DBC Virtual Workshops

Past Virtual Workshops

Keeping Your Virtual Audience Engaged: Distractions are Just a Click Away

June 16, 2021

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Over the past year, many of us have had to make major shifts in the way we do business. As nutrition professionals, we have adapted to reaching and communicating to our clients and our teams through virtual channels out of necessity. With mandated social-distancing and canceled in-person events, what was once an alternative approach for meetings, classes, and conferences, has become our primary channel. Even though in-person events will eventually make a comeback, virtual presentation are here to stay. This webinar is designed to prepare leaders of virtual meetings and virtual presenters how to design an effective virtual presentation, demonstrate the tools and technology that can elevate one's virtual presence, keep audiences engaged, and lead to a more effective meeting and/or presentation.

CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 1070, 1130, 6030, 7200
Performance Indicators: 2.1, 3.1, 9.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the core responsibilities of the moderator/facilitator to create an engaged and participatory audience for a virtual meeting or conference.
  2. Implement engagement techniques that satisfy audience members and leave them less likely to disengage.
  3. Utilize technology tools that can enhance virtual meetings and presentations.


Sonja Stetzler, MA, RDN, CDC

Sonja Stetzler, MA, RDN, CPC is the founder of Effective Connecting, a consultancy and practice specializing in developing the communication and leadership skills of healthcare and business professionals. Sonja works with her clients to craft their message, convey it with confidence, and most importantly, connect with their audiences. Sonja is a Certified Professional Coach and a Conversational Intelligence® coach with several decades' worth of experience in management, sales, training, education, and coaching. Sonja received her B.S. from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and her M.A. in Organizational Communication from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is certified as an Executive Coach through Queens University's certificate program. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Speakers Association, and the International Coach Federation. Additionally, she co-authored five chapters in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' new book, 'Communicating Nutrition: The Authoritative Guide', which was published in the fall 2020.

Keeping Diversity in V.I.E.W.: Visualize. Inspect. Empathize. Watch. Wait. Welcome.

Tuesday April 13 and Thursday April 15, 2021

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This workshop reviews bias types while analyzing productive and counterproductive ways to invoke bias. It will explore approaches to keep diversity and inclusion top of mind while also heightening its importance. This workshop will engage in an interactive experience allowing participants to raise awareness to the critical role cultural humility plays in today's society. Attendees will be engaged, informed, and will leave inspired to continue making a positive impact in their spheres of influence.

V.I.E.W. Point BASICS exploring bias through daily lens (Step 1, Learn)

  • Pre-Workshop Survey/Evaluation
  • Readings
  • 90-Minutes of Workshop (1.5 CPEU)
  • Survey Results
  • Polls

Diversity in V.I.E.W. discovering why diversity matters (Step 2, Do)

  • 90-Minutes of Workshop (1.5 CPEU)
  • Case Studies
  • Small Breakout Discussions
  • Exercises / Templates

A ROUNDTABLE with a V.I.E.W. exploring the value of cultural humility and more through an interactive panel discussion (Step 3, Inspire)

  • 60-Minutes of Workshop (1 CPEU)

CPEU: 4.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 1040, 1050, 1060, 1130
Performance Indicators: 1.3, 2.1, 3.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Create an action plan to lead self, others, and community through intentional inclusion
  2. Adopt a personal framework to keep diversity top of mind
  3. Lead by example as an inclusive leader and diversity champion to affect positive change across culture in business and community


Letitia JamesLetitia

With over 20 years of experience, Letitia James is a dynamic speaker and an effective project manager with a passion for execution and delivery. Her most recent work focuses on helping companies implement and execute diverse and inclusive strategies throughout all levels of business. Currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Compass Group, Letitia expanded the Leadership Legacy Network, restructured and launched a new Veteran’s program, and created a Mentoring Circle program which has positively impacted over 300K employees. Letitia earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Clayton State University.

Manage Trust and Lead with Credibility During Organizational Adaptation

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Change is inevitable, and a leader needs to prepare to adapt. Evidence shows that leader and manager trust and credibility are critically important for efficient and profitable functioning. Times of organizational adaptation place a special premium on trust and credibility, because both are especially important during these times. Unfortunately, both are also especially endangered. This session will present evidence and straightforward tools to recognize and manage these essential employee attitudes.

The Virtual Workshop includes pre- and post-workshop readings and assessments, and will follow the below outline:

  • Review of "Values Worksheets"
  • Define trust, credibility and behavioral integrity
  • 15 minute break
  • Why trust, credibility and behavioral integrity are important: consequences
  • Key pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • 15 minute break
  • A model for thinking about trust
  • A model for thinking about credibility
  • Building leader credibility as an organizational and individual challenge

CPEU: 4.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 1070, 7020, 7090, 7200
Performance Indicators: 2.3, 3.1, 4.2

Learning Objectives

  1. Leverage provided tools to practice leading others with trust, credibility, and integrity to enable successful adaptation
  2. Compare the process of building trust and the process of losing trust
  3. Devise an approach to overcome the resistance to change by understanding why others resist change


Tony_Simons.jpgTony Simons
Professor of Management and Organizations
Cornell University

Tony Simons wrote The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word in 2008, based on 15 years of survey and interview research into the notion that the credibility that follows from consistent follow-through is a leadership essential, and has continued his thought leadership on this difficult and consequential issue. Tony has published over 35 journal articles and book chapters for managerial and scholarly audiences. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The Journal of Applied Psychology, and more. He is a tenured professor of management and leadership at Cornell University, where he has inspired and trained students and executives, and conducted cutting-edge research since 1993. 

He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Tony has spoken and trained executives in leadership, negotiation, and credibility management at Northwestern's Kellogg School, Cornell and in seminars in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. 

He lives with his 17 year old son Cole, his partner Sage & a large white Samoyed dog in 100 acres of protected woods in Ithaca, NY.



2020 Virtual Workshop


Career change is challenging! What excites you? Where are the opportunities? Where will the opportunities be in 5 years? How do you set yourself up for success? Lisa Abbay is the Talent Acquisition Manager with Compass Group where she has been recruiting key operation leadership for over 13 years. During this session, Lisa will describe her professional journey, explore the future, RDN job outlook and share tips and strategies to successfully navigate the job search and hiring process. Current best practices for building an effective and results-oriented resume will be presented.

Session 1: Setting You Up for Success

This session will start with an assessment of your career. Reviewing your skills, interests and even personality tests you completed in high school might sound silly, but the right career assessment can provide essential insight to help you find your path. Use reliable tools as a starting point for insight and self-reflection. Make lists and look at your options. Do your skills, strengths and interests overlap with resources you have worked hard to establish? Learn from our presenter’s story and the journey that translated into a career hiring hundreds of dietitians for Compass Group. Let's start down the path to a new career or a refresh of your current one. It will be worth it.

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Session 2: Long Term Career Success Strategies

Our first session set the stage for you taking charge of your career. In this session, the presenter will be taking a deeper dive into your resume, interview style and keys strategies to a successful career change. Real-life examples and industry best practices provide the foundation needed for a winning resume. Your resume is one of the most important tools in your professional portfolio and must showcase your accomplishments, leadership skills and ability to meet deliverables. How you format and disseminate this information can be the key to landing your interview - but that is not the only thing companies are looking at. Assessing and correcting your social media information and harnessing the power of LinkedIn are now essential in an era where everyone thinks they are an expert. Finally, we will look at the interview process, the things we look for, and provide you with tips and tricks for garnering that offer. As we conclude this virtual workshop, you will have an outcome-focused action plan to help you prepare, manage and achieve your professional goals.

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3 hours of CPEU are available.