Communicating Up and Influencing Decision Makers

December 17, 1 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you feel like you are communicating all the time, but not getting the results you want? Are you uncomfortable bringing up your ideas to colleagues or your boss? Making authentic connections is the key to effective communication. Being able to share ideas that gain traction up, down, and across an organization is a skill that helps careers, at any stage, move ahead faster. It also can lead to greater satisfaction at work from improved relationships and a deeper involvement in key decision-making. 

The science behind influence and the roles culture and gender play in communication styles will be demonstrated through exercises and small group discussions. Participants will build and measure a personalized influence plan, learn strategies to establish credibility, and develop messages that resonate with audiences. Ultimately, participants will leave with greater confidence and inspiration to speak up and be heard.


Headshot of Kim Ramsden.

Kim Ramsden is the owner of Kim Ramsden Communications, an independent consulting firm that helps clients grow and protect their brands by optimizing today’s best practices in strategic communications. Kim specializes in the areas of integrated public relations, internal communications, reputation management, and executive thought leadership. 

Kim is passionate about instilling confidence in communication and believes everyone has a story, or more, to tell that could help others. She works with clients to strengthen their brands from the inside out by aligning core values with business decisions to create lasting impact that goes beyond the bottom line. In 2018, she became certified to administer the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and works with managers to improve cross cultural employee communication. Until 2019, Kim was the Director of Communications for the Science Museum of Minnesota where she served as an official spokesperson during numerous exhibition launches, a few moments of crisis, and a once-in-a-career lifetime international viral Internet sensation. 

Headshot of Aaron Zaslofsky.

Aaron Zaslofsky founded Wheelhouse with the idea that communication drives relationships and relationships drive business. Areas of expertise include executive positioning and trust, articulating vision and strategy, and earning influence. Wheelhouse clients include Schwan’s, General Mills, Securian Financial, and Sleep Number, among others. But wait, there’s more. Aaron also trains on how to build peer-like relationships with executives and nurture stakeholder relationships for influence.  He can be trusted with a secret, but not a Snickers.

Aaron sits (sometimes stands) on the board of the Association for Talent Development – Greater Twin Cities and gleefully contributes as a mentor for UpTurnships, which trains and places primarily students of color in college internships.