Thursday 11:00am - 12:30pm:

From Surviving to Thriving.. One Decision at a Time

Growth happens when decisions happen. Growth stalls when they don’t. It really is that simple. Decisions are the most basic building blocks of growth and transformation. The more strategically and decisively leaders stack those blocks, the faster and more effectively their teams will adapt to disruptions, execute creative solutions, and optimize their resources.

Over the last 20 years, organizational psychologist and #1 best-selling author, Nick Tasler, has helped leaders around the globe unlock their transformational leadership potential…one decision at a time. Nick’s flagship program has been experienced as a keynote or an interactive workshop by tens of thousands of leaders from London to Lagos, Boston to Bangkok, and San Francisco to Santiago, including everyone from Fortune 500 executives and top-producing sales teams to healthcare providers and entrepreneurs. In this exciting experience, leaders up and down the organizational hierarchy will discover how to…

  • Make good decisions faster with an elegantly simple Know-Think-Do framework.
  • Bridge the gap between strategy & execution by making 3 crystal clear decisions.
  • Use a Decision Pulse to instantly align their teams for transformation.
  • Leverage an “Anti-You” to quickly and easily improve snap judgments and achieve cross-functional alignment.
  • Stay in a confident, creative, and decisive mindset all day, every day.
  • Identify and kill “important” projects that distract their teams from your most innovative solutions.
  • To use a Value-Variance Matrix to channel innovations that make your team truly unique to both your internal and external customers.
Learning Objectives:

1. Based on the content of this session, I am able to bridge the gap between strategy and execution.
2. Based on the content of this session, I am able to identify and kill "important" projects that distract you from your true growth potential.
3. Based on the content of this session, I am able to make good decisions faster with an elegantly simple 3-part framework.



Nick Tasler

Nick Tasler is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, organizational psychologist and the #1 best-selling author of four counter-intuitive books on the art and science of making decisions and leading change. He is a Leadership Columnist for the Harvard Business Review, a guest lecturer at the Wharton School and his work has been featured by The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS and other leading media outlets around the world.

Nick’s original insights and dynamic style have benefited the world’s most respected organizations ranging from General Electric and JP Morgan Chase to Microsoft, Wells Fargo, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Yale University.

Nomadic by nature, Nick and his wife and their four kids live in…lots of places. Sometimes Minnesota. Sometimes Florida. Currently, Puerto Rico.


Friday 10:45am - 12:15pm:

Lessons Learned from Intersectional Leaders: The Four Diamonds Model of Inclusive Leadership Groups 

Through the very nature of the diversity of thoughts and experiences they foster, Inclusive Leadership Groups can facilitate tremendous personal and professional leadership development. This presentation will provide attendees information both experientially and didactically, on a model of inclusive leadership lived and developed by four AAMFT fellows and leaders. Presenters will share their experiences as socioculturally diverse AAMFT leaders that led to the development of The Four Diamonds Model while also providing participants an opportunity to develop their own inclusive leadership group.


Dr. Michelle Karume, DMFT

Passionate about Marriage and Family Therapy Michelle runs a private practice, is a full-time faculty member at the United States International University-Africa and is currently the program Lead for the Ma MFT. With a background in Program Development; Michelle also develops Masters and Doctorate level MFT programs.


Vishwani Ram-Souza, LMFT

Vishwani (Deepa) Ram-Souza, LMFT serves the Hilo community in a co-owned private practice: Elemental Guidance, LLC.  She is currently completing her PhD at CIIS and hopes to introduce a new meta-paradigmatic model (inclusive of mind, body, and spirit) into contemporary Western mental-medical healthcare approaches.


Dr. John Souza, Jr, LMFT

Dr. John Souza, Jr. is an LMFT (Hawai'i and Minnesota), a Clinical Fellow/Approved Supervisor with AAMFT, and an adjunct faculty at Hawaii Community College/University of Hawai'i and Northcentral University. He is the president of the Hawaiian Islands Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and AAMFT Leadership Certificate graduate. Clinically he specializes in working with adolescents, their families, and young adult couples. 


Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT, PPSc

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap is full-time faculty and Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the Wright Institute MA Counseling Psychology Program in California. In addition, Ulash maintains a private practice in San Francisco supporting BIPOC communities and emerging leaders.

4:00pm - 5:30pm

The World According to Z 

In many ways, it’s symbolic Generation Z (1996-2009) is named after the last letter in the alphabet, because this generation’s arrival marks the end of clearly defined roles, traditions, and experiences.  

After all, Gen Z is coming of age on the heels of what has been referred to as the most disruptive decade of the last century and most disruptive year in history. This generation will largely be responsible for confronting the aftermath of the COVID crisis, the effects of climate change, political and social disruption, and many other significant issues.  

As you know, Zs parental and family influences differ from previous generations. The concept of family is more diverse, with the nuclear model now representing one-fifth of American households. Zs were born into the new “family era” in which gender roles overlapped and highly involved Dads helped out at home. Furthermore, Zs are the first generation made up of the children of three generations of parents - Boomers, Xers, and Ys.   

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Gen Z has been raised with a whole new set of privileges, influences, and obstacles in comparison to any generation that has come before them. Even their brain development has been different!  There is much to learn about this generation and how to engage them -- and doing so helps leaders and organizations better prepare for the future. 

Sarah Sladek is the CEO of XYZ University, a future-focused management consulting firm which specializes in generational studies. In this presentation you will learn fascinating insights about Gen Z’s behaviors and values, including the results of her global Gen Z research. This presentation promises to deliver useful information you can immediately apply to your professional practice – and ready or not, here comes Z.


Sarah Sladek

Sarah Sladek is a best-selling author, speaker, and CEO. Since 2002, her life's work has been dedicated to helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent. A former business journalist, Sarah started out researching the shift in human capital in great detail, seeking to pinpoint what was causing sharp declines in membership and employee engagement and to identify the solutions to each. Within a few years, she became a leading researcher of generational shifts and change management. Her five books include The End of Membership As We Know It, which has remained a best-seller for 9 years. Her latest book, Talent Generation, is based on several years of research and identifies the core strategies essential to engaging today’s talent.

In addition to authoring books, Sarah has launched several successful ventures. She is the founder and CEO of XYZ University, a future-focused management consulting firm, and the founder of the Save the Associations, a virtual conference and web show. She co-produced the first interactive course to help associations develop a future-focused membership strategy, and founded the nation’s first conference focused entirely on bridging talent and leadership gaps in the workforce. In 2017, Sarah was named a Talent Economy Influencer by Talent Management magazine. Her expertise has been prominently featured in international media, and she has keynoted events worldwide. Backed by years of experience and supported by solid research, Sarah remains committed to helping organizations plan for their futures, engage younger generations, and prosper in the new economy.