Charlene Smart (left)

Charlene Smart (left)

Professionals learn how to make change

The Vernon Women in Business Leadership Conference 2015 is Oct. 23 at Sparkling Hill Resort

NATALIE APPLETON

Special to The Morning Star

A candidate walks into a job interview and, after the introductions and niceties says, in her own words, ‘I adapt well to change.’ The manager’s ears perk up. A light goes on. This might be the hire. Why?

Today, organizational change isn’t just common, it’s constant and intense, and what managers really want to know is how someone’s going stand up when ‘the winds of change’ blow.

“Everyone thinks, ‘No one else is going through the kinds of changes we’re going through, but everybody is,” says Mark DeVolder, a change specialist and internationally acclaimed speaker giving the keynote address at the upcoming Vernon Women in Business Leadership Conference 2015.

“What’s not normal is the change saturation companies are experiencing now. Each year it’s increasing and it’s only going to get worse. So, how do we become more resilient? How do we adapt?”

DeVolder’s talk reveals how leaders can help ensure change initiatives succeed by giving people the skills and resources to become adaptable and resilient.

The title of this year’s conference, being held Oct. 23 at Sparkling Hill Resort, is ‘Navigating Change.’

Conference founder Charlene Smart, owner of Smart & Associates Certified Professional Accountants, says the theme is fitting for the conference’s goal of helping professionals excel and support each other.

“Change can be tiring and discouraging and costly, but it can also take you to the next level in your career. Growth means change. So for people who come and want to up their game, all of that impacts the community positively.”

For a lot of professionals, ‘navigating change’ is code for ‘not getting burned out.’

Conference organizers, then, thought it would be fitting to give professionals the tools they need to make it easier to eat well and lead a healthier, more balanced life.

After DeVolder’s keynote address, guests will also hear from Christina Manuck, a registered dietitian who will provide resources to help professionals achieve true health as well as uncover the short and long-term impact of living ‘balanced.’ 

Third to take the stage is Colin Parker, CEO of Lonestar Sales Performance, to help entrepreneurs and executives take care of that other figure, the bottom line. Parker, based in Kelowna, helps small business owners implement better sales strategies for better results.

Smart founded the conference, open to both men and women, in 2012 with the idea of reaching higher in mind.

“I think this valley has such talent and we need to support each other in order to be successful. And sometimes it’s lonely in a small community striving to do your best.”

For Hatt Fitness owner Jes Hatt, who attended in 2014, the conference offers both camaraderie and motivation.

“What I really enjoyed was just being around people who want to improve, and having the chance to meet people,” said Hatt. “And on top of that I got to listen to some really amazing speakers.”

Kristy Higgins, owner of Therapeutic Life Counselling, also attended last year.

She said the chance to have face time with peers and experts allows us to connect and feel inspired to take on changes that would have others been more difficult or taken longer.

“A lot of us are looking externally for a feeling we can tap into right now. The conference environment allows us to feel in a way that allows us to shift and change from within, and that’s a longer lasting change.”

The Vernon Women in Business Leadership Conference 2015 takes place Oct. 23 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Sparkling Hill Resort. Tickets, available at www.leadershipconference.ca, are $139.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
VantageOne staff urged to take tentative deal in Vernon

It’s been more than one month since union workers went on strike

A part-time staff member at Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence has tested positive for COVID-19, the seniors home’s general manager said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Chartwell photo)
COVID-19 case confirmed at Vernon seniors home

An employee at Carrington Place has tested positive; Interior Health is not declaring an outbreak

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon COVID-19 care home deaths now up to 13

Another member of Noric House has passed

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Bernie Sanders at Kal Lake. (5iveby5ive)
PHOTOS: Bernie in Vernon

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has once again delighted the internet with his insta-meme status

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Kevin Lee Barrett is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. (Facebook)
Court hears of victim’s injuries in West Kelowna attempted murder trial

Two-week-long trial continues for Kevin Barrett, accused of trying to kill mother in West Kelowna

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

A mother hold hands with her daughter while sharing about her struggles with addiction during Overdose Awareness Day. (Jesse Major/Black Press file)
Overdose and suicide support group starts in Penticton

Penticton was one of the province’s communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in 2020

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Voting is the number one, bare minimum way to have your voice heard by government. (File photo)
Jocelyn’s Jottings: Want to make change? Here are some suggestions

As a citizen you have a voice, you just have to know who to talk to

Most Read