As a dynamic and engaging speaker, I inject energy and candor into your conferences, association meetings, and events. My keynotes and workshops are custom designed to promote active participation and inclusion. Having spoken to groups of varying career levels and sizes at diverse venues for the last 18+ years, I work hard to ensure a proper understanding of your goals and the demographics of your audience.
If you haven't heard me speak before, check out the short videos below to see my style and how I engage the audience.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Neuro-Coaching and Behavior Change: Improving Performance in your Organization
Assoc of Talent Development: Central Mass
October 3, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm
Clark University, Worcester, MA
Transportation Engineer Leadership Development Program
New England Institute of Transportation Engineers: Annual Meeting
December 3, 2018 8:30am-4:00pm
Crown Plaza, Warwick, RI
Previous Speaking Engagements
Maine HR Convention 2018: Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
Cape Cod HR Association: Neuro Coaching: Enhancing Capabilities and Performance within Your Organization
SCORE / Venture Cafe: Sustaining Entrepreneurial Success: Grit, Resilience and Optimism
Wisconsin Trainer's Round Table: Leadership Development: Using the World Café model
Milwaukee OD Community of Practice: Experiential Facilitation
Boston Assoc. of Talent Development (ASTD - ATD): Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
Greater Hartford YMCA: Leadership and Confidence for Women
Green Mountain College: Developing Your Professional Network
Cape Cod Young Professionals Network: Connecting vs Networking to Build Your Professional Community
Vermont Employee Ownership Conference 2015: Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
Central MA Assoc. of Talent Development (ASTD - ATD): Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
Northeast Strengths Based Network: Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
Granite State Learning and Organization Development Round Table: Sustaining Success: Mindfulness, Grit, Resilience and Optimism
Greater Nashua Human Resources Association: Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful
POSITIVE ROI: EFFECTIVE MENTORING FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
This workshop will explore both formal and informal mentoring. Mentoring is one of the best ways to strengthen skills or to take a leadership role in developing future leaders or followers. Mentoring can also be very cost effective for organizations. Through interactive group activities and the sharing of best practices, this program will provide examples of mentoring successes with a strong return on investment. Examples of New England and national companies we have partnered with on designing and evaluating a mentor process will also be shared.
NEURO COACHING AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE TO BUILD BUSINESS PERFORMANCE
Through this interactive workshop, participants will learn about neuroscience and what happens in the brain with different approaches to coaching. Discussion combined with partner and small group activities will address both Compassionate change and Compliance change approaches. A Compassionate approach is focused on the team or coachee’s vision and ideal self or team, while a Compliance approach is focused on the organization’s objectives and goals. Both are important for sustained change for both individuals and organizations. Through this workshop, participants will gain tools and tips to bring change to individuals and teams, and what happens neurologically in the brain when these approaches are used.
BUILDING ENGAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE WITH OPTIMISM, RESILIENCE, AND GRIT
This interactive workshop focuses on the next level of leadership and people development - keeping one's self strong in mind through optimism, resilience, and grit. Through group and partner discussions, we will explore ways to strengthen or teach others optimism, resilience, and grit. You will learn how to strengthen and develop Optimism. We will also explore ways to build Resilience as a competency to overcome change and challenges. The workshop will end with ways to strengthen GRIT as a competency that differentiates exceptional performers from good performers, which impacts business results.
DEVELOPING YOUR ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT GROWTH USING THE WORLD CAFÉ MODEL
World Café is a facilitation process that rapidly gathers the collective experience and knowledge of participants. The workshop will open with a creative exercise. Participants will then work in small discussion groups concentrating on topics such as: inclusion, managing change, building executive effectiveness, leading Millennial talent, executing for results, building self awareness, and thinking and acting globally. The workshop will close with small groups sharing their ideas with the large group. Topics can be selected based on your choice.
PEOPLE SIDE OF CHANGE: ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSITION THROUGH GROWTH OR MERGERS
YouTube 1 minute video clip of this topic
When businesses are planning change, mergers, or acquisitions, often the focus is on the financial and logistical details. Obviously, these are important factors. However, when businesses do not think through the emotional impact on their employees and leaders, the process is often more difficult and less successful. Executives and Leaders can take a people approach to change by building their skills in Optimism, Resilience, Grit, and a Growth Mindset. Supporting the emotional psychology of change is as important as the financial, strategic, and logistical details, because you need strong employees and leaders to execute your business plan.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: ADDING BUSINESS VALUE TO THE CORPORATE CLASSROOM
Learning from experience might be called "nature's way of learning". It is education that occurs through direct participation in the events, whether they are highly energetic or low key learning experiences. This is an interactive session on adding value to your learning and development programs through experiential education. This work combines the disciplines of experiential learning with interpersonal and group dynamics, leadership, and human impacts of organizational change in an intuitive adult education process. This session can include case studies. This seminar can expand into a half day or full day workshop or as part of a series of seminars.
What clients say:
"I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Sarah recently on a mentoring education program through the Association for Talent Development. Sarah delivered an outstanding session. Her expertise and experience in designing effective and lasting corporate mentoring programs were clearly demonstrated as she led the attendees through a journey of understanding of the concepts and practical advice to be successful in their own launches. I would recommend Sarah as a highly capable consultant and change agent for talent development."
- Laura, Silva, Director, Global Talent Development, Smith & Nephew
“Sarah ‘s fast-paced, interactive style of presentation, laced with just the right amount of humor, held the attention of the participants, with minimal lecture and lots of time for small-group discussion. Sarah was well-informed and backed up her information with documentation and a list of resources for further reference. Sarah’s workshop left the participants feeling energized and uplifted. Some comments from participants included: “Sarah Scala was fantastic!”“Perfect presentation. This is probably the best presentation ever!””
- Mary Jaynes, Former Program Director, WE CAN Corp.
“Sarah did a fantastic job leading a career workshop in my business course, Mastering Self Leadership. She engaged the students in several hands-on activities that developed their networking and LinkedIn skills. ”
– Matt Mayberry, Former Business Department Chair, Green Mountain College
“Sarah presented to Cape Cod Human Resources Association on the topic of Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful. She helped define and frame how mentoring programs work and how to develop a program to fit the needs of your individual organization. CCHRA has a diverse membership representing different industries of different sizes, and Sarah was able to present in such a way that there was valuable information to all attendees.”
– Vikki Morris, President, CCHRA