The Association of Leadership Programs is thrilled to offer a variety of pre-conference activities for those arriving in Knoxville early in the day on Monday, July 24.
The National Conference will officially kick off at 3:30 PM ET with attendee orientation, but we invite you to arrive early to participate in a pre-conference learning session or an adventurous excursion.
Below you will find information on two half-day pre-conference workshops as well as information on two excursions. Put your learning cap on early or experience a taste of Knoxville - the choice is yours!
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Enjoy a paddling adventure launched from Knoxville Adventure's downtown dock. Depart on a tour of the Tennessee River with landscapes, including Neyland Stadium and the downtown area.
Time: 2-hour paddling excursion - choice of canoe, kayak, tandem kayak, or SUP
Departure Times: 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM ET
Interested in getting a backstage pass to local beer? This tour will guide you through the brewing process from grain to glass and introduces you to each Knoxville brewery’s unique history and culture, all while tasting different styles of beer. Local brewery formats run the gamut from large-scale production breweries to nano breweries and everything in between. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways in which beer is brewed in East Tennessee!
What does the tour entail?
2.5 hour/3 brewery guided tour
Craft beer tastings
A mug shot (souvenir tasting cup)
A hands-on look at the brewing process from "grain to glass"
Snacks/water provided during transit
Departure Time: Likely between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM ET on Monday, July 24, and will conclude prior to attendee orientation at 3:30 PM.
Pre-Conference Workshops presented by LeadingBetter
Registration for these workshops is open to anyone - even those not attending the full conference. Join us!
Authentic Leadership for Women
Research now shows that female leaders naturally have more of the competencies required to be successful in the 21st century. This interactive workshop will explore how women leaders can recognize and nurture what are considered traditionally ‘feminine traits’ while also developing in areas where men are naturally stronger. We’ll bust some of the myths of women’s leadership and lead participants through our four-part Authentic Leadership for Women framework: Purpose & Values, Self-Awareness & Continuous Learning, Renewal & Connection, and Confidence & Courage.
WHO IT’S FOR
Women of all levels; class is put into coaching groups with peers with similar levels of experience
- Understand the link between ‘feminine leadership traits’ and high-performing companies and teams
- Build self-awareness by reflecting on your own leadership journey
- Gain tools for overcoming the mental blocks keeping you from achieving the next level of success
- Learn how to lead with authenticity by defining your purpose and strengthening your leadership brand
Facilitator: Cynthia Knapek, President & CEO | Leadership Louisville Center
In 2012, Cynthia was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center. The Center is a national leader in civic engagement and leadership development whose mission is to inspire and equip leaders to BE BETTER and DO BETTER. Cynthia is particularly proud that the work the Center has done to foster inclusivity and embrace diversity was recognized with the 2016 Champion of Diversity Award from the Urban League.
Before joining Leadership Louisville, Cynthia’s work included engagements with government, Fortune 500, and other social sector organizations. Cynthia is active in numerous community organizations, including Rotary, and serves on several boards, including Greater Louisville Inc. (Chamber of Commerce). She has served as the national board chair for the Association of Leadership Programs. Cynthia has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville as well as several certifications in leadership training and organizational development.
Developing and Leading High-Performance Teams
Developing and leading high-performance teams can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your career – and also one of the most challenging. You recognize a high-performing team when you see one, but what enables their success isn’t always as clear. By understanding how to create and sustain high-performance teams while also developing the skills and confidence of each individual, you can unlock the full potential of your people and increase organizational effectiveness. This highly interactive course will focus on 3 Cs of high performance: Common Purpose, Collaboration, and Conflict Management.
WHO IT’S FOR
Leaders who want to draw the best out of their teams while also nurturing the growth of individuals along the way
- Understand the science behind high-performance teams
- Develop shared goals and a common purpose for your team
- Learn how to enable cohesion while also allowing for productive conflict
- Discover how to role model the right behaviors for creativity and productive collaboration
Facilitators: Jo Lloyd-Triplett and Aaron Miller, Leadership Louisville Center
Previously, Jo served as the Executive Director at Sister Cities of Louisville, where she created exchanges in arts and culture, business and trade, youth and education, community development, and humanitarian work that not only encouraged global friendship but helped to tackle the world’s most pressing issues at the local level. British-born and educated, she holds degrees in languages and economics from the University of Sheffield. The USA has been home since 2004 and is the third country that Jo has called home.
Aaron Miller is the Vice President of the Leadership Louisville Center, overseeing all programming offered by the organization, which has been inspiring and developing leadership in Louisville and throughout the region since 1979. This includes seven community leadership programs, events ranging from small to large (including the annual luncheon with over 1,000 attendees), and all skills-training offerings operating under the LeadingBetter brand.
Miller has been with the organization since 2011. Prior to joining the Center, Miller spent 17 years in broadcasting, working as a radio morning show host and promotions/marketing director. Miller was elected to two terms as a city council member for the city of Lyndon (a suburban city of Louisville) in 2002 and 2004, and he currently sits on the boards of the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Foundation of Louisville, and is a member of the Louisville Free Public Library Advisory Commission. In 2015, Business First magazine named him one of 20 People to Know in Nonprofits. He has received other awards including Business First’s Forty Under 40 in 2010, the Young Professionals Association of Louisville’s President’s Award in 2009, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Strength Award in 2007 and Hope Award in 2004.