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Sense Making Conversations

Sense Making Conversations

Join us for a weekly conversation over lunch!

As the world adapts to the concept and reality of social distancing, we need to actively choose to to connect as humans. Our casual conversations with coworkers and peers often help us make sense of the world and the rapid changes we are experiencing.  So how do we continue to create these conversations while on social distancing instructions?  

Luckily we have technology that can help us connect, and we have experts who can bring sense to difficult to understand happenings.    

Please join us for a weekly conversation over lunch with thought leaders on the topics that have been brewing throughout the week. Bring your sandwich, your questions and your curiosity and for 30 minutes let’s all connect.  

Friday, May 22, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic:

Curiosity: The Fuel for Your What’s Next Engine

Change is afoot and the need to innovate has been thrust upon every organization on the planet. In this session, Karen Ward will talk about why curiosity is crucial to the success of your organization moving forward. Without curiosity there is no creativity, innovation or change. And there is no connection and trust between and amongst the people who need to drive that change. Building a culture of curiosity and strong curiosity muscles is the fuel your organization needs to imagine and implement what’s next.

Guest Speaker:

Karen Ward
Founder of Curiosity Inc,

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friay, May 15, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

The future, decentralized

Blockchain is a central record of transactions. It’s public. Any person can verify transactions that happened. Once a transaction has been made, it can’t be altered. It’s decentralized, meaning- It isn’t owned or managed by anyone government or corporation. It is also impossible to hack.

Why aren’t corporations and businesses still not taking advantage of this potential?

Guest Speaker:

Anne Connelly
Global Expert in Blockchain & Decentralization

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Thursday, May 7, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

How to Talk about the Really Hard Things- Continued 

In this session, Cherry is going to expand upon our previous conversation and explore the change and uncertainty happening, but most importantly, how to communicate and bring up the uncomfortable feelings. How do we have to confront conversations with ourselves, our family, or our team?

Guest Speaker:

Cherry Rose Tan
CEO of #realtalk, the mental health movement for the tech industry

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, May 8th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

Creating Capacity for Optimized Focus, Wellness and Productivity

Back by popular demand for a longer segment- this session has Melanie using one of her frameworks CapacityCreator™ Matrix to help individuals self-identify the state of capacity they are operating out of. From there, participants will have an idea of how to navigate and deconstruct their commitment patterns while evaluating where they are most distracted.

Guest Speaker:

Melanie Sodka
Capacity Creator

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, May 1st, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

Becoming an Experimental Leader

With COVID 19 organizations were forced to burn their strategic plans overnight and start experimenting. Join Melanie Parish, to talk about how an experimental mindset offers the best strategy for leading in a crisis. Melanie will talk about letting go of old reactive leadership patterns that get in the way and creating a new path as an experimental leader. This new leadership style will allow you as a leader to foster intentional creativity to creatively solve the challenges you are facing.

Guest Speaker:

Melanie Parish
Author of the The Experimental Leader: Be a New Kind of Boss to Cultivate an Organization of Innovators

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, April 24th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

How to achieve 76 more really good days

Dr. Mary’s research found that we only understand the meaning of an email clearly 20% of the time, this is compounded by the problem of negative feedback and leads you to a stressful day. Her research indicates that if you can learn to classify people that you communicate with into groups, and identify patterns of behavior common to each group, you can reduce your digital stress by 10% and enjoy 76 more really good days .

Guest Speaker:

Mary Donohue
CEO of Donohue LearningTM

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, April 17th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

Simple strategies for “Work-Proofing” your family

A demanding work life can take a significant toll on your personal relationships. Now more than ever, working remote has caused many to feel stressed, isolated, and wrought with the kinds of challenges that can cause friction in even the most connected families. Dr. Sherry will walk you through how to protect your most important relationships in the midst of these times of uncertainty.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Sherry Walling
Entrepreneur Psychologist

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

The Future of our Healthcare

There is a power shift occurring – from the healthcare provider to ‘people-powered health care.’ In this ‘patient revolution’, patients are taking matters into their own hands, now that they have more information as well as the means of production. Employers are also starting to become healthcare organizations, rather than waiting for or trying to fix the current healthcare system. Dr. Khayat brings a powerful perspective, and insight into what citizens, employers, and policy-makers must do today to enable and even catalyze positive change for tomorrow.

Guest Speaker:

Zayna Khayat
Health Futurist & Systems Thinking

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

This Week’s Topic: 

Reinventing Yourself – Making the Shift

This Friday we will be discussing how to reinvent yourself and how to make the shift to better living moderated by our own Andrea Sampson and joined by guest Jill McAbe, business performance expert and Talk Boutique speaker.

Guest Speaker:

Jill McAbe
#1 best-selling Author of the book It’s Go Time: The All-In System for Unstoppable Success in Business and Life

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, March 27th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Last Week’s Topic: 

How to manage anxiety and stress to stay resilient during times of uncertainty

In this 45 minute Virtual Lunch and Learn, Louisa Jewell, workplace well-being and resilience expert, will share evidence-based practical tools to increase your resilience and motivation through uncertain times. Louisa has worked with over 100,000 people globally to educate leaders and teams on what it takes to stay psychologically resilient and to flourish. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to ‘ask the expert’ your important questions.

Guest Speaker:

Louisa Jewell
Founder, Author, Speaker, Workplace Well-being and Resilience Expert

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique

Friday, March 20th, 2020
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Previous Week’s Topic:

The Economic Impact of COVID-19

We discuss ‘The Economic Impact of COVID-19’ moderated by our own Andrea Sampson and joined by guest Nikolas Badminton, Futurist and Talk Boutique speaker.

Guest Speaker:

Nikolas Badminton
Future of Life Expert & Visionary

Guest Speaker:

Candice Faktor
Managing Partner, Faktory Ventures

Moderated By:

Andrea Sampson
Co-Founder of Talk Boutique