Discovering Self and Developing Essential Skills: A Bootcamp for New Supervisors


Essential Skills for Supervisors


September 19 – October 24, 2023
Individual Sessions: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2023

This event is canceled

Learn effective strategies for supervision and gain practical tools to support individual, team, and organizational goals.


All too often in higher education, individuals move into a supervisory role without the necessary tools and skills to be successful. Particularly in today’s challenging environments, effective supervision is key to building an effective culture where each individual can contribute to team success.

Join us online for a six-week bootcamp specifically designed for higher-education supervisors who are looking to deepen their skills. The bootcamp includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, as well as a leadership assessment and one private coaching session. This blend of engagement opportunities will allow you time to reflect on and then share your learning in a communal group setting during the live online weekly sessions. The bootcamp is limited to 25 participants to ensure a personal, engaging, and action-oriented experience.

You will leave the bootcamp as a member of a network of supervisors, with a deeper understanding of effective strategies for supervision, as well as with a host of practical tools you can apply right away to better support individual, team, and organizational goals.


A Highly Personalized Experience

This online bootcamp consists of:

  • Six live online weekly sessions where you can focus on developing and refining your supervisory skills.
  • Asynchronous activities, no more than one hour in length, linked to sessions 2, 3, 4, and 5 to accommodate differing schedules, and that will allow for deeper learning to inform community engagement in the live online sessions.
  • Leadership Assessment: Through Academic Impressions’ Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment, individual assignments, and group discussions, you’ll discover how you leverage your leadership strengths under typical circumstances as well as more stressful ones.
  • Activities geared to various learning preferences, including videos with embedded reflection and hands-on application exercises.
  • As a part of the bootcamp, you will have one one-on-one 30-minute coaching session with Dr. Therese Lask, the bootcamp facilitator. The first session will allow you to identify individual goals for your engagement in the bootcamp. The second will help you set a path forward for your continued development as a supervisor.

To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 25 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


Who Should Attend

This bootcamp has been designed for those who supervise professional staff and need to deepen their supervisory skills and style.

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

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“This was a wonderful, innovative experience. Great ideas and resources were shared by participants and presenters. High energy and an overall wonderful learning experience."

- Marisol Marrero

Executive Director of StudentLink Centers, New York University

“I was so impressed with Academic Impressions that I cannot wait to recommend these trainings to colleagues and bring Academic Impressions to my institution!”

- Kristin Miller

Director of Advancement, College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU Foundation

“The variety of expertise allowed me to bring skills back to my shop and overall improve our tool-kits.”

- Garrett Aanestad

Chapman Fund Manager, Chapman University


September 19 – October 24, 2023
Individual Sessions: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2023


Session 1: Introduction and Self-discovery

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
This opening session will lay the foundation for the program by creating a collective understanding of why supervisors are so important within an organization. Participants will be asked to complete the 5 Paths Self-Assessment prior to this session to help build understanding of how they approach leadership.



Session 2: Building the Foundation

Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
The most effective teams create a vision framework outlining their purpose, values, and vision for the future. This session will dive into how to effectively use a vision framework to guide your team’s focus and actions to achieve organizational goals.

Prior to this live session, we request that you view asynchronous video content by Therese Lask in order to learn and review related material.



Session 3: Performance Management

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
Being an effective supervisor requires setting clear expectations for both individuals and the team. Through hands-on application, we will explore how to not only set clear expectations but provide actionable feedback to keep staff members engaged. Strategies for developing productive one-on-one meetings with team members and your supervisor will also be addressed.

Prior to this live session, we request that you view asynchronous video content in order to learn and review related material.



Session 4: Navigating Conflict

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
As a supervisor, knowing how to address conflict in a productive way is a critical skill. Through case-study examples provided by participants, we will explore various techniques for navigating conflict with individual staff members.

Prior to this live session, we request that you view asynchronous video content in order to learn and review related material.



Session 5: Coaching and Developing your direct reports

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
Coaching is a critical skill for helping members of your team grow and develop. Effective coaching requires an understanding of how to apply empathy and effective listening skills to your discussion. In this session, we’ll use the GROW model as a foundation for the individual goal-setting process.

Prior to this live session, we request that you view asynchronous video content in order to learn and review related material.



Session 6: Team Development

Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
In this wrap-up coaching session, you’ll have a chance to reflect on the six course sessions and devise the next steps for actualizing what you’ve learned within your day-to-day supervision of others.



30-minute Coaching Session: Week of October 24, 2023

For our coaching session, we will explore the goals you identified during the previous sessions to strengthen your supervisory skills and build a well-functioning team.



Dr. Therese Lask

Therese Lask, Head of Practice for Leadership, Academic Impressions

Therese has been in higher education for over 25 years, with experience in academic affairs, student affairs, development, and operations. Following her purpose to help others grow and develop, Therese draws upon the work of such thought leaders as Meg Wheatley, Kouzes and Posner, Angela Duckworth, and Jim Collins to guide her work. It is Therese’s belief that we can all continually grow and enhance our ability to lead others.

Read Therese's Full Bio.



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