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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 except two sessions will be held in May.

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

Workshop Descriptions

Session One: the promise of professional intelligence - October 12

  • Welcome and Introduction - Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael A. Baston
  • 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: George Repic
    We will cover techniques for planning, executing, and completing a team project with established guidelines that are useful for all leaders. Those guidelines generally include goals, team formation, time and budget. We will review techniques that will help you manage your next project.
  • Tips from the Experts
    Participants from the 2017-2018 Leadership Academy return to answer questions about their experience and provide tips on completing the action learning projects.

Session Four: conflict resolution & managing stress - January 11

  • De-stress When Life Happens - 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.
  • 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.

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: Catherine Roche
    Most leaders are indeed professionals. Professionalism embodies the core elements of what employers identify as those desirable but often lacking “soft skills.” In this interactive workshop the “soft skill,” as well as the attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics attributed to professionals, will be explored. Strategies for developing or improving a professional image will also be discussed.

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 5

  • Action Learning Project Status
    Each team will provide an overview of the status of its action learning project.

SESSION eight: presentations - MAY 3

  • Presentation of Action Learning Projects
    Each team will present their action learning project to the President's Cabinet.

SESSION nine: graduation - MAY 10

  • Announcement
    The President will announce which action learning project will be funded.
  • Graduation
    The President will award certificates to the participants.
  • Wrap-up
    We will discuss participants' perceptions of the effectiveness of the Leadership Academy and how participants plan to integrate the skills they gained from the Leadership Academy into their professional and community responsibilities.

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