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2017 Fall Conference Workshops
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Attendees can choose to attend one of three interactive
workshops exploring the themes of Vision, Voice and Values:

Shared Vision: Getting to the Heart of Community Engagement

Weaving together highly diverse individuals and networks can spark creativity, uncover intersections and reveal common ground that can lead to groundbreaking solutions to community challenges. In order to foster truly thriving communities, we need to push the boundaries of our traditional circles to engage the widest possible range of stakeholders to create and sustain positive change.  Using a human-centered design model, participants will learn the principles and practices that empower cross-sector partnerships built on trust, collaboration, and inclusion, and can lead to a shared, multi-faceted vision for the community.

Workshop Leader:
Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey 

Storytelling as Leadership

This interactive presentation will use the basic concepts of
storytelling to craft a personal narrative that serves as a
leadership tool.

Telling stories leads to a deeper human connection. Use a story
from your life to help with your professional communication
goals. We'll work with you to strategize what story to tell and
how to lead with it -- whether your goal is to build a team, get
funding, or advocate for your organization.

Attendees will leave with the skills to use their authentic voice
to cultivate a narrative that best represents who they are as a
person, a leader, and the vision they stand behind.


Workshop Leader:
Hillary Rea, Founder, Tell Me a Story

Inclusive Conversations: Connecting Values, Culture & Identity

Understanding that many of our communication challenges with colleagues, funders, grantees, clients and others are due to differing cultural norms, this session will examine the connection between values and cultural identity and how it affects our work. Participants will explore personal social identities - such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender – and through a process of critical self-reflection, assess their social location in relation to others and help identify communication challenges. Using active listening, participants will begin to uncover personal values and learn how to recognize bias that may influence decision-making or result in missed opportunities for trust-building and impact.

Workshop Leaders:
Hillary Blecker and Susanna Gilbertson, Co-Founders, The Blue Door Group

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