Virginia Cooperative Extension and the City of Roanoke to host the 2012 Innovative Leadership Conference
Community leaders in Virginia are invited to the 2012 Innovative Leadership Conference on May 22. The Virginia Cooperative Extension and the City of Roanoke are hosting the event at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center. This conference is for those interested in leading an environmental transition in their community. Registration is due May 11.
Here is the press release from Virginia Cooperative Extension.
BLACKSBURG, Va.—Virginia Cooperative Extension and the City of Roanoke invite Virginia’s community leaders to attend the 2012 Innovative Leadership Conference: Guiding the Force of Change on Tuesday, May 22, in Roanoke, Va. The conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Virginia communities and organizations want the change that transitions ineffective practices into innovative initiatives. This type of change challenges the best thinking of our leaders and requires creativity to direct the path, said Martha Walker, Virginia Cooperative Extension community viability specialist. “The 2012 conference will push participants to overcome ‘decision paralysis,’ find the bright spots, and pave the path to change using Dan and Chip Heath’s SWITCH principles.”
The 2012 conference is designed to expand participants’ understanding of the process of change in challenging environments and to provide guidance in implementing an effective model for launching community transition.
Conference participants will be engaged in a four-hour interactive session led by Susan Heath Hays, a Switch Certified Trainer. This training has been highly recommended by workshop graduates who said: “The workshop helped me personally, but really helped me plan for change in my workplace” and “helped me to understand why many change efforts I have led have failed.” The conference will conclude with a review of how one Virginia community applied Switch principles as the catalyst for community change.
“There has never been a time when leadership was more important to our communities,” said City Manager Chris Morrill. “This conference will offer participants a clear understanding of new options, models, and strategies to form partnerships, identify solutions, and affect change that can significantly enhance the vitality of Virginia’s cities, towns, and counties.”
The deadline for conference registration is Friday, May 11, and space is limited. For more information or to register for the conference, contact Martha Walker or Linda Jones at (434) 766-6761 or e-mail email@example.com. Checks for the $65 registration fee should be made payable to VCE-Central District and mailed to Virginia Cooperative Extension, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA 24540. Each participant will receive a copy of, Switch and a copy of the Switch workbook.
For more information on Extension leadership programs, contact Martha Walker at (434) 766-6761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Regarding City of Roanoke leadership programs and opportunities, contact Bob Clement at (540) 853-5210 or e-mail email@example.com.
Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 106 county and city offices, 12 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.
The City of Roanoke is a hub of transportation, finance, and industry for the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the past decade, it has been transformed from a small southern city into a location recognized across the country for its innovation and outstanding quality of life. The largest city on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke is home to a vibrant downtown, strong, engaged neighborhoods, and an attractive atmosphere for economic development. It also provides an abundance of natural choices with 68 parks, five greenways, and easy access to mountain trails.