Organizational Development Round Table


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Round Tables are a complimentary Member Only Benefit. When Recertification Credit is offered, non-members may attend for a small fee of $25.

Register: June
2023 Round Table Series Sponsor  

Re-certification Credit Information

 This session has been approved for 1 HRCI Credit Hour (HR General) and 1 SHRM PDC.


The Organizational Development Round Table is dedicated to the development of Organizational Development Professionals. Attendees discuss the unique issues and challenges associated with being an OD professional.

Be sure to join the Organizational Development community in HRConnect to continue the conversation.

Meet Your Round Table Leaders

Mariya Gavrilova Aguilar
Ph.D Professor
University of North Texas
Mariya Gavrilova Aguilar, PhD teaches courses in human resource management at the University of North Texas, where she is also the co-advisor for the UNT SHRM chapter. She has held the PHR certification since 2013 and she obtained the SHRM-SCP certification in 2016. She has expertise in performance improvement, curriculum development, leave administration, and career exploration. Mariya has been a member of DallasHR and she has volunteered with The HRSouthwest Conference in different capacities for 13 years.

Jada Zeno-Woods
Human Resources Senior Specialist
Jada Zeno-Woods is a Human Resources Senior Specialist at Sendero. She has a Bachelors in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Organizational Development. Jada has recently joined DallasHR as a member and volunteer in the Education Committee as a roundtable leader. 



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Foolproof Formula for Having Uncomfortable Conversations
Presented by: Aleta Norris

Many people struggle with communication in the workplace. This is especially true when faced with others’ poor performance or behavior, differences of opinion and uncomfortable emotions. In fact, the most common response to a difficult situation is to avoid it; to hope it will resolve itself. Fool-Proof Formula for Having Uncomfortable Conversations addresses this struggle. In this session, Aleta Norris, partner at Living As A Leader, will discuss the natural and predictable human tendencies to default to avoidance or to engage in disrespectful communication because of the pressure and stress of the situation. These tendencies can be replaced with a step-by-step process.

At the end of the session attendees will be equipped with:

  •         Six steps to navigate through an uncomfortable conversation
  •          A mindset that honors all parties involved
  •         The skills to minimize emotion in the conversation
  •  A greater likelihood to arrive at a positive outcome:
    •                    Commitment to high productivity
    •                      Heightened accountability
    •                      Preservation of the relationship
Aleta Norris
Living As A Leader
Aleta Norris is an expert leadership coach and trainer with 30 years of experience developing leaders. She is also a highly sought-after speaker for annual meetings, keynote engagements, panel discussions and networking groups. In 2002, Aleta, along with Nancy Lewis, co-founded Living As A Leader® to support the effectiveness of leaders at all levels of an organization. Today, Aleta oversees Living As A Leader’s sales and marketing activities.

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