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In partnership with Emplify, the leader in Employee Engagement tools, Progression Partners invites you to join us for a crucial and timely conversation: Fostering Productivity in Remote Cultures

With no end to the current situation in sight, one of the biggest challenges leaders are facing is how to foster productivity in a new remote culture. How do I manage daily activities? What is the right communication cadence? How do we ensure we’re moving in the right direction? How can I inspire discretionary effort?

Whatever your questions are, we’re bringing together an intimate group of your peers to help solve your biggest challenge around productivity. In this virtual round table, facilitated by a certified change management coach and national expert, Gaylen Smith-Osborn, you’ll have the opportunity to share the current state of productivity for your company and receive feedback and ideas from peers. In this 90-minute session, you’ll walk away with:

  • A personalized leadership action plan, with ideas to implement immediately
  • A peer accountability partner, to offer support and encouragement to ensure you overcome your current challenge
  • A renewed energy and focus plus new connection with leaders like yourself

In order to keep the discussion at the center of this session, we’re limiting each round table to the first 12 executives. Be sure to complete the form to save your spot now! If these become full, we will put you at the top of the list for the next sessions.

Date and time:
1. Tuesday, March 24th @ 11:00 pm - 12:30 pm EST
2. Thursday, March 26th @ 2:30pm - 4:00 pm EST

To register email, Gretchen Harfst at or call 317.90.6990


Gaylen headshot June 2017

Gaylen Smith-Osborn
Vice President of Talent Management & Executive Coach, Progression Partners

Gaylen is a high-energy presenter, coach, and leader who is able to build rapport in face-to-face and virtual relationships, guiding individuals and groups to deep levels of commitment and productivity. She has in-depth experience developing teams and leaders and taking projects from conception through delivery rapidly and efficiently. In addition to her work with Progression Partners, Gaylen works with the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness (CMOE) as a consultant and facilitator.

Previously, she served as the Vice President for Talent Development at LPL Financial where she worked closely with other members of the leadership team to create a talent-development vision and strategy for 3,500 employees. Gaylen has served numerous companies to improve leadership excellence with proven results such as DBM/Thomson Learning; the City of San Diego; Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the San Diego Padres.


Nicole MacLaean
Director of Relationship Marketing, Emplify

Nicole is the Director of Relationship Marketing at Emplify and leads the company’s partnership and event channels. Strategically minded and creatively inclined, she leads a dynamic team focused on attaining and growing new partner and customer relationships through meaningful brand experiences. Nicole has built her career around a passion for employee engagement and is also an advocate for gender equality in the workplace. She founded the internal Women of Emplify affinity group and continues to serve as an advocate in various organizations across the Indianapolis community. Outside of work, you can find her talking to and helping people with the enneagram (classic 2), losing at trivia, and re-watching Parks and Rec.

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Progression Partners is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) focused on elevating business performance through customized leadership development. We are based in Indianapolis, Indiana with service hubs in San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; and Denver, Colorado. We believe that every leader can be successful given the right tools and development.

Progression Partners’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity continues to be foundational and directional, as evidenced by our values statement:  In our differences are our strengths. We are inclusionary in learning new paradigms and approaches to equity and finding ways to honor the differences in all people. We continue to develop and educate ourselves as we listen, learn and lead on issues for the betterment of all people, with a passion to help women and minority colleagues and partners be successful in all aspects of leadership and business.