Resiliency in the Face of a Pandemic: Embracing the Pain

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Angela Sebaly, CEO and Principle Consultant of Invested Leadership, Personify Leadership and Michelle Cummings, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Personify Leadership

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When something goes wrong and we turn the other way or rationalize, it won’t matter in six months. We are giving in to the big temptation to just do nothing. However, we are learning that we can’t ignore the major changes that are happening in our world today, the pandemic leading the way. We no longer have a choice to avoid or walk away. It might have worked before and we were still successful, but now we must lead through this crisis and prepare for the next one. Our worlds will forever be changed. This is hard and requires a resilience. Confronting reality head on is our only real solution. During this webcast Angela Sebaly will share real-life stories of leaders she’s coached during this pandemic as well as strategies for maintaining resiliency in the time of crisis. She will be joined by Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Personify Leadership Michelle Cummings.

During this webcast, you will learn how to
• Build your tolerance for pain.
• Define your values.
• Discover helpful techniques for survival in crisis leadership.


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Angela Sebaly
Angela Sebaly

CEO and Principle Consultant of Invested Leadership, Personify Leadership

Angela Sebaly is the author of The Courageous Leader (Wiley, Spring 2017), co-founder and CEO of Personify Leadership, and a principal consultant for the firm Invested Leadership. She has held senior roles with major organizations in the telecommunications, construction, and hospitality industries and has worked with thousands of leaders assessing their unique talent and how to move their performance to the next level. Angela was formerly the vice president of leadership development for a global oil, gas, and chemicals inspection company. After more than a two decades of providing feedback through a 360-degree process to hundreds of leaders worldwide, Angela identified key trends in leadership effectiveness that center around courage and resilience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Central Missouri State University and a master’s degree in applied communications and conflict management from the University of Denver. Angela is an author, entrepreneur, and highly sought-after coach. Education, communication, and courage are the pillars of her life’s work. 

Michelle Cummings
Michelle Cummings

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Personify Leadership

Michelle Cummings is the co-founder and chief creative officer for Personify Leadership. Her diverse background in team development programs helped her engineer and create the experiential activities utilized in Personify Leadership programs. Michelle is also the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the team development industry. She is an accomplished author and is a dynamic, sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created various facilitation, debriefing, and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.

Michelle works with professional associations, corporations, universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. She facilitates a wide variety of programs for corporate teams, therapeutic populations, and school groups as well as train-the-trainer workshops for professionals. Her many years of experience with such diverse audiences in the field have played a tremendous role in the development of Personify Leadership. Michelle speaks at more than 15 local, national, and international conferences each year and authors a monthly teambuilding newsletter called The Spokesperson, which has more than 15,000 subscribers in 65 countries. She has authored six books to date, with another one due for release later this year. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University at Mankato.