Leadership Summit Sessions

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Dale Fodness
This session is for those driven to make a difference, but unsure of where to begin. If you and your chapter or organization want to create social impact in your community, this session will jumpstart your path to social innovation, and get your started developing the entrepreneurial mindset and innovation acumen needed begin your journey as a social entrepreneur.

Becoming a Changemaker
Dr. Dale Fodness

What does it take to change the status quo? This session is for those who are responsible for change management within their chapter or organization. If your role is to drive organizational change and enable every chapter member to support such change in a personally meaningful way, this session will give you the basics of how to foster a climate for change, along with a framework to guide your change strategy.

Strategic Thinking and Storytelling
Dr. Brett Bourban

A leader needs to be able to think strategically and to tell stories that unify an organization and provide a marketing vision for customers.  In this context, storytelling in business is usually understood as  a form of communication—a form of internal and external marketing.  Strategic thinking, on the other hand, is often understood as a form of advanced planning, organized relative to various high level goals.  These ideas about storytelling and strategy are partly right, but misleading.  In this talk, I will offer a more powerful way of understanding how strategic thinking and storytelling fit together, and how you can use both to revolutionize your leadership.

C-Suite: Consensus, Negotiation, Compromise
Tanis Cornell and Evelyn Torres

Leadership requires the ability to listen, adjust, and bring people along together, a process which isn't always top-down.  Creating consensus often leads teams and stakeholders into ambiguous territory, and navigating that territory can be a difficult experience.  In this session, we'll hear from successful business leaders as they talk through lessons learned in how they communicate goals and value, manage objections, and build trust and consensus.

Design Thinking: New Perspectives
Keith Owens

In today’s fast paced world, the only constant is change. This dynamic plays out every day for companies seeking to achieve and maintain competitive market advantages. Relying on best practices is no longer sufficient. Instead nimble organizations need more inventive/iterative approaches to achieve success.

Design Thinking is one of those approaches. Design Thinking is a loosely linked group of process-based concepts and practices that foster and harness creativity, critical-thinking, and collaboration. It is a practical yet boundless toolkit for fueling innovation. Design Thinking empowers users to identify, frame and solve problems in new ways, and, urges them to conceive of failure as a necessary step toward achieving success rather than a dead end.

After being introduced to Design Thinking theory and practice participants will explore the concepts in a hands-on workshop setting.

Teams: Influence, Balance, and Inspiration
Dr. Elizabeth Muñiz

Leading from within a hierarchy has its own difficulties, but leading without that vested authority creates particular challenges.  Within this dynamic, individuals can still establish influence while preserving balance between team members.  With practice, these leaders can motivate, mentor, and instill a sense of purpose that keeps all members accountable as they drive toward common goals.

Strategic Board Service - A Pathway To Strengthen External Credibility
Cid Wilson

Your qualification gets you a job or a promotion. But it’s your credibility that gets you a board seat. Non-profit board service when planned strategically can strengthen your external professional credibility. Over time, that credibility can magnify your professional development and yield enhanced opportunities including corporate board appointments, high-profile non-profit appointments, political appointments, and even C-suite corporate opportunities. This session will help you think strategically about non-profit board service as part of your overall professional development strategy and long term success trajectory.

Achieving Work-Life Balance: Unique Challenges to Latino Success
Dr. Vincent Ramos

True success and true happiness require a mixture of qualities and conditions. Though required, effort, motivation, focus and opportunity aren’t enough. Along with balancing work with home life, Latinos face a myriad of challenges unique to acculturation level, ethnic identity, and socioeconomic status. Mastering “the mix” is not new to Latinos. Finding balance and pride in “la mezcla” (the mix) is where we find ourselves. Ultimately, it’s what defines our success and our happiness.