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Using Brain Science to Impact Change and Learning

In this month's presentation, Carla DiGiovanni will explain the basics in brain science.  We will examine how other functions apply this science to achieve business results, and learn how to apply science to change and learning programs.  Important takeaways will include:

  1. Scientific facts to validate an innovative change approach
  2. Parameters to hold yourself accountable to effective learning
  3. Introduction to mindfulness brain science for personal use



Carla DiGiovanni

Carla DiGiovanni is an independent consultant that specializes in integrated change management and training programs. She has over twenty years experience in both consulting and in-house roles working with all organizational levels from the front line to the C suite. Given that much of her career focus has been in sales and marketing, Carla became very interested in the psychology that is used to engage the target consumer/customer.

Personally, while dealing with some health issues, Carla became cognizant of the “mind, body, spirit” connection. Thus began her personal journey with mindfulness. Over time, overlaps started to emerge between the things she was learning about the brain on her personal journey and the psychology of marketing. The more she educated herself on the overlaps, the clearer it became that we could pivot these insights and focus on internal employees. She now leverages the brain connections from many aspects of life and work to make change management and training programs more rich and impactful.


Price: $25.00

Date: August 16, 2018

Available Spaces: 31

Unleashing the Power of Influence

Great leaders influence people to their way of thinking and gain enthusiastic cooperation.  At this seminar, Wendy Johnson will help you learn how to use human relations and communication skills to influence people to your point of view and create alignment that gets results.

  1. Establish credibility through human relations as a basis for influence
  2. Influence outcomes through persuasive communication
  3. Get results without authority



Wendy Johnson

As President, CEO of Dale Carnegie of Georgia, Wendy Johnson, is responsible for the general management of the delivery, sales and administration for the full range of products and consulting services offered by the Company.  These services include customized professional development training programs offered to such firms as Genuine Parts, Noramco, NAAEI, Centers for Disease Control, Porsche, Mercedes, Federal Reserve and a host of companies ranging in size from 25 to more than 350,000 employees.  On an annual basis, Ms. Johnson is responsible for continued professional growth of more than 2,500 workers in Georgia.


Prior to her current position, Ms Johnson represented Carreker Corporation (now Fiserv), a consulting firm specializing in the financial industry. As the Global Sales Manager, Risk Management Group she facilitated sales of all Risk Management Consulting and Software Products worldwide.  In the her eight years with Carreker, Ms. Johnson  provided Risk Management solutions to a client base for Carreker that included 60 of the top 100 banks in the United States, such as Chase, Citibank and Bank of America.  Internationally she opened the International markets in England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Australia.


Prior to Carreker, Ms. Johnson has worked in the financial and medical industries for over fifteen years, assuming several management and consulting positions along the way.


Educated at the University of California, Ms Johnson is a golfer, tennis player and pianist. Ms. Johnson has one daughter, Alexandra, who works with her in the business.  Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees for the MS Society, the Advisory Board of AIESEC (a Georgia Tech International Student Organization) and served as Vice President of the Women’s Commerce Club. Ms. Johnson also was one of the inaugural participants in the Girl Scouts of Atlanta’s Camp CEO (serving three years) and Chairwoman of SHRM-Atlanta’s Link with a Leader Signature Event.


Price: $25.00

Date: September 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 47

Nothing But Networking

You are invited to the second OCA Nothing but Networking gathering.  The purpose of this event is simple: get out and have some great conversations with like-minded change professionals, enjoy terrific food and drink and set the tone for some rewarding professional relationships that could benefit your career. 


Join fellow organization development and change management professionals in the greater Atlanta area.  Both members and non-members are invited to join us as we taste different wines and enjoy a selection of appetizers in a unique setting.

Price: $35.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Available Spaces: 22

Get The Edge: Become a Discretionary Effort Leader

Discretionary effort is the difference between what one is capable of bringing to a task, versus the minimum effort required to get by or make do, and still receive a paycheck.

Each day, when an employee walks in the office door (or logs in remotely) and starts work, that employee makes a choice whether or not to give discretionary effort. It takes a special kind of leader to achieve the environment of exceptional employee experience and workplace optimization where workers naturally give discretionary effort, not just on occasion give the stereotypical second mile.

Based on the new book by Karla Brandau, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, this presentation gives you the power to create change in your organization and catapult your leadership career by applying discretionary effort principles to improve your daily touchpoints with direct reports, team members and colleagues.

Register today and take a deep dive into this comprehensive and novel approach of 21st century leadership and become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of your place on the organizational chart.


Key Points:

The principles in this presentation are based on the RossBrandau Discretionary Leadership ModelTM .  You’ll uncover strategies on how to:

  1. Create a workplace where individuals feel safe, not only physically but safe to surface the truth
  2. Build a workplace where employees want to come to work and are challenged and supported in their professional growth
  3. Assess and understand the strengths and limitations of individual personalities enabling you to better communicate on a personal basis
  4. Refine the process of rational alignment of all teams and employees when providing vision and direction



Karla Brandau

Author, Executive Coach and Founder of the Worldwide Discretionary Effort Leadership Initiative

Imagine if when employees walked through your doors they actually came to work, to produce, not just be counted present. Karla Brandau in her new book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, divulges the secrets of creating a culture of authentic contributors who become your competitive advantage when innovating marketplace products and interfacing with customers.

As a leading authority on discretionary effort leadership, Karla, marks a clear path to leadership excellence and challenges leaders to proactively remove organizational obstacles to productivity and employee engagement by implementing the strategies outlined in the Discretionary Effort Leadership model. Individuals who follow the principles become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of their place on the organizational chart.

Karla is the CEO of Workplace Power Institute, is a Certified Speaking Professional, an earned designation given by National Speakers Association, a Registered Corporate Coach, and a Certified Facilitator.

Karla served on the board and then as the president of NSA Georgia and has served on national committees for National Speakers Association. The local chapters of the Association for Talent Development and Meeting Professionals International have both benefited from her volunteer work.

She has spoken at the national conventions for Professional Convention Management Association, Association for Talent Development, National Facilities Management and Technology Conference, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Produce Marketing Association, and Mortgage Bankers Association.

She has educated managers with her proven leadership systems in companies such as Motorola, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Panasonic, and BYD America.

Price: $25.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 50