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06-06-24 Seminar: Stronger Under Pressure
Dover Hall
1500 Manakin Road
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103

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Thursday, June 06, 2024, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Events


Registration is now closed. Contact VSAE with any questions or concerns.

Stronger Under Pressure

There are 4 go to survival skills that our brains use to process uncertain and stressful situations. What are they and how do we recognize when we are using them? What would be gained if we purposely did the opposite of those survival skills. What might be gained? What new growth could we experience? There are also 5 ways to approach stress and uncertainty that will help us move from merely surviving uncertainty to actually thriving during it. We will unpack these 5 ways and give examples of how we can do this in our work and personal life. This talk will conclude with some inspirational ideas about hope and how we can have hope even when we don’t know what is coming next. 

After attending this seminar attendees will learn:

  • Teach the 4 survival skills that we typically use to navigate chaos and uncertainty and help attendees recognize their go to skills.
  • Challenge attendees to push beyond mere survival by teaching 5 “thrival skills” that help us not merely survive uncertainty but to actually thrive.
  • Give attendees hope that whatever comes next in the marketplace, they will be well positioned to be strong under the pressure.

Format: In-person ONLY
Domain: 2 - Executive Leadership

1.50 CAE Credits


Chris Barras, Second Story Partnership
Chris is a leader who has decades of leadership experience in business, non profits and even the church world. He was worked with teams of various sizes and has helped bring the best out of those around him. A talented communicator- Chris pulls from psychology, business, history, and research to engage audiences and help challenge the way they think. Chris does this with a lot of humor and some very straight talk. When Chris isn’t teaching, writing or coaching, he loves to support his three sons with their music and basketball. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Abby of 25 years exploring the city of Richmond or traveling to the fun far away places. Chris loves football, soccer, reading and cooking.


9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
9:30-11:00 a.m. - Seminar

11:00-11:45 a.m. - Networking Reception
11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon


VSAE Member  $49
Staff of Exec. Member*  $69
Non-Member  $89



Reception/Luncheon Pricing:
**Online Registration closes Friday, May 31 at Noon**

and paid...
Exec. Non-Richmond,
Semi-Retired & Lifetime
Staff of 
Exec. Member*
(non-VSAE member)
May 30
FREE $15 $25 $35

May 31-
Jun 6

$15 $20 $30 $40
On-site $25 $35 $35 $45







Apply Discount Code StaffMem24 on the Summary page of the online registration form. 
No refunds for cancellations. Substitutions encouraged.  

COVID Safety
At this time, no proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is required to attend, and masking is optional. If, after registering, you test positive for COVID or are exposed to someone who does, notify [email protected] in writing for a full refund.  Read our full COVID policy. 


The VSAE Community Service Committee has selected Metro Richmond Boys and Girls Club as the charity raffle recipient this month. Metro Richmond Boys and Girls clubs mission is to empower young people, especially those from historically marginalized communities, to succeed in life. With your incredible trust, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond continues to create environments and opportunities for young people and their families to build social capital and for community members to come together.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the event to raise money for this worthy cause. The winner of the charity raffle receives two single day tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg valid Jan 26, 2024-Sep 8, 2024 or Water Country USA valid May 11 through Sep 10, 2024. AND an overnight stay with breakfast for 2 at the DoubleTree Williamsburg.

Contact: Pamela Flynn - [email protected] - (804) 249-2244