Developing as a Leader through Improved Communication Skills
Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Growing as a successful leader is a process, and one important step in that process is improving communication skills. In this Personal Development session, participants will learn how to improve their communication skills by focusing on the fundamentals of effective communication. We will talk about several essential skills:
• Get comfortable talking about yourself
• Organize your thoughts
• Connect with your audience
• Communicate clearly
• Choose the right words
• Use your body in communication
• And more!
We will also discuss how to apply these fundamental skills in both formal and informal settings.
Participants will also have an opportunity to learn and practice impromptu speaking skills, which are useful in various situations, such as a job interview or a meeting with colleagues. Spontaneous speaking skills can be learned! We will discuss and practice:
• Buffer your response
• Think on your feet
• Create your impromptu outline
• Develop confidence
• And more!
The session will conclude with a discussion of how to apply these communication skills to individual growth as a leader.
Jennifer Merzdorf, Communications Director, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
The Leadership of Change: How to Successfully Navigate Change at the Executive Level
Sunday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.Whether you’re on-boarding a new vice president, navigating a presidential transition, or anticipating one of these occasions happening soon, change at the top can be a scary thing. But, how does that change trickle down to your team, your work and your constituents? How do you inform your alumni and donors? Who gets to meet the new person and when? What are your staff members thinking? How do you turn an uncertain, anxiety-ridden situation into an exciting, forward-thinking opportunity?
At this session, you’ll hear from alumni relations leaders at two institutions about how change:
• spurred action through transition plans at the top level with advancement leading or co-leading the charge,
• resulted in strategic and business plans throughout the advancement division,
• triggered listening tours that enhanced relationships internally and externally,
• facilitated meaningful discussion on how to best involve alumni and donors,
• sparked cross-campus collaboration, including special coordination with university communications,
• and initiated new organizational structures that allowed for greater efficiency and growth.
Change doesn’t have to be a scary thing. After this session, you’ll have the tools you need to help lead your advancement area through a time of great uncertainty and emerge prepared and poised for a brighter future for your alumni, staff, division and institution.
Erin Sudrovech, Director of Alumni Engagement, Oakland University
Joye Clark, Director of Alumni Relations, Wayne State University
Yeah, I've got Skills!
Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.We expect our teams to be creative in the ways they raise money, engage alumni, and market our campuses, but how creative are we in our leadership skills? With all the pressures of higher education, are we bringing out the best in our team members through a variety of activities, including meaningful conversations, valuable field trips, and effective one-on-ones? I'll be sharing some proven ideas to help develop your team in ways you might not thought of. We will take a hands-on approach to learning and discuss how this can affect our teams in a positive, productive way. Attendees will be asked to share their ideas as well.
Marie Lindskoog, Director, Office of Media and Marketing, Indiana University Kokomo
Making the most of a student life to advancement career transition
Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.Have you ever noticed how many people you talk to in advancement who come from a student life background? In this session we will unpack many of the differences between working in the two areas and how to make it a smooth transition. Whether you plan to continue your career in advancement, want to transition back to student life, or just aren’t sure yet, we will discuss how to build your marketability and reflect on the sometimes opposing philosophies. In typical student life fashion, there will be an icebreaker!
Beth Uniacke, Assistant Director, Early Engagement, The Ohio State University
Lindsay Seminara, Assistant Director, Early Engagement, The Ohio State University
The Millennial MGO: How to be Successful When Everyone Sees You As Their Kid
Monday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation in the United States. From trendy coffee shops to taking selfies other generations have their stereotypes of Millennials, and publications routinely claim to have the newest formula for managing Millennials in the workplace. But have you as a Millennial thought about managing your own career? This session will discuss career strategies, including dealing with multi-generational offices and successfully building relationships with your organization’s donors. Finally, here is a career conversation for Millennials, by Millennials.
Nick Kulik, CFRE, Director of Development, College of Engineering, University of Toledo
Women In Advancement Leadership
Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.This powerful session will highlight women in higher education advancement. As more women shatter the glass ceiling to take leadership roles, it is important that we understand the challenges and opportunities that she faces along the journey. Bring your ideas of how we all can work together to promote and empower all women leaders. Join this interactive session to connect, empower, honor and inspire women advancement leaders.
Jeri Pat Gabbert, Vice Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
Paula Jenkins, Vice President, Indiana University Foundation, Indiana University
Managing Advancement, Personal Pitfalls
Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.This session will focus on the challenges that new managers face within development careers. Often successful major gift fundraisers are promoted into management positions without any training. This session hopes to provide tools to make them better prepared
Tom Herbert, Senior VP for Advancement , Miami University