Fundamentals of Leadership in Higher Education

Fundamentals of Leadership
in Higher Education

September 25 - 26, 2017
Washington, D.C. Area


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

Learn how to successfully navigate the everyday challenges of leadership as a first-time manager. This training focuses on how to be high performing and influential in your leadership role with limited support and resources. This program is a unique opportunity for you to jump start your career as a leader by learning how to:

  • Identify the core values that shape your leadership style
  • Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses
  • Influence others and build relational capital
  • Succeed with difficult and complex conversations
  • Manage competing priorities
  • Build a high-performing team with diverse talents
  • Supervise more effectively

This program is experiential and limited to 40 participants. Reserve your spot early by registering today.


Making the Most of the Experience

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 specifically designed for you.

Please contact Amit Mrig at 720-988-1210 or for more information or to discuss whether this program is right for you.



September 25, 2017


Registration and Continental Breakfast (included with registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Introductions and Expectations
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.



Core Beliefs and Values of a Leader
9:15 - 10:00 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 more effective at leading.



10:00 - 10:15 a.m.



Assessing Your Leadership Effectiveness
10:15 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 - 1:15 p.m.



Everyday Leadership: Introduction
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.



Creating Healthy Dialogue
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Participants will assess their “Style Under Stress” and play active roles in learning a communication method to limit aggressiveness and defensiveness and shift the focus to more healthy motives, including understanding and strengthening relationships.



2:45 - 3:00 p.m.



Disagree Agreeably
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Learn to use the funnel method to communicate the evidence or the ‘shy’ you believe what you believe before giving your opinion and learn how to ‘cushion’ or validate your listeners and work to find understanding vs. disagreeing.



Managing Priorities
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
The average professional checks email between 33 to 45 times each day and is distracted repeatedly throughout each workday. 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.



Networking Reception (included in your registration fee)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.



September 26, 2017


Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



First Day Review
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.



Evaluating Yourself and Your Team
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

What is your leadership narrative? In higher education, we always seem too busy to stop and reflect on our personal philosophy on how we are to lead our teams. In this session, we will assess both the strengths and weaknesses of your current team while addressing the tendencies that shape your leadership style.Participants will complete the “Powerful Team Diagnostic” to support the development of their respective teams. By the end of this session, you will be able to create and communicate your vision while developing a plan of action for your own ongoing development.



10:00 - 10:15 a.m.



Debrief: Powerful Team Diagnostic
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.



Communicating Across Generations
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Leading a team of diverse generations can be an incredibly rich and productive experience when we have the skills in place to capitalize on the strengths each generation brings to the team. Each generation has their unique mindset, work style, and method of communication. This being the case, connecting and leading across generations has become vitally important in building a cohesive and successful team.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.



The Power of Recognition in an Experiential Exercise
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.



The Power of Coaching
1:45 - 3:15 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.



3:15 - 3:45 p.m.



Presentations: Leadership Philosophy
3:45 - 4:30 pm
Students will present short presentations that reflects 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 short and long-term goals each student wishes to achieve.


Hotel Information

September 25 - 26, 2017
Washington, D.C. Area

Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents St.
Reston, VA 20190


Room Rate: $219+ applicable tax.
Room Block: Nights of September 24 and 25, 2017
Rate available until September 4, 2017

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


Reserve Your Room: Use the link below or call 703-709-1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.


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

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.

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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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Amit Mrig
President, Academic Impressions

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