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Arrow Down March's Professional Development Meeting (PDM)

"Ditching Digital"
March 21, 2018

Presented by Carla Howard, Director, Transformation Office Avnet, Inc.

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Creating an effective communication plan is one of a change managers key responsibilities, and critical to project success. During the implementation of a new WMS (Work Management System) at one of our major distribution centers, the change management team learned how challenging this can be when the workforce most impacted is on the shop floor picking customer orders, packing material for shipment, loading and unloading trucks, putting away new product, handling returns and damaged goods, and managing mountains of paperwork. These employees have little or no access to email, and to complicate the communication challenge further, English is a secondary language for many.

What we once considered to be a major communication challenge, turned out to be a big contributor to success for our team. This session will focus on how we ditched digital communications for creative and fun information sharing alternatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the importance of targeted communications, and need to communicate differently to various audiences
  • Understand how a communication medium can be very successful in one environment, and not effective in another
  • Discover effective communication methods that do not rely on technology
  • Rethink the way changes are rolled out in a warehouse, distribution center, and other workplaces where employees do their work on the shop floor

Arrow Down Who should attend ?

Supply chain professionals seeking ways to improve the communications within their organization..

Arrow Down About our speaker

Carla’s responsibilities include partnering with leaders to ensure strategic initiatives include a strong Change Management strategy and plan, and change leaders receive appropriate training and support to successfully lead change. She serves as change manager on large global projects and provides Change Management coaching, classroom training, and train- the-trainer workshops aimed at leading the people side of change. Her team is responsible for the management and evolution of the Change Management strategy and tools deployed across Avnet’s global footprint. This includes the creation of custom workshops, training, and tools to support strategic initiatives and business needs, and managing relationships.

Carla Howard
Carla Howard

Carla and her team provide global support through the facilitation of Change Management workshops, coaching leaders on their roles as executive sponsors and influencers, and providing guidance on mergers and strategic projects. Customizing these activities for cultural fit and regional customs is a critical component of this international work.

Arrow Down Future Meetings

April 18, 2018

- To be announced




LOCATION: Double Tree Club Hotel
ADDRESS: 7 Hutton Centre Drive,
Santa Ana, CA 92707

5:30 to 6:30 pm

6:30 to 7:15 pm
PRESENTATION: 7:15 to 8:30 pm
COST: $25 Members
$30 Non-mem's
$15 Students
$15 OC Board
AT THE DOOR: $30 Members
$35 Non-mem's
$20 Students
$15 OC Board
DATES: Third Wednesday of the Month (10/year - see events calendar)

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