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    Conflict Management

    Date: July 19, 2012, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    Laura McAdam, MSOD, CPA, CIA; Linda E. Thomas, Ph.D.
    Hickory Stick at Highlands Golf Course 875 Sports Way, Elgin, Illinois 60123
    $20 - members; $25 - member's guests; $40 - non-members for all monthly programs unless otherwise indicated.
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    Conflict is part of everyday life whether it is between two individuals or among groups of people.    People deal with conflict in different ways; some are healthy and some are dysfunctional.  During this one-hour workshop we will discuss how to effectively deal with conflict in the workplace and practice our new skills through interactive role play.  We will discuss how to use resourceful ground rules to manage conflict as well as how to use a listening tool called constructive listening.  This method is efficient and effective because it deescalates tension and guarantees that all concerned parties have equal amounts of time to talk and to listen. Moreover, people have time to ask themselves , (why are we reacting this way) and practice interspection.  At the end of the session participants will be better at identifying the core issues of conflict and work to resolve conflict congruently.


    Laura McAdam, MSOD, CPA, CIA
    Strategy and Alignment

    Laura McAdam founded Profitability NOW in 2002.  Laura has over 20 years experience as a financial professional.  She focuses on improving the profitability and cash flow of organizations within all industries.  She focuses on strategy and alignment throughout the organization to improve financial performance.  Laura utilizes a collaborative approach in identifying improvement opportunities and developing action plans for execution.

    Laura facilitates development sessions at conferences and industry events.  She is a frequent speaker for groups and associations looking to develop their financial acumen and gain a greater understanding of how they can directly impact the financial performance of their company.  One of the programs Laura helped create is HR Profitability.  HR Profitability is approved for 15 strategic hour continuing education for HR professionals by HRCI.

    Laura was controller, treasurer, operations manager, and auditor for several Chicago area companies, both public and private.  In addition to her inherent financial knowledge Laura has strong leadership skills.  Her ability to impart knowledge and affect change is unique.  

    Laura earned a Masters from Loyola University and a BA from Augustana College.

    Linda E. Thomas, Ph.D.

    Director-Corporate Social Responsibility Profitability NOW

    Linda has over twenty-five years experience as a professor, author, pastor, and humanitarian.  She has worked extensively with senior management in the areas of diversity, race relations, sexuality, and discrimination.  Her work includes large system change interventions around CSR.

    Linda is an accomplished speaker and a published writer.  Her areas of focus include:  ethics in the workplace, a corporations’ responsibility to go green, conflict management, corporate responses to childcare, proactive response to avoid discrimination legal cases related to race, gender, class, sexuality (LGBTQI).  She is the author of Under the Canopy:  Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa, SC:  University of South Carolina Press, 1999.  Linda has also had numerous other articles published on a variety of subjects.

    Linda utilizes a non-judgmental, open approach when working through this subject matter.  Often these projects are filled with conflict and her objective is to navigate through the process to achieve a congruent end result.   

    Linda is currently Professor of Theology and Anthropology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

    Linda earned a Ph.D. from American University, Washington D.C., a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, N.Y.C., and her B.A. from Western Maryland College.


    Reservations not cancelled 24 hours prior to the meeting will be charged the cost of the meal.