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Young Professionals Webinar

Leading Change – Contributing and Helping to Lead a Culture of Engaged Teams

Wednesday, 12 May • 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

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In today’s workplace, driving change, strengthening culture and developing engaged teams remains a primary focus and concern for most, if not all, organizations. Your abilities and acumen as a team player and future leader is critical to the success of your organization, teams, customer service and business development focus. This unique workshop will give you proven resources and ideas that you can apply quickly and effectively within your organization.

  • Real-world tools from the trenches to engage people in the workplace

  • How to engage, align expectations and work with different generations toward success

  • How to influence everyone to accept the importance and steps needed to drive change

  • Strengthen communications, presentations skills and leadership

  • Understand the fundamentals of non-verbal communication and body language in teams for comfort and impact

  • How to surround yourself with other strong leaders

Keynote Speaker

Neil Thornton, President, The Thornton Group
As president of The Thornton Group and author of his upcoming second book, Presence, Impact and Influence, Neil Thornton brings 20 years of experience to business and management development, strategic planning, executive coaching and team culture. A hands-on consultant, he’s met clients everywhere from job sites to shop floors, boardrooms, remote teams and everywhere in between.

Thornton is well known for his highly energetic, dynamic speaking style and in-depth knowledge on topics ranging from strategic execution to the new reality of business development, branding, speaker and leadership development, body language and communications.

Committed to turning teams into business thinkers and asking the tough questions, Thornton demands honesty and authenticity in every interaction, from himself and his clients. In return, he throws away the traditional management handbooks to help them get real work done by turning ideas into action, holding them accountable, and bringing them measurable results that dramatically improve their performance, vision and culture.


Nancy Armstrong, Process Engineer – Process Technology, Stelco Inc.
Nancy Armstrong is a process engineer for the Operating Technology & Innovation group at Stelco in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ont., Canada. Her career began in Ironmaking as a management associate in 2015 for U. S. Steel Canada. Armstrong is a technical representative for Stelco on the Canadian Carbonization Research Association, the vice chair for the AIST Ironmaking Technology Committee, and a member of the organizing committees for the McMaster University Blast Furnace Ironmaking  and Cokemaking Courses. She has been lead author on three published technical articles for AISTech. She has been, and continues to be, involved with leading Stelco’s Network for Young Professionals and Managers Network and a member of the AIST Young Professional Steering Committee. Armstrong will be completing her master’s of applied science degree in material engineering at McMaster University in the spring of 2021.

Organized by: AIST’s Young Professionals Steering Committee