5 Keys to Leading Dynamic Virtual Meetings (Lea Williams)September 2020
Even before the pandemic, the lack of effective meetings was one of the biggest productivity challenges for many nonprofit organizations. As a leader, you cannot afford to waste the collective time and talent of your staff, board and key volunteers. To offer practical advice for better meetings - especially in a virtual setting - Dr. Lea Williams shares her five keys for creating a more dynamic and productive culture when you bring your team together in episode #59 of the Path. She discusses how to assess your "meeting ROI", how to design a thoughtful agenda, how to prepare with purpose, how to master your virtual platform, and how to keep the momentum going. Listen for these and other ideas to help you lead your nonprofit.
"Create a culture shift in your nonprofit around great meetings and make better use of your staff, board and donors' time. This will be a hallmark of your organization."
Lea is an Organizational Scientist who joined the PMA team in June of 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Lea dedicated her time to two main areas: earning her Ph.D. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serving 15+ nonprofits through pro-bono consulting engagements through the Volunteer Program Assessment. In addition to her nonprofit work, while obtaining her Doctorate, Lea also worked in several Talent Management/Organizational Development roles at large organizations in Charlotte, such as Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, TIAA, and Jacobsen. Given her strong research background, she is skilled at gathering input and synthesizing it to help nonprofit leaders develop innovative solutions. Her specialties include meeting effectiveness (the subject of her dissertation), leadership, board, and staff training and development, data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative), strategic planning, survey design, stakeholder research, and volunteer retention/engagement. She also received her Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College.
EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
Steven Rogelberg's book The Surprising Science of Meetings
Rogelberg's 10 Quick Tips to Make Remote Meetings Work
Lea's work at PMA through consulting and meeting facilitation