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The Importance and Power of Process in Relationships - September 2017 Dinner Meeting

September 20, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave
Clayton, MO 63105
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Project Managers are often legitimately adept at large-scale organization and driving tasks to completion as it relates to technical or task-related phenomena within their respective projects. However, project managers tend to reveal off-the-record that relationships within those projects/tasks are often quite difficult and outside the scope of both their training and ability, the great irony being that it is precisely within these difficult relationships that the majority of project-interrupting personnel problems take place. This is especially true given that conversations required to repair relational difficulties require some degree nuance, understanding, and balance.

This presentation aims to help listeners:

  • Understand layers of workplace (and other) conversations using therapeutic conversation as a framework
  • Identify situations which call for attendance to one layer of conversation vs another, or both
  • Grasp relational difficulties that outflow from a failure to attend properly to a particular conversational layer, as well as political, organizational, or cultural barriers that may reinforce tendencies to ignore conversational layers
  • Implement strategies to enable an adept, contextually rich approach to workplace (and other) conversations, leading to change-producing interventions for “stuck” employees and situations (and therefore, projects!).



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Ryan Thomas Neace, MA, LPC, NCC, CCMHC

Founder, Clinical and Managing Director Change, Inc. | A Counseling Company | Get Your Life Back!

Ryan Thomas Neace has a comprehensive background in mental health, entrepreneurialism, and education that spans several states and over 15 years.   He holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, whose program is ranked second in the nation.  Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Missouri, and holds the National Board for Certified Counselors’ most advanced clinical credential as a National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  Ryan is the Founder and Director of Change, Inc., a bustling, boutique outpatient practice offering non-judgmental, down-to-earth counseling in South City, St. Louis.  His writings have been featured by the American Counseling Association, the Huffington Post, the Society for Human Resource Management, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and more, including major academic publications.  Most recently, Ryan was featured in a counselor training textbook by best-selling author, Dr. Jeffrey Kottler – the book is entitled, “Secrets of Exceptional Counselors.”  He is proud to live in St. Louis, MO, with his wife, two children, and three cats.

 Meeting Agenda

  • 5:30 p.m. – Networking and Volunteer Fair
  • 6:15 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:40 p.m. – Short Business Meeting
  • 6:55 p.m. – 2017 Elections Candidates
  • 7:15 p.m. – Presentation
  • 8:15 p.m. -  Presentation End and Speaker of the Year 2015 Award Presentation
  • 8:20 p.m. – Door Prizes and Announcements
  • 8:30 p.m. - Adjourn



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Number of PDUs = 1,   Component ID = C071



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$30.00 St. Louis PMI Members - Pay-At-The-Door

$30.00 Non-Members - Pre-Pay

$35.00 Non-Members - Pay-At-The-Door

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