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Featured Panelists Spotlight: Conducting Difficult Conversations

August 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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What is the Featured Panelists Spotlight?

Our Featured Panelists Spotlight will be held every first Wednesday of each month. During the Featured Panelists Spotlight, we invite guest panelists to share their experiences, insights, tips and strategies that they have found to be effective in their professional or personal lives when tackling the featured topic for the month.

August Featured Topic – Conducting Difficult Conversations

By the time your day has ended, have you argued with your spouse or kids, provided feedback to someone who has not performed to your expectations, spoken to a difficult vendor or customer, or negotiate for something you wanted. We encounter difficult conversations pretty much day, which can be emotionally and mentally draining and there is no surprise that we may often try to avoid these difficult, challenging or hard conversations.

Our panelists will share their best practice strategies on tackling commonly encountered difficult conversations, providing tips to help us stay focused on the topic, keep our emotions at check and find effective ways to address the problem at hand in a collaborative manner.  By managing the difficult conversations properly, it can help to strengthen the relationship between the two parties, rather than creating an environment of distrust and anger, damaging valuable relationships.


Deborah Wolf has 23 years of interior architectural design experience as both a Lead Project Designer and Project Manager. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of interior architecture and design from; programming, space planning, concept and design development, to budgeting, construction documents and administration. She is a confident and dynamic presenter, who is very organized and takes pride in managing the client experience. Deb’s work experience ranges from Workplace, Hospitality, and Retail to high end residential projects.  Her ability to effectively lead the process of design to create innovative and evocative environments for a wide variety of project types makes her an exceptional team leader.

Deborah holds a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), located in Milwaukee, WI. She also holds the following Professional Affiliations & Accreditations: Professional Member, IIDA; IIDA Board Member 2015/2016: VP of Advocacy

Maribelle Clear is an experienced multi-lingual IT Specialist of over 20 years in internal and external audit in the areas of technology audits, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404, SSAE SOC, IT General Computing Controls, Minimum Internal Controls Standards (MICS) Audit, Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance, Disaster Recovery, System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Change Management, and other operational and application control audits and software quality assurance in a variety of industries. Her CISA credentials and her years of experience in these areas as well as multiple years of going through PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) inspections for various industries demonstrate her commitment to this profession. Maribelle’s broad exposure and understanding of IT and business processes cover a variety of public and private companies in diverse industries in the Western region and other parts of the United States. From her experience, she has developed a strong understanding of process-oriented management of technical implementations using project management methodologies alongside her time management, written and verbal communication skills.

Maribelle’s extensive domestic and international travel, exposure to wide variety of cultures, and fluency in English, native language in Tagalog (Filipino), intermediate conversational, reading and writing in Spanish and Portuguese are additional skills to consider for future possibilities.

Who Can Attend & Fee

Public Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only:

*****Zoom link will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email*******

Date:  Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Time: 12pm – 1:00pmPT/2pm-3pmCT/3pm-4pmET




August 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
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Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States