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We developed a series of “Transitions” webinars to provide insights and skills to guide you in your career development. We suggest you begin your journey by viewing our webinar with Dorie Clark, an expert at self-reinvention and change management.
Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, frequent contributor to HBR, and author of three books, including Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future. During our wide-ranging discussion Dorie provided enlightening stories and actionable advice on important topics:
Watch Dorie Clark's "Reinventing You" (1 hour).
View Dorie's free self-assessment workbook.
A former columnist and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Dawn Turner spent a decade and a half writing about race, politics, and people whose stories are often dismissed and ignored. Turner has written commentary for The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, CBS Sunday Morning News show, NPR’s Morning Edition show, the Chicago Tonight show, and is the author of two other books. She was a Nieman Journalism fellow at Harvard University, and in 2018, Turner served as a Fellow and journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Three Girls from Bronzeville was named one of the New York Times and Washington Post’s Notable Books of 2021. Buzzfeed and Real Simple named it a Best Book of 2021. Publishers Weekly described it as “beautiful, tragic and inspiring” and a “powerful testament” to “the importance of understanding the conditions that shape a person’s life choices.” Listen to learn:
Watch “Three Girls from Bronzeville” an interview with Dawn Turner (1 hour)
The Transitions series also includes the following webinars on leadership and management, communications, and data.
Alyssa is the author of Leadership and Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur and Executive. Alyssa is the CEO of Surgical Solutions and one of Crain Chicago’s “Notable Women in Health Care.” She taught courses at both the Stanford School of Business and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Hear Alyssa discuss:
Watch "Leadership and Life Hacks" with Alyssa Rapp (1 hour).
Each year McKinsey reports on their research with LeanIn.org, and the data collected from almost 600 companies and more than a quarter of a million people. The research shows it is not the “glass ceiling” keeping women from the top level of leadership, but the “broken rung” at the bottom of the corporate ladder.
The webinar includes a discussion of the following topics:
Watch "Women’s Leadership in the Workplace" with Irina Starikova (1 hour).
Glenn shares his transitioning insights from his strategy work at The Walt Disney Company, as a business and marketing executive at multiple technology companies, Silicon Valley CEO, real estate developer, investment advisor with Goldman Sachs, to his current position as executive recruiter at Egon Zehnder.
Hear Glen discuss:
Watch "The Art of Excellence" with Glenn Zweig (1 hour).
Michele Wucker is a speaker, strategist, and author of The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on The Obvious Dangers We Ignore. She coined the term “gray rhino” to describe obvious risks that are “neglected despite – indeed, often because of their size and likelihood.” Our conversation focused on her career transitions, leadership, managing through ambiguity, global economics, the pandemic, and policy making.
Listen to learn:
Watch “The Gray Rhino: Why We Ignore Obvious Problems and How to Act on Them” with Michele Wucker (1 hour).
The pandemic has unleashed a flood of information, analysis, and public policy recommendations. Learn how you can get your message to “break through” with Paul Rand, the Vice President for Communications at the University of Chicago, and Mark Peters, the Senior Director of Content at the University of Chicago. Our speakers share their insights on how narrative can serve as a powerful and critical tool for policymakers.
Watch “Getting Your Message Heard Amid All the Covid-19 Noise” with Paul and Mark (1 hour).
Daniel Diermeier, the thirteenth Provost of the University of Chicago and ninth chancellor of Vanderbilt University, is an internationally renowned political scientist, management scholar, and crisis management expert. The current pandemic has demonstrated that even experienced professionals can be overwhelmed by crisis situations. In this webinar, Daniel offers advice and answers questions about the unprecedented challenges presented by managing Covid-19 and other crises.
His advice includes:
Watch "Crisis Management" with Daniel Diermeier (1 hour).
Kurt is a serial entrepreneur who has built successful analytic solutions, products, and companies in a wide variety of industries. His previous companies were sold to Oracle and Pearson Education. Dave, a former healthcare investment banker, is the CEO of a boutique thought leadership company, and the author of two books about healthcare. His most recent book is The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All.
Watch Data Science to the Rescue with Kurt and David (1 hour).
To be an effective professional in today’s work environment, you have to exert influence. How do you convince your co-workers, your boss, colleagues in other organizations, and even your friends, that they should listen to your ideas and accommodate your point of view? How do you affect change in thought and behavior in people and organizations?
Nick Morgan, author of Power Cues, acknowledges that gaining influence in the modern workplace is difficult. In a recent HBR article he asserts that “It’s never been harder to influence others, because they’ve never been more distracted. Information overload and the pace of our digital lives [have led to short attention spans].” Of course, the importance of exerting influence continues to be critical for policy leaders.
Our Influencing Series provides you with opportunities to gain insights and skills that will help you discover your voice, express yourself in the workplace, and exert your influence to create positive change.
Jay Heinrichs has provided rhetorical training to development staff at Harvard, aerospace engineers at NASA, pediatricians at Kaiser Permanente, and the Pentagon vaccination agency, among others. His book Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion, has been published in 14 languages and 4 editions. It ranks among the top 10 books assigned to Harvard undergraduates and is used in more than 3,000 college courses. More recently he has published two more books on rhetoric, Word Hero and How to Argue with a Cat. He is the founding partner of the publishing imprint Gavia Books.
Jay's webinar explores:
Watch It Doesn't Have to Be This Tense: Persuasive Discourse with Jay Heinrichs (1 hour).
Author and Chief Story Facilitator Esther Choy of Leadership Story Lab, teaches us about the power of storytelling and how to use it during interviews and with prospective employers. Esther earned her BA in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, her MS in Higher Education from Texas A&M University, and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Listen to learn more about:
Watch Let the Story Do the Work with Esther Choy (1 hour).
If experience is the best teacher, then Tom Alexander is a walking case study for exerting influence effectively. Tom is a leader in inclusion and diversity, and the founding partner of Holistic, a technology firm dedicated to improving the entire employee experience through the use of data. Before founding his own company, Tom was the COO for 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States, and the number one rated university-affiliated incubator in the world.
The webinar discusses:
Watch Influencer Stories from Tom Alexander. (1 hour).
What is your career “superpower?” We all have some special skill that sets us apart – but if you can’t articulate it in an interview or demonstrate it on the job, it will remain a secret. In this workshop, Hal Weitzman explains how to identify your career superpower and wield it in job interviews, salary negotiations, and team meetings. Hal is the Executive Director of Intellectual Capital and Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the Booth School of Business. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question.
Shellye Archambeau was one of the first female African American CEOs in Silicon Valley and has a track record of building brands, high-performance teams, and organizations. Under her leadership as CEO, Metric Steam grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader with over 1,200 employees serving customers from around the world. Shellye has taken risks, broken barriers, influenced countless people and organizations. Now, she has written about her life and career in her new book Unapologetically Ambitious.
Watch Unapologetically Ambitious: A Conversation with Shellye Archambeau (1 hour).
Our Leadership series focuses on providing you with opportunities to learn critical leadership skills and insights from experts and experienced leaders.
Steve Edwards is an award-winning journalist who has worked as Chief Content Officer at WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR member station), Executive Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and host of two acclaimed daily news and culture programs, The Afternoon Shift and Eight Forty-Eight. Now he is transitioning into a new position as a managing director with executive recruitment firm Koya Partners. As he makes this exciting transition in his career, Steve spoke to us about the surprising connections between journalism and leadership.
Join us to learn:
Watch Leadership Matters: Active Listening and Questioning with Steve Edwards (1 hour).
Steve joined us for a second webinar on his last day of work at WBEZ. It was a special day for him and for us, and a poignant opportunity to interview an award-winning interviewer. We talked about careers and transitions, both generally and personally. He provided insights on career management, building relationships, and leadership. We dug deeper on the topic of listening, and the importance of empathy. Steve also shared how he was affected and changed by the hundreds of people he interviewed over the course of his career. As Steve noted: “Stories have the power to change hearts and change minds.” You can listen to Steve’s wisdom on a variety of topics:
Watch Leadership Matters Part II with Steve Edwards (1 hour).
Crain’s Chicago has described Michele Wucker as a “global thought leader.” She is a sought after global strategist, speaker, and writer. Michele is the author of four books, including the international best seller The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. Her TED talk about gray rhinos has attracted more than 2 million views. Recently we talked with Michele about her new book You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World. Listen to learn:
Watch “You Are What You Risk,” a conversation with Michele Wucker (1 hour).
Dorie Clark was named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. She is a consultant, keynote speaker, frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, teacher at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia University’s Business School. Her new book The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. We talked with Dorie about her new book which Seth Godin said is her “best book yet,” and about her own career and the stories she shared about other professionals’ experiences. Listen to learn:
Watch “The Long Game,” a conversation with Dorie Clark (1 hour).
Rafi Nulman’s job title (Director of Product Strategy at Meta – formerly Facebook) does not divulge the extent of his strategic thinking – but his LinkedIn posts are more revealing. He is a deep thinker who is insightful, funny, and wise beyond his years. He posted a commentary with the title “The Joy” and wrote this:
“The world rewards a certain type of productivity with recognition and promotions. Certainly these are important. Resume bullets aren’t simply a vanity metric. They say ‘I was here and I performed and I mattered.’ At some point we’re all called to give an accounting of how we’ve spent our time, even if just to ourselves. And at that point, I won’t call up my resume bullets to justify my choices. It will be the pleasure of being helpful and dependable; of being kind; of laughing as part of a team.”
Rafi’s posts cover a wide range of topics: decision-making, inspiration, failure, wellness, joy, the role of data, building connections, leadership, and sometimes he even writes about his job. Rafi earned his BS in math and economics at the University of Chicago, and his MBA from Booth where he was a Gary Becker Distinguished Fellow and a leadership facilitator. He also worked as a consultant for McKinsey.
Our webinar also covered a wide range of topics. Listen to hear Rafi’s thoughts about:
Watch “Meta Reflections on Career and Life Connections” with Rafi Nulman here.
As we move through our careers and develop as professionals, it is important to think about our physical health and develop our emotional and mental wellbeing. How does our wellness affect our working life? What practices and strategies can we use to support a wellness program for ourselves and our teams?
We expanded our webinar series to include “wellness” programming by inviting Michelle Fraley to discuss how we can retrain our brain for positivity using the brain’s neuroplasticity. She shared practical strategies that we can use to live a more balanced life, and to build resilience during these turbulent times.
Michelle Fraley, MA, WPCC, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and is a counselor, certified holistic coach, and certified yoga/meditation teacher. She is an integrative wellness specialist at Miraval Resort, and has a private clinical practice in Tucson, Arizona. She is passionate about helping others optimize their emotional health and wellness through holistic approaches. Listen to learn:
Watch “Master Your Mindset,” a presentation by Michelle Fraley (1 Hour).