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North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

Activate Your Strengths, Elevate Your Organization


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

8:30 - 9:00am - Networking and Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Workshop


Half-Day Workshop: $90

About this session:  This presentation will reinforce strengths as a foundation for personal leadership development and expand to managing teams and leading organizations. We will review key case studies on how to best transform organizational challenges into strengths-based opportunities. Leaders can bring their biggest challenges and begin to develop a plan to elevate through strengths. On the brighter side of leadership, challenges truly are your greatest opportunities for innovation.

Learning Objectives:

1) To activate strengths in addressing challenges and problems
2) Getting to the data that inspires opportunity while tackling barriers
3) Shifting from a break/fix mentality to an innovation mindset
4) Navigating continual success on the brighter side of leadership

Note: If you haven’t taken the “CliftonStrengths” assessment, you may choose to take the assessment at an additional cost of $20. Details will be emailed to you before the session.

Who Should Participate: This workshop is for everyone!

About the Presenter:   Monika Black, PhD, CPC, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, TandemSpring

Few have ever seen a person jump nearly a foot over their own head. Fewer still have done it. But, it is exactly that kind of exceptionalism that Monika embodied as the nation's shortest All-American collegiate high-jumper. Now, as co-founder of TandemSpring, Monika still uses every ounce of her natural strengths to help leaders and organizations elevate beyond the walls of the Corporate Mindset, to unleash their most authentic leadership presence, regardless of title, position, education, or struggle.

For Monika, leadership is not about becoming someone else. It is about going in, finding your individual truths, distilling it, and ensuring that everything you do, every day, in all things, is imbued with your truest essence. This allows leaders the freedom to lead from their whole selves. As the Maximizer, Monika guides clients to understand who they really are, at the core, and therefore the very ideal of who they ultimately aspire to be. This can be felt across all of Monika's clients and seen most notably through her leadership at DyMynd, a boutique financial empowerment firm.

Monika also co-authored “Join Us On The Brighter Side of Leadership” and “Unlock The Corporate Mindset” to help leaders of all types operate in their strengths and elevate their authentic leadership presence. She is one of the 40 founding members of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute (WEI) at DePaul University as well as a Board Member of The Theatre School. Monika also serves as a board member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University and council member of the Women in Philanthropy Institute (WPI).


Monika received her doctorate from DePaul University in community psychology. She also holds a masters in clinical psychology and healthcare administration from The Ohio State University. Her coaching certification is through the College of Executive Coaching.









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