CG Talks & Session Archive

Talks and Sessions are posted in chronological order with most recent at the top. You can also view our YouTube Channel where talks are sorted by category – Product, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Skill-building/Practitioner Content, COVID-19 Thought Leadership and Take A Break Videos.

Elder Fraud, Financial Mistakes and Caregiving
Thu, Dec 2, 2021
Howard Tischler, Co-Founder and CEO, and Liz Loewy, Co-Founder and COO, EverSafe
Talk Type: In the Moment, Health/Wellness
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Financial exploitation is the most common forms of “abuse” in later life. One in five over the age of 65 are victims; the average loss is over $120K, and caregivers lose over $36K. In addition, self-neglect and financial mistakes are a tremendous threat to a lifetime of savings. This impacts the older individual and their families, and working while caring brings tremendous stress to the workplace and the employer. Come hear Liz Loewy and Howard Tischler, the co-founders of EverSafe, a technology company addressing these issues, speak about their experiences.
Before joining EverSafe, Liz was a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the founder of the Office’s first Elder Abuse Unit, where 800 elder abuse cases were prosecuted annually. In 2009, Liz served as trial counsel in the prosecution involving the late philanthropist, Brooke Astor, against her only son, Anthony Marshall, and his attorney. In addition, Liz has served as a caregiver for her parents and grandparents.

Howard co-founded EverSafe after his mother was financially exploited and she lost her life savings. Little did he know that the loss of financial capacity can begin before there are any signs of dementia. Howard will discuss what happened to his mother and how he managed his joint corporate and caregiving responsibilities. Howard was a Group President and the Lead Director in public companies.

Caregiving is hard, even on the good days when it brings joy and fulfillment. It requires dedication, determination, and time. Situations change quickly from one day to another. It may be a fall or other illness; it may be the realization of cognitive decline; or it may be the discovery that a loved one has lost most, if not all, of their life’s savings. Being a caregiver can be exhausting and complex, and there is no “caregiver-in-training” course. Financial exploitation, self-neglect and financial mistakes only serve to exacerbate the situation. Liz and Howard’s experiences and stories can help you prepare for what may lie ahead for you, your employer, and your employees.

The Hows and Whys of Hybrid Work
Nov 11, 2021
Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist for Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices
with moderator Ron Pessner, Vice President of Product Microsoft Office

Talk Type: In the Moment, Leadership Development, Culture
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist for Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices, is charged with creating the future of productivity at Microsoft and for its customers. As part of that effort, she helps lead the New Future of Work: the largest research initiative in Microsoft’s history with hundreds of researchers from across Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub. Their task is simple (and very hard): make this new future of work – in office, remote, and especially hybrid – possible and productive. Jaime Teevan, and moderator Ron Pessner, will provide an overview of what Microsoft has learned and will offer tips for effective and inclusive hybrid work.

Bio:
Jaime Teevan is Chief Scientist for Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices, where she is responsible for driving research-backed innovation in the company’s core products. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where she led the Productivity team. Dr. Teevan uses AI to help people accomplish their goals, developing the first personalized search algorithm used by Bing and introducing microproductivity into Office. Her groundbreaking research has earned her numerous awards, including the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator and Karen Spärck Jones awards. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Yale, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

Ron Pessner, a longtime council member, is in charge of collaboration across the Microsoft 365 collaboration suite (th that span across Word, Excel, PPT, etc). He has spent 18 years at Microsoft and has done a number of things including GM for Games for Windows, senior role at Xbox, led Windows 10 for Window Phone, and multiple roles in the Office organization. Prior to Microsoft he worked with a number of startups in the early days of the web and mobile internet.

Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind 
Oct 6, 2021
Barbara Becker, Author and Interfaith Minister
Talk Type: Leadership Development, Culture, Wellness
Audience/Roles: All Roles

For our second Fall Meeting keynote, Barbara Becker, author of Heartwood invites us into a conversation about the art of living.

Members of our Councils are facing difficult life moments now, as they have in the past and as we each will in the future. With this talk we help to further deepen the trust and safe space needed for members to be vulnerable, to find support and connection, and, of course, to ask for help throughout the meetings and beyond.

We also hope to reveal, for your own reflection, the individuals and events in your life that shaped who you have become as a person. In work, and in our daily lives, we aren’t often granted the opportunity to name and to process the people we love, the challenges we face, and the difficulties that become part of us – that become our own Heartwood.

Bio:
Barbara Becker is an ordained interfaith minister and has sat with hundreds of people at the end of their lives. Barbara speaks on a wide range of topics, including deepening our sense of meaning and spirituality and mid-career pivots. She has dedicated more than twenty-five years to partnering with human-rights advocates around the world in pursuit of peace and interreligious understanding. She has worked with the United Nations, Human Rights First, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, and teaches at Columbia University.

The What & Why of Continuous Discovery
Sept 29, 2021
Teresa Torres, Author & Product Coach, Product Talk
Talk Type: Product
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Most product teams are starting to adopt discovery best practices (e.g. interviewing customers, usability testing, experimenting). However, many of us are still stuck in a project world. We do research to kick off a project, we usability test right before we hand off to engineers, and our primary means for experimenting is a/b testing. These methods are better than nothing, but the best product teams are shifting from a project mindset to a continuous mindset. In this talk, we’ll explore the key differences between project-based discovery and continuous discovery and give your team a clear benchmark to aspire to.

Bio: Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach. She teaches a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery that helps product teams infuse their daily product decisions with customer input. She’s coached hundreds of teams at companies of all sizes, from early-stage start-ups to global enterprises, in a variety of industries. She has taught over 7,000 product people discovery skills through the Product Talk Academy. She’s the author of the book Continuous Discovery Habits and blogs at ProductTalk.org.

 

Battle Buddies – A Way to Support Your Teams
May 28, 2021
Craig Hopkins, CIO, City of San Antonio
Talk Type: Leadership Development, Culture
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Join Craig Hopkins for this short webinar focused on Q&A to introduce an idea that has taken off in Craig’s org, the City of San Antonio, where he is the CIO.

It’s called Battle Buddies. So, what is a Battle Buddy?

Adapted from the US Army, a battle buddy is a partner assigned to an employee in an organization who is expected to assist his or her partner.

Even though we are not in military combat, Craig says our corporate responsibilities can feel just as stressful and overwhelming at times.

A battle buddy is not only intended for comradery and support, but also to help reduce stress, provide professional and leadership guidance, and at times, get into the trenches together to get things done. Since we will each be watching each other’s actions, we are all battle buddies to each other, as partners and as a leadership team, driven by our mission while adhering to our Core Values.

Craig will talk about how this has worked in his organization and how to set it up in yours.

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About Craig Hopkins

Today, Craig is the CIO of the City of San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the country. He has helped this major city navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, this last winter’s freeze/electricity shut off, and a myriad of many other challenges.

Before this role, Craig spent 20 years in senior roles at USAA, the large and very well-run financial services organization that serves the military and their extended families.

He started his career in the Coast Guard where he spent 4 years as an NCO in a variety of roles including small boat captain (“coxswain”).

 

Spring Keynote: No Ego with Cy Wakeman
Apr 28, 2021
Cy Wakeman, Author, No Ego
Talk Type: Leadership Development, Culture
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Cy Wakeman, author of several best-selling books, including “No Ego”, is a drama researcher. Now when I first read that, I thought “does this mean she’s in the theater world?”

No. It turns out that Wakeman researches drama in the workplace, especially unnecessary drama – the kind that derails teams, and businesses.

Further, she comes highly recommended from several council members, including one who knows her personally and made the connection.

Cy Wakeman’s Official Bio:
Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Keurig Dr. Pepper, AMC Theatres, White Castle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and countless others learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, SHRM.com and many more. Voted in the top 100 leadership professionals to follow on Twitter for 7 years in a row and named to The 2019 Most Inclusive HR Influencer List, Wakeman also came in at #2 on the Global Gurus 2020 List of top 30 Leadership Professionals around the world.

Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace. For more information, please visit Realitybasedleadership.com or follow Cy on social at @cywakeman.

 

JTBD in Large Distributed Environments
Feb 4, 2021
Jay Haynes, Founder & CEO, thrv.com

Talk Type: Product; Skill Builder/Practitioner
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Jobs To Be Done has proven to be an effective methodology for building much better holistic end-to-end products and customer experiences. *But* CG Council member companies with large distributed environments are finding it difficult to apply JTBD in effective ways.

Jay Haynes, CEO of thrv, and a global expert on JTBD will come and speak to the Councils community on this specific challenge of using the methodology in large, complex technology environments.

 

Groundwork: Get Better at Making Better Products
Dec 8, 2020
Vidya Dinamani and Heather Samarin, co-authors, Groundwork

Talk Type: Product
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Product leaders are all too familiar with the one to two-year period it typically takes to train and coach PMs. Product leaders hire smart people and then work with them individually, guiding them through how to think about product management, and watching them develop. Vidya Dinamani and Heather Samarin wanted a much faster way to help cultivate efficient and effective product managers that consistently create products that delight customers, regardless of the industry, the environment, and the development methodology that the team employed. They took years of experience as product executives and working with hundreds of teams as product coaches to create a framework to Get Better at Making Better Products. The design philosophy and methodology behind Groundwork was created to help product leaders be confident that their teams were committed to solving the right customer problems, minimizing costly rework by using individualized needs, and leveraging actionable personas in big and small product decisions. Vidya and Heather want Groundwork to help product teams have a much higher chance of success in the market—and help every product manager shine.

Join Vidya and Heather as they share the background, principles, and methodology behind the Groundwork to help you, and your team, get better at making better products.

Integrating Feminine and Masculine Leadership Energies for a Better (Business) World
Nov 13,2020
Talk Type: Leadership Development, Culture
Audience/Roles: All Roles

Recommended by member Auriga Martin, we’ll be running a session with Lyssa Adkins, Agile and Leadership Coach, on the Yin and Yang of leadership.

If we integrate more of the feminine leadership energies into ourselves, our board rooms, our thinking, our decisions… do we create better business outcomes, and do we create a better world?

This is the question Lyssa will help us explore. Through her work developing skills in thousands of Agilists and coaching dozens of teams, Lyssa recognizes patterns in the way groups create, collaborate, process conflict, and make decisions — especially leadership teams.

In this session, Lyssa will share the feminine (yin) and masculine (yang) leadership energies. She will elaborate on the organizational capacities that inviting in more yin energies ignites. She will relate emerging modes and skills (Theory U, Agile, etc) to the call for more yin energies so that we can break-through to the next necessary level of collaboration. That next level features the ability to work with the complex and confounding world we are in and to fully immerse in diversity, conflict, and emergence for the sake of truly novel innovation, solid business results, and a thriving and sustainable business presence on the planet. Rounding out the session, Lyssa will reveal practical ways to develop yourself (and your org) so that the full spectrum of leadership energies can be integrated and put to conscious use.

Making the Case for Empowering Your People
Oct 21, 2020

Talk Type: Product, Leadership Development, Culture
Audience/Roles: All Roles

From Marty: “I have long been interested in the difference between how the best companies work, and the rest. Working with both types of organizations for so many years, there are many differences ranging from culture to process to staffing to roles to techniques. But at its core, strong product companies empower their people, and most of the rest do not. My focus over the past few years has been tackling this issue head-on, which means the product leadership. In this talk, we’ll discuss why this model consistently yields better results, and what’s necessary to transform to work like the best.”

Marty’s Bio:
Marty Cagan is the founding partner of the Silicon Valley Product Group, which he created to pursue his interests in helping others create successful products through his writing, speaking, advising and coaching. Before starting SVPG, Marty served as an executive responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape Communications, and eBay.

As part of his work with SVPG, Marty advises tech companies of all sizes and stages, stretching far beyond Silicon Valley. Marty is the author of the industry-leading book for product teams, INSPIRED: How To Create Tech Products Customers Love, and the upcoming book EMPOWERED: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products. Marty is an invited speaker at major conferences and top companies across the globe.

 

WHITE PAPER – ‘The Amazon 6-Page Narrative’
If you are a member, download here and email Britany for the password.
July 22, 2020

Most know that Amazon does not use Powerpoint for (practically) any meeting; we use 6-page narratives similar to what you might have written in college. But like many things in life where we think we know more than we do, much inaccurate mythology has arisen around the 6-page narrative and how they work. Led by longtime Council member, Elvis Dieguez, this discussion will walk you through an example 6-page narrative to better explain how they are used within Amazon to improve the organization’s ability to make high-quality decisions with minimal investment in (meeting) time.

 

‘The Pipeline Problem Is a Myth: Black and Brown Creatives Exist—I Am One of Them’ – (YouTube)
July 17, 2020

Using his own life and 20+year career as a backdrop, Councils alum Antonio Garcia, explored a range of topics—from design ethics to allyship—and practical ideas for how creative folk can better navigate work, life, and community-building. Drawing from personal experience as a Latino, design leader, and Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Chicago, Antonio shared stories and strategies everyone can immediately employ.

 

‘New Zealand Eco Home Tour’
July 10, 2020

Take a break from the world pandemic and step into Zoomtopia for an eco-house build tour with member Auriga Martin and her husband Ed at their farm in New Zealand. Witness the slow-moving magic of the project in action, and see the result of going from designing “a practical square box” to their “dream home” and all of the fun trials and tribulations that come with it. With only a few months away from having their strawbale, off-grid, earth clay plaster home finished, they’re in the final stages and would love to share it with members.

 

‘Race in America: Pursuit of Happiness, Spoils of War’
June 25, 2020

What does “Race” mean in America? Few better to answer that than Bo Kemp, former COO of the City of Newark, senior advisor to mayors, and private equity investor.

Why?

The story of Bo’s family. Bo has spent years researching their ancestry.

Between Bo and his wife, their genealogy reflects:
– Earliest settlers to Virginia from England
– Persecuted religious followers from the Netherlands and France
– African slaves brought to the New World before 1700
– Taino and Caribbean slaves brought to New Orleans from the islands
– Native Mississippi delta Choctaw tribe.

All the history of people, economic, immigration, migration, technology, cultural, and of course the spoils of war are reflected in the story of his family’s combined DNA.

“Pursuit of Happiness, Spoils of War” is Bo’s attempt to tell the unvarnished story of America using tangible examples of people, documents and stories to bring to life the amazing, complicated, troubled and triumphant story of the making of the United States.

 

‘Getting Started with Visual Methods’
June 18, 2020

If you’ve ever seen Graphic Recording live at a conference, or been the benefactor of a visual facilitator for an offsite or workshop, you may have seen the power that visuals can bring to any group setting. Join this adventure to get started with the basics of visuals. Council member Summer Koide from Target will talk about why visuals work, how visuals can appear in your work, and instruct you through some hands-on practice. In this session you will:
– Begin building your visual language
– Learn methods to flair up your flipcharts
– Practice creating history maps that capture a team’s oral history

This session is designed for beginners and those interested in clearing the first hurdle in your visual journey. All you need is paper and a pen – bonus points if you scrounge up utensils in multiple colors.

 

‘Summer is Coming’ – Kid Hacks – (YouTube)
June 15, 2020

Sarah Coles, a member of our extended Councils community is a kindergarten teacher and has found creative ways to keep her family busy during this quarantine. She has graciously agreed to come and talk with our members about her “global travel” plans this summer as well as other ‘kid hacks’ you can use as a template for your families. Sarah’s boys are 13 and 10 but we welcome everyone to this talk as I am sure there will be bits and pieces that you can cater to your unique family dynamic.

 

Animals Included at the Zoomaha Zoo
June 10, 2020

Most don’t know that Omaha is home to one of the top 3 zoos in the world. Further, it holds this position largely because of its intense focus on conservation and user experience – including that of its 4-legged, winged, aquatic, and amphibious customers. This zoo is uniquely designed to allow its citizens to thrive in environments much like those they would experience in the wild, including living alongside neighbors of other varieties.

President and CEO of the Omaha Zoo Foundation, Tina Cherica, and VP of Conservation, Cheryl Morris, Ph.D., talked about how the Zoo has built a vigorous program of scientific investigation in the fields of molecular genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, and conservation medicine and how their efforts are intended to have a global impact through collaborative efforts with conservation programs around the world. And, even more importantly how this has been impacted during this pandemic and what it means for these animals. Members had the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with some of the zoo’s residents. (Spoiler: one of them is from the Indian subcontinent, the other from sub-Saharan Africa. One more hint: one has a prehensile lip and the other teams up with her cousins and sisters to hunt. Can you guess which animals you’ll be meeting?)

 

Development: The Long-Term Solution to Racism and Police Violence
June 9, 2020

Antoine Joyce, a national activist and community organizer, is answering the question tomorrow: what can *we* do about racism and police brutality?He addresses, among other things:
— Internet leaders and racism
Antoine has built inner-city youth programs with business leader support (and internships) and has taught white business leaders about their own racism (and institutional racism) and what they can do about it.
— Cops and Kids
He’s also built programs that bring cops and kids together — to perform improv comedy together if you can believe it. It’s powerful.

 

The Gender Gap in Film
May 29, 2020

Omaha’s Art House Cinema and Film Streams was founded as a non-profit in 2005 with the objective of showing and preserving film as an art form, building community through film and maximizing its power through discussion, meanwhile preserving such historic landmarks as the Dundee Theater (the very theater that the young Alexander Payne enjoyed The Sound of Music no less than 5 times during its 118-week run). They regularly show documentaries and host discussions that go beyond the popular mainstream fodder and are working towards a 50/50 split of gender representation in their theater by 2021. In a two-part series, we’ll enjoy one such conversation with members and the theater’s Artistic Director, Diana Martinez, Ph.D. on the film ‘Half the Picture’ a “woman-directed documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood.”

 

The Future Path of the Pandemic
May 22, 2020
UC Berkeley’ s Professor Kirk Smith is a leading epidemiologist and public health scientist and will be joining Phil for a live QnA. Smith grew up in the California East Bay, where he attended the University of California, Berkeley. Here, he received his Bachelor of Arts (1968) in Physics and Astronomy, his Master of Public Health (1972) in Environmental Health Sciences, and his Doctorate (PhD) (1977) in Biomedical and Environmental Health with a focus on Energy & Environment.After finishing his PhD, Smith moved to Hawaii where he founded the Energy Program at the East-West Center. He led the center’s work on energy research problems in the Asia-Pacific regions until 1985,
when he became the coordinator for environmental risk research. In 1995, Smith returned to UC Berkeley where he joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is currently a Professor of Global Environmental Health, the founder and co-Director of the university’s Global Health and Environment Program, and Associate Director for International Programs at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Special thanks to member George Eberstadt who invited Professor Smith to speak to us.

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and the Museum Experience
May 19, 2020
The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has been a premier center for the visual arts for nearly 90 years. With art from ancient times to the present, and an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century works, there’s something for everyone. Over the last several years Jack Becker, Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO, and his team at the Joslyn Art Museum, have prioritized a diversity initiative – ranging from special exhibitions to diversifying the permanent collection (including acquiring works of art from Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, and Maria van Oosterwyck). Jack will take members on a behind the scenes Zoom tour of the Museum’s ‘evolution of access’, shining light on how these efforts: free admission, diverse special exhibitions, and community engagement have impacted the Omaha metropolitan communities and how they are now able to connect art.

 

Product Mgmt and Covid-19: Product Preparedness
May 13, 2020
Longtime Council member Ron Pessner, who is responsible for transforming Microsoft Office into a tool for collaborative work, will present a case study on product management and the coronavirus — or how his team’s product investments in Office – and his cultural change work – have enabled better collaboration just in time for the massive need for remote work brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The 4 EQ Pillars of Well-Being
May 12, 2020
Longtime CG member, Pete Anderson, has been on a personal journey of exploring Psychological Safety, Humble Inquiry, and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) with the ultimate goal of unleashing the unrealized potential of teams across US Bank. As part of that journey, he employed Teresa Quinlan as a personal EQ coach, found a ton of value in the process, and is eager to share relevant content with the rest of the CG crew. Teresa will talk to us about the 4 core skills – Self-regard, Self-actualization, Interpersonal relationships, Optimism – of Emotional Intelligence that are contributors to our well-being and how to establish our own personal balance so that we can actively work towards greater levels of well-being and happiness, particularly now during such a time of upheaval.

 

How Buffett Built a Pandemic-Proof Company
May 1, 2020
Phil is a recognized expert on Berkshire Hathaway –  particularly the cultural and leadership lessons to be learned from Buffett and Munger.  He teaches CEOs and other leaders about a number of key concepts and values including what Buffett calls Noah’s principle: “Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does.” And what an ark Berkshire has become. Phil will walk attendees through a brief history of the company, its culture and values, including how Buffett has designed a pandemic-proof company.

 

Leading the NBA during Coronavirus
Apr 30, 2020
Mark Tatum was appointed NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer on Feb. 1, 2014, following unanimous approval by the NBA Board of Governors. He is thus second in command of
what is now a $5 billion multi-media, a content-streaming global juggernaut with a 215 country footprint — the NBA. Since becoming Deputy Commissioner and COO, Tatum has been instrumental in many historic initiatives including the first NBA game in Africa, the launch of seven NBA Academies around the world for youth and elite development, and the debut of the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament. His portfolio includes the league’s accelerating new-technology push, which has gained momentum since the crisis. Mark has graciously agreed to join us to talk about what he’s learned in real-time about leading during this massive upheaval, including thoughts on how/when the league might re-open.

 

2008 vs. 20 20 – Financial Crisis vs. Pandemic
Apr 29, 2020
Professor Cecilia Rouse is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and one of the top economists in the world, as well as one of very few African American women in the upper levels of the profession. She has graciously agreed to come talk with us about the difference between the crisis we face today and the financial crisis in 2008, among other topics. In this session, Dean Rouse will explore a range of questions including:
– The differences and similarities between the two crises?
– The challenges of real-time decision-making and policy-setting during a major crisis?
– The potential impact of this crisis on both Gen Z and Gen A including speculation on the short and potentially long-term impacts on them as consumers, employees, etc.
– How might businesses and universities think about re-opening in the coming weeks and months?
– How the coronavirus may affect developing economies and why that matters to us here in America?

 

How COVID-19 Changes Consumer Behavior (YouTube)
Apr 28, 2020
Dan Ariely, the best-selling author of Predictably Irrational and other books, is an Israeli-American professor and global authority on behavioral economics. He advises governments and a range of corporations on behavioral economics and policy including now during this global pandemic, and he’ll share his perspective on how COVID-19 may affected consumer behavior now and in the long-term. Special thanks to member Doug Claffey for inviting the wonderful Dan Ariely to speak to us.

 

Virtual Wine Tasting
April 24, 2020
A Virtual Wine Tasting with Anthony Giglio, one of the most entertaining wine and spirits authorities on the planet. He is a writer, educator, curator of the Amex Centurion lounge wine program and raconteur who motivates countless imbibers to trust their own tastes and relax the rules. Anthony will lead us through a tasting using what most of us probably have in our wine cabinet already – something sparkling. Dust off the bottle, throw it in the fridge, grab a glass and pull up a seat.

 

Brainstorming on Zoom
April 17, 2020
While you have some of the basics of remote working down, you probably are finding it hard to brainstorm, ideate, and innovate with everyone on your team working remotely. If that’s true for you — and it’s for most of us — then come to this session where CG Moderator Elizabeth Peaslee will run a training on tools and frameworks you can use to brainstorm remotely.

 

Managing Pressure​ During the Covid-19 Crisis
April 15, 2020
Everyone is feeling the effects of these uncertain times. Tough decisions need to be made; difficult conversations need to take place. Emotional intelligence expert Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is here to explain how to use emotional intelligence to best manage your team and the tough decisions and conversations you face through this challenging time.

 

Remote (home)Work
April 6, 2020
Jason Fried, CEO & co-founder of Basecamp, joined us to talk about remote work AND about how lessons learned might be applied to remote work for both adults and kids now all suddenly at home. Product Delivery Council moderator, Elizabeth Peaslee,m did a fantastic writeup on the talk, check it out here.

 

Learning to Draw a Mountain Scene
April 1, 2020
We know you’ve been living in a fast-paced and stressful world these last few weeks so we’ve brought in an artist to provide a ‘brain break’ using drawing basics – all you need is a pencil, paper and a sense of humor.

 

Coronavirus Resource for Bold Leaders: 12 Specific Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
March 19, 2020
We have asked one of the nation’s top business coaches, J.P. Flaum, Founder and CEO of Green Peak, to share insights on how to lead companies and teams in this topsy-turvy – and now suddenly remote – world in which we suddenly find ourselves.

 

Improv Games on Zoom: Ways to Build Morale & Help Your Teams Relax During This Crisis
March 18, 2020
How do you help your employees have some fun and relax when they are so stressed out by everything going on — coronavirus news, kids schools closed, suddenly working from home, etc? Play improv games on Zoom, of course. Here’s how.

 

Best (and worst) practices of remote workforce?
March 13, 2020
Brent Tworetzky, last company, InVision, where he was CPO, is completely remote even though they have about 900 employees. Brent gave us the run down on best (and worst) practices on a remote/work-from-home workforce.

 

COVID-19 Economic Impact: Real Fears or Overblown?
March 10, 2020
Whitney Tilson, analyst and commentator, joined Phil for a conversation on the potential economic impact of COVID-19.

 

Conscious Leadership
March 5, 2020
Katia Beauchamp, Founder & Co-CEO of Birchbox spoke with the Councils community about the work she has done with conscious leadership & how it’s been built into their culture at Birchbox.