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August Chapter Meeting: Neuro-Diversity, Mindset, and Stress: Models for Re-framing Our Thinking About Stress

  • 18 Aug 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • TBD/Zoom
  • 61


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ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

Meeting Schedule:

All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

  • 5:50pm - Virtual Lobby Opens
  • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
  • 6:30pm - Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins

Session Description:

Neuro-Diversity, Mindset, and Stress: Models for Re-framing Our Thinking About Stress

Topic Overview: 

Neuro-Diversity has become a major, and complicated, topic in the past few years. That’s because the idea itself is so … well, diverse! Most people associate it with Asperger’s Syndrome and the rest of the Autism spectrum. But the fact that we call it a spectrum means there is a continuum of some sort. Usually, when we talk about this, we are talking about someone’s capacity for “Executive Functioning.” This means the ability to focus, concentrate, organize thoughts and act in responsible ways.

Stress, or at least the way we experience it, is similar. There is also a continuum or range of experiences from mild (sometimes useful) to severe (not so much). Experienced neuro-psychologists will tell you that severe stress is nearly indistinguishable from severe brain damage, even Alzheimer’s.

So, in business, we are dealing with both of these areas all the time, whether we think of it that way or not. Each person has their own version of “Executive Functioning”, and it varies among other things with their level of stress. This leads us to believe that we need to think about all of this differently. Whatever our role(s) in work, and others’, what are our expectations about how tasks are understood and completed? In our relationships in work, what intentions and impact do we have on others? Are we able to be flexible and try differences on? Or do we perceive a problem, an obstacle getting frustrated rather than a new, different way of doing things?

Our model for understanding stress is based on how we use our energy. When we are managing difficult situations well, we preserve or even enhance our energy. When we don’t, we deplete our energy, which leads to physical and mental exhaustion and, over time, health problems. It also affects our performance and the performance of those around us.

In this presentation, we’ll give you an overview of this new model and a new framework for managing your mindset, your stress based on these principles. We’ll also demonstrate some quick techniques, from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for managing energy, stress, and focus.


Sid Jacobson, PhD

Sid Jacobson, PhD was one of the early Certified Trainers by the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Early on he carved out his specialties in the areas of education, training, and writing, in addition to psychotherapy applications, using the latest technology from this rapidly advancing field. He has worked as a researcher, trainer, and consultant to professionals, hospitals, schools, clinics, businesses, and professional athletes.

Dr. Jacobson has been training professionals in a number of fields for over 40 years and currently consults and trains throughout the U.S., South America, Canada, Europe and Asia.

He also works with several other consulting firms doing a variety of sales, communication, and management training for some large multi-national corporations. Clients have included Singapore Airlines, Western Digital, Shell, Conoco-Philips, Applied Materials, Maersk Sealand, Intel, SAP, Case New Holland and more, in addition to schools, government bodies, universities, banks, hospitals and social service agencies. 

He is the author of five books and the co-author of another, as well as many papers & articles. His book Solution States: A Course in Solving Problems in Business with the Power of NLP is a classic in the field of NLP applied to business and management.

Dr. Jacobson holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology as well as a Masters of Social Work and is considered to be an expert in the application of NLP to education and training, psychotherapy and communication skills.

As well as serving on local boards, he served as Director of the Neuro-Linguistics Forum in ATD, internationally as well as other boards and editorial boards.

Paula Anderson-Findley, MBA, SPHR

As a consultant, facilitator, coach, and trainer Paula Anderson-Findley has over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors, helping organizations and professionals to reach valuable solutions and results. She is an expert in HR and training, with a wide range of business and teaching experience in sales, service, technical, manufacturing, and academic organizations. She has also developed and lead customer and supplier forums and focus groups. Her clients include national and multi-national corporations.

Prior to starting her own practice, Paula was Vice President of Human Systems and Administration at Sunburst Farms, Inc. In this capacity, she was responsible for all human resources management and development activities. Her accomplishments there included re-engineering human resource processes overseeing the full life cycle of talent acquisition and workforce development, benefits and compensation. She also aligned employee rewards and recognition strategies to promote and deploy company-wide incentive programs. She worked extensively in service quality improvement initiatives throughout the company utilizing the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Performance Criteria. She later became the principal facilitator for two of NIST’s yearlong leadership programs.

In previous career roles, Paula has served as Adjunct Faculty-Instructor for the Department of Management, University of Miami School of Business, as Marketing Development Officer and Project Manager for ERM South, Inc., and as Senior Technician for Environmental Science & Engineering, Inc.

Paula earned her MBA (Human Resources Specialization), and BBA (Human Resources), degrees from the University of Miami. She also has numerous publications and certifications to her credit, and regularly delivers presentations and workshops at professional conferences.

In addition, Paula has co-authored a book on quality service and improvement. She has also conducted research in the marine sciences, environmental engineering, and in organizational development. As a practitioner she collaborated on a study to empirically measure popular strategies in corporate vision and employee empowerment to ascertain if these approaches are as significant to organizations in delivering outstanding results as implied.

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