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HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: How to build a more effective team using the StrengthsFinder® Profile

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Lockton Companies | 1801 K. Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20006
  • 6


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The Non-Profit Consortium group is intended for HR practitioners at executive or leadership roles – Director level and above. No solicitation opportunity.

To learn more about HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Group, click here.

Session Title

How to build a more effective team using the StrengthsFinder® Profile

Session Description

Case Study of how the newly appointed Chief Human Resources Officer at The National Academy of Sciences is using StrengthsFinder® Profile to build and organize a highly effective human resources team.  Tom Rath’s  book Strength Finders 2.0, a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, describes how to use StrengthsFinder® Profile, an online tool developed by Gallup.  This tool enables individuals to identify their top five talents out of total of 34 talent definitions (natural ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving), build them into strengths, and find ways to use them. The StrengthsFinder® Profile also enables teams to determine which of the 34 “talents” identified by Gallup’s research are represented in the team and how to best leverage individual strengths to enhance team performance.

Session Presenters

Mary Helms is the Founder and Lead Consultant of CoachWise. Her Executive Coaching and Leadership Development clients  include professional services firms and nonprofit organizations, as well as  some individual clients.  Prior to founding CoachWise, Ms. Helms gained deep Human Resource management experience at INTELSAT, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and BDM International. Ms. Helms is a Certified Ontological Coach through Newfield Network, having completed Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery and their Graduate Program. She has an MS in Personnel and Human Resource Management from The American University and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from George Mason University. She has held adjunct faculty positions at The American University and Marymount University.

Don Laing was appointed to the position of Chief Human Resources Officer for the National Academy of Sciences in October 2014. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.  In 1916, by executive order of President Woodrow Wilson, the National Research Council was created and the NAS’s scope was expanded. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) were founded under the NAS charter in 1964 and 1970, respectively. Together, the NAS, NRC, NAE and IOM enlist the aid of the nation’s most knowledgeable scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts who volunteer their time to produce reports that have led to some of the most significant and lasting improvements in the health, education, and welfare of all the world’s citizens. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Laing has held several senior human resources positions at a range of organizations including Northrop Grumman, Special Olympics International, and most recently the American Diabetes Association.

Registration Time: 8:15 am

Start Time: 8:30 am


Lockton Companies 

1801 K Street, NW , Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20006 



8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - Networking and Registration

8:30 a.m. - Program Begins


Parking garage for the building is on L Street just before 18th. 


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