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Listed below are events at which I'll be speaking that are also open to anyone who would like to register/enroll.

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

WE Succeed Conference

June 22, 2022

Carmel, IN

June 22, 2022

Carmel, IN

MY WORKSHOP

Critical Thinking Skills for Mastering Decision Making

In this session, you'll assess your decision-making instincts to discover what type of decision-maker you are and leave with an easy-to-digest critical thinking process to help you make critical decisions quickly and easily. We’ll also examine group decision-making methods and how to use them. You’ll learn techniques for cultivating constructive debate, including how to use inquiry versus advocacy. Master your decision making using critical thinking.

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Administrative Professionals Conference

September 11-14, 2022

Orlando, FL

September 11-14, 2022

Orlando, FL

MY WORKSHOPS

The One Day MBA* for Assistants

Could you benefit from a better understanding of the fundamentals of organizational business objectives, the landscape in front of your executive team, and your role as a strategic partner and force multiplier?


During this workshop, I will share the practical and theoretical concepts from MBA courses that are most relevant for administrative professionals.

  • Level up and adopt the thoughts and behaviors that make your role bring more value.
  • Examine organizational frameworks, business models, strategies, and financial elements that drive performance.
  • Dig into what executives focus on, prioritize, and drive towards, what they worry about and protect the organization from, and how they approach running the organization and making decisions.
  • Walk away a more resourceful and influential assistant – better able to get things done quickly and effectively and to “head things off at the pass” for your executive.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1
    Stronger business acumen to more astutely follow business conversations, goals and decision-making.
  2. 2
    A better understanding of all areas of business operations — their interconnectedness and impact on organizational needs (both short-term & long-term.)
  3. 3
    Deeper knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities within the C-suite, what executives are tasked with, and what they must accomplish for the organization.
  4. 4
    An enhanced ability to anticipate business needs, think analytically and preempt obstacles before they emerge; problem solving and delivering results for your executive.

This workshop is hands-on. You will participate in interactive exercises and decision-making simulations.


*Disclosure: you will not actually earn an MBA

Collaborative Leadership Strategies for Today’s EA

Gone are the days when leaders commanded and controlled, and departments worked in silos with little communication or cooperation among them. Today, effective executives with formal authority over others recognize that a team-centric approach that cultivates engagement, empowerment, participatory decision-making, and accountability gets the best results. That’s good news for EA leaders who seek to work with and influence others up, down, and across the organization. Get tools for mastering these five essential skills for a more collaborative leadership approach: trust, transparency, communication, inclusion, and openness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1
    establish the mindset and qualities of a collaborative leader
  2. 2
    nurture group cohesion while avoiding the pitfalls of groupthink
  3. 3
    design and facilitate effective group dialogue and decision-making

SUMMIT PRESENTER

OneZone Women's Summit

October 13, 2022

Fishers, IN

OneZone Women's Summit

June 22, 2022

Carmel, IN

MY WORKSHOP

Developing Executive-Level Decision Making Skills

Decisions are one of any leader's most important responsibilities. Too often, leaders at all levels view decisions as tasks to be completed rather than a systematic process to be followed. As a result, decisions are made too quickly without adequate information or assessment or made too slowly, creating delays and analysis paralysis. Join Executive Coach, Starla West, for this interactive workshop where you will discover what type of decision-maker you are and assess your own decision-making instincts. Plus, we'll examine group and individual decision-making methods and you'll leave with an easy-to-digest critical-thinking process to help you powerfully influence difficult organizational decisions.

GUEST SPEAKER

University of Evansville Leadership Coaching Bootcamp

October 18, 2022

Evansville, IN

MY TOPIC

How to Lead, Influence, and Support Organizational Change

When leaders identify a need for organizational change, they and the organization must be agile and able to adapt rapidly. Developing new ideas, plans, processes, or structures is not the hard part. The people side of change is what is complicated. Although aversion to change is normal, leaders still need to generate support and commitment and take action quickly. In this session, Starla will discuss how to:

  1. establish trust and gain the confidence of others when proposing change
  2. identify ways to generate support and move staff into positive engagement
  3. mitigate fears and uncertainty to remove roadblocks and address internal conflict and resistance

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

EA Ignite Fall 2022

November 8-10, 2022
Savannah, GA

MY WORKSHOPS

Work More Collaboratively With The Power of Questions

Questioning is an often overlooked but uniquely powerful tool for unlocking communication and collaboration. It spurs the exchange of ideas while strengthening rapport and trust among team members. It’s too bad that few of us have been trained in the communication art of questioning. Fortunately, questioning is a skill that project leaders can hone to enhance participation, support, and collaboration with both team members and stakeholders.


In this session, you will learn how to:

  1. 1
    sequence and frame questions for optimum impact
  2. 2
    harness the proven power of calibrated questions to thoughtfully guide discussions in ways that elicit useful information, get buy-in, and better inform project decisions
  3. 3
    use techniques to avoid others becoming defensive or feeling like they're being cross-examined

Cultivating Strategic Partners Inside your Organization

Deepening your network of internal partners is critical to an EA’s ability to excel. Learn to establish and leverage business relationships inside your organization to enhance your visibility, influence, and impact.

In this session, I will address:

  1. 1
    how to strategically decide who you need to have relationships with,
  2. 2
    practical and actionable strategies for cultivating those relationships, and
  3. 3
    turning them into internal partners and allies.

Executive Decision Making: Getting Decisions Right

Decisions are one of any leader’s most important responsibilities. Too often, though, leaders at all levels view a decision as a task to be completed rather than a systematic process to be followed. As a result, decisions are made too quickly without adequate information or assessment, or they are made too slowly, creating delays and analysis paralysis.

In this session, you will:

  1. 1
    sequence and frame questions for optimum impact
  2. 2
    harness the proven power of calibrated questions to thoughtfully guide discussions in ways that elicit useful information, get buy-in, and better inform project decisions
  3. 3
    use techniques to avoid others becoming defensive or feeling like they're being cross-examined

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

ASAP Virtual

November 17, 2022

November 17, 2022

Virtual Event

MY WORKSHOP

Collaborative Leadership Strategies for Today’s EA

Gone are the days when leaders commanded and controlled, and departments worked in silos with little communication or cooperation among them. Today, effective executives with formal authority over others recognize that a team-centric approach that cultivates engagement, empowerment, participatory decision-making, and accountability gets the best results. That’s good news for EA leaders who seek to work with and influence others up, down, and across the organization. Get tools for mastering these five essential skills for a more collaborative leadership approach: trust, transparency, communication, inclusion, and openness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1
    establish the mindset and qualities of a collaborative leader
  2. 2
    nurture group cohesion while avoiding the pitfalls of groupthink
  3. 3
    design and facilitate effective group dialogue and decision-making

Let's Talk About Your Event or Training Needs

We'll discuss what you're looking for and determine if I'm a good fit. Complete the form below, and I will be in touch within one to two business days. A copy of your inquiry will be emailed to the email address you provide.

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Past Events

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

EA Ignite Spring 2022

May 17-18, 2022

Dana Point, CA

MY WORKSHOPS

Work More Collaboratively With The Power of Questions

Questioning is an often overlooked but uniquely powerful tool for unlocking communication and collaboration. It spurs the exchange of ideas while strengthening rapport and trust among team members. It’s too bad that few of us have been trained in the communication art of questioning. Fortunately, questioning is a skill that project leaders can hone to enhance participation, support, and collaboration with both team members and stakeholders.


In this session, you will learn how to:

  1. 1
    sequence and frame questions for optimum impact
  2. 2
    harness the proven power of calibrated questions to thoughtfully guide discussions in ways that elicit useful information, get buy-in, and better inform project decisions
  3. 3
    use techniques to avoid others becoming defensive or feeling like they're being cross-examined

Cultivating Strategic Partners Inside your Organization

Deepening your network of internal partners is critical to an EA’s ability to excel. Learn to establish and leverage business relationships inside your organization to enhance your visibility, influence, and impact.


In this session, I will address:

  1. 1
    how to strategically decide who you need to have relationships with,
  2. 2
    practical and actionable strategies for cultivating those relationships, and
  3. 3
    turning them into internal partners and allies.

Executive Decision Making: Getting Decisions Right

Decisions are one of any leader’s most important responsibilities. Too often, though, leaders at all levels view a decision as a task to be completed rather than a systematic process to be followed. As a result, decisions are made too quickly without adequate information or assessment, or they are made too slowly, creating delays and analysis paralysis.

In this session, you will:

  1. 1
    assess your decision-making instincts to avoid the errors that even executives make
  2. 2
    examine individual and group decision-making methods and how to use them
  3. 3
    learn techniques for cultivating constructive debate including how to use inquiry versus advocacy decision processes

GUEST SPEAKER

University of Evansville Leadership Coaching Bootcamp

April 1, 2022

Evansville, IN

MY TOPIC

How to Lead, Influence, and Support Organizational Change

When leaders identify a need for organizational change, they and the organization must be agile and able to adapt rapidly. Developing new ideas, plans, processes, or structures is not the hard part. The people side of change is what is complicated. Although aversion to change is normal, leaders still need to generate support and commitment and take action quickly. In this session, Starla will discuss how to:

  1. get in step with change quickly and create a growth mindset for yourself and other staff
  2. establish trust and gain the confidence of others when proposing change
  3. identify ways to generate support and move staff into positive engagement with proposed changes
  4. mitigate fears and uncertainty to remove roadblocks and address internal conflict and resistance
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