On May 17 -18, 2017 Dr. Davis facilitated a phenomenal four-session seminar for the American Payroll Association’s Annual Conference “Women in Leadership Series” held in Orlando. FL. This powerful, high-energy, interactive, series featured not only Dr. Davis as the HR expert, but payroll and human resource executives, Alison Sellar and Stephanie Salavejus for an international perspective of global HR a payroll practices. The seminar covered pertinent and hot-button topics such as “Being Agents of Change in the Workplace”, “Leadership Qualities in a Male-Driven Society”, “Emotional Intelligence”, and “Speaking Like a Pro”. Women, and even a few men, sat enthralled and engaged from start to finish as this series not only offered strategies and tips, but statistics, tools, resources, exercises, and self-assessments. Attendees were encouraged to tweet throughout this two-day session and tweet they did! The overwhelming sentiment was that of excitement and anticipation.
Over 350 attendees packed the ballroom at one of Orlando’s largest conference hotels centered in the heart of Disney over the two-day series. Nicole Smith, Director of Instructional Design and Learning Development for APA, who coordinated and organized this series, recalls the impact she noticed on conference-goers. She states, “We have received such positive feedback and it is continuing even into this week! Women even switched their workshops sections during the conference.”
In true Dr. Shirley fashion, this series was jam packed with 25 years worth of HR and D&I expertise infused with infectious humor and clever quotes, in addition to invaluable career development nuggets found in her bestsellers “Reinvent Yourself” and “The Seat”. Attendees left feeling not only enlightened, but inspired and equipped to spark positive change in their respective fields.