2022 Executive Education Speaker Series: Session 4 "Developing Adaptive and Vibrant Workplaces through Mindfulness Practice"

  • 13 Apr 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Pittsburgh chapter members may register for free and also bring one guest for free.

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Welcome to the multi-chapter ATD Executive Education Series sponsored by the Pittsburgh, Eastern PA, and Philadelphia ATD chapters. -- Every 2nd Wednesday of each month this year, we'll be presenting a thought leader in executive education coming from our most prestigious academic institutions and organizations across the state. These Zoom webinar events are intended for organizational leaders who view talent management, organizational development and training from the C-suite impact.  If you're a leader in your organization, network with like minded individuals and learn how others in similar roles are driving talent in their organizations.

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Developing Adaptive and Vibrant Workplaces through Mindfulness Practice

About the Talk

In the wake of COVID-19 and the Great Resignation, Talent Development professionals face a stark new challenge. Employee attention is now bombarded and overtaxed in ways that adversely impact ethical decision-making, creativity, and prosocial behavior. Dr. Bill Brendel is helping to address these issues by developing innovative leadership development approaches that are based on the ancient wisdom tradition of mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness practice now comprises a billion-dollar training industry present in over 60% of large to mid-sized organizations, not only for its ability to increase well-being, but also its power to increase creativity, prosocial behaviors, metacognition, improved problem-solving capabilities and dialectical thinking. It’s no wonder that the search term Mindful Leadership currently produces over 60 million results in Google!

In this session, you will learn about a helpful developmental model called Conscious Agility, which refers to an employee’s ability to regulate consciousness through mindfulness practice to reduce attachments to expertise and ego, thereby increasing effectiveness in innovative tasks and inclusive behaviors.

You will also learn about applied mindfulness competencies (reappraising, decentering, stopping, and more) and learning approaches that can help your employees in critical practices such as developing inclusive teams, engaging in creative thinking, navigating conflict, and making ethical decisions.

About the Speaker

Bill BrendelBill Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Organization Development and Change at Penn State University and an early pioneer in research regarding mindful leadership and organization development. In 2021, Bill received the Lisa Kimball Evolving the Field of Organization Development Award, one of the field’s highest honors, for his outstanding accomplishments in connecting diverse people and ideas to advance OD theory and applications worldwide. He is a trustee on the board of the Organization Development Network as well as the Organization Development Education Association. ​

Bill is also the founder of OpenSourceOD.com, which provides a collaboration platform and free “source code” comprised of over 21 methods for increasing innovation and inclusion.  He is also the founder and principal consultant at the Transformative Learning Institute, where he has facilitated organizational transformation efforts in the U.S., Africa, China, and India. Bill earned his doctorate at Columbia University.


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