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Annual Conference - Connecting in a Disconnected World

  • 04/10/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • UNC Kenan Center


Connecting in a Disconnected World

The 2018 TODN Annual Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the UNC Kenan Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

The conference includes:

  • Presentations, updates, and a panel discussion from leading experts.  
  • Catered lunch and networking opportunities.
  • Engaging breakout sessions with fellow TODN peers to discuss how these trends affect you and your clients.

Session #1:

Cutting the Chains of Hierarchy:  How to Unleash the Talent in Your Organization

CEOs are beginning to see how hierarchy stifles creativity, innovation and employee engagement.  Every day, organizations experiment with “flat” structures and self-organizing systems, usually resulting in chaos, conflict, and a retreat to the structures of the past.  What does it take to make a self-organizing management system work?  What kind of leader would you have to be, and which system is the best fit for your organization?

Join international business thought leader Tim Kelley for an inspiring and informative seminar on the benefits and pitfalls of self-organizing governance systems.  In this interactive session, you will learn:

  • The upside and downside of creating your own non-hierarchical system from scratch
  • The self-organizing systems currently in use (and which ones come with installation instructions!)
  • How you will need to lead differently to get the benefits of self-organization (and whether you’re up for it)
  • How to tell which system is the right fit for your organization

More than a simple lecture, this session will challenge you to face your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader, including ways in which you may be unconsciously dependent on hierarchy, to the detriment of your subordinates and your organization.  Come see where the business world is heading in the future!

By Tim Kelley - renowned expert on new paradigm systems and methods. 

Tim Kelley is a global change agent and internationally renowned expert on new paradigm systems and methods.  He works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform and evolve organizations, markets and industries. His client list includes top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, ING, Oracle and Price Waterhouse Coopers, as well as government ministers and leaders of international NGOs.

Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches in his methods. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books. His methodology, True Purpose, has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television.

Tim is working with politicians and business leaders in the Middle East to find the higher purpose of Israel and resolve the conflicts there.  He has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT.

Session #2:

Building Community Partnerships: Beyond Philanthropy to build next generation leaders and resilient communities.

Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors, such as education, safety, access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks, undeniably contribute to our health. 

We have several signature programs in the US focused on keeping children and families healthy, successful and safe, including the GSK IMPACT Awards, GSK Science in the Summer and disaster preparedness and response with partners like Save the Children.

Community partnerships are important for companies like GSK to give back to the communities where we work and where we live.  Giving builds trust and investing in STEM programs helps to develop a future pipeline of employees to discover new medicines to make people do more, feel better and live longer.

After chasing tornadoes and hurricanes, reporting from blinding blizzards and raging wildfires and anything else mother nature threw her way, two time Emmy Award winner Marti Skold-Jordan hung up the microphone after a 30 year career in broadcasting in 10 cities and 7 states.  She now tells the story of GSK’s Community Partnerships and creates STEM programs for kids.

By Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager US Community Partnerships at GSK

Marti Skold-Jordan is Manager, US Community Partnerships, at GSK, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.  GSK is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  

Ms. Skold-Jordan is responsible for the Community Partnerships programs at GSK’s headquarters sites in the U.S : Research Triangle Park, NC, and in Philadelphia, PA with a focus on STEM and Science Education.  She was previously Manager of External Communications for GSK. Before joining GSK, Ms. Skold-Jordan spent 30 years covering news and weather as a journalist in television markets around the country.

Ms. Skold-Jordan received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Ms. Skold-Jordan is a two time Emmy Award winner with an Emmy for Best Newscast in Los Angeles and an Emmy for Science and Environmental Reporting. 

Session #3:

Effectiveness through Expression: Making Authentic Leadership and Fulfillment the New Career Benchmark

Feelings drive behavior. What we do or don’t do, what we do well or poorly, are a direct result of the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It’s not simply ineffective strategy and structure that can affect an organization’s culture and bottom-line, it’s the presence of fear-based leadership. The antidote for fear-based leadership is authentic leadership: leading from the heart, not the head.

Join globally accredited authentic leadership coach and coach trainer Kathleen O’Grady as she illustrates the specific “authenticity factors” that make or break a person’s sense of career fulfillment.  In this experiential session, you will learn:

  • The difference between goal-focused coaching, and soul-focused coaching.
  • How to discover and develop the root identity desires beneath surface goals for more sustainable long-lasting fulfillment and connection.
  • How to foster a culture of authentic leadership.
  • The power of intention and “being” versus “doing”.

Kathleen’s genuine insights and stories will highlight that we are and always will be a grand work in progress. Her presentation and exercises will not only challenge your vision for your organization, you’ll likely discover areas where you can be living more authentically in your own career.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore what’s possible when we raise the bar from goal achievement to soul fulfillment!

By Kathleen O'Grady, Founder & CEO - Raleigh Coaching Academy

Kathleen O’Grady is the self-made authentic leader, and positively disruptive pioneer, responsible for launching Raleigh Coaching, LLC in 2008. She did this to support individual and organizational clients by inspiring authentic leadership, creativity, and innovation. Driven to increase her level of impact, she later launched Raleigh Coaching Academy™ to certify new coaches in her next-generation coaching model focused on coaching to the soul, not just the goal. 

Kathleen achieved her initial coach training through North Carolina State University, has since achieved the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation, and now operates her own globally accredited coach training academy in downtown Raleigh. As a two-time Past President of the ICF Raleigh Area Chapter she is known locally and beyond for her visionary contribution to growing and expanding her community’s global award-winning chapter.

Kathleen's work has been featured in web articles by the NYTimes.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Forbes.com and eFinancialCareers.com

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