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Pre-Conference Workshops | Ateliers précongrès [clear filter]
Sunday, January 27

09:00 EST

Unconscious Bias: Understand, Define, Mitigate (Registration required | Inscription requise)
Everyone has bias; it is part of who we are. Bias is best described as a mental shortcut: we often use readily available thoughts and personal views to help us make decisions and establish opinions. Even among knowledgeable and well-intentioned career professionals, hidden blind spots affect our attitudes and perceptions of ourselves, our clients and our teams – and govern our behaviours as a result. Join Elaine Newman, one of North America’s top unconscious bias training providers, as we learn how unconscious bias can create barriers for success that we didn’t even know existed and what we can do about it.

In this workshop, with opportunity for self-reflection, you will:
  • Develop an understanding of the origins and social impacts of bias
  • Define the key concepts and types of unconscious bias, and why it’s important to you and your organization
  • Practice strategies and leverage tools that can assist in recognizing and mitigating unconscious bias as it relates to decision-making, evaluation, management, communication and interpersonal and group interactions

Pre-Conference | Précongrès
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Elaine Newman

Founder & CEO, Global Learning
Elaine Newman’s fine-tuned understanding of workplace complexities and human capital is what has made her one of North America’s most sought-out business-solutions and training experts since 1996. As Founder and CEO of Global Learning and FutureProofing.Today, Elaine engages with... Read More →

Sunday January 27, 2019 09:00 - 12:00 EST
Room | Salle 201

09:00 EST

Use the Power of Stories to Find Gigs and Build Careers! (CANCELLED)

Are you wondering how to improve your clients’ ability to survive in a world where they will always be searching for their next opportunity? Clients need to communicate stories that help others understand their value. In employment interviews, they will be asked questions such as “What is your experience?” or “What do you have to offer?” Our clients also need concise language they can use in their marketing materials (resumes, letters, social media profiles, etc.). As the world of work has changed; the majority of opportunities are “gigs,” short-term work arrangements. This new reality requires individuals to engage in their career marketing on an ongoing basis.

In this practical workshop, you will learn to:
  • Use stories (narrative approaches) to guide your clients in their career marketing
  • Practice eliciting stories to identify unique strengths, characteristics, and relationships
  • Leverage these elements to coach your clients to develop creative marketing strategies to find gigs throughout their career

Pre-Conference | Précongrès
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Rob Straby

Professor, Career Development Professional Program, Conestoga College
Rob Straby, MA, has followed his passion for the innovation and development of state-of-the-art professional development coaching, facilitation and training systems since 1986. He has delivered these services to individuals, teams and departments in corporations, human services organizations... Read More →

Sunday January 27, 2019 09:00 - 12:00 EST
Room | Salle 203

13:00 EST

Building Insights and Confidence for Career Development Professionals Using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (Registration required | Inscription requise)
This workshop is for individuals working in the career development field who wish to introduce the key pillars of play (safety, honesty, engagement and universality) to their work for the benefit of their clients’ outcomes as well as their own engagement in the process. Those supporting others in developing their careers cannot be truly authentic in their work if they have not reflected on their own career development process. Furthermore, as workplaces become more diverse, methods such as LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® – which utilize all of the elements of play in a meaningful way – become increasingly important as a means of including this diversity.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn:
  • The benefits of play to career counselling and the science behind LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
  • A pre-scripted “roadmap” for a short session in career development with clients using the LSP method
  • Insights into your own career development process which will help you to be authentic and genuine in your work with clients

Pre-Conference | Précongrès
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Kristen Klassen

Trainer of Facilitators, Brickstorming
Kristen Klassen is a Certified Facilitator and Trainer of Facilitators in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method. She holds a Phd in applied health sciences, focusing on mental health and an MSc in disability studies, focusing on career development opportunities for children with disab... Read More →

Sunday January 27, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 EST
Room | Salle 201

13:00 EST

Engaging Employers to Increase Hiring on Your Campus (Registration required | Inscription requise)
Employers have many options when choosing where and how to hire. In a process that is never as objective or as measured as it may seem, there is a lot that you can do to get their attention and ensure that they give your students their close consideration. Employers are aware that there are highly talented candidates on every campus; therefore, how you connect with them and the customer service you deliver can have a dramatic impact on their hiring decisions. But you have to get their attention first.

In this highly interactive workshop, you will:
  • Gain insights into the “behind the scenes” thinking and processes that employers use when planning their hiring on campus
  • Participate in discussions about employer behaviours and what you can do to engage them more effectively
  • Learn about the latest research into students’ career interests and decisions so that you can be well prepared to provide employers with the most useful insights to help them be more effective as they try to attract and connect with your students

If you are investing energy in attracting more employers to hire your students, don’t miss this workshop.

Pre-Conference | Précongrès
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Graham Donald

President, Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.
As Canada’s leading expert on student recruitment and engagement, Graham Donald has been providing research, training, and strategic advice to the country’s leading employers and educational institutions for more than 25 years.

Sunday January 27, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 EST
Room | Salle 203

13:00 EST

Helping Indigenous Talent Tap into Their Potential (Registration required | Inscription requise)
In this era of reconciliation, practitioners will benefit from gaining new ideas to adapt to their work with the Indigenous community. There is tremendous potential to increase the participation of Indigenous talent into meaningful careers that lead to positive recruitment experiences and workplace inclusion. Trina will impart advice, activities, and strategic tips on how to build good relationships with the community, gathered from her own first-hand experiences.

In this in-depth workshop, you will:
  • Gain insights about how Indigenous teachings and worldview grounds a wholistic perspective of the career/life journey
  • Gather ideas how to weave your story & life experiences into building meaningful relationships with the Indigenous community
  • Become inspired to connect with Indigenous youth and adults in career conversations through exploring new tips and activities for your toolbox

Pre-Conference | Précongrès
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Trina Maher

Chief Creative Spirit, Bridging Concepts
Trina Maher is the Project Co-ordinator for the Ontario Linkages Project, hosted by Indigenous Works. Trina is an Indigenous career development strategic advisor and corporate Indigenous talent inclusion specialist with over 15 years of experience.

Sunday January 27, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 EST
Room | Salle 205