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    Fostering Critical Thinking Skills through Socratés Cafes - Asking the Right Questions - Approved for 1.5 of General Recertification Credits and Eligible for 1.5 SHRM PDCs

    Date: August 19, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    Ericka Carmona-Vega
    Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    $55.00 Walk-ins
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    We're excited to welcome guest speaker Veronica Adams, an independent training and organizational development consultant with considerable expertise in diversity & inclusion, creativity & innovation, and leadership development.

    About the Program:

    Some organizations pay a lot of money for “The Five Questions” used in the Lean or Six Sigma approaches to organizational improvement.  But actually, this practice is nothing new under the sun.   Socrates fostered the spirit of true inquiry in the Western world through open-ended questions and his form of the “dialectical method” over ~2500 years ago.

    In 2002, with his book Socrates Café, American philosopher Christopher Phillips started a movement in U.S.  Thousands of Socrates Cafés formed in workplaces, retirement homes, schools, churches and prisons where ordinary people have practiced the Socratic Method approach to asking questions and exploring new ways of looking at many aspects of our lives and world.  In this age of incessant sound bites and superficial analyses in so many corners of our culture, many people are hungry for deeper thinking and an open exploration of ideas with others in more meaningful conversation.

    Through sponsoring a Socrates Café gathering, anyone with basic facilitation skills can start a “critical thinking revolution” in his or her workplace that can, in turn, support various organizational improvement initiatives.   –-While also being a hero for not spending down limited performance improvement budgets!

    About the Speaker:

    Veronica’s clients have included The Center for Creative Leadership, Accenture, Exec Online/Columbia University Business School, Cook-Ross, Inc., The Reina Trust-building Institute, Georgetown University, healthcare and food service companies, and various federal government agencies.

    Her formal education includes a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, organizational development graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelors degree in Theater, University of Detroit.

    She is a student of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and teaches mindfulness and meditation.

    Advanced registration is now closed, but we gladly welcome walk-ins to our meeting!!