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Webinar | Bare Bone Board Basics Episode #8- Soft Skills Workshop: Leadership, Communication & Trust
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Category: Multi-Chapter


02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Pacific)
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Mountain)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Central)
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


Underlying all our interactions are the emotions we are operating with, both consciously and unconsciously. Emotions, and not the content, are the most powerful presence in the room during conflicts and stress. Emotions are the most compelling agents of change.

In this workshop, the eighth episode of Bare Bone Board Basics, we highlight the way to appreciate the importance of developing the emotional language to describe, acknowledge, and address emotions in the workplace using a proven and methodical approach absent in most other EI strategies.

The Emotional Connection strategy or EmC enables board members to connect more effectively, energize a harmonious workplace, and nurture creativity and innovation to achieve unprecedented results. When board members emotionally connect, they help each other and the executive team to reach their full potential and build a thriving culture.

This webinar and the series of which it is a part are co-production of certain chapters (Alabama, Dallas, DC Metro, Nashville, New England, New York Metro, Tampa Bay & Wisconsin) of the Private Directors Association®, Executive Forum™, Private Director Symposium™, ChamberWise™ & Financial Poise

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!


             Allan Grafman
Managing Partner
JMJ Advisors, LLC.

Allan Grafman has served on 12 boards, including 4 public, 4 private equity-owned and 4 venture-sponsored. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee of a public company (IDW) and also Audit Committee member for a REIT, and has served on Compensation and Governance Committees as well.   Specific past experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Board of a Nasdaq listed video game company and other entertainment, media and consumer focused entities.  He is currently a licensed investment banker raising capital for companies. Allan comes to board service building on executive roles at All Media Ventures, Archie Comics, Hallmark, Tribune, ABC and Disney.  He received his BA from Indiana University (PBK), Masters (Fellow) and MBA from Columbia (BGS).

             Dr. Lola Gershfeld
Founder and CEO
EmC Leaders

Dr. Lola Gershfeld, Founder and CEO of EmC Leaders, is an organizational psychologist and a developer of the Emotional Connection process or EmC, a groundbreaking and empirically supported approach based on attachment and the science of emotional connection to build resilience, resolve conflict, and nurture thriving cultures. Dr. Gershfeld has worked with over 700 cases helping organizations, teams, and individuals to thrive. Dr. Gershfeld leads several EmC research projects with a group of scientists and business professionals who focus on demonstrating the effectiveness of the EmC methodology, content, and delivery through substantive research informed by best practices in psychology. Her articles on emotional connection and leadership appear in Forbes, The Corporate Board, Industry Week, Corporate Board Member, The CEO Magazine, Chief Executive Magazine, NACD Directorship, California CEO Magazine, Training Industry, and others. She is a co-author of Emotional Connection, The EmC Strategy: How Leaders Can Unlock the Human Potential, Build Resilient Teams, and Nurture Thriving Culture. 

             Ramin Sedehi

Ramin’s career is highlighted by his three decades as an executive, intrapreneur, bridge-builder, strategist, and an award-winning faculty. He has served as a transformative leader at several world-class organizations (UCSF Health, UCSF Stanford Healthcare, University of Pennsylvania, American University of Beirut, and Weill Cornell Medicine.)

Ramin is the founder of Impact Human Learning, which focuses on strategies and actions to deepen learning in the 21st century. He currently serves as the Chief Strategy Advisor at EmC Leaders, focused on organizational and leadership training, development, and transformation. He is the co-author of Emotional Connection, The EmC Strategy, How Leaders Can Unlock the Human Potential, Build Resilient Teams, and Nurture Thriving Cultures.

As a convener of the United Nations General Assembly Science Summit (September 2022), Ramin is forming several sessions addressing issues of global health equity, building trust in science, the role of the liberal arts in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Open Neuroscience initiatives, private/public scientific and health partnerships, and decolonization of global health education.

Ramin advises and mentors leaders committed to unlocking the power of human-centered organizations and capable of nurturing emotion-centered connections, courage-based leadership, and systems thinking to solve intractable problems and thrive in the service of humanity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and has completed graduate studies in Public Administration/Health & Science Policy from California State University, Hayward. Ramin is also a graduate of executive education at Stanford University business school.


    Jonathan Friedland
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP
  • Jonathan Friedland is a partner with the Sugar Felsenthal law firm.
  • He regularly advises boards of directors and owners of companies in financial distress.
  • Jonathan has been representing companies in out-of-court workouts, chapter 11 bankruptcy, and controlled liquidations for more than 25 years. He also has broad and substantial experience in acting as outside general counsel to clients and in running both a wide variety of corporate transactions, and a wide array of commercial litigation.
  • He is widely recognized as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency attorney. He has been rated for many years as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, 10/10 by AVVO, and 10/10 by Justia. Jonathan is the principal author of two leading legal treatises, and his scholarship is widely cited by legal scholars. He formerly served stints as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and as a Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law Visiting Professor of Business Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. More information here.