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SMPS Signature Event: National Speaker Mary Abbajay – Strategies to Build Connections with Colleagues and Lead Better Meetings

February 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Strategies to Build Connections with Colleagues
Morning session
9 to 11:30 a.m.

This session will benefit you no matter where you are in your career – from owner/executives to entry level. Learning to navigate and influence people who approach work differently than you positively impacts your company culture. Establishing strong, productive working relationships is the single most effective way to accelerate success in any organization. This lively and interactive session provides proven strategies and techniques to increase cooperation and collaboration between those who have different power levels, perspectives, and personalities. This session helps attendees:

• Raise awareness on preferred work style and behaviors — of self and others
• Understand and successfully navigate personality differences that impact manager/staff relationships
• Recognize different leadership styles and explore adaptive strategies for
communicating and collaborating effectively with each style
• Take ownership for successfully managing workplace relationships!

Registration and networking: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Presentation: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Make Your Meetings Matter: Lead Better Meetings!
Afternoon session
1 to 3:30 p.m.
*seating is limited*

Studies show that poorly run meetings are multi-billion-dollar problem in U.S. organizations. It’s time to make the most of meetings and make them truly impactful. Meetings are meant to keep people in the loop, involved in the conversation and overall useful for people attending them…so let’s make them positive, engaging and efficient. In this high energy, interactive session participants learn:
• Tips for making a meeting more efficient as a meeting leader
• Real-time advice on how to improve your approach to meetings
• Techniques for managing meeting participants and keeping meetings on track!
• How to boost energy and engagement for meeting attendees
• Meeting management strategies that can be employed by all attendees
• Strategies for virtual meeting management and participation

5 CEUs are available for the full day of programming
2.5 CEUs are available for each session

Please RSVP by noon, Feb. 12, 2020.

About the Speaker
Mary Abbajay, author of the best-selling, award-winning Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full-service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government. As a sought-after author, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth. Mary is a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications where she provides practical leadership and career advice. In addition to her role as a contributor, her work and advice have appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Money Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Monster, and the BBC.

In 2010, Mary was named as one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and was a Smart CEO Brava Award recipient in 2017.

Check out her YouTube channel

Recent Praise
Praise for Managing Up Workshops and Presentations

Everybody absolutely loved Mary Abbajay’s Managing Up, Down, & Across presentation! It was the hit of our entire conference. Her talk was incredibly relevant, interactive, and fun. Mary is exceptional at getting involvement from the whole group…and she is a riot! Our folks haven’t stopped talking about it since. Several of our business lines have already invited her back to present to their customers and clients. – Ken Jones, Vice President, Global Development Team, Turner Construction Company

Mary Abbajay rocked our world. Her impact on our organization was profound and immediate. Her presentation helped every one of us work better together by understanding how to tailor our different communication and collaboration styles. In two short hours, she provided us with useful skills and concepts that we immediately put to use in our daily activities. It was as close to a magic wand as I have ever seen. I would recommend Mary to any and all organizations where robust working relationships matter. In fact, I already have. – Cary Hatch, President, MDB Communications

* Please note: lunch will be served to those who register to attend the full day of programming, which includes the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch for full-day attendees will be from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



February 19, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


SMPS St. Louis


Moulin Events and Meetings
2017 Chouteau Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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