TBW Fall Conference Recap

Special thanks to Sue Wallace, President of NETC TBW for her excellent recap of our Fall Conference. We’ve shared excerpts below, and you can read the full article here.

The first event was a Friday night reception at the lovely Port Royal Hotel where we watched Miss Representation, a Sundance film festival feature film & discussion.  After greeting friends, we went to our rooms for a relaxing night’s sleep which was easy since our 2-bedroom condo was very comfortable with lots of extras; we even had a large patio with a view of the ocean.

On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a lively panel discussion about The Paycheck Fairness Act & whether it would strengthen the Equal Pay Act.  Panelists included Sharon Kollaja, Tonya Beane Webber, & Nora Hadley.  Some individuals on the panel felt the new act would not add to the law & would be too restrictive to employers. You might want to read this source to gain more insight about this bill.

We then heard from Kindred Hospital, Corpus Christi CEO, Diana Schultz on how to develop collaborative behaviors in the workplace and also how “The only person in charge of YOU is YOU” and specific techniques on how to not get involved “in the drama” of the workplace and how “to let it go” in order to be a more effective team player.

A lunch and learn session “Leveraging Generational Excellence” was presented by Patricia Chastain from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Career Services Counselor,  where we learned that the individuals graduating from college today want a fun and challenging work environment and will studies indicate they will change to a new position every 18 months if their workplace does not provide this climate.  Click here to download the full presentation.

We attended the board meeting where proposed by-law changes were discussed and we found that the Spring TBW conference will be held in Wichita Falls on March 1, 2 & 3, 2013. We were asked to notify our members to follow TBW on the TBW LinkedIn social media site where discussions are encouraged and are happening.

We had free time in the afternoon & several of us went on a Dolphin Watch where we saw approximately 60 to 80 dolphins playing in the water & surfing in a wake of a large ship.  Other optional activities included a shopping tour in town   It was a blast!!

We returned for dinner and were blessed to hear a fabulous keynote presentation from Laura Harris on “Am I My Own Worst Enemy”.  Ms. Harris asked us to spend time thinking and identifying “what’s not working” and then prioritize and re-work areas in our lives where we want change to occur.

On Sunday morning, everyone gathered for an informal town hall meeting with President-elect, Pat Bell and Past-President and Membership Chair, Silvia Pendleton.  We learned the following five things successful TBW leaders should know and do:

  • Be prepared
  • Acknowledge guests
  • Confront Bad Behaviors
  • Build connections
  • Have a plan

A discussion and role play demonstrated techniques that may be appropriate in accomplishing the above goals as necessary.  Our own Deborah Powley and new member Paula Hill volunteered to role play as disruptive meeting members, a part they played exceptional well.  This demonstration helped to emphasize how bad behaviors can show dis-respect to leadership and speakers if not contained in a professional manner.  Thank you ladies for volunteering and helping, again you both did an outstanding job.

We were informed the TBW State Conference is scheduled for June 21 through June 23, 2013 and will held at The Southfork Hotel in Plano. Pat Bell also gave us an overview on the Franklin Covey Leadership course, “The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders” that will soon be offered exclusively to TBW members.  In addition, she invited all members and guests to attend the TBW Happy Hour every 2nd Tuesday at 6:30.  Go to the TBW website to learn more exciting information and programs that are available to TBW members.

President, Kendra Kinnison said some closing remarks and challenged us with following quote, “If we don’t lead, who will”?  As usual TBW gave all participants a wonderfully informative conference.  We owe a big thank you to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the conference.  The food was outstanding with accommodations for those with special diets; in fact, we personally met the chef.  We know events like these don’t just happen; it takes many hours of planning and work.  If you want to see a larger picture of TBW, make plans now to attend the TBW conference in Wichita Falls.

Sue Wallace

President, NETC TBW