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Events » Ignite Your Career: Envision, Craft, and Collaborate | 3 Session Series

Ignite Your Career: Envision, Craft, and Collaborate | 3 Session Series

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Program Description

After a year of change, many folks are asking more questions than ever about their work, lives, stretch goals, learning, and careers. If you’re one of them, this three-part curriculum-based workshop series is designed to help you imagine your best self and create a collaborative action plan to help you get there. (Plus, CSI Members get in at a discount!)

Led by CSI Members Lisa Taylor and Ali Breen of @challenge.factory, you’ll learn how to navigate uncertainty, identify the supports you need, and communicate your goals to your employers. 

People are asking more questions than ever about their work, lives, goals, and careers. What if we could satisfy individual career curiosity while building career management and coaching competence within your leadership team?

Great career conversations are the most powerful tool managers have in their toolkit to engage and retain staff. We also know that many managers have limited time and are often uncomfortable leading career conversations with staff.

We know the power of great career conversations, and we want every organization within our community to use this summer to build stronger employee relationships and build better career management capacity. Strong career development is linked to better mental wellness. It leads to more confident and creative teams. It fosters a sense of belonging that comes from understanding how work connects with personal values.

You’ve been through a lot. So has your team and your organization. Take this opportunity to imagine, improvise, and ignite a new passion for the good work ahead.

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Session 1: Imagine – Wednesday, August 4th, 2:30-4pm

Imagine the best, most audacious version of yourself. Your future is just being written, by you. Your choices today are creating the future of work not only for yourself but also for everyone you meet along the way.

We hear: I hope the new normal is better, I wonder what it will be like?

But can we ask better questions? What are you going to do to ensure your career and life move in a direction that is supportive of the future you want to create? What actions are you going to take individually and where can you find support?

Session 2: Improvise – Wednesday, August 11th, 2:30-4pm

At this very moment, we can find ourselves inhabiting what feels like entirely different worlds. The World of Dread, where we live when we feel most pessimistic, the World of Dreams, for our hopes and imagination, and the World of Delight, brimming full of optimism.

We hear: What do we do about the oncoming Turnover Tsunami!?

But if we ask better questions… Career conversations are the greatest tool to retain and gain talent and engage in meaningful work. How are you creating space and time to talk to each other and develop plans that meet the needs of both employees and organizations?

Session 3: Ignite – Wednesday, August 18th, 2:30-4pm

Doesn’t it feel like right now is a moment to spark career magic? Your choices, your worlds, your organization – this alchemy ensures you get lit up about your work and future.

We hear: Yeah I want to work in line with my values, but how can I do that in a struggling economy? Isn’t that self-indulgent?

But if we can ask better questions… What if everyone is a genius in the right context. How can reflection, conversation, and career ownership become the driving forces to finding that context and helping ourselves and our teams excel?

A hand drawn image of a comic strip that shows a person dealing with the "yeah, but - my manager won't support me." The comic strip also describes how that is flipped and the action that must be taken

About the Facilitators

Lisa Taylor is a sought-after expert on today’s changing world of work. As President of Challenge Factory Lisa offers invaluable leadership and insights about the Future of Work. She is the author of the Retain and Gain series of career management playbooks and The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work. She is also a co-host on the highly anticipated podcast The Next Normal.

Ali Breen is Challenge Factory’s Learning Coordinator and leads our Centre for Career Innovation. With 10+ years in career development and human resources, Ali is a constant kick-starter. She brings her experiences in adult education & facilitation, curriculum design, leadership training, community growth, and personal branding.

Learn more about the Challenge Factory Team.


CSI Members: $99 – CSI Members receive 3 facilitated sessions with Challenge Factory facilitators and access to all course materials from July 8th through August 31st for this special rate.

Open Ticket: $299 – Program participants receive 3 sessions with Challenge Factory facilitators and access to all course materials from July 8th through August 31st.

Accessing Content

Please note that this training will be delivered virtually through Zoom. Registrants will get access to Challenge Factory’s learning platform, the Centre for Career Innovation, on July 8th and be sent a Zoom link by Challenge Factory. Don’t see an email from us? Check your spam folder in case it ended up there.

Facilitated sessions will not be recorded to help create a supportive and confidential environment.