About Melissa Majors:
Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting is a maximizer. She optimizes impact through the development of pragmatic and game-changing strategies. Her work can be found across a variety of industries - financial services, meetings & events, professional associations, and technology.
Melissa has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, The Meeting Professional, NorthStar Meetings Group Eventful Podcast, and on the keynote stage at events such as Meeting Professional's International's WEC, CedMa's Annual Conference, HD Vest's CONNECT, and many more.
This crowd-pleasing speaker has mastered the art of delivering brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration, but action as well.
Melissa delivers talks on a variety of subjects associated with leadership, learning, and "blameless" inclusion. She differentiates her content by blending research, neuroscience, purposeful stories, and fun into her talks.
Session Information & Times:
SERVING HER: SERVANT LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN’S SUCCESS - LET'S HELP HER WIN
Wednesday, Nov 13 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Room 1
CMP-IS Domain A: Human Resources, 1.5 CEs
The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first, and helps all people develop and perform as highly as possible. Women commonly experience unique workplace challenges due to lack of sponsors and mentors, balancing authenticity and assimilation, gaining and retaining power, being heard, increased scrutiny, etc.
However, women’s success is not just a woman’s issue. Without the avid support of men, often the most powerful stakeholders in most large corporations, significant progress toward ending gender disparities is unlikely.
During this talk, Melissa of Melissa Majors Consulting examines research, scenarios, and best practices for leveraging servant leadership in an effort to mitigate barriers to women’s success. This discussion is relevant for both men and women in manager and non-manager roles.
Duration: 90 minutes
Articulate the case for servant leadership as it relates to mitigating common challenges women face in the workplace.
Describe specific servant leadership tactics that can be used to overcome these issues.
Gain access to resources (infographic and pre-defined social posts) that can be used to continue the conversation with your network.
MESMERIZE: THE ART OF BRAIN FRIENDLY PRESENTATIONS (SHORT COURSE) - Stories matter, let's tell them in an unforgettable way.
Thursday, November 14 | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Education Hub
There is a terrible epidemic plaguing presenters around the world and unfortunately, it's causing epic failure to business cases, team meetings, board presentations, keynote addresses, and more. The problem often goes undetected given audience member's adept ability to fake engagement, when in fact, their brains are not paying attention at all! The great news is, thanks to advances in neuroscience, we know so much more about how the brain is wired to pay attention, learn, and recall information.
During this short course, we will explore the art and neuroscience behind building and delivering mesmerizing and memorable presentations. Start mesmerizing your audiences today!
Duration: 30 minutes
• Describe how to design and deliver presentations that work with the brain and not against it.
• Utilize appropriate graphics that enhance comprehension and retention of messages.
• Define basic neuroscience principles related to how the brain learns.
DISRUPTION DISCOVERED: THE FUSION OF DESIGN THINKING & INCLUSION - You can't take bias out of people, but you can take it out of process.
Thursday, November 14 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Room 3
At the core of most disruptive strategies is the ability to empathize with constituent's needs and use that insight to inform the development of amazing products and experiences.
However, we often rely solely on our own perspectives or those within our social circle to inform how we serve others. What happens when those we serve don’t look or think like us? How do we genuinely uncover their needs and deliver relevant experiences?
Join Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, for a blame-free examination of common challenges and tactics you can use to fuel better outcomes with design thinking and inclusion.
Duration: 90 minutes
• Identify and describe the unintended business impact of social circles, groupthink, and exclusive practices on decisions.
• Implement a decision-making framework inspired by the best of design thinking and inclusive practices.
• Identify potential gaps in personal perspectives and access limitations to relevant and actionable insights.
Learning Experience: Engaging, brain-friendly, workshop that incorporates lecture, group discussion, and individual reflection.