Women’s Networking Association presents “Managing Difficult Conversations or Situations at Work”

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

What if one act of courage, having a difficult conversation, could change your day, your relationships, and your workplace?  What if one difficult conversation could restore your self-confidence, reduce your stress, and increase your understanding of the people you spend the most time with?  Are you willing to give up the comfort of complaining about the actions and decisions of others; risk feeling tongue-tied, learning you were wrong, and being thought of as “too” anything?  What if you decided to finally use the power that’s been yours all along to fill that gap between what you would like and what you are getting, with one conversation? 

Established in 2013, the Women’s Networking Association (WNA) seeks to connect professional women across campus through meaningful and empowering relationships. Providing an opportunity for women to network and support one another is an essential step for building women’s leadership at Michigan State University and in the Greater Lansing community.

WNA hosts monthly seminars which focus on professional development and leadership building. Seminars for AY23/24 will mainly occur on the second Wednesday of each month (besides where indicated as otherwise due to holidays or scheduling conflicts), varying from 12:00-1:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm presentation time slots. WNA programs are open to all but may have particular relevance to women-identifying individuals seeking to advance their careers or develop networking and leadership skills.

Learning Objectives

In this session you will learn how to recognize when you need to have a conversation, and how to make sure your heart and head are consulted before you take action. Participants will also learn how to prepare for and hold a conversation, and why the most productive conversations don’t include “fixing” anything.  Finally, participants will learn several behaviors that can help build a culture that takes the perceived risk out of holding difficult conversations.

About the Speaker: Todd Bradley, Senior Learning & Development Specialist

Todd E. Bradley is a native of Flint, Michigan and is a graduate of Southwestern High School class of 1976.  He then attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff graduating in 1981.  Todd has been certified as an Addictions Counselor through the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Treatment Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals as well as a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist through the American College for Forensic Counselors. Currently he is a Certified Human Resource Specialist through the College of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University.  Todd has worked in either behavioral health care or human services for over 32 years.  He has been both a program and unit director for the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.  He has also served as a milieu therapist for Borgess Medical Center and a program director for a psychiatric hospital serving adolescent patients.  He was a director of outpatient and residential services for Insight Inc., in which he was employed for 17 years.  Currently Todd is employed by Michigan State University in Central Human Resources’ Organization and Professional Development unit as a Senior Learning and Organization Development Specialist.  Todd also is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a board member for the Prevention Network and a past board member and supporter of the Care-Free Medical and the Uplift Our Youth Foundation Board of Directors.

Todd is a professional trainer, interventionist and motivational speaker, providing workshops in such areas but not limited to Change Management, Workplace Violence Prevention, Cultural Sensitivity, Trauma, No Harassments, Anger Management, Customer Service, Assertion, Positive Thinking, Team Building and Conflict Resolution.  He also delivers motivational messages to students, faculty, and parents from various school systems on Substance Abuse Prevention, Anti Bullying, Goal Setting and Positive Parenting.