2018 SLA Leadership Symposium Schedule and Agenda

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am | Open Board meeting (Madewood B)
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Meetings for SLA advisory councils, committees, unit treasurers, annual conference planners (list below)
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Welcome Reception (Crescent Ballroom)

SLA Advisory Council, Committee, Cabinet, and Group Meeting Schedule

SLA Advisory Councils, Committees, and other groups will hold meetings at the 2018 Leadership Symposium. The meetings, each scheduled for one hour, will be held Sunday afternoon, January 28, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans. The meeting schedule is below (meeting room name in parenthesis):

1:00 – 2:00 pm 2018 Awards and Honors Committee (Rosedown A)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 2018 Unit Treasurers (Rosedown B)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 2018 Annual Conference Planners and 2018 ACAC (Madewood A)
1:00 – 2:00 pm Diversity & Inclusion (Madewood B)
2:00 – 3:00 pm 2018 Membership Advisory Council (Rosedown A)
2:00 – 3:00 pm 2018 Finance Committee (Rosedown B)
2:00 – 3:00 pm 2019 Annual Conference Planners and 2019 ACAC (Madewood A)
3:00 – 4:00 pm 2018 Unit Webmasters and SLA Connect Administrators (Rosedown A)
3:00 – 4:00 pm 2018 Public Relations Advisory Council (Rosedown B)
3:00 – 4:00 pm 2018 Professional Development Advisory Council (Madewood A)
3:00 – 4:00 pm 2018 Governance & Bylaws Committee (Madewood B)
4:00 – 5:00 pm 2018 Students & New Professionals Advisory Council (Rosedown A)
4:00 – 5:00 pm 2018 Technology Advisory Council (Rosedown B)
5:15 – 6:00 pm Chapter and Division Cabinet Meet-and-Greet (Madewood A)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD)

Led by instructor and facilitator Jay Younger, president & CEO of McKinley Advisors, LEAD offers attendees an interactive, engaging, and action-oriented experience designed to inspire and develop leadership potential. Focused on intended outcomes, participants will identify the skills used at work and within SLA, obtain tools and skills required to become more effective leaders, and perform to their potential.


Jay Younger, FASAE President & CEO McKinley Advisors Washington, D.C.

During Jay’s more than twenty-year tenure in the association industry, he has become widely known as an expert in strategic planning, organizational development, dues restructuring, governance, membership, and branding. In his dual role at McKinley, Jay oversees the team’s development and growth, and has primary responsibility for several of the firm’s strategic consulting engagements including those for the American Chemical Society, the Society for Neuroscience, American Physical Therapy Association, and others.

Jay has a consistent track record of helping clients tackle challenging issues and arrive at unprecedented successes. He has extensive experience working with the staff and volunteer leadership of associations and is an accomplished facilitator and strategist. Jay is known for his uncanny ability to ensure that all participants feel they have been heard and included and to unify disparate audiences to proceed towards a common goal. In addition to his direct work with McKinley’s clients, Jay brings a wealth of expertise, experience, and positive energy to our project teams, supporting McKinley’s senior staff in their efforts to deliver exceptional client value.

Jay is an ASAE Fellow, past chair of the ASAE Membership Section Council, and has published several articles in the Journal of Association Leadership and Associations Now, and speaks regularly at industry events nationwide. Jay has a BA in English from Duke University.

Monday Agenda

8:00 am – Breakfast & Welcoming Remarks
8:30 am – Introduction
8:35 am – Coplen Leadership Address – Inspirational message on leadership and its benefits to society
9:00 am – StrengthsFinder – Understand the StrengthsFinder model of assessment; Build capacity to leverage your own strengths and begin to understand the strengths of others
10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Leadership & Change – Recognize the role of change in effective leadership
12:00 pm – Lunch, including Awards & Recognition
1:00 pm – Leadership & Creative Thinking – Increase capacity for creative thinking as a critical driver in successful leadership
2:00 pm – Brand You – Create a plan for building your personal leadership brand
2:45 pm – Break
3:00 pm – Leadership Lenses – Identify the lenses that have impacted your personal leadership and how they can be leveraged for even greater success
4:15 pm – Leadership & Professional Development – Build your personal leadership action plan – for SLA and for your professional roles
4:45 pm – Wrap Up
5:00 pm – Adjournment

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SLA Unit and Volunteer Leader Training

Whether you’re a current unit leader, or hope to become involved in unit leadership, the unit leader training will provide you with the critical information and skills needed for a unit’s successful operation.

8:00 am – Breakfast & Ice-Breaker Exercise
9:00 am – About SLA
10:00 am – Governance & Structure
11:30 am – Idea Exchange Lunch

Roundtable discussions focused on specific topics, with a facilitator at each table, including Board and staff. It’s a time to brainstorm new ideas with peers and discuss trends and best practices in an informal setting over lunch.   Attendees will change tables at dessert, offering the opportunity to participate in two discussions. Potential topics include:

  • Merger Procedures

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • Succession planning

  • Unit Programming

  • Tips for CONNECT

  • Using the Unit Toolkit

  • Sponsorship

  • Student Membership

1:00 pm – Break
1:15 pm – Communicating Effectively 

2:30 pm – Member Engagement
3:45 pm – Wrap Up
4:00 pm – Adjournment


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