The SUNY SAIL Institute Leadership Alumni Network

Signature Programs

The SUNY SAIL Institute hosts multiple signature programs throughout the year, including the Summer Leadership Retreat, Chief Information Officers Leadership Academy, the Global Leader Experience for students, and more. The SAIL Institute has a network of over  450 alumni, who are invited to various leadership events throughout the year. See below for additional information about some of our upcoming alumni events.

Upcoming Events: 

July 31: Leading Successful Projects on Campus

More events to come soon!

Testimonials from our Signature Programs

“In higher education we are often sent to a myriad of training opportunities, some of which land, and some that miss the mark.  The SUNY SAIL Summer Leadership program is a home run—hands down the best, most impactful leadership opportunity I have attended in almost 20 years in higher education.”

“An excellent experience from which I learned a great deal about myself and about leadership.”

“This was a wonderful experience… I will talk it up to my colleagues and encourage them to attend in the future.”

“Thrilled to have been included. Many interesting concepts, ability to learn from others and enthusiastic presenters!”

“Attending a workshop this intense and at such a high caliber is a real gift and opportunity. Ongoing benefits are what we learned and the colleagues we got to know.”

” Excellent program; it reinforced some of what I already knew, provided a framework, and taught me so much more!”



Leading Successful Projects on Campus

July 31, 2019

WHERE AND WHEN:  The event will be held at White Eagle Conference Center at 2910 Lake Moraine Road Hamilton, NY 13346 Hamilton, NY ( 


11:00 a.m. Welcome: 2019 Summer Leadership Retreat Participants & Alumni

11:15 a.m. Project Planning Workshop led by Chet Warzynski

12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. Leading Successful Projects on Campus
3:30 p.m. Conclusion

EXPENSES: The cost is $75, including lunch


Upon completing this program participants will be able to:
  • Evaluate their project management culture and capability.
  • Build a project team and facilitate development of a project plan;
  • Develop project charter, conduct a stakeholders’ assessment, design a work breakdown structure, conduct a risk assessment and test protocol. 

Why attend

A rigorous and systematic methodology for project management enables people with diverse technical and functional roles to collaborate and coordinate their work to achieve project and organizational objectives on time and within budget. The purpose of this program is to provide leaders and managers from SUNY with an overview of the essentials for project management success, including the principles and tools to manage and collaborate on projects within their technical or functional areas.
The program is based on time-tested experiential learning process in which participants will first examine a systematic methodology for managing a project and then apply that methodology to a practical case that is relevant to the participants. Participants will leave this program with a better understanding of how to lead and manage a project together with a set of templates and tools to guide them to a successful outcome.
The program covers the basic principles and best practices used in successfully managing light to medium sized projects. 
Special emphasis will be placed on the following areas:
  1. Project Preparation, including identifying key stakeholders, building the project team, and determining scope, objectives, deliverables, and milestones; 
  2. Defining Project Requirements, including a work breakdown structure of tasks, responsibilities, and resource requirements; and 
  3. Project Testing, including conducting a risk assessment and conference pilot for the project.