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Leadership in Times of Crisis: What Are We Learning?

This free webinar will discuss the current arc and impact of Covid-19 on the practice of leadership. Questions to be addressed: What does this arc look like for organizations and teams? How is this crisis being experienced by leaders and team members? Are there any strategies or techniques from the practice of executive coaching that can be effective for leaders and team members during periods of high stress or crisis? This live webinar will include a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Guest Speaker:                                                  Garry R. Sanders, Senior Leadership Fellow    

Navigating Challenging Work Spaces with Mindful Self-Care

Mindful self-care is the ongoing process of being aware of, non-judgmentally acknowledging, and attending to one’s basic physical, psychological, relational and spiritual needs. It involves both intentionally nurturing attitudes and forming behaviors that promote care of one’s self, and then care of others. In this webinar, you will learn techniques to utilize mindful practices to increase self-care in your personal and in your professional life, especially if you work in a challenging environment that you find stressful. View presentations slides of Dr.Blinne’s  Communicative Self-Care and Dr. Murray’s Mindful Self-Care.

Guest Speakers:                    Dr.Kristen Blinne, SUNY Oneonta                Dr.Terry Murray, SUNY New Paltz              Glenn Pichardo, SUNY Oneonta

Leading Our Institutions in a Time of Crisis: A View From the Six Domains of Knowledge

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, higher education leaders are making daily decisions that will have lasting impacts on our campuses. The SUNY Strategic, Academic and Innovative (SAIL) Institute has a framework for leading campuses, the six domains of knowledge, which is how we will ground this live panel discussion. Dr. Jason Lane took a closer look at where we in the midst of this crisis, and where higher education is headed, through the six domains; read his recent article published by Inside Higher Ed: 6 Domains of Knowledge for College Leaders During Crisis Times. Join Dr. Lane as he opens a dialogue with the SAIL leadership fellows about their experiences at our SUNY institutions. Hear their collective reflections as we try to make the best decisions possible for the good of all campus constituencies.

Transformational Leadership for Student Success

Led by Dr. Scott Vinciguerra, this webinar shares transformational leadership values leaders can focus on while keeping students at the center of their work on campus.

Mindfulness in a Time of Crisis: How Focusing on the Present Can Lead to a Better Future

During this COVID-19 outbreak many people are experiencing a high level of anxiety and stress. With the many competing demands of work, home and personal responsibilities, this crisis can cause people to feel out of control and overwhelmed by the situation. In order to support our higher education leaders during these challenging times, SUNY SAIL developed this webinar to showcase how mindfulness can be an effective tool in assisting leaders in improving their emotional intelligence, personal well being and decision making skills. Join SUNY SAIL for this webinar that brings together experienced mindful practitioners from across the SUNY System who will help you learn ways to incorporate mindfulness in your personal and professional life.   

  • Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Meditation Practices led by several Mindful Practitioners
  • Interactive activity
  • Question & Answer and Sharing Session

Guest Speakers:                                                Glenn Pichardo, SUNY Oneonta                  Dr.Terry Murray, SUNY New Paltz                 Dr.Kristen Blinne, SUNY Oneonta 

Assertive Communications: Leading Difficult Conversations on Campus

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.

Data for Effective Scaling

This webinar is intended to share theories and lessons learned to support campus and system leaders in their scaling efforts. Jason Lane, Executive Director of the Strategic, Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute for the State University of New York and a member of the TS3 steering committee, will discuss the theory change regarding large change efforts. Robert Todd, Director of Policy and Partnership Development at the University System of Georgia, will present on the role of data in scaling efforts. USG was awarded the TS3 HIPs grant in December, so he will also share a little bit about USG’s TS3 HIPs project.

SUNY Student Leadership Network: Applied Learning

Elise Newkirk- Kotflia explores the relationship between applied learning and student leadership. Elise joined the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Master of the Arts Degree from the University at Albany where she studied Women’s Studies and Public policy with a research concentration on community-university partnerships. Her current work responsibilities involve directing the SUNY Applied Learning Initiative as well as SUNY and the Vibrant Community, one of the 6 Big Ideas put forth in The Power of SUNY: Strategic Plan 2010 & Beyond. Elise is interested in the best practices associated with coalition building and community engagement, especially the formation of reciprocal and sustainable partnerships. She currently on the board of the National Society for Experiential Education and on the National Association of System Heads High Impact Practices Leadership Team.

Building A Value Based Culture Around Data Analytics

A rapidly growing trend among higher education institutions is to increase the abundance and availability of student data. Included are traditional data such as demographics and academic performance; newly emerging data from learning management systems and student ID card usage; and outcomes data including employment, wages, and volunteerism. When assembled, this data can create remarkable profiles of individual students and provide new insights into how to improve the learning experience. For example, they can yield new insights as to which curriculum designs, instructional delivery, and academic support programs most effectively promote student success.  Such insights can play a decisive role in helping at-risk students to learn and eventually graduate.  However, while the surge in available data is reshaping the foundations of higher education, it increases the risk for “analysis paralysis,” reckless collection/storage, and improper use of data. Thus, institutions have an ethical responsibility to collect and use these data on behalf of students.  In this webinar, Laura Jensen from Colorado State University and Vanessa Roof from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln share insights from their paper “The Ethical Use of Student Data and Analytics” available on the TS3 website and how they are grappling with these issues within their institutions.

Leading Your Campus through Conflict and Change

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. Download the full presentation slides.

Shifting Mindsets for Successful Leadership in Higher Education

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.


Empowered Supervision for Organizational Performance in Higher Education

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. View the full presentation slides.

Six Domains of Knowledge for Higher Education Leaders

SUNY’s SAIL Institute has identified six domains of knowledge critical for any leader in higher education to be successful in their role. This one-hour webinar describes each of the domains, which serve as a useful framework for identifying your own strengths and areas of opportunity as a leader. Gain an introduction into the leadership development support and services available to you and your campus through the SAIL Institute, in order to lead your institution into tomorrow.

Practical Approaches to Mindfulness on Campus

With the constant swirling of students and change happening on the modern college campus, we could all benefit from slowing down our minds and bodies in order to focus and feel better. Join us for a free one-hour SUNY SAIL Institute webinar to learn Practical Approaches to Mindfulness. Our objective is for you to leave the session with an understanding of how simple mindfulness practices can mitigate your personal stress and teach you easy practices to add into your daily routine.  Participants will leave this webinar renewed and prepared to tackle higher ed’s challenges.

Leaders Learning Live Webinars

Understanding our Students

September 19, 2019
Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration
Guest: Dr. Jill Lansing, SUNY System Administration
Using PIAAC Data to Explore How U.S. Adults use Technology & Problem-Solving Skills in the Workplace to Strengthen Student Success
The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a large international data set to assess the skills adults need to participate in the 21st century economy. Join this webinar to hear from Jill Lansing, SUNY System Administration’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Education Pipeline, about the PIAAC data to understand how U.S. adults report using technology and problem-solving skills in the workplace. If you are looking for a future strategy to support student success, join us to learn what the data reveals and its implications for higher education leaders.
Mindful Writing
October 17, 2019
Moderator: Carolyn Mattiske, Director of SUNY SAIL Institute and Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ann Hawkins, SUNY System Administration
Attendees will be able to:
  • To better understand what mindful writing is and how to implement it
  • To learn about the benefits of mentoring
  • To gain resources on how to start mindful writing
  • To learn strategies on how to balance roles in administrative leadership with other obligations/interests.

Writing is a beneficial skill to have in any leadership role, but is one that takes practice and commitment. Join this webinar to hear from Dr. Ann Hawkins, SUNY System Administration’s Assistant Provost for Graduate Education and Research, about how she practices mindful writing in order to balance her administrative leadership role with other career interests and obligations with regard to writing. Participants will hear her perspective on mentoring and the positive impact it has had on her regular writing process, and will also gain resources to start or enhance their own mindful writing practice.

Student Leader Brand
November 21, 2019
Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration
Guest Speakers : Michael Braun, B & G Consulting Group
Alex George, B & G Consulting Group
Student leadership is a unique applied learning experience that can serve as an agent for significant leadership and professional development.  Building on these student leadership opportunities, students can develop the skills that will not only help them succeed in college, but also prosper in the workforce.  Join this webinar to hear two former SUNY Student Leaders, Mike Braun & Alex George, discuss how students can use their college experience to develop their own personal “Student Leader Brand” and offer insight into how students can navigate the campus landscape to take full advantage of all opportunities for personal growth.

Grant Writing

December 19, 2019

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration
Guest Speakers:
Dr. Kathleen Gradel, SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Chris Price, Academic Programs Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development                                              Dr. Adam Rich, Former Participant

This webinar will discuss the twelve-week workshop “Write it and they will fund” that is offered through the Center for Professional Development. The course outlines the components of a successful proposal and the steps to get there. The webinar will describe the curriculum of the course and offer steps on how to enroll. During this webinar, there will be discussion around common misconceptions as well as structured time for question and answer of the featured speakers.

Intended Audience:
Faculty and project staff, grants administration staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, grant writers.

All attendees will be able to: 

  • Learn more about the opportunities that exist within the “If you write it, they will fund” grant writing course.
  • Become familiar with the expectations of taking the grant writing course and important dates related to the course.
  • Learn from perspectives of alumni who have completed the grant writing course.
  • Learn about common misconceptions around the grant writing course.

A Conversation with SUNY’s Chief Diversity Officers: Taking the Lead to Encourage Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Campuses

February 20, 2020                                          

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guests Speakers:                                              Mary Bonderoff, SUNY Morrisville  Karen Clinton Jones, Buffalo State              Elliott Dawes, Empire State College            Ron Milon, Fashion Institute of Technology   

From Recruitment to Graduation: A Panel Discussion Around Enrollment and Retention Strategies for At-Risk Student Populations            

March 19, 2020

Recruitment and Retention are two of the most pressing challenges institutions of higher education face today. Join this webinar to hear from SUNY experts to adopt their most effective strategies for bringing students to campus and supporting them all the way through graduation day. This panel will highlight the interdepartmental collaborations needed to ensure retention and increase student success. Participants will hear unique perspectives about how to navigate troubling economic times, meeting potential students where they are, and ways to encourage inclusive campus cultures.

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guest Speakers:                                   

Meylin Andares, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success, SUNY System Administration

Craig Broccoli, Associate Director of Admissions and NYC Based Regional Representative, Binghamton University

Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Dean of Instructional Academic Support Services and Retention, Hudson Valley Community College

Shelitha Williams, Vice President/CDO for Student and Enrollment Services, Genesee Community College


Emergency Preparedness: Putting Plans Into Action     

April 16, 2020

Attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the breadth of emergency preparedness and management in the context of higher education.
  • Plan for a multitude of emergencies, and understand what steps to take.
  • Gain perspective on how emergencies can affect campuses and their surrounding communities
  • Learn whom will need to be involved in an emergency response
  • Acquire strategies to remain calm as we put plans into action
  • Appreciate the importance of leadership during a time of crisis, easing campus community fears.

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guest Speakers:

Christine Smith, Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY

Stephen Conard, Emergency Management Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, CEHC, University at Albany, SUNY

Lawrence M. Zacarese, Assistant Chief of Police, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stony Brook University

Sean Moriarty, Chief Technology Officer, SUNY Oswego


Supporting the Mental Health of Campus Leaders & Professionals  

May 21, 2020 

Moderator: Marcia Burrell, SAIL Leadership Fellow

Guest Speakers:

Joyce DeWitt-Parker, Clinical Director/Associate Director and Licensed Psychologist, University at Albany

Thomas Tyson, College Associate Dean for Mental Health Services, Suffolk County Community College

Karla Vermeulen, Deputy Director for the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), Associate Professor, Psychology, SUNY New Paltz


Personal and Organizational Resilience

June 18, 2020 

This Leaders Learning Live webinar will discuss what resilience looks like in times of crisis and how higher education professionals can build both personal and organizational resilience in their lives. This conversation will aim to increase self-awareness and understanding of how to deal with loss, examine evidence-based approaches for building personal and organizational resilience, understand healthy and unhealthy ways of coping, and develop a theory (and strategies) for building resilience based on group experience. See the Personal and Organizational Resilience Presentation Slides

Moderator: Carolyn Mattiske, Director of SUNY SAIL Institute and Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration

Guest Speaker:                                        Chet Warzynski, SAIL Leadership Strategist 

Helping Leaders Manage Amidst Budget Constraints

 July 16, 2020

Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of managing a budget, especially in light of budget constraints;
  • Gain perspective on how current events are affecting budget-related decisions and processes;
  • Gain insights into how priorities are reflected in a budget, and how to manage shifting priorities within the fiscal year;
  • Improve understanding of the budgeting process including vocabulary, monitoring techniques and other foundational concepts
  • Be reminded about how to prepare, interpret, and monitor a budget in times of financial strain

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guest Speakers:                                    Marty Deane Assistant Vice-President Budget Planning & Reporting, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Victoria Furlong, Associate Vice President for Finance & Budget Interim Director of Admissions Internal Control/Risk Assessment Officer, SUNY Oswego

Bernadette Selby, Senior Associate Vice President Finance, Deputy Chief Finance Officer, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Navigating Cultural Bias and Conflict in the Faculty-Administrator relationship

September 17, 2020

Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of conflict resolution in your role and the impact of current events on our interactions with colleagues.  
  • Prepare yourself to effectively address potential conflicts with colleagues
  • Gain insights into how others have handled difficult conversations with their colleagues around cultural bias 
  • Improve understanding of how to use different leadership skills in order to effectively address a potential conflict with a colleague 

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guest Speakers:

Deborah Klesenski, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Fashion Institute of Technology

Tibisay Hernandez, Assistant Director for Employer Relations, Office of Career & Professional Development, University at Albany

Mr. D Ekow King, Director, Intercultural Student Engagement, University at Albany


Mentorship and its Importance in Leadership

October 15. 2020

Attendees will be able to:
  • Consider their professional networks and strategize how they will ask someone to serve as their mentor.
  • Understand the importance of mentorship as it relates to leadership.
  • Gain tips on how to get the most out of their mentoring relationships.  

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration

Guest Speakers:

Shantih Clemens, Associate Professor, School for Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation (CMLAI), SUNY Empire State College 

Alan Mandell, Professor, Adult Learning and Mentoring, SUNY Empire State College 


Reflecting On Your Leadership Inventory

November 19, 2020

Guest Speakers:

Carolyn Mattiske, Director, SUNY SAIL Institute, Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration

Jennie Marie Duran, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Affirmative Action Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, SUNY System Administration

Kirk Young, Vice President, Student Affairs, Jamestown Community College, SUNY SAIL Fellow

During this session, participants will learn about what a leadership inventory is, benefits of taking a leadership inventory, the power of self-reflection when assessing their leadership inventory, and how to start an inventory for themselves or their team. Participants will hear from higher education leaders who have had their own experiences with taking and administering leadership inventories


Leading From Where You Are: Influencing Without Authority

December 17, 2020

Attendees will be able to:
  • Gain strategies to better lead from the middle
  • Obtain tools to exercise persuasion and negotiation skills
Moderator: Carolyn Mattiske, Director of SUNY SAIL Institute and Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration
Guest Speakers:
  • José Miguel Longo, Director of Career Services, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Toby White, Director of Experiential Education, SUNY Potsdam
  • Jennifer Zell, Acting Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, SUNY Ulster


Leading with Data

February 18, 2021 

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn the important role that data can play in our leadership
  • Gain strategies to better lead with data
  • Discuss how to start using data to gain buy-in and advance your initiatives

Moderator: Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute SUNY System Administration


  • Jason Lane, Dean of Education at University at Albany and Executive Director for the SUNY SAIL Institute
  • Teresa Foster, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Data Analytics, SUNY System Administration
  • Juan Rivelo, Business Analyst, SUNY System Administration


Shared Governance

March 18

Attendees will be able to:
  • Learn about what shared governance is
  • Understand the importance of shared governance at your institution and SUNY
  • Learn the impact shared governance has in higher education
Merissa McKastyLeadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration  

Guest Speakers:                                               

Christy Fogal, SUNY Trustee, President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges, Mathematics Professor, Monroe Community College

Gwen Kay, SUNY Trustee, President, University Faculty Senate, History Professor, SUNY Oswego 


Department Chair Reflections

April 15

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain insight on the role of a department chair
  • Learn important takeaways from past and current chairs across SUNY and beyond
  • Gain strategies to lead effectively as a department chair
Merissa McKastyLeadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration 

Guest Speakers: 

Karen J. Klingman, Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Roopika Risam, Chair, Secondary and Higher Education and Associate Professor of Education and English, Salem State University

Including All by Creating Accessible Environments

May 20

 Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn how leaders across SUNY have created accessible environments for their faculty, staff, and students on their campus and beyond.
  • Understand the most important accessibility issues for leaders to be aware of and what resources and strategies they will need to make their online spaces inclusive for all SUNY students.
Merissa McKastyLeadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration  
Guest Speakers:
  • Dr. Kathryn Fore, Honors College Advisor, Academic Support Center, University at Albany
  • Jason Fried, College Associate Director and Information Security Officer, Information Technology Services, Suffolk County Community College
  • Jamie Heron, SUNY Online Program Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development
  • Nazely Kurkjian, Coordinator of Disability and Non-Traditional Students, SUNY EIT Accessibility Officer, SUNY System Administration

Inclusive Supervision

June 17

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn how to enhance one’s own preparation for supervision
  • Gain activities and resources that will help develop one’s leadership skills and build capacity in multicultural competence and social justice
  • Reflect on their own capacity to enact an inclusive supervisory approach within their role at their institution
Ronald Milon, SUNY SAIL Fellow, Chief Diversity Officer, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Amy Wilson, Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration, SUNY Buffalo State 
  • Carmen McCallum, Associate Professor, Leadership and Counseling, Eastern Michigan University 
  • Matthew Shupp, Associate Professor, Counseling and College Student Personnel, Shippensburg University


Leading Hiring Efforts with an Inclusive Mindset

September 16, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn what leaders across SUNY are doing to create inclusive environments to hire and welcome candidates to their institutions
  • Understand important hiring trends impacting our SUNY community, higher education and beyond
  • Gain awareness of the potential pitfalls when engaged in the hiring process; and
  • Learn about resources and strategies to make the hiring process an inclusive and successful experience, setting our candidates up for onboarding success


Carolyn Mattiske, Director of SUNY SAIL Institute and Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration


Lynne Alba, Director of Talent Acquisition, Stony Brook University Hospital

Rodmon King, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Oswego and Deputy Systemwide Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY ODEI, SUNY System Administration

Connie Park, Executive Director of Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Corning Community College

Zulaika Rodriguez, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Presidential Recruitment, Evaluation, and Development

Applied Learning in the Academies

December 16, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain a helpful framework for creating meaningful applied learning experiences for academy participants
  • Discuss applied learning best practices for adult learners
  • Listen to real-life examples of how leaders have overcome barriers to creating applied learning experiences for their students


Dr. Giacomo (Jack) Oliva, SUNY Senior Leadership Fellow


Liz Brown, Director, Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence, and Cyber, SUNY Canton

Wendy Gilman, Vice President for Business and Finance, SUNY Cobleskill

Christy Rohmer, Director, Education Services, NYSERNET

Rena Varghese, Executive Director, Nexus Center for Applied Learning and Career Development, Farmingdale State College


Is Department Chair in My Future?

March 17, 2022

Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a department or program chair;
  • Learn about the skills and mindsets necessary to effectively span the boundaries between faculty and administration; and,
  • Gather best practices from former and current department chairs.


Eileen Angelini, Associate Dean, School for Graduate Studies, Empire State College


Illona (Iggy) Gillette-Ferguson, Chair, Associate Professor, Natural Sciences, SUNY Cobleskill

Chris Jochum, Fort Hays State University, Chair, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Fort Hays State University

Patricia Szobonya, Chair, Associate Professor, Program Director of Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Legal Studies/Paralegal Studies & Corporate Homeland Security, Rockland Community College

E.K. Tan, Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Asian & Asian American Studies, Department of English, Stony Brook University



July 15, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn various fundraising trends and strategies within higher education
  • Understand different institutions’ resilient approaches to fundraising amid the Covid-19 era
Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute 
Guest Speakers:
Matthew Colson, Vice President, Development & Alumni Engagement, Farmingdale State College
Julia Devine, Theatre and English Departments, Co-Director, Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project, SUNY Plattsburgh
Rodney Grabowski, Vice President for University Advancement, University at Buffalo
Theresa Kevorkian, Vice President, Executive Director, Morrisville College Foundation, SUNY Morrisville

Managerial Accountability in an Evolving Workplace: Supporting In-person, Remote & Hybrid Talent

October 21, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Hear about telecommuting best practices to support both manager and employees
  • Explore the diversity of work situations managers may grapple with
  • Discuss potential challenges that could arise from these evolving and dynamic work situations
  • Be inspired to keep inclusion in mind as they manage and lead their teams
  • Consider employee wellbeing and how to check in with employees despite distance
  • Employ communication strategies that keep people and teams informed and engaged; and
  • Learn accountability measures to ensure work expectations are met


Carolyn Mattiske, Director of SUNY SAIL Institute and Organizational Development, SUNY System Administration


Kathleen Caggiano-Siino, Vice President of Human Resources, Research Foundation for SUNY

Tracey Cleveland, Vice President of Human Resources, Equity & Inclusion, SUNY Erie Community College

Tracy Reimann, Director of Human Resources, SUNY System Administration

Kim Scalzo, Interim Executive Director of Academic Technologies & Innovation, SUNY System Administration

Brian Selchick, Director of Employee Relations, University at Albany

Landing a Leadership Role Within SUNY

January 20, 2022

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn how to find potential leadership opportunities within the SUNY System
  • Understand important skills needed to be successful to thrive in a leadership position at SUNY
  • Discuss resources and potential networking opportunities that will assist you in landing a leadership role at SUNY


Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration


Laura J. Barnum, Vice President for Finance and Management, Buffalo State College

Calvin Gantt, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, Monroe Community College

Julie Petti, Associate Vice Chancellor for University-wide Human Resources, SUNY System Adminstration

Jeanette Altarriba, Psychology Full Professor & Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany

Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, SUNY New Paltz

Managing Up: Strategies for partnering with senior administration

April 21, 2022

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain practical advice to nurture strong and productive relationships with Senior Administration
  • Learn the importance of knowing oneself and what drives others to better connect with and support Senior Administration
  • Explore potential challenges and solutions to academia’s workplace challenges to collaborate most effectively with Senior Leadership


Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute


Julie Dold, Director, Residence Life, SUNY Potsdam

Jennifer Mero, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Secretary of the University, SUNY System Administration

Fred Millán, Director, Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY Old Westbury

Effectively Managing Student Assistants

August 19, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Learn key elements of creating an impactful student assistant opportunity
  • Identify strategies to successfully work with student assistants; and, give students the tools they need to succeed in their role
  • Learn from recent graduates what students are seeking to gain from a student assistantship

Guest Speakers:

Martha Asselin, Director of Leadership and Service, University at Albany

Kaitlyn Bertleff, SUNY Student Advocate Fellow, Recent Graduate of SUNY Geneseo

Jayden Donahue, Technical Specialist-Applied Learning and Internships, Finger Lakes Community College

Kalief Metellus, SUNY Student Advocate Fellow, Recent Graduate of SUNY Old Westbury

Yalitza Negron-Rivera, Director, Internships and Career Services, at University at Albany

John Suarez, Director, Institute for Civic Engagement and Coordinator, of the Service-Learning Office at SUNY Cortland

Making the Deadline Time Management for Higher Education Leaders

November 18, 2021

Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the correlation between effectively managing your time and career success
  • Be inspired to set personal and organizational goals
  • Hear tips to prioritize what matters to you and your role in order to achieve the success you desire
  • Learn organizational skills that will allow you to feel more relaxed and gain focus
  • Understand the value of self-reflection and begin to hold yourself accountable with your own work schedule
  • Be inspired to create healthy boundaries; and,
  • Be exposed to resources that will increase your productivity and establish healthy work habits


Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration


Keegan Prue, Director of Leadership Team Operations, SUNY Charter Schools Institute

Kristi Eck, Chief of Staff, Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Project Development, SUNY Oswego

Juan “Andre” Melendez, Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute




Publishing for Leaders

February 17, 2022

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain strategies to assist them in wherever they are in their publishing journey, from creating blogs to publishing books
  • Learn tips to articulate themselves effectively in written communications to open the door to their future
  • Discover resources and plan for next steps to get their work published.


Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager, SUNY SAIL Institute, SUNY System Administration


Ann R. Hawkins, Assistant Provost for Graduate Education and Research, SUNY System Administration

Timothy Stookesberry, Director of SUNY Press, SUNY System Administration

David Wolf, Teaching and Learning Specialist, SUNY Schenectady