Developing Staff and Shaping Team Culture: A Summit for Advancement Talent Development Leaders

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Developing Staff and Shaping Team Culture: A Summit for Advancement Talent Development Leaders

This event has ended.

Inspire a culture of trust and high performance throughout your advancement shop.


As the world of work and employee needs and expectations evolves, the need for strategic talent management in Advancement has continued to grow. Developing staff and carving out intentional pathways for their growth is a priority for many, as well as shaping values and culture to create an environment of trust, psychological safety, and belonging where employees can thrive across the shop.  

Join your peers across the nation for Academic Impressions’ inaugural Advancement Talent Management Summit to discuss the ins and outs of leadership development, career pathing, and creating an intentional culture. You’ll leave with an expanded network of other talent management leaders working in Advancement and a toolkit of the best current thinking plus tangible ideas you can apply to your own work. 

Who should attend?

This summit is designed for talent development leaders in Advancement who have oversight over one or more of the following:

  • Recruitment and retention of staff
  • Training and staff development efforts
  • Creating career development pathways for individual and managerial roles



Day 1 – Thursday, February 15, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)


Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.



Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.



Identifying Staffing Trends Facing Our Profession
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
As a community of talent development leaders, we have an opportunity to brainstorm together and identify some of our toughest staffing challenges. Once common challenges and themes have been identified, Academic Impressions will share findings from our national professional development survey to reaffirm the discussion and/or to surface new trends that could be impacting your team’s culture and performance.



Career Conversations: A Proven 4-Step Model
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Supervisors and leaders often avoid having career conversations for many reasons, including a lack of upward mobility, fear of raising expectations that can’t be met, or, worse, they don’t know how to have these discussions. Academic Impressions has developed a “4-Step Career Conversations Model” that you can easily share with leaders back on campus. We’ll cover both what the discussion should entail and how to have an effective career conversation with an employee.



Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.



Case Studies: Exploring Individual Career Pathways at Lehigh University and MIT
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
One of many strategies to motivate and retain your team is to develop individualized professional development plans or career pathways to show investment in your talent’s professional growth and development. In this session, we will feature how Lehigh University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Talent Development Leaders identify core competencies for each role, determine levels of seniority, and discuss the overall process to help motivate and retain staff talent.



Career Conversations Carousel Activity
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Through a structured activity, you will have the opportunity to share and explore ideas to meet individuals and aspiring/seasoned leaders where they are on their professional journeys. Whether your employees are aspiring to senior- or mid-level leadership roles or desiring to move to a different area of the shop, you’ll have an opportunity to share and explore experiences to help them to grow and develop.



12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.



Exploring Multiple Models and Approaches to Leadership Development
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Leaders and managers play a critical role in establishing trustworthy and transparent learning environments so that your talent can thrive, even in times of change. In this session, we will explore a variety of tools and modalities you can use to build the capacity of your current and future Advancement leaders.



Case Studies: Exploring Leadership Programs at MIT and the University of Florida
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Here, our expert panel will share how they’ve developed their own leadership and supervisory programs for individuals in their own shops. They’ll also share success stories, lessons learned, and pitfalls to avoid.



Afternoon Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Large-Group Activity and Final Q&A
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Through a structured activity known as a rotating plan, you will have the opportunity to discuss and analyze different leadership models, depending on the stage of your leadership program or the size of your shop. You’ll have the opportunity to rotate multiple times to gather new perspectives and ask our speaker panel your most pressing questions to ensure a successful program for your aspiring and/or seasoned leaders and supervisors.



Day One Wrap-up & HireEd Careers (HEC) Networking Reception
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Here, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions related to the topics covered on Day One before we transition into an informal reception sponsored by Academic Impressions’ sister company, HireEd Careers (link to HEC). This casual reception will give you the chance to decompress, have a drink and an appetizer, and spend time connecting with colleagues in similar roles.



Day 2 – Friday, February 16, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)


Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.



Group Share-Out: The Barriers to Establishing Trust and/or Psychological Safety
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
To tee up the rest of the morning’s discussion, we’ll spend some time reflecting on and exploring the various barriers your shop may be facing to establishing trust and psychological safety.



The Four Dimensions of Psychological Safety
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Given the significant pressure facing advancement leaders, it can be difficult to share “bad news” or even negative feedback from students, alumni, and donors with senior leaders. Yet this exchange is critical to learning and improving shop strategy. Leaders who attend to and cultivate psychological safety are more likely to have access to critical information and ideas, encourage creative approaches, and improve overall results. In this session, you’ll have a chance to assess the psychological safety of your advancement organization and identify specific strategies that can help to improve it.



Morning Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Centering Belonging for Your Shop
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Now that you’ve learned about and explored four dimensions of psychological safety, how can you simultaneously build a culture of inclusivity that seamlessly integrates into the day-to-day work of your team members? This session is designed to provide a framework upon which to build a sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion program that contributes to the personal and professional development of staff, ultimately creating the foundation for a community of belonging that inspires a culture of trust and high performance across the shop.



Identifying Short-Term Goals, Final Q&A & Closing Remarks
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In this closing session, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the core themes presented at this summit as they relate to your campus. Using the resources, tools, and strategies you have learned, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and share a list of short-term goals to boost your efforts in building the capacity of your shop’s talent. You may also use this time to share ideas and solicit feedback from your peers, as well as from our expert speaker panel.



Denver, CO | February 15 – 16, 2024

The training will be conducted in person at Academic Impressions’ Denver-based office at:
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 1400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Nearby hotel suggestions:

Denver Marriott Tech Center – 4-star hotel
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 0.9-1.2 miles, depending on route

A 10% discount is available if you book your room using this link.  This discount is subject to general hotel availability and not guaranteed. So, we recommend booking as soon as possible! 


Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center – 3-star hotel
8300 E Crescent Pkwy, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Distance from office: 0.5 miles if driving, 0.3 miles if walking

A room rate of $114/night is available if you book your room using this link. This reduced rate and room availability are subject to general hotel availability and not guaranteed. So, we recommend booking as soon as possible! 


Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – 4-star hotel
7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 1.1 miles


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