Get Soft Skills to Solve Hard Problems

Strategic communication, strong teamwork, and project leadership are critical elements of a successful risk management and insurance career. But where and when can you actually learn the skills you need to grow as a communicator and leader?

Often, the answer lies outside your workplace, and the CPCU Society is here to help.

Learn2Lead is the CPCU Society's new series of workshops that can give you the skills and insights you need to lead, add value in your organization, and advance in your career.

Explore this exciting, personalized, and cost-effective opportunity to get training traditionally offered at the Society’s Leadership Summit. Upon conclusion, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Portland State University and (6) CE for CPCU credits

Join us for the second installment in this series of three highly interactive virtual workshops in June 2021 and get ready to lead.

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The CPCU Society is proud to partner on Learn2Lead with the Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education, part of the Portland State University's School of Business.  Learn directly from PSU faculty member Judy Sebastian.  

June 2021:  Project Leadership 

Successful project managers must be adept at building trust, negotiating win-win outcomes, encouraging productivity, and resolving conflict among project team members. In addition, identifying individual values and boundaries, establishing clear decision-making protocols, and using appropriate decision strategies are all project leadership requirements within the project team.

This interactive course covers the art of leadership in the project team and provides students with the skills and tools needed to develop their own leadership style.

Week 1:  When Shift Happens: How to Lead Project Teams Through Competing Priorities

Change is constant and it impacts the way we work together. This section will explore the evolving role of the project leader and how the right leadership approach can help a team work with competing priorities.

Week 2:  We need to talk: How to Mindfully Resolve Conflicts Using Emotional Intelligence

Conflict can mean different things to different individuals. Contrary to popular opinion, conflict is also the birthplace of learning, growing, and adapting to change. This section will explore how to navigate conflicts both with self and with others, as a leader. From there, we will utilize emotional intelligence to sharpen our conflict management skills.

Week 3: Together, we are stronger: How Project Leaders Can Drive Inclusion at Work

IQ drives skills, EQ drives culture. Project Leaders have a unique way of impacting the culture of the workplace because of how they work with cross functional teams. This section will explore the barriers to inclusion and share insights on how a culture of inclusion can be co-created.

Each 2-hour lesson is presented virtually.  Participants will have homework to complete between lessons.

Schedule and Rates
Participants join one of these two learning cohorts (choose one when you register): 

Cohort 1:  Held Tuesdays, June 8, 15 and 22 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Cohort 2:  Held Thursdays, June 10, 17 and 24 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET  (SOLD OUT!) 

Each cohort is limited to 20 registrants to ensure personal attention and interaction. 

Society Member Rate:
$250.00 for all three sessions
Nonmember Rate:
$500.00 for all three sessions


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Meet Your Instructor:  Judy Sebastian 

Judy Sebastian, Founder of Apex Global Consultants (Portland, OR) and Senior Advisor to Apex Food Consultants (Dubai), specializes in public health and organizational culture. Her work primarily focuses on helping leaders transform their workplace culture, one step at a time.

As an international speaker, instructor, and program designer, she has supported the professional development needs of brands such as Nestle, Nike, Providence, Portland State University, Michigan State University, Huda Beauty, Hilton Group, Dubai Municipality, The Ritz-Carlton, GATE College (Nepal), and Emirates.

She speaks seven languages and harnesses the power of storytelling to share her global experiences with the audience. She strives to create learning experiences that help individuals to not only connect with one another, but also to leave the room feeling energized and inspired to create a positive impact.

Judy holds an MS in Industrial Biotechnology (Dr. G. R. D. College of Science, India), a BS in Industrial Biotechnology (Manipal University, Dubai) and a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.