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Improving Your Performance Through Strength-Based Knowledge

  • 04 Jan 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 140, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105


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  • Late registration for individual chapter members
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January 4, 2018

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Improving Your Performance Through Strength-Based Knowledge        

In this highly interactive session, attendees will be given an introduction to Gallup’s Strength Based philosophy and will learn why focusing on strengths is a better assurance of success than trying to improve weaknesses. Attendees will be given an opportunity to identify at least one strength and to analyze how that strength has assisted them in the past; as well as try to ascertain how it may be useful to them in the future.  

PLEASE NOTE: Although it is not necessary for attendees to have taken the Gallup Strength Assessment, the session will be far more engaging if the assessment has been taken at some point. The assessment can be found in the book, Strength Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie; StrengthFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath; or at https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase/en-US/Product

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the reasons why strength-based knowledge improves performance
  • Examine their own assumptions about their strengths
  • Show how at least one of their strengths has assisted them in being successful

5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close


Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Register by December 29th and save $5

  • Chapter members = $20
  • Student members = $15
  • Non-member guests = $40
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Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday December 29th

  • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
  • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.

Refunds after Friday December 29th at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

About the Presenter:




Deborah Orlowski’s expertise includes: conflict resolution; improving communication and teamwork, especially when impacted by intercultural issues; leadership development; and personal styles identification. She is also the Program Manager of the Change Leadership Program. Deborah is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI™), the Influence Styles Assessment (ISI), the BrainStates Assessment; Cook Ross’ Unconscious Bias materials and is a certified Gallup Strengths coach. She was one of the first people profiled on the UM Diversity Matters website. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s Multicultural Experiences in Leadership Development (MELD) program, as well as New Detroit’s Cultural Immersion program. Deborah holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan; an M.P.A. from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D from the California Institute of Integral Studies.




Jeneen McNally, President of Speak So They Listen, LLC is a Corporate Trainer, Coach, Interviewer, and Business Developer. She is also the Director of Sales for the University of Michigan Operations Leadership Workshop.

She coaches and presents workshops about how to "Speak So They Listen"...speaking and presenting so you are listened to AND understood in: 1-1 conversations, meetings, and giving presentations.  

ATD Competency Model:

Outline the process of CPLP certification

Relate the CPLP certification to their professional career development aspirations and goals

Identify resources to support their interests in the CPLP application

Reflect on their professional competencies for talent development

Network. Learn. Grow.

Creating a World that Works better.

Ann Arbor ATD  P.O. Box 130131  Ann Arbor, MI 48113

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