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Deans & Department Chairs: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, & Do
Kathy Cramer

Friday, January 10, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
Chicago, IL

There is a way for leaders at all levels to develop their own unwavering optimism, personal magnetism, and unshakeable sense of self-confidence to make remarkable results happen.

That is what the Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) approach to developing leaders is all about.  It is highly personal.  It makes the individual leader the focal point.  
Deans and department chairs are charged with leading at multiple levels.  While conventional approaches focus on showing leaders how to acquire expertise, strategic capability, and operational savvy, LEAD POSITIVE is a process that zeros in on transforming what the leader sees, says, and does.  This approach helps leaders to shift internally so they can excel externally.
Each dean and department chair in this workshop will learn how to move farther and faster toward the implementation of  important goals by adopting the See-Say-Do Model.  
In this workshop, leaders will study the findings in neuroscience and positive psychology together with the experiences of exemplary leaders to help deans and department chairs become effective leaders at every level.
Kathy Cramer, PhD is the founder and managing partner of The Cramer Institute. For more than 25 years, she and her colleagues have pioneered the development of “Asset-Based Thinking” (ABT) approaches to coaching, consulting, training, and inspiring individuals and organizations. Her programs, keynotes, and books have passionate followers among corporate leaders, schools, psychologists, coaches, and others who are dealing with change, transition, innovation, and success in today’s world. She is the author of seven books, including, Change the Way You See Yourself Through Asset-Based Thinking. Her eighth book, Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do will be published in Spring 2014. She has a doctorate in psychology from St. Louis University and is a licensed psychologist.

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. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

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Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Monaco.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured a special discounted room of $115/night plus tax single or double occupancy at the Hotel Monaco. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Deans and Department Chairs." To make a reservation online, click here. Special discounted room rates are available until Thursday December 19, 2013. If you have missed the deadline and would still like to stay at the Hotel Monaco, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 and ISACS can work with you to obtain a room at the discounted rate.

The Hotel Monaco offers valet parking service.  Valet parking at the Hotel Monaco is $28 for 3-6 hours and $32 for 6-12 hours until midnight, and $56 for overnight parking until 2pm the following day (rates are subject to change). There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive parking.

We recommend that if you are parking overnight to self-park at the parking garage on Lake St. between Wabash and Michigan Avenues.  Rates are likely to be less than $56 and it is only one block from the hotel.

Registration Fee

$190 Member Fee
$240 Non Member Fee
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
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 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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