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AFP Luncheon - May 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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AFP Educational Luncheon - May 2020 

Leading from the Second Chair: Don’t Have A Seat, Have A Strategy, Especially Now in Uncertain Times

As development professionals most of us are out here just trying to make it all work, right? We’ve become masterful at multi-tasking, doing more with less and managing change. But what does that look like when you are not the one who is ultimately in charge? Add in a national health crisis and the skills you need to lift in order to continue to strive and thrive as leaders, (yes from the second chair), becomes even more essential.

There is a question that has stood the test of time that we dance around, ignore, and even try to act like it isn’t a question to be asked at all.

What would happen if we really talked about, created strategies and a playbook for the following question: How do you lead when you’re not in charge? Oh, and how do you lead when you are not in charge during a national crisis? 

Come to this session to learn the answer to those questions and so much more!

During this session you will: 

  1. Explore the rules of engagement around empowerment.
  2. Identify the benefits of working from the second chair
  3. Unpack the power of access and availability
  4. Discover how to navigate the dynamics between authority versus influence.
  5. Leverage the opportunity to manage up, manage across, and manage out
  6. Strengthen your second chair tool kit about leading from your seat during uncertain times as well, like now.

Pamela Benson Owens has been an entrepreneur for over 20+ years and most enjoys collaborating and working with organizations to assist in matters regarding all things geared toward organizational effectiveness. As the President/Chief Percolating Officer for Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Pam has been afforded the opportunity to partner and collaborate with a variety of entities. Pam currently serves as the acting Executive Director and Bridge Builder for Six Square, Austin’s Black Cultural Arts District. As an of counsel member of the FBC team, she feels fortunate to be able to work on meaningful projects alongside a talented team of professionals who demonstrate high integrity and consciously work to provide the best support to clients. Pam is also in her third year of teaching at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Austin Community College and resides on the Lead Team at Life in the City providing Human Resources support.

Whether she is brought in to address infrastructure building, training and development, coaching, leveraging the most out of staff, proactive HR practices, culture building, teaming, governance, confliction resolution, executive coaching, diversity, equity and inclusion building,  strategic planning and/or establishing processes and procedures, Pam has a depth of experience navigating the complexities of these facets in both the non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Pam also spends a significant amount of time assisting organizations experiencing transitions and change in an interim capacity to create staffing infrastructure, stabilization, organizational culture change and alignment with leadership to move organizations forward.

Pam holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from St. Edward’s University. Pam has a certification in Diversity Education and has also completed course work toward an advanced theological degree.

She leverages the combination of her variety of experiences, education, faith, and teachings to create critical “teachable moments” that quickly translate and become abundantly useful in both professional and personal settings.

She has been fortunate to be a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at some of the most prestigious institutions and finds value in the leader as learner approach. Pam is the author of Percolations: Reflect, Recharge, Reign. Pam resides in Austin, Texas and is mother to two amazing kids Preston (10) and Allyson (13) and is wife to a fabulously supportive husband and native Austinite, Arlyn.




  Each participant will receive 1 hour of CFRE credit for their participation.

Contact: For Questions, please contact the AFP Administrators at [email protected] or 512-457-8145