CCI LIVE: Cultivating Motivation and Finding Opportunity in Adversity


Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9:00am until 12:05:pm Eastern Time (Washington, DC)
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In this conference, CCI alumni will hear from several leaders in different fields about their strategies for staying motivated to learn, to lead, to innovate, and to help others in challenging times. They will also learn how to strengthen their own ability to recognize – and make the most of – the opportunities that can be found in adversity.

Schedule Overview:

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will provide welcome remarks.
9:15 – 9:55 a.m.
Keynote – Why Hire a Crisis?
David Golden, Allen & Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in the College of Business & Technology at East Tennessee State University

Keynote speaker David Golden will use personal stories and strategic frames to lead the group through an exercise of reflection that helps them internalize steps to build resiliency and yield insight in the face of adversity that fuels personal growth.

9:55 – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Design Thinking to Address Challenges
Dr. Juan Carlos Rivas, Associate Director for the Changemaker Hub at the University of San Diego

An important aspect of resilience involves developing a flexible way of thinking about challenge and adversity and being able to solve problems in an innovative way. Design thinking is a great tool to help generate options, test strategies, and get feedback to help develop a new business or program or even get unstuck and problem solve life’s challenges.

Through reflective activities and small group discussions, CCI alumni will 1) learn about design thinking mindsets that can be put into action to work with ambiguity and adversity, 2) do an assessment of current constraints and challenges (personal or project related), and 3) practice some design abilities and tools to address a current challenge.

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Adversity as Teacher: Discovering Purpose, Perspective, and Possibility
Susan de Silva, Professional Coach and Founder of The Silva Coach

CCI alumni will learn about how we can ignite more personal energy to thrive in the face of challenging external circumstances, and about the power of Purpose Statements. CCI alumni will receive a template framework to help them establish and take actionable steps to pursue their professional and personal goals.
12:00 – 12:05 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Representatives from Northern Virginia Community College will provide closing remarks to thank conference organizers, speakers, and alumni, and to direct CCI alumni to additional CCI and ECA alumni opportunities.


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