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Developing Resilience in an Ever-Changing World 

Learning Objectives:Businesses have to make money, yet often HR doesn't speak the language of business.  In this session we'll explore how to building recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and performance evaluation systems that deliver the business results CEOs love, create inclusive workplaces that attract high performances and eliminate bias in hiring and promotions.

1. interviewing and hiring techniques to bring on diverse talent with grit number to

2. How to coach to build an environment that excepts failure and learning and growth

3. Modeling resilience as a manager

Dixie Agostino

Dixie Agostino is driven by the question, “How can we make this better?” It was this thinking that drove her to start Switchgear Search and Recruiting in 2010. She saw there was a better way to recruit top talent for the energy, manufacturing and engineering industries, and establish a hiring process that get results.

As President & Founder of Switchgear, Dixie uses her knack for understanding people to create an energized workplace for both her business and her clients. She has spent 15 years learning what makes people give their best at work, which in turn has made her an expert in company culture, talent acquisition and employee engagement. Her firm’s clients range from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies, yet they all share the Dixie’s passion to maximize people. 

Named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Dixie is proud to work alongside of her amazing team of superheroes at Switchgear.  She is active in the Tulsa business community serving as the 2019 President of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association, serves on the board of the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management (OKHR), and is also a mentor for startup incubators BetaBlox and 36 Degree North.  

She is a co-organizer for idea exchange and Tu;sa’s biggest HR networking event DisruptHR Tulsa.  She has also been involved with the Northeastern Oklahoma chapter of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as their VP of Professional Development and has participated on the United Way’s Live United Network steering committee.  

Dixie has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration & Marketing from Oklahoma State University.

Emeka Nnaka

Emeka Nnaka is a professional motivational speaker, coach and leading advocate for individuals with physical challenges. He brings a message of determination, inspiration, and hope to audiences of all ages, young and old. Emeka is uniquely qualified to present life, its challenges, and its opportunities from the perspective of someone who found strength through tremendous adversity. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Langston University and his masters in Human Relations and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. As a speaker, coach, and advocate, Emeka has made it his mission to inspire, encourage and ignite hope and determination in others to embrace where they are to live beyond the labels of their circumstances. To find out more about Emeka, visit his website at You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter: @emekannaka.

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Date: Fri, April 23, 2021 | 11:00-11:45 am