Everyone needs professional development in order to grow into and beyond their potential. This conference is first class professional development right in your own backyard! A day filled with national motivational and interactive speakers, speed networking, resource exhibitors and breakout sessions covering topics of interest to all businesses and business professionals regardless of where they are on their growth path. This is a MUST if you are ready to unlock your potential (UP)?!
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7:45 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM Coffee & Networking with Exhibitors
8:30 AM Diversity Today
Mauricio Velasquez, The Diversity Training Group
9:30 AM Break with Exhibitors
9:45 AM Diversity Today Continued
10:45 AM Break with Exhibitors
11:00 AM Speed Networking
12:00 PM Lunch & Break with Exhibitors
1:15 PM Breakout Session 1 (3 to choose from)
1) Supercharge Your Business through Social Media Marketing
Brooke Anderson, Converge Local
Social media has connected us like never before and created an opportunity to have a digital “living room” for your business. With so many social media channels to choose from, how do you know the right channels to use, and most importantly, how do you maximize the impact of your content? If social media feels more like a stressor than an opportunity, never fear! We’ll break your social media strategy into easy to accomplish steps, PLUS I’ll provide you with the secret formula for creating powerful, next level social media content. As an added bonus, this formula extends to the rest of your business marketing too!
2) Mindfulness at Work
Amy Ghaemmaghami, MA, LPC & Michael Day, RN, Augusta Health
Interactive session about how to listen & to talk with employees, supervisors and peers about the behavioral health issues that affect them at work. The session will entail understanding organizational trauma and how it affects employees at work and an introduction to “mindfulness” interventions that can help employees improve distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships. Lastly, the session will cover case study scenarios, which allow group work to practice the application of trauma-informed care principles and mindfulness interventions when listening and talking with distressed employees.
3) Grant Writing: Are You Ready?
Dan Layman & Cristina Casado, Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge
What do grant makers want to see from you? Before you apply for that grant, whether it’s for charitable purposes or the development of your business, we need you to be ready to tell us: 1) The need for your organization or business: Why do you exist? 2) Your long-term vision: How will the community be better because of your work? 3) You are prepared to succeed: What is your plan? How will you know when you have achieved success?
In this interactive workshop you will have the opportunity to answer these questions and receive feedback from the staff of the Community Foundation responsible for responding to over 100 grant proposals each year.
2:10 PM Breakout Session 2 (3 to choose from)
3:05 PM Closing Remarks
Learn more about our Keynote Speaker, Mauricio Velasquez. You can even check out his YouTube Channel!