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Forum: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Business Leaders & Executive Coaches

  • Alexa Beavers, PMP, PCC

    Founder & Managing Partner / The Axela Group

  • Mark Brown

    Co-Founder / Lost Office Collaborative & Principle / Amphibian

  • Tomako “Tommie” Deaner

    CEO, Founder / Tobu Advisors & Chief People Officer / All Points Broadband

  • Chris Enslen

    VP Strategic Program Lead / Bayer Pharmaceuticals & Mentor / Women Unlimited

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Forum Topic: MIND THE TRAP

An authentic conversation about overcoming mind traps to unlock success, joy, and well-being
  • Facilitator: Alexa Beavers, PMP, PCC, Founder & Managing Partner / The Axela Group
  • Panelists: Mark Brown, Co-Founder / Lost Office Collaborative & Principle / Amphibian; Tomako “Tommie” Deaner, CEO, Founder / Tobu Advisors & Chief People Officer / All Points Broadband; and Chris Enslen, VP Strategic Program Lead / Bayer Pharmaceuticals & Mentor / Women Unlimited

Discover the stories behind the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals who, despite their success, have grappled with the universal human experience of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. Join us for an intimate and insightful panel discussion featuring authentic, accomplished humans who have stared doubt in the face, escaped mind traps, and turned self-limiting beliefs upside down.

In this interactive conversation, you’ll hear from our panelists as they offer practical insights and actionable advice for conquering self-doubt and building a roadmap to navigate the complex terrain of the human brain at work (and in life). They will share their own unfiltered human experiences, delving into the moments when doubt threatened to eclipse success, joy, and well-being, and share lessons learned from their experiences as mentors, entrepreneurs, and coaches. We’ll uncover the strategies, breakthroughs, and discoveries that empowered them to overcome the hold of self-doubt, find success and well-being, and guide others in their quests for success.

About Alexa Beavers:

A self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist,” Alexa has a track record of building leaders, cultivating change-making teams, and shaping transformations that deliver results. Her career spans public and private sectors and includes leadership in education, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, animal health, financial services, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies. With over 20 years of leadership and coaching experience, Alexa helps humans leverage their self-awareness, resilience, learning agility, and interpersonal skills so they can bring their best selves to work and get amazing results. Creator of The Axela Group’s unique SCAN™ coaching approach, Alexa is committed to equipping leaders to thrive in times of unprecedented pressure and rapid change by giving them a repeatable framework for change agility. Knowing that no two coaching engagements are alike, Alexa taps into her brain-based coaching practice and knowledge of adult development to help individuals uncover the path that will “Axela-rate” their impact most effectively.

About Mark Brown:

Mark spent the first half of his career as a program manager and business analyst, playing a pivotal role in leading large process, IT, and change initiatives for esteemed clients such as Capital One, Wells Fargo, and the US Postal Service. With a solid foundation in business and strategy, Mark underwent a professional pivot into the realm of branding. In this phase, he contributed his expertise to solving significant challenges in brand positioning, identity, and customer/employee experiences for clients, including Pratt & Whitney, GE, Chick-fil-A, and Winnebago Industries. Currently, Mark is driven by a passion for optimizing team performance. His focus involves empowering teams with a tailored blend of technology, enrichment, coaching, and thoughtfully designed physical spaces to facilitate their flourishing.

About Tomako “Tommie” Deaner:

Tommie is the Chief People Officer at All Points Broadband and the founder of Tobu Advisors, an executive coaching firm. Previously, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for a large specialty healthcare practice. Her career has spanned multiple industries from energy, healthcare, and financial services, and she’s worked with start-ups to Fortune 250 companies. In addition to her 20+ years of real-world business experience, she is a graduate of the University of California, Davis; a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM SCP); a Certified Executive Coach; and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of Family Lifeline and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the executive committee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Visionary of the Year program, contributing as a steering committee member of United Way WomenRise program, and coaching for Sports Backers Half Marathon training teams. She’s a mom of two teenagers and loves cooking and sewing in her spare time.

About Chris Enslen:

Chris earned a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1991 from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, and is a seasoned executive having 32+ years of diverse experience serving the pharmaceutical industry. Over his professional career, Chris has held regional and global roles of increasing complexity, including operations, engineering, and industrial performance/operational excellence. In his current capacity as Strategic Program Management Leader at Bayer, he is accountable for design, build, and start-up of a manufacturing facility in Costa Rica, along with related product transfers from Finland, supporting Bayer’s sustainability commitments. Chris has also served as principal consultant to develop, lead, and drive international business transformations and quality remediations. Along his journey, he has served as both a formal and informal mentor and coach to individuals and teams across multiple industries at all levels up to C-suite. Forever grateful for having been coached and mentored throughout his career, Chris believes in and follows a “Leading while Learning” approach.