Conference Speakers/Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Brigette Hyacinth (Keynote Speaker, Author, & Founder of MBA Caribbean Organisation)

Brigette is an international keynote speaker, bestselling author and thought leader on Leadership, HR, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Transformation. She has over 4 million followers on LinkedIn and has been recognized in the Top 100 HR Influencers (Leadership & Development) four years running as well as Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40.

Keynote Session Title: Managing Change in the Era of Digital Transformation

Keynote Session Description: In our current landscape where change has become the new normal, the need to rethink our strategies for effectively leading change has never been more important. In my presentation, I will be looking at the soft skills required for effective change management. This session is designed to help you take responsibility for how you lead change by giving you a set of tools and techniques to build greater self-awareness, build trust and overcome resistance towards change, and more.

Educational Sessions

You will choose 1 session from each round (2 sessions total).

Round 1:

Claire Atwell (Prudential Financial)

Presentation Title: Agile Transformations - Change that Speaks to Everyone

Session Description: Agile Transformations depend on close partnership between the agile coaches and the change management leaders. We need each other to win over the hearts and minds to create a real culture shift! Over the years of seeing many transformations fall flat, there is a fundamental disconnect with the organizations goals to wanting to be "agile" and what they actually get. Drawing on La Loux's "Reinventing Organizations" models of organizational archetypes, we will outline how to design and manage the change for an agile transformation that speaks to each organization type. This model helps us understand how to explain the "What's in it for me" (WIIFM) for layers of the organization, as well as the individual on the ground.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and design Agile change needs
  • Identify organization motivations by archetype
  • Learn what Change Leadership looks like in an Agile Transformation

Kari L Ginsburg (Uproar Coaching, LLC) & Dana Alexy (Booz Allen Hamilton)

Presentation Title: Is it Time for a Personal Change Rebrand? Preparing for What’s Next and Remaining Relevant in a Rapidly Evolving Hybrid World

Session Description: As conversations continue about returning to physical workplaces, organizations may lean towards pre-pandemic ways of doing things in this hybrid, people-first era. The way we bring about organizational change must evolve to meet both employee and business needs. Drawing on their personal experiences, Dana Alexy and Kari Ginsburg will imagine the future of change managers while challenging participants to layer on new skills to remain relevant, to maximize influence, and to amplify the value of change management in this ever-shifting peri-pandemic world. Part conversation and part workshop, this session engages participants to think back on their personal experiences meeting the shifting landscape of what it means to be a change practitioner as we prepare for what’s next. Participants will leverage chat functionality and short hands-on sessions to share information and expand their networks while supporting the hardest type of change: personal. Participants will leave the session having completed a change self-assessment and a plan for how to upskill to maximize their own success as change management thought leaders in this new era of work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Revisit what ignited your passion for change management
  • Forecast forward-looking trends in change management
  • Begin to define areas for upskilling and/or crossover careers

William Kilmer (C5 Capital)

Presentation Title: The Challenge to be Transformative: A Framework for Change

Session Description: Companies are aspiring to innovate more than ever. Over three quarters of leaders placing being a top innovator among their highest priorities, yet their efforts and investments regularly produce mediocre results. In fact, 94 percent of CEOs express dissatisfaction with their company’s innovation performance. That’s because today’s hyper-competitive environment has created an innovation paradox: as more companies try to produce great products and pursue digital transformation, it is harder for anyone to truly stand out. How do leaders compete in this environment? Great companies find success in transforming existing markets to create larger opportunities by introducing category-creating solutions and completely changing the competitive dynamics that increase their advantage. These transformative companies aren’t necessarily first movers; they’re game-changers who redefine customer outcomes, reframe industry structure, and radically grow existing markets. In this session author and venture investor William Kilmer will provide insights into some of the world’s most transformative companies that will help you to understand how organizations can build their own game-changing innovation strategy and retool their organization to create an innovation culture, drive differentiation, and identify and overcomes challenges faster than the competition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop an innovation strategy by understanding how to change customer outcomes, creating an innovative culture, and identifying and overcoming challenges

Round 2:

Luis Enriquez (Facebook) & Elijah Marquez (Facebook)

Presentation Title: How to Become a Full-Stack Change Strategist

Session Description: Are you part of a large team with dedicated resources driving strategic comms, learning, change research, process mapping, stakeholder engagement, branding and more? The answer for most of us is NO - most change teams are small but mighty. It's more important than ever to become a change strategist not just a change manager. Join our session to learn the key components of building a change strategy end-to-end through a highly interactive session where you'll walk away with real-life templates and tools to learn new skills, sharpen old ones and get inspired about some you didn't know you needed to be successful. We'll co-create a change strategy live by collaborating and using some of the templates that have helped us speed up our process and buy-in.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key elements of building a change strategy, including story crafting, planning, and measuring success through execution
  • Create their own change strategy using templates and agile techniques provided during the session
  • Apply what they learned to deploy change solutions in their own projects using a new lens of change strategy

Kevin M. Coleman (KMC Empowerment LLC)

Presentation Title: How to Have a Candid Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An Introspective Look at How You are the Catalyst for Change

Session Description: In the workshop How to Have a Candid Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the audience will participate in an interactive training, that will help them think differently about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. We will remove misconceptions and stereotypes and engage in thought provoking dialog that will be the catalyst for change and acceptance of everyone in this high-octane social unrest environment. I guarantee that the audience will leave with at least 5 to 10 practices and principles they can activate in their personal and professional lives immediately.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of establishing a DEI Culture for your organization
  • Discover why Unconscious Bias can tear down an organization
  • Understand a new way of working together in a cohesive environment
  • Answer open-ended questions to help you take an introspective look at how you are the catalyst for change!

Sarah Shirck (Excella)

Presentation Title: Change Management is No Longer Your Differentiator: The Fusion of Agile, CM, and User Centered Design (UX)

Session Description: The Agile Change Experience framework, also known as ACX, is the fusion of Agile, Change Management (CM), and User Centered Design (UX). In an Agile environment, the emphasis is placed on technology, and technical delivery, while the impact on the user community and their experiences, their goals, needs, and perspectives are not consistently being integrated and considered throughout the delivery process or during strategic planning. The ACX framework was designed in response, to integrate design thinking processes into an Agile environment while managing change throughout the delivery process and to scale across strategic and tactical domains. This framework will enable more fluid knowledge transfers, create a shared understanding of best practices across organizations, identify opportunities for growth and development and encourage a culture of continuous improvement. One of the most impactful ways that this framework will support organizations is through the prompting questions it facilitates. It will encourage overall performance improvement and organizational development while building internal capabilities, and promoting accountability, transparency, and trust amongst teams and senior leaders. This session will provide participants with lessons learned across multiple teams and implementations, examples of how it can be scaled at various levels within the organization, and an opportunity to participate in an interactive ideation session around how they can begin applying this framework in their work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the value of fusing Agile, and Change Management, and User Centered Design
  • Learn how you can apply this approach
  • Acquire a new way of thinking

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