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Rick Maher to present Keynote Address at PWDA 2022 Workforce Symposium

Posted Sep 14, 2022 by Rick

Adaptive Human Capital’s President & CEO, Richard (“Rick”) Maher will deliver a keynote address at next week’s Workforce Symposium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association’s (PWDA) 2022 Workforce Development Symposium brings professionals from across workforce development, education, and training to discuss, network, and learn about topics impacting workforce development.

Maher will talk about “America’s Comeback from COVID: The Six Traits of Agile Organizations (and the Leaders Who Lead Them)” to kick off the conference on Tuesday, September 19. The session explores the characteristics of agile organizations and lays out a roadmap for leaders to begin to curate a culture of organizational resilience. It is derived from AHC’s Organizational Resilience Assessment and helps leaders understand how culture impacts on the workforce’s ability to survive and thrive through changing times.

“Let’s face it,” says Maher, “we are living through a terribly disruptive time. I’ll call it an Age of Disruption. People are stressed, anxious and feeling “stuck” waiting for normal to return, but, of course, it won’t. We’re not going back to normal. In fact, we’re never going to change this slow again, so we better figure out how to manage change more effectively.”

Designed to help people understand the traits of resilient organizations, the session will also provide participants new insights into their own change tendencies – help them better understand how they tend to respond to disruption and change. Each participant will be offered access to experience our Individual Resilience AssessmentÓ following the session.

“I want to give something back. While my remarks will be focused on leading organizational change – on creating more nimble cultures at work – leaders need to be able to lead themselves before they can lead others, so the offer of our resilience assessment will let folks better understand their areas of strength and areas for professional development,” continued Maher.

“I’m always excited to present to workforce system leaders,” said Maher. “As we emerge from COVID and the disruption in our labor markets, this System will be critical to our joint economic prosperity. These times offer both a challenge and an opportunity for System leaders. We’re going to meet the challenge head on when we get together in State College!”

Interested conference attendees can get a more information on the workshop on the conference website.