Leadership Connections: Holding Space During Turbulent Times
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern
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Leadership Connections

Monday, October 3 | 3:00pm-4:00pm ET | Virtual

Holding Space During Turbulent Times

As leaders of community programs, we may find ourselves facilitating program days while our community has recently been in crisis. In these circumstances, many of us wonder – how can I navigate a discussion on this without it getting our planned day off course? Will the topic create tension in the group? Should I acknowledge it at all?

During this hour-long session, we will give you an opportunity to learn and grow with us within the space of understanding your role of being a facilitator during turbulent times. Within this session we will spend 30 minutes going over the following goals:

  • Understanding your role as a facilitator in creating a safe space

  • Understanding your role in acknowledging and facilitating difficult topics 

  • Understanding the behaviors that support a trusted space 

We will have an additional 30 minute of breakout sessions to discuss real-world situations and provide support and any questions you may have.


Tess Weinisch, Owner, TBW Consulting

Tess has extensive experience in Organization Development, Executive Coaching, Change Management, Design Thinking, Leadership Development, and Talent Management.  She has worked globally, giving her additional experience working with clients in Amsterdam, Budapest, South Africa, Italy, and Singapore.  

She has worked internally and externally in business unit integration, delivery, and monitoring of all organization development and change management services to the organization.  She designed and facilitated customized programs to increase organizational efficiency, productivity and support business unit profitability. Advised and designed interventions about impacts resulting from complete organization changes (leadership changes, rapid growth, downsizing). 

Tess is known for her design and delivery and believes that the two most essential things in leading others include staying true to yourself and being the presence that is missing for your team or organization.  It gives her great joy to help her clients transform and meet their goals.  

She manages her own consulting business, TBW Consulting, with clients worldwide.   She lives in South Burlington, VT, with her husband, son, and daughter and enjoys being outside, traveling, and being with her family.  

Ricky Padgett, Leadership & Executive Coach, Padgett Leadership

Ricky brings over thirty years of professional experience and passion to developing leaders and teams to reach their full potential, for themselves and their organizations. Ricky coaches in a variety of industries, including healthcare, health, and human services, financial services, technology, start-ups, higher education, pharmaceuticals, and media services. He offers a wealth of progressive leadership experience - from front-line manager to executive – and an experiential and evidence-based approach to his work.

Ricky’s coaching approach focuses on improving leaders' performance and strengthening the connection between their goals and those of their organizations.  He works to discover, clarify, and align with what leaders want to achieve, encourages self-discovery, elicits leader-generated possibilities and solutions, and provides a framework for accountability for leaders as they move their work forward.  His coaching may include MBTI®, Hogan®, Clifton Strengthfinder®, and MSCEIT® assessments, resonant leadership exercises, and 360º leadership self-studies. Ricky’s work is grounded in the theories of intentional change, the cycle of experience, self-determination, and emotional intelligence, as well as positive psychology concepts.

Ricky holds a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in human resources from Florida State University and a B.A. in accounting and business administration from Troy State University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He completed his coach training at Teleos Leadership Institute and holds certifications in MBTI®, Hogan®, MSCEIT®, and Conscious Business Coaching, and an EMCC accreditation in Global Individual Team Coaching. In addition to his coaching practice, Ricky is part of the faculty of the THRIVE leadership development program and an adjunct faculty member at Champlain College in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business.

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