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Navigating Organizational Politics

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February 9, 2018
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Mona Gillis Edwards

Many of us hear the words ‘organizational politics’ and say “I want nothing to do with that!” However, organizational politics are a reality and can impact everyone in an organization. Accepting this reality can sometimes be the difference between succeeding and derailing. Therefore, it’s important to understand what it is and learn how to develop acumen to become politically savvy. Doing so can help employees advance organization, team, and individual goals.

In this session, Alumna Mona Gillis Edwards, (Col ’79) Executive Coach and Consultant, will provide an overview of what organizational politics means, why it matters, and how to navigate effectively.

About Mona Gillis Edwards

Mona Gillis Edwards (Col ’79) has over 30 years of combined experience in the nonprofit sector, government, philanthropy, the legal and leadership fields.

Mona is the founder and owner of LIFT Coaching and Consulting where she provides leadership development, coaching, facilitation and consulting services to a variety of leaders in all sectors. LIFT’s focus is on helping leaders elevate effectiveness. Mona also serves as a Feedback and Executive Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership, whose mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

She has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Center for Creative Leadership and as the Deputy/Assistant City Manager for the City of Greensboro. Mona also practiced law in Virginia for five years, initially with The Legal Aid Society and thereafter in private practice.

Mona holds a J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia.

Mona has a long track record of service in her community. Currently, she is on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and serves as a board member of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Triad Coaching Connection, a membership organization of professional coaches focused on learning and networking.

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