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  Pre-convention Sessions 

Pre-convention sessions are optional sessions preceding the annual convention. The fees for these sessions are not included in the base registration rate.

Pre-convention Sessions (Friday, April 21)

AACC’s New CEO Academy: Part I
Sponsored by the Presidents Academy Executive Committee
12:30 – 5:00 PM
Cost $500

Participation limited to new CEOs only.  New CEO must commit to attend the entire workshop.

Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this day-and-a-half workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader.  Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative.  Seasoned CEOs provide first-hand experiences and insights on topics including mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances.  Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced and new leaders. 

 

Gateway to the Presidency and Reporting to a Governing Board - Part I
Hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees
12:30 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $500

This workshop provides a valuable simulation of the interview process and insights into how community college boards of trustees function. Participants will gain important information on governance and how to prepare to work for a board of trustees, as well as learning what trustees look for when interviewing candidates for the college presidency. Practice interviewing in a typical search committee or board interview session, learn how to present yourself in ways that are uniquely yours and capitalize on outstanding qualities that make you the candidate of choice, and critique your filmed interview with experts.

 

Bridging the Leadership Gap: Energizing Women Toward New Leadership Heights
Hosted by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $150

There is continually a significant number of executive leadership positions open in community colleges.  Current female community college presidents and AAWCC leaders offer participants opportunities to develop successful career pathways to executive leadership roles.  This highly interactive session allows participants to pose critical questions to experienced female leaders about issues related to career preparation and job search, leadership development, communication strategies, political acumen, diversity, and work/life balance needed to navigate the path to leadership positions.

Pre-convention Sessions (Saturday, April 22)

 

AACC’s New CEO Academy: Part II
Sponsored by the Presidents Academy Executive Committee
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Participation limited to new CEOs only. New CEO must commit to attend the entire workshop.

Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this day-and-a-half workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader.  Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative.  Seasoned CEOs provide first-hand experiences and insights on topics including mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission, and understanding college finances.  Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced, and new leaders. 

 

Executive Media Training
Hosted by the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $300

A negative encounter with the media can severely damage your college’s reputation. Good interviews rarely occur by accident and are usually the result of preparation and practice. This training session covers the basics of media interviews; the importance of core messages; the keys to powerful communication; how to deliver main talking points effectively and consistently; how to handle tough questions; and when to talk and when to say nothing. On-camera interviews with randomly selected attendees will be conducted.  

 

Gateway to the Presidency and Reporting to a Governing Board –Part II
Hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: $250

This workshop provides a valuable simulation of the interview process and insights into how community college boards of trustees function. Participants will gain important information on governance and how to prepare to work for a board of trustees, as well as learning what trustees look for when interviewing candidates for the college presidency. Practice interviewing in a typical search committee or board interview session, learn how to present yourself in ways that are uniquely yours and capitalize on outstanding qualities that make you the candidate of choice, and critique your filmed interview with experts.

 

Developing a Diverse Leadership:  What’s Next for the Inclusive Organization and the Millennial Generation
Hosted by the National Asian and Pacific Islander Council, National Community College Hispanic Council, the National Council on Black American Affairs
8:30 AM-2:30 PM
Cost: $250

The American community college requires bold, new leadership in transforming institutions.   This highly interactive workshop is designed for leaders who aspire to succeed as inclusive senior executives and to discuss institutional changes and expectations of the millennial generation.  Presenters include current community college leaders who will share strategies and insights in leadership and organizational transformation while embracing the diversity, inclusion, and equity agenda.  Participants will engage in conversations about the challenges and changes in the social, political, and economic climates and discuss strategies to lead institutional transformation.  Presenters will provide case studies and lead solutions-based inquiry and discussions.

 

Guided Pathways 101 – Preparing Your Institution for Transformational Change
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $250

National partners and coaches from the AACC Pathways Project will lead working sessions focused on the major components of pathways reforms including making the case for pathways reforms, creating coherent program maps, restructuring advising and intervention systems, and developmental education as an on-ramp to programs of study.  Attendees will work with colleagues and peers from other institutions to explore implementation challenges and opportunities with support from project coaches and partners.  Models from institutions leading pathways implementation efforts will be shared along with initial data about the impact on students.

 

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