-old high school student activist to a candidate running for office for the first time at age 82.

    For more about Julie visit her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliemitchellcoach/

    NOTE 1: HELP NEEDED: Are you good at producing a Zoom program (i.e., 'behind the scenes' work: setting up production agenda, leading run-through  in week of Change SIG, guiding, timing, turning slides - the things our wonderful producer Debbie Morris usually does? Contact Mary Charles 919-656-9573
    Debbie will be away for July and August, returning for our September program

    NOTE 2: Change SIG BACK on regular 4th FRIDAY as Southwest moved flight departure over an hour later. 
    NOTE 3: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (July-August-October).

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 05/28/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Doing Nothing Well: Productivity, Efficiency, and Time Well Spent (bring your own coffee/tea and snacks).

    In a culture where high productivity and increasing efficiency are not only lauded, but expected, using our time “well” becomes imperative. Tools, tricks and hacks for getting the most out of our day abound, with professional success and social capital measured in terms of busyness. If you aren’t writing a book, marketing your side hustle, and training for a marathon, while also working more hours at your demanding job, you aren’t spending your time well, and you certainly aren’t measuring up. 

    When time is money, activities that are “unproductive and unprofitable” feel like a waste. Are rest, reflection and real connection a rebellion? Or are they time well spent? 

    In this Change SIG, inspired by Celeste Headlee’s book, Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, we’ll examine the roles of productivity and efficiency in our approaches to time management, and consider how our conceptualization of time as both linear and a commodity influences how we use and evaluate time. 

    We'll discuss the value of our time, the ways we spend our time, and whether doing nothing well is worth our time.

    Jami Yazdani, Founder and Strategist, Yazdani Consulting
    As a Project and Leadership Strategist and Type-A personality, Jami Yazdani has spent much of her time striving to maximize efficiency and productivity, but recent experiments with “doing nothing” have made her at least 10% more content. Jami is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than a decade of experience managing complex projects and technology implementations, supporting the growth of staff and colleagues, and guiding (sometimes reluctant) groups of diverse colleagues and stakeholders towards change and positive outcomes. Jami founded Yazdani Consulting and Facilitation in 2018 to help people solve management problems, turning her passion for supporting the development of leaders at all levels and her experience leading projects, teams and trainings into a solutions-focused approach to project management consulting. 

    NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (July, August, October).

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 04/23/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Spiritual Intelligence in Coaching (bring your own coffee/tea and snacks). NOTE: Come join Richard in developing his presentation for an ICF audience, as part of the Change SIG's offer to brainstorm/give feedback

    All of us have spiritual experience. Many of us engage in regular spiritual practices. How many of us have developed a spiritual intelligence that is reliable in a formal coaching setting, an intelligence we can depend on? How have we done it? Is there an empirical science of spirituality?

    Is the need for spiritual intelligence made more explicit in the ICF’s revised code of ethics and core competencies in effect from the beginning of 2021? How can spiritual intelligence inform our work around Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the ICF-Raleigh Chapter theme for 2021?

    “Spiritual” is a living word with its own history, lacking a precise and consistent definition. As such, it can often provoke anxiety. How can we ease any underlying anxiety in our coaching performance?

    Our session will begin with a 15-20 minute presentation on ways we might look at this subject. Then we will move into small group discussion, encouraging participants to speak, listen and question each other in their own words. We will close in a group attempt to formulate a few powerful questions that we can carry forward into the future.

    Richard Kurth, Principal at Richard Kurth Consulting - Successful leadership is grounded in the ability to lead yourself in a positive direction while fully engaged in business, work, social, family, and personal relationships. If you won’t lead yourself, you won’t lead others. Here is his approach:

    "I am a coach by temperament, skill and profession. The cornerstone of my work is to mutually reveal your own native energies and ways of thinking …
    … then to clarify your goals and the skills and growth you need to achieve them …
    … then to identify what’s actually in the way of your moving forward ...
    … then to mutually establish practical and disciplined actions to get you where you want to go and help you stay there until the next challenge."

    "I want all my clients to live fulfilling lives of real achievement and to know what to do when they are struggling. My hope is that with time and effort my clients will be able to help others do the same."

    NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (June-October).

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.


  • 03/26/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Feeding Your Brain for a Change - 2021 UPDATE
    (bring your own coffee/tea/snacks) 

    It has been a year since we last discussed feeding the brain for a change. 
    So . . . What’s up? What’s new? What have we all learned, experienced, and discovered?

    Your guides, resources gatherers, and presenters for the meeting will be: Mary Charles Blakebrough, Mindy SchragerFay Krapf, and Hope Hills, PhD.

    The presenters will share information and updates from some of the latest books, podcasts, research, resources regarding ways to nurture the brain and body to maintain and improve health and brain function.  There will be several new twists as there are major updates in brain nutrition and integrated health care. 

    NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (April-October).

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 02/26/2021 4:51 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Advancing Your Career While Working Remotely
    8:30-10:30 (bring your own coffee/tea and snacks)

    We seem to be leaving one Paradigm as we enter another - with trepidation, uncertainty, and, for many, fear.

    • How do we discern ways we want or need to grow personally and professionally?
    • While working remotely, how do we enhance our careers and find opportunities to make a significant impact?
    • As we adapt: how do we help our clients also navigate the complexities and challenges we are all experiencing while working virtually?

    In this Change Sig, we will use the Spiral Dynamics model based on American University Professor Emeritus Clare W. Graves' work.

    • How can Spiral Dynamic concepts provide a map?
    • What are the levels of awareness and development, both on a personal and a collective level - including organizations?

    We will also explore how raising our consciousness:

    • Can help make a more meaningful impact on clients and create synchronicities that may also lead to more ideal clients.
    • Talks about the inner qualities and mindset that fosters greater self-trust and confidence in our instincts.
    • Allows for a more courageous and creative approach in interacting, experiencing, and impacting the world around us.  

    Through experiential exercises and group discussion, we will explore deeper dimensions of Trust.  Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the causal connection between our inner world, its reflections as well as impact on the outer world. We will explore how our inner journey plays an important role in healing the outer world.

     Peter Metzner, MA, MPA, PCC, BCC is president of Dynamic Change, Inc. In addition to Leadership and Team Coaching, Peter facilities seminars on Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Peak Performance. He incorporates guided visualization and dream work in many of his programs. Peter regularly facilitates seminars at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center.

    NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (April-October).

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 01/22/2021 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Starting the Year Curious, Aligned and (yes) On-Line
    (bring your own coffee/tea and snacks)

    Come join us for an interactive session on getting and staying curious about what’s possible on-line!  Whether you are on-line facilitating meetings, working with coaching clients, and/or building personal community, let’s cultivate more dynamism and success!  We’ll use our New Year professional and personal intentions as our springboard for exploring how to bring more energy and varied approaches to interacting in the ether. 

    Kristin will offer some spaces to experiment, tips, and resources.  Please bring your ideas and advice, too.  Together, let’s craft a more vibrant 2021 on-line.

    Kristin Bradley-Bull, founder of Roots to Canopy Consulting, is a consultant, coach, and convener.  She works largely in the social sector and learns and grows with her amazing clients and colleagues.  Consulting clients have ranged from the World Bank to grassroots, justice-oriented non-profits.  Kristin co-founded a youth training and leadership organization, the Young Women’s Project, and more recently coordinated a successful Durham political campaign. She was also on the public health education faculty full-time at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  These days, Kristin is getting lots of opportunity to experiment in the virtual world with her wonderfully diverse coaching and consulting clients.

    NOTE: Do you have an idea to polish or a presentation to try out? The Change SIG is looking for 2021 speakers (April-October). For more information, contact SIG leaders, Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573) or Vickie Bevenour.

  • 12/04/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Big 2020 AH-HA for You? 20th Annual Tips & Tricks ZOOM Exchange (8:30-10:30 - Bring your own coffee/tea/snacks) 

    This is our annual SIG Holiday TIPS & TRICKS EXCHANGE. It is a joint Nov/Dec meeting and the agenda is one that we have had for 20 years. We gather to share something that has impacted us either professionally or personally during 2020. 

    You 'gift' us by sharing a book, a tip, a technique, a brain-friendly recipe, a picture, a poem, a great quote, or anything else that has inspired, pleased or touched you in the past year. If it has been surprisingly successful, that's even better.

    NOTE: 2020 Tips or Tricks will be shared with the group over ZOOM. For some Zoom clues:
     Getting Friendly with Zoom

    To enable our sharing in this virtual meeting, we've created a document in Google Slides here, where you can add links, pictures, or text on your own slide. NOTE: Be sure to add your contact information, as it's our way of exchanging business cards.

    We can then share these slides in the meeting, one by one, giving each person a few minutes to say something they are grateful for in 2020, and then explain their gift as we go around the virtual room. 

    At the end, we'll have a super cool artifact for ourselves and to share with anyone who couldn't be with us in real time.

    If you're new to Google Slides, it's just like PowerPoint, only simpler. Here are some instructions that will guide you through the process of creating a slide for your gift in the Gift Exchange document.  

    If this process creates a barrier to your participation, don't sweat it!

    • You can send your responses to Debbie on email at debbie@TheAdminNinja.com and she will create your slide for you
    • Or you can share your screen during the Change SIG and show us whatever you like as your gift.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573 or mcbreakthrough@mindspring.com).

  • 10/30/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    The Power of STORY...Where Relationships Begin
    (8:30-10:30 -- bring your own coffee/tea and snacks)

    What is the importance of story and storytelling in our lives?  Our time together will create its meaning as we share our stories in this facilitated discussion.  Take off your mask and bring your authentic self. Each of our lives has had a lot of twists, turns, ups and downs to get to here.  That circuitous journey has created stories to tell and equipped us to be more effective in our lives.

    Speaker Jim Folks says: "What I have always appreciated about this group is every time we are together, the desire to learn and the spirit and chemistry in the room always reveals something valuable that empowers me to move forward in my journey to fully becoming my authentic self.  Hopefully, that is true for you as well.  Plan to Zoom in and let’s do that together Friday, October 30, 2020 (FIFTH Friday in October)"

    In addition to being the Change SIG’s in-person coffee meister for years, Jim Folks has lived a lifetime of stories. He has run a car wash, a recreation center, been a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver, and went from route driver to VP of a major corporation. He resigned from the corporate world New Year’s Eve 1993, to open Positive Momentum, Inc., a personal development company dedicated to “Providing Pathways to Success.” 

    In 2005 Jim answered a call to the ministry after running from it for 35 years.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary in 2009, served as a local pastor in The United Methodist Church (UMC) from 2005-2019. He retired from the UMC in 2019 and is currently enjoying the privilege of filling the pulpit for other pastors, volunteering, and other pursuits as they present themselves. He and his wife Rose have attended major storytelling festivals for many years, including the last life-giving one.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).


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