Fundamentals of Leadership in Higher Education

Fundamentals of Leadership
in Higher Education


September 24 - 25, 2018 | Cleveland, OH



Learn who you are as a leader and how your style aligns with your colleagues.

Learn how you can be a high-performing and influential leader on your campus. While not an introductory-level training, we have designed this program to appeal to professionals in the early stages of their leadership journey. Throughout the training you will gain a solid mix of theory and practical application as you develop a set of leadership tools and skills. You will learn how to:

  • Identify your core values, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Negotiate, influence, and build relational capital
  • Approach difficult and complex conversations
  • Manage competing priorities
  • Build your team with diverse talents
  • Manage and lead individuals

This program is highly experiential and limited to just 40 participants to maintain a productive learning environment. We anticipate that we will reach capacity and encourage you to register and reserve your spot early.

Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Leader

Your registration for this program includes two research-based assessments that will be taken and interpreted during the training, so you can evaluate:

  • Your core strengths as a leader
  • Your leadership style under stress
  • Your team’s effectiveness

One-On-One Coaching Sessions Available

Leadership experiences can’t simply begin and end with the program itself. You’ll begin your leadership journey by reading a couple of short but powerful articles prior to the program. Following the program, you’ll have an opportunity for a one-on-one coaching session with one of the program facilitators to help ensure you’re able to implement what you’ve learned.

Who Should Attend

If you are new to higher education, new to your role as a manager, or have a few years of experience with minimal formal training, this workshop is designed for you. In September 2017, we had the following job titles attend:

  • Interim, Assistant, and Associate Deans
  • Assistant Directors, Directors, Senior Directors, and Executive Directors
  • Assistant Vice Presidents
  • Professors and Department Chairs
  • Registrars
  • Senior Gift Officers

Please contact Grace Royal at 720-988-1233 or for more information or to discuss whether this program is right for you.

Testimonials from Past Participants of this Program

“In a perfect working world, all leaders would attend and adopt these leadership principles. Well done!”

- Allison Mollet, Associate Director, Marshall B. Ketchum University

“I came away with tangible skills and tools to apply to meet current challenges I'm facing as a leader in Higher Education.”

- Stephanie Wurtz, Director, Internal Communications, Colorado College

“No crowd to hide in! The small group work and enthusiastic facilitators helped to push boundaries and explore new concepts.”

- Rachel Sale, Executive Director, Lincoln University

“Academic Impressions opened new possibilities for me and my growth in leadership.”

- Kevin Chase, Assistant Director, Northern Arizona University

“This is my second time here. I encourage everyone to seek training with this great organization. You will definitely leave each conference as a more seasoned leader.”

- Alvin Keyes, Associate Dean, North Carolina A&T State University

“Being new to Higher Ed/my position, the conference gave me tools to be the leader I expect myself to be.”

- Seth Erwin, Director of Admissions Operations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“The Fundamentals of Leadership in Higher Education Conference was such a positive experience! Well worth the investment. I look forward to continuing my journey through the coaching piece and the wonderful resource manual.”

- Melissa Maisenbacher, Registrar, Southeastern University

“I would highly recommend an AI conference. No detail was missed—from location, hotel, presenters, and materials. What I am leaving with is an overall experience of professional and personal development. I enjoyed the openness/vulnerability among presenters and conference attendees.”

- Carla Collins, Director of Academic Advising, Southeastern University

“This conference brings leadership training to a personal level—learning about ourselves as leaders and growing our leadership potential within our respective environments.”

- Kimberly Martinez, Department Chair,UW-Stout

“The Fundamentals of Leadership in Higher Education addressed essential elements of effective leadership from how to assess your personal leadership style to the functionality of your team, while providing a variety of tools to improve both.”

- Mary Claire Kasunic, President, Oakland Catholic High School

“It offered me an opportunity to refresh and renew opportunities I can offer as a leader. It was a good conference to help me refocus on myself and my work.”

- Dorothy Morgan, Executive Director of Advancement Services, Berea College


Monday, September 24, 2018


Registration and Continental Breakfast (included with registration fee)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Introductions and Expectations

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Core Beliefs and Values of a Leader

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Leaders must understand how their core beliefs play into their thinking patterns, emotional patterns, and behaving patterns. This fundamental awareness is key in both recognizing your strength as a leader, as well as understanding how to modify your beliefs in order to become an effective leader.


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Assessing Your Leadership Effectiveness

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leaders must understand how their own behaviors impact those around them. During this session, you’ll complete an assessment that will reveal your operating style and its impact on others. Suggestions will be offered for mitigating the effects of overused strengths and for overcoming challenges created by shortfalls in other areas.

Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Purposeful Work

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

The average professional checks email between 33 to 45 times each day and is interrupted by other distractions repeatedly. The result is a “shallowness” in our work. In this session, we will explore how you can identify and focus on priorities and create a life of deep meaning.


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Building Successful Teams: Team Challenge
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Using a simulation, you’ll draw out valuable lessons on team performance as they relate to both the task at hand and the relationships in the group.

Debrief: Team Performance
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
During this time you will gain a deeper awareness of your performance under stress and the impact on team dynamics.

Day 1: Wrap-Up
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception (included in your registration fee)

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

The Power of Recognition

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

One important aspect of leadership is to be able to effectively recognize and communicate the strengths in others. Participants will practice the skill of evidence-based recognition within small groups using a method called T.A.P.E. You’ll experience the power of being recognized firsthand as you’ll not only learn and deliver recognition, but receive it.

Assessing Your Team’s Effectiveness

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
In this session, we will use a powerful assessment tool to diagnose both the strengths and weaknesses of your current team. You’ll gain deep insights into the dynamics that both contribute and hinder your success as a team and learn specific and practical strategies for improving your team’s performance.


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Creating Healthy Dialogue

10:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Managing differences, conflict, and knowing how to “disagree agreeably” are some of the most crucial skills for all leaders. In this session, participants will assess their “style under stress,” learn how to seek understanding with those with whom you disagree, and practice techniques for managing difficult conversations in ways that limit defensiveness.

Working Session: Practicing Healthy Dialogue

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Coaching Techniques

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Leaders frequently underestimate their role as coach within their team. In this session, participants will be introduced to several useful coaching techniques that will help to immediately create/build rapport and allow others to be effective contributors.


2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Presentations: Leadership Philosophy

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Participants will present short presentations that reflect on the two-day experience while providing an opportunity to articulate a plan to move forward in their future role as leader. Presentations will include identifying both the short-term and long-term goals each student wishes to achieve.

Wrap-Up and Evaluations
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Hotel Information

September 24 - 25, 2018
Cleveland, OH

Metropolitan at The 9
2017 East 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115

Room Rate: $209+ applicable tax.
Room Block Dates: the nights of September 23 and 24, 2018.
Rate available Until: August 26, 2018.
Reserve Your Room: Please call 216-239-1200 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.



Jennifer Liberty Clark
Instructor of Psychology
Anoka Ramsey Community College

Jennifer has a long history with Dale Carnegie Training®. She began working in a consulting role in 1998, assisting companies to meet their corporate training goals. Shortly after, Jennifer became a certified instructor for Dale Carnegie Training® and has been training ever since. In the fall of 2004, she left her consulting role for the classroom and became a tenured faculty member at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Jennifer teaches in the Psychology Department, co-chairs a Student Success Committee, is a member of the Diversity Committee, and is involved in Strategic Planning for the college. In addition, she and her business partner own a small start-up consulting company, R.U.N. focused on helping small to mid-size businesses with the development of their people. She works with students, staff, and faculty across generations and knows first-hand the dynamics that go along with that.

Steve Riccio
Lecturer, International Business & Management
Dickinson College, Coach and Consultant

Steve joined the human resource services department at Dickinson in May 2006 following nine years in change management and human resources consulting. After establishing and leading the organizational development and employee wellness programs, he served as the associate vice president of the department from 2013 to 2015. He also taught as an adjunct professor from 2009 to 2015. He continues to consult with the college on a variety of human resource projects, in addition to teaching.

Steve is a certified facilitator through the Center for Creative Leadership and is certified to teach personal effectiveness programs including DiSCCrucial ConversationsCrucial Accountability,Change Anythingand the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He has written articles for publications including Inside Higher Education and The Higher Education Workplaceand has served as an author and peer evaluator for SHRM on several case studies used in national student competitions at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Can't Attend? Buy the
Conference Binder

Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.

Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.

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Grace Royal
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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