VC17 Day 1: MFLN Virtual Conference Conversation

Welcome to Learning through Change, the Military Families Learning Network’s virtual conference! We would like conference-goers to connect with and learn from each other as much as possible this week, and one way to do this is with daily conference conversations on our blog.

Each morning of the conference, we will post a start to the day’s conference conversation.  As you participate in sessions throughout the day, we invite you to share your observations, takeaways, questions, and resources as a comment to the daily posts. And please, feel free to respond to other commenters as well! We may be located all over the world, but we can still connect and chat with each other all week, at any time.

After the conference, we’ll compile these conversations into a downloadable pdf and post it on our website. We hope you’ll participate in the co-creation of this invaluable conference resource!

September 26:  Keynote Speakers Set the Stage

Today’s keynote speakers set the stage for the many conversations we hope to have this week about personal, professional, and organizational change.

Charles Figley is addressing coping strategies at work and at home to help us become stronger and more flexible during times of change and difficulty. Strategies for resilience and self-compassion and the importance of “battle buddies” are just a few insights he’ll share with us today.

Dionardo Pizaña reminds us there are several connections to leverage as we navigate change: connections with ourselves and our emotions, connections with others, and connections with resources. He is also discussing how the recognition of our differences can have a positive impact on successful organizational change.

What are you learning from today’s keynotes? Any connections across the sessions? Did you attend a breakout chat? What did you discuss? Do you have any resources related to today’s sessions that might be helpful to share with your colleagues?

Please share your thoughts below as a comment! We look forward to hearing from you!

– Brigitte Scott
Director of Program Development and Evaluation, MFLN