The Art of Awkward

Thursday 8:45am – 9:45am

Session Description

As professionals and leaders of our organizations, our days are filled with awkward and uncomfortable situations. It’s human nature to turn and run in the other direction when we encounter these situations. Whether it is having a hard conversation or calling someone on their behavior, this is hard stuff and takes a mind shift and PRACTICE to get good at. This session is designed to provide the tools to not only deal with “awkwardville” but grow from it.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increased awareness around personal triggers of discomfort
  2. Development of a process to use in these encounters
  3. Gain knowledge and applicability of tools to help move through awkwardville


Kristi Spaethe

Kristi Spaethe is President and Principle Consultant of The People Perspective, LLC, an HR Consulting firm helping organizations realize their Best Practices in Human Resources. Additionally, Kristi serves as an adjunct instructor for Tulsa Technology Center. With over 13 years’ experience in “all things HR”, Kristi’s past experience includes companies such as QuikTrip, Solvay, NORDAM and SBS Industries. Kristi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Human Resources Development option and also holds the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Kristi received the President’s Award from the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association in 2016 and the Richard R. Messer Excellence in Human Resources award in 2019. Kristi and her husband live in Broken Arrow, OK with their daughter.

Currently, Kristi serves as the Past President of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association and has served in other board roles with the association since 2014. She is also the current Vice President of Membership for the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council and a mentor and subject matter expert with SCORE.