NEW! SUNY SAIL Institute is launching a complimentary webinar series beginning September 19:

Leaders Learning Live 


Leaders Learning Live will occur every third Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. This interview-style webinar series provides insights into a wide variety of higher education leadership topics and best practices at no cost. Simply register in advance to receive the Zoom link. We look forward to engaging with you online and hope you will share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues. 


Fall 2019 Schedule

Understanding our Students

September 19, 2019
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
Guest: Dr. Ann Hawkins, SUNY System Administration

The Student Leader Brand

November 21, 2019
Guests: Michael Braun and Alex George,
B & G Consulting Group
Geared towards student leaders and faculty interested in helping foster leadership skills.

Grant Writing: If You Write It, They Will Fund

December 19, 2019

Guest: Dr. Kathleen Gradel, SUNY Fredonia
For more information about Leaders Learning Live, contact:
Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager

On Demand Webinars

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6 Domains of Knowledge for Higher Education Leader

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.