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The Communication of Change – October 20 at Thrivent

October 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


The next East Town Business Partnership Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Thrivent Financial, in Conference Room 270.

It was Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said “the only thing that is constant is change.” Could he possibly have imagined the speed of change in the 21st century and what your business must do to navigate change in our time?

institute-for-research-in-marketingThe October business forum is unique from many others in that we will hear some practical advice from a specialist on change management. Lori J. Abrams, Ph.D. is an award winning faculty member in the Department of Strategic Management at the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management and is a licensed mediator. She is also an Organizational Development consultant specializing in negotiation and the communication of change.

Attend this forum to learn insightful aspects of organizational change and essential practices for communicating change both internally within your organization and externally to your constituents.

You must register and pay in advance for this business forum.  The cost to attend this month’s business forum is $20.  The registration deadline is October 17, 2016, at 10 a.m.  Please note, no cash payments will be taken on the day of the event.  

* If you paid for lunch tickets with your membership, please contact ETBP Executive Coordinator Christie Rock Hantge at [email protected] for a coupon code to use on the registration Website.



11:30-Noon                  Networking

12:00-12:10pm            Introductions and ETBP Update (Paul Mellblom and Dan Collison)

12:10-12:55pm            Feature Presentation with Q & A (Lori Abrams)

12:55-1:00pm              Closing Announcements (Dan Collison)


lori-abramsLori J. Abrams, Ph.D.

Dr. Abrams earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Minnesota with a research focus in healthcare organizations.  At the University level she teaches courses in Negotiation Strategies, Psychology of Management, Strategy Process and Implementation. Outside the University she has extensive experience as an organizational consultant and trainer.  Her most recent consulting efforts have been in the following areas; negotiation, gender and diversity, communication and organizational change, conflict management, survey design and implementation. A partial list of clients include: Carlson Executive MBA, Xcel Energy, Best Buy, Metropolitan Council, 3M, Grand Metropolitan, STEM and Minnesota Public Radio.

In addition to consulting, Dr. Abrams is highly respected speaker, frequently sought after by a variety of organizations such as; The Executive Development Center, Women’s Leadership Conference, Management Advancement Program, 3M, Land O Lakes, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).


October 20, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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East Town Business Partnership
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