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February 2020 Educ. Program - The Importance of Developing Healthy Leaders
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The program for February will introduce Organizational Health as a way to develop healthy leaders and workforce highlighting how having healthy leaders can impact an organization's overall strategy.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: American Immigration Lawyers Association
1331 G Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: DC SHRM

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The Importance of Developing Healthy Leaders

Presented by Chris Smith
Founding Principal, ChangeSmith

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

RECERTIFICATION CREDIT - This program is approved for 1.5 hours of SHRM, HRCI, and HRCI Business recertification credit.


People are smart. Every company has more than enough intelligence to run their business. So how do we make a real difference? If being smart is one side of the coin, participants in our session can expect to learn about the other side of that coin – being healthy. The leaders who attend SHRM events are the foremost experts in what it takes to be smart in delivering sustainable, positive, intentional HR solutions. But too many such leaders don’t believe that they have the time, bandwidth, or resources to also be healthy.

Imagine the conventional team delivering HR services, now imagine them delivering those same services with minimal politics and confusion, high productivity, low turnover, and overwhelming positive morale. We all know how easy it is to do things we love, and how great it feels to do so with a positive impact on other people. Think about all of the advantages of developing leaders to deliver your services with something approaching that same passion. It’s not a dream. It’s not hard. And it’s not expensive. It is about people. It is about leading people and taking care of people. Great organizations and great leaders all share at least one characteristic that is non-negotiable – their people are highly engaged. Organizational Health is both the art and science of giving people the best possible conditions in which to run your business effectively and sustainably.

In our 90-minute session, we’ll introduce Organizational Health as a North Star for developing healthy leaders and workforces. We’ll talk about finding balance between operational and aspirational leadership activities, and the impacts that those activities have not just on the internal and external stakeholder experience, but also on the overall effectiveness of service delivery to your customers.


After attending this session, participants should be able:

  • To introduce methods and strategies related to Organizational Health.
  • To share examples of healthy leadership in practice.
  • To provide key takeaways with which participants can begin demonstrating the discipline needed to balance their operational and aspirational leadership responsibilities, and drive healthy outcomes.



11:00 - 11:45 am  Lunch and Networking
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Welcome and Announcements
12:00 - 1:30 pm  Program
1:30 pm Closing



Christopher Smith is an Organizational Health executive delivering organizational change, culture management, and leadership development professional services for over 20 years. Mr. Smith is the founding principal of ChangeSmith, a management consultancy providing Organizational Health services to commercial, trade association, Federal, and not- for-profit organizations. ChangeSmith’s purpose is to enable leaders to provide a better professional experience for people. Mr. Smith engages at all levels of client organizations to influence the demonstration of the aspirational behaviors that better streamline operational initiatives towards extraordinary performance and better business outcomes.

Prior to founding ChangeSmith, Mr. Smith represented professional services firms including BearingPoint, PwC, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Smith studied at Williams College, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia, where he earned his Masters from the SEAS and Darden School of Business with highest distinction. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Arlington, a lifetime member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, has blogged for the Georgetown University Women in Business Initiative, and serves as an at-large board member for the Association of Change Management Professionals, Washington, DC Chapter (ACMP-DC). Mr. Smith also serves as the Chairman of the Juliet Grace Smith Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. He lives with his family in Arlington, VA, where he is also an experienced youth soccer coach. Mr. Smith is a proud member of SHRM.


$40 Members 
$75 Non-members

Refund Policy:  Refund requests must be made via email to  No refunds will be provided for this event after February 5.


 Thank you to our 2020 Annual Program Sponsor!

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