Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida. She is the author of three books; her latest, Cultivating Creativity (2017) was developed to help individuals and organizations bolster their creative potential.
Amma is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, creativity, group dynamics, and values-based leadership. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Pfizer, and General Assembly. Notable engagements include TEDxBSU, the 2016 ACUI/NASPA Women's Leadership Institute, 2017 Hubspot INBOUND Conference, and SXSW Interactive 2018.
Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.
Creativity - how to harness one's own creative potential, how to cultivate work environments that encourage creativity, how to rethink equity and justice through creativity frameworks
Temperament - how to effectively supervise introverts, how to thrive as an introvert at work, how to cultivate work environments that allow people of all temperaments to thrive
Communication - navigating tough conversations, empowering activism with values-led thinking
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As the demographics of organizations shift globally, our employee outreach and engagement efforts must change accordingly. In this interactive and insightful session, speaker, facilitator, and author Amma Marfo will help you to rethink how we authentically portray the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented populations.
The session will introduce a framework for creative thinking that could change the way you create departmental alliances, identify exceptional individuals and initiatives, and share these stories thoughtfully. How can we move beyond ensuring that each member of our organization feels seen, and toward a philosophy and practice that ensures they’re understood and accepted?
When you imagine a leader, successful and thriving in their role, what sort of person do you imagine? More often than not, the traits we value come easily to extroverts - leaving introverts either left out, or struggling given our expectations. This session will seek to even the proverbial playing field for leaders of all temperaments, at all stages of the organizational leadership journey.
By the end of this session, participants will:
(1) understand what introversion and extroversion are (and what they aren't),
(2) understand what challenges come to each type of individual,
(3) recognize how our prevailing program models and expectations can mean for each type, and
(4) learn 2-3 ways to keep temperament in mind as they plan, execute, and evaluate their day to day work
In this session that is equal parts interactive and contemplative, Amma Marfo will shine a light on origins and misconceptions around introversion, draw parallels between the challenges of introverts and those of women on campus and at work, and share some strategies for making your impact heard where your voice might not be. Look forward to a session that helps introverts to better understand themselves, and that helps extroverts to better understand their quieter counterparts.
After this session, participants will:
(1) have a clear understanding of what introversion is - and isn't,
(2) will be able to identify several strengths associated with an introverted temperament,
(3) will be able to develop personal action items for working with their own introversion, and
(4) for those who work alongside or supervise introverted women, will be able to better understand their process and adjust their leadership style and/or expectations accordingly.
Most conversations we have about diversity, social justice, and inclusion work surround adoption of best practices and replication of strategies that have worked elsewhere. But little is discussed at the outset about how these strategies fit our populations, and what adaptations will be needed for our game plans to feel "at home" within our organizations.
Using the design thinking model and a creativity framework developed by Amma, participants will have a greater understanding of what institutional knowledge, creative thinking, and a commitment to exploration can do to promote justice and equity at work- and will get to test these strategies out with real issues within their organization.