Recognition in a Virtual World

  • October 8, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Recognition in a Virtual World:  Fuel Trust, Connection & Resiliency Through Challenges and Change…

Recognition is one of the most effective, accessible and cost-effective ways to fuel healthy working relationships, trust and collaboration. Now, more than ever, we need to show how much we value each other (not to mention all the unsung heroes in the community helping us through the pandemic). How do you do this when you have minimal time, limited energy, and even less face-to-face contact? How do you express gratitude when typical recognition forums and systems for communication have changed? How do you find the energy to appreciate when you are overwhelmed yourself? Learn from Sarah McVanel – Canada’s Recognition Expert – and from your peers – about the multitude of manageable and effective ways to recognize virtually and remain more resilient in the process.

NOTE:  Registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Who This Session Is Ideal For:

  • OD practitioners
  • Staff, supervisors and other client-facing or technical experts
  • Middle managers and directors
  • Organizations and associations with a strong focus on healthy culture, retention and morale
Why This Session is Ideal in the Virtual Realm:
  • Virtual keynotes bring the best of breakout sessions and keynotes to make this facilitated experience highly interactive, relevant and adaptable
  • Interact with your peeps from other organizations/divisions about what works for them and how they are keeping morale high
  • Engage in real-time feedback with a Recognition Expert to have your questions answered
  • Build on ideas provided in virtual breakout rooms and the core presentation so you can immediately implement what you learn
  • The technology allows all to stay engaged, present and energized through a highly participant-centric approach

About Our Presenter:  Sarah McVanel

Sarah McVanel is a recognized Recognition and Culture expert with over 20 years of experience, including at a senior leadership level in healthcare. Sarah has been a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation for 7 years, coaching over 300 professionals virtually.

Sarah is a Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional (CSODP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). Sarah is one of only 1500 people internationally with the earned CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation. She has a BA in Psychology, MSc in Family Relations, and Diplomas in Human Resources and Healthcare Administration.

Sarah has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, industry articles, hundreds of LinkedIn articles, and four books:

  • Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies for Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines )
  • The FROG Effect: Tools and Strategies to Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness
  • #GreatnessBizHacks: 100+ Tips to Grow a Profitable, Service-Based Biz you Love!
  • FLIP Side of Failing: Recognize and Leverage Greatness in Work and Life

For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C Administrator, at


Organize Your Life and Thoughts

  • November 12, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Organize Your Life and Thoughts…

Change has been one constant throughout history.  This is especially true today given the uncertainty thrust upon everyone as a result of COVID-19.  Time and time again human ingenuity and resiliency have prevailed. They will prevail again.  
During this session, Yuzu and Dolores will present perspectives and methodologies to assist in your change journey.  You will hear about and have an opportunity to apply the Prosci process in a pseudo corporate scenario.

Additionally, you will learn about navigating your own change to achieve desired future outcomes, improve a process, or create what you need in your life.   The goal of experiencing these change processes is to achieve transformation as leaders and individuals.  When we effectively change one aspect of ourselves, the possibility of effecting change for others exists. Change presents an opportunity to raise awareness and see new possibilities to transform yourself and your life.  

We look forward to
  • Discussing change vs. transformation
  • Leveraging your knowledge and experiences
  • Learning how change can benefit all while being fun and self-fulfilling

NOTE:  Registration for this program closes at midnight Wednesday, November 11, 2020

About Our Presenters:

Yuzu Byrne
Yuzu Sasaki Byrne is a board-certified professional organizer (CPO®) and certified productivity coach through the Institute of   for Applied Coaching. She is the owner of NEATOPIA Professional Organizing Services.  Yuzu integrates coaching into her client sessions and works collaboratively to create unique organizing and productivity solutions. She is also one of the two licensed and certified Sanity School® Trainers in Illinois and a certified facilitator for the Buried in Treasure Workshop.
Before starting her own company, Yuzu worked for Morningstar, a Chicago-based financial information provider, for over 20 years.  At Morningstar, she held various Human Resources roles, including Sr. HR Business Partner with Morningstar’s Investment Management division reporting directly to the Business Unit President.  She was responsible for developing HR strategies to support the division’s business objectives, providing advice and coaching to senior management, facilitating employee integration through acquisitions and mergers, managing the division’s 360 feedback process, compensation budget, and co-developing a company-wide manager training program.  She holds an MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago and continues learning about coaching and executive function challenges that impact organizing and productivity issues.

Dolores Perez Priegnitz

As a bi-lingual (Spanish) transformation and training professional with global experience, Dolores Perez Priegnitz leads change and project efforts for organizations in the high tech, consumer products industry (CPI) and energy sectors. Her experience includes mergers and acquisitions and trailblazing a remote worker program for every level in an organization. This 4A’s program of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device launched in the Americas, APAC and EMEA before it became the “the way we work” today as a result of the 2020 pandemic.  Having recently been certified as a Life Coach, she plans to soon launch this business. These work and life experiences increase her understanding across diverse cultures, geographies and the nuances in learning styles when working with global audiences.   Her goal to achieve WIN-WIN-WIN solutions complements her mantra: Work Hard, Stay Humble, Live Happy. She holds a B.B.A. & M. S. in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco.

For more information, please contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C Administrator at