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 register for a symposium and access recordings and handouts from past seminars in the Member Resource Center. Contact Eliza Musallam if you have questions.


Part 1 of the 2018 Leadership Symposium

“Business Development” (Formal Title TBD)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:30 EST

Featuring – Tasneem Khokha, Managing Director, GrowthPlay


Part 2 of the 2018 Leadership Symposium

“Developing Your Executive Presence” 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 1:00 EST

Featuring – Christine Clapp, President, Spoken With Authority


Part 3 of the 2017 Leadership Symposium

“Developing Your Own Personal Leadership Plan”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT

FeaturingManar Morales, President & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

Developing your Personal Leadership Plan: You’ve learned how to be an authentic leader, and you’ve learned how to be a thought leader. Now learn how to put it all together as Manar discusses the seven steps to develop your personal leadership plan. Each stage will help you continue with your personal and professional development in and outside of your organization. Participants will learn how to take charge of their own success story by focusing on individual strategies to overcome any obstacles so they can be true authentic thought leaders.

Part 2 of the 2017 Leadership Symposium

“Ready to be a Thought Leader?”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT

FeaturingDenise Brosseau, CEO of Thought Leadership Lab

Ready to be a Thought Leader? Positioning yourself as the go-to expert in your field and building a following for your ideas can help expand your client base and is the very best “career insurance” around. Denise discussed how to approach building your reputation as a thought leader, focusing on the strategies, tools and mindset that can help you move forward effectively and efficiently. She also engaged participants to explore what might be holding them back and how to further advance any efforts underway.


Part 1 of the 2017 Leadership Symposium

“Authentic Leadership – Unlocking the Power of Differences in Organizations”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT

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

In a world where we’re increasingly working and leading across cultural differences, how can we leverage and be more inclusive of these differences? Leadership and diversity expert Ritu Bhasin says it comes down to authentic leadership, and that authenticity is the key ingredient for inclusion. In this highly practical discussion, Ritu uncovered the profound connection between inclusion, leadership, and authenticity. She also discussed how leaders can build stronger, more inclusive relationships by being more of themselves at work. This session includes insights from Ritu’s forthcoming book, The Authenticity Principle.

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.