The Retreat
Wisdom for Modern Workplaces©

Santa Fe, New Mexico. August 7-8, 2018.

Retreat Agenda


Options for Monday, August 6

ENGAGE with Mindfulness workshop with Dr. Gayle van Gils. This will be from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. p.m. on the Monday before the main retreat. Click here to see details and click here to register.

Dan McDonough, President of the Kansas City Chapter of the Academy of Culture Ambassadors will give a presentation about the Academy. This will be from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. This will be a casual interactive conversation and no registration is needed. This is not a sales presentation!

“Dinner Around”. This is for those arriving in Santa Fe by about 6:00 p.m. and wish to have dinner in a group and start forming new friendships. If you would like to form a group, email Jerry a note before the conference. This might be for a specific topic or just social. People can sign up for a group at the signing in table from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Each group will be for up to 6 persons. The group chooses a restaurant and each pay for their own dinner. For many restaurants you will need reservations so check before you go.

Notes

When there is a single speaker for a time period, that person will speak for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of interactive conversation with the audience.

When there are two speakers for a time period, they each give 5-minute summaries of their workshop. Then they go to their breakout room and the audience chooses which to join.

Click on a speaker name to see their bio and takeaways.

Tuesday, August 7, Morning

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Welcome
Jerry Wagner
8:10 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Group Get Acquainted Exercise
Kimberly Wiefling
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
The Culture R-evolution. Looking into the Crystal Ball.
Jay Wilkinson
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Emotional Optimism in the Workplace
Claude Silver
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Improv for Team and Community Building In the Workplace
(interactive workshop)
Michelle James
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
The Neurobiology of Inclusive Cultures
(interactive workshop)
Rajkumari Neogy
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch off site. Transportation by hotel van or personal cars. Three restaurants will be alerted to expect a group of people. They are La Chosa, Tomasito’s and Maria’s. You pick what you wish. Each person pays for their own lunch.

Tuesday, August 7, Afternoon

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Culture, a Magnet for Talent, Innovation, and Accomplishment
David Sturt
2:15 p.m. – 3:00
Kindness: How to Influence Others, Establish Trust, and Build Lasting Business Relationships
Jill Lublin
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Five Success Secrets of Heart Driven Leaders
Toti Cadavid
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Invisible Essentials – Why, How, What
(interactive workshop)
Joni Carley
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
How to Design a Business that Prioritizes Kindness and Caring
(interactive workshop)
Krista Diamond
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Today’s Aha Moments
Kimberly Wiefling
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Mariachis, Cash Bar, Snacks

Dinner

There are “Dinner Around” groups where participants can form a group for dinner. This might be for a specific topic or just social. If you would like to form a group, email Jerry at note before the conference. The sign-up sheets will be on a table at the back of the meeting room. Participants sign up with the group they wish to join, if any. The maximum for a group is 5 persons plus the originator. The group chooses a restaurant and each pay for their own dinner. For many restaurants you will need reservations so check before you go.

Wednesday, August 8, Morning

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
How Positive and Human Employee Experiences Drive Business Results
Derek Irvine
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Change is the New Normal: Learn How to Design an “Adaptogen” Culture
(interactive workshop)
Claudette Rowley
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
How to Design a Workplace that Fosters Connectedness
(interactive workshop)
Hanlie Van Wyk
10:00 a.m. – 10:30
Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Practical Steps to Integrate Strengths
Paula Gibson
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
To Be Announced

Wednesday, August 8, Afternoon

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Panel and Catered LunchThis is a BIG deal! Join a panel of exceptional culture leaders. The session is moderated by Kimberly Wiefling. Each panel member will share their “why” and “how to overcome” for the following question:

Healthy organizational cultures with engaged employees have been proven
beyond a doubt to deliver significantly better results (financial performance,
customer satisfaction, employee retention, quality, etc.). What is preventing
the widespread adoption of practices that institutionalize these kinds of cultures?

This a really big event. A time when a breadth of wisdom is shared. See the speaker section to learn about panel members Kimberly Wiefling, Jocelyn Davis, August Turak, Martha Piland, Irv Rubin, and Craig Smith.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Break
2:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Sharing Commitments for Action and Follow Up
(interactive workshop)
Dan McDonough
6:00 p.m.
Gather at the Vanessie’s restaurant and lounge downtown Santa Fe. Each pay for their own beverages and food. Bring your song request for the world famous piano bar.“Dinner around” groups are encouraged for afterwards. There will be a sign up sheet at the back of the room after the previous session.
Close

Jay Wilkinson

The Culture R-evolution. Looking into the Crystal Ball. 


CEO, Firespring.  Jay lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jay Wilkinson is an entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist who founded Firespring—a marketing firm that works with companies that focus more on their “why” than on their “what.” Firespring serves more than 10,000 clients in all 50 states and on 6 continents. In 2014, they became Nebraska’s first B-Corporation and they have been listed on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing companies seven times. In 2016, Firespring was featured in Inc. as one of America’s “50 Best Workplaces.”  A graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, Jay has appeared on CNN and other cable networks. His TEDx talk on company culture has more than 1 million views.

The future of company culture is more than just understanding your “why.” It will be about converting your “why” into action and leveraging that action into sustainable relationships. How will our companies be affected as the culture evolution becomes a full-scale revolution?

Jay will reveal his perspective on the future of culture and engagement at his own company and will share results from an extensive research project he conducted with leaders of top-performing workplaces on the future of company culture.

Jay’s Takeaways:

  • Why Simon Sinek was only half right.
  • How technology will affect culture.
  • Why people will trump profit in the coming culture revolution.
  • Why companies will prioritize physical and psychological wellbeing.
  • How to plan for the inevitable convergence of work and personal life.


Close

Close

Michelle James

Improv for Team and Community Building in the Workplace


CEO The Center for Creative Emergence. Michelle lives in Charlottesville, VA.

A long-time practitioner in the fields of Applied Creativity and Applied Improvisation, Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence, has been working with organizational leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs since 1998. She founded the Applied Creativity Network in DC, creating over 150 events, including two business creativity conferences. She is an 18-year performer of Improvisational Theater, and a charter member of the Applied Improvisation Network. Her original programs that have been featured on radio, television, podcasts, and in books and other publications, and she was recognized for Visionary Leadership in Fast Company’s blog, Leading Change. She is adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute, teaching ongoing Improv for Leaders and Teams to the nation’s top gov’t leaders and policy makers. Clients have included Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft, Dominos, HandsOn Network, PepsiCo, John Deere, GEICO, World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Clean Air Institute, NOAA, PBS, Teach for America, and Search for Common Ground among others. She’s currently writing a book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator’s Guide to Cultivating Creativity. www.creativeemergence.com

Effective team members in fast-paced work environments and improvisers both have to make spur of the moment decisions, synthesize information, make others look good, build on other’s ideas, create and innovate on the spot, make relevant connections and serve the good of the team and whole organization. Improv takes us out of our habitual interactions and keeps us in the present moment where more creative possibilities open up.

In this dynamic, fun(!) and highly experiential workshop, participants will explore Improv-based Team/Community Building principles, mindsets, and practices; engaging methods for co-creation; and applying these improv-based methods for enhanced workplace collaboration. Improvisation helps team members feel comfortable with using their own inventiveness, putting ideas out there, taking more risks, adapting quickly to mistakes, and supporting others.

Participants will leave with:

  • Focused Improv-based Team Building approaches and activities for enhanced collaboration and co-creation.
  • Approaches and mindsets for interacting with each other to generate a freer exploration and generation of ideas for more novel ideas.
  • A greater understanding of how to build on other’s ideas, and bring out the group creativity.
  • An Increased ability to think on your feet by yourself and with others.
  • Principles and practices that can be applied outside of the workshop setting and in the workplace with groups and teams.

Note: Applied Improvisation (applying it to something practical) is different than Performance Improvisation (for entertainment purposes). This session is designed for those who have no improv experience, and no one will have to perform in front of the group. All activities are with the whole group, small groups, or in pairs.



Close

Close

Rajkumari Neogy

The Neurobiology of Inclusive Culture


Founder, iRestart, Rajkumari lives in Lakspur, CA.

Rajkumari Neogy is the creator of the Disruptive Diversity framework and the author of The WIT Factor: Shifting the Workplace Paradigm by Becoming Your Optimal Self.

S/he is fascinated by workplace culture and team dynamics, especially in the tech arena. S/he believes that every individual brings a superpower that often isn’t fully unlocked. S/he provides expertise in team culture cohesion, inclusivity & belonging, leadership development and organizational epigenetics.

Her unique framework culminates from 6 powerful methodologies that facilitates change within organizations swiftly, sustainably and permanently. S/he weaves humor and vulnerability into science and psychology to tell the powerful story of our basic human need to belong, especially at the workplace.

Over the last 20 years, s/he has worked with organizations worldwide, including Trumaker, Walt Disney Animation Studios, HopSkipDrive, Wells Fargo, Shuddle, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Sony, Adobe, JVC and Amazon. In 2013 s/he founded iRestart to address issues of team dysfunction, imposter syndrome, and feelings of exclusion.

Where is your team struggling? The first indicator of team dysfunction is judgment. Over time, dysfunction creates roles within teams that impact performance, culture, product and eventually ROI. Learn the neurobiology of why these roles organically surface and how to work with them. You’ll walk away with a robust handout filled with resources to better understand what’s going on and how address it in real time.

What Rajkumari promises as takeaways:

  • See in real time how the brain functions under duress.
  • Understand how the two hemispheres speak different languages.
  • Ways to create neurochemical drips for both you and your team.
  • What the 4 Dysfunctional Team Roles are and how to work with them.
  • What drives us to feel excluded.


Close

Close

Derek Irvine

How Positive and Human Employee Experiences Drive Business Results


Executive team leader and Vice President (Client Strategy and Consulting Services) at Globoforce.  Derek lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Derek is an author, senior executive, and experienced people leader.  Derek serves as an Executive team leader and Vice President (Client Strategy and Consulting Services) at Globoforce. In this role, he helps clients, including some of world’s most admired companies, leverage the power of thanks and conversations to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results.  Part of a visionary team Derek helped navigate Globoforce to become today a world leader in Social Recognition and Continuous Performance Development.

Derek is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition, development and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker, author of an acclaimed blog, Recognize This!, and the co-author of two books: Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks, he teaches HR leaders how to use positivity to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across all major HR publications, including WorkspanHR MagazineHR ExecutiveTalent Management, and Workforce Management. 

Today, companies need to win the hearts and minds of employees. To be successful, organizations need to provide positive experiences that inspire employees to do the best work of their lives. A positive employee experience is best defined as an impactful and powerful – and ultimately human – experience, where employees become able, over time, to invest more of their entire selves into the workplace.  The data shows companies that create such cultures perform better financially, and can have competitive advantage to ensure generational lasting success.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is the fundamental difference between employee engagement versus employee experience?    
  • What constitutes a positive employee experience?
  • How positive employee experience impacts top-of-mind issues including retention, culture and employee happiness?
  • What are the key organizational practices that drive more positive employee experiences?
  • Why organizations need to develop a growth mindset and shift toward a continuous culture of employee feedback & development?
  • Creating positive employee experience impacts financial results.


Close

Close

Jill Lublin

The Profit of Kindness: How to Influence Others, Establish Trust, and Build Lasting Business Relationships


4x Best Selling Author, Radical Influence Expert. Jill lives in Novato, CA.

Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness, and Referrals. She has more than 200 speaking engagements per year. She is the author of four bestselling books including Get Noticed…Get Referrals, Guerrilla Publicity, Networking Magic, and her latest, The Profit of Kindness. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace.  She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years’ experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media.

When kindness becomes your primary goal, everything changes: how you look at life, what you get from it, and how others interact with and relate to you. In this presentation, Jill helps you master the art of building trusting, long-lasting relationships through open, non-adversarial interchanges that result in mutually beneficial outcomes. A basic adjustment in attitude and approach can substantially improve virtually every facet of your life. Jill will provide specific examples for improving skills such as communication, building integrity, team work, influencing others, and more. In order to connect with new clients or future business partners and transform your potential into success, you need to establish trust and build strong relationships. The key is to focus more on giving and working with others rather than simply on “winning.” Because doing so is guaranteed to help you actually win.

In Jill’s presentation you will:

  • Learn what is means to create lasting relationships built on authentic kindness.
  • Discover how kindness is at the root of communication skills, integrity, and team building.
  • Transform your success using basic adjustments in attitude and approach.
  • Focus on the kindness key to giving and working with others rather than simply on “winning”.


Close

Close

Claude Silver

Emotional Optimism in the Workplace - How To Do It


Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia. Claude lives in New York City.

Claude is VaynerMedia’s inaugural Chief Heart Officer–a first of its kind position created to scale the company’s people-first ethos. At VaynerMedia, she champions empathy-driven leadership as she oversees talent management, employee experience & retention, learning & development, coaching, culture, internal communications and recruitment for over 750 employees.

Claude promises these for WISDOM participants:

  • You will be inspired to push your company and culture into action.
  • You will have the know how to create a sense of belonging, cultivate purpose, and celebrate achievements.
  • You will feel empowered to not settle for an average culture.
  • You will have methodologies and essential elements to create strong teams who drive cultures forward with accountability, longevity and joy.


Close

Close

Rev. Dr. Joni Carley

The Invisible Essentials


Consultant, Speaker, Author, Joni lives in Media, PA.

Joni provides counsel on values-driven leadership & cultural development to non-profit, civic, and business leaders, facilitates workshops, and shares information and inspiration with live and media audiences. Her expertise draws on a unique depth and breadth of experience – ranging from the jungle to the boardroom, from the C-suite to the podium, the African Bush to Asian Temples, and from universities to the United Nations. Her work at the United Nations has been commended for “authenticity, ease of engagement, and dynamic human connection that generates real impact.” Co-author: “Stepping Stones to Success, Vol 1”, with Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Denis Waitley, et al. Vice Chair, United Nations Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030; Member, United Nations Committee on Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns

In this interactive workshop you will take a deep dive into the intangible aspects of culture that make the difference between good and great workplaces. This workshop is based on a confidential Leadership Self-Assessment (to be completed in advance) that will help identify your personal strengths, weaknesses and blind spots so you can apply what we’re talking about to your situation. Learn how to leverage invisible drivers, like values and cultural capital, to create a workplace culture of optimum profitability, innovation, stakeholder loyalty, team coherence and personal satisfaction.

Here are Joni’s takeaways:

  • Accountability for 7 levels of success
  • Proven factors that make companies resilient and most likely to retain employees and customers
  • Expanding leadership and cultural capacity
  • Getting your highest returns on cultural capital, which has an intangible, yet statistically critical, impact on profits, stakeholder loyalty, innovation and teamwork

Joni would like for you to complete this short survey before attending her workshop.



Close

Close

Krista Diamond

How to Design a Business that Prioritizes Kindness and Caring


Director of Counseling Services, Carrollwood Day School (CDS).  Krista lives in Tampa, Florida

Krista’s interest in the psychology of relationships and organizational wellness began years ago when she was an undergrad at Colgate University where she worked as a research assistant to Dr. Jack Dovidio, the Head of the Psychology Department.  From there, she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire, and eventually a post-graduate degree with a focus on OATH, Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing. 

Her professional career includes a variety of roles including three years as leadership trainer on a Potawatomi Reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a workshop facilitator at FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) and most recently, serving as the Director of Counseling Services at Carrollwood Day School (CDS), an independent day school in Tampa, FL.  It was during this time at CDS that she developed a partnership with Harvard University’s Making Caring Common with a goal of increasing levels of caring and empathy within and throughout the CDS community.

In this interactive session, participants can expect:

  • To understand WHY transforming your culture to prioritize caring is critical for success, especially in today’s global society.
  • To learn WHAT the current research is telling us about the neuroscience of caring and how our environment effects our cognitive well-being.
  • To know HOW to implement concrete, research-based strategies beginning today to increase levels of caring and empathy within your organization. 


Close

Close

David Sturt

Culture, a Magnet for Talent, Innovation, and Accomplishment


Executive Vice President O.C. Tanner Institute and Marketing.  David lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

David Sturt is an Executive Vice President of O.C. Tanner, a $500 million global recognition and culture company. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love and the newly released companion book, Appreciate.

His work and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Inc.; and he co-authors a weekly leadership column for Forbes.com.  David has spoken at TEDx, and to thousands of business leaders at conferences around the world, and at companies including Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Nationwide, Tata, Home Depot, and MGM.

David was born in England, raised in South Africa, and educated in the US and Asia.

An engaging culture is a magnet for talent, innovation, and accomplishment. Organizations that have shaped and nurtured great cultures consistently outperform those who don’t. But how do you shape and improve your organization’s culture. How do you measure it? And where should your organization be focusing to ensure your culture becomes a magnet for talent  and engagement? In a landmark Culture Study, the O.C. Tanner Institute surveyed 10,000 employees on 6 continents in 12 countries around the globe. The newly released findings and insights shed new light on how to assess, shape, and optimize company culture.

David’s takeaways:

  • The 6 core magnets of an engaging culture?
  • How the 6 magnets impact engagement, retention, recruitment, and innovation.
  • Why a strategic and intentional focus on culture is essential to your success.
  • How to build an effective recognition strategy.


Close

Close

Claudette Rowley

Change is the New Normal: Learn How to Design an "Adaptogen" Culture


CEO, Cultural Brilliance.  Culture Whisperer. Claudette lives in Lexington, MA.

Claudette Rowley is the CEO of Cultural Brilliance, a cultural design and change management firm, and the creator of the Cultural Brilliance System™. She is the host of the globally syndicated radio show and author of the upcoming book, Cultural Brilliance: The DNA of Organizational Excellence. ™ For eighteen years, Claudette has consulted and coached leaders and teams to create pro-active and innovative workplace cultures that support people, purpose, and profits.

When faced with a planned or unexpected change, many organizations focus on what is wrong, broken, or defective instead of what calls forth brilliance in people. Claudette helps organizations create cultures that pro-actively respond to change in ways that decrease stress, inspire learning, and promote organizational health. Her Adaptogen Design ™process moves people beyond dialogue into iterative, systemic implementation.  Instead of experiencing productivity loss, broken cultures, and employee disengagement, adaptogen organizations gain energy from change, and evolve into a new state of inspiration, excellence, and resilience.

During Claudette’s interactive presentation, you will:

  • Learn what nature teaches us about cultural change
  • Apply the three-step Adaptogen Design process
  • Discover two cultural design lessons from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Understand the six learning factors that drive a brilliant culture
  • Create an Adaptogen design you can implement at work


Close

Close

Hanlie Van Wyk

Designing the Workplace to Foster Connectedness


Head, Behavioral Research and Applied Technology Laboratory.  Hanlie lives in Chicago.

Hanlie Van Wyk is Head of Applied Behavioral Research and Habit Change at the Behavioral Research and Applied Technology Laboratory (BRATLAB). Her professional career spans 26 years and three continents. She has facilitated leadership and talent actualization for clients in a range of industries. Hanlie will present measures that explain the interactions between brain behavior and wellbeing and how it is used this to create a platform for exemplary leadership. Hanlie says that we rarely work alone and relatedness is one of three basic psychological needs. Relatedness is associated with increasing happiness and connectedness is correlated with high performing teams and leaders are responsible for designing work that fosters the practice of positive habits as a part of work. 

Takeaways from Hanlie’s Presentation: 

Axel ignore the solid lines.  I don’t know how to get rid of them.

  • Why relatedness is one of three basic psychological needs associated with increasing happiness.
  • Learn how connectedness is correlated with high performing teams. 
  • Understand how Social Capital contributes to organizational success. 
  • How to design the world of work to foster higher connectivity amongst team members.


Close

Close

Paula Gibson

Practical Steps to Integrate Strengths and Engagement into Your Organization


Human Resources Director, City of Centennial, Colorado. Paula lives in Denver.

Paula has over 25 years of experience in the role of strategic business partner, program manager, and organizational development leader. She is a Human Resources professional who helps organizations and individuals discover their innate talents and capitalize on their capabilities and has spent her career in a variety of sectors, including financial services, not-for-profit, and municipal government. Her broad understanding of various areas of business has solidified the idea that focusing on talents brings excellence in all environments and allows employees to come to work every day to do what they do best.

She has led the creation of a workplace where employees come in every day energized, passionate about their roles, and love their jobs; this is the reality a strengths-based organization creates. Through her work with the employees of the City of Centennial, Colorado, she has real-world evidence that managing to Strengths, focusing on Engagement and holding people accountable to high performance standards creates an Award-Winning organization. She challenges you to be more than you are, realize your strengths every day, and soar with your innate super-hero powers.  

In Paula’s presentation you will:

  • Learn the 27 steps the City of Centennial employed to move the needle on Employee Engagement – in a dramatic way.
  • See the real-world success metrics which resulted from increased engagement.
  • Participate in a practical discussion about how you can implement these programs in your organization


Close

Close

Kimberly Wiefling

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


Kimberly Wiefling helps organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories”, leading to meaningful and measurable business results. Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan ~100 times to help Japanese companies globalize. Her superpower is bringing people with diverse backgrounds and cultures together, across borders and boundaries of every kind, to achieve what none could do alone.



Close

Close

Jocelyn Davis

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


Jocelyn Davis is an author and consultant with 25 years’ experience in the corporate learning industry.

Previously she was EVP, R&D, for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is the author of The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers (Hachette); co-author of Strategic Speed (Harvard Business Press); and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever. Her next book, coming in spring 2019, is The Art of Quiet Influence: Eastern Wisdom and Mindfulness for Everyday Work. Known as an exceptional leader herself, Jocelyn has received awards for excellence in management and product innovation.



Close

Close

Martha Bartlett Piland

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


Martha Bartlett Piland is president + CEO of MB Piland Advertising + Marketing, the firm she founded in 1998. The agency has a reputation for razor sharp strategy, killer creative and a focus on internal audiences that make external marketing exponentially stronger. Martha has made numerous presentations to local, state and national organizations and as far away as Canada and China. She’s the inventor of TRANSFORMOTION™ in a Box, a subscription-based innovation tool for movers and shakers. Her award-winning book Culturing Creative, a guidebook for creative problem solvers, was published in 2015 and is available on Amazon. She is widely regarded as not only a marketing industry expert but as an innovative entrepreneur and business leader as well. In March, 2017 she was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.



Close

Close

Gayle Van Gils

ENGAGE with Mindfulness - Workshop


Gayle will teach this workshop on Monday, August 6 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.  This is the day before the main retreat program.

This workshop will focus on 6 benefits of integrating mindfulness into the business culture of your company. Using the acronym ENGAGE, practical applications of mindfulness will be shared which allow for increased employee engagement, creativity, collaboration and problem solving through:

  • developing attention and greater self-awareness,
  • fostering genuine communication and
  • exchanging reciprocal appreciation.

The workshop will provide specific actions and a mindset of emotional intelligence that can be quickly adopted.  These practical tools will inspire and motivate both leadership and employees to new possibilities of relating, problem solving and working that bring greater energy, success and joy to each workday.

For more about Gayle’s workshop click here.

Register for the Workshop



Close

Close

Dan McDonough

Sharing Commitments for Follow-up


Dan McDonough dedicates his life work is to helping people and organizations achieve engagement, fulfillment and optimal health. He believes everyone deserves and should expect a flourishing life of purpose and meaning anchored by gratifying emotions, mastery experiences and intrinsic motivation.

Dan has enjoyed 25+ years of healthcare industry commitment in dual roles of consulting and management across the wellbeing spectrum. Earning a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Dan early on transitioned his interest in human performance and wellbeing following a professional football career.  Dan currently serves as the National Director of Corporate Wellbeing at LiveAnew, Inc. directing the proprietary innovations to align wellbeing science and social networking technology for employer clients. Dan is President of the Kansas City Chapter of Culture Ambassadors.

Sharing Commitments for Follow-up

This interactive workshop is for participants to reflect upon and share action items for follow-up when they return to their workplaces. 

During this time each participant will reflect upon and share how they plan to achieve key lessons from the Retreat.  This session includes a graphic recorder who will be capturing the results, providing a shared visual record.  The final images are a resource that will be available to all participants.  Action plan ideas for each participant will also be captured, compiled as anonymous, and available to participants following the Retreat.

Dan’s workshop process and takeaways:

  • A guided reflection on developing unique action items and commitments.
  • A facilitated discussion to verbally share plans.
  • The verbal discourse will be captured by a graphic recorder and provided to participants.


Close

Close

Toti Cadavid

The Five Success Secrets of Heart Driven Leaders


Have you ever worked for or known one of those leaders who you felt was someone especial, different and unique?  Do you remember how that leader just resonated with you on a deep, core level, and you felt an instant connection with her/him?  And the more you worked together, the more you saw that you and others just loved that person and wished you could work even more closely with them?

And then as time went on, you thought “what is it about this person?” It wasn’t that he/she was the most intelligent or innovating person you ever met, or that they had awesome presentation skills or incredible writing….And it was NOT that he/she was more gifted or more talented than everybody else out there.  So WHAT was it then, that made you click – both literally and metaphorically speaking?  What were his/her secrets?  Toti will reveal just what those secrets are – the five secrets that make those types of leaders so magnetic and effective.

Toti is a multicultural branding, marketing and communications strategist with great expertise in both domestic and international markets.  After a second near death experience, Toti went through a transformational journey to find purpose, meaning and inner alignment.  She then became a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, certified coach, and launched U-Fulfilled, a branding and leadership development company that helps executives and business leaders build real personal, leadership and corporate brand value, to be more effective leaders and reach much higher levels of effectiveness and success.  Toti is also an Adjunct Professor of Sales for the University of Colorado.

Toti holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business, a masters’ degree in Marketing, another master’s degree in Organizational Development, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, all from the University of Colorado. Toti is also a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Management Program.

Toti’s Takeaways:

  • How to gain unstoppable momentum and confidence as a leader.
  • What type of impact self-awareness has in leadership effectiveness.
  • What type of mindset creates true success.
  • How heart-driven leaders stand out from the crowd.
  • How leaders can create a bigger more impactful legacy.


Close

Close

Craig Smith

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


PRESIDENT / CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANGI HOMESERVICES INC.

Craig Smith is the President and Chief Operating Officer of ANGI Homeservices, a new publicly-traded company that combined the HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List brands in September 2017. In this role, Smith oversees all operations, including those of HomeAdvisor’s (US) sales force.

Prior to assuming this position, Smith served in the same role for HomeAdvisor since 2000. Smith leads over 2,500 employees and is responsible for developing a new sales strategy that helped contribute to 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth for the company in 2015. Smith was also awarded the emerging community leader citizenship medal by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for his commitment to his business and the community in 2015.

Previously, Smith was named a Colorado Biz “CEO of the Year” finalist and helped earn the company top honors as Denver Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and CSIA Technology’s “Company of the Year.” As one of HomeAdvisor’s early executives, Smith was instrumental in building the company to Colorado’s largest consumer internet brand.

Prior to HomeAdvisor, Smith worked as an investment analyst for the El Pomar Foundation. Smith serves on various boards including the Children’s Hospital Colorado Corporate Leadership Council, the National Cybersecurity Center, the Beanstalk Foundation, Employers Council, and A+ Colorado. Smith, a fourth generation Coloradan, lives in Denver with his wife and three children.



Close

Close

Daren Martin

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


Dr. Daren Martin is the author of the new bestselling A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement; Whiteboard: Business Models That Inspire Action; and Beached Whale: Learning to Swim in the New Ocean and The Sink.

Daren’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title The Culture Architect. Combining humor, thought provoking content, and a dynamic and engaging presentation style, his transformational speaking has inspired audiences to action all over the

world.

He ran his own business for 20 years and for the last 11 years has consulted for Fortune 200 companies, organizations, and small business owners from a wide range of industries. He has been in over 40 countries.



Close

Close

Irwin Rubin

Panel Member — Why Culture Practices Have Not Been Institutionalized and How to Change That


Irwin Rubin is a consultant, writer, professor, and irrepressible idealist.  Irv’s education includes B.S.E.E. Tufts University; M.S. and Ph.D. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Irv established his company, Temenos Inc., in 1985. Temenos’ flagship program, The ABCs of Win-Win Relationships, and its unique tool, The Behavior Minder™, have influenced the lives of over ten thousand individuals.

His decades of experience in health care earned him the recognition of being the first non-physician to be made an Honorary Member of the American College of Physician Executives.

He is considered one of the founders of modern organizational development. He has written and published numerous professional articles and books throughout his career. His textbook, Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach (originally co-authored with David Kolb and James McIntyre) was the first experiential text of its kind.  Eight editions have followed since its introduction in 1974, and experiential learning has become the cornerstone at virtually all progressive educational institutions.  Over a million people—worldwide—have greatly benefited from this text. 

Dr. Rubin’s teachings and consulting engagements are based on the premise that authentic feedback is the fundamental factor underlying discovery and transformation.  His most provocative article “CEOs: Keyholders to World Peace” —challenges us to consider that, without knowledge and transformation, life as we know it becomes seriously threatened.  For in the business of living, he warns us, “We are all CEOs.”

In response to the ubiquitous saying, “it’s not personal, it’s just business,” Irv responds, “there is no such condition, it’s all personal.” 

His recent training and consulting engagements include the U.S. Department of Defense, Humanum Training of Mexico, the New Zealand Institute of Management, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Federal Executive Institute, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



Close

Close

Gerald R. Wagner, Ph.D

Retreat Organizer


Gerald R. Wagner, Ph.D. is the Founder and National President of the Academy of Culture Ambassadors. His career started as head of research statistics with a Fortune 50 company in Chicago.  That was after getting a PhD. from Iowa State University. From Chicago he went to the University of Texas in Austin to be head of the Operations Research/Industrial Engineering group in the College of Engineering. While there he started his first software company. Later he joined the University of Nebraska in Omaha where he created the BSc. Degree in Information Technology Innovation (Technology Entrepreneurship). While at UNO he was also a Gallup Senior Scientist in the area of data visualization. During that time Gallup published their landmark book called Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. It was that book that started him on his current path. First, he founded the Institute for Employee Wellbeing at Bellevue University and now the Academy.



Close

The Academy of Culture Ambassadors supports workplace cultures where there is a relentless passion for kindness, empathy, dignity, trust, transparency, sharing, happiness, compassion and love.

© 2017 The Academy of Culture Ambassadors, LLC. All rights reserved.