2018 Session Description

Raising Individual Resilience
Adapting to change

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Insight
Maximum Participants: 30
Friday 1:30pm • Court 4
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

In today’s world of constant change and pressures, we need a wabi-sabi world view where we accept transience and imperfection, and adapt through agility and flexibility of thought.

Easier said than done!

Research shows that high levels of resilience can deliver valuable outcomes such as faster recovery from setbacks, more useful responses to the challenge of uncertainty, improved ability to function in a constant state of flux. Resilience is not a fixed trait that is ‘hard wired’ into us. It is a way of thinking. Just like a muscle, we can practice and strengthen our thinking patterns, preferences, and behaviors. Over time, we can become stronger at accepting and overcoming challenges and adapting to change.

This workshop introduces an effective Resilience Model through the delivery of hands-on, experiential activities.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Explore how the Resilience Model can be used to recover and rebound
  • Identify Resilience strengths and how to find strengths in one’s weaknesses
  • Apply tips and techniques to enable peak performance more consistently
Deborah Jann
Oakville, ON

As Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Roll Out Innovation, Deborah draws on 20+ years of experience in HR consulting, adult education, creative problem solving, sales & marketing and entrepreneurship.

She is a graduate of the Queen’s Innovation and Design Thinking Program and is recognized by the Creative Education Foundation as a Master Facilitator of Creative Problem Solving.

Deborah has achieved market success as a business owner in the transportation and adult education industries. As a principal in HR consulting, she’s helped clients win sales, awards and reputations. She is certified on psychometric assessments and The Confident Coach™, an ICF-accredited coaching program.

A popular presenter and facilitator, Deborah has worked with HRPA Executive Impact Forum and Conference Board of Canada events and the national conferences of the Municipal Innovators Community, Institute for Performance and Learning, Retail Council of Canada, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Mindcamp, The North West Company, Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and Women in Leadership and Business.

Deborah is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


Giselle Kovary
Toronto, ON

As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc., Giselle is dedicated to building strategies and programs that target, motivate and engage a multigenerational workforce. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than fifteen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance.

Giselle has created solutions and programs in six practice areas – sales & customer service; leadership; team building; Millennials & Gen Z and Human Resources. She has co-authored two books: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. As a human resources expert, Giselle is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio, including CBC, CTV News Channel and News Talk radio.

Giselle has a Master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.

This is Giselle’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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