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    • 18 Oct 2022
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Perception Coaching, 931 East 9th Street, Duluth

    You Too Can be a Leadership Magician!

    Magicians can magically transform rabbits into doves and the Ace of Spades into the 9 of Diamonds. They make it look so easy, yet we all know it takes a combination of motivation, innovation, talents, and practice to be successful. Fear not! You too can be a magician - a leadership magician, by discovering the strategies involved with transforming something more precious than a deck of cards or a rabbit - HUMANS! No sleight of hand is involved. This session uncovers four powerful elements of transformational leadership.

    Focusing on the “human side of business,” Kathlynn works with her MCCU team members, and partners with businesses and organizations of all sizes, giving them tools to inspire and engage their team so they can provide fabulous customer service, communicate well and play nicely with each other in the sandbox (which we call the workplace). Kathlynn McConnell holds a B.A.S. Degree from the University of MN Duluth, is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), Certified Professional Coach (CPC), full time Director of Learning and Development for Members Cooperative Credit Union, and the Chief Refueling Officer (CRO)/president of Lifestyle Consulting Services.

    When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    Perception Coaching, 931 E. 9th Street, Duluth MN 55805

    Networking and Registration 11:45-12:00
    Program 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Non-members: $35
    Members: $20

    • 15 Nov 2022
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Perception Coaching, 931 E 9th Street, Duluth

    Train your brain

    Effective organizations are influenced by effective leaders at all levels, many without an official title or position. Despite the fact that billions of dollars are spent each year on training and development, statistics show a growing organizational crisis across the U.S. 

    Gallup reports that only one third of the average workforce is engaged at work. Stress and burnout are on the rise, negatively impacting both wellbeing and productivity. Incivility is destroying teamwork and camaraderie.

    Years of research confirms the connection between mindfulness and positive organizational and personal outcomes. One study found that two weeks of training increased well-being, decreased emotional exhaustion, and increased job satisfaction. Other research has shown outcomes such as reduced stress, enhanced creativity and improved resilience... positively impacting engagement, decreasing turnover and improving productivity.

    Mindfulness creates the foundation for compassion, connection, self-awareness and inclusion. It builds the space for a more reflective, thoughtful and nuanced response to the inevitable challenges we face at work.

    Train Your Brain brings participants on a compelling journey into the neuroscience-based research, exploring not only the science, but also techniques to help all employees improve their mindfulness — and therefore –  their effectiveness. 

    Stacy Johnston is an experienced Human Resources and training professional. HR approach aligns solutions with organizational mission and values. As an experienced yoga (RYT200) and meditation instructor (CMT-P), she combines a deep understanding of the business case and ROI of employee development, engagement and wellbeing.

    When: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

    Perception Coaching, 931 E 9th Street, Duluth MN 55805

    Networking and Registration 11:45-12:00
    Program 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Non-members: $35
    Members: $20

Past events

20 Sep 2022 Unleashing Creativity, Collaboration and Talent
21 Jun 2022 Helping Staff Rediscover Their Flow Through Play
17 May 2022 Innovate and Problem Solve
19 Apr 2022 The New Workplace: Respect, Retention, and Reimagining in a Post-2020 World
15 Mar 2022 Leading Through the Great Resignation
15 Feb 2022 Appreciation in the Workplace
18 Jan 2022 The Energy to Lead
07 Dec 2021 Share Our Success: Lake Superior ATD- An interactive experience of sharing and learning best practices
16 Nov 2021 Find the Energy of Influence for Success
19 Oct 2021 Member Appreciation Event
19 Oct 2021 Have you taken...
21 Sep 2021 Building positivity with high expectations
15 Jun 2021 Is Collaboration the Most Important 21st Century Learning Skill?
18 May 2021 Was it worth it? Demonstrating the impact and value of training programs through evaluation.
20 Apr 2021 The Leaders Protocol - Make the most of every leading moment
09 Mar 2021 Principles of Servant Leadership
16 Feb 2021 Professional Resilience: Building a Foundation to Navigate Stress At Work
19 Jan 2021 Virtual Moments
08 Dec 2020 Learn from the Training Pros: An interactive experience of sharing and learning best practices offered by Lake Superior ATD.
17 Nov 2020 Where is the Silver Lining?
13 Oct 2020 Let Me Be Brutally Honest With You
15 Sep 2020 What did you Say? - Building Trust by Becoming an Empathetic Listener
09 Jun 2020 Don't Let the Pressure Derail You
19 May 2020 This Won't Hurt A Bit: Design and Deliver Training with the Reluctant Participant in Mind
21 Apr 2020 Powerful Training: Practical Tools for Real-life Trainers
25 Mar 2020 Building Trust in the Workplace
18 Feb 2020 The Impact of Stress: Idiosyncratic and Predictable
21 Jan 2020 Leader As Coach: Empowering executives to take an active role in developing talent
10 Dec 2019 The Power of Emotional Intelligence
19 Nov 2019 Detention or Retention?!? Keep your staff because they WANT to stay, not because they HAVE to be there!
15 Oct 2019 The Stamina Protocol: Battle burnout and take back your time, increase your focus, and double your energy
24 Sep 2019 Legacy of Leadership
21 May 2019 Be a BADDIE: The Basics of Backward Design
16 Apr 2019 Increasing Effectiveness with a Coaching Communication Style
19 Mar 2019 Creating a Knowledge Transfer Roadmap: How to keep your organization's knowledge from walking out the door
19 Feb 2019 Examining Implicit Biases
15 Jan 2019 Stay With Me
11 Dec 2018 Got Conflict? Find Your "Conversation Peace"
13 Nov 2018 Member Appreciation and Networking
09 Oct 2018 Employer Branding: Unlocking the Power of Purpose
18 Sep 2018 Will and Able: A Tale of Two Different Team Members
19 Jun 2018 Workplace Innovation - Strategies for Creating a Unique Competitive Advantage & How to Engage Employees in the Process
15 May 2018 Don't Let the Pressure Get to You!
17 Apr 2018 Happy Hour: An Introduction to Positive Psychology
20 Mar 2018 Think Like a Designer: Open Up the Possibilities in Your Work and Life
20 Feb 2018 Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
16 Jan 2018 How to create a KILLER Presentation...a lesson in design & delivery!
21 Nov 2017 Linda, Listen to Me: Addressing Conflict
17 Oct 2017 Leading by Creating Culture
19 Sep 2017 Remote, Dispersed, Nomad, or Independent: Whatever You Call It, We Don't Share an Office with You!
20 Jun 2017 What We Think We Become: Mindset and Exploring Your Story: Storytelling for Personal/Professional Growth
30 May 2017 Innovation in the Workplace - It's Easier Than You Think!
18 Apr 2017 Smooth(er) Transitions: Navigating the W-Curve
21 Mar 2017 Taking Your Training Online: Best Practices
15 Feb 2017 Coaching for Peak Performance
17 Jan 2017 Women, Millennials, and the Future Workplace
15 Nov 2016 Violence in the Workplace
18 Oct 2016 Planning for Work/Life Harmony
20 Sep 2016 How to "Un-Stink" Your Think: 3 Ways to Reframe Your Thoughts for More Positive Results
21 Jun 2016 Followership: A Three Pillar Approach
17 May 2016 Identity, Authenticity, and Vulnerability: The Journey to Personal and Professional Wholeness
19 Apr 2016 Seek-Sense-Share – Sifting the Signal from the Noise
15 Mar 2016 Top 10 Mistakes Trainers/Speakers/Presenters Make and How to Stop Making Them
16 Feb 2016 Failing Forward: How Savvy Professionals Leverage "Failure" to Learn, Grow and Build Success
19 Jan 2016 Develop Your 2016 Toolkit
17 Nov 2015 A Practical Step-By-Step Approach to Using & Acually Utilizing LinkedIn
20 Oct 2015 Leadership Isn't Just About a Title
15 Sep 2015 Tools for the Resilient Professional
19 May 2015 On Top Of The World
21 Apr 2015 Generational Differences & Change: It Isn't About Values
17 Mar 2015 Coaching Up: Designing an Alliance to Communicate at any Level
10 Mar 2015 Navigating Change - CEO Al Hodnik on ALLETE's Leadership Journey
17 Feb 2015 Hooked on Happiness
20 Jan 2015 More With Less (AM) / Workplace Bullies (PM)
18 Nov 2014 Effectively Manage Your Digital Identity on Social Media and Employer Strategies for Utilizing Talent Social Media in Talent Acquisition
21 Oct 2014 Create an Inclusive Workplace by Leveraging Diversity
16 Sep 2014 Trust: The Invisible Key to Success in an Organization
10 Jun 2014 What Language Do Your Team Members Speak?
20 May 2014 Drama Free Self-Talk and Boundary Setting
14 Apr 2014 Building High Performing Teams Certification Workshop
18 Mar 2014 Tapping into Talent: Encouraging Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace
18 Feb 2014 Take Charge of Your Career
21 Jan 2014 Train the Trainer
19 Nov 2013 Web Training Best Practices
15 Oct 2013 How Leaders Succeed
17 Sep 2013 Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback and Coaching
11 Jun 2013 Social Media: How to use it wisely, professionally and responsibly
21 May 2013 More Learning, Less Time: The Missing Key
16 Apr 2013 Frameworks to Improve Change: Implementation & Engagement
19 Mar 2013 Followership: An Overlooked Component of Organizational Success
19 Feb 2013 Emotional Intelligence: A Key to Ethical Success
22 Jan 2013 Protect Yourself from Control Dramas

Registration Policy

Hybrid Learning Policy

We are so pleased to have the opportunity to meet in-person again! We also respect that our members have varying levels of comfort and flexibility to participate face-to-face. Participants can connect via Zoom or attend in person. We will engage with the virtual audience as well as the live audience.

Registration Policy

Our pricing structure for all participants is $35 for non-members, $20 for members, and $13 for students. (Tip: Becoming a member of the Lake Superior Chapter is just $45 a year!)

A meal will be provided during the in-person events. Virtual attendees benefit from the flexibility to participate remotely, receiving the online materials, networking opportunities, and access to a recording of the session for later viewing.


We do not refund registration cancellations after 12 noon the Friday before the program. If you find you are unable to attend a program for which you are registered after this cancellation deadline, please feel free to send someone in your place.

If you prefer to pay on the day of the event, payment will be collected at the door prior to the program beginning. We will try to accommodate walk-ups if space allows, but only those who pre-register are guaranteed a seat at the event. For walk-ups, we can accept payment onsite by cash or check.

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