Leadership Symposium - Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s Leadership Symposium is a series of virtual seminars for individuals at member organizations looking to expand their personal leadership style and business acumen. This three-part series is open to executives and talent professionals who focus on diversity and inclusion, professional development, human resources, and recruiting — anyone who is ready to move from high potential to high performance! Members can access recordings and handouts from past seminars in the Member Resource Center.


Part 1 of the 2017 Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Featuring – Ritu Bhasin, Founder and Principal of bhasin consulting inc.


Part 2 of the 2017 Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Featuring – Denise Brosseau, CEO of Thought Leadership Lab


2016 Seminars

Influencing and Motivating Others: Creating and Leading Effective Teams

December 2016

Featuring – Scott Westfahl, Director, and Carrie Fletcher, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education

Whether you’re working with an established team or creating a new one, your actions as a leader are crucial to ensure those you manage are a successful, cohesive unit. Part III of our Leadership Symposium will highlight how to win the support of your colleagues and have a direct, positive effect on your team by using motivational techniques that develop and retain an engaged workforce.  You will be able to use these techniques to lead with confidence and establish your credibility as an emerging leader among your peers.

Strategically Expanding Your Network

October 2016

Featuring – Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocus

Showing up at a networking event and introducing yourself to random people is not an effective networking strategy.  In this presentation, Sara Holtz, Founder of ClientFocus and host of the Advice to My Younger Me podcast, will discuss how to approach building your network in a strategic way – focusing on what you want to accomplish in your career (and life) and how to build a network that can help you do that.  And yes, she will give you some tips on how to make the most of those dreaded networking events, as well!

The Everyday Leader

August 2016

Featuring – Chris DeSantis, Principal, CPDeSantis.com LLC

Anyone who has the responsibility of leading and managing others needs to be able to provide direction and support in the right doses.  Along the way we need to give the kind of feedback that takes into account the individual, the task, and the direction of progress being made.  Part I of the Alliance’s Leadership Symposium with Chris DeSantis will look at how to provide direction and feedback that is both appropriate and helpful in developing the skills of your employees. Among the topics addressed will be expectation setting, giving, receiving, and seeking feedback, and having difficult conversations.

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For more information about the Leadership Symposium, contact Eliza Musallam.