Seminar Descriptions

Emotional Intelligence: The New Measure of Leadership
Kay Dunkley

Research shows the single most influential element of leadership may be one’s level of emotional intelligence. Successful leaders who demonstrate high degrees of self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy bring about positive benefits to the workplace. Learn ways to recognize and manage the emotional impact of situations so that you and others can work more effectively and build greater trust.

Kay Dunkley is the director of the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and has served for over 30 years in various administrative roles in higher education. Her passion is delivering the rich resources of an academic environment to meet the ever changing workforce needs of today’s businesses and industries.

Riding the Crest
Donna R. Tyson

A wave’s natural cycle to crest and ebb is similar to the cycles in our professional and personal lives. Focus on the issues and events that can encourage productivity and help create momentum as well as to those things that can cause us to crash. Learn ideas for dealing with the powerful undertow of negativity and stress so that you can rebuild and go further than ever before.

Donna Tyson is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author known for her ability to touch hearts and inspire people to reach their highest potential. She draws on her experiences as a successful business owner, television and radio show host, community leader, mother, and grandmother for her inspiring lessons.

The Cinderella Story: How to Do It All and Still Make It to the Ball
Rosemary T. Burke

Come learn some of Cinderella’s tips to reduce time wasters, decrease cleaning and shopping time, and turn mealtime madness into mealtime gladness. You will also learn how to work in some exercise and personal time. You may not have a fairy godmother, but these tips will help you make some changes to help you feel like you do!

Rosemary Burke has over 30 years of nursing experience in a wide variety of health care settings, including intensive care and emergency medicine. As the Director of the Health and Wellness Department for Mary Washington Health Care she is responsible for the health maintenance of over 5,000 employees in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The What, When, and Why of Business Etiquette and Protocol
Pamela Coopwood

Protocol and etiquette are integral and inseparable aspects of being a business professional. The unwritten code of protocol and etiquette governs correct behaviors as prescribed by a polite society. This engaging seminar explores the what, when, and why of professional presence.

Pamela Coopwood is founder and president of The Planned Event, a professional event planning, and protocol and etiquette training corporation. She is certified by The Protocol School of Washington as a consultant and holds a master’s degree in event management and tourism. A humorous and energetic speaker, her interactive workshops brim with passion and insight.

What Leaders Do
Lynne Richardson

A best-selling book in its fourth edition, The Leadership Challenge documents, through academic research from thousands of participants around the world, what leaders do that make them recognized as leaders. Leadership is not about titles—there are leaders found in all kinds of jobs, including “mom” and “wife.” Explore What Leaders Do in this highly interactive session and discover your leadership abilities!

Lynne Richardson has served in leadership positions her whole life. From treasurer of her high school student government association to president of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Marketing Association to dean of three business schools, she continues to develop her leadership skills.

What’s Your Brand?
Deirdre Powell White

Branding yourself keeps you current in your chosen field, opens doors for you, and creates a lasting impression on clients. By developing your own brand, you’ll have control over people’s initial perception. If you don’t brand yourself, someone else will, and the outcome might not be in your favor.

Deirdre Powell White is founder and CEO of DPW Training & Associates, LLC which provides professional, technical training federal employees. She is also founder and CEO of The DPW Foundation, a new philanthropic and programmatic initiative which embraces and supports the educational components of academic discovery, unlimited imagination, and continuous pursuit of excellence.

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