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Developing Leadership Competencies for Deans and Department Chairs

Monday, December 8, 2008
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
225 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL

**As of Thursday November 13, 2008, this workshop has reached capacity. Please call the ISACS office at (312) 255-1244 to be placed on the wait list.

Deans and department heads often have the responsibility for transforming ideas for a program or initiative into reality. However, they often need additional or more specific skills or knowledge to successfully execute those initiatives. This workshop is designed to be highly practical, with a focus on four key competencies you need to implement your (or someone else’s) special projects, whether a curriculum re-design or other school initiative.

Participants will be asked to come to the workshop with a project, idea or initiative that they want (or have been asked) to launch in their school. Using that real-world situation, we will carefully walk through how to set long and short term goals, prioritize action steps within those goals, design and facilitate meetings that align people with the project, and outline the critical steps for effective delegation including mechanisms for accountability. You can expect to leave the workshop confident that you know the steps to take your project from start to finish.

The workshop will consist of four 60-minute modules covering these competencies:
  • Setting goals
  • Setting priorities
  • Running effective meetings
  • Delegating work

The workshop design includes small group work, large group discussion and lecturettes. To get the most out of this program, participants need to come with a project in mind that they have recently launched, or plan to launch in the coming few months.

Barbara Braham, Ph.D, MCC is an Executive Coach who works with leadership teams who want to move their organization forward and leaders who want to realize their potential. Her clients include executives in not-for-profits, government, education, associations and corporations. Barbara is an accomplished author, having written eleven books including Be Your Own Coach. She teaches in the Georgetown Coaching Certificate program, and coaches leaders through the Notre Dame Executive MBA program.

The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Monaco, 225 North Wabash on the Third Floor.

The Hotel Monaco, Chicago is a four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and common areas, pet friendly policies, 24-hour fitness center, “guppy” love program (goldfish in each sleeping room) and an evening wine reception in the lobby.

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Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Monaco: $199/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the night of December 7th. To make a reservation call 1-866-610-0081 and use Group Code: "ISC" or "ISACS Leadership." Special discounted room rates are available until Monday November 17, 2008 (11:59 pm EST). Online room booking is available. Click here to use the online booking service.

Parking at the Hotel Monaco is $24 (valet) for 4-12 hours and $38 (valet) for overnight parking. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive daily parking.

Registration Fee
  • $200 Member Fee
  • $250 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250


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