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When Cultures Meet (WCM), IN-PERSON

  • 02 Dec 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • GMU Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall Room 113 (3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201)
  • 2




When Cultures Meet is an insight-provoking, experiential workshop that helps participants navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities that occur when two or more cultures interact. The workshop provides the knowledge base and methodology for developing robust, integrated cultures that leverage the unique capabilities and contributions of all of an organization’s members. More at How To Improve Organizational Culture | When Cultures Meet Workshop (powerandsystems.com)

This workshop will be an in-person event taking place at GMU Arlington Campus (3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201), in Van Metre Hall Room 113. Participation in this workshop is highly experiential. Please come prepared for active participation and arrive 15-minutes early to facilitate a prompt start.

Facilitator Bios:

John Hovell, Managing Director & Co-Founder, STRATactical International

Mr. Hovell is the CEO and co-founder of STRATactical. He is a practitioner, speaker, and author in OD/KM strategies and their application to current organizational challenges. John believes and practices the blend of OD, KM, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. John is on the team to converge these fields and create an emerging new discipline currently known as Conversational Leadership. Clients of STRATactical International report award-winning improvements in organizational performance, customer satisfaction and retention, and employee engagement and retention.

John led a team to win a Chairman's Award at BAE Systems in 2014. Previously, John was part of a team to win the prestigious NOVA award, Lockheed Martin's top recognition award. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the creation and execution of transformation change efforts in dozens of countries.

John volunteers as the corporate lead for the award-winning annual STEMmerday event where thousands of participants engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related learning activities. John serves on several advisory boards including the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, International Knowledge Management Institute, Training Industry Quarterly, and Synergy Development and Training.

John has led 5 different teams that have won awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2015, he was named the 8th most influential person in Knowledge Management. He published a chapter in a book titled "Making It Real: Sustaining Knowledge Management" and became a fellow with the Royal Society for Arts (RSA). In 2009, he was honored by Training Magazine as one of the "Top Young Trainers" after being honored in 2008 as one of the top “Young Trainers to Watch.”

John identifies as loving awareness and is particularly passionate in an emerging field called Conversational Leadership. Conversational Leadership is a blend of Organization Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Knowledge Management and Project Management. More information at https://www.conversational-leadership.com.

Anna Tansi, Counterbalance Consulting, LLC

Anna Tansi, President of Counterbalance Consulting, LLC specializes in facilitating strategic planning, building leadership capability, and improving organization effectiveness throughout systems. Anna has coached, trained and consulted with all levels of organizations – from senior executives to front-line employees. She works within a wide range of industries including financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, health care, and not-for-profit. Her talent lies in the ability to help leaders create clear, compelling visions and strategic business plans, and then provides the training and coaching to ensure the capabilities are in place to implement a successful plan of action.

Anna believes the capacity for building greater leadership exists at all levels of an organization, regardless of role or title. She is known for creating a safe, comfortable learning environment that supports development opportunities which are customized for the client. She maintains a sense of humor, and provides real-life examples during her workshops. Anna facilitates learning events that contain practical, concrete information and tools that can be immediately applied back in the workplace.

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