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Crucial Conversations Series to Be Offered Through Women in Leadership Initiative
The popular Crucial Conversations Series will be offered this semester through the Women in Leadership (WiL) initiative.
The seven-week, in-person class will begin on Friday, Feb. 25, and run through April 8. Participants must attend for all seven weeks. Register here.
Participants will gain skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of an organization. These are conversations around work quality, time management, productivity, performance, sensitive issues, conflict or a strained relationship, for example. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you will begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on the decisions with unity and commitment in a respectful way.
Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through exercises, practice with real issues and group discussions.
Past participants speak highly of the benefits of the program. “I developed confidence in approaching a difficult conversation and how to move it to a win-win conclusion,” says one participant.
“I enjoyed meeting and interacting with peers that we do not get to spend quality time with on a daily basis,” says another participant. “We can all learn from each other’s challenges when managing people.”
Another participant says the program is excellent training for managers and supervisors. “Success happens when opportunities are met by preparations,” the participant says. “These conversations are crucial to relationship preservations, built on a foundation where there’s healthy conflict, trust, commitment and accountability—the four main elements that produce results.”
An additional Crucial Conversations session, outside of the WiL initiative, may be offered this spring/summer depending on interest and availability. To be added to the waitlist for that program, complete this form.