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Solving Conflict through Improvisational Leadership

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Strand Union Building, Ballrooms

Re-light your creative flame and explore your leadership skills during an evening of professional improvisation coaching and conflict resolution training at Montana State University. This will be a great evening to explore various situations in a safe (at your own comfort level), fun environment with people of all different leadership styles. You choose whether to watch or join in the fun.

Led by master comedian Kent Davis and conflict resolution expert Deidre Combs and Carmen Mcspadden, the evening workshop revolves around games and techniques that focus on jump-starting your imagination and bringing out the best of the important soft skills needed to resolve tough conflicts. Walk away from this workshop with confidence and a different view on various conflicts, both large and small. All levels of experience are welcome in this flexible, dynamic and caring environment -- and the workshop is open to all MSU students.

Kent Davis brings over 16 years of professional experience performing in film, television and theater, as well as an innovative approach that balances technical excellence and a keen sense for fun. Performances of his work have been presented in venues as diverse as the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles, FronteraFest in Austin, Texas and as part of the Northwest New Work Festival, curated by On The Boards in Seattle.

Deidre Combs is an acclaimed author of three books dealing with conflict resolution using traditional cultural wisdom integrated with systems theory and brain research. Her expertise was honed through many years working with corporate, government, and NGO clients including IBM, Aveda Corporation, US Forest Service, US Postal Service, and Landmine Survivors Network. Currently, she trains, teaches, and mentors students in the MSU Leadership Fellows Certificate Program as a core instructor.

Carmen McSpadden is the Director of the Montana State University Leadership Institute and Leadership Fellows Program. Carmen has been a trainer for Leadership Montana for seven years. She serves on the board of Humanities Montana, chairs the Headwaters Economics board, and has served the Montana School Boards Association, Governor's Renewal Commission for K-12 Education, Anderson School Board, Gallatin County Planning Board and the Open Lands Board. Her expertise includes governance, leadership, labor-management issues, negotiation strategies, change management, gracious space, customer service, goal setting, emotional intelligence and individual, organization and community transformation.

To register, please visit us in our office, SUB 187. A $5 fee includes training and refreshments. Feel free to contact the MSU Leadership Institute at 406-994-7275 to reserve your place at this awesome event.