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Developing the people side of leadership



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Participants will enjoy five workshops that provide a multifaceted learning structure. Each workshop is designed to address theory, application and practice.


Keynote Speakers and Panel Experts will present theories on the people side of leadership. During the workshops, Mentors will help facilitate the conversation and discuss how they have implemented the theory into their leadership practice. At the conclusion of each workshop, Participants will claim action items to put what was learned into practice. They will have multiple opportunities to discuss their progress with others for accountability.


March 16, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM virtually via Zoom

Presented by David Limardi, Speaker, Educator, Principal Consultant of Limardi Consulting LLC

Building an ethical organizational culture is imperative to long-term success and requires the constant attention of leaders. During this workshop, you will review applicable case studies that challenge you to delve into ethical dilemmas. Be immersed and fully engaged in this highly interactive workshop.

You will learn:

•What ethics is and is not. •The importance of building trusting relationships. •The roots of ethical and unethical behavior. •How to examine your own ethical lens. •The importance of organizational values. •Models and frameworks for ethical decision making.


May 5, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM virtually via Zoom

Spotlighting four Panel Members who collectively have over 100 years of leadership knowledge and experience.

Christine Johnson, President, Cued Forward, LLC

Parrish Ivy, Principal, Deloitte

Jen Sweeney, Executive Director, Millbrook Real Estate Company

Steve Salisbury, President, Steve Salisbury Consulting, LLC

Trust is multifaceted and impacts our lives on a daily basis. From personal to professional, it is the foundation that establishes the safety to have healthy relationships, a happier team and a thriving culture at work. A strong foundation of trust translates into a culture of stronger engagement, performance, accountability, commitment and innovation. When people feel they can openly communicate their message, have candid conversations and count on one another they are more likely to reach their desired goals and enjoy the journey in making that happen.

In this panel discussion, learn from four private / public sector executives as they share the building blocks used to establish a culture of trust. Engage in discussions with others in a group setting. Panel Members will share their stories of success and what they have learned throughout the years.

You will learn:

  • Behaviors that build trust and those that don’t.
  • Your natural inclination in building trust in relationships with leaders at all levels.
  • What may stand in the way of others wholeheartedly trusting you.
  • Tips and tools to repair trust when it becomes damaged.
  • How to build trust quickly in new situations.
  • Strategies on how to build a culture of trust.


February 24, 2021 from 8:00 AM -11:00 AM virtually via Zoom
Presented by Sheri Miller, CPCC, TTI Certified in DISC, DF & EQ, Executive Director, The Charmm'd Foundation and Ashley Ward, MSW, CPCC, TTI Certified in DISC, DF & EQ, Director of Community Development, The Charmm'd Foundation

The journey of leadership begins with self-awareness. Who are you? How do you show up to others? Where is that helping or hindering your effectiveness? During this workshop, The Charmm'd Foundation's Executive Director, Sheri Miller and Director of Community Development, Ashley Ward will introduce observable behaviors that impact leadership. Prior to the workshop, you will be sent a link to take the TTI Success Insights Behaviors (DISC) Assessment. This science-based assessment stands out from others in the marketplace because it provides in-depth analysis of one’s behavioral style and will help a person truly understand more of who they are and how they are seen by others. Results will be discussed during this interactive session.

You will learn:

  • The DISC styles and your profile in a fun and interactive setting.
  • How you would like to be seen as a leader and how you are seen now.
  • Steps you can take to move forward in becoming the leader you want to be.
  • The power you have within!


November 4, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM virtually via Zoom

Three leaders from the Charmm’d community will take the stage to share inspirational leadership stories and deliver meaningful practices you can use in your own organization. Peer Advisory Groups will engage in conversations to consider how the lessons learned can be applied. As the morning wraps up, hear from mentors and participants alike as they share their best piece of leadership advice. Meet with your expanded PAG moving into 2022.

Spotlighting three Community Leaders:

Marcos Levy, Facilities Manager, Wilmette Public Library

Liz Cox, Human Resources and Risk Manager, Wilmette Park District

Cheri Neal, Zion Township Supervisor, Zion Township

In this workshop you will:

•Learn key strategies and practices that community leaders use to succeed. •Pick up insights from others on how they plan to implement the practices taught. •Gain key pieces of leadership advice from all in the Zoom room. •Meet with your expanded PAG.


September 15, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM virtually via Zoom

Presented by Orla Castanien, Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Consultant and President of Perspectives Leadership
We all have a voice or a feeling in our gut that tells us when we have to have a crucial conversation. We can either move towards the conversation in spite of our trepidation and angst or avoid it, which usually creates even more duress in our relationship. Given the importance of building trust and rapport with our colleagues, we all need to learn how to successfully “go there” to resolve our concerns. In this workshop, strategies and techniques will be shared for holding crucial conversations as well as other practical tools. You will have an opportunity to prepare for and practice a real conversation in order to transform the conversation into opportunities for improvement and relationship building. Please bring your DISC report. We will be discussing communication styles throughout this session.

You will learn:

  • What steps to take when having a difficult and candid conversation.
  • To understand different communication styles and how to adapt.
  • How to be open minded to others’ ideas while listening with understanding and empathy.
  • To understand both the mindset and the skills necessary to have effective conversations.
  • How to ensure you are making solid agreements to shore up accountability.