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SOCHE Leadership Development Program

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2024-25 SOCHE Leadership development program

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) is pleased to announce a partnership with Miami Valley Nonprofit Collaborative (MVNC) to present the 2024-25 SOCHE Leadership Development Program.

This special 8-session hybrid program is designed to develop the leadership skills in new or experienced front-line higher education personnel who supervise other staff members. Individual contributor personnel who do not currently supervise others, but wish to advance into management roles, also will find this experience helpful in developing the skills needed to effectively lead others within their organizations.

At each session, participants will receive tools, resources and templates that can be readily applied back in their organizations. All sessions are presented by leadership development experts, sourced by MVNC. A full leadership development improvement plan is provided at the end of the program, along with resources to support their ongoing growth. Registration fee includes cost of assessments (Myers Briggs Personality Indicator and CliftonStrengths) and materials, as well as two in-person sessions with lunch, learning, and networking time. 

For a single fee ($150 for personnel from SOCHE member schools, $200 for personnel from non-member schools), participants will be registered for all eight sessions in the series. Participants will need to take part in six of the eight sessions to earn their SOCHE Leadership Development Program certificate. See below for the full schedule of learning sessions.

Program registration will open on Thursday, Aug. 1, and it will close on Saturday, Aug. 31. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in advancing your higher education career, be sure to register as early as possible.

2024-2025 SOCHE Leadership Development Program Schedule
  • Friday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Montgomery County Business Solutions Center | IN PERSON
    Includes lunch and networking time
    Session #1: Understanding Personality Type for More Effective Communication Skills – Communication skills are key to effective supervision skills, so Jenny Warner, MVNC Executive Director and Consultant with Warner Hargrove Consulting, LLC will launch our series with this session. Jenny is a certified facilitator of the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator and will lead the group through their results to identify their own style. You’ll receive your own assessment results and several handouts to better understand how to apply your Myers Briggs style at work and in your personal life.
  • Friday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #2: Effective Communication Skills
    – In this session, we will provide tips on how to communicate effectively with others of different personality/communication styles.
  • Friday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #3: Understanding & Applying Your Strengths –
    The CliftonStrengths assessment is one of the most widely used tools for individual development and teambuilding in the world. Lindsay Pitstick, certified Strengths Coach, will lead this session to understand what a strength is, how to leverage those strengths in your career, and how to use the tool to build teams.
  • Friday, Jan. 17, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #4: Conflict Resolution Skills PART I – Responding with Greater Self Awareness – Conflict can be a challenge or a chance for leadership development. How you handle it, and model it yourself, can affect your team’s performance and morale. This 2-part program, presented by Aaron Primm, Mediation Specialist from the City of Dayton Mediation Center, will help you develop practical skills for responding with greater self-awareness and effectiveness. This first session introduces the early signs of workplace conflict, and both the Destructive and Constructive Cycles of conflict.
  • Friday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #5: Conflict Resolution Skills PART II – Strategies for Effectiveness –
    Ongoing conflicts often impact our ability to productively interact with others. The challenge individuals often face in conflict situations is not lacking skills, but rather the inability to use those skills in those difficult moments. This second session provides strategies for greater self-awareness, strength and openness to better prepare for and hold difficult conversations.
  • Friday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #6: Building Rapport and Setting Expectations
    – Jenny Warner, Warner Hargrove Consulting, MVNC Executive Director, will share approaches to effectively establish rapport with employees, set and clarify performance expectations.
  • Friday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | SOCHE Zoom | VIRTUAL
    Session #7: Coaching & Giving Feedback – Tara McCafferty, SPHR, from SoFo Solution Focused HR, LLC will take participants through how to effectively establish rapport with employees, set expectations, and then get an employee back on track if expectations are not met. Attendees will practice and receive a handout on the Four-Step model to giving performance feedback.
  • Friday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Montgomery County Business Solutions Center | IN PERSON
    Session #8: Leadership Development Plan – To wrap up our program and give participants an action plan for continuing their development, Jenny Warner of Warner Hargrove Consulting, will help attendees build their own leadership profile of their strengths, values, and accomplishments, as well as an area on which to focus their ongoing development.
    Includes lunch, networking time, and certificate presentation

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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