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Pre-Convention Workshops

This list of pre-convention workshops will change as additional workshops are finalized and added to the agenda.

Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1

New CEO Academy
$600 member / $1,200 non-member
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1
(only new CEOs are eligible to participate in this professional development program)

This two-day professional development opportunity for CEOs in their first two years on the job will cover the most pressing trends and issues impacting our sector. Participate with your peers and hear from experts on topics like equity, enrollment management, and college operations, among others. Case studies and other hands on activities will be included in this session. (Breakfast and lunch included, as well as a closing reception.)

Friday, March 31
The Pathway to the Presidency: Essential Skills and Insight about the CEO Search Process
$275 member / $550 non-member
Sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Explore the search process for a community college presidency. From submitting your applications materials to interviewing with a governing board, this workshop will provide an in-depth look at the CEO search process. The full spectrum of the steps throughout the CEO search will be analyzed in the order the steps take place in real life. 

First: We will discuss the application package. How can you become a more competitive candidate? The first step in the process is to advance based on your electronic submission. What should you consider as you prepare your cover letter and resume? 

Second: We will discuss interviewing and host mock interviews. You will have the opportunity to practice interviewing and receive immediate feedback from your peers and our panel of experts. Learn how to present yourself in ways which are uniquely your own and capitalize on the qualities that make you the candidate of choice. Learn the critical strategies, skill sets, and approaches of successful candidates. 

Third: After you become a finalist, the search will likely go public. We will review your bio/photo and discuss your campus visit, public forums, and interviewing with a governing board. Additionally, you will learn about the trustee perspective when boards are interviewing candidates. 

Now that you’ve landed the presidency, the workshop will conclude with important information on governance and how to prepare to work with and for a governing board. 

ACCT’s nationally recognized search consultants and panelists will be available throughout the meeting to schedule private one-to-one discussions to provide additional feedback.  

Friday, March 31
Leaders of Color Creating Equity-Centered Systems in Changing Times

$275 member / $550 non-member
Sponsored by National Asian Pacific Islander Council, National Council on Black American Affairs, and National Community College Hispanic Council 

Change is inevitable.  Yet, why and how institutional systems and practices evolve and transform themselves must be centered on our core values of equity and justice.  This all-day workshop is designed for leaders of color who want to identify, establish and engage in developing colleges based on building and sustaining trust, mutual respect, connectedness, and student and community engagement.  This workshop will include topics such as scalability of positive institutional and process changes, reflective and equity-centered institutional practices, identifying challenges of DEI work, and the ability for leaders to engage in work/life balance and to be nimble to respond to change.

The three Councils have been committed for over 12 years to work collaboratively to increase the pipeline for future community college leaders.  Past workshops have provided opportunities to share and learn from institutional best practices from nationally recognized practitioners of organizational change.  This highly interactive workshop will be led and facilitated by experienced leaders of color from community colleges across the country.


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