Good Conversations: Essential Building Blocks for Effective Change

 Monday, June 5th from 5:30-7:30pm

with Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D.

Conducting good conversations is a critical tool for leaders, Organization Development consultants, process designers, and facilitators. To create change for good, you need to be able to create conversations, and help others create conversations, where people can see, contribute and evoke the greater good in themselves, their colleagues and direct reports.

Difficult conversations are, well, difficult. They become even more difficult when changes being initiated are substantial and the stakes are high. The current climate is not making this easier. It appears we are having a harder time listening to one another and an easier time vilifying those who think differently. Conversations about tough topics can become fraught with fears about the future, anger about the past, and disbelief at how we got here. At the same time we have big problems to solve and big visions to create. We need to be able to converse effectively to do both.


Key Insights from Participants

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Key Takeaways:

In this inspiring, practical, and interactive session, Mary Gelinas, author of Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time (, will identify:

  • Five ways conversations can trigger people’s fears
  • Three ways people get stuck or trapped
  • Seven antidotes to avoid and manage triggers and traps
  • New ways to think about and conduct conversations that set the stage for them to be constructive and bring out the best in themselves and others.

@ International Technological University
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134

Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social time up the street at Dish Dash (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D., is a managing director of Gelinas James, Inc., and co-director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership (see more info in links below). As an expert in organization development, process design, and facilitation, she has served boards, leaders, and organizations in all sectors with strategies based in the behavioral and brain sciences. With her partner, Roger James, Ed.D., she has developed pioneering and transformative approaches to leading, creating change, planning, and solving complex problems.  She lives in Arcata, California. You can read and subscribe to Mary’s blog in the link below.

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Date(s) - 06/05/2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

International Technological University (ITU)