Knowledge Pods

DATE: November 9, 2020

TIME: 4:10 - 4:45 pm ET | 1:10 - 1:45 pm PT

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Change on the macro scale starts on the micro scale. Select from these interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning to continue transformation in your own life, business or organization.

  • Knowledge Pod #7: Rewiring for Resilience
  • Knowledge Pod #8: Building a Culture of Accountability
  • Knowledge Pod #9: To be announced

Knowledge Pod #7:

Rewiring for Resilience

With Corey Atkinson, CSPN

Resilience is defined as the ability of an individual to absorb energy and release that energy to spring back to our original shape. In today’s ever-changing business environment, resiliency has become a critical skill for everyone in an organization to master. With constant changes, increasing customer expectations, and new technology tools created every day, organizations must ensure they are providing a sustainable framework to support their people in the ability to manage change and bounce back from every obstacle.

Actionable Insights

  • Improved ability to change thinking patterns
  • Deeper understanding and usage of mindfulness
  • Strategies to refocus, recharge, and reboot daily
Sponsored by:

Corey Atkinson

Corey Atkinson, VP of Strategic Learning & Development at CSPN is a professional speaker who has been delivering impactful presentations and helping companies create result-focused alignment between learning and increased results for over 20 years. All of Corey’s presentations contain powerful stories to engage the audience, but he also shares various strategies that have been proven to create enormous success for individuals, teams, and organizations. He has an authentic presence and presentation style that will connect with everyone in the room leaving them engaged, enlightened and empowered.

Many presenters have expert knowledge, but very few, if any, can bring a passion for a topic and the audience like Corey. He consistently brings unique perspectives and an unlimited amount of strategies to connect and get the audience thinking and sharing.

What sets Corey’s presentations apart from the rest is that he connects the message with the audience from beginning to end. This allows for:

  • Deeper learning and buy-in
  • An experience and messaging that resonates with attendees
  • Increased understanding of how content can be applied in the future

Knowledge Pod #8:

Building a Culture of Accountability

With Glain Roberts-McCabe, The Roundtable

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic some teams thrived while some teams stumbled. The critical differentiator? A performance-based culture where accountabilities and expectations were clear. In this session, you'll learn:

  • the building blocks of a high performance culture
  • the 4 leadership behaviours you need to demonstrate to create a culture of accountability
  • how focusing on outcomes enables everyone to be a high performer
Sponsored by:

Glain Roberts-McCabe

Glain Roberts-McCabe and her team at The Roundtable help ambitious leaders and organizations navigate change, disruption and growth. Together, leaders build trusted relationships, troubleshoot real problems, accelerate opportunities and develop the superior coaching skills needed to enable successful transformation, collectively.

Through their innovative and multi-award winning Roundtable peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring programs and their “leaders teaching leaders” community, the Roundtable is reimagining the traditional consulting firm model. In 2014, The Roundtable for Leaders peer coaching program, developed in collaboration with PepsiCo Foods Canada, was awarded the prestigious Gold Award at the Canadian Awards of Training Excellence.

An active volunteer, Glain is a mentor with the Institute for Performance and Learning. Glain lives in Toronto with her incredibly supportive husband and highly engaging daughter.

Knowledge Pod #9:

The Future of Supplier Diversity

With Silvia Pencak, WBE Canada and Justin Talbot-Stern, B2Gnow

Supplier diversity is rapidly evolving in Canada. More and more organizations are not only finding that supplier diversity is a competitive advantage, but also choosing to utilize their procurement to make a difference in their communities. Designed for corporate and government organizations eager to increase their spend with Canadian WBEs. Join us to learn about the latest initiatives WBE Canada is spearheading in the Canadian market, especially about our super secret power tool to be announced at this year’s Conference. In this session you will learn:

  • Overview of Membership benefits with WBE Canada
  • Specifics on WBE Canada’s newest tool for supplier diversity professionals
Sponsored by: WBE Canada

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak is the President of WBE Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization certifying women-owned businesses and opening the doors to corporate & government supply chains under supplier diversity programs across North America.

Silvia has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and business environment, leading transformational projects and teams. She is regularly called a Juggernaut- accelerating the speed of change. Her diverse international background spearheading successful initiatives gives her a wealth of experience to lead supplier diversity to its next level to support Canadian women-owned businesses.

Silvia believes in the power of partnerships and is always open to building alliances that benefit all involved. She is passionate about making positive impact in her communities. She is a wife and mom to 2 teenage girls.


Justin Talbot-Stern

Justin Talbot

Justin Talbot-Stern is the Chief Executive Officer of B2Gnow and the system architect of its software platform. B2Gnow provides software to 300 of the largest governments and corporations in North America to track participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in their contracting programs and ensure their compliance with complex federal and local laws. Organizations are able to measure and assess the impact of small business programs in their communities, thereby quantifying the creation of local jobs and business development through tax-funded projects. B2Gnow created and continues to provide the US Federal Highways and Federal Aviation Administration Civil Rights Connect systems used by thousands of USDOT DBE and ACDBE recipients. The company's growth has been recognized for eight years on the Inc 5000 list (2013 – 2020).

Justin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Contract Compliance Association and has presented classes at multiple training conferences for 15 years. Educated as an engineer, he earned degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Sydney and attended MIT for graduate studies before founding B2Gnow. Before B2Gnow, Justin was an engineer at NASA in the Humans to Mars Program but prefers “diversity science” to “rocket science”.