Are you a leader, manager, or HR professional responsible for the engagement of your organization? If so, Traci McCausland, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, invites you to an incredible day of learning and collaboration in Eastern Iowa!
Join us at the beautiful Cedar Rapids Public Library auditorium while learning from Paul Allen, Founder of Ancestry.com and Gallup Senior Advisor and over 10 regional experts on best practices in workplace culture, coaching, training, and engagement. These leaders will leave you feel inspired and supported with new connections and strategies for helping your organization continue on its path of high performance! Further details of the day are outlined below:
Building a Strengths Based World with Paul Allen, Founder of Ancestry - Morning Keynote
In 1997, Paul Allen launched Ancestry to help individuals and families understand their past. In 2018, Paul started Soar to help individuals and teams maximize their future. In addition to this day long learning event focused on collaboration and networking, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more from Paul about his new company, Soar, the next leading platform for human development. Paul will share insights and stories around human development based on his successful career as an entrepreneur and leader in the Global Strengths Movement as a Gallup Senior Advisor. If you’d like to learn about Soar in advance of the session, please visit the website at this link.
Join us for an awesome and inspiring day of collaboration and celebration!
Invite a friend or colleague, and join us on December 20 at The Cedar Rapids Public Library. Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, and plenty of time built in for networking and sharing ideas with other attendees. Whether you are in Human Resources, Learning & Development, Org Development, or a business executive, leader, or manager, this is a uniquely designed day of collaboration and networking you will not want to miss!
Years ago I decided to become the global evangelist for the strengths movement.
I worked for Gallup in Washington, DC from 2012-2017. I got to know dozens of top Gallup strength experts and hundreds of the best strengths coaches in the world.
Since that time, I've spread the strengths message to audiences, large and small, in hundreds of locations.
My wife Christy became a Gallup Certified Strengths coach.
All 8 of my kids know their strengths and talk about them with each other (and their friends) all the time.
Like Graham Weston, former Chairman of Rackspace, I want to get to the point in my life where I don't know anyone who doesn't know their strengths.
I genuinely love the pioneering work of Don Clifton, acknowledged by the American Psychological Association as the "father of strengths psychology and the grandfather of positive psychology."
He spent more than 50 years of his life studying what is right with people--not what is wrong with them.
His work to create a taxonomy of human talents and an online assessment to help anyone discover their "signature strengths" has the potential to change the pace of human development around the world.
To me, strengths is about seeing the value that is inherent in every human being--the greatest of all creations.
Peter Drucker said if you ask the average American what their strengths are, they'll answer with a blank stare or answer in terms of subject knowledge--which is not the right answer.
One reason I'm a strengths evangelist is that I think it can play a role in reducing deaths of despair. If people find out what they were born to be, what they were designed to do, and can find joy in doing that, then they'll be less likely to want to escape life.
Another reason I'm a strengths evangelist is that I believe a focus on strengths is the best way to accomplish Dr. King's vision of a country (or world!) that judges people based on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin.
I've seen a huge impact on diversity & inclusion from a strengths-based approach.
I've seen relationships improved. I've seen ex-offenders rehabilitated. I've seen "average" employees become exceptional by finding a different role--one that fits their strengths.
I've seen leaders and organizations go from good to great.
I've seen companies grow by billions of dollars in value by being strengths-based organizations.
I've seen the future. But it's not very evenly distributed.
And I want to spread this positive future to more cities, states, and countries.
Please contact me if you'd like to discuss a keynote speech, a conference, or any other event where I can share powerful stories and statistics about the positive impact of a strengths-based approach on individuals and organizations.
Traci is the founder of Follow Your Strengths and one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches in the state of Iowa. Follow Your Strengths offers customized CliftonStrengths training workshops, Q12 State of the Team engagement workshops, career coaching, and speaking engagements. In just four years since becoming certified, she has partnered with over 1,300 people and 50 organizations in discovering their strengths through the CliftonStrengths assessment. She is currently one of only approximately 150 individuals around the globe trained by Gallup to lead a new world-class CliftonStrengths Discovery course and is excited to deliver this top notch material to those in the beginning stages of their strengths journey!
Traci is passionate about improving employee engagement levels within organizations and helping individuals live their legacy. Her 15+ years of work experience includes HR and organization development consulting, career coaching, and training delivery. She has consulted across numerous industries and delivered training for organizations such as such as Accenture, John Deere, Kum & Go, Marvin Windows, and ACT. Additionally, she has teamed with the C-Suites and Senior Leader Executives in various sized organizations, up to companies with 5,000 employees, in conducting leadership workshops anchored in strengths based development.
In addition to her work as a strengths and engagement consultant, Traci is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2017, she walked the walk and put her strengths to use as she battled and beat cancer. She is driven to help other cancer patients play to their strengths and healthcare practitioners and caregivers give their very best each day. She is looking for opportunities to partner with cancer organizations, breast cancer focused initiatives, cancer survivors, and healthcare organizations to deliver powerful strengths based presentations and keynote sessions.
Traci is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and earned her B.B.A. in Management and Organizations from The University of Iowa and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kansas. For more information on Traci’s services and background, feel free to connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, and view Follow Your Strengths’ website at www.followstrengths.com.
How many times have you heard this, “Well, that works great in the classroom but it doesn’t apply in our business. We’re different!” At Gale Mote Associates, we take pride in our ability to customize our training classes for every client. It’s a priority and key to our success so we make the time to get to know you, your business, and your processes. Real-life examples and situations are used to discuss and practice techniques.
When people come to Gale’s presentations and workshops, they usually leave with one key question, “Where does she get that energy?” For 28 years, Gale has been designing and delivering motivational workshops and training classes for all types of industry and organizations. Her firm, Gale Mote Associates, specializes in high performance work cultures, team development, emotional intelligence, front-line manager training and organizational development consulting. Her sessions are creative, energizing, participant-centered and get results! Prior to starting her own company in 1990, Gale worked for various manufacturing enterprises including Del Monte, Square D Corporation, Quaker Oats, and Norand Corporation.
In 2014, Gale received one of only four President and Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence from the University of Iowa. Gale has been twice honored by the YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement. In 2005, she was awarded the Advanced Entrepreneur Award from Women Entrepreneurs in Cedar Rapids, IA. Gale is a four time award winner for the Best of Cedar Rapids Award in the Industrial & Labor Consulting Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
Gale is a Certiﬁed Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is also an ATD Master Performance Consultant™. In addition, Gale is a Certiﬁed Coach and Facilitator for EQ-i 2.0®, a psychometric assessment which measures emotional intelligence and how it can impact people and the workplace. Gale is also a Accredited Facilitator and Authorized Partner with Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and is a Certifed Facilitator Everything DiSC® Workplace® and Everything DiSC Authorized Partner. Everything DiSC is a transformational tool to help you understand yourself and others to have more effective relationships. She is a graduate of Coe College with multiple degrees in Business, Economics, and Education. Gale holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa where she is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Tippie College of Business Professional MBA Program.
On a personal note, Gale is married to the man of her dreams, loves animals (especially cats and horses), college sports (Go Hawks!), NASCAR, ﬁshing, walking nature trails and laughing out loud! She has a passion for life and is committed to leave this world making a positive difference wherever and however she can!
Patti Seda is the owner of Seda Consulting, a business she started in 2016 after 25+ years as a human resource executive. Patti’s passion is helping individuals and teams reach their full potential through organizational design and coaching. She specializes in succession planning and is certified in MPO Personality Profile and EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessments and Training.
Patti is married, the mother of three adult children, and grandmother to 2 adorable granddaughters. In 2008, she started a summer youth camp to inspire middle school students to be community leaders. While she established a strong work ethic growing up on a farm in rural Iowa, she has spent her adult life in business and coaching people to be successful beyond what they believe is possible.
Dr. Bill Withers has over two decades of management and leadership experience in both business and education, and he is a two-time presenter at the International Conference on Business in Honolulu, which is where he fell in love with his “Aloha shirts!”
Bill has both studied and served organizations such as Proctor & Gamble, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Four Seasons, Starbucks, and Southwest Airlines, and he was a contributing writer to three books in the areas of leadership and customer service.
After an early career working in the media and marketing business, Bill served 20 years as a professor and Leadership Fellow at Wartburg College in Northeast Iowa. He’s currently serving on the executive-leadership team for Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, the largest church of its type in North America.
Dr. Withers continues to specialize in the areas of public relations, customer service, organizational change, and leadership.
Heather L. Woody is a Master Certified Coach that teams with individuals personally and professionally to help them experience their greatness. She has a passion for working with people in organizations as they pursue their key goals and objectives while also building a fulfilling career and personal life. Heather is sought for her contagious energy, her ability to quickly zero in on the powerful components of a situation, flesh them out and help her clients uncover an approach that leads them to success. Heather has a strength for connecting people in their working and personal relationships in order to create flow, understanding and best outcomes. She wants for her clients to experience the changes and enhancements in their lives that open doors wide to real success.
Heather’s work as a success coach, trainer, facilitator, and speaker, has encompassed many areas including leadership, bridging generations, conflict effectiveness, teamwork, communication, change management, coaching, generational bridging, emotional intelligence, self-time management and project-time management. She conducts her coaching with individuals as well as with teams. Heather is also an experienced speaker.
As a coach and consultant, Heather has worked with clients in the following fields and industries: Coaching, Finance and Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Utilities, Law, Real Estate, Sporting Goods, Chiropractic, Consumer Products & Services, Manufacturing, Food Service Equipment, Entrepreneurs, Computer Training, Printing & Publishing, Volunteer and Fundraising Organizations and City Governance.
Heather is a Master Certified Coach through the Certified Coach Federation. Heather is a graduate of Coach Inc., one of the largest international training organizations for professional coaches. She also holds a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Public Relations and Communications. She is certified in the following FranklinCovey programs: The 5 Choices, The 7 Habits Signature, and Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results Leadership.
She is also an accomplished collegiate athlete and All-American in track and field at Simpson College and the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to coaching, she worked in marketing, public relations and sales. She resides in Iowa with her husband Joey, her son Drake and daughter Isabelle.