Leadership Development CoP: Leadership Unscripted --– Combining Technology and Improv

  • 12 May 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 7054 Haycock Road, Room 214, Falls Church, VA 22043
  • 19


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In developing leaders, understanding theories and applying best practices will only get you so far. That's because leadership is not scripted; it’s organic, spontaneous, off the cuff - just like the art of improv! Getting good at it takes practice, practice, practice – yes, both leadership and improv. Join us for a unique opportunity to get on your feet and experience some fun improv activities and learn how they can be applied to your leadership development training. As an added bonus, you will learn more about the types of leadership development applications available to support your programs on your smart phones and tablets, including a Career Path Tool and a Succession Planning Tool from our sponsor, C2 Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Will Wallace, a human capital consultant with expertise in leadership and learning management, and Lori Muhlstein, a professional corporate trainer and improv performer, will be facilitating this fun and highly energetic session. Leave your inhibitions behind and join the fun!

William E. Wallace PhD-c has 20+ years of experience that have afforded him the opportunity to work in all business sectors including governmental, corporate, academia, and nonprofit. Some of these organizations and businesses include the Nova Southeastern University, New York State Social Services Division, Kids In Distress, Marriott International, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Darden Restaurants; he has also worked for Miami-Dade College, Deutsche Poste and Suncare Central, a European skin-care company. William is a contributing member of the Washington, DC Association for Talent Development Leadership Community of Practice. His motivation and energy are fueled by his passion for leadership development, especially strengths-based leadership and creating work environments where all employees, from the front-line customer-facing to top executives, are fully engaged and love going to work everyday.

William is a Doctoral Candidate in Psychology, with a concentration in Organizational Psychology, at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His lifelong dedication and dissertation topic is leadership effectiveness, specifically strengths-based leadership effectiveness. William graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where he received his MS in Organizational Learning and Leadership from the Adrian Dominican School of Education and a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in Organizational Development from the Frank J. Rooney School of Adult and Continuing Education. During his graduate and undergraduate career, he was a Teacher's Assistant to professors in undergraduate Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Training Development, and Human Resources Theory and Administration courses. William also represented the SHRM Barry Student Chapter as President while he was a graduate student, and Vice President of Merit as an undergraduate student, resulting in chapter growth and published articles for the Barry SHRM newsletter. He received the Dr. David F. Blank Scholarship award for his dedication and commitment to the Human Resources field.

For recreation, Will enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and playing a wide variety of sports in recreational and competitive leagues. He also likes to bike, kayak, ski, workout and do yoga regularly.

For more information about Will's experience, please go to:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/wewallace

An accomplished trainer, Lori Muhlstein helps people express themselves in fun, creative, and productive ways. Leveraging her successful career in sales and corporate learning and her background in performing arts, she integrates dramatic arts activities such as improv and role-play to create fun and meaningful learning experiences and produce more effective and productive communications that lead to results.

Lori’s proficiency in public speaking, sales, business writing, and leadership served her well throughout her career at Verizon Communications where she held numerous management positions in learning and development, sales, and marketing.

As the Chief Expression Officer for Lorim Communications LLC, Lori develops and delivers communications and sales training workshops, coaches small businesses and non-profits to build sales skills and meet goals, and teaches drama and improv to children and adults. Her workshops, “Speak Up! The Art of Presentations”, “Improv 4 Success”, and “Successful Selling Fundamentals” are offered locally in the DC Metro area including this Spring through the Fairfax County Adult Continuing Education program catalog.

Lori holds several certifications in sales, and relationship awareness and conflict management programs. She also has a Masters in Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.


The UVa Northern Virginia Center, located at 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043, is easily accessible from I-495,   I-66, Route 7, and is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro (orange line). The small campus is shared with VA Tech. You'll see signs for both. You enter on the 2nd floor.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. 

Google Maps link - https://goo.gl/maps/Y6Rgj

When you turn onto the Metro access road off Haycock (sometimes shown as Falls Church Drive on GPS systems), the first left is short-term and restricted parking. Please continue to the next left which will say Metro and University parking. Parking is $4.85 per weekday, cash/credit card.. Parking is free on weekends. If the University parking lot is full, please use the Metro parking lot across the street. A SmarTrip Card is needed to exit the Metro lot. To purchase a SmarTrip Card, visit http://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/

Travel by Car
From I-495: Take Exit 47B Route 7 East for 2 miles, passing under Route 66. Turn left at the next major traffic light onto Haycock Road. At the next traffic light, turn left onto the access road for the West Falls Church Metro Station. The building is on the left. Follow signs for University parking.

From I-66: Exit onto Route 7 East towards Falls Church. Turn left onto Haycock Road. Turn left onto the access road for the West Falls Church Metro Station (sometimes shown as Falls Church Drive on GPS systems). The building is on the left. Follow signs for University parking.

From Route 7 heading west (from DC, Arlington): Turn right onto Haycock Road just past the Giant shopping center. At the next traffic light, turn left onto the access road for the West Falls Church Metro Station (sometimes shown as Falls Church Drive on GPS systems). The building is on the left. Follow signs for University parking on the left.

Travel by Metrorail
Take the Orange Line to the West Falls Church Station. Walk approximately 300 yards from the Metro lobby, across the parking lot and past the parking deck.  For route and fare information, visit www.wmata.com  We are a 4 story brick building clearly marked. 

Travel by Bus
MetroBus and the Fairfax Connector make stops at the West Falls Church Metro Station. Route information may be obtained from Metro at 202.637.700 or the Fairfax Connector at 703.339.7200.

Special thanks to our Community of Practice sponsors: C² Technologies, Inc., George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education, and UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

C² Technologies, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in performance improvement, dedicated to improving the effectiveness of productivity-driven organizations. We provide training, strategic human capital management, mission-critical support services, and information technology solutions to meet the specific needs of our civilian, defense, and private-industry clients. C²'s solutions are as diverse as our clients, giving us an opportunity to incorporate best practices from each industry into our services.

George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education is focused on meeting the education and training needs of the business community with Certificate programs and professional certification preparation. Our broad range of professional development programs, including programs in Leadership, Project Management, Government Contracting, HR, and many others, serve the private sector, as well as local, state, and federal organizations. Quality, timely, and cost-effective programs can be accessed in open-enrollment public seminars, classroom based and online formats, and in-house contracted training.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) opens the doors of the University of Virginia to thousands of nontraditional adult learners for continuing education.