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Workshop Facilitators

Lorea Belle Seidel

Lorea is currently the Director of Talent Management for HR. She works with departments, divisions, and schools to achieve their vision of excellence in serving the student population and the SMU community. Her background includes business and non-profit management as well as work in student affairs and counseling at the college level. Learning is a lifelong theme both personally and professionally for Lorea. She earned a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Marketing, a Master's degree in Community Counseling and completed extensive additional graduate work focusing on organizational development. She has also completed certification as an executive coach.

Her areas of expertise and interest include interpersonal communications, creative thinking tools, recruitment and retention strategies, talent management, personality and work style assessment, priority management, team dynamics, leadership development, strategic planning, and positive psychology. At SMU, you will find her facilitating a wide variety of professional and managerial development workshops, partnering with departments regarding systems improvements and leadership development, serving as a member of the Employee Relations team, providing leadership and performance coaching, and promoting a culture of wellness through the Wellpower program.

Rebecca Sampson

As an HR Senior Specialist:  Employee Relations, Rebecca provides consulting and coaching services for managers and employees, seeking to improve performance on the job. She serves as coordinator for the University's Threat Assessment Team and HR's Employee Relations Team. Rebecca also manages several programs designed to enhance work - life balance such as the Employee Assistance Program, Flextime/Telecommuting Program and other specialized programs. She actively promotes reward and recognition through the leadership and coordination of the Service Awards program as well as the Presidential Awards.

In the classroom, you may see Rebecca facilitating a wide variety of topics including SMU & You, Managing and Coaching for High Performance, Employee Relations Essentials, and Performance Reviews: Promoting Outstanding Performance. Her easy style and deep expertise in helping others solve performance issues makes her classes both comfortable and full of valuable concepts and techniques participants can readily put to use in their work roles.

Mary Stall

Mary draws on a diverse background in management, education, sales and marketing, to provide training and development opportunities as well as group facilitation and internal consulting. She also works with employees to develop effective interpersonal skills, time, meeting, and project management skills and coaches employees on developmental and performance management topics. Mary can often be found using visual facilitation tools to support the process work of groups at SMU. One of these tools is graphic recording and facilitation, which incorporates the use of colors, words, and images in real time documentation of the process or discussion. Graphic recording and facilitation often increases engagement, creativity, productivity, and memory recall.

Mary received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution from SMU. She graduated from the Dallas Leadership Arts Institute in 2010 and currently serves on several non-profit arts boards in the North Texas region. She is a certified mediator and certified executive coach and serves as Senior HR Specialist in Organizational Effectiveness.

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