Leading From Afar: Engaging Workers Virtually

Due to the unexpected passing our Executive Director, Kate Berman, the Leading From Afar virtual series is being postponed. We are actively working with Dr. Anson to secure a date. Thank you for your patience.

Dr. Anson brings her expert research on worker engagement in virtual environments with her leader coaching experience to offer insights and practical solutions for thriving in the work from home environment.

Three one-hour virtual seminars will be offered to maximize your effectiveness in the virtual environment.


Barriers to effective virtual work

– An understanding of the need for social connections

– Tips for enhancing social connections

– Best practices for improving virtual connections



– Pros & Cons of technology choices

– The elements of Empathetic Listening (Introduction only)

– Three types of Motivational Language

– The “ACE” of Communication Competence


Integrating Concepts 

– Coaching using the SBI model

– Self-Care

– Virtual Meeting Best Practices


December 3rd 5:50-7:30 Meet & Greet will take place at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave, Edina, MN 55424. All subsequent events will take place at Minnesota State University, 7700 France Ave S # 500, Edina, MN 55435.


Early-bird tickets (before November 23) are $100. Regular-price tickets are $180. Prices include course materials.

Register here today!

Living & Leading a Purposeful Life Conference


More than 300 people were held rapt with attention by a stellar lineup of speakers and panelists at today’s Living & Leading with Purpose conference. Twin Cities-based and nationally recognized think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE (t2pri), in collaboration with the Edina Chamber of Commerce, teamed up to sponsor its inaugural halfday conference held at The Westin Edina Galleria.

Edina Mayor Jim Hovland kicked-off the day; he was followed by t2pri RESEARCH INSTITUTE founder and Moral Intelligence 2.0 author Doug Lennick, who set the stage for the morning with the session “Living in Alignment with Purpose.” Lennick established the tone for the day by outlining how one’s purpose helps others achieve their highest potential.

The morning continued with noted executive coach Richard Leider, author of The Power of Purpose. Leider challenged the audience to understand their gifts, to realize it’s about more than them and his final point – to show up.

The focus then shifted to health and wellness with t2p President and Chief Operating Officer and RESEARCH INSTITUTE board chair Kris Peterson interviewed Senior Vice President Ruth Tongen. Peterson shared personal insights with the audience of her journey to realizing her purpose and the important tie-in of stress and health. Tongen addressed the importance of employers weaving purpose into the interview process and workplace culture.

Luncheon keynote Chris Farrell, author of Purpose and a Paycheck and host of NPR’s Maketplace Money, highlighted Second-Life Entrepreneurship and provided a demograhic snapshot of workforce trends.

The afternoon took a more personal turn with a panel discussion moderated by former General Mills executive Kim Nelson. The panel, comprised of retired Associate Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, Alan C. Page, St. Catherine University President, Becky Roloff, and Baird Vice Chair and author of Stewardship, John G. Taft.

Panelists shared first-hand accounts of experiencing transition, responded to audience questions about understanding and achieving one’s purpose. The day’s theme of purpose and giving back to the community resonated with participants.

Although a first-time initiative for t2pRI, organization leaders say the Twin Cities is a region where there is immense curiosity and deep interest in the subject.

“We recognize there are a number of people searching for meaning in their lives. This conference was an opportunity to delve into the topic and hear from those who have gained an understanding of living and leading with purpose,” says think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE Co-Founder, author and conference speaker Doug Lennick. He continues, “We’ve invited some of the best in the field along with recognized leaders to share their stories. Research shows that regardless of your demographic a Millennial, a retiree, or Generation X, having self-awareness and a sense of purpose helps one find happiness and longevity, as well as be a better leader and contributor to society.”

Living & Leading a Purposeful Life Conference: Event Details

Thursday, November 7, 2019
8am-2pm, The Westin Edina Galleria
  • Find meaning, live healthier and longer, and create a lasting legacy.
  • Be inspired by leaders who have found purpose, and can help guide your personal journey, whatever your stage of life—starting out or looking for the next chapter.
  • Leave energized with a commitment to discovering and living your purpose for health, happiness, and longevity. Opportunities to participate in follow-up sessions.
  • Morning Session: Living in Alignment with Purpose with Doug Lennick; The Path to Purpose with Richard Leider; and, The Health & Wellness Connection with Kris Petersen & Ruth Tongen
  • Luncheon Keynote: Purpose and a Paycheck with Chris Farrell
  • Afternoon Session: Panel discussion with Kim Nelson, John Taft, Becky Roloff, and Justice Alan Page
  • Early-bird tickets: $55. Available until September 16th.
  • Regular tickets: $75 after September 16th.
  • Tables of eight ($600) and display tables with sponsorships ($1200)  available.
  • All proceeds fund research fellowships in leadership.
  • For more information contact Kate Berman at

Register here today!