Management Development Academy

Management Development Academy


Class Thirteen Session Two - Oct 23-25, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina

Day One: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2023

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 :
People Centric Leadership

Susan Hileman Founder, Red Day Communications

Begin a journey of discovery into leadership behaviors and skills required to create an engaged culture. Learn and practice the four foundational skills for effective people-centric leadership: knowing your “why,” setting clear priorities, engaging team members and implementing change. Achieve specific leadership tasks by deploying a problem-solving discussion method to lead meetings and empower others.

  • Use introspective techniques to drive personal development.
  • Deploy a problem-solving method to set goals and implement change.
  • Base discussions about performance on behaviors and not attitudes.
  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the team.

Talking Points:

  • Values: personal and business intertwined
  • Vision or “why” personally or for your department
  • Drive change and promote collaboration through goal setting
  • Servant leadership behaviors
  • A coach approach to difficult conversations
6:30 p.m.


Restaurant TBD



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


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

Topic Three :
Developing Inclusive Workplaces Where Employees Thrive

Amy Mortiz Learning and Development Strategist, Moritz Consulting

Lately, we hear a lot about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) – but do we all share the same understanding of what those terms mean and why these concepts matter? The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion encompasses many facets of our lives and leads us on an ongoing journey to learn more and to create supportive and inclusive environments. But striving for equitable work environments can be challenging today especially if we are reluctant to ask questions or dive into meaningful conversations that may push us out of our comfort zones. This workshop will offer participants a safe and judgment-free place to explore topics related to DEI, to ask questions, challenge our assumptions, and ultimately, to move a few steps closer to creating work environments that bring out the best in all of us.

Topics will include:
  • Equity terminology to develop shared language
  • Advantages of workplace diversity and strong workplace relationships
  • Implicit/unconscious bias and how biases impact workplace behaviors
  • How to identify our own biases and take steps to manage or minimize them
  • Ways to honor people’s lived experiences and to find common ground
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