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Strengthening Leadership Presence and Mental Resilience 

July 20, 2022 // 2:00 pm CT


This session is offered as part of the Councils Mentor Match program, but all Council members are welcome to attend.

Our work environment is changing rapidly. We call this type of environment a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). There are several ways we need to change our paradigms and work approaches to thrive in this type of environment. One of these ways is how to project calm and clarity as a team member or leader even as you experience constant change and uncertainty. In the past, it used to be enough for leaders to provide quarterly goals and objectives, annual reviews, and feedback and support as needed. Now the daily changes and challenges we face require ongoing emotional support and clear guidelines the team can lean on even in unpredictable situations.

In this interactive session, learn how to be more effective, with tools that build your emotional mastery and enable you to help calmly ground your team through stressful and uncertain times.

  • Understand how the rapidly evolving landscape is currently impacting organizations, making business operations more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA).
  • Learn the five key areas where changing your way of thinking and operating can help you thrive despite the constant change.
  • Learn about how VUCA creates stress and can cause you to be triggered, hijacked, confused, anxious and frustrated when people need to feel your calm, clear, strength.
  • Work through exercises and practice with our tools that help you increase your awareness of stress, what triggers it and how it impacts others.
  • Leave with practical tools you can use to reduce your stress and increase your clarity, strength, and emotional resilience, and use that to not only build your own confidence but the confidence of all those who look to you for guidance.  

This session is Council member-only.  Only register if you are a current CUNA Councils member.  

Meet Your Speakers:

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Patti Cain-Stanley Patti Cain-Stanley

Principal and Head Coach


For 20 years, Patti Cain-Stanley has been supporting executives and entrepreneurs to propel their careers and businesses through her Southern California-based coaching, facilitation, and consulting business, Cain-Stanley & Co. (CSC). Her first-hand experience as both a corporate executive and business owner combine to augment her coaching and benefit her clients. Another key to her success has been the ongoing support of an executive coach as a strategic partner; Patti has worked with a coach since 1996—allowing her to see and maximize both sides of the coaching dynamic.

Patti created D.Y.N.A.M.I.C. ExecutiveTM Coaching, an integrated, advanced program that inspires and delivers extraordinary leadership. Patti and her team of consultants partner with the individual, team, or organization for sustained paradigm shifts, graduate-level thinking, and development of highly-prized leadership and communication skills.

Patti has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude; participated in Executive Education programs at MIT and Indiana University’s Kelley Management School; is a graduate of the New Ventures West Integral Coaching Program; has attended courses from the Hudson Institute and CoachU; is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation and is certified in several 360° feedback tools and a variety of leadership assessments.

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Nahid Casazza Nahid Casazza

Senior Coach


Nahid Casazza (MBA, BCC) works with business leaders and independent professionals to grow more effective with an emphasis on mastering time and work organization, communication, team development, self-awareness, mental fitness, and leadership. Nahid offers one on one coaching, facilitation of workshops across multiple topics, group coaching and training along with self-discovery assessments (MBTI, DiSC, 360s, Positive Intelligence, and the Enneagram). Nahid developed a synergistic group model that combines training and group process with individual coaching and has been successfully using it for more than fifteen years to get faster and more sustainable results with clients. She has adapted this model to work in a variety of organizations, and with professionals who want to build leadership skills and accelerate progress towards business and career goals.

Prior to starting her coaching practice in 2001, Nahid spent fifteen years in the high-tech industry, recruiting aerospace and software engineers at the H.L. Yoh Company, and working in IT and product management at Kingston Technology.

Nahid has a Master’s in Business from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and is a Board-Certified Coach. As President of the Orange County chapter of the International Coach Federation in 2007, Nahid led the team to win the “Finding your Voice” award, distinguishing them among 150 chapters worldwide. She developed the Success Team Program at NAWBO (National Association for Women Business Owners) that helped members accelerate their business success in professionally facilitated groups. Nahid served on the advisory board and co-taught a unique ICF competency-based coaching program designed for business leaders at Chapman University’s Extended Education Leadership Services Program. She has also served as a coach and mentor to MBA students at several universities including Pepperdine and Chapman and has served in NAWBO’s mentoring program for business owners for more than a decade.

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