September 2018 Lunch N Learn

September 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Refugees Services of Texas
500 East St. Johns Ave, Ste. 1.280
Austin, TX 78752

When:   Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (1 Leadership PDU)
Location:  Refugees Services of Texas, 500 East St. Johns Ave. Suite 1.280, Austin, TX 78752. Lunch will be in the Georgian Acres Room in the main section of the office building.

PMI Austin Chapter is always looking for new local charities to host our Lunch & Learn sessions. If you know of any charities to highlight, please email our Lunch & Learn Committee Chair, Renee Adair, at

Registration:  $15 (Price includes lunch and your PDU credit) 
Lunch will be provided. Online registration and payment only; no payments will be accepted at the event. 

Presentation Title: Building Cohesive and Inclusive Teams through Engagement

With today’s workforce, it is often assumed that cohesive, effective teams are difficult to build. But, with key concepts in mind, your team can thrive with members from different cultures, age groups, and genders. When all members of the team are engaged and included, productivity increases. 

During this talk we will:

  • Provide an overview of how to engage all team members in order to increase performance by developing a cohesive and inclusive environment.
  • Explore what engagement looks like in your setting.
  • Identify engaged vs unengaged team members.
  • Examine practices to engage or re-engage team members.
  • Investigate case studies of inclusive teams 
  • Discover tools, templates, and activities to use immediately in your workplace


About the Speaker: Lana Petru, Ed.D

Lana Petru

Dr. Lana Petru is President and CEO of Líder·ology Consulting Group (LCG) focusing on leadership development and diversity and inclusion strategies.  LCG supports organizations in Talent Development efforts through developing activities that are in line with engagement strategies. Dr. Petru has been instrumental in the growth and implementation of learning content delivery for corporate and executive education in organizations across the country.  She is dedicated to ensuring that partner organizations increase employee performance, and innovation, as well as develop inclusive cultures to more effectively to meet business goals and objectives.

Dr. Petru has developed several post-secondary education programs including Spanish language, English language, and California Teachers of English Learners programs in addition to her work in corporate education and training. Dr. Petru’s years of extensive research in leadership for her dissertation position her as an expert in most leadership theories, especially Transformational Leadership.   Her exploration of transformational leadership established the impact leadership style has on organizational success. Dr. Petru has also conducted extensive research in “Element of the Bond” Theory, Adult Learning Theory, Multiculturalism, and Dispute Resolution Theory.


About the Charity: Refugee Services of Texas

Refugee Services of TexasGuided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.


Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group - as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.


About the Food: Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery CafeFood is being provided by Corner Bakery Cafe in the Arboretum, 9761 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759, 512.777.4250. Learn more at:






$15.00 Guest Ticket

$15.00 Member Ticket