Preconference – Tuesday, August 2, 2011

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are 2 All Day Preconference Sessions to Choose From:

Attention Bus Drivers: Selective Seating Applies

Tara Wilcox and Connie Melvin, Black Hills Workshop, Rapid City, SD

Getting the right people on the “bus” is a shared challenge for all managers and costly for every organization. The task becomes even more critical in service-driven industries where people’s safety, personal growth and well-being are the desired outcome. Tara Wilcox and Connie Melvin from Black Hills Workshop share a comprehensive method of interviewing prospective employees that can be used to “reserve the seats on your bus for only select passengers.”

This model provides you with a virtual compass and roadmap to ensure that you hire people who already share your organization’s core value system. Values are inherent to the applicant. They reflect a perspective that drives their choices and interactions on a daily basis. You can’t train people into a value system or manage people out of it, making a common philosophical approach the most critical hiring variable.

Personal Quicksand: Don’t Let Your Negative Thoughts and Feelings Pull You Down

Stephanie Behlke, Thane Dykstra, Melissa Kozlowski, Mike Mecozzi and Kim Shontz, Trinity Services, Inc., Joliet, IL


This interactive session focuses on how to use principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge therapeutic approach, to free yourself from your “personal quicksand.” You will engage in experiential activities designed to support movement toward personal values.

The session also explores ways to escape personal quicksand by taking a novel approach to negative thoughts and feelings. Come and learn to master your mind, master your vocation, and shift your perspective on relationships.