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If you are interested in any of the earlier workshops, you can view a video stream of the the session recording below, and the recording and tools are also available for purchase and download.

Competencies for Managing the Remote Workforce
January 22, 2013
This session sketches the process for developing effective distance managers and identifies the unique competencies they need to successfully manage a remote, often global, workforce.  It begins by examining just how omnipresent distance work has become and explores the two critical prerequisites that must be met before embarking on competency development.  It offers a research-based view of what employees and managers view as the most vital competencies of successful distance managers and provides a quick overview of three key competencies—over-communicator, network navigator, and performance manager.  Then, outstanding distance managers’ talk about the challenges they have faced and their lessons learned.  With time for Q&A, the session wraps up with an overview of the Distance Manager Assessment Tool and how to obtain it.
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Generations and Geography: Decoding Generational Differences
February 19, 2013
Differences? How real are they? How do they differ, if at all, across cultures? What are the implications for talent acquisition and management? How relevant are these differences anyway to those of us who have businesses to run when we live in a world that is underemployed? Are these questions similar to ones you've pondered but without satisfactory answers? Learn why these differences are real and what solutions exist to help businesses to deal effectively with them. Our second Global Work Life and Diversity Solutions Workshop Session will return far more to you than your investment of time and attention.  Our guest is W. Stanton Smith, a highly regarded expert in this area with years of research and practical experience to support his advice.
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Meeting the Changing Needs of Working Families Around the World
March 21, 2013
Working families are living in the midst of a major social and economic transformation. Men’s attitudes about working and caring are changing; the time crunch and technology result in pervasive multi-tasking, lack of concentration, and increased stress; people, especially mothers, feel isolated despite making numerous “friends” in cyberspace; and concerns about immediate and long-term finances are widespread. WFD’s newest research investigates how these changes affect working families and how families are adapting and responding. In this session, U.S. and global experts discuss creative, innovative ways that families successfully navigate the “new normal” and approaches employers, community organizations and practitioners can take to support workers to be successful in their working and caregiving roles.
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Utilizing Work-Life, Flexibility, and Workload Management Tools
as Key Elements of a Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
April 24, 2013
In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, leading companies understand the importance of attracting, retaining and engaging the best talent by meeting the changing needs of a diverse workforce. A multi-dimensional approach is needed to drive high performance, productivity, and innovation and unleash the full potential of the workforce to ensure business success. Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation is taking a creative, integrated approach aligned with their business strategy to encourage more supportive, flexible and effective ways of working – a win/win for the business and their people in the US and around the world. In this session, learn from Novartis Global Diversity & Inclusion leaders how they developed an integrated Life Work Integration, Flexibility and Team-Based Workload Solutions strategy, designed websites with practical tools and resources, established effective communications and implemented training for HR Business Partners, operational leaders and line managers as a D&I priority. 
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Gender, Power and Work: Where are we now and what’s next?
May 29, 2013
The recent controversies surrounding Sheryl Sandberg, Anne Marie Slaughter and Marissa Mayer prove how contentious debates about the lives of working women – and particularly working mothers – still are. The current landscape for working women is a mixed bag: Some of the obstacles women have faced for decades remain relatively unchanged, while at the same time, in some areas women have made many incredible strides. New generations of working men and women face different circumstances, but also have different attitudes and expectations, about how they will balance work and family. What have we learned from all this about how much or how little workplace culture has changed? Has women's advancement stalled? Should women be Leaning In? And what about the role of men?

For more than 30 years WFD Consulting has been focused on identifying the needs of working women and families and providing solutions that enable women to thrive in their personal and professional lives. Fran Rodgers (Founder of Work/Family Directions), Nicole Rodgers (Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Role/Reboot), and Debbie Phillips (President, WFD Consulting) will explore these issues from three perspectives: Cultural, Individual and Structural. 
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Corporate “Neighbors of Choice”:
Business Input on Creating Communities that Support the New Way of Working

June 18, 2013
The onslaught of 21st century pressures on businesses are forcing an increased pace of change and the depth of its effect on key talent. This virtual workshop session is built upon several years of research and engagement with Fortune 500 companies who are actively working to change the way communities’ support how work is done.  Deliberate construction of communities—or the social fabric among talented workers - is a key strategy for companies that want to become more agile and sustainable and compete during times of challenge.

The session begins with the major forces of change impacting organizations and talent.  The discussion then leads into the human resource management implications like attraction/retention, engagement and performance measurement in a virtual world. The outlines of a “community based return in investment” model are also be presented and analyzed, including the monetized value of human capital.

Case studies of “how” both virtual and physical communities can be designed, built and managed in today’s global, Internet based business environment are discussed.
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A New Mentoring Mindset: Creating Developmental Networks at Work
September 26, 2013
Today’s dynamic, technology-driven, diverse, and global workplace presents enormous challenges to professional development. Creating high quality developmental relationships in this often insecure and turbulent environment requires a new approach to mentoring and coaching. Traditional dyadic mentoring relationships that are hierarchical, stable, long term and embedded in organizations are being replaced by non-hierarchical, shorter-term relationships that transcend organizational boundaries. A developmental network approach identifies a small group of potential developers who an individual enlists to take an active interest in their personal and professional development. These potential developers may include bosses, senior leaders, formal mentors, external coaches, peers, subordinates, family members, and/or friends.

In this webinar we will highlight how individuals and organizations can foster a developmental network approach to mentoring. Individuals need to define their current goals, assess whether their current developmental network is responsive to their aspirations, whether they want to add new relationships with learning as a primary purpose, and how to enhance ongoing relationships . Organizations can empower individuals to manage their own development by educating them about this new mentoring mindset and creating opportunities for individuals to create high quality developmental relationships. Our panel members will provide examples of mentoring circles, peer coaching, and career development experiences designed with this purpose in mind.
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Building Personal and Organizational Resilience in a Changing World
October 15, 2013
Constant change, financial uncertainty and pressure to do more with less test the resilience of organizations and their employees. Worker stress is prevalent and increasing world-wide. It poses a major threat to workers’ health and to organizations' productivity. Workers who are stressed experience more illness, are less engaged, less productive and less safe at work. These costs affect company competitiveness and success. Although many countries now require employers to manage health and safety hazards including work stress, most companies are not addressing the factors that build resilience. What can your organization do to be sure that you have the resilience to be successful and compete in this challenging global work environment?

In this session, resilience experts and practitioners discuss how companies are building resilience at the organizational, team and employee level and share strategies and practical tips for how you can promote resilience in your work environment.
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The New Soft War on Women 
November 6, 2013
Women are making great strides in education, but they are not making the progress in the workplace they have a right to expect given their early promise.  In fact, women are at risk of stalling out. Cutting-edge new research tells us that subtle forms of gender discrimination are creating powerful obstacles to women’s progress. 

The New Soft War on Women workshop will identify some of the unexpected and troubling roadblocks women face and lay out strategies women can use to overcome them. For example to be successful, women are urged to act more like their male colleagues: take risks, be a team player, speak up. But this strategy often backfires.  The Athena project finds that when women in SET fields take risks and fail, they don’t get second chances, but men do. So, taking the kinds of risks that catch the eye of higher-ups is much riskier for women. Working in mixed-sex teams can have a serious down-side for women. Regardless of how much they contribute to a positive outcome, women’s efforts are often seen as less consequential than men’s.  Women get little credit when credit is due, reports Madeleine Heilman of NYU.  And Yale’s Victoria Brescoll finds that when men speak up they are seen as forceful and powerful, but when women speak up they are seen as incompetent and gabby. 
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