Forging The Future

A forward thinking workshop series for tomorrow’s leaders.

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Calling All Leadership!

Whether you are the CEO, Executive or first line supervisor, these sessions are for you!

Join us for 3 outstanding workshops proudly sponsored by Levac Supply, hosted at Venture13 Innovation in Cobourg and taught by the outstanding Executive Coach, Lorna Weston-Smyth.

Workshop #1

Wednesday, February 7, 7:30am-11:30am

A New Kind of Diversity

Workshop #2

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30am-11:30am

Beyond Politically Correct: Using Your Influence to Foster an Authentic and Inclusive Workplace

Description: To create a lasting shift in workplace culture, it is not enough to rely solely on the implementation of the right policies. It is crucial that every individual, regardless of their identity, role, or seniority, actively contributes to the shift. In this interactive workshop, participants will acquire the skills to become catalysts for positive change and how to create a culture of inclusiveness and cultivate a team that values each other’s differences.

Description: Based on the book by the same name written by Dr. Tim Elmore, this workshop is for anyone interested in connecting, communicating, and valuing the diverse group of people who make up your team. While we must remain vigilant in our fight for ethnic, gender, or income diversity, there is a tangible diversity that’s often missed or misrepresented by bosses and employees, by coaches and young athletes, by teachers and students, and among family members. We are speaking of generational diversity, the widening gap between the five generations that still influence our world yet don’t seem to understand one another. Through group discussions and interactive questions, the participants will come to a better understanding of where they are on the generational spectrum, the assumptions others often make about them and confront the assumptions they may be making about others based on the generation they were born into.

When everyone has the same perspectives and the same experiences, they tend to think and say the same things, and that’s the end of creativity and innovation. Avoiding echo chambers and confirmation biases in thinking and decision making expands the “tools” available. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Diversity helps prevent us from hammering away at things that really need a screwdriver approach.

Most individuals consider themselves unbiased, but only a small number of people actually engage in the actions, behaviors, and practices to support, amplify, and advocate for others, especially for individuals who don’t belong to the same social identity groups as themselves. This workshop aims to close this gap by empowering employees at all levels to recognize actionable steps they can take to create a significant and lasting impact.

In this workshop, attendees can expect to:

  • Increase awareness of why inclusivity is important for overall performance and engagement
  • Raise self-awareness of blind spots and hidden biases
  • Understand how cultural awareness and curiosity improves inclusiveness
  • Become conscious of the barriers people face and how to level the playing field
  • Appreciate the difference between equality and equity

Workshop #3

Wednesday, Sept 11, 7:30am-11:30am

Topic to Be Determined at a Later Date
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About the Presenter

Lorna Weston-Smyth

Lorna Weston-Smyth

Lorna Weston-Smyth is an Executive Coach and trainer who brings her years as a serial entrepreneur to businesses and professionals to help them grow to the next level. She has worked with business owners and career professionals to significantly improve their productivity, enhance their decision making abilities, get results and reduce their frustration.

She has guided new and veteran leaders to create a high-performance and engaged workforce, helping them create real actions plans, identify their blind spots and clarify their next step while providing an accountability system through coaching and mentoring.

Lorna is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and a founding member of the Maxwell Coaching and Training Certification Program. She serves on the Executive Committee of the President’s Advisory Council for the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team and is past president of the board for the Durham Workforce Authority.

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