Skills Development Webinar Series - 2023

Skills Development Webinar Series - 2023
The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. Register as an individual or an agency and gain access to 11 webinars, one per month February thru December, that showcase nationally-known speakers and industry leaders. This unique program is designed to meet the needs of park and recreation professionals by providing subscribers with the option to participate in live webinars or access on-demand recordings. Space is limited, and participants must designate Wednesday or Thursday at the time of registration. The 2023 lineup includes influential speakers and timely topics, so team up with your colleagues and come join us for some high-quality and interactive learning!

To Register: Login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". If you are not an IPRA member, first create an account, login, then register for the program. Early-Bird deadline is January 31, 2023, and the regular deadline is Monday, October 31, 2023.

Fee:       IPRA Member            IPRA Non-Member       
Nov 30, 2022 -  Jan 31, 2023                  $275                 $375  
Feb 1, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023                  $300                 $400  

Cancellations: Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2023 are eligible for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations received after January 31, 2023. 

How to Watch: Virtual presentations are delivered via Zoom Webinar. Attendees can participate in the webinars from a computer, laptop, or any smart device. Logins may be used from one computer for individuals or multiple devices for group participation. Sessions are regularly held on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of each month (subject to change). All times listed at CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.

Transcription Services: Live transcriptions are provided to participants at no additional charge. 

What You Get: Registration includes a webinar series schedule, monthly login link for 11 live and recorded webinars (2023 only), and access to the virtual CEU sign-in form. 

Recordings: Subscribers will have access to all 2023 recordings until January 31, 2024. Instructions on how to access 2023 recordings throughout the year will be provided. 

CEUs: Series approved for a total of 1.1 CEUs, or 0.1 per month. CEUs can be obtained by participating in live OR recorded webinars. Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, and CTRS. Instructions on how to obtain monthly CEUs will be provided.

Questions: CLICK HERE to view the Webinar Series homepage, or contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected]

Program

   

Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Description
Is your agency prepared for what’s next? Transform your organization by motivating learning to identify and proactively prepare, and even create trends. Learn how to better understand your community’s needs through inclusion, innovation, and information. Refuse to settle for status quo, learn from failure and become curious. Neelay Bhatt is one of the most prolific and knowledgeable thought leaders in parks and recreation today.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 16 February 2023

Description
Is your agency prepared for what’s next? Transform your organization by motivating learning to identify and proactively prepare, and even create trends. Learn how to better understand your community’s needs through inclusion, innovation, and information. Refuse to settle for status quo, learn from failure and become curious. Neelay Bhatt is one of the most prolific and knowledgeable thought leaders in parks and recreation today.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 08 March 2023

Description
High-performance teams require people closest to the problems to make fast and effective decisions. Developing this capability requires a shift from traditional “command & control” management styles to that of a “coaching leader”. This session introduces the fundamentals of coaching to help every person, regardless of their position, apply new skills to grow their influence and effectiveness in a team setting.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 16 March 2023

Description
High-performance teams require people closest to the problems to make fast and effective decisions. Developing this capability requires a shift from traditional “command & control” management styles to that of a “coaching leader”. This session introduces the fundamentals of coaching to help every person, regardless of their position, apply new skills to grow their influence and effectiveness in a team setting.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Description
Internationally acclaimed marketing strategist Aamir Munshi joins us again to bring us the latest from the world of social media. While it might feel more challenging than ever to stay on top of ideas, trends and platforms, Aamir will help us navigate and prioritize the latest tips and tricks to make your social media strategy more effective. Using real examples of best practices and 'could use some improvement' case histories, we’ll focus on applications critical to today’s marketing and communication success. You’ll learn how to better leverage your current media and explore others that may be right for you and your agency. Whether you are directly responsible for marketing your programs, services and facilities or influence these decisions you’ll gain insight, ideas and see real-time examples to enhance your outreach.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Description
Internationally acclaimed marketing strategist Aamir Munshi joins us again to bring us the latest from the world of social media. While it might feel more challenging than ever to stay on top of ideas, trends and platforms, Aamir will help us navigate and prioritize the latest tips and tricks to make your social media strategy more effective. Using real examples of best practices and 'could use some improvement' case histories, we’ll focus on applications critical to today’s marketing and communication success. You’ll learn how to better leverage your current media and explore others that may be right for you and your agency. Whether you are directly responsible for marketing your programs, services and facilities or influence these decisions you’ll gain insight, ideas and see real-time examples to enhance your outreach.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Description
Dealing with transition and change can be difficult. Figuring out how to focus on the transition while understanding the fear of change can create a unity amongst your team. Supervisors, managers, and department heads have been faced with the difficulty of maintaining staff levels and defining new roles with constant change and transition. Working through key steps based on the best-selling book, Managing Transitions, you’ll develop steps for a successful journey and a better understanding of how to lead your team through the next big transition!
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 18 May 2023

Description
Dealing with transition and change can be difficult. Figuring out how to focus on the transition while understanding the fear of change can create a unity amongst your team. Supervisors, managers, and department heads have been faced with the difficulty of maintaining staff levels and defining new roles with constant change and transition. Working through key steps based on the best-selling book, Managing Transitions, you’ll develop steps for a successful journey and a better understanding of how to lead your team through the next big transition!
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Description
What exactly is intersectionality and how does it impact your self-perception and how you relate to others?  Learn how your intersectionality affects who you are and how you are valued in society today. The concept of Intersectionality was originally coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw to show how multiple forms of diversity segments can be compounded and create barriers for (especially) marginalized groups of people.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 15 June 2023

Description
What exactly is intersectionality and how does it impact your self-perception and how you relate to others?  Learn how your intersectionality affects who you are and how you are valued in society today. The concept of Intersectionality was originally coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw to show how multiple forms of diversity segments can be compounded and create barriers for (especially) marginalized groups of people.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Description
In the post pandemic world, recruitment and retention for all employees (seasonal, part-time, full-time) has become a huge challenge for parks and recreation professionals. This session will explore several methods in which to find applicants, develop a streamline approach to interviewing and establishing a culture to retain high quality employees.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 20 July 2023

Description
In the post pandemic world, recruitment and retention for all employees (seasonal, part-time, full-time) has become a huge challenge for parks and recreation professionals. This session will explore several methods in which to find applicants, develop a streamline approach to interviewing and establishing a culture to retain high quality employees.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 09 August 2023

Description
New and emerging leaders quickly learn that when you have the reputation as a true professional, you will always be in demand. As a valued and respected professional in your industry, you will not only be popular with others, but you will also develop a high sense of purpose and self-worth. Achieving and maintaining that kind of professionalism takes intentional effort and dedication. In this session, we’ll discuss the steps you can take using successful staff communication, strong organizational skills and mindful leadership. You will also learn the powerful role that emotional intelligence has for professionals creating an environment of inclusion, cooperation, and a sense of purpose for others.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 17 August 2023

Description
New and emerging leaders quickly learn that when you have the reputation as a true professional, you will always be in demand. As a valued and respected professional in your industry, you will not only be popular with others, but you will also develop a high sense of purpose and self-worth. Achieving and maintaining that kind of professionalism takes intentional effort and dedication. In this session, we’ll discuss the steps you can take using successful staff communication, strong organizational skills and mindful leadership. You will also learn the powerful role that emotional intelligence has for professionals creating an environment of inclusion, cooperation, and a sense of purpose for others.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Description
Is the customer always right? Not exactly, but it is 10x more expensive to bring in a brand-new customer than it is to keep one you already have! Using the Make and Take Customer Retention Plan, you will learn ready-to-use tactics and templates to increase customer value, participation, and profits. By exploring “old-school” and high-tech tools – you’ll learn how to transform casual (even disgruntled) customers into raving fans and a powerful secret sales force.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 21 September 2023

Description
Is the customer always right? Not exactly, but it is 10x more expensive to bring in a brand-new customer than it is to keep one you already have! Using the Make and Take Customer Retention Plan, you will learn ready-to-use tactics and templates to increase customer value, participation, and profits. By exploring “old-school” and high-tech tools – you’ll learn how to transform casual (even disgruntled) customers into raving fans and a powerful secret sales force.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

Description
No one could have imagined that there would be a time when four and even five generations would be sharing the same workplace. Further, parks and recreation agencies have the challenge of serving a public that literally consists of both newborns and centenarians. This unique diversity and perspective offer challenges as well as great opportunity. You’ll learn how to better communicate, motivate, and collaborate across generational divides by building bridges rather than walls. Based on the work of Tim Elmore’s book, “A New Kind of Diversity,” this session will focus on generational distinctions and similarities.    Marie Knight has worked in the municipal and non-profit industries for over 35 years. Throughout her career she has had a keen focus on the development of her profession’s greatest asset - people.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 19 October 2023

Description
No one could have imagined that there would be a time when four and even five generations would be sharing the same workplace. Further, parks and recreation agencies have the challenge of serving a public that literally consists of both newborns and centenarians. This unique diversity and perspective offer challenges as well as great opportunity. You’ll learn how to better communicate, motivate, and collaborate across generational divides by building bridges rather than walls. Based on the work of Tim Elmore’s book, “A New Kind of Diversity,” this session will focus on generational distinctions and similarities.    Marie Knight has worked in the municipal and non-profit industries for over 35 years. Throughout her career she has had a keen focus on the development of her profession’s greatest asset - people.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 08 November 2023

Description
How can you measure the outcomes and benefits of what you do? Learn how to take advantage of tools and research to add value and credibility to your agency’s perception and brand. From economic impacts to service assessments, this webinar shares tools and techniques to gather data you need to better tell your story. Dr. Teresa Penbrooke has led projects for communities of all sizes across the United States. Her areas of expertise include master and strategic planning, transdisciplinary alignment, community engagement, and level of service analysis. She teaches and researches best practices in agency administration and planning both nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, associations, universities, and individual agencies.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Description
How can you measure the outcomes and benefits of what you do? Learn how to take advantage of tools and research to add value and credibility to your agency’s perception and brand. From economic impacts to service assessments, this webinar shares tools and techniques to gather data you need to better tell your story. Dr. Teresa Penbrooke has led projects for communities of all sizes across the United States. Her areas of expertise include master and strategic planning, transdisciplinary alignment, community engagement, and level of service analysis. She teaches and researches best practices in agency administration and planning both nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, associations, universities, and individual agencies.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

Description
Often there is a chasm or even opposition between parks AND recreation goals, roles, and responsibilities. However, effectively managing and maintaining your agency’s parks, facilities, spaces, and places is everyone’s job. Learn how to train recreation staff, volunteers and even customers to become part of the facilities team. Creating a sense of ownership and stewardship is a cultural shift that can save your agency time, money, and resources in the new year.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 21 December 2023

Description
Often there is a chasm or even opposition between parks AND recreation goals, roles, and responsibilities. However, effectively managing and maintaining your agency’s parks, facilities, spaces, and places is everyone’s job. Learn how to train recreation staff, volunteers and even customers to become part of the facilities team. Creating a sense of ownership and stewardship is a cultural shift that can save your agency time, money, and resources in the new year.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

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