Professional Development


Quarterly leadership based professional developments range in topics from successful negotiating to improving leadership skills. 

Past expert speakers and topics have included:

MBA-B.Arch. Tania Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Green Habitat and president of the McCombs Mexican Alumni Network spoke on Beyond Self-Doubt to Direct Change through her journey on empowering communities with adopting green architecture and sustainable business models.

A seasoned improviser and facilitator with over 15 years’ experience, Shawn Utterback– Co-Founder/Chief Experience Officer of Play Storming spoke on 4 Key Steps to Agile Leadership.

Darlene TempletonWith the experience, the wisdom and the natural ability to empower businesses and professionals to achieve their greatest potential, CEO and founder of Templeton & Associates, executive coach, professional speaker, trainer and author, Darlene Templeton had attendees leave with action items at On Ramp Up Your Leadership Skills.

Scott TibbesScott Tibbels is Business Performer Advisor at Insperity, helping businesses succeed so communities prosper. He has been involved with the learning and development industry for 23 years.  Scott Tibbels spoke on how to Dial Up Your Leadership Effectiveness to learn how to influence others in a positive and constructive way.

Profitability through DiversityKazique J. Prince, founder and chief executive officer at Jelani Consulting, LLC, provides executive and leadership consultation and coaching services focused on cultural competency for individuals, teams, and organizations in business, education, government, healthcare, and for non-profit groups. Interaction was on Profitability through Diversity.

Handling Mistakes EffectivelyDiana Lowe is Trainer and Performance Consultant with Dale Carnegie, the only performance-based training company with offices worldwide. She is also the Vice President of Special Interest Group for American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and Ambassador for the Love at Work Foundation. She discussed information on Handling Mistakes Effectively.

See more of our past professional developments and other events here. 

NAI has been my source of info, workshops and classes for my business and personal growth. The organizer has the ability to bring people of different backgrounds, professions together for the same purpose. Growing into oneself and as an entrepreneur takes a lot of knowledge and work.  It’s great to have this meet up group to be one of my main biz resources.”   –  La’arni Ayuma, Ayuma Healing Arts

I love the North Austin Influencers™ workshops. When a workshop is coming, I clear my calendar because I know I need to attend for my personal and professional benefit.” – Larissa Davila, BCO Consulting Group

I have been very impressed by the leadership Monica Peña has demonstrated when organizing, selecting speakers, and highlights for the North Austin Influencers’ professional developments and mixers.Carmen Sosa, El Mundo Newspaper

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