This August, the leaders of Region i ventured to Olathe, KS for the annual Leadership Summit. Region i is one of the few regions that still convenes in person for their Leadership Summits. It is a great opportunity for new and old leaders of the region to get to know one another, grow their skills, and have some fun.
LS began with dinner that included introductions of all followed by a workshop held by special guest, Susan Phariss. The workshop was entitled “Collaboration and Creativity Takes Balls.” During this workshop, attendees got the opportunity to learn about how to work together all while having a “ball.” Region Leaders then had the opportunity to make LED Bracelets in an outreach activity led by Region i’s Outreach Chair, Barbara Davis. The evening concluded with a Town Hall Meeting with the Section Presidents.
The next morning began with a yoga session and breakfast. To get everyone ready and energized for the day, Susan Phariss lead another workshop entitled, “The Truth About Your Brain: It’s not All in Your Head.” The leaders of Region i learned about how to improve circulation to the brain through hydration and special foods. Following the workshop, Cindy Hoover, Society Treasurer, presented a template for the Society Strategic Plan. Then, Chiss Chavez, Region Governor, presented the Region Strategic and Tactical Plan. Adriana, CLCC, then presented a workshop on Section Strategic and Tactical Planning. The sections were then given time to work on their own section planning. The rest of the afternoon consisted of break out sessions held on professional and collegiate section officer training, managing effective meetings, and building membership.
Following dinner, a special workshop was held by Dr. Tracy Volz about “The Importance of Networking and Maintaining Section Communications.” Region Leaders learned and practiced how to effectively network and the impact it can have in their lives. Faith, LCC, then led a Succession Planning Workshop so the leaders could better plan for officer transitions and seeking out upcoming leaders. The evening concluded with a Jeopardy Game lead by Ellie Philips, RCCE, that resulted in some “friendly” competition.
Sunday morning began with a Region Council Meeting to discuss FY15 bids, iCON15 information and the new and improved awards program. Susan Phariss then lead the last workshop of the weekend, “High Tech Relief for High Tech Women.” Then, Alexis Brown, GMC, helped to clarify and answer questions about the requirements for each section to have their own Graduate Member Chair.
As you can see, the weekend with action packed with lots of fun and a little business. The Leadership Summit was a great opening to FY15 and all the amazing things planned for the year.