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June 8th Human Capital Impact Forum

June 8, 2018 Agenda

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Registration, Breakfast & Networking
  • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Introductions
  • 8:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Building Resilience with the Brain in Mind by Peter Ronayne, PhD




Building Resilience with the Brain in Mind

Enhancing our personal resilience sits at the heart of high performance in today’s climate of seemingly perpetual change – and this has never been more important than now when every day presents us with more demands at a faster pace and constant connectivity to work.  In these conditions, we can only provide the best possible leadership and performance (at work AND at home) when we first take care of ourselves by enhancing our resilience.

This engaging, inspiring and application-oriented session offers key lessons and tactics in resilience, peak performance and change management drawn from the powerful intersection of the latest brain science and leadership development.  We will focus on 5 core elements of our overall resilience:  the physical, mindful, emotional, social, and spiritual components.

As a participant, you will:

  • Explore the individual and organizational implications of “resilience”
  • Gain an understanding of the key “brain basics” and their implications for managing change and related stress
  • Appreciate the powerful impact of sleep and exercise on overall resilience
  • Learn about the costs of multitasking and the importance of focus, attention and willpower
  • Discover the centrality of the social/emotional brain, and the implications for relationships, team decision making and organizations
  • Take home simple and replicable practices and tactics in the 5 core areas of resilience for a better YOU in all of your life responsibilities and roles
  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress in your own life.
  • Learn how stress is created and how resilient people avoid it.
  • Explore the results of your personal resilience profile, outlining your approach to dealing with pressure.

About Pete Ronayne

Before joining the Center for Creative Leadership, Pete spent 15 years as a dean and senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia. While at FEI, he directed the flagship Leadership for a Democratic Society program, launched FEI’s Center for Global Leadership, and co-founded the institute’s “NeuroFed” program on neuroscience and leadership. He also led a significant expansion of experiential leadership programs for public sector executives, creating innovative partnerships with The American Shakespeare Center, The US Holocaust Museum, Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, and the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Pete has worked across the full range of the Federal sector, designing and delivering programs and presenting in the areas of neuroscience and leadership, leading change, global leadership, leading across generations, and the future of public service and governance.

A Senior Faculty member and Portfolio Manager at the CCL, Pete’s multidisciplinary background and experience serves the Center in his design and delivery responsibilities for open enrollment and custom programs, and various Global Solutions clients, with a focus on public sector leadership and organizational development.

Pete earned a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and has a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University. He also participated in a certificate program offered jointly by the NeuroLeadership Institute and Middlesex University.

Pete is an adjunct professor and advisory board member at several leading universities and institutes. He speaks extensively on neuroscience and leadership as a keynote presenter and speaker at conferences and leadership meetings.

Pete co-edited The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work, a collection of essays on values-based and collaborative leadership in the public sector. He co-authored Biography of an Ideal, a history of the US Civil Service, and he is the author of Never Again: The United States and the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide since the Holocaust.