Non-Profit Roundtable Session on Channeling Strong Emotions

Zemo Trevathan and Associates, Inc.Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Presenter: Zemo Trevathan – Zemo Trevathan and Associates, Inc.
Hot Topic: “Nonprofit Leadership and Strong Emotions:
What Do We Do with Anger, Grief and Hopelessness?”


When: June 10, 2009 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Chamber Office at 104 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

What to Expect: Leading a “mission-driven” organization -trying to make things better for some portion of the larger population – involves constantly bumping up against obstacles, barriers, even injustices, and a constant need for balancing emotional responses.  On the one hand, as a leader in the community there is a requirement for maintaining level-headedness and building bridges with people on all sides of the issues.  On the other hand, sometimes the strong emotional reactions -outrage, for example – are the fuel for carrying forward with the mission.  This session will provide a few principles and ideas on how to best channel strong emotions as part of successful nonprofit leadership, as well as elicit the ideas, best practices, and challenges from participants.

About the Presenter: Zemo began his career in 1994 serving community organizations, small businesses and individual clients by founding LifeWorks Coaching and Consulting.  The clients were diverse and passionate, including a cooperative grocery story, a community theatre director and a PhD candidates just trying to ‘get that PhD’ done.  Zemo says of those days, “I can remember, at the end of the day, smiling and saying to my wife: ‘I am so lucky to be doing this work!'” Over the years his network of clients grew to include national and international organizations and corporations, and Zemo also began working with Jonathan Estes at Strategic Measures, Inc.  Zemo still works with many of those same early clients, and still ends the day with gratefulness for having found such a joyful, challenging path of service — and for the entire spectrum of emotions it’s taken to stay on this path.
Signing Up for the Session:
If you or any of your employees have an interest in this timely and essential session, please RSVP back to Whitney Woodyard, Chamber Roundtable Liaison: no later than June 8, 2009.  We only have room for 30 participants so reserve your seat today!

Agenda for Roundtable
11:30 to 12:00 – Networking and Lunch (brown-bag)
12:00 to 12:45 – Formal Presentation;
12:45 to 1:00 – Question & Answer period
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