Conference Skill-Building Workshops

Conference Skill-Building Workshops are included in the Southern Charm rate. Review the workshops listed below and select one as you register. 
For Conference participants attending at the daily rate, Conference workshops are available for an additional $150.



The Trick to Being a Chair or Organizational Leader

Presented by Bill Lamb, Kirkwood Community College

The workshop will present a variety of strategies for new front line administrators, including chairs, directors, deans, and other organizational leaders. Activities throughout the day will help participants define their role as leaders and share strategies to develop cohesive teams.

Topics will include:

• understanding leadership versus management in organizations
• understanding yourself and how you work with others 
• skills for building teams and working with diverse work styles
• time management and work best practices
• recognizing and managing conflict
• adapting to and guiding organizational change

  • The activities will involve small group interaction and allow time for sharing strategies as well as applying new methods to real work examples. The afternoon session will encourage the sharing of “successful practices" through guided group discussions. Participants will receive a variety of written materials to use as guides and references, and information related to the Academy for Leadership Development will be shared.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Bill Lamb, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Bill Lamb is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Until 2007, Bill was the Dean of Liberal Arts and Distance Learning at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, where he served in the role of assistant dean, department chair, and writing teacher. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University in 1984.  His Master of Arts degree is in English literature from Pittsburg State University and his Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Lamb has received numerous awards including the Paul Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award in 2011.  He is active in
his local Rotary club and several community organizations.  Additionally, he is a member of the Leadership Editorial Board and a member
of the Iowa Liberal Arts Curriculum Articulation council.  He is a member of the STEMhub Regional advisory group, and serves as the treasurer for the Oak Creek Homes Association. He is also a representative to the League for Innovation Board Representative group.  
Dr. Lamb has a number of publications and is a frequent presenter at international and regional conferences and workshops.  For the last seven years, he has also served as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.



Expanded Leader Wellness through the Advanced Science of Self-Health

Presented by Candace A Croft, PhD, Founding Executive, Tabankhu and SoulNinja™ Mastery and Keith L Smith, MA, MBA, EdD, Vice-President, Purdue University

Work is often fast-paced and stressful. We encounter negativity that challenges our ability to stay grounded and centered, depletes drive, destroys self-confidence, and erodes health. Every state of health is a matter of energy. Leaders often attend to team health, yet neglect their own. An unhealthy leader cannot inspire a healthy team. This time focuses on you, the leader as self-health coach. Learn simple, fun, and effective strategies to communicate with your inner healer/coach, align with a state of authentic wholeness, and enjoy greater self-health, wellness, and life/leadership mastery.

Attendees will benefit by:

  • • Increase understanding of energy as it impacts personal/ leadership spiritmindbody health
  • • Apply principles of Unity Psychology and Leadership 5.0 for greater self-health/mastery
  • • Practice proven techniques for effective leadership self-coaching
  • • Practice inner communication for improved team communication
  • • Learn an effective mindful-revision approach to guide daily self-health coaching


About the Presenters:

Dr. Candace Croft is Founder/Chief Executive of Tabankhu where she provides Soul Ninja™ Intuitive Coaching, speaking events, and consulting services focusing on mindfulness and energy alignment for personal and professional leadership.  A member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, she also is a registered natural healer and certified hypnosis practitioner, EFT advanced practitioner, and aromatherapist.  She developed the school of unity psychology, designed the PSI-BETA-BLOCK-R8 empowerment method, and is the author of four books, including Soul Gardening: The Rooting Years.  She has served as faculty, Dean, and VPAA in higher education institutions, designed the Distance Education Leadership Masters program at the UW-Platteville, managed an urban wellness center, and has more than three decades of experience as a therapist/coach/energy worker.  More information can be found at www.HeartLightShining.com and LinkedIn.

Dr. Keith Smith is a Vice President at Purdue University. His experience includes serving on the Boards of Elsevier Publishing, the American Medical Technologists Association, the Distance Education Leadership Masters at the UW-Platteville, Youth Dynamics, and the Eaton Leadership Foundation.  He received his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Education from Seattle University, and a Master of Business Administration from City University. He has taught graduate leadership and organizational change courses domestically and internationally, is a frequent presenter in the leadership and personal growth arena, and has been a consultant with leaders in high profile companies and universities, including Boeing, Microsoft, and Western Governor’s University.



Foundations of Team Cohesion

Presented by Brett Cooper, President and Co-Founder, Integris Performance Advisors

During this interactive workshop, you will learn and engage in many activities that will help you make your team stronger. You'll walk away with powerful new ideas for how to build VULNERABILITY-BASED TRUST; engage in PRODUCTIVE CONFLICT; COMMIT TO DECISIONS made by the team; Foster higher levels of PEER-TO-PEER ACCOUNTABILITY; and focus on COLLECTIVE RESULTS

The workshop is designed around modern adult-learning principles, with segments devoted to:

  • • Self-reflection
  • • One-on-one dialogs
  • • Tabletop discussions
  • • Interactive group activities
  • • Personal action planning

This event will equip you to contribute to building a more cohesive team by helping you understand your natural behavioral tendencies. Our goal is to highlight and encourage actions that benefit the team while simultaneously limiting the unproductive behaviors that we all exhibit from time to time (whether we recognize it or not).

About the Presenter:

Brett Cooper is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), Everything DiSC and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways.

Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profit organizations serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).

Brett earned an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to team cohesion, leadership and operational excellence.

Brett is married to the love of his life, Maxine, and has two daughters, Sophia and Olivia. When not on the road, he splits time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Salem, OR.



Engaging Faculty Through the Science of Leadership

Presented by Lee Grimes, Tarrant County Community College

This workshop will explore strategies for engaging faculty while utilizing the science of leadership. Through the lens of David Rock’s work on NeuroLeadership, participants of this workshop will learn to implement faculty engagement programs and build cohesion and trust among colleagues.

Topics will include:

  • • Self-awareness when communicating with colleagues
  • • Techniques to build consensus when there are differing perspectives
  • • Skills for building trust among diverse faculty
  • • Heightened awareness of how others react to initiative overload and change
  • • High impact practices that fully engage faculty in student-centered learning

Participants will be actively engaged in this workshop through discussions, small group work, and other activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply the concepts learned to challenges, programs, and other initiatives at their institutions. This workshop is perfect for any faculty members or administrators who are interested in energizing faculty engagement efforts at their institution.

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Leadership Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Presented by Presented by Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Pikes Peak Community College and Linda Meccouri, Massachusetts Community Colleges

The goal of this workshop is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for leaders at all levels to learn and share a variety of Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Workplaces.  Activities include proven strategies from a variety of sources that will enable participants to increase their skills to recognize and value the contributions of a wide diversity of students and colleagues to build inclusive organizations that reflect our most cherished values.

Topics will include:

  • • understanding culture and inclusion in the workplace
    • exploring self and others’ identity (race, class, gender, language, cultural…) and commonalities.
    • creating an inclusive workplaces (bring one to share)
    • examining unconscious bias
    • understanding the role of and behaviors of being an ally
    • creating a shared vision of and building a culture of hope


About the Presenters:

Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Dean of Math and English at Pikes Peak Community College
Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan is the Dean of the Mathematics and English Division at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to accepting this position in 2014, Jacquelyn was Associate Dean of College Preparatory Programs, Chair of the Developmental English Department, and an instructor of Developmental English, Advancing Academic Achievement and ESL courses.

Jacquelyn has over 30 years of educational and professional experiences that range from non-profit leadership and workforce development to military service. Jacquelyn is committed to excellence in education and leadership and believes that everyone, regardless of race, ability, or socio-economic status is entitled to a quality education.


Linda Meccouri, Principal Consultant, Positive Connections, Positive Strategy, Retired Dean, Chair, Faculty, Massachusetts Community Colleges
Linda Meccouri is a positive change, strengths-based consultant working with colleges, universities, healthcare, business and community organizations in the areas of teaching, student success, leadership, and organizational development. Prior to forming her consulting practice, Linda served as the Dean of Professional Development at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts where she designed and facilitated ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.

She served as Faculty Development Coordinator, Professor and Department chair of Computer Science at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. With over thirty years of teaching experience at the community college, undergraduate and graduate level, Linda is the recipient of Endowed Chairs for Teaching Excellence from two colleges, and believes passionately in education that encourages people to become the best version of themselves.

 



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