Conference Skill-Building Workshops

Conference Skill-Building Workshops are included in the Southern Charm rate. Review the workshops listed below and select one as you register. 
For Conference participants attending at the daily rate, Conference workshops are available for an additional $150.

The Trick to Being a Chair or Organizational Leader - SOLD OUT

Location: Georgia 2

Presented by Bill Lamb, Kirkwood Community College and Judy Korb, Baker University

The workshop will present a variety of strategies for new front line administrators, including chairs, directors, deans, and other organizational leaders. Activities throughout the day will help participants define their role as leaders and share strategies to develop cohesive teams.

Topics will include:

• understanding leadership versus management in organizations
• understanding yourself and how you work with others 
• skills for building teams and working with diverse work styles
• time management and work best practices
• recognizing and managing conflict
• adapting to and guiding organizational change

  • The activities will involve small group interaction and allow time for sharing strategies as well as applying new methods to real work examples. The afternoon session will encourage the sharing of “successful practices" through guided group discussions. Participants will receive a variety of written materials to use as guides and references, and information related to the Academy for Leadership Development will be shared.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Bill Lamb, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Bill Lamb is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Until 2007, Bill was the Dean of Liberal Arts and Distance Learning at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, where he served in the role of assistant dean, department chair, and writing teacher. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University in 1984.  His Master of Arts degree is in English literature from Pittsburg State University and his Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Lamb has received numerous awards including the Paul Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award in 2011.  He is active in
his local Rotary club and several community organizations.  Additionally, he is a member of the Leadership Editorial Board and a member
of the Iowa Liberal Arts Curriculum Articulation council.  He is a member of the STEMhub Regional advisory group, and serves as the treasurer for the Oak Creek Homes Association. He is also a representative to the League for Innovation Board Representative group.  
Dr. Lamb has a number of publications and is a frequent presenter at international and regional conferences and workshops.  For the last seven years, he has also served as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Judy Korb, Professor, Baker University and Executive Vice President Emeritus, Instruction and Operations, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas 

Dr. Judy Korb has over 25 years of experience in education and training. Her background includes executive leadership, business professor, management consulting and professional/organizational development including needs assessment, meeting facilitation and training for businesses and colleges.

Judy has recently retired as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Workforce, Community and Economic Development at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. She and her HR staff were responsible for compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance and professional development opportunities for 2,500 faculty and staff at JCCC. In Workforce, Community and Economic Development, Judy and her staff created workforce and economic development solutions for Johnson County businesses and professionals through training and community partnerships.

Judy has facilitated planning sessions, meetings and training for small and large companies and colleges on local, regional, and national levels. She consults and delivers training in interpersonal communication and organizational development topics for business and colleges. Judy has a Master’s degree in business from Webster University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership/Organizational Behavior from the University of Kansas.

Expanded Leader Wellness through the Advanced Science of Self-Health

Location: Georgia 3

Presented by Candace A Croft, PhD, Founding Executive, Tabankhu and SoulNinja™ Mastery and Keith L Smith, MA, MBA, EdD, Vice-President, Purdue University

Work is often fast-paced and stressful. We encounter negativity that challenges our ability to stay grounded and centered, depletes drive, destroys self-confidence, and erodes health. Every state of health is a matter of energy. Leaders often attend to team health, yet neglect their own. An unhealthy leader cannot inspire a healthy team. This time focuses on you, the leader as self-health coach. Learn simple, fun, and effective strategies to communicate with your inner healer/coach, align with a state of authentic wholeness, and enjoy greater self-health, wellness, and life/leadership mastery.

Attendees will benefit by:

  • • Increase understanding of energy as it impacts personal/ leadership spiritmindbody health
  • • Apply principles of Unity Psychology and Leadership 5.0 for greater self-health/mastery
  • • Practice proven techniques for effective leadership self-coaching
  • • Practice inner communication for improved team communication
  • • Learn an effective mindful-revision approach to guide daily self-health coaching

About the Presenters:

Dr. Candace Croft is Founder/Chief Executive of Tabankhu where she provides Soul Ninja™ Intuitive Coaching, speaking events, and consulting services focusing on mindfulness and energy alignment for personal and professional leadership.  A member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, she also is a registered natural healer and certified hypnosis practitioner, EFT advanced practitioner, and aromatherapist.  She developed the school of unity psychology, designed the PSI-BETA-BLOCK-R8 empowerment method, and is the author of four books, including Soul Gardening: The Rooting Years.  She has served as faculty, Dean, and VPAA in higher education institutions, designed the Distance Education Leadership Masters program at the UW-Platteville, managed an urban wellness center, and has more than three decades of experience as a therapist/coach/energy worker.  More information can be found at and LinkedIn.

Dr. Keith Smith is a Vice President at Purdue University. His experience includes serving on the Boards of Elsevier Publishing, the American Medical Technologists Association, the Distance Education Leadership Masters at the UW-Platteville, Youth Dynamics, and the Eaton Leadership Foundation.  He received his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Education from Seattle University, and a Master of Business Administration from City University. He has taught graduate leadership and organizational change courses domestically and internationally, is a frequent presenter in the leadership and personal growth arena, and has been a consultant with leaders in high profile companies and universities, including Boeing, Microsoft, and Western Governor’s University.

Foundations of Team Cohesion - SOLD OUT

Location: Georgia 4

Presented by Brett Cooper, President and Co-Founder, Integris Performance Advisors

During this interactive workshop, you will learn and engage in many activities that will help you make your team stronger. You'll walk away with powerful new ideas for how to build VULNERABILITY-BASED TRUST; engage in PRODUCTIVE CONFLICT; COMMIT TO DECISIONS made by the team; Foster higher levels of PEER-TO-PEER ACCOUNTABILITY; and focus on COLLECTIVE RESULTS

The workshop is designed around modern adult-learning principles, with segments devoted to:

  • • Self-reflection
  • • One-on-one dialogs
  • • Tabletop discussions
  • • Interactive group activities
  • • Personal action planning

This event will equip you to contribute to building a more cohesive team by helping you understand your natural behavioral tendencies. Our goal is to highlight and encourage actions that benefit the team while simultaneously limiting the unproductive behaviors that we all exhibit from time to time (whether we recognize it or not).

About the Presenter:

Brett Cooper is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), Everything DiSC and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways.

Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profit organizations serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).

Brett earned an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to team cohesion, leadership and operational excellence.

Brett is married to the love of his life, Maxine, and has two daughters, Sophia and Olivia. When not on the road, he splits time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Salem, OR.

Engaging Faculty Through the Science of Leadership

Location: Georgia 8

Presented by Lee H. Grimes, James Gills, II, William Torres, Alma Martinez-Egger, and Kelly Tribble , Tarrant County College

This workshop will explore strategies for engaging faculty while utilizing the science of leadership. Through the lens of David Rock’s work on NeuroLeadership, participants of this workshop will learn to implement faculty engagement programs and build cohesion and trust among colleagues.

Topics will include:

  • • Self-awareness when communicating with colleagues
  • • Techniques to build consensus when there are differing perspectives
  • • Skills for building trust among diverse faculty
  • • Heightened awareness of how others react to initiative overload and change
  • • High impact practices that fully engage faculty in student-centered learning

Participants will be actively engaged in this workshop through discussions, small group work, and other activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply the concepts learned to challenges, programs, and other initiatives at their institutions. This workshop is perfect for any faculty members or administrators who are interested in energizing faculty engagement efforts at their institution.

About the Presenters:

Lee H. Grimes currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Tarrant County College (TCC) where she oversees faculty, staff, and organizational development. Before joining TCC, she served as the Associate Dean of Professional and Organizational Development at South Texas College and also served as South Texas College’s Co-Lead for the Texas Pathways Project; a cornerstone of the 60X30 Initiative for the state of Texas.

Dr. Grimes served on the development and leadership team of grants such as the $2.5 million Title V Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Grant, and the Educate Texas, Texas Regional STEM Accelerator Grant. She has held a leadership role in several other grants including the Project Director for the Carl D. Perkins Grant Focus on the Student: Critical Thinking in the 21st Century.  She has also served on various state and national professional development organizations such as the Board of the Foundation for Professional Excellence in Community Colleges for the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA). She has also served as Secretary / Treasurer and the VP for the Southern Region on the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) Board of Directors and has been honored by receiving the John Fry Individual Merit Award from NCSPOD as well as the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for her work with Professional Development. Dr. Grimes has also been certified by Public Agenda as a community engagement facilitator.

Dr. Grimes began her career as a full-time faculty member in the Political Science Department and continued as an adjunct faculty member in Political Science as well as for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership program at South Texas College.

Dr. Grimes received her Ed.D. in Global Educational Leadership from Lamar University. She has a Master of Arts in Political Science with an International Service Certificate which included two internships in Latin America and language proficiency in Spanish from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

James Gills is an Instructional Technology Manager in the Center for Teaching & Learning at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX. He received his M.Div. from Southwestern in Fort Worth, TX and his Bachelor’s from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.

William Torres has worked in higher education since 2011 in a variety of capacities including faculty, curriculum development, online training, instructional design, and professional development. Currently, he manages and facilitates several professional development programs at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX including the Active Learning Academy, First Year Faculty Experience, and an ongoing training series for faculty and staff. William is currently participating in The Chair Academy, WLDI 2018-2019 Foundations cohort. He received an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Central Missouri and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Missouri State University.

Kelly Tribble has worked in the field of higher education for over 25 years coordinating professional development opportunities, designing leadership development programs, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and coaching faculty and staff to a greater understanding of their capacity to influence people and processes for the greater good.   Dr. Tribble is currently Director of Faculty Development at his institution, where he facilitates a cohort-based research program for faculty.

Kelly Tribble earned his PhD and MEd in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership at the University of South Carolina.  His Bachelor’s degree was also earned at the University of South Carolina. 

Alma Martinez-Egger is Director of Staff Development for Tarrant County College, where she has served for 16 years. Ms. Martinez-Egger previously served as Speech faculty member, assistant director of distance learning, director of Achieving the Dream, and director of employee online learning.  She is currently in The Chair Academy, WLDI 2018—2019 Foundations class. She holds an associate of arts and sciences from Mountain View College, a bachelor’s degree in communication from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in communication from the University of North Texas, and is a current doctoral student of the Roueche Graduate Center in the Community College Leadership Program. 

Leadership Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Location: Georgia 9

Presented by Presented by Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Pikes Peak Community College and Linda Meccouri, Massachusetts Community Colleges

The goal of this workshop is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for leaders at all levels to learn and share a variety of Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Workplaces.  Activities include proven strategies from a variety of sources that will enable participants to increase their skills to recognize and value the contributions of a wide diversity of students and colleagues to build inclusive organizations that reflect our most cherished values.

Topics will include:

  • • understanding culture and inclusion in the workplace
    • exploring self and others’ identity (race, class, gender, language, cultural…) and commonalities.
    • creating an inclusive workplaces (bring one to share)
    • examining unconscious bias
    • understanding the role of and behaviors of being an ally
    • creating a shared vision of and building a culture of hope

About the Presenters:

Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Dean of Math and English at Pikes Peak Community College
Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan is the Dean of the Mathematics and English Division at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to accepting this position in 2014, Jacquelyn was Associate Dean of College Preparatory Programs, Chair of the Developmental English Department, and an instructor of Developmental English, Advancing Academic Achievement and ESL courses.

Jacquelyn has over 30 years of educational and professional experiences that range from non-profit leadership and workforce development to military service. Jacquelyn is committed to excellence in education and leadership and believes that everyone, regardless of race, ability, or socio-economic status is entitled to a quality education.

Linda Meccouri, Principal Consultant, Positive Connections, Positive Strategy, Retired Dean, Chair, Faculty, Massachusetts Community Colleges
Linda Meccouri is a positive change, strengths-based consultant working with colleges, universities, healthcare, business and community organizations in the areas of teaching, student success, leadership, and organizational development. Prior to forming her consulting practice, Linda served as the Dean of Professional Development at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts where she designed and facilitated ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.

She served as Faculty Development Coordinator, Professor and Department chair of Computer Science at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. With over thirty years of teaching experience at the community college, undergraduate and graduate level, Linda is the recipient of Endowed Chairs for Teaching Excellence from two colleges, and believes passionately in education that encourages people to become the best version of themselves.


You Know Your IQ, But What’s Your CQ? 
Develop Change Intelligence to Lead Organizational Change

Location: Georgia 10

Presented by Barbara Trautlein, Princple and Founder, Change Catalysts

Are you frustrated that no matter what you try, your change initiatives seem to either fail outright or produce gains that don’t last?  The reality is that most changes do fail.  As many as 70% of organizational change efforts fall short of expectations.  Yet, your institution’s growth and your career progress hinge on your ability to lead successful and sustainable change.  In this highly interactive workshop, you’ll get introduced to how to get beyond the buzzwords and leverage a proven formula for change.  The CQ System for Developing Change Intelligence is based on decades of change leadership in the workplace, years of conducting global research on managing change, and study into the psychology and neuroscience of change. 

Through Real-life examples you will learn how to:

  • • Engage the brain, inspire the heart, and motivate the hands to get people moving in positive, new directions so change sticks
  • • Diagnose your own Change Intelligence, appreciate the strengths and blind spots of your Change Leadership Style, and obtain targeted developmental coaching for improvement  
  • • Reframe resistance from enemy to ally, and learn how to use resistance as a powerful source of information to engage for change up, down, and across your institution
  • • Learn how to coach others to build their CQ, build Change Intelligent teams, and enhance your organization’s collective change capabilities
  • • Emerge as a more competent and confident – and less stressed and frustrated – leader of change 

About the Presenter:

Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence:  Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ System for Developing Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations. For over 25 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives - achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients.  In 2015 she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Midwest Chapter.  She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Her blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to front-line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech.  Clients served include Abbot Laboratories, BP, Cisco, Ford, the NYPD, and Northwestern University.  Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. 
Published Resources:

  • Book:
    Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks

  • Website:
    for video, audio, and case studies and tools –

    Social Media: - @btrautlein


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