Supervisor Symposium Virtual Track 2022

Supervisor Symposium Virtual Track 2022
Supervisor Symposium Registration is offering a virtual option for our in-person event!  Virtual participants will receive access to the Keynote Speaker and preselected breakouts and speed sessions - where you will see a live broadcast of the in person session.  This registration is only for the Supervisor Symposium tracks listed and does not include admission into other breakout sessions & speed sessions throughout the day.  Lunch is on your own and not included with registration.

Who Should Attend: Park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals that work with or oversee recreation programming and/or facilities.

To Register: 
Login to your IPRA account (See "Sign in" to the right or top of the page), then scroll down to select "Register Myself".  If you are not an IPRA member, create an account (See create a new account under "Sign in", then register for the event).  Please click here if you would like to register for the in-person Supervisor Symposium event.

$0 Student Member / $40.00 Member / $60.00 Non-Member

Cancellations: Refunds will be issued to requests received on or before April 1, 2022, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after April 1, 2022.

Virtual Track: 

How to Participate: The Supervisor Symposium Virtual Track will be delivered via Zoom - no recordings will be available after the event. It is not required to have an account, but you will be asked to download the program to your device to participate. Attendees can participate from a computer, laptop, any smart device, or can use the call-in feature. Virtual join links will be emailed April 6. If you have not received your link by April 7 @ 12:00pm, please contact Kim Laper at [email protected]
Live Transcriptions: 
Live transcriptions are available to participants via at no additional charge. Instructions will be provided to those indicating at registration they require the service to participate. 

Event is approved for 0.4 CEUs and will be awarded to those in attendance for at least 45 minutes each session (Continuing Education Units are for professional certifications such as CPRECPRP, and CTRS certifications).

Contact Supervisor Symposium Chair Nicole Ginger at [email protected]



4/8/2022 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Online Via Zoom


Friday, 08 April 2022

Discussions on race can be uncomfortable. Fear of being judged, dismissed, misunderstood, or just flat out saying the wrong thing in many instances can lead to an unwillingness to have important conversations that could lead to better understanding and empathy throughout out workplaces and communities. This session will discuss how we create spaces to have these conversations, the roles we play in creating the spaces, and the importance of defining the words we use in these conversations (i.e.“white privilege” is real and “Black Lives Matter” is not just a hashtag). Sharing personal examples and stories from experts, we will have a judgement free discussion and try to make some of these uncomfortable conversations, a little more comfortable.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4/8/2022 9:00 AM

Most of us believe that our staff and colleagues know that we appreciate them as a person - that is not always the case. Many people feel they are just co-workers - nothing more.  A study revealed that nearly 1 in 10 people feel they have no friends at work who appreciate them and 70% of the same employees stated appreciative friends at work were crucial to a happy working life.  Additionally, studies show job hunting jumps an additional 12% around birthdays and 9% around work anniversaries if staff feel unappreciated.  True appreciation correlates to workplace happiness, staff morale and job satisfaction.  When you show that you genuinely care, it can also boost motivation, increase engagement, foster loyalty and increase productivity.  Appreciation is key to a successful workplace!
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
4/8/2022 10:45 AM

Networking can be an intimidating term that is often misunderstood. Networking is more than just an opportunity to advance your career, but to advance you as a professional. There are actions you can take today to start building your network and moving forward as a professional.
1:20 PM - 1:50 PM
4/8/2022 1:20 PM

We’ve all attended a bad meeting.  The meeting starts late, there isn’t an agenda, people offer ideas while others shoot them down.  Nothing is decided and the meeting ends, all while you’ve lost an hour of productivity.  In this session, we’ll share tips and strategies to help you improve your meeting management skills.
1:55 PM - 2:25 PM
4/8/2022 1:55 PM

All behavior is a form of communication, and a valuable skill is understanding the purpose behind someone’s actions. It is easy to recognize and highlight “good” behavior, but many times “bad” behavior can be just as important to understanding someone’s needs. Behavior management is both being proactive and responding to behavior and there are a variety of tools to addressing both. This session will provide a basic understanding of what behavior management is though examples of challenging behaviors and strategies to navigate them in any setting.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
4/8/2022 2:30 PM

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