WCC & HBSCC North Shore Breakfast - Conversations for Action

Date and Time
Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:00am— 8:30am
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Max & Benny's
461 Waukegan Rd
Brookside Shopping Center
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States
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Tad Gray and Eduardo Cisneros

North Shore Breakfast

It’s been said that the biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Imagine what’s possible - higher team satisfaction and desired business outcomes - when we lead conversations of greater understanding, commitment and follow-through. 

Introduction & Objectives:

Why do we connect with some people almost instantly but fail to do so with others?  Why is it so many people are just "talking past" one other even when their goals and interests are aligned? This inability to truly connect with others undermines effective conversations and has a negative impact on the results we care about.

Have you ever been on the same wavelength with someone almost immediately? What’s the impact? Relationships and partnerships are built – sales and investments are made. Negotiations go more smoothly, teams get aligned and work more effectively. What if we can cultivate habits and practices to engage in more satisfying and productive conversations?

Great leaders share the ability to inspire and to spur others to coordinated action with a shared mission, language and values. This ability doesn’t come from a book - rather it’s a performance art that can be learned, nurtured, and embodied.

In this session, we will cover:

• The approach top performers use to build trans-formative relationships
• The critical steps needed to transform interactions
• What gets in our way and how to deal with it
• How to create committed action and desirable outcomes

Active Listening Self Assessment:
Please click here to access the Active Listening Self Assessment. Tad and Eddie will review your score during the November 8th breakfast and assist you in developing a plan for strengthening your active listening skills.


Speaker Bios:

Tad Gray
Tad Gray (WG’93) is a musician, certified leadership coach, and wealth advisor with Buckingham Strategic wealth. He received a music degree from the University of Colorado and enjoyed further musical studies at Aspen, Banff, and Yale. After earning an MBA from the Wharton School, he served in leadership and business development roles in corporate banking, derivatives, and capital markets with Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Tad serves on the board of directors for the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, an 11-person chamber music group focused on redefining the classical music experience and cultivating social change in the community. Tad lives in Wilmette with his wife, a violinist and teacher. As a clarinetist, he enjoys playing chamber music with his musical family and others.


Eduardo Cisneros
Eduardo Cisneros coaches senior executives and entrepreneurs from leading organizations - ranging from Fortune 500s to startups and nonprofits - and leverages his direct leadership experience to skillfully work with clients to help them achieve exceptional results.

Eduardo started his career at GE Healthcare as an Account Executive of Radiology and was a member of the founding team of 2 health care startups. He has also held roles in Corporate Development at UnitedHealth Group and was most recently a Vice President of Development at DaVita. Eduardo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County.

Eduardo holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University and is a Certified Integral Associate Coach. He is married with 2 kids – both under age 9 – who keep him young and active and currently lives in the Chicago suburbs.


DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Pre-Pay REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 7 at noon.
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
COST: Please prepay
Pre-paid $20.00
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at the door: $30.00

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Max & Benny's

461 Waukegan Rd, Brookside Shopping Center, Northbrook, IL 60062, United States,
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