Fall 2018 Workshops

Your Leadership Style – Leveraging Your Unique Impact

Thursday September 27th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Katie Cook

What is your leadership style? What is theirs? Why does it matter?

It matters because every single time you speak, write, text, e-mail or use social media, you have the opportunity to influence, motivate, teach, activate, and inspire. Are you leveraging your unique leadership style effectively? Are you tailoring your style to maximize impact?

These are just a few of the questions we will be exploring during this lively 90-minute session on personality and leadership styles. Through interactive group discussion and activities, this session will look at the Insights Discovery model of characterizing personality and leadership styles. Every participant will have an opportunity to not only self-assess their dominant style but also learn how to recognize and communicate with the other styles.

Getting Better at Talking to Everyone

Tuesday October 17th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Chris Graham

You have great ideas and are excited to share them with peers, colleagues, and professors. You’ve worked hard, prepared, and did your best to share your vision—still, people didn’t understand.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to talk about your ideas using language that makes sense to other people. Specifically, you’ll learn simple tools for doing three things better:

  • Thinking about the audience for your ideas (what are they looking for?)
  • Getting that audience to listen (compelling stories stand out)
  • Helping that audience understand

The Inclusive Leader: Understanding unconscious bias

Thursday November 1st, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Toni de Mello

How do we create a more inclusive community in the legal profession? Diversity and equity have become buzzwords in business, NGO and government sectors but in reality, organizations, including universities have fallen short of reflecting and representing the broader population within which they work. In law school and in legal work, research shows that a 'sense of belonging' is key to student success and a sense of job satisfaction. Moreover, it can determine the retention of employees. Feeling like you belong, knowing that you will be included, seeing your education and work communities as your communities - matters. How do we achieve this sense of community and belonging? What may we be doing that hinders it?

This session will examine some of the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously include/exclude others. Topics covered:

  *   Understanding how we make choices/how we select
  *   Understanding unconscious bias
  *   Delving into gender bias and racial bias
  *   Strategies for tackling unconscious bias

The Resilient Leader: Building your psychological capital

Tuesday November 13th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Rumeet Billan

Resilience is a powerful skill that can be developed. It is the ability to bounce back from obstacles and setbacks to achieve higher levels of performance. It requires developing positive adaptation processes to help overcome the challenges that we face and the use of positive experiences to build confidence in our strengths and abilities. It also involves interventions that support and develop self-trust, objective reasoning, perseverance and possibility thinking.

This workshop focuses on how we can develop strategies to build our resilience by examining the capabilities of psychological capital, and improve the experiences that we have to reach our full potential.  

In this workshop you will:

  • Develop an understanding of psychological capital and its impact on overall well-being
  • Examine and evaluate the four competencies connected to resilience.
  • Explore and develop strategies to enhance overall psychological capital in order to promote and foster resilience.