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Who Do You Think You Are?

Dan Foglia

Former Head of Employee Relations,
Guardian Life

About the Presentation

Ever catch yourself saying: “I just really hate people”? I think most of us have at one point, but the reason we say that is because we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do. Like a bad breakup, it’s not them, it’s you… but there is hope. You don’t have to like people, you just need to be “good at” people.  

Our modern-day workforce has evolved and as it continues to evolve, we have begun to bring our whole selves to work. This sounds great in the company value proposition, however it also requires that we evolve our skillset not only in leadership, but also in simply working side by side with our colleagues. If you don’t evolve you risk not being a good “cultural fit”. But how do we make this shift? 

It starts with understanding the makeup of humans, our biochemistry, core belief systems, identities, motives, and most importantly – with knowing yourself.  

Mix in hybrid environments, isolation, loneliness, and social anxiety among other polarizing challenges currently in our society. Unity is no longer just a theory, it’s now more important than ever, as the workplace is the last place left where it can be achieved in on of the most politically polarized eras in history.  

This session is bold, challenging, uncomfortable at times, but highly impactful with respect to how we view our work and how we view ourselves and our possibilities within that world. 

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of personality types (disc, Meyers Briggs, etc.) 
  • Makeup of human morals, beliefs, and values 
  • Principals of psychological safety and avoiding triggers 
  • Leadership toolkit on how to navigate difficult conversations 
  • How to give and receive feedback. Specific suggestions that are measurable when using a lens of gratitude and acknowledgement 
  • 5 styles of conflict management, 5 styles of leadership, do’s/don’ts when employing each style and tips on avoiding pitfalls 
  • Resources for workplace traumas 

About Dan Foglia

Dan Foglia has spent the last 15 years, working as an executive HR specialist. His professional journey is marked by significant roles, including as the Head of Employee Relations at Guardian Life, as well as serving as an adjunct instructor and teacher at Rutgers University. Dan has also demonstrated his commitment to community service as the Vice President of the Board of Directors and HR consultant for Habitat for Humanity. Prior to his career in HR, he honed his leadership skills as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Dan excels in influencing people and driving organization-wide change. 

 His educational background includes a BA in Justice Studies and Sociology and an MBA in Healthcare Administration. He is a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP), a Certified Diversity Equity Inclusion Specialist (DEI), and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). 


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