LEAP Workshop: Gravitas, Elevate Your Presence to Success

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Gravitas: Elevate Your Presence to Success

The terms Executive Presence and Gravitas are used to separate the real leaders from others. What is IT exactly? Why are business, companies, for-profit, and non-profit organizations looking for talent that possesses the ability to draw people to them? Further, is this something that anyone can have or is it just for the lucky few?

Luckily, gravitas is yes, partly charm, but mostly a combination of exhibited physical skills. This experiential session is designed to get you on the path to targeted things you can do to elevate your presence in any given situation. Because, moving up means acting like a leader from the get-go requiring you to focus attention on refining, learning, and unlearning behaviors. What this means is you will engage, interact, experiment and try new things the moment you enter the room!

Take the first step to leading the way by knowing the fundamentals of gravitas required to eventually get yourself to that place you desire your career to take you. Communication is key!


What’s LEAP?

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 7.50.55 AMFounded 32 years ago, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. LEAP’s workshops and presentations have provided APIs with an introduction to leadership training and an opportunity to build awareness and critical skills to reach their leadership potential.


LEAP Workshop

Date & Time:  23rd May Saturday, 10:45-12:45PM

Cost: A separate fee of US$50


Speaker: Matt Woolsey, Director of Leadership Programs

Matthew Allen Woolsey.01Matt Woolsey is the Director of Leadership Programs for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and consults in areas of communication (executive presence and content structure), leadership, team development (Including cross-cultural teams), project management, and strategic visioning for human capital in domestic and international markets. His career spans the professional services sector (Learning & Development leader in management consulting) and higher education, bringing over 20 years of experience to each new challenge. The recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from Washington State University, Matthew holds a bachelor’s in Communication Broadcasting, a master’s in Education Administration, and a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change. Along the way, his programs have received recognition by the Association of Professional Communication Consultants, Consulting.Com Magazine, and Experience.com. Matthew is also an adjunct professor, teaching courses in public speaking, critical thinking, and a senior capstone class on Society, Ethics, and Technology. The feedback he typically receives is usually something like, “contagious energy, passionate engagement, and creative solutions to complex issues.” In his spare time he enjoys playing the flute (classically trained musician), gardening, cooking, reading, and physical fitness.



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