185 Creating an Introvert-Friendly Workplace

Monday, July 11, 2016: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Maryland Suite (Marriott Wardman Park)
Session Type: Interest Sessions
Track: Leadership/Manager's Track
Subcategories: Promoting diversity and embracing our differences, Communication, Leadership & Student Aid Management and Staff Training and Development
Audience: All
Credit Type: Credit Hours and Clock Hours
School Type: All Schools
Approximately one-third of the United States population is considered introverted. Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking," argues that today’s society dramatically undervalues introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. This session will explore myths about introversion and help participants examine their workplace culture to respect this quiet but mighty member of the team. Come prepared to participate—unless you would rather just listen —and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
Crystal Bruntz (Avila University)
Lisa Blazer (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Sharon Kienow (Northern State University)
Brenda Hicks (Southwestern College)