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    How You Learn is How You Lead

    Date: August 1, 2019, 7:30am
    Laurie Smith
    Fairfax County Government Center
    Conference Room # 8
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, Virginia 22035
    Event Type:
    Discussion Group Meeting
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    Effective leadership requires skills rooted in self-awareness and learned through experience. Understanding experiential learning styles can facilitate a leader’s growth and development, as well as their ability to coach other individuals and teams to achieve higher performance and increase work satisfaction. Based on a century of research and more than 4,000 studies of experiential learning, Kay Peterson and David Kolb have developed a fresh, systematic approach to understanding learning styles—our own and others’—and how our dominant style influences how we approach all kinds of everyday challenges at work and at home. Their book, How You Learn Is How You Live, (2017, Berrett-Koehler Publishers) provides the foundation for this interactive session. You’ll gain insight into your unique learning style and take away practical ideas on how to apply this deeper level of understanding to better guide and coach the people you lead.

    Discussion facilitators: 

    Melynda Benlemlih, Owner and Principal Consultant, Cognitive Agility, LLC (  is a strategic human capital leader with over 18 years of experience identifying organizational needs in the private, non-profit and Federal sectors and applying solutions across the organizational development spectrum.  She is a seasoned facilitator and executive coach with a background is in traditional qualitative research; surveys, interviews, observations, focus groups, and developing thematic analyses to inform solutions. She helps HR leaders to influence organizational transformation and improve performance through change management, communications, leadership development, and training. Benlemlih has a Master of Arts in Workforce Education and Development from The Ohio State University, a Certificate of Design Thinking for Innovation from the University of Virginia, Darden School.

    Barbara Leary is Founder of an independent consultancy ( that helps leaders build support and momentum for strategic initiatives, improve employee engagement and productivity, and align their organizations around a shared vision and priorities. Through more than 25 years in change leadership and corporate communication, she has worked with some of the best-known brands in the world in the energy, technology, life sciences, and hospitality sectors. Leary has a Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. In serving her clients, she draws on a variety of change methodologies, including Prosci, in which she is certified, and on her training as an executive coach.  

    Please join us for this lively discussion. You are welcome to extend an invitation to interested colleagues.  No fee is charged for attending.  However, registration is required on-line, at least 24 hours in advance, via the Dulles SHRM web site ( -- Chapter Discussion Groups. If you have questions, contact Laurie Smith at 703-362-8082 or Participation may be limited to the first 25 people who sign up.