Preconference Workshop: Strengths-Based Leadership Development in Family Science

8:30 AM
5:15 PM
Rosen Centre Hotel — Orlando, Florida

NCFR’s Future of Family Science Taskforce was assembled in order to develop goals and strategies crucial to the further advancement of Family Science. One goal identified by the taskforce was the initiation of professional and leadership development opportunities within NCFR, giving rise to the Academic Administration and Leadership (AAL) Focus Group. AAL members determined that a preconference workshop on leadership development should be piloted as part of the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference, and a planning group within AAL selected a strength-based framework in support of this effort.

Open to all current Family Science leaders, this preconference workshop was designed to create opportunities for participants to learn about their personal leadership strengths, as well as how those abilities interact with the strengths of fellow faculty and staff members. Participants discussed how those strengths can be used to tackle problems faced by academic administrators such as managing difficult conversations and working effectively with deans and other upper level administrators.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Time: 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m., with coffee beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Intended audience: Current Family Science leaders; NCFR members only

Limited space available: Registration is capped at 40 professionals.

Minimum registration required: 25 participants

Price: $150


Participants could include registration to this preconference in addition to their full NCFR conference registration, or register for and attend only this preconference.

Registration included:

  • Preconference registration
  • Access code to take the Strength Finders 2.0 assessment to determine the individual’s top five strengths
  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch with coffee and tea
  • Mid-afternoon coffee and dessert

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Discover their top five leadership strengths through use of the Strength Finders 2.0 assessment tool.
  2. Learn how to use their strengths to provide better leadership on their campuses.
  3. Develop skills related to providing better leadership in Family Science programs.
  4. Explore how to translate the uniqueness and value of Family Science to others in the university system.
  5. Discuss how to develop future leaders from their programs to increase the representation of Family Science in upper administration.

Draft Schedule

8:30: Coffee

9-10:30 a.m.: Morning session #1, Strengths-based Leadership with Mindy Hooper of TruthRunners (see facilitators' bios here)

The most effective leaders lead with their strengths. We will take a deep dive into our unique combination of Top Five Talents and how these give clues to our Leadership Styles. After fifty years of research focus on successful leaders, the Gallup Organization developed StrengthsFinder 2.0, a tool that identifies the presence of talents in 34 general areas referred to as “themes.” Talents are ways in which we naturally think, feel, and behave as individuals and have great impact our work, recreation, and life. Participants will further examine how to build upon their greatest talents, discover how their unique combination of their Top Five reveal Leadership Styles, and how to build powerful teams and strong partnerships.

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Morning break

10:45 a.m.-noon: Morning session #2, StrengthsFinder with Mindy R. Hooper

Noon-1:15 p.m.: Working lunch

Lunch table discussions among participants to debrief and discuss the morning session’s contents

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Afternoon session #1: Large Group Discussion of Leadership Issues in Family Science

Facilitators (see facilitators' bios here):

  • Jennifer Crosswhite, Ph.D., CFLE, National Council on Family Relations
  • David H. Demo, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Anne Farrell, Ph.D., Chapin Hall, University of Chicago
  • Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Suzanne R. Smith, Ph.D., Washington State University Vancouver
  • Joe Wilmoth, Ph.D., CFLE, Mississippi State University

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Snack break

2:45-4 p.m.: Afternoon session #2: Choice of one breakout

Individuals registering for this leadership preconference will receive an email at a later date asking participants to rank the order which of the three afternoon breakout sessions they would like to attend. 

Facilitators (see facilitators' bios here):

  • Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., BCC, North Carolina State University, Translating Strengths-Based Language and Practices into Difficult Conversations
  • David H. Demo, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Effective Strategies for Working with Deans and Other Administrators
  • Claire Kamp Dush, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Strategies for Helping Faculty Reach Their Full Potential

4:15-5:15 p.m.: Afternoon session #3: Panel discussion

Panel TBA

5:15 p.m.: Adjourn