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Fireside Chat: Difficult Discussions

June 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fireside Chat is an SMPS Dallas special event series exclusive to firm leaders, executives, and senior staff.

Difficult Discussions

One of the most uncomfortable but important aspects of managing others involves sharing information that can be hard to hear (and even harder to say). As a leader in your firm, your role involves providing constructive criticism, confronting performance issues, and handling employee terminations across your firm’s org chart – including with those who serve in leadership roles alongside you. Our instinct can be to avoid dealing with these situations until they can no longer be ignored, but it’s better to assertively tackle them proactively. Difficult discussions are necessary and essential to your team’s health, and they can be easier to navigate if you feel better prepared.  

Join us for an in-depth conversation with firm leaders, executives, and senior staff as we share strategies, tips, and techniques for effectively managing critical conversations in your company. Our discussion will cover a variety of scenarios, including mass layoffs, terminations for cause, employee reviews, leadership/administrative staff redirection, and others. This collaborative, town-hall style event is best suited for those who are willing to actively participate in the discussion by asking and answering questions, and sharing their own insights and lessons learned.

This conversation will be facilitated by Yvonne Lopez-Diaz, PHR, Vice President – HR Director, HNTB Corporation.

Event schedule:

  • 5-5:50PM: Cocktails, food, and networking

  • 5:50-6PM: Greeting, announcements, and intros

  • 6-7:30PM: Program

  • 7:30-8PM: Post-event socializing

Heavy appetizers will be served and an open bar is included with your registration. In order to facilitate a more intimate, conversational atmosphere, seating is limited to 30 invited attendees. Your early registration is strongly encouraged.

An exclusive sponsorship opportunity is available for this event. For more information, please contact Chris Mavros at sponsorship@smpsdallas.org.

For more information about this event, please contact Dara Davulcu at 214-753-8327 or presidentelect@smpsdallas.org.


June 28, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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15508 Wright Brothers Drive, Addison, TX 75001
Addison, TX 75001 US
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