Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable Webinar Series, Part One: Developing a Path to Speaking Opportunities


Who Should Attend

Staffing, and recruiting industry owners, principals, chief executive officers, and presidents; sales and business development managers and leaders; industry professionals


Are you ready to start your speaking and training journey? Are you looking for tips on figuring out what to say and how to find opportunities to say it? Hear from women who got their start by speaking during THRIVEx, the speaker incubator program developed by ASA to encourage women to become industry presenters, during this discussion led by trained facilitator Ashley Anderson.

It’s the first session in a four-part “Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” webinar series, which is focused on empowering women to raise their hands for more speaking opportunities in the industry and presented by the ASA women in leadership interest group.

During this webinar, attendees will learn

  • How to prepare for speaking at an industry event
  • How to maximize their network to identify their expertise and find speaking opportunities
  • Ways to overcome fears in order to take the stage


Ashley AndersenAshley Andersen

senior vice president, ClearEdge

Andersen is a certified executive coach who is committed to women’s leadership development. Andersen runs the new division, ClearEdge Rising, which fosters a career growth community to support upcoming women leaders as they develop their talents and skills within the recruiting and workforce solutions staffing industry. As a former social worker, Andersen has developed her executive leadership skillset through various corporate and academic leadership coaching opportunities. Andersen is the current owner of Truth to Purpose and has extensive experience with leadership and coaching management at the University of Colorado. She holds a master of social work degree from the City University of New York-Hunter College and earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Amy YackowskiAmy Yackowski

founder and chief evolution officer, Painted Porch Strategies
Yackowski is the founder and chief evolution officer of Painted Porch Strategies, a stoically-based training and advisory team dedicated to the principle that there is untapped potential and opportunity in all leaders, learners, and teams to create meaningful change in their life and work with authenticity, resilience, and purpose. With more than 18 years of experience working in and alongside teams embarking on change, Yackowski (with her amazing team) offers training programs, coaching, and support centered on the three core fundamentals that can make change stick: emotional intelligence, communication, and collaboration. With guidance from the Painted Porch, you can become a transformational, change-ready leader, adept at navigating challenges and opportunities, and inspiring others to do the same, so that you can thrive and grow…in life, at work, and anywhere in between.

 Victoria Hill
Victoria Hill

director of diversity and social impact, Advanced Group
Hill has more than 15 years of experience in the human resource marketplace. She is skilled in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); leadership development; and human resource management. Her focus is the human experience and building inclusive relationships.In 2018, she started and now leads Advanced Group’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, which focuses on awareness, training, recruitment process, and public relations. The DE&I committee won its first award in 2019—an honorable mention in the ASA Care Awards—and its second award in 2022—being named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ DEI Influencers list. She also facilitates neurodiversity, conscious inclusion, interview bias, bystander intervention, building inclusive relationships, and many other DE&I trainings for her organization and for external partners. Her team develops diversity programs to promote unbiased decision making while creating a safe space for employees to thrive.

This webinar qualifies for 1.0 hour of CE toward maintaining your ASA credential.

CE 1.0

This program is valid for 1.0 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®


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