Speakers selected for upcoming Conversations that Connect event

Jessica Davidson, David Campt, and Todd Porter will facilitate sessions in the upcoming Conversations that Connect event for high school juniors and seniors. Click here to register.

Jessica Davidson joined the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in May, 2017, bringing with her over 20 years of experience as a thought and strategy partner to executives and senior leaders in both the public and private sector.

In her current role as a senior faculty member in CCL Global Markets, she regularly presents customized leadership development programs for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to community-, school-, and faith-based organizations throughout the United States.

Applying professional skills and personal compassion, Ms. Davidson connects people with their personal purpose and the needs of the people around them. In ”Conversations that Connect”, she will share her findings as a social scientist whose passion is to hear the unspoken and to build from differences a bridge over which everyone can walk. Using listening as the key to influence, Mrs. Davidson assures that everyone exits with a strong sense of personal identity, belonging, and power to keep the conversation going.

Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is a certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. David Campt (@thedialogueguy) is considered a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, cultural competence, and intergroup dialogue. For more than 25 years, his insights about the keys to more inclusive and effective institutions and communities have been sought by small executive boards of fewer than a dozen to large-scale summits involving thousands of people. His clients have varied widely, and have included the US military, The White House, large corporations, international organizations, foundations, governments, universities, national associations, and non-profit groups.

David is the author of a number of books including The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects (2007) and Read the Room for Real: How A Simple Technology Creates Better Meetings. (2015). In early 2016, he created a project called the Ally Conversation Toolkit (ACT), which has engaged thousands of people in person and on line. Under this initiative, David has written three books – White Ally Toolkit Workbook, a supplement for the workbook called the Discussion Group Leaders Guide, and the Compassionate Warrior Boot Camp for White Allies. David’s work on dismantling racism has been featured by a number of prominent media outlets, such as Think Progress and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In “Conversations That Connect”, Dr. Campt will be addressing, among other strategies, ways to not only detect but transform bias.

Todd Porter has been designing optimal energy management for commercial operations throughout the United States since 1995. His leadership roles in Performance Assurance, Quality Assurance, and Research and Development led to the discovery that the biggest challenge isn’t technical. It’s incorporating change in ways that outlive the immediate initiative and achieve long-term impact. In other words: How do humans move from “enlightenment” to improved patterns that last?

To explore the dynamics of change in human systems, Mr. Porter completed Case Western’s masters’ program in Positive Organization Development. This practical curriculum integrates the science of human development with the practice of organizing humans to work together toward common goals. This expertise in human organizing – combined with the creative skills embedded in his bachelors in Electrical Engineering and masters in music – accords Todd a unique set of expertises: Relational, Artistic, and Technical Fluency.

Combining these areas over the past decade, Mr. Porter has led compassionate communication workshops based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life. His presentations have equipped professional, community, and faith-based groups that include large suburban school district leaders, university interview officers, movers and shakers within the Wild Goose Festival and other 501(c)(3) organizations, church staff and municipal leaders, and participants in a variety of regional and national conferences. For details see www. kairoscollaborative.com .

The conviction underlying all of Todd’s work is that empathic connection between human beings enables us to create the world we long for: A world in which everyone has what they need. His work with “Conversations That Connect” creates positive impacts that last – no matter your present goal or geography.

Conversations that Connect – Register now!

You won’t want to miss “Conversations that Connect” – an interactive program that explores ways to listen beyond words, recognize and transform bias, and select approaches that lead to trustworthy influence across a variety of view-points. Expand your focus from personal experience to a global perspective. Join our renowned presenters in an event where everyone has a voice! Come find yours – and change the world!

There are two ticket types:

  • International Students: Were you born outside the US or have a parent who was born outside the US? If so, this is the ticket for you!
  • American Students: Were you born in the US to parents who were also born in the US, then this is the ticket for you!

“Conversations that Connect” is hosted by the White’s Chapel Refugee Initiative in partnership with Kairos Collaborative.

Your Church – Your Opportunity

White’s Chapel UMC is assisting our community’s documented asylees and refugees via a number of caring programs.  These Strangers in a Strange Land come to us with needs ranging from enhancing their English skills to providing help navigating grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and the work place.  We answer the call.

1 John 3:18 guides us: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”   Here are two opportunities to learn more about the world these newcomers deal with and your chance to make a lasting difference.  Please join us as you are able and motivated. 

Strangers In A Strange Land

Loving outreach to legal refugees and asylees

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 7-8:30 P.M.

Rawlins Lecture Hall Room #3103

Guest Speakers

Graham Bateman, Exec. Director JFON

Mark Hagar, Area Director Dallas RST

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White’s Chapel United Methodist Church 185 S. White Chapel Blvd

Southlake, TX 76092

For more information, click here.

www.refugetexas.org for stories and photos www.whiteschapelumc.com for “outreach missions”

Refugee Initiative Director

Ann Davis davis.ann.k@gmail.com Refugee Welcome Coordinator Holly Walsh walsh.hol@gmail.com

ELL Coordinator

Laura Bussell lbussell8@gmail.com

Want to know more about the English Language Learning (ELL) program at White’s Chapel?

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

7:00-8:30 P.M.

RAWLINS LECTURE HALL

Interested in teaching English to adults or

helping with special ELL projects?

Then, we invite you to come take part in our:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (ELL) WORKSHOP

Our own master teachers will share tips on teaching English to eager adults. We’ll then break into
small groups to look at an actual lesson across 5 different levels in our Ventures curriculum!

Let’s see how exciting we can make English when we collaborate!

WHITE’S CHAPEL UMC

185 S. White Chapel Blvd. Southlake, TX, 76092

For more information, contact Laura Bussell Coordinator lbussell8@gmail.com

Welcoming our newest neighbors

By Holly Walsh
Thank you for all of your contributions to help the family of nine get settled last month. They are from Afghanistan. The Father worked for our U.S. Military as an interpreter.
At the last minute, I was called to help pick them up at DFW when all 9 of them and their luggage couldn’t fit in the 2 cars already there! I was thrilled to get to meet the family. When we arrived at the apartment, they were in awe and had tears of overwhelming joy. The Father kept asking me how much he needs to pay for everything. I was finally able to help him understand people from our community all contributed to help them get off to a good start as they rebuild their lives. They were so grateful, surprised and kept saying thank you over and over. I promised I’d pass that expression of gratitude onto you. I apologize it’s taken me so long to let you know.
Refugees amaze me with their resilience, humility and gratitude. I’m so proud of us as a team that we can make monumental things happen in record time. Thank you for all you do and contribute to welcome the stranger and help rebuild lives.

Outing to the Dallas Museum of Art to meet Clemantine Wamariya

Took our guys to DMA to hear Clemantine Wamariya share her story as a Rwandan genocide survivor and author of “The Girl Who Smiled Beads”. She gave them autographed copies of her book and had an inspirational conversation with them after her presentation. The experience was very meaningful to our guys and helped them in their healing process.