Safe Spaces for High Performers: How to Create a Safe Space for Your Workforce

In this interactive learning experience, participants will explore the characteristics of high performers and how engaging these key team members within the workplace can be critical to work performance. Identifying these characteristics will create an opportunity for managers and coworkers to put into action the concept of “checking on your strong friends.” High-performing staff members can be an asset to your team. However, managing and staying engaged with such members can be a challenge. This session will stimulate a conversation that identifies characteristics of high performers and also puts into action essential staff engagement tools to support the continued success of high performers within the workplace. This interactive lecture experience will mirror in delivery previously well-attended and received NRPA Annual Conference lectures facilitated by Cortni and Atuya, such as "What Is Your Awesome Sauce?!?!" and "Tap Into Your Power to Inspire."

Learning Objectives
Following this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Utilize evidence-based techniques in order to identify high performers within their departments/workgroup. 
  2. Apply strategies to identify their high performers' characteristics and how these characteristics impact work performance.
  3. Develop a five-star plan which supports high performers while valuing their contributions.


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Atuya Cornwell

County-Wide Sports Coordinator

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Atuya Cornwell is an active member of NRPA and is passionate about connecting young professionals with professional development tools. Cornwell has organized and participates in several professional development video blogs and written blogs. He has presented at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NRPA Annual Conferences. Cornwell is the 2015 recipient of NRPA’s Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award.

Cortni Grange

Problem Solver | Social Entrepreneur | Impact Strategist

Grange Enterprises

Cortni Grange is a father, creator, social entrepreneur and lover of all things Jerk Chicken. He says that he has been fortunate to explore speaking and workshop facilitation to the tune of more than 10,000 lives impacted — from keynotes for National Philanthropy Day and Washington, D.C. Startup Week, to facilitating workshops with the Washington Redskins, Milwaukee Bucks, D.C. Public School system and We Work.

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