Since its founding in 2008, the DLE advocates showcasing its talented and diverse professional community at the helm of our numerous programs. If improving public speaking or leading remote meetings are skills that you want to develop, consider becoming a moderator or guest speaker at our popular Culture Chat and Breakfast Club programs.
The DLE Culture Chat is a business-oriented, open forum that examines changes and challenges in the modern workplace. Every other Friday at Noon ET, this 60-minute program engages multiple perspectives through a moderated format that ensures relevant and inclusive conversations. Participants, representing diverse jobs, industries and organizations, raise awareness through thought-driven exchanges.
Discussion topics are percolated from the direct feedback of DLE Community Members and have a wide span, including virtual collaboration, mentorship, negotiating with confidence and developing a professional brand.
Taking on Toxic Culture is the topic for the Oct. 16 Culture Chat. Register here to join in and receive log-in details.
The Breakfast Club has a varied format that ranges from free-flowing conversations, spontaneously inspired by participants’ interests, to moderated Q&A sessions and interviews with entrepreneurial guest speakers. This hour-long, bimonthly session occurs on Fridays at Noon ET. Practice skills, gain reading recommendations and meet like-minded professionals.
A welcoming, inclusive and supportive atmosphere fosters a sense of community whether or not participants are joining for the first time. Similar to the Culture Chat, participants log-in from across the country with experience from an expansive range of industries, organizations and vocations.
Jon Katz, a financial advisor with Raymond James in Boston and owner of BLENDi, has been a guest speaker as well as a co-moderator of Breakfast Club programs. The experience has given his conversational skills a boost.
Jon explains, “I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guest speakers at several programs. It has helped me to refine my question asking ability and become a better salesman in my own roles.”