While the word ‘middle’ can sometimes have a negative connotation – i.e. "middle child syndrome" or “middleman,” when it comes to the corporate ladder, the middle might be where you find yourself today, or maybe where you aspire to be tomorrow. Either way, come join Metro EDGE and our expert guests, Gordon Fowler, President & CEO of 3Fold Communications and Keri Thomas, Director Community and Government Relations of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, as we tackle the difficult and relevant issues that come with middle management and discuss how to:
• Communicate across generations
• Improve opportunities to move upward
• Learn effective ways to deal with peers who are now subordinates
• Manage a work life balance as your responsibilities increase
Seating is limited!
MEET OUR SPEAKERS:
GORDON FOWLER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, 3FOLD COMMUNICATIONS
Gordon launched 3fold Communications in 2004 with a crystal vision: to lead a team of talented and hardworking individuals to help 3fold clients connect with their audience, build brand equity, and become leaders in their industries and markets. All while contributing to and building vibrant communities.
One of 3fold’s early clients was the United States Department of Labor, in its development of SHARE Network (Sharing How Access to Resources Empowers). SHARE was a national initiative that partnered with local workforce investment boards, community colleges, faith and community-based organizations and small businesses to assist job seekers. Prior to forming 3fold, Gordon directed the $6 million “Dream Job” nationwide advertising program for America’s Job Bank, resulting in the website becoming the second most accessed job bank in the nation.
Gordon served as Director of Marketing and Communication for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, as well as Chief of Staff within the State of California, Employment Development Department (EDD). Gordon holds a B.S. in Political Science and Communications from Georgetown University. He currently sits on the executive committee of the Metro Chamber board of directors, several other nonprofit boards and is celebrating one son’s college graduation and another’s high school graduation this month.
KERI THOMAS, DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, SUTTER HEALTH SACRAMENTO SIERRA REGION
Keri Thomas serves as the Director, Community and Government Relations for the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. She is responsible for working with elected and community leaders and not-for-profit agencies on sustainable programs that enhance community health in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Amador and Yuba counties in California.
Keri believes that the state of health care for the underinsured is dependent on partnerships and collaboration. As a result of that philosophy, the affiliates in the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra region have taken the lead in identifying community needs and key collaborative strategies to ensure positive outcomes of existing community resources. For example, The Interim Care Project (ICP) is a collaborative effort to provide a safe place for homeless patients to be discharged to after hospitalization. The program was the first project of its kind in California and served more than 600 clients since its inception in 2005. The T3 Project (Triage, Transport and Treatment) is a partnership with The Effort, Inc. and Sacramento Self Help Housing to provide comprehensive, appropriate services for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Sacramento County which has resulted in positive outcomes for the community, the hospital and, most importantly, our most vulnerable residents.
Keri earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University. Keri currently serves on the Golden 1 Credit Union Board of Directors, is past Chair of the Leaderships Sacramento Program (2009), the Vice Chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap to Cap Program, and was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the top up and coming leaders of the region – 40 Under 40 (2010).
Keri lives in Sacramento with her husband and son.