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May Dinner Meeting: Challenging Conversations in Uncertain Times: An Opportunity for Connection
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May Dinner Meeting: Challenging Conversations in Uncertain Times: An Opportunity for Connection

When: 05/16/2018
Where: Brooklake Country Club
139 Brooklake Road
Florham Park, NJ 
United States

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May Dinner Meeting: Challenging Conversations in Uncertain Times: An Opportunity for Connection

May 16, 2018

Location to be announced

This program is pending certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and Professional Development Credits (PDC'S).

On-line pre-registration will end at 4:00pm on the Friday prior to the meeting. If you do not pre-register and pre-pay (via credit card) before this deadline and still wish to attend, we welcome you to "pay at the door” for an additional $15 fee. Remember, if you need to cancel for any reason, simply send a note to our registration team.


Members: $40;Members In-Transition: $25; Student Members: $25; Non-Members: $60; Volunteer Chairs: $20

We are experiencing unprecedented  social, political, and technological changes that are impacting our personal and professional lives. Dialogue is essential to any organization, space, and team. It impacts productivity, creativity, and trust.
How do we communicate across differences? How do increase our capacity to engage in crucial and meaningful conversations connected to diversity, equity and inclusion? What is role of vulnerability in creating connection? How do “outside” events impact the work internally at my company/organization?
This session will focus on how we ensure connection and continued trust during times of change. This session will focus on creating "emotionally safe spaces," micro-connections, courageous conversations, and the connection to the often misunderstood topic of "mindfulness." 
Participants will learn what other organizations are doing/have done, and the importance of making the time/space for people to connect, share, and learn.


Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.  is a global consultant, writer, coach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion and civil rights thought leader.

She has worked globally for over 20 years, in 40 countries,  as a consultant, coach, storyteller, and facilitator focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Race/Racism, Challenging Conversations, Mindfulness, Coaching, Innovation and Creativity, Educational Equity, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. 
Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and in university/college arenas.
She is the co-author of "Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” Tanya is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya also writes for Tanya’s work and commentary has also appeared in several publications including Diversity Woman Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Village Voice. 
Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “A Diversity Thought Leader to Follow on Twitter.
Tanya has been trained as  a coach by the Center for Creative Leadership and she is certified in the Hay Group’s Emotional and Social Competency Inventory. Tanya has also been trained in the Difficult Conversations methodology at the Program on  Negotiation  at Harvard Law School.
Tanya is passionate about working with youth, and engaging youth in meaningful, relevant conversations. She has combined her diversity and youth focused work to work on projects in Northern Ireland, where she worked with Catholic and Protestant Youth, and in Israel, where she worked with Palestinian and Israeli youth on topics including bias, dialogue, community building, and youth leadership.
As a mindfulness practitioner, Tanya weaves in mindfulness research and practice in her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, intentional inclusion, and the mitigating of unconscious bias. 
Some of the clients Tanya has worked with include: The U.N, Twitter, DTCC, the Innocence Project, Center for Curatorial Leadership, Ogilvy and Mather, WaveMaker, Live Nation, International Trade Center, UN Women, World Meteorological Organization, International Organization of Migration, Google, among others.
Over the last 3 years, Tanya has spent a great deal of time globally facilitating sessions, and moderating panels focused on "Challenging Conversations," where she has been creating spaces for  honest and courageous dialogues and sharing.
Entrepreneur Magazine recently featured Tanya as one of the "3 Women Entrepreneurs Who Unleash Their Energy for the Greater Good."
Tanya is on the Board of Trustees for Vassar College. She is on the Advisory Board for Wall Street in the Black, and is a Board member of the National Society for High School Scholars.