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Panel Discussion

Expert Panel: Leading Yourself and Others through Organizational Change

Track 2: 2:30 - 4:00

Join our expert panel for a lively discussion on organizational change and learn how to manage the change cycle into a successful and painless experience for all involved.

On the Panel...

Susan Slater, PhD, Corvus International
Greg Sekowski, PhD, HR Strategic Partners, Inc.

Toby Weber, Dynamic Transitions
Sandra Lamartine, James Hardie Building Products

Susan Slater, PhD, Corvus International
Susan will share the key success factors that create successful change initiatives. The best practices from organizations that have successfully faced the challenges of change will be discussed as well as the real world obstacles facing successful change initiatives. If you are struggling to understand why your change efforts stall despite your hard work and diligence, this panel discussion will benefit you.

About the moderator and panelist...

Dr. Susan Slater has over twenty years of consulting experience with corporate and health care clients in the United States, Europe, Asia, India, and Africa. She has designed and implemented many organizational and executive assessment programs, and has served as an executive coach for individuals at the vice president and director levels in a variety of organizations. She has also developed and run executive level retreats and institutes for Disneyland, CDW, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Pathogenesis, and Motorola. Susan holds a master's degree and a PhD in Industrial Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Greg Sekowski, PhD, HR Strategic Partners, Inc.

Many spirited efforts at organizational change either struggle or fail due to incomplete or haphazard attempts to clearly define the vision, strategies, and tactics that will guide ongoing change efforts. Greg will discuss some of the tried-and-true techniques for identifying change champions, getting buy-in, and maintaining the momentum for change over time.

About the panelist...

With over 20 years experience in applied research and consulting, Greg has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies on a variety of initiatives including facilitating feedback and communication between managers and their teams, management coaching and leadership development, and managing organizational change initiatives. He has consulted with a number of leading technology companies on the assessment and development of leadership competencies related to interpersonal effectiveness, influence, and accelerating change. Greg holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from DePaul University and is the President of HR Strategic Partners, Inc.

Toby Weber, Dynamic Transitions
People frequently have a hard time with organizational change; even change that they have assessed and believe is necessary or desirable. Toby will discuss the personal, emotional side of change exploring why people resist or welcome change, what attitudes promote acceptance, and how to communicate the change process to invite the support, participation, commitment and continuing productivity of those affected by change. Learn how you and those who work with and for you can thrive, not just survive organizational change.

About the panelist...

Toby Weber is President of Dynamic Transitions, Consultants for Organizational and Personal Effectiveness. Toby specializes in organizational development, coaching, and training projects designed to enhance her client's overall productivity, growth, and the effective management of change. She has a proven track record of collaboration with senior corporate and technical leadership to develop and implement innovative solutions to organizational change challenges. Along with her expertise in organizational and process assessment and re-design, Toby's clients value her ability to mediate conflicts as well as coach them in conflict resolution and performance management strategies.

Sandra Lamartine, James Hardie Building Products

How do you organize a change management team? Sandra will share her recent experiences with the establishment of a real-life Business Process Office. These experiences include how the team was established, roles and responsibilities for both the staff and those using their services, and the charter for success. Learn how this cross-functional team worked to bring change to the organization without ever using the words "change management."

About the panelist...
Sandra Lamartine is currently Organizational Development Manager at James Hardie Building Products.  Sandra has over 13 years of experience in organizational development, change management, performance management, employee and customer satisfaction, and cross-culture and company culture studies. Prior to James Hardie, Sandra worked as an internal OD manager and consultant with Tellabs, Arthur Andersen, Hughes Aircraft, and the Southern California Gas Company. She has a masters in industrial and organizational psychology from California State University and bachelors in psychology from McGill University, Canada.  She is the co-organizer of the Chicago Western Suburbs Organization Development Network.

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