Leadership Allegany and Leadership Cattaraugus will host a one-day leadership symposium Thursday, Aug. 6, on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.
The third annual Southern Tier Leadership Summit promotes high-quality professional development and offers participants best practice examples and innovative ideas to support their own leadership development.
The day includes a keynote address by Kevin A. Keenan, continental breakfast and lunch, a selection of three leadership sessions, and networking opportunities. The day begins with breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.
The cost is $55 and online registration is now available at www.leadershipcattaraugus.org and www.leadershipalleganyny.org.
Keynote speaker Keenan’s presentation is titled “Servant Leadership — The Power of Being Present.” Keenan will examine the history of servant leadership, looking at successful servant leaders and the impact they have on their employees, and why it is crucial to be present to employees, especially when they are in crisis.
Keenan is a founding partner of Keenan Communications Group, a social media, public relations, crisis communications and grassroots advocacy firm that opened in Buffalo in January 2012 as a division of the Buffalo-based lobbying concern, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates.
A native of Olean, Keenan was director of the Office of Communications for the Diocese of Buffalo from 2000 to 2011, the first layperson to hold the position.
While with the diocese, Keenan was editor-in-chief of Western New York Catholic, the monthly diocesan newspaper; hosted diocesan radio and television programs; and was responsible for several departments: public relations, Daybreak TV, diocesan radio and the Catholic Directory.
In 2008, Cardinal Edward Egan appointed Keenan to an at large position on the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee. Bishop Malone re-appointed him to the committee in 2014.
He is a member of a number of boards, including Catholic Health System and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, both in Buffalo.
Keenan spent 16 years at WBEN Radio in Buffalo. He has also worked in radio and TV in Rochester and Olean, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a certified USA Swimming official.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Keenan and his wife, Deborah, and their son, Connor, live in the Town of Tonawanda.
Twelve additional speakers will offer presentations at the summit; participants will be able to select three of the sessions to attend. The other Leadership Summit presenters and their leadership topics are:
• Dan Antonioli — “EQ like you have never seen it before” Emotional intelligence defines a specific set of skills that have been found to enhance leadership development. Participants in this session will explore the four quadrants that describe emotional intelligence and uncover the factors associated with each. Antonioli is the manufacturing/distribution manager at Cutco Cutlery Corp and is owner and senior consultant at Antonioli Management Consulting.
• Ross Blake — “Developing the Most Important Work Relationship” The most important and productive work relationship in an organization is the one between managers and his or her direct reports. Participants in this session will learn an ongoing communication process to identify, communicate, and meet the needs and expectations that managers and employees have of each other. Blake is a senior level trainer with 25 years of expertise in conducting performance feedback, conflict resolution, leadership, and team building training.
• Laura K. Corey — “A Tool for Leadership: DiSC” The DiSC Work Style Behavior Inventory instrument will be used to help participants understand their approach to work. Participants will complete an abbreviated Work Style Behavior Inventory and have the opportunity to explore and experience how their style is a strength in the workplace. Corey is principal of EK Ward and Associates of the Southern Tier and has proven leadership skills in training and development, staffing and recruitment, employee relations, organization development, compensation and benefits as well as experience in international human resource management.
• Ellen Dunwoodie and Deborah Gromek — “Bringing Positive Back”
The presenters’ Bringing Positive Back workshop is an opportunity that uses proven strategies and techniques to enhance any worker’s experience. They help individuals and companies regain drive, excitement and passion for their career choice. Dunwoodie and Gromek have cumulatively been in education more than 60 years. Dunwoodie has been a physical education teacher, high school sports coach, and published co-author of three motivational books. Gromek started her teaching career as a high school math teacher, and then stepped into the administrative level as District Coordinator for Technology.
• Kate Ebersole — “Building the Emotionally Intelligent Team” This interactive session will look at how to build more cohesive and productive teams using emotional intelligence skills. Participants will explore morale and performance in a team setting, and how to use different strategies to improve overall team effectiveness and cohesion. Ebersole, owner of KEE Concepts Consulting, is a trainer, facilitator and coach.
• Nichole Gonzalez — “Confronting Institutionalized ‘Isms’” This past year, many issues were placed squarely under a media telescope: gender violence on college campuses, class issues relating to educational opportunities, sexual orientation and marriage, and race and our justice system. This workshop will begin to explore examples of how certain “isms” are institutionalized, and how participants can work as an ally to create new environments. Gonzalez is the Executive Director for Residential Living and Conduct at St. Bonaventure University.
• Edwin K. Morris — “Knowledge as an Asset: Welcome to the Knowledge Economy” The objective of this presentation is to provide awareness of knowledge management and how it serves a knowledge economy and culture. It will examine the role of organizational knowledge management and how it provides a flat knowledge sharing/building enterprise. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services (PKS), a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose. PKS involves clients in customizing knowledge solutions and training to cultivate an organizational disposition and culture that values knowledge as a sustainable asset.
• Karen Niemic Buchheit — “Board Leadership” This session will cover the various roles of a board, tips for strengthening a board and complying with nonprofit requirements, and leadership practices for running board meetings that are effective and productive. Niemic Buchheit is the Executive Director of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation and she also maintains her own consulting business, KPBuchheit Consulting, to assist nonprofits in resource development.
• Joseph Pillittere — “Becoming Extraordinary: Changing Beliefs to Improve Performance” Being a leader can be traced to one’s self-efficacy. Simply put, self-efficacy is a person’s belief in his/her ability to accomplish a task. Often it is our own beliefs and perceptions that prevent us from reaching our true potential. Participants in this session will learn how to change their beliefs to improve performance. Pillittere is commissioner of the Cattaraugus County Public Works department.
• John Stevens — “Meeting Leadership” Through a series of interactive discussions and hands-on activities, participants will learn the basics of meeting facilitation. This course contains concepts from the best-selling book by Patrick Lencioni, “Death by Meetings.” Stevens is an instructor in the Department of Management at St. Bonaventure University and president of JB Stevens Organizational Solutions.
• Flip White — “Pathways” Participants in this session will learn about PATHWAYS, which was officially adopted by the Seneca Gaming Corporation as its leadership model. PATHWAYS principles are Peace and Health, Power and Strength, and Righteousness and the Good Mind. White, a member of the Seneca Nation Indians, Wolf Clan, is the director of Career Development for the Seneca Gaming Corporation.
• Pamela Witter — “Utilizing Thought Leadership to Expand Mission Reach” This session seeks to define the term thought leadership, explore its uses and misuses, and suggest strategies to capitalize on thought leadership to increase visibility and awareness of mission, service or product. Witter is an author, speaker and professional fundraiser. She is vice president for development and community engagement at Trocaire College in Buffalo and also operates a small business, Seed Planters.
For more information about the Leadership Summit, call 716-376-7572 or email Jesse Gugino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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