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Featured Panelists Spotlight: Overcoming Common Communication Barriers In the Workplace

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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Overcoming Common CommunicationBarriers In the Workplace

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What is the Featured Panelists Spotlight?

Our Featured Panelists Spotlight will be held on a 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 – Overcoming Common Communication Barrier In the Workplace 

The pandemic caused a significant shift for many companies, a majority of which were not prepared and faced new challenges when it came to having a communications plan for employees. However, communication barriers existed even before the pandemic. In fact, 74% of employees have said they feel like they miss out on company information and news. Communication barriers are anything within your organization that prevent people from receiving or understanding messages, ideas, and information. These barriers can effectively cause a disconnect within the company. When there is no identifiable plan – and solution – for addressing these barriers, it starts to negatively impact multiple areas of the business. It comes down from executives to managers to their teams.

So how does a modern organization identify communication barriers and overcome them, especially in today’s technology-driven world.  


Andrew McMasters (www.ImprovMindset.com) is an actor, director and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the arts. He is a founder of Jet City Improv, a non-profit theater that he managed for 25 years, and worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies to provide presentation support and messaging as well as team building and communications trainings. Andrew is dedicated to experiential learning, providing opportunities for self-discovery and driving innovation in our everyday lives.

Marriot Winquist partners with executives to increase their strategic impact without compromising excellence, authenticity, or joy. As a seasoned executive in the technology industry with over 20 years of experience leading technical, marketing and product teams, Marriot knows that success is created from the inside out: within each person, within each team, within each organization. When ambitious leaders unlock the joy in leadership, they create thriving teams, cultures, and organizations that can change the world. Marriot is also deeply committed to advancing women in leadership. Her recent works include: Co-Creator of Asian Women Executive Program, Power Talk Speaker at Women In Cloud Digital Summit, and Volunteer Professional Advisor at the University of Washington Foster Consulting Program. She is now an executive coach, advisor and speaker at BrightTree Consulting, focused on serving and inspiring senior leaders to create the best impact in their lives and others.
When not working, she can be found testing out new recipes, catching some zen with yoga, and learning Korean on Duolingo.

Karen Holmes brings over 20 years experience in the areas of Executive and Leadership Coaching, Consulting, Facilitation, Training and Organizational Development. Her career has provided the opportunity to guide individuals and organizations through transitions and growth in industries such as biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, banking, and telecommunications. Accomplishments also include working with organizations and individuals through Change Management during mergers and reorganizations. She has facilitated cultural transformations in organizations by gathering and compiling audit data, conducting feedback sessions, and creating desired change by developing a vision, and utilizing mind mapping and communication planning. As an Executive and Leadership Coach and Adjunct Faculty Member with the Center for Creative Leadership for 23 years, Karen has been responsible for coaching and training executives in the development and practice of leadership. She is proud to be associated with this organization that has been ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education by the Financial Times. Working throughout the world has given Karen a broad global perspective through collaboration with businesses in Uzbekistan, Trinidad, Canada, and throughout the United States. Specific areas of interest include Influence, Conflict Resolution, Accountability and Interpersonal Communication. Karen earned a master’s degree in communication from California State University Northridge following her bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach. Additionally, Karen is a Certified Coach through the Hudson Institute of Coaching, is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation, PCC, and is a certified group coach through Mentor Coach. She has a strong commitment to her professional and personal development and is delighted to share what she is currently learning with her clients.

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 2, 2023

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



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August 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
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Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States