National WIC Association

2016 Annual Conference Highlights: Tuesday, May 24th

April 21, 2016

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General Session #3 Speaker Highlight: Sarah Gibson

Session Title: Geezer. Punk. Whatever. Empowering Each Generation for Success

Session Description: Almost half our workforce is under 34 years old. With a sweeping power, the Millennial generation is entering the adulthood with creativity, energy and verve. And, just as Baby Boomers shaped our organizational culture, Millennials are already shaping changing the not-so-distant future. This interactive session will help identify who the generations are, their perspectives on the working world that impact our internal and external processes, and what to do with what we know. Join speaker and author, Sarah Gibson, as she talks about what this demographic shift means for the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, attendees will learn:

  • Identify four generations in the workplace
  • Discuss how generational characteristics form
  • Integrate different strategies for making their teams more cohesive

Short Bio: Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed. Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes.

Sarah wrote The Zoom Guide to the Generations to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace. Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Awards Luncheon Speaker Highlight: Richard Kyte, PhD

During the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 24th Professor Richard Kyte will briefly speak about The Power of Servant Leadership. This is an important topic that speaks to the WIC community.

Session Title: The Power of Servant Leadership

Session Description: The key to effective leadership is simple: meaningful service to others. But what is simple to describe may be difficult to put consistently into practice. This presentation examines the history of Servant Leadership, describes the principles that inform it, and provides practical advice for becoming more of a servant leader in one’s own life. Filled with inspiring examples of individuals and organizations who are changing the way America thinks about leadership.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, attendees will learn:

  • Identify the principles of servant leadership
  • Inspire others to lead by serving
  • Facilitate the development of a more ethical culture in their respective organizations

Short Bio: Richard Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of ethics courses dealing with issues in business, leadership, and the environment. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Richard writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled “The Ethical Life.” His latest book, Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture, is forthcoming from Anselm Academic Press in 2016.

Dr. Kyte will also speak later Tuesday from 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm about Ethical Decision Making for Nutrition Professionals in a breakout session under the Nutrition, Breastfeeding, & Behavior track.