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"Fitness for Growth" | Evening Program

  • 19 Jan 2016
  • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • GMU - Arlington


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Evening Program | January 2016

"Fitness for Growth" 

Strategies to Increase Clients' Capacity for Growth

Presenter: Carylynn Larson
Program Description: As educators, trainers, and coaches, we invest considerable time in preparing our materials, identifying meaningful learning activities, and showing up at our very best. Meanwhile, our clients often enter the room distracted by completing commitments, exhausted from non-stop demands on their time, and tentative about the value of our session. This session introduces a number of ways to build clients’ fitness for growth through reflection and intention-setting activities.

Some “fitness for growth” activities are more focused on increasing capacity (e.g., learning agility) while others focus on decreasing interference. The session will address the most common barriers to learning and growth, and will create ample space for workshop participants to share the barriers to growth that experience most frequestnly and have the most difficulty addressing. The workshop will model the impact of several “fitness for growth” activities by having participants practice them in real time. This workshop is inspired by the presenter’s recent book “The Coaching Companion: Get the Most from Your Coaching Experience.”

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending in this session, participants will:

1. Gain a significantly broader set of tools for increasing clients' (and their own!) capacity to grow

2. Gain insights from the facilitator and fellow program participants on how to increase capacity for growth among particularly challenging clients/groups

3. Discover at least one new way that they can increase their own "fitness for growth"

Presenter: Carynn Larson

Carylynn (Cary) Kemp Larson is a leadership coach, educator, and speaker with a rare combination of education, professional training, and extensive experience in leader development and team dynamics. She currently leads Executive Development programs at the National Science Foundation and coaches leaders through her own consulting firm, Creating Open Space, LLC.

Cary holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (George Mason University), a Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University) and is a certified through the International Coaching Federation. Over the course of her career, Cary has worked for and with The Center for Creative Leadership, the U.S. Air Command Staff College, 20+ government entities, multiple nonprofits, and several private sector firms. She is regularly called upon to speak at leadership conventions on topics such as emotional intelligence, adaptability, and engagement. Cary has served on faculty at The George Washington University, George Mason University, and the United States Naval Academy. Her first book, The Coaching Companion: Get the Most from Your Coaching Experience, was published in March 2015.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

GMU Arlington
Founders Hall, Room 207
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201


  • 6:15-6:45 PM | Networking & Light Appetizers
  • 6:45-8:45 PM | Evening Program

Register: Registration is open.

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Registration Fee  Before January 19 At the Door
CBODN Members  $20 $30
Non-Members/Guests  $30 $45


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*Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours of an event as catering and other event related costs are associated with registration at that time.



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