What’s Your Catalyst? The Power of Managed Change: How Purpose and Passion Can Drive Strategic Life Change

We learned in science that change needs a catalyst, but what about in life? Many professionals in today’s ever-changing work environment feel stuck, complacent or even fearful about their professional growth. In order to get back on track it is necessary to reconnect with their passion and establish their “WHY”.

In this inspiring virtual program, Alana shares the events that ignited her life changing catalyst to demonstrate how purpose and passion reinforce one’s personal and professional goals.

Through powerful storytelling, she will take the audience on a journey to discover their passions, talents, and path to being more resilient leaders. Alana’s interactive delivery will leave the audience with immediate steps to move them forward in growth at work and home. Leading change…the Ms. Engineer Way®!

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply self-discovery strategies to uncover who you are and what you were made to do

  • Create a strategic plan to drive meaningful change in your life

  • Learn a proven model for leading change and building resilience

  • Leverage proven techniques to sustain lasting change in your personal and professional life

Leading Change in a Changing World: Adaptive Leadership Strategies that Win

Your role as a change leader has always been dominated by your need to communicate. You communicate with your teams, stakeholders, and management team regularly. But are they getting the message? Leadership and communication techniques evolve just as people do. This engaging program will leave you with techniques to effectively communicate the change you are leading in your team or organization. If you’re a leader and you want to win this game and the next, then this program is for you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Techniques for assessing needs so you can properly address them

  • The importance of key metrics to manage your change messaging

  • A change leadership framework that allows you to be strategic and adaptable

Leading the Rainbow: Ensuring Success Through Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity isn’t just about color, but about recognizing different ideas, talents, and perspectives that varying cultures bring. In this thought-provoking program, Alana relies on her years as a change leadership expert to explore how to appreciate, champion, and lead Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Learn best practices for getting executive and team buy-in to this vital component of team development. By understanding the benefits and value, leaders can greatly improve the impact that diversity has on employee belonging and team performance. Appreciating Diversity…the Ms. Engineer Way®!

Learning Objectives:

  • Communicate the business case for Diversity & Inclusion in their organization

  • Maximize the impact that different ideas have on innovation and creativity

  • Champion and promote diversity for the benefit of their team, organization, and industry

  • Evaluate their ability to have Emotionally Intelligent Conversations to advance D&I

Be Their Catalyst: Driving Strategic Change in Your Team

Do the talented individuals you lead need to be more effective? Does your team need to perform better and achieve their goals? We learned in science that change needs a catalyst, but what about in your team? In this inspiring program about team leadership, Alana demonstrates how purpose and passion can re-energize you and your team. Through engaging activities, she will take you on a journey to define your team’s mission and strategic imperatives. You will learn strategies to help you connect with and impact each person you lead. This interactive program will leave you with strategies to grow you into a resilient change leader who influences their team and their organization. Leading change…the Ms. Engineer Way®.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply team development strategies to identify your team members’ contributions

  • Create alignment with your team’s mission and your organization’s strategy.

  • Learn a proven model for leading change and building resilience

  • Leverage proven techniques to sustain lasting change in your team and your organization

Get Them in the Game: Using DISC to Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Wouldn’t it be nice to get your project stakeholders to contribute to the success of your project? This is a challenge most project managers face, and the good news is that it can be done! Understanding who your stakeholders are is only half the battle. Once they have been identified, you will need to understand what their preferences and motivations are. The most successful strategy is to become aware of their DISC behavioral style and optimize your stakeholder engagement plan accordingly. In this interactive presentation, you will learn to identify the 4 DISC behavior styles and learn how to leverage that information to improve stakeholder involvement in your project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and analyze project stakeholders for effective project communication

  • Recognize the 4 Extended DISC® behavior styles and their preferences

  • Implement a strategy to engage stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle

  • Successfully manage conflicting interests and improve stakeholder satisfaction

You’re Not Their Parent, Even If They’re Behaving Like Children: Fostering Team Collaboration

Looking for ways to engage even your most difficult team members?

Interacting with challenging individuals can often feel like dealing with an unruly child. Cohesive teams are highly productive, drive innovation, and successfully adapt to the changes they face, however just one uncooperative team member can disrupt this dynamic and the team’s overall success.

Today’s leaders need a clear understanding of Emotional Intelligence, behavior styles and conflict resolution. When equipped with the right tools, you can create a truly cohesive and collaborative environment. In this humorous and thought-provoking session, Alana compares getting the best out of children to leading your talented team of adults. This presentation features techniques for improving accountability on your team to ensure that deadlines and goals are achieved, while keeping team morale high. Leading a team…the Ms. Engineer Way®.

Learning Objectives:

  • Leverage Emotional Intelligence strategies to bring out the best in every team member

  • Recognize the 4 Extended DISC ® behavior styles and how they shape communication and conflict resolution

  • Implement the Firm But Fair approach to redirect uncooperative team members

  • Create and maintain an atmosphere with high morale AND high productivity

“Alana is insightful; has a sense of humor; and relates to the workplace since she has some great experience with Fortune 500 companies. Should you get the opportunity to hear her speak, please make the effort! You will be glad you did.”

-C. J, Lehman, AIG

Engineered for Success – Adapting Your Skills to Get Ahead

In today’s constantly changing workplace it takes more than knowledge and skill to succeed. Charles Darwin says that adaptability, not strength or intelligence, will determine one’s survival. Alana has seen firsthand just how important it is for professionals to balance their technical skills and operational knowledge with leadership and human behavior insight, in order to thrive during change.

In this uplifting virtual presentation about transition and continuous development, Alana reveals the secrets that helped her advance from a field engineer to an internationally recognized Project Management Consultant and Change Leadership Expert.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn secrets to thrive during change

  • Retain top talent by ensuring their career is providing the results they desire

  • Identify resources to maintain your team’s motivation for maximum success

  • Leverage proven techniques to create and sustain lasting change

Preparing for Life the Ms. Engineer Way®!

In this talk, aimed at youth, Alana encourages and inspires teens and adolescents to prepare for their futures, despite the obstacles that life may bring. After all…she did. Heart-felt and transparent, Alana shares the struggles she overcame from her childhood, including her mother’s drug addiction and tragic death. More than just a cheer-leading “you can do it” pep talk, Alana imparts practical tips for developing priorities and creating a life strategy. Reminding her audience “It’s not where you came from, but where you’re going”, she is sure to get your youth reaching for new heights. Igniting the fire in each soul in the room, this program will leave even the most active adult eager to do more. Lifting…the Ms. Engineer Way®!

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze their own heart to find their source of resilience

  • Turn self-doubt and negative self-talk into empowerment and affirmation

  • Connect with the right resources to help them on a path to success

  • Persevere regardless of their circumstances

Raising Beach Balls!: Raising Well-Rounded, Resilient Children that Weather Any Storm

Drawing from her experience as a mother of four boys, combined with her tireless service in schools, churches, and community organizations, Alana delivers an inspiring talk about raising future husbands (and wives). The future of our world depends on the leaders we develop today, and that starts at home. The stewardship of parenting is one of the highest callings, and while perfection is unattainable, excellence is not. Warm, witty and to the point, this program can be tailored for a variety of audiences to deliver practical advice for today’s parents and mentors. Loving…the Ms. Engineer Way®!

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply key principles of child development to raise well-rounded men

  • Equip their boys to become resilient and adaptable to change

  • Activate the Love and Limits approach for balanced parenting

  • Create a Village to provide input and insight into critical decisions