2019 ‘Learning Journey’ Hosts & Keynote Speakers

Learning Journey Host

Learning Journey Host

Hilton Barbour (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Statement

My personal mantra is “Question Everything”

Over the past 20 years I’ve been fortunate to put that mantra to task in a diverse number of settings, categories and markets. From global brands as diverse as IBM, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Enron, Hilton Worldwide and Ernst & Young to markets as unique as Canada, Japan, UK, Germany and Bulgaria, I’ve lead numerous brand, digital and business strategy engagements.

My passion is to create winning brands by helping businesses become more adept at handling change and more effective at creating extraordinary customer experiences. I have a strong belief in the power of organizational culture to transform organizations. Culture really is the true competitive differentiator for organizations in the 21st Century. If I have a business belief, after all my years working in strategy, it is: “Strategy is the Engine, Culture is the Fuel.”

Why are you excited to be involved in TCD?

Having attended Toronto’s inaugural Change Days 2018, I was blown away by the passion and the selflessness of the participants. Everyone came to learn, participate openly and without agenda, and share their experiences and expertise. It is testimony to the people who come to TCD and the power of the community Holger and colleagues have nurtured with Berlin Change Days, that such an environment is possible. Prepare to have your mind rocked, your heart moved and your energy raised. This is a wonderful group of people keen to help each other and the people and organizations they serve. I cannot wait.

Why the TCD2019 theme of “living values is important to you”?

Values are some of the most ethereal – and critical – foundations of any individual. They provide both a filter for decisions and a catalyst for action. When values are aligned, magic is possible. When values are misaligned, chaos and turmoil inevitably follow. In such turbulent times, when chaos and complexity are so rife, the opportunity to create environments and organizations where values are aligned, is one of the most important and impactful things any of us can do. With the input of the TCD community, I cannot wait to learn and grow in this area. Bring it on!!

Learning Journey Host

Learning Journey Host

Simone Sloan (New York, USA)

Statement

Simone Sloan’s mantra is “Voice, Power, Confidence.” She is a goal-oriented business owner with a passion for achieving positive results. As an emotional intelligence business and executive coach, she changes the way businesses engage their employees and clients. Simone emphasizes the human element with a focus on diversity and inclusion. She is an active member of the Tri-State Diversity Council and an advocate for women professionals and entrepreneurs. Through her educational talks, workshops, and writing, Simone inspires women leaders and business owners.

Simone Sloan is founder of Your Choice Coach. It is an emotional intelligence, humanizing firm. She provides business strategy, facilitation, training, executive coaching, and consulting. She partners with executives and business owners to develop high-level strategic planning objectives. Together, they identify and align company programs with organizational goals that are designed to create long-term business results. Simone holds a BS in Pharmacy and an MBA from Howard University. She is co-author of the book: Achieving Results, is Emotional Intelligence (EQI) 2.0 certified, and accredited
via the International Coaching Federation.

Why are you excited to be involved in TCD?

Excited to be  part of this great community.  Change Days  constantly challenges me to learn and stretch myself. It is a weekend filled with energy!

Why the TCD2019 theme of “living values is important to you”?

Values are the core, essence of who you are. Once you have reflected and identified  your values, they are not things that you waver,  nor negotiate. The are a reinforcement in decision making,  building  your tribe, and a guide to create a solid foundation in your professional and personal life.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Sander & Stephan Ummelen (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Statement

During their eight years leading an advertisement agency in the Netherlands, brothers Sander & Stephan Ummelen have helped many companies translate their core values into branding and design concepts. Even though their work often yielded beautiful and inspiring images, they found that the meaning of these values were not always thoroughly explored, and therefore risked being perceived as ‘hollow’ or ‘inauthentic’ both externally by their customer base as well as internally by their own employees.

Their desire to help organisations better grasp their own collective values and connect audiences in deeper, sustainable and more meaningful ways resulted in them leaving the company in 2015 and founding ValuesDriven, where they work to combine marketing, philosophy, communication and even spirituality into a holistic approach to organisational change.

This November they will bring their newest concept, the Church of Change, to the Toronto Change Days. This church aims to create a new space for authentic and meaningful dialog on values, both within companies and in society as a whole. Using a context which borrows from traditional rituals, visuals and forms, Sander and Stephan aim to reach a deeper level of conversation centered around the most fundamental question we can ask ourselves and each other: what is it we believe in?

Why are you excited to be involved in TCD?
We are curious and idealistic by nature, and have a strong conviction about the role values play in bringing about something good and positive in the workplace. And being a church we are always out to inspire people with our ideas and experience, so they can get a different and maybe unexpected perspective on change. At TCD we expect to find an environment where we can connect to and challenge others and ourselves. We would simply love to be a part of something special!

Why the TCD2019 theme of “living values” is important or meaningful to you?
Living values is our ‘raison d’etre’; our reason for being. It is the reason we left our old jobs, and it is the reason we started the Church of Change. By taking the concept of values seriously, and really aspiring to live by them in an authentic and meaningful way we can create a more open and honest culture, in which change is no longer the goal, but rather the result of our collective efforts.

2019 Facilitators & Workshops

(We are currently adding our 2019 facilitators to the website. Please check back soon for the full complement!)

Is Diversity a Value?

Is Diversity a Value?

Giulio Ghirardo (Torino, Italy), Daniel Guijarro (Madrid, Spain)

Workshop & Bio

Practicing the exploration of diversity. Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are very relevant topics which different organisations are interested in these days. Some organisations see it as a way to preventing potential internal conflicts. Others see it as good practice part of their social internal or external responsibility. For us, acknowledging diversity and embracing inclusive practices it is also a core value for innovation adaptation and agility. The more organisations are able to listen and incorporate different voices, views and interests into their creative processes the more effective they will be in creating a better working environment hence a better world. We understand D&I as the generative acknowledgement, celebration and use the wisdom coming from identities such as gender, age, race & ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion & beliefs or disability. Furthermore, we also see it as inclusion of less visible attributes such as
mind-set, learning styles, educational backgrounds, personal skills or interpersonal meta-skills into decision making processes. In the workshop we will explore if diversity it is practiced as a value or if it is just another buzzword. How does our relationships change if we see diversity as a value to embrace and celebrate?

Giulio has been working as consultant/facilitator for the last 6 years mainly in the international development sector. Mainly as advisor for organisations and facilitator in workshops on monitoring and evaluation, Theory of Change and Strategic planning. He is curious and passionate about how social change happens and how humans relate to one another in different contexts, cultures and environments. He has traveled extensively during the last years and got involved in exciting and intense projects. He is now looking for a more balanced lifestyle to combine work and making sense of his own practice. He has been living abroad for the last 13 years before in East Africa and then in UK. Recently moved back to Torino his home town in Italy as he was kind of missing its own roots and most of all its mountains.

Daniel Guijarro has over 16 years experience in international development and human rights. He is a facilitator, action researcher and consultant interested in exploring ways aid practitioners and human rights activists, NGOs and other social collectives can learn and change to contribute to wider changes in mindsets, relations and identities towards more fair realities. With a background on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of development programs, he has extensive experience in facilitating evaluative, organisational learning/change and assessment and strategic planning processes in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East as well as the UK and Spain. His approach draws on experience in applying participatory and empowerment approaches to evaluation processes and promoting inclusive spaces where different stakeholders can engage in a constructive dialogue and all voices can be heard. Dani uses principles of Participatory Action Research and Power Analysis for facilitation, combined with Double Loop Learning theory to help stakeholders and organisations critically look at the assumptions, mindsets, values and relationships that guide their plans and actions.

Deep-level diversity. Are Values standing in the way of organizational transformation

Deep-level diversity. Are Values standing in the way of organizational transformation

Sandeep Aujla (Tottenham, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

Most organizations are looking to become diverse while simultaneously working through multiple concurrent organizational change initiatives. However, caution is needed against universal diversity efforts. In contrast, organizations need to distinguish between surface-level diversity, which refers to the visible traits that differentiate us, and deep-level diversity, which refers to the differences in our deeply held values and beliefs. This interactive workshop using project postmortem analyses to identify how incongruence of values amongst individuals leading change and those required to follow it leads to failed change initiatives. Participants will work in small groups to diagnose the role of deep-level diversity in influencing change success or failure. This workshop directly demonstrates the importance of values and their role in organizational change initiatives. Leaders with deep-level diversity often fail to inspire and mobilize engagement from employees who are often not convinced by a case for change that doesn’t align with their individual values. Moreover, employees may further resist adopting change in order to act
consistent to their values. Last, this session highlights the wisdom needed in selecting appropriate leaders for change that have the lowest-level of deep-level diversity from the employees that they must lead.

Sandeep is an engaging and energetic presenter who challenges the status quo and inspires her audiences to think differently. Her talks are packed with science-based hacks and insights to mobilize audiences to take action. The talks are rich in content and motivational in style and tone.

Sandeep is an Organizational Psychology Practitioner serving as an international HR and change strategist and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Multilevel Leadership Consulting Inc., an organization that partners with leaders who want to make change easy for people across all levels of their organizations.

Sandeep has held progressive leadership positions over the last 17 years in Human Resources (HR), Organizational Development (OD), consulting and change management in both public and private sector organizations. She also teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses in Business and Psychology at multiple universities across Ontario.

How Shared Values Shape a Collective Identity

How Shared Values Shape a Collective Identity

Rik Berbé (Arnham, Netherlands)

Workshop & Bio

In a turbulent and continuous changing world – values are the glue that keeps people together. This is important for individuals and also true for living systems like teams, organisations and communities. Join this interactive workshop + conversation creating awareness about the importance of a collective identity and shared values. Participants will discover collective similarities and differences. Small groups are stimulated to find their set of values shaping their collective identity. These values combined with a purpose will gave enormous energy and action.

Participants are invited to use special designed canvasses, cards and group dynamics to find their shared values. Creatively visualizing these collectives in the room by play, drawing and movement. The workshop is based on more than 10 years of experience with this workshop format. The theory behind the workshop is based on: complex adaptive systems (CAS), theory of sociology by Ervin Goffman (dramaturgical model) and the theory of psychology by Carl Jung (archetypes).


Rik is a change facilitator and design thinker. He worked for international consultancies and initiated various start-ups. His passion is helping people in organizations and communities to tackle their burning questions. His approach provides valuable insights, concrete actions and high commitment for change. Aiming to visualize where organization stand, to listen what works and to understand what does not work. Co-shaping an approach to future-proof organisations and communities. By combining facilitation skills and social design expertise, he brings flow in change initiatives including future forecast & scenario thinking, identity & values, organisational & urban development, business modeling and culture change. He has advised and facilitated large and small organizations and public-sector organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. Rik is the designer of various dialogue tools such as www.energy8.eu and the www.vucacanvas.com

Activate Your Values

Activate Your Values

Nick Gibson (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

We all say that we want to live our values. But what does that mean? And how well are we doing it right
now? In this workshop we work to help people activate their values. In order to truly activate (or “live”) our values, we need to know more about our own story for which our values emanate. From there, we start to understand more about the types of values that are important to us, and then work on intentionally creating plans, systems and behaviours which allow us to live those values better, and most importantly, learn more about ourselves so that we can know our story even better. This know your story – know your values – activate your values process is an ongoing one through life, and this workshop is meant to give you the basic framework for how to get started.

In the world we are living in, Nick sits firmly in the camp that sees the promise of progress, but
understands that positive progress is not inevitable. Rather, it requires hard work which is sustained,
intelligent, and collaborative. So, Nick founded Our Better Selves: a venture focused on unleashing a
vibrant, empowered, and thriving community of change agents focused on solving critical problems of
human flourishing. Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Nick worked in market research consulting for a top firm, and was an independent coach/consultant/facilitator for a number of organizations (particularly non-profits). He realized that he couldn’t stand around any longer while there were big and important human challenges to solve, and this led to founding Our Better Selves: the culmination of his life’s mission to make a significant positive impact in the world.

Emerging - A Play - Bringing Your Values to Life

Emerging - A Play - Bringing Your Values to Life

Peter Gardiner-Harding (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

(with Camille James & Susan North – actor/simulators)

Lorette’s young daughter, Phillipa is sick. They’ve been 4 hours waiting for help at their local Emergency Intake; patience is running thin. Thorine, the triage nurse, makes some choices. As a witness to events in a public space where everyone’s values are tested, you and your fellow participants will explore where you go in yourselves as you watch this story unfold. What are your choices? You will reflect together, plan together and some of you will either direct the two actors playing in this scene or you will engage with them yourselves. You will help us create a living laboratory, where we can explore, in real time, what it takes to live our values and bring them to life.

More than 20 years ago, Peter began his career with a business degree from University of Toronto and a
Chartered Accountant designation before “chucking it all” to explore life as an actor. It didn’t take long for him to realize that the drama of business life could be the source of great learning for people in business. Rather than looking at theatre as metaphor, playsthatwork activates business stories and has developed ways of exploring these stories with participants through simulation. Processes of reflection on mindset, “who am I and who are you?” and the choices that we all have in everything we do form the bases of his work, which he does in many sectors from healthcare and financial services to retail, executive education and board governance, to name but a few.

Don’t Let Anyone Turn Your Sky Into a Ceiling

Don’t Let Anyone Turn Your Sky Into a Ceiling

Sarah Glenister (Murdoch, Australia)

Workshop & Bio

Who are you? What are you most passionate about? How are you making your voice count? Do your
values align with how you spend your life and where you get joy? Do they align with your resume and
how you present to others? What do your values filter in and filter out? Why are you here? What kind of
world do we wish to live in and how can we create it? What kind of organisations do we want to be part
of? This workshop will be a challenge. A challenge to live your values.

We will:
• Look at where our values have come from and how they are influencing our choices
• Strategies for working with clients that have different values

I hope you’ll leave inspired to use your authentic self to be an agent of meaningful change.

Sarah is intellectually humble and incredibly curious about human behaviour and what it will take to make people care about the global challenges, which are already here, in a way that will make a real change for humanity and the environment. After more than 15 years working on some of the largest change projects in public health, Sarah has been working outside her comfort zone on a global challenge to return the oceans to a flourishing state. Applying her experience in a new setting has been enormously fulfilling and set her on a new path. Sarah has a background in psychology and additional qualifications in neuroscience and neuroleadership. The advances in neuroscience over the last 10 years have heavily influenced and informed her work – learning more about how people think, learn and respond to change.

The values of purpose and the purpose of values

The values of purpose and the purpose of values

Sander Ummelen (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Workshop & Bio

If everybody would be purpose-driven, would it change the world for the better? What aspects of purpose deserve our special attention, and what possible pitfalls are there? In this interactive workshop we explore these questions through examples of purpose-driven leaders who had an undeniable impact on the course of history. What was their purpose? And what were their underlying values? What does this mean for us as professionals, but even more importantly, as human beings?

Key insights
In this workshop we will explore the correlation between values and purpose by discussing real life case studies and looking at purpose through the lens of history. The key insight that I will propose in this workshop is that there is no such thing as a value-free purpose. There are a lot of people with a lot of different ideas about what is right and wrong, so it’s wise to also invest in exploring and discussing what the underlying values of a purpose or a purpose-driven proposition are. In order to do that you have to ask profound questions, not only to the people around you but also to yourself. Together, we will explore these fundamental questions so that we can learn from each other and take home insights which will help us better connect our company purpose to our personal values.


I was born in 1980 in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), and lived in Son, Schagen and Nijmegen during my childhood years. In 1995 our family moved to Washington D.C. for six years, which proved to be a defining moment in all of our lives. We left our old friends and culture behind and became ‘Americans’. After the initual culture shock (which was very real indeed) I grew to love my time in the States, and after years of building up an engaging social life I was hesitant to move back home.
Coming back to the country I left behind six years ago proved more challenging then I had anticipated. The culture shock was even greater than before, due in part to the fact that it was completely unexpected. This experience guided my interest in themes such as identity, culture and values. I started asking myself profound questions: What does it mean to be Dutch? Or American for that matter? What exactly is a culture, and why is it so hard to find your own space as an outsider in a culture which is not your own? What is the difference between European and American value systems? Whick one is the ‘right’ one? How would you even know what ‘right’ is?
I haven’t stopped asking these questions since, and incorporated them into my professional life as a change agent, where I strive to instill a deep sense of humanity in a world governed by of protocol, hierarchy and systems.
Why 79% of Values are Bullshit

Why 79% of Values are Bullshit

Stephan Ummelen (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Workshop & Bio

When marketing turns noble values into bovine manure

As an ex director of a branding agency, I have seen the vice and virtue of values driven leaders and purpose driven companies in many, many organizations. This led to awkward questions. Like why briefings only told of ‘desirable core values’ like transparency and social engagement while internally the conversation was all about money. Not a bank in the world will embrace ‘opportunism’ as a core value in their company culture for example, yet it is opportunism which dictates their industry. It’s the room between the actual and the desirable which leads to scandal after scandal.

When I sold my shares to focus on values exclusively, I began doing scientific research on the bullshit of values in large companies. In my workshop I will share insights into case studies, dabble in philosophy and tell you that there are four kinds of lies we tell which lead to the breakdown of relationships. Most of all I want to provide a counter-voice which will lead you to a fuller understanding of the mechanics of values so you are better armed in being a force for good in your (working) life. There will be room for interaction, humor and takeaways that will help you on this journey.

The Value of Values: Cherishing our Calling

The Value of Values: Cherishing our Calling

Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk (Aurora, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

“Values inform our thoughts, words and actions. Values help us grow and develop. Values make us purposeful. Values give meaning to our life. Values shape our culture and future.” These are profound, value-laden statements echoed by other workshops at this festival. Yet how well do we know our own values, where they fit and perhaps align with those of others, and what values do our values – shared and distinct – have in the workplace and elsewhere? This workshop will kick off by taking participants on a reflective journey where they will discover their own value patterns through structured guidance. Next, participants will group themselves in icebreaker fashion with those with whom they share commonality in value categories, discussing what it really means to them in their found groups. The discussion effectively prepares participants for a highly interactive, core values activity performed by each group in turn with others looking on. Group members can be expected to naturally demonstrate the core value category that connect them as a group, giving others opportunities to observe different value categories in collaborative action, to learn from them and appreciate their respective value. This in turn may broaden individual perspectives and advance equality, diversity and inclusion practices. When all the groups have completed the activity successfully (in about five minutes per group), observing participants may guess which value
category was acted out, and what made the value behaviour distinctive. The workshop will conclude with a plenary discussion wherein they express the value of values, and how they may cultivate multiple values more consciously in pursuit of their vision, mission and mandates at work, and in reaching personal and social goals in their life in general.

Dr Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk is president of ePsy Consultancy, an R&D consulting firm based in Toronto. Carina consults for organizations to foster a healthy work climate, achieve top performance, display leadership, and attract/retain valuable employees and educators. She custom-develops and validates assessments, and statistically demonstrates the impact of company initiatives. She is accredited in several Emotional Intelligence assessments certified as a Master Coach with the BCI Institute. She led the psychometric validation of the Native Wellness Assessment (NWA). She created the Advanced Interpretation Report (AIR) and Group Dynamics Report (GDR) series and the Pickle-Stifle Personal Development Plan to deepen EQ-i insights, developed the Organizational Climate Inventory (OCI) and the Risk Assessment for Controlled Substances (RACS), and co-authored the SEI-YV, among other assessments. She was Program Chair of the SEL SIG of AERA. She is a partner and adviser of Thomas International, research associate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and facilitates for Mannaz, Denmark, an international leadership development organization. Carina holds a doctorate in psychology
with specialization in research methodology, social and cross-cultural psychology. She also majored in mathematics and mathematical statistics, and taught research methodology and statistics at pre- and post-graduate levels.

The Dance of Values: Find rhythm through Peer Coaching

The Dance of Values: Find rhythm through Peer Coaching

Kerryn Velleman (Melbourne, Australia) & Jayne Dunn (Adelaide, Australia)

Workshop & Bio

Jacinta sat back at her desk and exhaled, letting out an audible sigh. Yet another 14-hour day of back to back meetings…was this ever going to end?! The project was mid-stream, having reached some critical milestones. People had been given a bit more detail about the organisation’s restructure plans on Thursday and a number of really valuable staff were now aware that their contracts weren’t going to be renewed. Jacinta felt the weight of this news. She had a deep connection with these people and genuinely cared about what would happen to them and their careers. The next stage of the project was going to be tricky. There was still a mountain of work and no end in sight for the long days ahead for at
least another 8 months. Jacinta took a deep breath and slowed down the rhythm of her breathing…it always seemed to help. She focused on the unwavering buzz she had felt from the beginning of the project. Regardless of how the path continued to twist and turn, she knew she was in the right place, at the right time, doing what she did best. She had no doubt in her mind that the path they were taking would benefit so many. Jacinta took another long breath, inhaling the deep sense of meaning and purpose this work was giving her. Contemporary research is increasingly indicating that a strong coaching culture, particularly among peers, is positively correlated with employee engagement and financial
performance (Corporate Leadership Council 2015, International Coaching Federation, Human Capital Institute 2016).  For leaders, change agents and mentors who aim to support others to find a space to live their values in the workplace, coaching enables a safe, reflective space that fosters insight, identifies and re-shapes self-limiting beliefs and encourages action through exploration and inquiry.  Using the metaphors of dance, breath and movement, this workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to operationalise the often elusive concept of ‘values alignment’. Drawing on evidence-based literature from the fields of adult development, change leadership, culture and professional supervision, this highly interactive session explores an innovative approach to meaning making that will raise consciousness
about individual and organisational values and the dance between them. We will explore: – The non-static nature of values – The quest by organisations to achieve alignment between individual and organisational values. Is it required? – The impact of values misalignment through the eyes of employees – Applying peer coaching techniques to find rhythm and synchronicity in living our values.

As an Organisational Psychologist, Kerryn has over 30 years of experience working with boards, senior executives, female leaders and change champions to optimise their influence of large-scale cultural and sector-wide change across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She grew her career assisting financial advisers build capabilities to meet performance expectations driven by industry reform and built the Australian and New Zealand Learning and Development function of a global financial services group.  Having established a flourishing executive coaching and professional supervision practice for 14 years, Kerryn is now a partner at Human Capital International, bringing with
her a track record in the application of coaching psychology and organisational development to optimise and retain talent, develop high-performing, purposeful leaders and enable more resilient workplaces. Kerryn believes that reflective practice and cultivating nourishing, trusted relationships are the keys to helping leaders question assumptions and shape decisions to thrive in a complex and uncertain world. She facilitates a genuine belief and backbone in coaching that shapes an organisation’s culture – enabling leaders at all levels to support their peers using questioning and collaborative enquiry to solve problems, deliver high performance and find meaning and purpose in their lives.

Jayne brings over twenty years experience in the design and facilitation of change and system wide transformation in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her approach is based on a view that change leadership requires courage and commitment from leaders at every level. She works closely with leaders who share a common vision for success and understand they have ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to changing mindsets, building capabilities and modelling new ways of behaving. Some of the larger scale change initiatives include the oversight of an integrated approach to change which supported the successful transition of 8,000 staff from the old  to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, the consumer led design of an organisational learning framework for social services providers with an impact on over 160,000 across Scotland and the collaborative co-design of a year long leadership development program for 200 cross agency executives focused on collaborative gain and the sustainable delivery of single outcome agreements in confronting ‘wicked issues’ as part of the Scottish government’s reform agenda, Jayne is currently supporting a  large public sector organisation to utilise peer coaching and story telling to build change leadership as the organisation experiences significant disruption and change of the magnitude they have not previously experienced. Jayne is a Director with Culturalchemy, and brings her extensive experience and insight to her work with clients in her ‘sweet spot’ of culture, strategy and leadership development.

From Harmful to Helpful. Finding the Values Beneath Our Judgements

From Harmful to Helpful. Finding the Values Beneath Our Judgements

Josh Stein (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

You’ve probably experienced the negative consequences of harsh judgement. You’ve likely been unfairly criticized by others. And maybe you’ve experienced turmoil when you found yourself pointing the finger. Or guilt from having hurt someone in a moment of judgement. And perhaps you’ve had an important change effort stalled by resistance from certain stakeholders (maybe even you), who were no doubt full of judgement. It’s easy in come to the conclusion that judgment is bad and we should all aim to be non-judgmental. The problem is that I believe
that we all judge, whether or not the words leave our lips, and so getting rid of it is not realistic. I think we can and should aim to be accepting of others (the goal of being non-judgmental), but not by eliminating the resistance that underlies our judgement. Plus, it’s hard to accept you when I think you’re a numbskull; even if I don’t say what I think, it will come through in my tone of voice and my actions. A mentor once told me that resistance is an expression of dignity. In other words, where there’s a judgement, there’s a value, something I care about. Otherwise, why would I get so worked up? Let me put this more clearly: A judgement is an attempt to express or protect something that matters to me.

In this workshop, you will explore a judgment of your own about a person or situation in your life. Through a series of steps, you will discover the value(s) you hold underneath it and gain insight into what you can do with that in a more connecting, productive, and empowered way. I will also leave you with tools to help another when they are stuck in judgement. (Be warned: it can be uncomfortable or even vulnerable to look under your own hood, and it will require you to take some responsibility for your experience.) Paper and pen will be available if you want, to help you keep track of the stages of the process or to take notes so that you can do it on your own in the future.

Josh helps people who want to better the world, in part through empowering others to have a more-
positive impact. They see others stuck, holding back, or getting in their own way, but feel ill-equipped or
ineffective in helping them.  He is the founder of The School of Circling Wizardry, where he teaches a
mindfulness-based relational-leadership skillset called Circling. Before that, he co-founded and led
Authentic Relating Toronto in 2011 for four years, facilitating everything from evening mixers to
weekend intensives. He currently lives in Toronto and enjoys walks in the woods, geeking out on Integral
Theory, and enjoying his favourite podcasts (like Invisibilia and Joe Rogan) and shows (like The Expanse
and Barry).

The interplay of trust and values- does trust influence values or do values influence trust?

The interplay of trust and values- does trust influence values or do values influence trust?

Edu van der Werf (Zwijndrecht, Nederland) & Leslie Willett Black (Toronto, Ontario)

Workshop & Bio

All roads of change are paved with trust, however not all roads are well paved. In this workshop we will
explore how trustworthiness and ‘living your values’ are intertwined. We explore our personal relationship
with (self)trust and how that impacts the alignment of our personal values, beliefs and behaviors. Where
on the scale of passion are you living your values and how does this influence your trustworthiness? How
does value (in)congruence impact perceptions of another persons’ trustworthiness? We tend to trust
people who share our values. Or might it also be the other way around: are some values perceived to be
more trustworthy? At the end of this workshop attendees will have a clearer picture of how trusting their
own values help build stronger relationships.

Edu has 20 years of experience as a consultant in behavioral psychology. His work mainly focusses on organizational trust. Next to facilitating workshops on this topic he is an international speaker and researcher and a member of the First International Network on Trust.

Leslie is a consultant in organizational change, effecting personal and economic growth, helping people get
the heart of the matter and dismantling myths that interfere with fulfillment of their pursuits.
Designing change strategies and plans to support long term sustainability of organizational goals , Leslie creates a structure and systems for people to feel secure during periods of change. Then she works with the plan ensuring individuals have what they need to support the change and be successful.

Wear Value – A daily opportunity to express our values, and gain a change tool for your work

Wear Value – A daily opportunity to express our values, and gain a change tool for your work

Kelly Okamura (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

Do you believe that fashion doesn’t matter to you? Let me share how relevant fashion is to Living Values. Getting dressed daily, and making choices of what to wear, or buy, is something that all of us participate in. Fashion reflects social change historically and daily whether one is an innovator, follower or resister – we all wear clothes. Clothing provides complex messages of an approaching person – friend, foe or possibly future mate – all in a passing glance. What values are you conveying to the world through your choice of attire today? What do you really know about what you chose to wear next to your skin? I’d like to share why fashion should matter to enablers of change. In my change experience, once one knows, one is now informed, and with fashion, textiles will touch our lives until our final day. Connecting to your clothes will allow you to connect how your fashion choice aligns to your values, and why you may re-allocate your attention to dressing, and alter your next purchase. Find out how fashion is a useful tool to help land your change message. And leave with new understanding on this under-utilized communication vehicle for living values. As a bonus, gain happy confidence in knowing that some of your clothing choice is not visible but can give a personal sense of pride. Aligning with your values can also make change move forward through the everyday act of getting dressed and leveraging your consumer power.

Kelly Okamura lives a life of change in fashion. Having the privilege of working with top global trend forecasters for 25 years, she has learned and landed tangible change in a variety of consumer products. It ultimately informed her current field research in systems changes focused on textiles in a pursuit of changing the way we connect with our clothes. Sharing her change work freely to inform consumers of new purchasing considerations, she produces the podcasts, gooderGoods.

Who are we portraying to be?

Who are we portraying to be?

Karine Barass & Roderick Barass (Toronto, Ontario)

Workshop & Bio

The objective of the workshop is to help people explore their values and be aware of who they are by using colorful art creation using their 5 senses Perception is linked to emotions and personal expressions. Our approach is to open our windows of self perception and release our own boundaries of self through art expression. The facilitators will lead the participants to discover and appreciate their inner real values to move to a better appreciation of their own life By stimulating the right brain through art, the goal is to access the whole brain. The exercise will be in multiple parts and in the end, participants will have their creation to take with them to remind them of the experiential, deep reflection, and personal exploration exercise. First step – getting into the mood. Taping into the full brain. To limber the mind and ground the discussion on values, participants will be led through a short discussion on what “who we are” means to each one. Then participants will be guided in expressing their answer using pastel colours. Second. Ladder exercise on what values matter to you. This second art activity is based on building a ladder with wood (popsicle sticks) and metal string, with key words to describe their path in live with a focus on how people see them. Third. Who do you want to be ? The third part is to use the pastels to create a piece that connects the previous creations. The facilitated discussion leads encourages the participant to explore what is missing. How have you changed over time ? Where do you think you are going /what is emerging ? Where do you want to be? The final product is a compilation of the different exercises into one piece to show who we are and who we want to be.

Rod is a seasoned change expert with experience in both the public and private sectors. With over 15 years of internal and external consulting experience, he has lived through significant change, and helped colleagues and clients manage through transitions. Rod has deep experience of understanding people at work with a Masters in I/O Psychology and balances his academic and practical experience to exploring and overcoming challenges. He brings to this workshop the lens of a practitioner, and that of understanding the psychology of exploring and expressing values.

Karine is a rather unusual artist. She uses her 5 senses to create, share her emotions and life experiences. She is a photographer, painter, sculptor. she is also a creator of perfume, and play the culinary art. Karine likes to create art with all her senses in symbiosis. She explores drawing smells, coloring music, or even sculpting light … Karine touches, smells, listens, tastes, sees everything very intensely and express it with the arts. We are all artists, but we are also all very different. We use our senses intuitively and in a personal way.

Everyday Living. Embodying Your Values

Everyday Living. Embodying Your Values

Lindsay Keefe (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

The purpose of this session is to take a different perspective or shift our lens, in terms of how we perceive and how we live our values. You might only be living your values 5% or 10% of what you are capable of. What if you could shift of your perspective and live your values 50% or 75% or even 100% of the time without feeling like you are sacrificing something.

This is not a yoga class. This is a personal exploration. This is the start of a journey. It will change how you perceive your relationships, your environment and yourself. You will gain a deeper insight into your values and what is holding you back from living them more fully. This workshop is about how we can more fully live into our values by creating self-support through addition and subtraction of qualities/characteristics/emotions/beliefs that will help us to better embody and express our values in our daily lives. Reflection/contemplation and embodied experiences will help us gain clarity for our own unique self-expression of our values.

Lindsay Keefe is a yoga therapist living in Toronto. She values creating community and connection, life-long learning and aspirations to be our best selves possible. Her fundamental belief is that healing is possible and considers it a privilege to teach and guide others toward optimal health.

Lindsay has an honours degree in psychology and religious studies from Queens University and a bachelor of education from Brock University. She started off teaching kids yoga while teaching at an international school in Hong Kong. Lindsay has had her own business teaching private and corporate yoga classes since 2013 and now focuses on helping people achieve a new and better state of being through yoga therapy. She studies yoga therapy with Susi Hately from Functional Synergy.

Living Values: How to slow down and find your purpose in an accelerating world?

Living Values: How to slow down and find your purpose in an accelerating world?

Dominic Philippa (Wollongong, Australia)

Workshop & Bio

Todays world of digital technology and cyber-connection puts unseen emphasis on how we can remain
present, or ‘turn up’, more so now than ever. Our Living Values demands that we know who we are and
what our reasons for being are, or our Ikigai. This core fundamental allows us to live, rather than meander aimlessly through life, just existing. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that establishes our reason for being; by evaluating one’s life through four converging quadrants: ‘What is it that we love?’, ‘What are we good at?’, ‘What is it we can be paid for? and, ‘What does the world need?’.

This workshop will guide participants in exploring their:
• Childhood Dreams
• Brick Walls
• Lessons Learned

Participants will work to complete their own assessment of ‘what I love’, and ‘what I am good at’ to establish their passion. Knowing this passion will allow them to turn up; to live life and not just exist, and provide them with the catalyst to establish their own Ikigai through the exploration of where their passion is needed in the world and what will fund their journey.

This workshop will “provide a blueprint on how to live life. Our story isn’t for our benefit, it’s for those who follow us.” – Randy Pausch, 2008.

Dominic Philippa is a seasoned organisational change and business transformation professional. He has
more than 10 years experience on large scale projects across many areas of the organisational footprint.
Dominic works at all levels of the business to effect change and deliver transformational shift; he has a
proactive, perceptive and flexible nature to engage stakeholders both internal and external. Dominic has a vivacious zest for life and is on a quest to find the best Banh Mi in the world.

An Attachment Inquiry Beyond the Self & Others

An Attachment Inquiry Beyond the Self & Others

Rachel Anne Kidney & Dimple Don-Liyange (Toronto, Ontario)

Workshop & Bio

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit… “Real isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you… You become…”

This workshop adopts an attachment lens to untangle the many versions of self that we present to the world in our everyday lives. As colleague, a neighbour and a friend we are all changelings and wear many masks woven in different fabrics for every occasion and event. These relationship-based mental models are blueprints of what we value and expect from others and ourselves in relationships. For most, these emotionally driven behavioural patterns operate outside the periphery of consciousness awareness and activate most forcefully under conditions of stress, define the nature and quality of relationships. In a time of accelerated change, this workshop is designed to examine our relational values, why we may feel blocked in the pursuit of self actualization. This workshop explores attachment styles and encourages participants to immerse themselves in a self inquiry to confront the true self with appreciation and acceptance.

The insights that have informed this workshop are based on ten years of academic research and applied interventions with clinical foundations centered around self discovery and realization as the first step towards change and self-actualization. This is a simple, yet effective method that participants can adopt to understand how to help one’s self, and others, navigate through stressful and changing circumstances.

Key themes explored: Attachment dynamics, Attachment styles, Change Resiliency Values, Expectations of Self / Other, Psychological Safety, Psychological Contract, Trust, Exploration.
Remember – You’re braver that you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think…

Rachel Kidney, Ph.D. is a Management Consultant at MNP LLP specializing in organizational change management, technology driven transformations, and relationship dynamics in the workplace. The breadth and pace of technological change is having a profound impact on the  the way we work. Though goal is simplification; the journey there is paved with great complexity for people. Transformation is not just about technology and process improvement,, Rachel focuses on changing mindsets, harnessing the power of relationships to build resiliency and unlock the creativity of people at work. Rachel designs change management strategies and plans with surgical precision taking their unique needs, situations, and goals into account and emphasizes empathy, psychological safety, and wellness in the deployment of change tactics and interventions across her client organizations. Rachel has published her research on leadership development and entrepreneurship in peer-reviewed and industry magazines. Her doctorate research in attachment theory and organizational relationship dynamics was awarded a medal for furthering industry innovation in Human Resource Development and Organizational Behaviour.

Dimple Don-Liyanage is an inspiring and learning orientated organizational consultant with over 10 years of experience practicing and teaching techniques that help our mind, body and spirit. Her empathic coaching style that enables her to inspire commitment to change. Dimple has years of experienceguiding and teaching others how to create new paths of self-discovery and how to form new,  productive habits. Through intensive meditation, research and education, Dimple found a way of being that not only brought her to a place of contentment, fulfillment and health, it also started to positively affect those around her. Now, Rachel and Dimple bring their insights and learnings together to help people thrive through transition periods in life and work.

Coffee Date with your Future Self

Coffee Date with your Future Self

Ginny Santos (Toronto, Canada)

Workshop & Bio

Are you prepared to meet your future-self? If so, join us in a fascinating experience of deep and playful
reflection. Bring your fears and/or enthusiasm and expect to apply three forms of imagination while you create an authentic “Future Pull.” A Future Pull is a highly subjective vision of the future that is written in such a way that you cannot help but be pulled towards it. Having a strong and genuine Future Pull is what drives change leaders and organizations to overcome the pull of the past, the comfort of the status quo while navigating the challenges and roadblock that might appear along your path. This session was inspired by the brilliant work of Tim Hurson, Paul Torrance, Vishen Lakhiani, Lisa Nichols and Richard Moss; and combined with the principles of positive psychology, mindfulness, and productive thinking.
Important Note: All session participants must bring a smart phone or voice recording device. This session helps participants identify the values that drive them now and how those values influence their vision of their future self. The experiential aspect of this workshop can really help uncover some deep insights.

Ginny Santos Engagement Facilitator, Innovation Trainer, E-learning Designer MSc Creativity and
Change Leadership Ginny Santos uses her expertise in Creative Problem Solving (CPS) to facilitate
productive collaborations and design online and in-person trainings and meetings. Ginny is also a
member of the Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University where she teaches creativity and innovation to MBA students. She is the principal of NeOle Consulting, Chief Course Curator for FliP University and the Key Local Partner for Stormz Collaboration Software in Canada. Ginny has a B.A. in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies, and a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. She is certified in Creative Problem Solving, STORMZ, Productive Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and FourSight. Ginny is a member of the Creative Education Foundation and an annual speaker at the Creative Problem Solving Institute and Mindcamp Creativity Conference. Ginny is originally from Spain, and has been based in Canada since 1995. She is a creativity enthusiast, a dancer, a mother, a soccer coach, an ongoing learner, an engaging trainer, effective facilitator and a creative planner.

Living Workplace Values

Living Workplace Values

Shawn Draisey & Aldeen Simmonds Thorpe (Toronto, Ontario)

Workshop & Bio

Often our values at work take a back seat to money, ego and title only to have those fleeting events fail us in the end through lack of engagement, fatigue and burnout. What is the emotional, mental, personal and financial cost of misaligned values at work? Find out how to detect where values go awry between the company culture and personal values via the Barrett Values Continuum and the 7 Levels of Values Consciousness.

Explore meaning and sense making within small story telling communities of 3-4 peers as to where you sit on the continuum. Design plans and micro strategies to move toward workplace teams and tribes that align with your values

  Adventure seekers will take a journey of curiosity, discovery and awareness of perhaps the most talked about yet misunderstood on the job challenge. Are my personal values at work-aligned or misaligned? Participants will become familiar with the Barrett Values paradigm and approach Through discussion and personal narratives, we will contemplate the following questions 

  • What are my values?  
  • What are my organizations values?
  • Where is there alignment, misalignment? How come?
  • Where are we (I) on the consciousness continuum?
  • How do we (I) live into my values at work?

Shawn Draisey has 10 + years in Candidate Sourcing, Talent Acquisition and Career Development (Agency, Corporate and Not for Profit). His educational background is in Social Work and Career Development.  He has worked both sides of the relationship (Job Candidate and Hiring Manager) to help align the values of both. He is currently the Corporate Recruiter for a Cannabis Start Up company in Toronto.

Aldeen Simmonds-Thorpe is a HR Transformation Strategist and Business Coach with 10 + years experience in full HR Operations strategy development and execution for startups and SMEs creating sustainable businesses through community. Aldeen is the Toronto host partner for Hacking HR.