Resilient Change Leader Series

NEW! Resilience Series:
Empowering Change Leaders

Webinar Series


*Series of 5 one-hour, interactive webinar workshops

*Live monthly programs, October 2021 through March 2022

*Private online group building your network of SUNY colleagues

*Earn an ‘Resilient Change Leader’ certificate of completion & digital badge


Audience: Faculty and administrative professionals in all departments and at all levels. 

In these challenging times, there is a pressing need to empower inclusive citizens. Through a series of webinars, we plan to explore:

*Civility & Shifting Paradigms,
*Integrity & Ethics,
*Inclusive Mindsets,
*Mindful Resilience, and 
*Empowering Students to Lead by Example and Take Us into the New Normal

We invite faculty, staff, as well as students, to come together collaboratively and join us in the process of learning about the factors to develop solid leadership and citizenship skills.

Program Schedule
All programs will take place live, online, from 11:00 a.m. though 12:00 p.m.

Civility & Shifting Paradigms

October 19

This opening interactive program will focus on civility as an essential element of developing leaders. Given what we perceive as the lack of civil discourse in these partisan times, there is an urgent need to develop skills and attitudes that will lead to people behaving in a more conciliatory and compassionate manner. Our imperative is to change what we believe has become a paradigm of incivility in dialogue and behavior to a standard of civility that promotes understanding and growth. This involves leading with principles such as integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, accountability and vulnerability. Civil discourse and civility are indispensable to the promotion of Democracy and good citizenship, and therefore must be part our campus programs and activities

During this webinar we will:

  • Define civility and make the case for its significance in leadership training;
  •  Provide context about Democracy and good citizenship in order to promote it on our campuses;
  •  Explore how to practice civility and positively improve campus cultures and dynamics; and
  •  Determine how to apply the concepts of civility and good citizenship in leadership development

Integrity & Ethics

November 16

This interactive webinar will explore issues related to integrity and ethics, and seek to understand how ethical actions and the pursuit of integrity in daily life and professional activities facilitate good interpersonal relationships and better understanding among people. We will seek to demonstrate how one can act with integrity and in an ethical fashion. Pursuing high standards of ethics and integrity may be challenging, but will develop skills and approaches to life issues that will last a lifetime.

During this webinar we will:

  • Define the elements of integrity and ethics;
  • Show how integrity and ethics can be pursued in daily life; and
  • Illustrate how the pursuit of integrity and ethics can develop skills and approaches to life issues that will last a lifetime.

Inclusive Mindsets

January 25

A lack of tolerance encourages a breeding ground for misunderstanding and unethical behavior. An inclusive mindset helps individuals to build bridges and relate to people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Inclusiveness is a critical attribute in developing leaders, and current and future leaders must be encouraged to adopt this mindset and the related behaviors. As with other such life activity tools, inclusion must be practiced in order to be perfected. In this time of adversity, inclusion is indispensable for society to move forward in a manner that pursues fairness and equity.

During this webinar we will:

  • Define both tolerance and inclusion;
  • Make the case for an inclusive mindset to be a critical attribute in leadership development;
  • Create behaviors and practices related to inclusion that support leadership development; and
  • Create a leadership standard that emphasizes inclusion.

Mindful Resilience and Grit

February 22

Mindfulness is paying attention to one’s own present experience without being distracted by thought. The benefits of practicing mindfulness and meditation have been well documented in research as evidenced by improvements in sleep, anxiety, stress and even pain reduction. Research that is more recent shows that ‘mindful people’ are more adept at dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions associated with challenging life occurrences. The ability to manage one’s emotions allows people to recover from challenging situations and thus increases resilience.

During this webinar we will:

  • Learn how mindfulness can increase resilience to overcome life’s many obstacles and challenges;
  • Gain practical strategies to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives in order to improve our own personal resilience; and
  • Understand what “grit” is and how we can incorporate this concept into our work, especially with students.

Empowering Students to Lead by Example and Take Us into the New Normal 

March 8



Leadership development must be an essential part of the totality of a student’s academic experience. As educators we continuously try our best to impart leadership skills to our students to help them become tomorrow’s leaders. From participation in Student government to leadership retreats to courses on power and leadership, students have opportunities to learn the skills which are indispensable to assume the mantle of future leadership in society. With the recent calls for systemic change in our country and the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and what we perceive as a “new normal” in society, we are now forced to review and assess how we help our students develop the necessary skills to become future leaders

During this webinar we will: 

  • Assess programs and methods to assist us when working with students, and to impart leadership skills to students;
  • Evaluate challenges to understanding the “New Normal” and determine how to keep up with these challenges; and
  • Seek to identify those attributes which facilitate student leadership development.

Earn an ‘Inclusive Citizen Leader’ Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge

  • SUNY faculty or staff participants must complete all five sessions.
  • Students must complete at least three sessions.


Dr. Mark Meirowitz
Professor, SUNY Maritime College
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Dr. Ronald A. Milon
Chief Diversity Officer, Fashion Institute of Technology
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Cost & Payment

The registration cost for faculty and administrative professionals is listed below. Includes access to all five live programs, private online group access, certificate & digital badge. BONUS! Registration also includes access for one SUNY student from the respective campus. The student may participate in the entire program or the faculty/administrator could invite different students to each course (one per course). The intention is for our campus leaders to truly understand the needs of the students, and empower them to seek out the tools they need to be successful, inclusive citizens.

Program Cost

$125 SUNY CPD member rate
$150 Non CPD/SUNY rate
$175 Non-SUNY rate