2019 Leadership Intensives

2019 Leadership Intensives

Looking for something new outside the traditional classroom? Experience place-based experiential leadership intensives to provoke and inspire action. These intensives are designed to increase your self-awareness, build collaborative communities of learners, and develop individual leadership competencies.

Association leaders who oversee the strategy and operations for their respective associations are often challenged on many fronts to “move the needle.” Creativity and innovative practices are key to shifting thought leadership as staff sizes, budgets, operations, and organizational objectives vary.

The Leadership Intensive is designed to support association professionals’ adaptation to an evolving industry, while imparting innovative strategies to drive connections with businesses, members, and the community.

Leadership sessions have limited capacity. Availability will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up during conference registration. Transportation will be provided to offsite session locations. Shuttle schedule to be provided.



The Transformation of Ideas into Impact - NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

Sunday, March 17, 2:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Located offsite at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Department of Innovation

Innovation, which we define as the transformation of ideas into impact, is a core skill and driver of improvement in economic and human conditions.  While some innovations are universally viewed as great ideas, most things that at first appear to be great ideas never end up making an impact. Furthermore, many innovations are not initially regarded as great ideas, but their impact grows over time. Review the different types and stages of innovations, from sustainable to disruptive innovations, from ideation to marketing innovations to business model innovations. Discuss how, with so many dimensions to the actual innovation process, the role of multi-disciplinary teams become critical and how we are creating a culture of innovation within our bachelor of innovation students.   As you begin their innovation journey, engage with your peers in hands-on exercises about some examples of creativity and ideation tools.

Dr. Terry Boult, El Pomar endowed professor of innovation and security
Dr. Colleen Stiles, director of strategic alliances



Mindfulness at Garden of the Gods - NOTE:  THIS PROGRAM IS FULL 

Sunday, March 17, 2:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Embrace life and work challenges by self-awareness of your thoughts and feelings.  On a walk around the local paradise Garden of the Gods Park, discuss recent research findings on mindfulness in the workplace and learn to improve efficiency, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. You’ll evaluate mindful leadership and cultivate creativity, empathy, and clarity in the service of others.

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CEO, Leadership Solutions International

*Prior to boarding the shuttle, please change into comfortable footwear.



Physical Activity, Productivity, and Creativity

Monday, March 18, 2:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Located offsite at National Strength and Conditioning Association Performance Center

Could physical activity be the missing link to enhanced cognitive performance? Discuss the latest research and practical tips related to fitness and everyday habits that will benefit you and your employees. Beyond stress management and sleep quality, you’ll engage in a hands-on group workout at NSCA’s state-of-the-art Performance Center and explore the benefits of physical activity which fosters divergent and convergent thinking, two critical components of capacity for creativity. 

*Prior to boarding the shuttle, please change into comfortable athletic clothing and footwear.



Physical Environments Spark Innovation in Colorado Springs - NOTE:  SIGN UP FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED

Monday, March 18, 2:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Located Offsite

How can you ensure you have the right kind of space to help innovation to occur? Collective ideas and social collaboration require physical space for employees to self-govern when concepts come to light. Join an architectural expert who will take you inside commercial and residential locations in Colorado Springs to illustrate what works and what doesn’t. Analyze how an environment can motivate and support employees and discuss how physical spaces can fuel innovation and inclusivity.

Cindy Senger, NCIDQ, ASID, LEED AP, principal designer, Senger Design Group, LLC
Mike Richardson, AIA, principal & architectural designer, HB&A Architecture & Planning.

*Prior to boarding the shuttle, please change into comfortable footwear.