TAVA Annual Conference - Breakfast and Registration - starts at 8:00 a.m.

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • YWCA Toronto


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Staci Kentish

Facilitator, Group Process Designer and Coach at The Leadership Well

Website  www.theleadershipwell.ca

LinkedIn ca.linkedin.com/in/staci-kentish-3677a8a

Facebook  facebook.com/leadershipwell

Staci has been working in the field of community engagement and leadership development for over 8 years.  She shares a passion with her team members for exploring new ideas, facilitating dialogue and finding balance in all things.  In her most recent work, Staci developed and ran programming to build the capacity of and support young community workers in the Toronto area.  Her personal and professional experience has inspired her to co-create The Leadership Well to enable a different kind of conversation about leadership with those who are open to exploring new, more compassionate possibilities.

As time management becomes even more crucial these days, knowing how to manage your energy has become an invaluable skill as commitments, projects and priorities pile up and the need for rest and refueling remains. This workshop invites you to take some time to explore what gives you energy, what takes your energy, and how your awareness of these energy flows can help you better manage your time and your goals, all while maintaining your personal wellbeing.


Liz Wilson-Ciconte, MEd

Creative Writer - Metroland Digital  

Communications Instructor - Adult Education, DPCD School Board

LinkedIn ca.linkedin.com/in/liz-wilson-ciconte-med-b3210621

Twitter   @lizciconte

Liz Wilson-Ciconte believes that conversations are powerful.  A good conversation communicates ideas, promotes bonding and inspires action.  Liz has been teaching Conversation & Networking Skills with the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board for the last five years in the Adult Education program.  She has a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto (OISE).  Liz was employed in coordination roles in post-secondary education for over 15 years, and has transitioned to writing and facilitation/speaking engagements.  


Find out how networking skills can substantially enhance your career and social life.  Successful professionals in all industries excel by creating meaningful relationships with new contacts.  Whether you need to attract new caring and reliable volunteers, top notch Board Members, or partner with other organizations, networking is key.

Join us to learn effective, fun and creative networking strategies that work! We'll practice Elevator Speeches, but more importantly, you'll learn how to have great conversations with anyone, at any time about anything!  Build your confidence and find out how you can start networking with ease.   


Dr. Robin Yap, LLB, DM

Managing Director: Centre for Social Learning and Research, Toronto.

Professor: Centre for Business, George Brown College, Toronto

Website www.RobinYap.com

LinkedIn ca.linkedin.com/in/robinyap/

Twitter 19k+ followers @robinyap

Leadership and talent development strategies to enable stellar performance leveraging technology, social collaboration and innovative ways of learning Dr. Robin Yap, JD, PhD is a seasoned Talent Development Architect. His previous roles include Head of Learning and Development at TD Bank and Senior Learning Consulting roles in Fortune 500 companies like Accenture, KPMG, Sun Microsystems, ADP. Robin strategized the design of award winning gaming and mobile solutions for TELUS and has more than two dozen article publications. He has spoken at conferences and universities including Oxford Brookes, UK, New York University Stern Business School, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Universidad de Catalunya Barcelona, International Christian University Tokyo, Maastricht University Netherlands. He was a key USA delegate for the development of the Switzerland-based International Standards Organisation’s ISO/TC 232 Learning Services standards (iso.org). Robin leads the Institute for Performance and Learning Industry Trends studies (performanceandlearning.ca). He was a featured guest at CNN-Asia for his work on Social Media and CSR and at CBC-Toronto for his work on mobile workforces. Find out more about Robin at http://robinyap.com.



What are you known for? When someone views your LinkedIn profile, would they immediately know what your expertise is?  Like organizations, individuals also need to have a consistent, clear, and impactful brand that sets them apart from the rest of their colleagues. This is the era of personal brands from the moment a photo album is created for a child's knack for singing to a teen's cheerleading competition onto a young professionals first SnapChat dinner video with their co-workers. This session will provide you with the tools to ensure that the brand you've created for yourself persists across all media online and offline.


Keynote speaker

Rosita Hall

Professional Speaker, Trainer, Coach

Canadian Best Selling Author

Website http://rositahall.com/

LinkedIn ca.linkedin.com/in/rositahal

Twitter @hallrosita

Described as the Motivation Sensation with a BIG heart – Rosita Hall holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Rosita spent over twenty-six years in various leadership positions and quickly learned the importance of heart to heart relationships as the key to creating a culture of excellence and developing an extraordinary team. She was honoured with many awards for her ability to lead her team through changes, challenges and upheavals while serving in one of her leadership roles as Executive Director.

Currently she owns and operates her own speaking and consulting business – Motivated Minds. She has spoken to thousands of individuals and companies in the area of self-care, motivation, leadership, customer service, change and teamwork. She is a Canadian Best Selling Author. Her second book, “Against the Wind” was released in June, 2013.

In 2014 she was a nominee for the YWCA of Hamilton Women of Distinction Award in the category of trailblazer. She was the recipient of the Woman of Courage Award for her work in empowering women. In February 2015 she was honoured at a gala event by Illuminessence e-magazine with the Legacy of Excellence Award for her professional achievement and work in leading, inspiring and encouraging women. In May 2015, she was nominated for and was selected as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada.

She believes in the power of giving back and can be found actively volunteering in her community when she is not on the speaking circuit. She will begin the Masters of Education program at Brock University in September. She is a founding member of the Women with Passion and Purpose conference that raises money for local charities. However, she says her greatest accomplishment is the loving and fun relationship she has with her husband Norm and her two sons Joshua and Chris.

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