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Strategic Essentials for Career Leaders

Leadership Intensives about the Career Services Leader Competencies Needed to Influence the Campus Ecosystem Effectively

These rare offerings will be led in entirety by Jeremy Podany, CEO, and Founder of The Collective, who has spent hundreds of hours with career leaders and senior leaders at colleges and universities over the last 25 years. 

 

  • Open to career services leaders at any level.

  • Only for college and university career services professionals. 
     

Cost per session:

  • Member Rate: $295

  • Non-Member rate: $335


Three Sessions in Fall 2024

  1. Leading Staff and Stakeholders Through Change
    Friday, Oct 11, 20241:00 - 3:30 EST

     

  2. Presenting, Proposing, and Persuading Cabinets, Boards, and Senior Leaders
    Wednesday, Oct 30, 20241:00 - 3:30 EST

     

  3. Building and Sustaining Career Services Momentum Amidst Competing Campus Priorities and Challenges
    Tuesday, Nov 19, 20241:00 - 3:30 EST

Limit: 30 people per session. First come, first served.

01

Leading Staff and Stakeholders Through Change

Friday, Oct 11, 2024
1:00 - 3:30 EST

Leading Staff and Stakeholders Through Change

In the dynamic landscape of higher education, change is inevitable. As college career services leaders, the ability to effectively navigate and lead staff and stakeholders through change is essential for driving innovation, fostering resilience, and achieving organizational goals. Whether implementing new initiatives, restructuring services, or adapting to evolving student needs, successful leadership during times of change requires strategic vision, effective communication, and strong relationship-building skills.

 

This workshop offers career services leaders practical insights and strategies for effectively leading staff and stakeholders through periods of transition and change. Participants will explore best practices in change management, communication strategies for engaging and motivating teams, and techniques for building resilience and managing resistance. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with the tools and confidence to lead their teams through change with clarity, empathy, and effectiveness.

Learning Objectives
In this intensive workshop, participants will:

 

  • Understand the importance of effective leadership in guiding staff and stakeholders through change within college career services departments.
     

  • Learn principles and best practices of change management, including planning, communication, and stakeholder engagement.
     

  • Explore strategies for effectively communicating change, managing resistance, and building buy-in among staff and stakeholders.
     

  • Gain insights into building trust and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders throughout the change process, ultimately enhancing the success and sustainability of career services initiatives.

02

Presenting, Proposing, and Persuading Cabinets, Boards, and Senior Leaders

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2024
1:00 - 3:30 EST

Presenting

As career services leaders, the ability to effectively present, propose, and persuade cabinets, boards, and senior leaders is paramount to garnering support, securing resources, and driving positive change within our institutions. Whether advocating for budget allocations, pitching new initiatives, or seeking buy-in for strategic plans, mastering the art of persuasion is essential for advancing the mission and impact of career services.

 

This workshop offers career services leaders practical strategies and techniques to enhance their presentation and persuasion skills when engaging with senior decision-makers. Participants will learn how to craft compelling proposals, tailor messages to different audiences, and navigate challenging conversations with confidence and finesse. By honing these essential skills, career services leaders will be better equipped to effectively advocate for the needs of their departments and drive meaningful outcomes for the students they serve.

Learning Objectives
In this intensive workshop, participants will:

 

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the importance of effective communication and persuasion in advocating for career services initiatives to senior leaders.
     

  • Learn how to craft persuasive proposals and presentations that effectively communicate the value and impact of career services programs and initiatives.
     

  • Explore strategies for tailoring messages to different audiences, including cabinets, boards, and senior leaders, to maximize engagement and buy-in.
     

  • Gain insights into building and maintaining positive relationships with senior decision-makers to foster ongoing support for career services initiatives.

03

Building and Sustaining Career Services Momentum Amidst Competing Campus Priorities and Challenges

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2024
1:00 - 3:30 EST

Building

In today's complex higher education landscape, career services leaders face the daunting task of balancing multiple priorities and keeping staff morale high while many on campus are pursuing different priorities. This intensive aims to empower career leaders with the knowledge and tools to effectively build and sustain momentum in their career services initiatives despite the myriad challenges they may encounter across campus.

 

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and best practice sharing, participants will explore strategies for aligning career services with overarching institutional goals, engaging stakeholders, leveraging leadership strategies, and overcoming common obstacles. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with actionable insights to enhance the impact and visibility of career services within their institutions, ultimately fostering the success and employability of their students.

Learning Objectives
In this intensive workshop, participants will:

  • Identify key challenges and competing priorities that may hinder the momentum of career services on campus.
     

  • Understand how to find alignment with institutional goals even when said goals don’t relate to career services.
     

  • Explore innovative strategies for building and sustaining momentum in career services in the midst of challenges, including stakeholder engagement, resource allocation, and staff morale.
     

  • Develop actionable plans to overcome current and common obstacles and enhance the impact and visibility of career services within their respective institutions.

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