Corporate Workshops


My workshops improve your team’s ability to survive threats and seize opportunities. I apply my leadership research and coaching training to build better leaders and teams. Below are some examples of my workshop programs. Contact me about building a bespoke workshop for your team.

Surviving Threat and Seizing Opportunity

My most popular workshop empowers your team to conquer the toughest threats that your organization faces. Geopolitical risk is the number one global corporate risk to your business. Increased volatility in previously stable regions, wealth inequality, migration, cyber-attacks, information warfare, and rapidly changing environmental factors are causing unprecedented and continuing threats. Before the workshop, I work closely with your leaders to understand the most critical threats facing your team. I then give a presentation to your leadership and team members and facilitate an interactive workshop on how leaders can mitigate these risks and turn them into business opportunities. 


Building Trust in Leadership

What will your leadership legacy be? Studies show it will be based on the trust of your clients and employees. Trust has never been more important for business leaders. People all over the world are more likely to trust corporations than governments. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries, showed that 61% of people expressed trust in business, far more than trusted government or the media. More than two-thirds said they expect businesses to step in when government falls short of meeting their needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans expressed more trust in companies to keep America running than the US government. Corporate leaders are no longer responsible solely to their shareholders, but to their employees, communities, customers, and the world. Recent calls on Coca-Cola, Delta, and other corporations to act against voting restrictions highlight how Americans are demanding that corporations to lead on social issues. Americans under 40, in particular, place value on buying from businesses that are responsible corporate citizens—and flocked away from companies that treated their workers poorly during the pandemic. This presentation shows business leaders how to build trust. Drawing on my extensive research on trust in organizations, I also guide leaders through focused exercises to help them build and maintain the trust of those they lead and influence. Leaders will emerge with a plan for building trust as ethical leaders, driving consumer loyalty, and increasing engagement of employees and communities.


Becoming a Global Corporate Citizen

Being a business leader means being a world leader. Americans are increasingly looking to corporations to lead on social issues. According to a 2020 poll by RealClear Opinion research, 75% of Americans believe that the purpose of corporations includes ethical behavior in addition to returns to their shareholders. The same poll found that one-third of Americans expect corporations to speak out on social issues.  Recent calls on Coca-Cola, Delta, and other corporations to act against voting restrictions highlight the pressure on corporations to be responsible for their communities. Americans under 40, in particular, expect the businesses they patronize to be ethical and socially responsible. 95% of millennials would switch brands for a good cause. Drawing on extensive research on business and human rights, my presentation gives leaders strategies to integrate corporate social responsibility into their business operations and to establish themselves and their businesses as responsible and ethical global corporate citizens.  I overview U.S. laws on business and human rights that govern global corporate citizenship, and UN initiatives that promote business involvement in global social issues. In my accompanying workshop, I guide leaders through focused exercises to define their purpose-led mission as global corporate citizens.


Making Good Leaders Great: The Most Critical Leadership Traits

It’s time to change the divisive dialogue surrounding gender and leadership. Instead of talking about “male leadership styles” and “female leadership styles,” organizations should build the traits that make good leaders great. By doing so, organizations can hold more inclusive conversations about gender and leadership. First, I dive into the history of leadership models, showing how they have been based largely on male leaders. I then analyze the most positive traits that people want to see in their leaders—traits that have been most closely associated with women’s leadership. My audience will emerge with strategies to build the traits that make all good leaders great, regardless of gender. I will also provide workshops geared toward building the most crucial leadership traits.


Migration as a Business Opportunity

Rising global migration presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses. Inclusion of immigrants in businesses has been correlated with greater innovation, creativity, and adaptation of business to a rapidly changing world. My presentation will show how migration can provide tremendous benefits and opportunities for businesses. I will analyze how future migration trends will affect business operations and opportunities. My presentation will assist business leaders in defining policies and procedures to include migrants within their organization while protecting their rights at every stage of the migration process. Businesses will be prepared to map the presence of migrant workers in their work and supply chains and develop and implement ethical business practices. I will also review the legal framework surrounding migration and the risks and benefits of employing migrants. In my presentation and workshop, I draw on my experience working and speaking alongside business leaders in the negotiations for the UN Global Compact for Migration.

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