WNCDEC Professional Development Series
Fall 2016
"Leading With Your Strengths"

Eligibility to Participate:  Open to employees in WNCDEC member organizations who would like to better position themselves for advancement.  Certificate of Completion awarded upon attendance at six or mores sessions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding your strengths
  • Developing your brand
  • Strengthening relationships
  • Managing conflict
  • Building resiliency
  • Developing and deepening leadership skills

Program dates:  September 27 - November 15, 2016
Duration:  8 weeks
Time:  Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:  YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC

Click here to register.  (Registrations accepted throughout entire series)

For more information, contact Paulina Mendez at info@wncdec.com or by calling (828) 785-4274


Week One - How You Show Up Matters!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenters:  
Lisa Eby, SPHR
Director of Human Resources, Health & Human Services
Buncombe County

Nicole A. Norian, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
UNC Asheville

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase mindfulness and intentional behavior
  • Learn to assess and regulate personal behavior
  • Identify which intentional methods feel natural for individuals to use
  • Become introduced to personal branding and assessment of strengths

Week Two - StandOut:  Discover Your Strengths and Lead from Your Edge
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Pre-Classwork:  Take the StandOut assessment on-line (less than 15 minutes) and read your report.

Presenters:
Natalia Rabin
Director, Center for Leadership and Professional Development & The Child Development Center
Mission Health

Lakesha McDay
Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Consultant for The Center for Leadership and Professional Development
Mission Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Trainers from Mission Health Executive Leadership Team will lead you through the StandOut assessment and explain how you can use your assessment to maximize their effectiveness at work
  • Gaining understanding of who you are, what your top strengths are, and how you can best contribute to your team.

Week Three:  Having Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenters:

Rachel Bemis
Consultant, Center for Leadership and Professional Development
Mission Health

PJ Mears
Senior Consultant, Center for Leadership and Professional Development
Mission Health

Learning Objectives:

  • In an experimental, hands-on environment, work in small groups using your own real-life situations to develop and strengthen conflict resolution skills

Week Four:  Building Our Own Resilience
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenters:

Susanne Walker Wilson, MSW, LCSW
Community Care of Western North Carolina

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the body's natural biological responses to stress
  • Identify 3 ways to turn off our stress response system that can be used in our daily life at work and home
  • Identify internal resources that can lead toward our own resilience

Week Five:  Operating Instructions for Humans - a Deep Dive Into Understanding Our Wiring, What Motivates Us, and How We Can Intentionally Shape Our Relationships
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenter:

Lisa Eby, SPHR
Director of Human Resources, Health & Human Services
Buncombe County

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to navigate the landscape
  • Learn how to regulate yourself in relation to others
  • Become aware of triggers and how to minimize negative effects while maximizing the positive 
  • Understand the SCARF model

Week Six:  Understand How Your Strengths and Personal Brand Fit Into Organizational Competencies
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenter:

David Carr
Asheville Way Facilitator, Human Resources
City of Asheville

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe your personal brand
  • Learn about yourself as a leader, whatever your role is in the organization
  • Discover areas to develop in your leadership skills

Week Seven:  The Art of Interviewing
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Presenters:  

Carol N. Steen, MBA, PHR
Director, Human Resources
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC)

Nicole A. Norian, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
UNC Asheville

Jonalyn Crite
Employment Specialist
UNC Asheville

Learning Objectives:

  • Through practical discussions and exercises, learn to effectively describe yourself to be better positioned for career expansion/advancement and enhancing fulfillment at work
  • Develop, enhance, and practice interviewing skills - preparation, do's and don'ts, follow-up

Week Eight:  Speed Networking and Graduation
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
YWCA, Multipurpose Room

Facilitators:

Frank Castelblanco, DNP, RN
Director of Regional Services
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC)
President, Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the "speed networking" technique to meet with executives from the Diversity Engagement Coalition's anchor institutions and practice your elevator speeches and interviewing skills
  • Receive feedback from executives
  • Reflect on feedback and learning experiences from the entire series
  • Graduation, celebration, and awarding of certificates