The Focus is on Being Prepared for What Comes Next

Whether you are currently in the workplace or working on getting there, this track of programming narrows in on very specific competencies related to getting, keeping and enjoying whatever vocation you choose.

Designed for all conference participants regardless of experience or title, these "labs" are designed to be very experiential and may require "practicing" of the workplace related skills being taught.  Discussion and sharing of experiences is highly encouraged in these workshops which run along side of the other program offerings.

Lead365 Career Lab 1
 Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

"But Nobody Will Know": Making Ethical Decisions Alone and in the Work Place

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Breakout Session Block 1 - Explore
Friday, Nov. 1, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Competencies: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Ethics

How do you know you are doing the right thing? What about when there seems to be two “right” things? How do you find your compass? Are there ethical standards outlined for you position or role? Whether in the classroom, your place of employment or among friends, making ethical decisions is a leadership charge and challenge.  Come learn how to meet the challenge head on and avoid the consequences if you don't.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the meaning of ethical behavior

  • Examine your personal values and their connection (or not) to leadership roles

  • Learn how to recover from ethical breakdowns 

Lead365 Career Lab 2
Friday - 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur

Peter Bielagus

Breakout Session Block 2 - Explore
Friday, Nov. 1, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Competency: Initiative and Plan

Is the entrepreneurship life for you?  Ever thought about starting your own business?  Whether it’s a full time "gig" or your “side hustle,” contribute to the conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of starting your own business and where to begin. Ready to take the jump?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciation for the challenges versus payoffs of being an entrepreneur

  • Knowledge of the various types of motivations for doing your own "thing"

  • Identification of "resources" necessary to be an entrepreneur - including personal characteristics

  • Ability to apply planning strategies to business idea

  • Start a legitimate business plan

Lead365 Career Lab 3
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Believe Me - It's You:  How to Deal with Difficult People

Nancy Hunter Denney

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competency:  Conflict Negotiation and Verbal Communication

There is no escaping "difficult" co-workers, teammates, leaders and family members.  So the one thing you can control is how YOU respond and YOUR role in the interaction.  Work through one of your challenging relationships step by step in this practical skill based session on dealing with difficult people. Is it possible YOU are the "difficult" one? 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know three strategies for dealing with challenging individuals

  • Understand the characteristics of "challenging" or "difficult"

  • Recognize personal communication traits causing unproductive responses

Lead365 Career Lab 4
Friday - 4 PM – 4:45 PM

Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Breakout Session Block 4 - Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Competencies:  Collaboration and Conflict Negotiation

Collaboration is working together as a team to achieve a common goal. Sounds simple right? But most collaborations fail before they start. Teams that learn how to collaborate significantly reduce team burnout, disengagement, and stress. Come have fun as you learn how to move from ME to WE.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Resolve collaborative conflicts using a 3-step process

  • Manage the four barriers to collaboration and team effectiveness

  • Regroup and refocus as a team using the P.V.G. Theory and Approach

  • Recognize and repair team breakdowns with Empathic Communication and Cognitive Complexity

Lead365 Career Lab 5
Friday - 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Employability Skills & Salary Negotiation Strategies

Chelsea Williams

Competency: Appropriate Interaction and Conflict Negotiation

Employers seek individuals who exhibit strong employability, academic, and technological skills to drive business productivity and growth. This workshop will highlight in-demand employability skills* for today’s workforce and showcase practical ways to build skills that will propel career success. Although time is short, we will also consider the best strategies for negotiating benefits and salary. All levels of experience welcome!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the core employability skills and competencies sought by global employers 

  • Discover employability skills gaps and gain best practices to support professional development 

  • Understand what NOT to say during salary negotiations

Lead365 Career Lab 6
Friday - 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Engaging Conversations on Starting a Non-Profit or Foundation

Kelvin Harris

Competencies: Helping Others and Appropriate Interaction

What a shame it would be to not share the talents and interests of likeminded individuals.  Engaging Conversations are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon YOUR interests.  What do want to talk about? Select whichever topic appeals to you and go to that designated room listed on your schedule.  Small group discussions can be as intimate or general as you desire, and are designed to be informal.

Lead365 Career Lab 7
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Extended Session)

Career Lab 7 - Brand You! Discover and Communicate Values for Career Success

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Values and Verbal Communication

Chelsea Williams

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said it best, your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. This interactive breakout session will identify 5 ways to build and maintain personal brand by assessing values. Clarity on values helps make more intentional decisions and ultimately, leads to a more fulfilled life. During the session, students will explore their values as a tool in shaping their personal brand. The session will also focus on effectively communicating with peers who share different values in order to create more inclusive clubs and organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover and identify why values are important and what it means to live in alignment of values 

  • Consider identity, experiences, and goals and how values may align with past experiences and future desires

  • Uncover the power that lies in individuals, groups, and organizations identifying and committing to shared values

Lead365 Career Lab 8
Saturday - 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies:  Network Like a Boss

Breakout Session Block 8 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Competencies: Verbal Communication and Appropriate Interaction

James Robilotta

Is it true it's more about "who you know than what you know" when it comes to job searching?  While true, talking about how to engage in networking conversations will prevent missing out on opportunities right before your eyes.  The art of "small talk" is less practiced because most college students use social media to communicate.  However, those hiring decision makers still value good old fashion conversations. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to initiate meaningful conversations promoting memorability

  • Recognize the significance of refined social skills for productive conversations

  • Contrast the difference between introverts and extroverts around networking