2023 July 11th Dinner Meeting - 1.5 PDUs - Presentation Only

Business Acumen

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Courageous Conversations: Stop Avoiding, Start Engaging

Speaker:  Belinda Aleman, M.S.,  Advocate | Higher Education Leader | Counselor

July 11, 2023

Presentation Description

Description of Topic/Presentation:

“Messy, uncomfortable, difficult”–may be some of the words you’ve used to describe a conversation you’re avoiding. Courageous conversations are essential for effective project management, yet we all know they can be challenging.

At this dinner meeting, we’ll discuss how to approach sensitive topics like employee performance, stakeholder expectations, and ethical issues, with confidence and empathy, enabling you to build stronger relationships and influence.

You will gain tools and strategies for improving your self-awareness and emotional intelligence, which are key to making a positive impact on your team and project’s success.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn applicable theory to project and people management (self-awareness, EQ)
  2. Gain self-awareness & learn relevant EQ tools
  3. Practice how to approach the following sensitive topics with confidence & empathy:
    • employee performance,
    • stakeholder expectations, and
    • ethical issues  

Speaker Bio(s)

Belinda Aleman, M.S.,  Advocate | Higher Education Leader | Counselor

Belinda is a trained counselor with over a decade of experience in higher education leadership, specializing in sales, marketing, and customer success. She centers people to power strategy and performance. Folks who have worked with Belinda describe her as "leading with great strategy and heart" and "someone who can see needed improvements and has the courage to make changes."

Additionally, "she is a strategic and innovative thinker who understands how to build connections across organizational systems and teams in order to move big ideas forward with actionable plans. Her capacity to listen well in ways that build trust, have transparent and direct conversations that build cohesion and alignment, and her strengths in project management, all position her as the kind of leader every organization wants on their team." Furthermore, "Belinda is the epitome of a strategic, innovative, and relational leader.


DoubleTree Irvine Spectrum: 90 Pacifica, Irvine CA 92618 


Dinner / Meal

Not Available - Presentation only does not include the meal


5:30 p.m. - Registration & Mingling (in-person event only)
6:00 p.m. - Dinner (in-person event only)
6:00 p.m. - Program Start s
6:40 p.m. - Speaker Presentation (1.5 PDUs, 90 minutes)
8:45 p.m. - Meeting Adjourned




Registration Deadline : Must register before noon on day of event.

PDUs:  1.5 - Business Acumen


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Type of category: Dinner Meetings

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: July 11th, 2023

Hour: 5:30PM to 8:45PM

Registration close date: July 11th, 2023 at 12:00PM

# of PDUs: 1.5


Students: $20.00

Double click me!Members: $20.00

Non-members and Guests: $20.00


DoubleTree Irvine Spectrum