Get more out of your SOAHR 2021 experience!

Start your learning exploration a day early on Monday, September 27 with these highly interactive, focused pre-conference workshops. These sessions are a great way to stay ahead of the curve by gaining access to information you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’ll earn while you learn. All pre-conference workshop attendees will earn an additional 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs per workshop.

Space is limited to ensure small group interactions, so be sure to register for the pre-conference workshops early!*

*Additional registration fee applies – please see below.

Morning Workshop

Build a High Performing Virtual Team & Powerful Conversations to Engage Your Workforce

Monday, September 27, 2021 | 8:00 – 11:30 am | Online
Recertification Credits: 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs
Speaker: J. Allyn Walker

What does it take to build and manage a successful virtual team? Dispersed workforces are today’s norm, and while virtual teams can be similar to traditional ones, leaders can no longer rely on only face-to-face communication and team building methods to build a productive virtual team. The best way to create the foundation for teamwork and professional relationships is by getting to know others as individuals, looking beyond their role in the organization.

As a result of these relationships, trust is formed, and teamwork comes more naturally. In this fast-paced webinar, you will hone the skills needed to have powerful conversations that will improve professional relationships, build trust, and get real results.

The digital age is changing the way we work, play, communicate and think. It is an exciting frontier that rewards those that step up to the challenge and develop new levels of competence. While it may seem difficult to keep pace with technological changes, the abundance of new, user-friendly tools makes it easier to lead and collaborate across distance than ever before.

Completion of this session will empower participants to:

  • Define the skill sets important to virtual team members and leaders.
  • Identify the five success factors for building and leading virtual teams.
  • Discuss the prevailing myths and challenges about leading virtual teams and ways to overcome them.
  • Apply a proven process for connecting with others.
  • Identify the 3 types of questions for effective conversations.
  • Leverage the 7 keys to being a great conversationalist.

Afternoon Workshop

Deal With It: Successfully Negotiate the Change You Didn’t Want

Monday, September 27, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:30pm | Cobb Galleria Centre
Recertification Credits: 3 SHRM PDCs/HRCI CEUs
Speaker: Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

Have you ever planned a clear course of action and then discovered all your hard work is no longer relevant? Are you negotiating a change you chose or one that was thrust upon you? What would happen if you could adapt to change without the mental exhaustion?

Change is inevitable and arises from numerous sources. You may be experiencing new leadership, tackling a change in roles or position, losing members of your team, and/or tasked with transforming the way you do business. When you add personal challenges like illness, the death of a loved one, a divorce or even happy events like marriage and a baby, life can seem out of control. Whether the change was planned or a surprise, you often have more control and options than you think. Really.

After attending, participants leave with strategies to:

  • Negotiate the learning curve and respond effectively to crisis, conflict and failure;
  • Initiate, manage and champion change;
  • Know the best questions to ASK when faced with a surprise or problem;
  • Plan for anticipated situations and innovate when unanticipated issues occur;
  • Encourage breakthroughs when others are breaking down;
  • Let go of expectations of how it “should” be and embrace calculated risk-taking;
  • Increase your tolerance for ambiguity and the unknown; and
  • Influence others to commit even when the change is not fully defined.


These highly individualized sessions are not included in the conference registration.

SOAHR attendees pay a discounted rate of $79 per workshop and your discounted rate will be available for you to purchase when you register for your general admission.

Can’t make SOAHR? Don’t worry you can still register and attend these workshops! Click on the session below you’d like to attend.

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