Life Pillar Breakout Sessions

Sessions repeat from the 9:40 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Sessions in the same locations.

Session One, 9:40 am – 10:20 am and Session Two, 10:35 – 11:15 am:

Master Building in Ambiguity: The Power of Leadership, Life and Rocking Your Wisdom
Joyce Ivory
Promenade Ballroom

As we transition in our lives, in organizations and our careers. People often tell us what to expect, but don’t prepare to how to act and how our whole selves fit in with this change.

As leaders we need to understand the kind of power we possess in leading our respective groups and empower them to move forward. Additionally, leverage the shared power in our groups to bring people through periods of ambiguity and change. Through that there will be tips in self-care, sharing of my own experience in non-profit start up work in the Charlottesville Community and my PhD. work in Organizational Leadership.


Sessions repeat from the 12:45 pm – 1:25 pm. Sessions in the same locations.

Session Three, 12:45 pm – 1:25 pm and Session Four, 1:40 pm – 2:20 pm:

Communicating and Growing Through Conflict: How to Listen to Others Without Losing Your Voice
Paula Vest-Woodfolk
Promenade Ballroom

This interactive workshop will focus on principles and strategies that will encourage women to decisively address and overcome the challenges that can exist when facing conflicts in their personal and professional lives. We don’t have to run away from problems, because its possible to grow personally and strengthen relationships as we deal with tension and disagreements. We will explore how: effective listening can encourage others to listen to us; how trusting our intuition can reduce the frequency and intensity of conflicts; and how better communication can provide deeper connections and more fulfilling and satisfying relationships. The participants will be given an opportunity to practice effective communication skills that will foster confidence to be more proactive when building rapport, establishing and maintaining boundaries, and assigning roles within our relationships.

Resilient Women: Surviving and Thriving in the Messy Middle
Renee Branson
George Washington Room, Lower Level

Resilience. It is a word we hear a lot about. We know that it is something we need to help us overcome life’s changes and challenges. But what really IS resilience? Is it something we either have or don’t have? Can we cultivate resilience if we want more of it? And how in the world do we tap into our resilience when we are eyeball deep in the “messy middle” of our professional, family, and personal lives?

I define resilience as the ability to not simply bounce back from change and challenge, but the ability to bounce forward! Resilience is a practice and a process, not a product. Resilience is a series of tools, skills, outlooks and resources that allow us to work through our trying times with grit and optimism. It’s easy to feel optimistic and resilient when things are smooth sailing, so I focus not only on how to cultivate resilience when things are going well, but how to tap into our emergency stores of resilience when we are in the messy middle of life.


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