Management Development Academy

Management Development Academy


Class Fourteen Session Two - Oct 28-30, 2024

Day One: MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2024

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to MDA, Session Activities and MDA News

Connie King Workforce Development Director, Precision Metalforming Association

Introductions and Opening Orientation

Forrest Large MDA Lead Facilitator

6:30 p.m.

Social and Dinner

Restaurant TBD



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Topic One:
Building Blocks for Continuous Professional Development and Growth

Traci Fisher CEO, The Wellness Coach, LLC

You can’t change your Intelligence Quotient (IQ), but you can change your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ). That’s excellent news since your EQ significantly impacts your personal fulfillment and professional success. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to integrate EQ into practical skills that will help you lead yourself and your team in a more organized, effective and fulfilling way.

  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ): what it is and how to use it on purpose
  • Secrets to effective and confident communication
  • Unleashing the power of your network: learning and leading in your industry
  • Self-leadership tools for fulfillment
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Break

1:15 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.

Topic Two :
Community at the Core: The Essence of People-Centric Leadership

Rita Goodroe Owner/Founder, Rita Goodroe Global, LLC

Imagine a leadership style that’s not just about goals and outcomes, but about fostering a true sense of community. Join Rita Goodroe, renowned for transforming connections into powerful relationships, in a session that redefines leadership from the ground up. 'Community at the Core' is an exploration into leading with a focus on people, not just processes.

In this engaging talk, Rita dives into how values and vision are not just corporate buzzwords, but the heartbeat of a thriving workplace community. Learn how setting collaborative goals and embracing servant leadership can uplift your entire team. She'll discuss how a coaching approach to conversations can build trust, encourage authenticity and enhance empathy among your team members

Attendees will walk away with:

  • Strategies to embed community-building principles into everyday leadership.
  • Insights on aligning personal and organizational values for a cohesive vision.
  • Techniques for fostering collaboration and servant leadership in your team.
  • A deeper understanding of how empathetic leadership can create a supportive and vibrant community at work.

'Community at the Core' goes beyond traditional leadership paradigms. It’s about inspiring a culture where people feel valued, understood and integral to the organization’s success.

6:30 p.m.


Restaurant TBD



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Topic Three :
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

Problem solving and critical thinking skills are today's key to job success. In study after study, top employers report that they value the ability to think critically and solve problems as two of the most valuable skills to hone in your career. These abilities can help you identify the root cause of the problem and then evaluate different options to solve it, "think before you leap". Through a series of mental exercises you will learn consensus building, develop mental stamina, contribute as a team member, develop social capital, and become an independent, creative problem solver and critical thinker.

12:30 p.m.

Conclusion of Session Two

Wrap-up, next steps and program evaluation



Julia Gannon

Meetings and Events Manager

(216) 901-8800
Email Julia