The Engage Track begins on Day 2 and focuses on collaboration, team work and dealing with others. Engaging Conversations provides topics for the sharing of ideas and similar interests.

Day 2 - Engage (with some Evolve)

Breakout Session Block 4 - Engage
Friday, November 1, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Having the Tough Conversations to Protect, Inform and Create Change

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Inclusion

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

What does it mean to be “inclusive” and a “social justice” advocate? There are varying levels of activism, actions and attitudes that can be applied to your daily life to ensure you truly lead the way to a more just world. This session will address the common misperceptions, miscommunications and mistakes made with the best of intentions.

  • Know the current terms, definitions and phrases related to social justice

  • Bring to the surface why honest conversations around this topic are challenging

  • Share feelings towards when, where and how to be a change agent

  • Know strategies for having difficult conversations

Keep the Conversation Going: Facilitation Skills and Phrases That Work

Competencies: Verbal Communication and Listening

Nancy Hunter Denney

Whether a professional or student, the ability to generate conversation, handle group/staff disagreements, solicit feedback, push back when appropriate and encourage descending opinions is a necessary leadership trait that will set you apart from others. This practical and to-the-point session presents strategies for better controlling, leading and facilitating meetings, discussions and presentations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the value in being an engage facilitator

  • Know particular phrases and approaches to encourage or re-direct discussion

  • Understand the value in the physical set up & use of non-verbals

  • Practice non-defensive push-back responses

College to Career - Employability Skills & Salary Negotiation Strategies

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Excellence

Chelsea Williams

Employers seek individuals who exhibit strong employability, academic, and technological skills to drive business productivity and growth. This workshop will highlight in-demand employability skills* for today’s workforce and showcase practical ways to build skills that will propel career success. Although time is short, we will also consider the best strategies for negotiating benefits and salary. All levels of experience welcome!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the core employability skills and competencies sought by global employers 

  • Discover employability skills gaps and gain best practices to support professional development 

  • Understand what NOT to say during salary negotiations

So, Now You’re the Boss: Supervisor Skills for Success Teams (Co-Presented with Dr. Lucy Croft)

Breakout Session Block 4 - Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Competencies:  Supervision and Collaboration

Naureen O’Neale

Leaders are also in roles of “supervision.” Whether an undergraduate, graduate student or professional staff member, knowing how to nurture people by influencing their behavior and helping them to positively make decisions will lead to successful and innovative teams. Great supervisors are hyper-observant and have a keen sense of responsiveness. Come and discover why others will follow your lead!

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the key traits of a successful leader and supervisor

  • Identify desirable traits of productive team players

  • Know strategies for creating the most dynamic environment for your employees/supervisees

Career Lab 4 - Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Competencies  Collaboration and Conflict Negotiation

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

Collaboration is working together as a team to achieve a common goal. Sounds simple right? But most collaborations fail before they start. Teams that learn how to collaborate significantly reduce team burnout, disengagement, and stress. Come have fun as you learn how to move from ME to WE.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Resolve collaborative conflicts using a 3-step process

  • Manage the four barriers to collaboration and team effectiveness

  • Regroup and refocus as a team using the P.V.G. Theory and Approach

  • Recognize and repair team breakdowns with Empathic Communication and Cognitive Complexity

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Motivating the Masses: The Secrets of Inspirational Leaders

Competencies:  Motivation

Curtis Hill

Leadership is a process of transformation through inspiration.  Great leaders are self-motivated with the required skills to inspire others. Learn how to encourage action and excellence in yourself and others (i.e. family, friends, and associates) regardless of the circumstances.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Personalize your approach to motivating others

  • Learn 3 strategies for motivating group members and entire teams

  • Identify how to create environments of influence and inspiration

Career Track 5 - Employability Skills & Salary Negotiation Strategies

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Excellence

Chelsea Williams

Employers seek individuals who exhibit strong employability, academic, and technological skills to drive business productivity and growth. This workshop will highlight in-demand employability skills* for today’s workforce and showcase practical ways to build skills that will propel career success. Although time is short, we will also consider the best strategies for negotiating benefits and salary. All levels of experience welcome!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the core employability skills and competencies sought by global employers 

  • Discover employability skills gaps and gain best practices to support professional development 

  • Understand what NOT to say during salary negotiations

From Friends to Family: Leveraging Your Network Beyond E-Board Meetings

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Productive Relationships

Melissa Ruiz

Have you heard the phrase, "Your Network = Your Networth"? While true, sometimes your network is the group of people you select in life that has your back in a way that your family cannot. Uncovering where influence comes from in your life and how it affects your contributions in the world is a launching pad for creating long-lasting relationships in life.  There will also be an opportunity to share on the spot gratitude!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Create a list of characteristics they need in their support system, their "tribe"

  • Reflect on the most influential people in your life (good and bad)

  • Disclose why some people need to stay or be removed from your network

Money Management For Leaders (Repeat Session) - Evolve

Competencies:  Plan and Self-Understanding

Pater Bielagus

Do you have a good relationship with your finances?  Do you even know what "assets" and "debt" you carry?  Money management is an essential leadership skill demonstrating your ability to be accountable, control stress, and direct and plan your future success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the two most important numbers when it comes to student loans

  • Create a personal spending plan

  • Be able to apply strategies for improving your current credit score

  • Define "money management"

  • Accurately assess personal relationship with money

7 Highly Effective Habits of Leaders of the New Generation

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve

Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Kelvin Harris

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Excellence

Effective leadership often results from less visible qualities and habits consistently applied. Rarely does a “one-size-fits-all” approach to leadership get the job done because it ignores the significance of context. However, research finds when leaders are focused on being effective, their good habits trickle down to their teams.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify seven key habits of highly effective leaders

  • Further your understanding on habits that are not effective

  • Process and reflect on your own leadership journey

  • Commit to developing more effective habits

Engaging Conversations
5:00PM – 6:00 PM

What a shame it would be to not share the talents and interests of like minded individuals.  Engaging Conversations are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon YOUR interests.  What do want to talk about? Select whichever topic appeals to you and go to that designated room listed on your schedule.  Small group discussions can be as intimate or general as you desire, and are designed to be informal.

Topical areas are facilitated by relevant experts:

  • Becoming an Entrepreneur - Peter Bielagus

  • Starting a Non-Profit or Foundation - Dr. Kelvin Harris

  • Leading as an Introvert - Dr. Ken Brill

  • Better Self-Care & Work Life Balance - Melissa Ruiz

  • Program Design (for professionals only) - Dr. Corey Seemiller and Dr. Kathy Guthrie

  • Social Justice - Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington