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Sep 12
Jennifer McCollum
Linkage
Purposeful Leadership
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Sep 19
Asker Saeed
Consultant
Why Diversity and
Inclusion Programs Fail
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Sep 26
Christopher Littlefield
Author,
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75+ Teambuilding
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Oct 3
Nancy Marshall
Marshall Communications
Personal Branding
& Staying Relevant
During COVID-19
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Oct 10
REPLAY

John Brubaker
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Executive Coach

Beyond Stadium Status
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Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail

Saturday, September 19, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Asker Saeed,
Principal
Saeed Consulting LLC

Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail –

Asker A. Saeed is Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, a full-service consulting firm for law firms, legal departments, and other organizations with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion process improvement, strategic plan development, assessments, and awareness training. Asker also serves as the Executive Director of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America. With over 8000 members and 29 chapters across the United States and Canada, SABA North America provides the South Asian legal community with a trusted forum for professional growth and development while at the same time promoting civil rights and access to justice for the South Asian community.

Previously, Asker headed up the diversity and inclusion initiative at international law firm Fried Frank and prior to that at northeast regional law firm Day Pitney. Prior to becoming a diversity and inclusion professional Asker held various roles at United Technologies Corporation (now known as Raytheon Technologies), including as Vice President, Customer Business, Commercial at International Aero Engines AG and Assistant Counsel at Pratt & Whitney. Asker started his legal career as an associate at Connecticut based law firms Murtha Cullina and Robinson & Cole. He has also held management level roles at Robert Half Legal Consulting Solutions and FutureShop.

Mr. Saeed is a long time speaker on diversity and inclusion and career development and has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the 2015 Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity. Originally from Canada, Asker is a founding member of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut.

Purposeful Leadership

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Guest:

Jennifer McCollum
CEO
Linkage, Inc.

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Boston, MA–based leadership development company. With a mission to “Change the Face of Leadership,” Linkage has dedicated 30 years to improving leadership effectiveness and equity in hundreds of organizations globally. Linkage provides assessments, training, coaching, consulting and conferences designed to accelerate purposeful leaders, advance women leaders and create inclusive cultures.

Jennifer has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space. Her expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes. The products she and her teams build help global organizations across industries make the right bets on their current and future leaders at critical decision points: when identifying high potentials, developing leaders and planning for succession.

Background & Experience

Prior to Linkage, Jennifer spent a decade growing businesses within Korn Ferry and Corporate Executive Board (CEB), now Gartner. At CEB, she led product management within the leadership division, driving innovative solutions that helped organizations select, develop and place leaders at all levels. She also ran CEB’s Leadership Academies business, which developed more than 30,000 professionals in 2,100 companies throughout 50 countries and grew revenue at a 97% combined annual growth rate across five years.

Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision, a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of eight years. She worked with public companies, start-ups, associations and nonprofits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.

She is an avid tennis player and skier, and lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and three children.

Education & Training

Jennifer has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland, and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in psychology and communications.

Mental Resiliency in the Workplace – Replay

Saturday, September 5, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Kate Simpson,
Co Author and Developer
Take Two A Journal of New Beginnings

Mental Resiliency in the Workplace –

Kate is the co-author of Take Two: a Journal for New Beginnings (www.taketwojournal.com) a concept that originated from research on how to build resilience. She also works in the sustainable investment field for ValuesAdvisor, a platform that helps investors align their investments with their values.

Kate has a master’s degree in international comparative education from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Boston College. She lives in Maine with her three children.

Avoiding Career Self Sabotage – Replay

Saturday, August 29, 2020 @10am

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Our Guest:

Mark Gonska, EVP
Chief Connections Officer
Dise & Company

Mark Gonska leads the Outplacement Practice for Dise & Company.  He helps employers avoid the second most costly mistake they can ever make:  retaining employees they should release.  Also known as America’s Career Coach, Mark has assisted over 8,000 people moving forward in their careers.  He also works with groups on plant closings and job relocation projects nationally and globally.

He designs and delivers leadership and executive coaching with a method combining People, Process and Passion.

Over the last 20 years, Mark has built a significant network of contacts in business, industry, education and not-for-profit organizations.  Nurturing thousands of personal contacts has proven vital to his success.

Mark’s earlier employment included international marketing and product management positions in a Fortune 200 corporation, successful start-up and development of a technology based company and entrepreneurial roles.  He holds a BA in communications from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and completed additional human resources study at Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio).  He is a certified Birkman consultant.

Mark has served on the Board for the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management and is on the Faces of Hope committee for the Volunteers of America.  A nationally certified professional resume writer, he contributed to the book The Five O’Clock Club Guide to Building a Great Resume.

Mark speaks with enthusiasm and candor on many career related topics.  He’s been interviewed on television, radio and on-line webcasts.  Mark enjoys cycling, connecting with his six children and has yet to convince his wife he should skydive and SCUBA dive on the same day.

Mark Gonska can be reached at or mgonska@diseco.com.