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Part 2 - Leading Change Through the Power of Questioning

  • 14 Jul 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Online


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*This program is eligible for 1 credit towards APTD/CPTD recertification*

Leading Change Through Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology and Power of Questioning

ATD Long Island is pleased to present a multi-part series of webinars on Leading Change Through Appreciate Inquiry, Positive Psychology and the Power of Positive Questioning.

In Part I of this series, you will first learn about Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry as it relates to supporting change. 

Part II will focus on the Power of Positive Questioning, how to write a positive question and experience the change in your mental frame from changing the nature of the question.

Appreciative Inquiry is about the co-evolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.

The Appreciative Inquiry process was developed by David Cooperrider and others at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The original impetus came from Cooperrider’s work on his PhD dissertation as he worked through an organizational analysis of a hospital and was surprised to find a high level of positive cooperation, innovation, and opportunities for equal voice. He continued with a study of the “life-centric” properties of the organization and published his findings with his advisor, Suresh Srivastva, in 1986. As his research continued, he found connecting practices and philosophies that grounded his work into a new theory and framework.

Learning outcomes of the multi-part webinar series:

  • Understand the history of AI and Positive Psychology and how to incorporate positivity into change initiatives
  • Understand the tenets of Appreciative Inquiry and how to incorporate into your work
  • Review a case study demonstrating the process of incorporating AI, and therefore
  • Understand the tools and tactics for using Appreciative Inquiry
  • Learn the formula for writing a positive question
  • Practice writing a positive question
  • Experience the mindshift and change in mental frame when asking a positive question
  • Receive information, tools, and resources related to Positive Psychology and Positive Questions.



6:00 – 6:05 pm Welcome & Introductions

6:05 – 7:05 pm Presentation

7:05-7:15 pm Learning Wrap-up & Meeting Close

 Our Speakers:

 Denise Downs

Denise M. Downs is a leading expert in developing and implementing human capital solutions to maximize employee engagement and effectiveness. With over 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as not-for-profit organizations, she has consulted with and guided executives, managers, and employees on talent strategies.

As an Organization Development leader, Denise has designed and implemented global leadership development architecture, transformational change strategies, competency-based learning curricula, and global platforms. Most recently, she designed and implemented a talent marketplace for a regional healthcare system. 

Denise frequently speaks at offsites, strategy sessions, and retreats on topics of collaboration, appreciative inquiry, positivity psychology, and conflict resolution.

Ms. Downs holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.S. in Human Resource Management from New York Institute of Technology.

Additionally, Denise holds numerous certifications including Conflict Resolution from Columbia University; Appreciative Inquiry in Positive Business and Society Change from Case Western University; and Change Management from ACMP and Prosci. Denise studied and completed certification at The Center for Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania and presented her research, “The impact of volunteerism on the self-esteem of adolescent girls.” Currently, Denise is a Program Advisor for Seton Hall’s Transformative Leadership“ executive certificate.

 Kate Kearney

An award-winning talent, organizational development, and operations management professional with over 20 years of experience finding ways to help individuals and organizations achieve their fullest potential.

Kate’s professional background includes marketing, operations management, and talent development within the life sciences, music, real estate, publishing, higher education, legal, and logistics industries. Her work has been recognized by eLearning Magazine for creating an award-winning learning culture and a best-in-class collaborative environment for employees. Kate holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Business Management from NYU and an MBA in Executive Management from Pace University.

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