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October Program Meeting

The Power of Empathy to Build Bridges

Categories: TAHRA Program Meeting

Presented by John Bobb-Semple

The impact of the pandemic will be felt for generations worldwide. The current pace of change and ongoing cultural friction is creating an opportunity for difficult conversations around the virtual water cooler and our dinner tables. These conversations can result in a desire to “cancel”, confront, or ignore those who see our world differently. As professionals navigating the tensions between personal beliefs and experiences and company values, how can we lean in to make positive change in our workplace, families, and communities? This session will discuss the power of empathy to build bridges through self-reflection, proximity, and direct engagement.

This session will provide internal and interpersonal tools that:

  • Increase cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Encourage interpersonal growth in a diverse environment.
  • Build bridges to develop an inclusive organizational culture.

John Bobb-Semple is a changemaker who lives to build bridges, innovate, and inspire real impact. A sought-after communicator, John speaks on racial reconciliation, resilience, community engagement and leadership development.

John leads Blue Zones Project of Pottawatomie County, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative helping to make healthy choices easier for everyone in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Before joining Blue Zones Project, John served as the Senior Director of Community Impact at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

John holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University Central Oklahoma, where today he serves on the Board of Trustees of the UCO Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the DHS Council of Voices and Advancing Oklahoma: A Statewide Conversation on Race advisory committee.

As a Keynote Speaker, John will ignite your passion to enact change. John is an inspiring speaker who will give you a framework to activate your values, cultivate the leader within, and unify a community to make a difference.

TAHRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

This Program has been approved for 1.0 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute's criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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October 19, 2022 | 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center
6808 S 107th East Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74133-2587

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Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center
6808 S 107th East Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74133-2587