| Christa Kirby
is often seen as a nice-to-have on projects – something we may get around
to doing if we have the time and the budget. And in these days of shrinking
budgets and accelerated schedules, these efforts often fall by the wayside.
Can teambuilding really impact the outcome of a project? Is it possible
to measure the results of teambuilding sessions and activities? How
can an understanding of group dynamics form what we do and when we do it?
And, importantly: how can tapping into the imagination and creativity of
your team members build trust and interdependence, forging stronger business
Using a variety of media to illustrate her message, Christa Kirby will
present a case study focused on a USAID-funded long-term project with Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO) in Afghanistan. Over the past two years, she has
been working to help unite two separate – and often competitive – groups
operating under the same "parent" organization into a cohesive, collaborative
team. Interweaving story, video and photos, this presentation will
give you a rare glimpse behind the frontlines and into the working world
of the city of Kabul. Lessons learned will be applicable across a variety
of settings and situations, and participants will leave this session with
insights and dynamic new ideas that they can apply with their own project
Christa Kirby is the Director of Global Communications as well as a trainer
at International Institute for Learning (IIL). With a BA from Duke
University and a MA from New York University, she is an experienced Communications
professional as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and trainer.
For the past decade, Christa has conducted workshops and led training for
corporations, non-governmental organizations and foundations in countries
including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece and the
US. Her specialty areas of focus are team-building, leadership,
conflict resolution, effective communication, cross-cultural communication
and peace-building. Before joining IIL, Christa worked for nine years
with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in Communications and Knowledge Management.
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