As leaders, how do we fully equip and support our teams to create equitable pathways in partnership with our communities? Effective teamwork depends on staff feeling safe to speak up, even when their opinion is not shared or may be unpopular. Psychologically safe teams support candid feedback, identifying opportunities for learning and improvement, as well as approaches to treat errors as opportunities for growth, not punishment. This has real consequences for helping professionals. Psychologically safe professionals have:
- Higher retention rates
- Lower levels of emotional exhaustion
- Better teamwork skills
This internal change intentionally creates a team environment that will provoke external change, leading to equitable solutions that shift power to bold, strategic and well-informed communities. Attendees can expect to learn how this practice has led to innovative solutions to shift power from agency to community from several leaders in a fireside chat setting.
- Responsibility and impact of leaders and their organizations who create safe and respectful workplace
- Psychological safety is an essential component of collaboration, creation, and solutions
- Learn how psychological safety has led to innovative infusions that have shifted power from agency to communities
Senior Program Manager
Dr. Michael Cull
Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Kentucky
Bill Conerly of Forbes correctly stated: “Strategic planning is dead.” The new kings are execution and flexibility. CEOs, senior leaders, and board members are struggling to move organizations from having a good plan to being able to rapidly execute while staying true to core purpose and mission. To be successful in today’s fast-paced world, an organization must be aligned in strategic action. In this workshop, participants will:
- Receive an introduction to the concepts of a Strategic Action Model
- Be provided with tools and monitoring strategies which can be implemented to increase clarity and empower innovation within mission-directed parameters
- Gain opportunities to practice the model using examples from the group
Following the workshop, participants will leave with tools to gather information, identify strategic focus areas, communicate those areas, and engage in an ongoing monitoring and refining process to create an effective Strategic Action Plan within their organization.
- The concept and elements in a Strategic Action Model
- Tools to gather information, increase clarity, and empower action
- A process to provide ongoing monitoring and refinement of the Strategic Action Plan
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
Chief Information Officer
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
In today’s ever-changing political climate, what is the role and responsibility of the social sector? This workshop will discuss how organizations in the social sector, with varied missions, programs, and services can find alignment and become more united in addressing the political issues that affect us all. Further, as we are challenged by our tenuous political climate and continual shifts in our elected officials, we will discuss how our sector can create sustained momentum around advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
- Intersection of politics and the social sector
- How the political agenda frames the works we do and the communities we serve
- What is the role of the sector and how do we create change?
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Vice President of Change Management
Aviva Family and Children’s Services
Participants will gain a deep understanding of polyvagal theory and how it applies to restoring balance in the autonomic nervous system. Functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems will be discussed to support trauma and resilience practitioners in understanding what sensory experiences will be most supportive. In addition, participants will learn how to activate the social engagement system to help chronically stressed or trauma-exposed children regulate their nervous system. Most stressed and traumatized people focus immediately on negative inner states, which increases fear reactions. The underpinning of the polyvagal theory encourages the drawing of attention to positive, non-aversive inner states, helping to bring the autonomic nervous system into a less fearful state. Participants will gain both an understanding of the physiological principles of trauma and stress in addition to practical interventions to help.
- Name and describe the two branches of the parasympathetic nervous system
- Discuss the polyvagal theory as it relates to trauma and resilience
- Identify at least three examples of interventions for youth that can be used in response to crisis and/or for psychological first aid
Senior Trainer and Program Consultant