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Event Name:
2022 Directors' Retreat: Creating an Organizational Leadership Strategic Plan

Leadership, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

We are excited to announce the 2022 Directors' Retreat which will be held at Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center.  We will kick off the retreat with a breakfast at 9:00 a.m. the first day, the perfect time to catch up with your peers.  The program will begin at 10 a.m. and this year we are focusing on Creating an Organizational Leadership Strategic Plan.  We will conclude the first day at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. with the tradition of rich conversations to follow.  The second day will start with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon with a quick lunch.

Creating an Organizational Leadership Strategic Plan
According to MIT’s Sloan Management Review, today’s employees are 10 times more likely to leave “toxic” cultures and bad leadership than low wages.  When employees describe “toxic work cultures” they are looking at the failure to support diversity, equity, and inclusion; workers feeling disrespected and overworked; along with unchecked and unethical behavior.  

As we know, leaders are hired to inspire and motivate employees to emotionally invest and support the goals of the organization.  As they bring their best versions of themselves to work, they’re more likely to remain engaged, committed, focused, and fulfilled when helping their company reach its top priorities.

Executing leadership vision may be among the toughest core competencies for leaders to develop. To successfully execute your leadership vision, you must be able to define the vision, strategy, and tactical plan for your organization, and then effectively communicate it to your team in a way that engages and focuses them around a common goal.
During this two-day workshop, we will be creating an organizational leadership strategic plan.  This is different than your normal strategic plan, and the execution of the plan will guide you in terms of DEI initiatives, future recruitment strategies and a strong framework to engage your current leadership team.

Learning Objectives:
  • Creating or strengthening your current leadership vision statement
  • Understanding the framework and importance of a leadership vision board with specific examples to take back to your organization
  • Identifying the organizational climate strengths and weaknesses and how to take concrete action steps towards a healthier workplace environment
  • Develop leadership goals that will serve as the foundation for your current and future recruitment and sustainability plan
  • Learn how to leverage your new framework to enhance your DEI strategies and initiatives

Elaina Norlin is currently the Professional Development/DEI Coordinator for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. She is an accomplished teacher, technology and leadership development trainer and writer with extensive leadership experience and a flair for public relations, sales and communications. To date, she has delivered over 70 workshops, training sessions, presentations and institutes both nationally and internationally on marketing, web usability design, employee engagement, strategic planning, leadership coaching and conflict management. Self-motivated and results oriented, she is well known for her ability to juggle many projects at once. She is author of 3 books, Usability Testing for Library WebsitesE-Learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies and The Six Steps to Library Employee Engagement (2021).


Event Date:
7/28/2022 - 7/29/2022

Event Time:
Breakfast starts at 9 am on the first day and we conclude at noon on the second

Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center
11755 Kinsman Road
Newbury, OH 44065

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Who should attend:  Directors and Deputy/Assistant Directors
Competency:  Leadership, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Cost: FREE

$135 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

On Your Own
Call the reservation line at 440-564-9144 to reserve a room under the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System block by Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Cost is $151.51 which includes all additional fees.

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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