Spotlight Session

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference.

Evocative Conversations: Exploring Leadership in Contentious Times

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 9:30 - 10:45 EST

Be it politics, economics, climate, or personal beliefs, our world is polarized. What does it mean to be a leader or leadership professional in this environment? What pressures do we experience? What do we want to create going forward? How and what kind of conversations do we need to have among ourselves and with those we serve? What will success require of us? We invite you to engage with us in conversations that spark deeper thought and connection. Conversations that allow us to act with intention throughout the conference and beyond. Come join us for an engaging thought-provoking experience.

Richard and Emily Axelrod

Dick and Emily Axelrod founded the Axelrod Group, LLC, an internationally recognized consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. Dick is a lecturer in University of Chicago’s Masters in Threat and Response Management Program where he teaches Crisis Leadership. Emily is an executive coach and former coach of the Women’s Swim at University of Illinois Chicago. Emily and Dick are authors of 4 books on organizational change.

Kendra M. Coleman

Based in Chicago, USA, Kendra M. Coleman, MSOD is President of Kindred Organizational Consulting, a global consultancy that is focused on leadership and change. Enabling authentic connection and leaders’ personal presence and vulnerability, she is an expert in leadership and teams that helps people and organizations thrive.

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