Training for Chiefs of Staff

Training for Chiefs of Staff

 

Vail, Colorado

 

Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff

July 8 - 10, 2020
For new, emerging, or aspiring chiefs of staff (0-3 years in the role).

 

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Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff

July 13 - 15, 2020
For experienced chiefs of staff (3+ years in the role).

 

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Set yourself up for success in the chief of staff role.

We have designed two must-attend programs for University Chiefs of Staff—based on level of experience—facilitated by an expert panel to help you take charge of your own development.

The role of chief of staff looks very different at each institution and requires a unique skill set for continued success. During this workshop, we will look at how you can maintain a balance in your professional life while managing a varied and often unpredictable role. We have assembled five current and former chiefs of staff as well as a former President to help you:

  • Define the right role for yourself
  • Navigate the massive and ambiguous workload with the appropriate tools
  • Mitigate stress, maintain energy, and keep a positive attitude
  • Establish and maintain critical internal and external relationships
  • Handle presidential transitions, conflicts, and crises with confidence

 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Ensuring Smooth Presidential Transitions

As Chief of Staff, you will often be looked to for providing calm consistency during presidential transitions. The incoming President will likely look to you as he or she acclimates to a new environment while your colleagues will rely on you to convey the new President’s priorities. Learn how you can best serve in your role during these times of change.

 

Who Should Attend

Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff | July 8 - 10, 2020

This program is designed for new or emerging chiefs of staff who have been in the role for 3 years or less, as well as professionals aspiring to the chief of staff position.

Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff | July 13 - 15, 2020

This program is designed for those with a higher level of experience (three or more years) in the position.

 

If you have questions about which level is right for you, please reach out to our Senior Program Manager, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell.

Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To learn more, contact Patricia Sandler at patricia@academicimpressions.com or purchase the Premium Pass with success coaching below.

“This Chief of Staff conference provided a wealth of knowledge from experienced leaders at different levels of Higher Ed. The format of the conference was ideal for collaboration, exchange of information and networking. Highly recommend for anyone in a similar Chief of Staff position.”

- Christina Walker, North Carolina State University

“The ability to meet other Chiefs of Staff was a fantastic opportunity. Hearing about others' challenges and perspectives was one of the most beneficial aspects of this conference.”

- Laura McNaughton, University of South Dakota

“Very informative and helpful in creating structure, process and focus areas in discipline that is notoriously difficult to define.”

- Sameer Sidh, Towson University

“Academic Impressions continues to satisfy my thirst for appropriate professional development. Keep up the great work!”

- Nick Neupauer, Butler County Community College

“A time investment well spent for an opportunity to learn and discuss with colleagues across Higher Ed.”

- Rose Dunnegan, The George Washington University

Agenda

 

Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff | July 8 - 10, 2020
Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff | July 13 - 15, 2020

 


 

Although the session descriptions are shared across programs, the conversation and content covered in each session will be tailored to your level of experience. When registering, please select the right course to ensure you’re grouped with the appropriate peers.

Day One
Pre-Conference Workshop: Ensuring Smooth Presidential Transitions

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Your registration fee includes the pre-conference workshop and materials, breakfast and lunch on the first day, as well as refreshments.

As Chief of Staff, you will often be looked to for providing calm consistency during presidential transitions. The incoming President will likely look to you as he or she acclimates to a new environment while your colleagues will rely on you to convey the new President’s priorities. Learn how you can best serve in your role during these times of change.

Main Conference

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, access to the networking reception on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day, and breakfast on the last day, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

 

Welcome and Introductions

In this opening activity, you will meet your facilitators and engage in an activity to define your current challenges and what you most hope to get out of this conference.

 


 

Defining Your Role on Campus

We will discuss how the role of Chief of Staff can have a wide variety of models and structures. Your university size and the needs of your President and Board will largely determine the role you serve. In this hour, you will learn which questions to ask to clarify of your role and methods you can use to help others on campus understand your function from the start.

 


 

Strategies to Meet Your President’s Goals

As Chief of Staff, you are often faced with implementing changes and initiatives set by the President, Board, and Executive Cabinet. This role can be challenging as those around you express concerns and questions regarding changes. By utilizing key negotiation and communication strategies, you can help implement these initiatives while also hearing and addressing concerns of staff and faculty.

 


 

Working Session/Day 1 Close

In this final session of the day, you will have an opportunity to discuss what you have learned in Day 1, strategies you plan to adapt or adopt, and share with colleagues for feedback.

 


 

Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch-up with attendees and speakers whom you may not have connected with yet.

 


Day Two

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Five Paths to Leadership: Understanding How You Manage Stressful Situations

One of the keys to success is having an awareness of how you manage stress, being prepared for your strengths and challenges during stressful situations, and being aware of how your President and close co-workers manage stress. In this session, you will use the results from an assessment you will complete on-site to engage in a discussion on how you act when under stress and how to manage potential pitfalls.

 


 

Spotting Trends and Issues

One of your hardest, yet most critical, roles is to be an “ear to the ground” so that you are aware of emerging trends and issues on and outside of campus. By noticing trends, you can capitalize on them early and help your constituents to be proactive in preparing for emerging developments. By being able to spot potential issues, you can be a catalyst in mitigating a situation before it becomes a crisis. In this session, you will learn ways other Chiefs of Staff have successfully connected themselves across campus so that they have a hyper-awareness of happenings.

 


 

Challenging Situations: Managing Internal Conflicts and External Crises

Despite your best efforts to mitigate issues, you will likely be faced with a conflict or crisis on campus during your tenure as Chief of Staff. Managing internal conflicts requires you to work with parties with different opinions while maintaining focus on initiatives set by the President. Crisis management requires key communication skills with both external and internal audiences and close collaboration with the President to ensure your messages are in sync. The lessons provided will help you prepare for these challenges and give you resources for when you need them.

 


 

Working Session

You will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss what you have learned and begin outlining action steps to take once you return to campus.

 


 

Breakout Session

In this session, you will have an opportunity to break into two groups, depending on your needs.

Option 1: Serving Someone Other than the President

Not all Chiefs of Staff serve a University President. We will give you strategies for working within your department while also connecting across campus.

Option 2: Working with Your Board and Executive Cabinet

You will gain strategies and tips for best working with your Board and Executive Cabinet. Setting clear expectations, leading productive meetings, and establishing clear communication guidelines will be discussed.

Option 3: Marketing Your Skills as Chief of Staff

This session will focus on skill sets you are building as you serve as Chief of Staff and how you can use those in other capacities, both present and future. We will discuss transferable skills, options, and furthering your development for success.

 


Day Three

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Presidential/Executive Panel

We have invited local Presidents and those at the executive level to join us for a panel discussion. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to gain insights on working with Presidents and others on the panel.

 


 

Panel Discussion: Handling the Workload

During this panel discussion, you will have a chance to hear from all speakers on their strategies for maintaining balance with their professional and personal lives while performing at their best on a daily basis.

 


 

Final Working Session

In this final working session, you will have an opportunity to set goals and actions for your return to campus.

Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff

July 8 - 10, 2020 | Vail, CO

Conference Hotel Information:

Vail Marriott
715 W Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
970.479.6941

Room Rate: $189
Room Block Dates: nights of July 7, 8 and 9, 2020.
Rate Available Until: June 16, 2020.

Make your Reservation: Please call 970.479.6941 to make your room reservations and indicate you are with Academic Impressions to receive the group rate. Please make your reservations early - rooms and rates are subject to hotel availability.

Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff

July 13 - 15, 2020 | Vail, CO

Conference Hotel Information:

Vail Marriott
715 W Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
970.479.6941

Room Rate: $189
Room Block Dates: nights of July 12, 13 and 14, 2020.
Rate Available Until: June 16, 2020.

Make your Reservation: Please call 970.479.6941 to make your room reservations and indicate you are with Academic Impressions to receive the group rate. Please make your reservations early - rooms and rates are subject to hotel availability.

Speakers

Sept. 27, 2016 - Max Allen, chief of staff at Clemson University.
-- Maxwell Allen -- 
maallen@clemson.edu
JOB TITLE: Administrator
Office Of The President
(864) 656-3413

Max Allen

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Clemson University

Since his arrival at Clemson University in June 2015, Max Allen has helped strengthen the overall national reputation and awareness of the Clemson brand. He serves as the chief advisor to President Clements and is the primary liaison with the vice presidents and other direct reports to the president. Under his leadership, he has helped design and implement the Clemson Forward strategic plan, coordinated a strategic reorganization of the campus diversity efforts, served as the primary liaison with key community leaders and partners, served as a member of the university’s crisis decision team, and helped with the successful completion of the $1 billion “Will to Lead” capital campaign.

Read Max's full bio here.

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Nate Bryant, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff, Salem State University

Nate is responsible for the oversight of the president’s office including the day-to-day activities of the President's Office, coordinating the work of the president’s senior leadership team, and coordinating the University’s strategic planning efforts. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education and during that time, has overseen the areas of admissions, financial aid, multicultural affairs, academic advising, tutoring, and both institutional and federally funded college retention programs. Nate also has considerable experience in the areas of crisis management, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Read Nate's full bio here.

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Chris Romano

Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Ramapo College

In his current role, Christopher leads the division of enrollment management, including the offices of admissions, advising and first-year experience, career services, financial aid, marketing and web administration, athletics, residence life, the Educational Opportunity Fund, public safety, and the division of student affairs. Christopher chairs the strategic enrollment management planning committee and is responsible for the development and maintenance of Ramapo’s strategic enrollment management plan.

Read Chris's full bio here.

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Dr. Karen M. Whitney

President Emerita, Clarion University

Throughout her 40 year career in higher education, Dr. Karen Whitney has held a variety of executive and leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility, beginning as a Director to Associate Vice President, Vice Chancellor, President, and Chancellor. Karen is also a nationally recognized organizational and leadership development writer, speaker, consultant and advisor. She holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Higher Education Administration and is a certified coach through the Center for Executive Coaching.

Read Karen's full bio here.

BrittanyGoldstein

Brittany Williams-Goldstein, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff & Board Liaison, Ramapo College

Dr. Williams-Goldstein serves as the President’s primary liaison to the Senior Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and coordination of Cabinet and Board activities as well as the coordination of the Office of the President. She chairs the Space Management and Allocation Committee and also leads the College’s Administrative Assessment Committee. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Campus Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, Accreditation Steering Committee, Position Review Committee, and two Strategic Planning Task Forces.

Read Brittany's full bio here.

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Dr. Wendy Wilson

Vice President of University Relations/Chief of Staff, Albany State University

Wendy Wilson is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She holds a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Curriculum Leadership from Columbus State University, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Bluefield College.

Read Wendy's full bio here.

Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff

July 8 - 10, 2020 | Vail, CO
See below to register for the Experienced course.

Features

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions


Conference Pass

  • -

  • -

  • $1,595

    through June 26 $1,695


Conference Plus Pass

  • -

  • $1,895

    through June 26 $1,995


Premium Pass

  • $2,495

    through June 26 $2,595


Conference Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • $1,595

    through June 26 $1,695


Conference Plus Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • $1,895

    through June 26 $1,995


Premium Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions

  • $2,495

    through June 28 $2,595


Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff

July 13 - 15, 2020 | Vail, CO
See above to register for the Fundamentals course.

Features

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions


Conference Pass

  • -

  • -

  • $1,595

    through June 26 $1,695


Conference Plus Pass

  • -

  • $1,895

    through June 26 $1,995


Premium Pass

  • $2,495

    through June 26 $2,595


Conference Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • $1,595

    through June 26 $1,695


Conference Plus Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • $1,895

    through June 26 $1,995


Premium Pass

  • Main Conference Materials

  • Meals During the Conference

  • Networking Reception

  • Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Three Success Coaching Sessions

  • $2,495

    through June 28 $2,595


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