Wednesday, April 8, 2020

CEO Series Workshop Speakers Announced

Retreat 2020 goes virtual!

We continue this year’s virtual event with workshops by Natalie Garramone and Allan Tsang. These events are for VACEOs Members and Sponsors only. To learn more about these workshops and other events, visit the Events page today.

“Using Conflict for Growth with Natalie Garramone”

April 14, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.: “Using Conflict for Growth with Natalie Garramone”. This webinar will increase your awareness of conflict and its effect on you and your team.

About this event
Conflict can help or hinder a team, depending on whether it’s healthy or unhealthy. Healthy conflict creates personal and professional growth; it allows teams to challenge each other in a way that promotes greater good, creativity, and broader organizational growth. Unhealthy conflict, on the other hand, often results from harbored or suppressed resentment towards team members, leadership, or the organization itself. The latter has the ability to disintegrate trust in individuals and the company, especially if the root of the issue is not addressed swiftly and tactfully.

Conflict as a Catalyst will increase participants’ awareness of conflict and its effect on themselves and their teams. It will provide participants with tools to better understand and address the root behaviors that create tension in relationships. Participants will leave with an understanding of how their own behaviors contribute to and perpetuate conflict as well as how they can work towards resolving conflict in productive, healthy ways.

About Natalie Garramone

For the past decade, Natalie has worked as a consultant with executive teams—both nationally and internationally—to develop strategies aimed at fostering growth and innovation, shifting organizational culture, and engaging employees. She has driven large-scale change and innovation initiatives inside Fortune 500 companies alongside sales, customer service, R&D, and new product innovation teams, to name a few. She has certifications in mediation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR), and yoga instruction (200RYT). She was promoted to CEO before the age of 30.

Here’s what you really need to know: As a child, Natalie was the one to raise her hand with “just one more question.” Never satisfied with a standard response, she wanted to know more, learn more, do more. That innate curiosity and insatiable craving for informed action powers her today. She has the rare ability to toggle seamlessly between big-picture thinking and in-the-weeds execution. She listens, digests, and synthesizes information on the spot, reflecting back key points while remaining remarkably objective. She truly likes people. She loves figuring out what motivates them. And she believes their intellect and spirit have limitless power to drive business outcomes. She is often described with the same select adjectives. Unflappable, intelligent, diplomatic, and level-headed are among them. Learn more about Natalie.






“How to Negotiate with Allan Tsang”

April 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m: “How to Negotiate with Allan Tsang”. Learn how negotiation plays a vital role in business success. In light of the COVID-19 crisis this is a longer session (2 hours) to include more Q&A time.

About this event

Negotiation plays a vital role in business success. Success means different things to different people – whether it’s more business, higher profits, market domination, more time, more freedom, more friends, or more respect.

We negotiate in order to get to a position that feels more successful. We also negotiate when our status quo is threatened, or when we’ve somehow over-exposed ourselves and found ourselves at risk. Negotiation is a way to regain that safety and maximize the resources you have.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, I’m offering a longer session (2 hours) to include more Q&A time so that I can address their most pressing concern and give them some practical and relevant info to support and encouragement them.

About Allan Tsang

Allan lives to put out fires. He’s not afraid to jump into any conflict, especially business ones. He’s been trained and mentored, as well as worked with some of the world’s best negotiators and coaches…from Jim Camp, founder of CAMP Systems, and Gary Noesner, retired FBI Chief Hostage and Crisis Negotiator.

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Africa, and educated in the United States, Allan’s early career took him to throughout the East Coast before finally settling in Virginia as a business coach. His global experiences have shaped his perspectives and enhanced his ability to bridge cultural gaps, facilitating better communications and lasting agreements.  Learn more about Allan.



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  1. Thanks for always offering such great programming. VACEO’s is a wonderfully helpful organization.

    1. Thanks Janet! We see you guys at PartnerMD are creating some wonderful content too. We’ll get through this together!

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