In the workplace, we’re often asked to think differently or to think outside the box. These cliches can often ring hollow. They could, as well, have asked us disappear or perform some other miracle. How exactly are we supposed to think differently? Former bank CEO and facilitator, Bill Donius, deploys a technique he’s used for over twelve years, originating from Roger Sperry’s ground breaking, Nobel Prize winning research about the independence of consciousness between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Donius conducted this technique with over 500 individuals and wrote a book based on his findings (pending publication due in early 2012).
The technique involves learning how to use the non-dominant hand to tap into the right hemisphere of the brain where information you have lies in your subconscious. Participants have retrieved creative, intuitive, and cut-to-the-chase information from utilizing this technique, gaining insight into the barriers and obstacles they confront in their personal lives and at work. All you will need to participate in, and learn in this workshop are a writing utensil and paper. Learn how to think differently – REALLY.
About this Session:
Today’s session will be a fast-paced and build on information from the moment the presentation starts. It is important to plan to arrive by 8:50 AM so you won’t miss a moment of this event!
About Our Presenter:
William Alan Donius attended Tulane University and the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University then spent the next thirty years working in both California and Missouri in the corporate world in the areas of management consulting, public relations, health care, television production and banking.
At age 50, Mr. Donius chose to depart the corporate world in order to devote full time energies to his passions of writing, serving on community boards and advocating for human rights issues.
Mr. Donius was appointed to serve a two-year term on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board- TIAC Council in Washington, D.C. in 2008. In addition he serves on a number of additional boards including the St. Louis Art Museum, Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, Maryville University, Forest Park Forever, ARCHS (Area Resources for Community Human Services).
In addition to community service, Donius is currently in the process of writing a non-fiction book, writing for the Huffington Post, and advocating for human rights issues in essays, senate testimony and speeches.
Donius spent nearly twenty of his thirty years in the corporate world at Pulaski Bank in St. Louis. He led Pulaski Bank through an initial public offering in 1998 and stayed on for an additional twelve years as the Chairman and CEO. During his tenure the bank grew eight fold in size to $1.4 billion in assets, was ranked one of the top performing small banks in the country by SNL, voted Best Place to work in St. Louis in 2007 by the STL Business Journal and received a Torch Award in 2008 from the Better Business Bureau for excellence in ethics and customer service.
During his tenure as CEO of the bank, Donius was involved in chairing numerous community events and fundraisers, served on the Regional Business Council, the board of the Missouri Bankers Association, served as the Chairman of the national trade group, America’s Community Bankers (profit subsidiary). Donius was a frequent speaker at national banking industry conferences and contributor to an industry publication. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the National Banking School in Fairfield, CT.
The St. Louis Business Journal cited him as one of the most Influential St. Louisans in 2007. Mr. Donius received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 from the National Association of Philanthropy, is the 2009 Equality Award winner from HRC in St. Louis and the 2009 awardee from the National Conference for Community and Justice.
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