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October 2019 ATD EVENT

  • 15 Oct 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Reynolds Building, 6641 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA

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Be a Strategic Learning Partner: 

Don’t Apply Band-Aids to Your Client’s Problems


Presented by: Karen Guilliford, M.Ed., PCC


We’re smart and talented development professionals. We’re wired to be problem-solvers, helpers, and implementers.  Our clients are running complicated, dynamic business units. And, they have business problems: performance problems, behavioral problems, organizational problems, people problems.  As an HR/OD professional, you want to be the catalyst to real, lasting change, and to be a true business partner to help business units reach and sustain goals. Sometimes, they don’t need a band-aid, they need more, and you can help them realize this broader, deeper need, so that real change is possible.  In this session, we will explore how you can become a valuable strategic partner that they cannot live without!

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to answer and understand the following:

  • Apply 5 rules to live by to be a strategic, consultative learning partner 

  • The best questions to ask to get to the core of your client’s problems

  • Activate 3 steps to a strategic client conversation that is valuable, in less than an hour

About the Speaker

Karen Gulliford has more than 20 years of experience as an HR professional and leadership development professional. She is currently the owner of Great Workplaces LLC, a business dedicated to creating the best places to work.  Her work focuses on leadership development, leadership and executive coaching, organizational consulting, HR consulting, and culture change. Karen’s previous experience includes human resources management, consulting, talent acquisition, and career transition coaching.   

Karen’s serves several industries and sectors, in  nonprofit, for-profit, and higher education entities. She helps organizations expand leadership capabilities, facilitate team learning and help leaders resolve conflict and engage others.  

Karen holds a Master’s in Adult Education with a concentration in Human Resources Development from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and certified in the Conflict Dynamics Profile®, Emotional Intelligence (EQi-2.0®) and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, Birkman Method™, and Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile™.   Karen is also a Certified Workplace Mediator and coaches leaders at all levels, from varying cultural backgrounds and age groups, and in all work contexts to create stronger workplace cultures.  






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