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Influencing without Authority

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • UW Extension 5602 Research Park Blvd. Madison, WI


  • Registration option for student members.

Registration and Networking at 1:30 PM

Program runs from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Influencing without Authority

Influence has been described as, "The capacity or power of persons or thins to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others."

Can we learn to be influential?  Is influence a matter of personality, charisma or character? Or, is it a skill?  While personality and other behavioral factors may aid in our ability to influence others in our Learning & Organizational Development roles – the good news is, it is also a set of skills and a process that we can learn! Together, we will examine those skills and think about how to put them into practice them using a model of influence that you can apply to specific scenarios.  Come with your own situations or examples in mind so you can create an action plan to increase your influence in very specific and personalized ways.

Presenter: Lori Gibson

Lori Gibson is passionate about helping leaders at every level understand their impact, build their influence and achieve greater results.

Lori has served clients and internal customers in industries as diverse as telecommunications, insurance, health care, professional services, utilities and transportation. She brings a practical, engaging, and collaborative approach to her work, based on 30 years of experience as a trainer, consultant, coach and organizational leader.

In her current role as Learning & Development Partner for Meriter-UnityPoint Health, she is responsible for supporting leaders by designing and delivering practical and engaging learning opportunities, providing coaching and facilitating change efforts.

In her non-work life, she loves spending time with her husband, dogs and cats on their 20-acre horse ranch. Outside and active is her preferred environment.  She also volunteers time with animal rescue organizations and with Meriter in their Elder Life Program. Lori is a Past-President and former co-VP of Professional Development for ATD-MAC.

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