SUNY SAIL Institute offers a complimentary webinar series:

Leaders Learning Live

Leaders Learning Live occurs 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. 


2021 Webinar Line-up

Shared Governance

March 18

Guest Speakers:                                               

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

Gwen Kay, Professor of History at SUNY Oswego, President of the Faculty Senate, SUNY Trustee

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Department Chair Reflections

April 15

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For more information about Leaders Learning Live, contact:
Merissa McKasty, Leadership Development Manager

On Demand Webinars

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.

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.

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

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
Guests: Michael Braun and 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

Guests 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.

Learning Outcomes:
At completion of this webinar, all participants should 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                                            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.

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.
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 

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

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

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.
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.  
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

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


  • 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