People With Possibility: Building Trusting, Agile Teams

People With Possibility: Building Trusting, Agile Teams:

Feb 11 2020 - 12:00pm - Feb 11 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Online

Language: English


Learn about Humentum member, Mercy Corps', People with Possibility initiative, designed to address the actual “how” of adaptive management in teams across 40 countries. A management and team building program based on neuroscience, teams are equipped with four simple practices designed to improve their agility and performance. Leave with an understanding of how our brains affect our team interactions and learn four practices (Reflect & Adapt, Have Candid Conversations, Practice Well-being and Build Ownership) that build adaptive, agile teams.


Anna Young, Vice President, Strategy and Learning, Mercy Corps

Anna  Young has worked in the field of international relief and development for close to twenty years. She developed her passion for strategic planning, leadership development and organizational learning while directly implementing programs in the field and seeing how strong strategies and learning processes lead to greater impact and better team alignment both in emergencies and longer-term development.

Anna heads Strategy and Learning for the organization, which includes leadership development, knowledge management and internal communications. In her role she guides and aligns strategic direction across teams at Mercy Corps and ensures that the organization has a robust approach to performance measurement and organizational learning.

She offers close to twenty years of first-hand experience in setting strategy, organizational learning, horizon scanning and program implementation combined with a wealth of expertise in analysis and research into best practices in the development field.  Of her many field-based experiences, she has managed an integrated relief and transitional development program in Maluku, Indonesia, providing relief and economic development assistance to conflict affected populations working through local partner organizations. In addition to Mercy Corps she has worked with Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children and was seconded to the UN during the Kosovo crisis. Her international experience covers the Balkans, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Georgia/Caucuses India and Central Asia.  She holds a MA Honors degree in foreign languages from Oxford University, U.K and a degree in secondary education from Leeds University. She also holds a Professional Coaching Certification from New Ventures West.

Hala Abu-Tayeh, Organizational Agility Advisor, Mercy Corps

Hala has over 13 years of experience as a humanitarian, project management, and development professional. She has worked under several funding streams at Mercy Corps - Jordan supporting the field program teams in various sectors including Emergency and Crisis Management, Cash programs, Conflict mitigation, Social Cohesion, Protection, Psychosocial well-being, and Refugee Camps.

Hala has substantial experience in project management, personnel management and capacity building, budget management, community outreach, and stakeholder engagement. She holds a Master degree in human rights and human development, and is a proud mother of two.

Hala is currently part of the Strategy and Learning team as the Organizational Agility Advisor leading the People with Possibility Program, the program is designed to help managers and teams become stronger, more collaborative, and more agile. She is primarily focusing on providing support to leaders across the agency to roll the initiative across Mercy Corps’ 5,000 strong member team, develop mechanisms for ongoing sustainability, and integrate the core practices across other initiatives so that the tenants of People with Possibility are truly embedded into the DNA of the organization. 


Note: this webinar is available to Humentum members only.