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Rochester, NY Transparency & Leadership – The New Way


The evolution of transparency in leadership has made an impact on the way men and women lead organizations. This leadership style is very different than the leadership style many of us were managed by throughout our careers. This workshop will hit home for both male and female leaders as we will discuss the impact transparency in leadership can have on our teams, especially during COVID-19. During this participative workshop, we will discuss the relationship between transparency and vulnerability and how you, as a leader in your industry, can foster strong, transparent relationships with your team. Specific best practices will be shared on building a transparent culture and how that culture can be used to harness growth and success in your team.

Date: Tuesday, 11/10 | 1pm – 2pm EST

Cost: early bird pricing FREE for NHRA members; $25 for non-members until 10/19/20

$10 for NHRA members; $25 for non-members starting 10/20/20

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Objective 1: At the end of the session, participants will have an understanding of how leadership has evolved for leaders who have chosen to be transparent in their leadership style. This will include discussions regarding each participant’s experience with the vulnerability leaders face as we lead organizations, families, not-for-profit organizations and our own communities with transparency. Each participant will leave the session understanding transparency in leadership is and its impact to the teams we manage.
  • Learning Objective 2: Upon completion, participants will be able to detail the steps in creating a transparent culture among his/her team, which in turn, will create more transparency with candidates and clients.
  • Learning Objective 3: At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the impact a transparent culture could have in empowerment for your staff.
  • Learning Objective 4: Upon completion, participants will be able to define transparency and will be able to understand how transparency in their workplace influences the core values of their organization. The question: As we strive to lead with transparency, do the values of our organizations change? will be discussed and participants will have an understanding of the intersection of transparency and core values.


About the Presenter:

Jill Knittel is the President of JK Executive Strategies, LLC and specializes in Retained, Contingent and Contract Search for her client companies. Jill has developed a proven methodology and discipline that she follows for every search; resulting in clear expectations, timelines and communication throughout each engagement. The team at JK Executive Strategies provides staffing and recruiting initiatives for clients throughout the Upstate New York Region. JK Exec also provides comprehensive HR Consulting Services as well as Resume Writing Services to job seekers.

With 20 years of experience in staffing, direct hire and retained search, she has completed successful searches including national retained searches for: CEOs, Executive Directors, CFOs, VPs of Finance, VPs of M&A, General Counsel, VPs of Human Resources amongst others. In addition to search work, Jill provides HR Consulting Services to organizations in need of hiring and process expertise.

Prior to launching JK Executive Strategies, Jill was the Founder, President and co-owner of ER Select and the Chief Operating Officer of ER Associates. Her responsibilities included overseeing all national staffing initiatives for all product lines of the companies on a regional and national basis. ER Associates Family of Companies provided executive and professional search, outplacement and career development services, as well as human resources consulting, contract staffing and RPO solutions. Jill’s responsibilities included supervision of all staff and operations, financial reporting, marketing, budgeting and strategic planning for the company. In addition to her operational responsibilities, Jill led the Retained Search Practice and performed Retained Executive Searches for companies, specializing in C-level positions.

Jill completed a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting at St. John Fisher College. She was a recipient of the Rochester’s Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award in 2006 and was a finalist of the Women’s Council Athena Award in 2014. She was awarded the Women of Excellence Award in 2019 by the Rochester Business Journal.

As an individual who is committed to the community, Jill is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. John Fisher College, a $90mm Liberal Arts College located in Rochester, NY. Jill serves on the Executive Committee, as the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Investment Committee. Jill also serves on the School of Business Advisory Board, Accounting Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Duplessis Wolfe Accounting Society. Jill received the Dean’s Medal from St. John Fisher in 2014.

Jill also serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Governors for Hillside Family of Agencies, a $143mm Human Services Organization headquartered in Rochester, NY. She is also the Chairperson of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She is the immediate past- Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Bivona Child Advocacy Center and was the Chairperson of Bivona’s successful $5mm capital campaign. Jill is an active member of the Women’s President’s Organization and Entrepreneurs Organization.

While Jill is dedicated to her work and community activities, she also enjoys the time she spends with her husband, Jim and daughter, Jenna and her 3 Labrador Retrievers.


Connection Details: Attendees will receive an email with a link to access the WebEx, along with connection instructions, prior to the event. Registration will close at 3pm on 11/6/20


For questions on registration or cancellations, please contact one of our co-directors of Hospitality:
Nicole Kier at Kier.nicole@gmail.com or Lauren Sebring at lsebring@goodwillfingerlakes.org

 Cancellations permitted up to 24 hours prior to event


This program has been submitted for 1.0 HR credit hours to the HR Certification Institute for review.