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2018 Eagle Institute Itinerary

Organizational Leadership for Every Circumstance

Tuesday, July 10

Arrive at The Westin Philadelphia by 4:30 pm
99 South 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:00 pm
Welcome Reception*
The Georgian Room, The Westin Philadelphia

6:00 pm
Welcome Dinner*
The Georgian Room, The Westin Philadelphia

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Leadership in Four Directions, Benjamin Franklin and the Continental Congress
Presented by Jeff McCausland, Ph.D., retired U.S. Army Colonel and Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC
CPEs/SFOs: 1.0

As a leader, you “lead in four directions: toward your supervisor, your peers, your direct reports, and yourself! Through this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of your multi-faceted leadership roles, learn how to lead more confidently in every direction, and bring more value to your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the four directions of leadership and how they pertain to each participant.
  • Learn how to comfortably lead in all situations and from all positions in an organization.
  • Discuss strategies for troubleshooting difficult leadership situations and challenges.

Wednesday, July 11

Breakfast at the Hotel**
Voucher for Winthorpe & Valentine Restaurant, The Westin Philadelphia

8:00 am
Depart for Science History Institute
315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Organizational Culture and Change
Presented by Jeff McCausland, Ph.D., retired U.S. Army Colonel and Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC
CPEs/SFOs: 1.5

Organizational culture gives employees identity, facilitates collective commitment, promotes social system stability, and shapes behavior by helping employees make sense of their surroundings. After considering this carefully, you must aim to align the complexities of your organization’s culture with its mission, vision, purpose, and strategy. As we examine this phenomenon, we’ll also discuss how you must often change the culture of your organization to effect success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of considering “organizational culture” and how to do this successfully.
  • Discuss an organization’s culture based on its mission, vision, purpose, and strategy.
  • Learn how to make positive change in an organization by changing the culture.

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Break – Refreshments or explore the Science History Institute Museum

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Turning Negative Heat into Positive Energy
Presented by John Draper, Ed.D., NSPRA National Consultant
CPEs/SFOs: 1.5

As communities take a more critical look at education systems, school leaders are expected to lead high-level changes on demand. Sometimes, unfortunately, the only change that occurs is a change in leadership. This presentation lays out a roadmap for leading effective change based on solid research, then translates that research into common-sense actions that will help you lead change under pressure!

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the two fundamental change styles and how both must be included in your plan.
  • Discuss the three essential ingredients of designing successful change.
  • Recognize common derailers that thwart your best efforts and explain how to get your employees back on track after a derailment.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm – Lunch and Learn – Continental Congress and the Writing of the U.S. Constitution
Presented by Steve Plafker

1:45 pm
Short walk to Independence Hall

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tour of Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Supreme Court/Old City Hall
CPEs/SFOs: 2.5

Step into some of the most iconic settings of change-leadership in United States history: Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and signed; Congress Hall, where the U.S. Congress met from 1790 to 1800; and Old City Hall, where the first Supreme Court was housed. Then, learn how the Liberty Bell’s resounding message was heard throughout the growing pains of a young nation and still rings true today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history of Independence Hall and how it became home to the Continental Congress.
  • Discuss the different viewpoints of the founding fathers and how they contributed to the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Understand the importance of the discussions that took place in this historic building.

5:00 pm
Happy hour and dinner – City Tavern

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thoughts About Today’s Experience
Participants will take time to reflect on what they learned throughout the day and how they can apply those lessons.

Thursday, July 12

Breakfast at the Hotel**
Voucher for Winthorpe & Valentine Restaurant, The Westin Philadelphia

8:00 am
Depart for Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Building and Leading Effective Organizations Through the Power of Positive Psychology
Presented by Chris Maxwell, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership & Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
CPEs/SFOs: 1.5

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that we all want to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life; to cultivate what is best within ourselves; and to enhance our experiences of love, work, and play. This interactive workshop includes a discussion of how to increase well-being, happiness, and resilience. A pre-workshop survey will help you discover and reflect on your own unique strengths.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the value of identifying and leveraging your strengths.
  • Describe the psychological and physical benefits of experiencing positive emotion.
  • Rethink how to manage adversity and build resilience.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
How to Recruit, Develop, and Retain the Best & the Brightest
Presented by Bernadette Mitchell, Chief Strategy Officer at AXA Equitable
CPEs/SFOs: 1.5

Research estimates that 50% of current teachers will either retire or leave the profession over the next five to seven years. Couple that with a growing student population, a lack of diversity among teachers to match the diversity of students, and a need for teachers in specific types of schools, locations, and subject areas and you must be prepared to recruit and retain the best talent possible. Creating a positive culture can become a competitive advantage for your district or organization. This session will help participants outline strategies for recruiting and retaining high-quality employees and building an exceptional culture to keep the organization thriving.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn best practices from leading organizations on methods to recruit, develop, and retain top talent.
  • Discuss strategies for attracting and retaining talent while building a great teaming culture.
  • Develop tactics to use culture as a competitive advantage.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn: Benjamin Franklin Introduction

1:30 pm
Board bus to depart for Franklin Court

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Explore Franklin Court, Museum, and Independence Park on your own.

Learn about the life and legacy of one of Philadelphia’s most famous residents by touring the museum dedicated to him and the courtyard where his home once stood.

Friday, July 13

Breakfast at the Hotel**
Voucher for Winthorpe & Valentine Restaurant, The Westin Philadelphia

8:30 am – 10:30 am
Strategic Leadership
Presented by Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center
CPEs/SFOs: 2.0

Strategic leadership is the process a leader uses to affect the achievement of a desirable and clearly understood vision by influencing the organizational culture, allocating resources, directing through policy and directive, and building consensus within a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment for his or her organization. This seminar will examine the essence of strategic leadership, how it differs from direct and organizational leadership, and the various competencies that are important to strategic leaders.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to incorporate strategic leadership into your own leadership style.
  • Learn how to anticipate opportunities and threats in an environment of strategic leadership.
  • Understand the difference between strategic, organizational, and direct leadership.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Wrap-up and Conference Conclusion

12:00 pm
Boxed lunches provided.

* The welcome reception and dinner are the only events open to participants’ guests. There is a fee for dinner guests.

** The Winthorpe & Valentine Restaurant, located off the lobby, opens for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Please allow sufficient time to enjoy the breakfast buffet and be ready to begin the morning activities on time.

CPE Credits

Earn up to 11.5 CPE credits in the Personal Development field of study.

SFO Recertification Contact Hours

Earn up to 11.5 SFO contact hours for ASBO International’s Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO).

CAE Recertification Credential Hours

Earn up to 11.5 CAE contact hours for the Certificated Association Executive (CAE).

To receive CPE credits, SFO contact hours, and CAE credits, you will need to complete the online evaluation. Online evaluations are available at the end of each day of the conference. At the end of the Eagle Institute, attendees may print their online certificate after completing the evaluation. All sessions are a basic program level and require no program prerequisites or advance preparation.

Visit the Earning CPE Credit, SFO Contact Hours & CAE Credits page on ASBO’s website for more details.