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Featured Panelists Spotlight: The Importance of Effective Communication in the Workplace

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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Topic of the Month: Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills

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.


The Importance of Effective Communication in the Workplace

Workplace communication is the exchange of information between employees in a work environment. This includes face-to-face conversations, emails, chat messages, videoconferencing, phone calls, and other methods used to convey information in the workplace. This ability to exchange information and ideas at work is an essential skill in many roles. A workplace that communicates more effectively establishes a “safe” place for people to think creatively and express their ideas. It helps employees feel more comfortable taking ownership for challenges and projects, and typically results in more creative brainstorming or problem-solving initiatives.  Good communication isn’t just about being able to more accurately and concisely present information and ideas. Miscommunication can have very real consequences for a business.  Communication is integral to sales, client relationships, team development, company culture, employee engagement and buy-in, and innovative thought.


Communication consultant, corporate event host/mc, and stand-up comedian Christina Brennan builds connections and facilitates experiences for all kinds of audiences. Christina has worked with startups, SMBs, and enterprise clients in PR, advertising, marketing, sales, and journalism and has a bachelor’s in Communication with a Business minor from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She’s coached 250+ startup founders and entrepreneurs, helping dozens win competitions and created the framework for Founder’s Live’s pitch coaching. She is also currently the Event Sales Manager at The Denver Improv and performs stand-up all over the country.

For over 22 years, Allison Kinnear has worked with over a thousand people as they navigate their vulnerabilities as parents, employees and leaders. She loves working with groups in tech to solve the underlying issues surrounding vulnerability-based leadership. She frequently gives talks on navigating uncertainty, having difficult conversations and building a culture of trust in the workplace. Allison honed her skills as a manager during her seven-year tenure at Google in the People Ops department. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and is an instructor at Seattle Life Coach Training. She spends her time speaking to groups like Microsoft & Google, working one-on-one with clients and being a mom to her two young children. To learn more, visit her at www.allisonkinnear.com.

Christine Stoffels, Founder, Christine Stoffels Consulting

Christine is a Washingtonian and is based in Seattle. She is a Mama of teens and a furry baby, an ICF-certified leadership coach, former nonprofit Executive and Peace Corps volunteer, and se habla Español. She is passionate about building her antiracist practice. Her 50-year goal is to catalyze equity and inclusive leadership at the C-Suite level. Christine is a woman for others. It is evident in each strategic career move she has made. With each company or non-profit she has worked for, the passion and commitment to serving others is steadfast.  She is an experienced leader and organizational change agent supporting organizational growth and complex initiatives – working both individually with individual leaders and with their teams. She has turned her “superpower” of listening to understand into a craft, helping turn her clients’ visions into actionable realities. You’ll enjoy working with her as she brings joy, a passion for inclusivity for all, and rigor to her clients. She possesses executive presence establishing a collaborative environment from the beginning and providing strategic insights and results in partnership with her clients. Christine loves to travel, read and is learning how to sail and play jazz piano and she loves the KOA club because it helps women, men and all humans to learn new things to challenge themselves in a kind and supportive environment to find their way to a happy and fulfilled life.


Meg Manazir is the Director of Executive Platforms and Narratives for the Microsoft Advertising team. Her stories shape the way the market views the business, and her work deploying executive storytelling on a global scale drives influence across the digital advertising industry. Prior to her current role, Meg spent nearly 7 years in executive communications, looking after content and delivery for Microsoft executives. She led communications for senior leaders through the pandemic, situations of racial and social injustice, war, as well as tech industry layoffs, reorganizations, and business shifts. Meg has deep experience communicating in the tech industry – creating and successfully scaling corporate programs worldwide, driving crisis communications strategies that honor the humans impacted and involved, leading social and digital programs to growth, producing events on a global scale, and delivering empowering communications and presentation training. Outside of work, Meg is constantly in search of growth and adventure. She built a wellness coaching business and became a Pilates instructor, ultimately pausing on those endeavors to spend that time in nature (most often with a backpack or skis), with her people, and deliberately away from screens. In all these spaces and across her life, Meg is a seeker of knowledge, always looking to build people up, and constantly working to create a more equitable, kind and generous world – all with a big smile and a healthy dose of humor.

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, May 8th, 2024

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



About the Koa Club

The Koa Club is a community dedicated to empowering women to embrace and embody boldness. Koa means brave. We say YES to being courageous, confident, curious, awe-inspiring, empathetic, and connected. Within our dynamic and empowering community, members take bold steps to pursue their passions, overcome challenges, foster growth through continuous learning, inspire resilience through shared stories, and actively collaborate with others for mutual success.


Become A Member

Starting in January 2024, we have introduced a two-tiered membership structure for The Koa Club:

  • Community Membership(Free): Our Community Members are passionate about elevating their quality of life through gaining practical life skills. We provide our Community Members with the opportunities to acquire practical knowledge for navigating life effectively.
  • Premium Membership (Fee Subscription): For professionals seeking to advance their careers and to excel in their workplace. Carefully designed workshops, events, mentorship, resources and support are provided to our Premium Members to help them with workplace and leadership skills development as well as overall professional growth. Premium Members also have access to all the workshops, events and resources offered to our Community Members of The Koa Club.

If you have registered to attend any Follow My Lead Programs, you will automatically be registered as a Community Member.

Learn about the benefits of being a Community Member or a Premium Member: Membership – The Koa Club

Though The Koa Club is dedicated to empowering women, we warmly welcome individuals of all genders to join as members. We believe that everyone can contribute to and benefit from our mission of fostering gender equality and empowerment.



If you or someone you know would be interested in speaking on a topic of interest or being a featured panelist for The Koa Club community, please reach out to us at events@thekoaclub.com.

Interested in starting a new chapter of The Koa Club in your State, please reach out to us at info@thekoaclub.com for more details.


Live Boldly. Inspire. Lead.


May 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
Event Categories:


Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States