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12/3 TLA Networking Meeting

December 3 @ 7:15 am - 9:30 am

TLA Friday, December 3rd Morning Meeting

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the strategy, information technology, and career management fields.

Our speaker for December is Liesel Mindrebo Mertes who will present Handle with Care: How to Create a Culture of Empathy at Work.

The holidays are approaching.  For many of your people, this is a complicated season, compounded by the stress of COVID, loss, and general unrest.  How can you proactively support mental well-being and create a culture of care and support, during the holidays and beyond?

In this interactive session, Workplace Empathy Expert Liesel Mindrebo Mertes will share actionable tips to boost workplace well-being, empathy and support when it matters most.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • What is empathy and why does it matter?
  • Three things you should never do or say to an employee experiencing a disruptive event
  • Creating cadences of care: actionable tips to transform your workplace now

Date:  Friday, December 3rd

Where:  Zoom Meeting
Cost:  No charge

For reservations – please reply to Pat Moroney with your name and telephone number no later than noon on Thursday, December 2nd with the first 20 reservations accepted for Zoom roundtable networking. Beyond 20 reservations, due to time constraints, you are welcome to attend both the roundtable and speaker presentations as a viewer only.

Once you have reserved, the night before the meeting, you will be sent the Zoom link for the meeting. Please do not share or publish this link.

We have allowed for 60 minutes for facilitated Zoom roundtable networking. Depending upon the size of the group, each participant will receive up to 3 minutes to give their pitch/overview and what we can do to help (such as target contacts or job leads).

If you have a contact, advice, or lead for a roundtable member, please use the Zoom chat feature to supply this information. This will allow the roundtable member to follow up with you afterwards in more detail. Or you are encouraged to contact the Zoom roundtable member directly using the attendee list which will be sent out to all meeting attendees afterwards.

If you have reserved but are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host, please send a note to Pat Moroney.


7:15am – 7:30am                    Introductions

7:30am – 8:30am                    Structured Zoom networking (first 20)
8:30am – 9:30am                    Liesel Mindrebo Mertes

9:30am                                  Adjourn

Structured Networking
Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives. It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

Speaker Bio

Liesel Mertes is an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event. As the Founder of Handle With Care, Liesel works with groups that want to boost employee satisfaction as well as attract and retain better talent

Liesel works with companies spanning industries, from RV manufacturers to diplomats to tech companies, both locally and internationally. Her favorite clients are forward-thinking organizations who know the value in supporting their employees with empathy and compassion.

Her expertise is broad—loss, returning to work, cultivating resiliency, compassion fatigue, how empathy impacts the brain—and no disruption is considered less significant. On these topics, Liesel is a dedicated speaker, writer, consultant, and host of the Handle With Care podcast.

Liesel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked in Nairobi, consulted in Fiji and led cohorts in Ghana. Her adventures brought her to Indiana, where she is a proud mother, wife and lover of time spent on the water. Through her actionable strategies, real life stories and passionate commitment, Liesel helps people survive, stabilize and thrive in the aftermath of adversity.


December 3
7:15 am - 9:30 am


Zoom Video Meeting
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