Fall 2018 Workshops

Browse the diverse set of workshops being offered by the SAIL Institute during Fall 2018!


The SAIL Institute will be providing the following programs to be attended by professionals in higher education. These workshops have been designed by veterans in higher education to benefit your professional career and the environment of your educational institute.  

Supporting Executive Teams
September 13 – Webinar (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
September 24 – Webinar (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Be introduced to the SAIL philosophy and leadership support devices. Meet our Executive coaches and learn how we have partnered with others to support them individually as well as their Executive team. We will also spend tie discussing the benefits of executive coaching. Register for either one of the webinars by clicking the dates listed above.

Assertive Communications: Leading Difficult Conversations on Campus
September 28 – Syracuse, NY

In this session we will explore personal communication styles, discuss how to deal with aggressive and passive individuals, be more assertive in times of conflict and handle manipulation and defensiveness. Participants will better understand the impact of their non-verbal cues as well and get tips on how to give feedback quickly and easily to seek win-win results.  This interactive session will give you hands on practice and practical techniques to improve your communication and confidence in handling any difficult conversation.

Competing on Culture: Driving Change in Higher Education
October 11 – Syracuse, NY

Higher education is entering an era of constant disruptive change. Organizational culture – and the extent to which it is healthy and adaptive – will increasingly become the defining variable in the extent to which colleges and universities thrive, survive, merge, or fade away.  This workshop will explore how the right leadership approaches can create trust and connections that build a sense of engagement and community to productively develop a culture of inquiry and inform the culture in ways to anticipate the future and thrive in disruptive times.

Transformational Leadership for Student Success
October 16, 2018 –  NYC
October 17, 2018 –  Syracuse
October 18, 2018 – Geneseo

The landscape of higher education is constantly swirling.  Changes in our campuses vary from the subtle to the complex, and leaders are challenged to meet and exceed the expectations of their constituents.  This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore how to set a course of direction to empower leaders toward developing skill sets that are transformational for student success on campus, as opposed to those that are reactionary and transactional.  Participants will engage with big-picture, critical thinking and problem solving exercises, while anchoring their principles in transformational ways.  Topics will include how student success can be achieved through leadership dispositions of Courage, Humility, Empathy, Selflessness, Solace, Dignity, Intention, Grace, Civility, and Compassion.

In order to be an effective supervisor it is critically important to understand all the dynamics involved. This session will engage participants in discussions surrounding the difference between staff supervision and staff development, the basic needs of people in groups and how to meet them, and the stages of group development and how they interplay with how the organization changes. Working in a unionized environment is another dynamic that must be considered, and will be a focus of the workshop. We will review a staff coaching model, effective ways to give feedback, and motivation techniques. Participants will develop a 21 day action plan to implement with their teams to increase their overall effectiveness.

Leading your Campus through Change & Conflict
October 25, 2018 – Geneseo

This session will explore the relationship between change and conflict, both external conflict as well as internal. The first part of the workshop will look at some of the external factors/conflicts that place pressure on the higher education organization. We will discuss what these factors mean for the field, as well as ways that higher education organizations can proactively embrace these influences and lead through the change process. These external pressures and conflicts can lead to high levels of uncertainty and conflict within an organization. The second part of this workshop will consist of exploring the interpersonal conflict that can arise in the workplace, and how leaders can appropriately manage and lead through these situations. Specific techniques will be explored and discussed as a group.

Shifting Mindsets for Successful Leadership in Higher Education
November 13, 2018 – NYC
November 14, 2018 – Syracuse
November 15, 2018 – Geneseo

As leaders traverse their career, they carry with them specific experiences which shape their perceptions in many ways.  One of the challenges that leaders endure is the mindset that is reticent to shift directions.  If leaders are to make any inroads with colleagues and students, the ability to pivot from one framework of thinking to another, in quick and seamless fashion, requires an open mind and a nimble approach.  The ability to reframe the mind toward actionable resolutions and high levels of engagement requires that leaders work to listen, learn, and lead accordingly.  This engaging, hands-on workshop will equip leaders with the necessary tools to return to their campuses with a renewed sense and vision of potential for themselves, and those that they lead.