Community Gatherings

We regularly host live conversations on topics we think are timely and topical for our clients and extended community. You can find recordings of all of our past conversations below and register for our upcoming gatherings. We would love to have you join us!

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Upcoming Gatherings

We're taking a little break, but we will have more gatherings coming soon!! Stay tuned.

 

Past Gatherings

May 14, 202: Designing for Surprising Results, with Jim Reinhart, CEO of Ygrene

How can we design the ways we work together to produce Surprising Results? When done well there is widespread, energizing delight. Doing this repetitively leads to exponentially improving performance.

Jim Reinhart, CEO of Ygrene, joined Robin Anselmi and Mickey Connolly to discuss the value of designing cycles of surprising achievement into our roadmaps for solving big problems and reaching big goals.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

May 7, 2020: Timing - What is it time for now? with Sehba Ali (CEO of KIPP Texas Public Schools)

Robin Anselmi and Bill Boyar were joined by Sehba Ali, CEO of KIPP Texas Public Schools, for a conversation on the impact a leader can produce by always living in the question, "what is it time for now?"

Faced with a host of challenges created by COVID-19, Sehba shares how KIPP Texas has only strengthened its commitment to the education and well-being of the students they serve, as well as to the staff and their families. By remaining present to what is needed and what is possible, they are able to focus on where there is meaningful work to be done, even in a climate of uncertainty.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

April 30, 2020: Wonder - Keeping our best day in front of us

Conversant colleagues Gretchen Gagel, Max Affleck and Kell Delaney hosted a live conversation on the power of Wonder to cause creativity and innovation.

We live in a world that’s complex, fast-moving and disruptive. If we sit in a world singularly concerned with continuous improvement, we’re going to live in a world where business is actually decaying. Instead, we must be thinking beyond improvement into something completely different.

Wonder is the source of movement, of innovation, of new commercial frontiers. Great leaders must have a sense of wonder in order to bring vitality into their organizations.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

April 23, 2020: Authenticity - True leadership, with Liz Cole (CHRO, Marsh)

Conversant colleagues Robin Anselmi and Mickey Connolly were joined by Liz Cole, CHRO of Marsh, for a conversation about how to bring Authenticity to leadership. In these challenging times, leading with Authenticity means first recognizing the truth of the circumstances we face and the sincere feelings we have about our experience, then choosing how we move forward while standing in that shared reality.

The panelists shared their thoughts on how to move from reactivity and stress to a point of authentic connection from which we are better able to act in impactful, collaborative ways.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

April 9, 2020: Empathy - it's not soft, it's crucial

Empathy is not “soft.” It is courageous, skillful, and wise to quickly comprehend the world of another and all influence depends on it. As a leader, it really is your job to care and create that connection with people, unlocking their contribution and paving the way for great work to be done in a vital and engaged community.

Throughout the conversation, Conversant colleagues Carolyn French, Anne Murray Allen and Mickey Connolly shared their thoughts on the power of Empathy, from our basic biological drives to the profound opportunities it creates in our personal and professional relationships. They share personal examples of Empathy in action as well as practical applications and practices we can take on to employ and increase Empathy in our communities.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

April 2, 2020: Presence in the midst of chaos

This week we hosted a virtual community gathering to discuss presence as a foundational act of leadership and share practices for practicing purposeful presence in our everyday lives.

What we are present to influences our choices, our actions, and those around us. When we connect with our personal experience in a given moment, we have an opportunity to choose how we react and make decisions, and can more easily connect with what matters to others. By noticing and naming emotions like fear and anxiety, taking time to accept that this is where we are, we are more available to authentically realign to our individual and collective purpose. As leaders navigate the challenges created by COVID-19, practicing purposeful presence is more important than ever.

Throughout the conversation, Conversant colleagues Roger Henderson, Richard McDonald, and Robin Anselmi shared some practical ways to quickly become present to the quality of our thoughts, our emotions, and our physical experience. With this self-awareness, acknowledging and accepting where we are in these three dimensions, we are then able to ask ourselves, “Is this where I would like to lead from?”

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

March 26, 2020: Aligning & Engaging in a Virtual Setting

As many of us navigate cancelled in-person meetings big and small in response to COVID-19, we decided focus this week’s virtual gathering on how we can continue to create aligned and engaging conversations in a virtual setting.

Throughout the conversation, Conversant colleagues Robin Anselmi, Gretchen Gagel, Kell Delaney and Katie Mingo focus on principles to keep in mind when considering shifting these meetings to a virtual environment, along with some practical tips and examples for maximizing engagement.

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.

March 19, 2020: Leadership communication that creates community and confidence in times of uncertainty

This week, Mickey Connolly, Robin Anselmi, Evelyn Jonkman and Jim Motroni hosted a virtual gathering to share what we’ve learned and learn from all of you. We explored the question, what is critical about leadership and leadership communication right now? How can leaders create community and confidence in these uncertain times?

You can watch a recording of the full conversation here, and find both a high-level and in-depth summary of key takeaways here.