Session Descriptions

Keynote Descriptions

New Business Models for Higher Education | Presented by Jim Hundrieser

Higher education institutions are in the midst of dramatic change.  Implementing innovative, transformational strategies that grow or diversify revenues are frequently discussed, yet few institutions have succeeded in changing current structures to actually diversify revenue streams.  Innovation and transformation occur when creative thinking is combined with a focus on maximizing current resources that produces business models which create the greatest Return On Investment (ROI).  This session shares some of the macro trends impacting this type of work and the latest practices that you can implement at your institution to achieve positive, innovative transformational change.  

Understanding Unconscious Bias | Presented by Albert Smith

In this presentation participants will gain an understanding of the science, research, and impact of unconscious bias. They will become aware of their own background, and its impact on perceptions. Furthermore, participants will learn to recognize functions of the unconscious mind and its impact in the workplace. The goal is that this learning will filter back into new strategies for developing conscious awareness action steps for different departments and teams at the University.

The Politically Intelligent Leader | Presented by Patricia Clark White

Today's Higher Education leaders are often caught in a world of rising expectations and diminishing resources - the political pressures are enormous.   We may be trained in job competencies, but we often feel ill-prepared and apprehensive about our ability to deal with a high-stakes political environment. Becoming a Politically Savvy Leader empowers leaders at all levels, from small teams to major institutions, to truly understand the dynamic nature of politics in organizations, while learning more about themselves, their current political styles, and political strategies that offer greater personal and professional success. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the tactics and motivations of nine different political actors, and the skills that will help them manage positive outcomes in their interactions.

Session Descriptions

Morning Breakout Sessions

Implementing Strategies & Change Management | Presented by Jim Hundreiser

Decreasing traditional student enrollments have forced many institutions to cut costs, programs, services, and operations.  Approximately 67% of Chief Financial Officers report that their institution’s current business model is unsustainable and that revenue diversification is needed to sustain operations over the long term.  This session explores ways that institutions can implement strategies and focus on strategies to ensure embed systemic change to leverage their strengths, identify priorities, and determine priorities.   

Building Culture with Intention & Purpose | Presented by Sarah Fisher Gardial

Culture is always being created inside organizations – whether through intentional or unintentional means.  Organizations pay untold attention and training to strategic planning, tactics, and resources allocation.  But how often do we engage in conversations about how to build and maintain a healthy, mission-driven organizational culture?  All of the strategic planning in the world will not make a dent if there is no culture to support the behaviors we want to see in the workplace.  This session will define culture, will make a case for promoting culture building to the top of the leader’s priorities, and will provide some basics for how to go about building/changing culture in the workplace.

Succession Planning | Presented by Teri Fairchild

Within two decades, millions of baby boomers will retire, which will result in massive turnover among business leaders. Does your organization have a transition plan in place to ensure your business will stand the test of time?

In this session you will learn the 10-step method for succession that will carry your organization into the next generation.

  • Learn the 10-step process for succession management
  • Build a foundation for successful recruitment to build management teams
  • Communicate values that validate an organization’s existence and ensure stability and right conduct
  • Understand the essential nature of internal transformation to ensure successful business transition

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Creating Inclusive Workspaces | Presented by Nadine Petty

This session will provide participants with information and tools relevant to promoting inclusivity in the workplace. Research shows inclusive workspaces foster greater employee satisfaction which lends itself to increased employee retention. This interactive session is designed to engage participants in discussions and activities surrounding inclusivity, its role in diversity and equity, implicit bias, and embedded workplace challenges.  The presentation is intended for individuals who are interested in gaining insight needed to shift workplace culture from the status quo to more inclusive models with hopes of increasing employee satisfaction and retention. It is also intended for those who are looking for ways to promote social justice in their workplaces. Participants will leave the workshop with resources and action plans they can take back to their individual offices and teams.

Creating Transparent P&L’s | Presented by Sunny Donenfeld

Developing P&Ls that appropriately allocate revenue and expense is essential for gauging program health, and critical for managing a portfolio of programs. The speaker will address one school’s approach and entertain questions.

Building Trust with Your People | Presented by Patricia Clark White

Leaders who are charged with delivering a changing 21st century vision for their organization or team, may need to introduce new thinking, new behaviors and new culture often when trust is not abundant.  Learning to work effectively with the core human needs that tend to emerge during times of change is fundamental to building trust.  Participants will explore strategies for cultivating high trust relationships, using real world examples.  A Trust Questionnaire will provide insights on your own trust levels and help you develop next steps for building a healthy, enjoyable, productive climate at work.

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