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Workshop Schedule

Program sessions will be held at the Suffern campus on one Friday per month from 9 am to 1 pm.

The workshop dates for the 2018-2019 Leadership Academy are:

Workshop Descriptions

Session One: the promise of professional intelligence - October 12

  • Emotional Intelligence - Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael A. Baston
    Self-reflection is essential to leadership success. Daniel Goleman’s work on emotional intelligence will serve as a beginning point for developing professional intelligence.
  • Followership - Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael A. Baston
    Understanding the role individuals play in following the leader is another key aspect of leadership success. Barbara Kellerman’s insights on followers will be considered.
  • Above the Line Thinking - Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael A. Baston
    Leaders will be unsuccessful with their followers without a problem solving
    development strategy that can be executed. Connors, Smith and
    Hickman’s work on addressing organizational challenges will be examined.

Session Two: self-discovery - November 2

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Guest Speaker: Kathleen Carroll
    A leading self-development tool used today, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will be administered to all participants, scored and interpreted to increase a personal understanding of participants’ communication and leadership styles.

Session Three: project management - December 7

  • Project Management - Guest Speaker: TBA

Session Four: conflict resolution & managing stress - January 11

  • Strategies and Techniques - Guest Speaker: Sutonia Boykin
    Managing and resolving conflict is a key skill for successful leaders. We will explore conflict resolution strategies and address the essential ingredients in developing effective techniques in the workplace.
  • Managing Stress - Guest Speakers: Joe Falco, LMFT
    Leadership positions naturally create stress. We will discover how to manage the daily stressors that leaders experience and learn techniques to maintain personal and professional well-being.

Session Five: enhancing leadership skills & professionalism - February 8

  • Visionary Leaders - Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Deer
    Leaders are not born; they are created by learning leadership skills. Everyone can become more effective in any stage of his/her career. We will examine the key skills needed to be outstanding team leaders.
  • Professionalism - Guest Speaker: TBA

Session Six: communication skills & diversity - March 1

  • Public Speaking - Guest Speaker: Talia Lipton
    Having effective public speaking skills is the hallmark of a successful leader. We will focus on some key techniques to develop these vital tools.
  • Embracing Diversity - Guest Speakers: Katherine Lynch & TBA
    Respecting the dignity and uniqueness of each individual is an essential leadership quality. We will examine some of the issues raised by diversity and its impact on leadership.

SESSION SEVEN: presentations - APRIL 26

  • Presentation of Action Learning Projects

SESSION EIGHT: graduation - MAY 3

  • Graduation
    • The President will award certificates to the participants.
  • Wrap-up
    • We will discuss how participants plan to integrate the skills they gained from the Leadership Academy into their professional and community responsibilities.

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