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  • The business of education: How one school leveraged online learning (and how you can, too!)

    Includes a Live Event on 03/06/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Are you currently offering online certificate or degree programs? Wondering whether to start one or to expand current offerings in order to increase enrollment and generate more revenue? Join presenter Sebastian Mahfood, vice president of external affairs at Holy Apostles College and Seminary to learn how his school began generating over $2 million a year from online certificate and degree programs.

    Are you currently offering online certificate or degree programs? Wondering whether to start one or to expand current offerings in order to increase enrollment and generate more revenue? Join presenter Sebastian Mahfood, vice president of external affairs at Holy Apostles College and Seminary to learn how his school began generating over $2 million a year from online certificate and degree programs.

    Questions that will be addressed:

    • How do you gauge market potential for your programs?
    • How do you implement or expand online programming?
    • How do you ensure continued growth?

    Dr. Sebastian Mahfood

    Vice-President of External Affairs/Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Apostles

    Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is the Vice-President of External Affairs and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT. Prior to his arrival at Holy Apostles in 2012, Dr. Mahfood served for eleven years on the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO, advancing the use of educational technology and online learning among the Catholic seminaries in the United States. 

  • What then shall we do? Financial challenges in a time of institutional and educational change

    Recorded On: 12/13/2018

    ​Theological schools are experiencing unprecedented institutional and educational change and financial challenges. Boards and administrators must lead with conviction and resolve to ensure the missional viability and vitality of the institution. This webinar will provide an environmental scan of theological education in North America, identify the most significant contributing factors that lead to financial stress in theological schools, and offer solutions for consideration by school leaders.​​

    Theological schools are experiencing unprecedented institutional and educational change and financial challenges. Boards and administrators must lead with conviction and resolve to ensure the missional viability and vitality of the institution. Chris Meinzer, senior director of administration and CFO for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), will provide an environmental scan of theological education in North America, identify the most significant contributing factors that lead to financial stress in theological schools, and offer solutions for consideration by school leaders.

    Chris A. Meinzer

    Senior Director of Administration and CFO, Association of Theological Schools

    Mr. Meinzer is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds an accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

    Since joining the Association of Theological School’s staff in 1999, he has provided oversight of the ATS financial affairs as well as the ATS institutional database—a repository of institutional, enrollment, personnel, financial, and development data provided by ATS members. Meinzer has revised the ATS Strategic Information Report, a useful strategic tool that provides ATS member schools with peer and industry data on a variety of market fundamentals. He has done extensive analysis and research of this data and presented his findings in a variety of settings to administrators and boards of theological schools. In addition, he has provided counsel to ATS member schools on issues of finances, organizational planning, and strategic thinking. Through discussions with theological schools and their leadership, Meinzer has encouraged reflection on intergenerational stewardship and its impact on both academics and economics within these schools.

  • Assessing institutional culture: How traditions, values, behaviors, and attitudes influence your school

    Recorded On: 11/15/2018

    How do you see your institution's culture? For presidents, board members, and institutional effectiveness officers, understanding how staff, faculty, and administration experience an institution's culture — its traditions, values, behaviors, and attitudes —can be a critical topic. Why? Because culture affects performance, engagement, retention, and satisfaction, all of which reflect on the student experience.

    How do you see your institution's culture? For presidents, board members, and institutional effectiveness officers, understanding how staff, faculty, and administration experience an institution's culture — its traditions, values, behaviors, and attitudes —can be a critical topic. Why? Because culture affects performance, engagement, retention, and satisfaction, all of which reflect on the student experience.

    Join Rich Boyer, principal investigator of the Great Colleges to Work For program and founding partner of ModernThink LLC, as he discusses why assessing culture may be critical for success. He'll be joined by Jim Downey, vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who will offer one perspective as a participant in the In Trust Center pilot of a customized cultural assessment tool for faculty and staff at theological schools. 

    Richard Boyer

    Senior Consultant

    Rich is a founding partner of ModernThink LLC, a management consulting firm that specializes in organization culture, employee engagement and workplace quality. ModernThink co-founded the Great Colleges to Work For® program in partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education and has determined over fifty other “Best Place to Work” programs across the country. Previously, Rich was a Senior Consultant at the Great Place to Work Institute, the organization responsible for Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. 

    Rich’s passion for helping organizations develop their potential is complemented by his extensive experience helping individuals and teams understand workplace dynamics. Rich has been consulting with companies on issues of organization culture, strategic planning, and group dynamics since 1992. Rich has worked with a wide range of clients from healthcare organizations and educational institutions to numerous Fortune 500 companies. 

    As ModernThink’s top subject matter expert for the Great Colleges program, Rich is widely regarded as a national thought leader on workplace quality within higher education.  He has co-authored the 2009 - 2017 Higher Education Workplace Trend Reports.  Rich has also been a featured speaker and/or panelist at the following higher education conferences:  NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers); ACE (American Council on Education); AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities); CUPA-HR National; CUPA-HR-Regionals; NCCI (National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education); and the Rural Community College Alliance.  

    Rich received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. His two areas of focus were Management Information Systems and Marketing.

  • Unlocking successful board orientation

    Recorded On: 09/06/2018

    Are you interested in creating an engaging and thorough orientation process for your new board members? Looking to cultivate a high-performing board? Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and Rod Wilson as they discuss the key elements for a successful orientation.

    Are you interested in creating an engaging and thorough orientation process for your new board members? Looking to cultivate a high-performing board? Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and Rod Wilson as they discuss the key elements for a successful orientation. Topics will include: How to engage new board members in the work of the board, basic roles and responsibilities of the board, and board and president partnerships.

    Rebekah Burch Basinger

    Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

    Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

    A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at www.generousmatters.com.

    Rod Wilson

    Teaching Pastor, Capilano Christian Community

    Mr. Wilson is teaching pastor at Capilano Christian Community in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and is past president of Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Wilson has been involved in the field of counseling and consulting for more than 30 years, holding various positions at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto. He was the teaching pastor of a growing church in the suburbs of Toronto from 1995 until 2000. He was named president of Regent College in 2000, where he served until 2015. 

    Wilson is the author of Counseling and Community and How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? and the co-author of Exploring Your Anger and Helping Angry People. His most recent co-authored book is Keeping Faith in Fundraising.

  • Strategic leadership: How to develop a mission-driven strategic plan

    Recorded On: 05/15/2018

    Are you currently undergoing strategic planning at your institution? Wondering if you need a strategic plan? Join presenter Carol Marturano-Becker, president of IMPACT Learning Inc., as she shares how to make strategic planning functional and practical for your institution.

    Are you currently undergoing strategic planning at your institution? Wondering if you need a strategic plan? Join presenter Carol Marturano-Becker, president of IMPACT Learning Inc., as she shares how to make strategic planning functional and practical for your institution. Questions that will be addressed include:

    •            How do you know when you’re ready to plan?
    •            What are the major components and critical factors for success?
    •            How do you set up for successful execution?

    Carol Marturano-Becker

    Founder, IMPACT Learning Inc.

    Carol Marturano-Becker is the founder of IMPACT Learning™ Inc. where she is committed to delivering comprehensive resources for today’s leaders and business owners, helping them to take themselves and their businesses to the next level.  IMPACT Learning Inc. focuses on delivering integrated processes associated with leadership development, including executive and business coaching, business solutions, performance coaching, strategic planning, maximizing team performance, marketing and branding, change management and leading for innovation.  

    Carol possesses over twenty years of experience as a business consultant and executive/business coach.  She also has over fifteen years of successful corporate leadership experiences.  Carol established the “The URGENT Coach” process to help leaders, business owners entrepreneurs and their teams address urgent business situations, as well as the URGENT!!IMPACT Foundation for Success.  

    Previously, Carol held a series of senior and middle leadership positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, including leading:  a highly profitable business unit, a government affairs (lobbying) unit, a world-wide employee/ leadership development function, a sales organization, and a North American reorganization project.  She also held numerous leadership roles in sales, marketing, research, manufacturing, strategic planning and human resources. 

    In her consulting, coaching, and training engagements, Carol has worked with a multitude of clients in a variety of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, financial services, education, insurance, technology, health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and nonprofits.  Carol’s clients include executive, senior and middle management within numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as numerous mid-size and small companies and entrepreneurs.  Some of her clients have included: DuPont, Raymond James, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Newman Theological College, BCG & Company, Preformed Line Products, Akron-Summit County Public Library, ADT Security, Rodel Foundation, Akron Metro Transit, Interstate McBee, The In Trust Center and University Hospitals Healthcare System.  Carol’s “real world” experience provides her with the unique ability to give every client interaction a customized and practical application. 

    Carol is a member of the International Coach Federation, American Society of Development and Training, the Society of Human Resource Management, and several local professional organizations including the Akron Chamber and Cleveland COSE.  

    Carol earned a M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in neurophysiology from the State University of New York.  She possesses a B.S. in Biology and also in Psychology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.  She has also completed business courses (toward an MBA) at the University of Delaware and holds numerous professional certifications.

  • Building your brand

    Recorded On: 03/06/2018

    Building a brand for your institution is a complex task that often requires a number of stakeholders and a significant amount of time. And with institutions facing increasing competition and economic pressures, the task becomes even more challenging.

    Building a brand for your institution is a complex task that often requires a number of stakeholders and a significant amount of time. And with institutions facing increasing competition and economic pressures, the task becomes even more challenging. Interested in developing a distinctive brand that speaks to your culture? Join presenter Lynette Brown-Sow as she shares how to communicate your school’s story to boost engagement and retention on your campus.

    Lynette M. Brown-Sow

    Vice President, Marketing and Government Relations, Community College of Philadelphia

    Ms. Brown-Sow has engaged communities, businesses, and governments in constructing frameworks that promote progress and prosperity. She serves as Vice President for Marketing and Government Relations at Community College of Philadelphia and has served in her current cabinet-level position since 1995. There she leads the staff handling marketing, advertising, public relations, creative services, publications, special events, and government and community relations. In 2009, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations named her Communicator of the Year. She holds a B.S. in Administration from Antioch University (1979) and a M.S.S. in Policy, Planning and Development from Bryn Mawr College (1981). In 1980, she founded L.M. Brown Management Group, a certified minority/female-owned consultant firm that provides professional services to corporations, nonprofits, and governmental entities.

  • Sitting Beside Rather Than Standing Over: A Guide to Presidential Assessment

    Recorded On: 11/15/2017

    The work of presidents in higher education has become more complex and demanding, and governing boards are being asked to work with presidents to make both the president and the institution more productive, effective, and accountable. Is the future of your institution at the center of your presidential assessment process? Join presenter Larry Braskamp as he shares his cooperative approach to assessment and outlines nine critical activities to include in the presidential development process.

    The work of presidents in higher education has become more complex and demanding, and governing boards are being asked to work with presidents to make both the president and the institution more productive, effective, and accountable.  Is the future of your institution at the center of your presidential assessment process? Join presenter Larry Braskamp as he shares his cooperative approach to assessment and outlines nine critical activities to include in the presidential development process. A copy of Sitting Beside: Developmental Assessment of Presidents of Academic Institutions, a Guide is available at http://www.sitbeside.org.

    Larry A. Braskamp

    Expert Speaker

    For the past five decades, Dr. Larry A. Braskamp has been engaged in studying and practicing in the field of assessment. He has written books and numerous articles on assessment in higher education and has been a user of assessment as a Dean of two colleges, Vice President, Interim Chief Executive and Executive Director. He has served on a number of Governing Boards in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and churches, and has served on Human Resources Committees. Throughout his career Dr. Braskamp has been highly committed to making assessment useful, especially to further the growth and development of those being assessed for their leadership effectiveness.   

  • Writing for the Mass Media

    Recorded On: 11/02/2017

    Seminary leaders often are expected to write articles, columns, opinion pieces, blogs and tweets for publications that reach far beyond the campus community and past the people in the pews. Join presenters David Sumner and Holly Miller as they focus on the basics of writing for the mass media, including achieving clarity, simplicity, unity and focus. They will offer practical tips to make your writing lively and relevant to readers. The goal—above all—is to learn to avoid creating copy that readers label as “BORING.”

    Seminary leaders often are expected to write articles, columns, opinion pieces, blogs and tweets for publications that reach far beyond the campus community and past the people in the pews. Join presenters David E. Sumner and Holly Miller as they focus on the basics of writing for the mass media, including achieving clarity, simplicity, unity and focus. They will offer practical tips to make your writing lively and relevant to readers. The goal—above all—is to learn to avoid creating copy that readers label as “BORING.”

    David E. Sumner

    Professor Emeritus, Ball State University

    David E. Sumner is a professor emeritus from Ball State University, where he taught feature and magazine writing for 25 years, and the former editor of an Episcopal diocesan newspaper.  He has written hundreds of articles for dozens of newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and scholarly journals.  He is internationally recognized for his scholarship and has spoken or taught at workshops in Honduras, Turkey, Canada, and numerous journalism conferences in the U.S.  His seventh book, Fumbled Call: The Bear Bryant-Wally Butts Football Scandal That Split the Supreme Court and Changed American Libel Law will be published by McFarland Books late this year. He holds degrees from Stetson University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the University of the South, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee.

    Holly G. Miller

    Author

    Holly G. Miller is the author of more than 2,500 published magazine and newspaper articles. A graduate of Indiana University and Ball State University, she also is the author or coauthor of a dozen books. Miller has earned writing awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Evangelical Press Association, General Motors Corp., Midwest Travel Writers, and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is a contributing editor to The Saturday Evening Post magazine, consulting editor to In Trust magazine, and a communications consultant to Lilly Endowment Inc., The Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and the Association of Theological Schools. She has presented at dozens of writers' conferences across the country and, with David E. Sumner, is coauthor of "Feature & Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes," a textbook now in its third printing and used in writing programs at more than 50 universities.

  • A culture of generosity

    Recorded On: 07/25/2017

    Do you have an inclusive culture of diversity? As advancement strategists, we are called to eliminate a one-size-fits-all fundraising model, but that may require radical changes in how we understand philanthropy and transformative gifts. Join presenter Aimée Laramore to learn about Black Philanthropy Month and how to align vision and philanthropy for a more diverse group of givers. This webinar is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about developing a commitment to generosity, inclusiveness, donor values, and gratitude.

    Do you have an inclusive culture of diversity? As advancement strategists, we are called to eliminate a one-size-fits-all fundraising model, but that may require radical changes in how we understand philanthropy and transformative gifts. 

    Join presenter Aimée Laramore to learn about Black Philanthropy Month and how to align vision and philanthropy for a more diverse group of givers. Laramore is owner and lead consultant at ALlyd and Philanthropic Strategist at Christian Theological Seminary, which is the first seminary to offer a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. This webinar is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about developing a commitment to generosity, inclusiveness, donor values, and gratitude.

    Aimée A. Laramore

    Philanthropic Strategist at Christian Theological Seminary

    Ms. Laramore is a trusted consultant, effective strategist, and premier team-builder in the field of faith and philanthropy.

    Aimée brings more than 17 years of executive nonprofit leadership to the field. In June 2015, she transitioned from serving as Associate Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, to the Director of Seminary Advancement for Christian Theological Seminary. She has served successfully in leadership roles throughout a variety of mission-driven agencies across the country in the health, human services, and community development fields. She has a passion for writing and has spent her career dedicated to systemic change for nonprofit capacity-building. Passionate teaching and coaching of national congregational teams has materialized in adaptive leadership and resource development practices to foster a culture of generosity. In addition to passionately exploring diversity in giving and the role of faith as an anchor in Black Philanthropy, she has developed continuing education initiatives which included curriculum development and training in generational differences among donors, and best practices to leverage technology in development.

    A STEM Education Advocate, Aimée is a graduate of Purdue University, College of Technology. In an effort to fuse innovative organizational development approaches with established business practices, she received her master of business administration in addition to completing community organizing and economic development training in Oakland, CA.

    Aimée also serves the nonprofit sector as owner/lead consultant for ALlyd (AL-Lid) Image Solutions. Known as powerful, poised, and results-oriented, her career is dedicated to effective operations and evaluation practices with documented success across sectors and professional environments. Specializing in facilitation, strategic planning and outcomes-based measurement, her work can be seen through more than 90 nonprofit agencies within the Midwest region of the U.S. Aimée has a long career in raising resources for mission-driven work, evidenced in annual and capital campaigns, grant writing success, the launch of new initiatives, and endowment development. She believes in passionately sharing the opportunity to unite needed human and financial resources, with entities poised to positively impact our community.

    Her most important self-described accomplishments include a successful marriage of 20 years to Aaron, and her greatest calling, being a mother to Lydia, Noah and Andrew. A woman of deep faith, you can see a common and intentional thread that transcends all areas of her personal and professional life. She believes we are all a wonderful work in progress. At the end of the day, you could say - she's a Jesus Girl, pursuing God's call with the gifts and abilities that He has provided.

  • Measuring effectiveness: Evaluation strategies for online learning programs

    Recorded On: 05/10/2017

    Generational, social, and economic drivers are prompting more administrators and faculty to offer online and hybrid programs. Just as online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to- face courses, they also demand a more systematic approach to evaluation. Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online learning at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, as she shares the design, experiences, survey feedback, and learning analytics from Candler’s first full cycle of its online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Generational, social, and economic drivers are prompting more administrators and faculty to offer online and hybrid programs. Just as online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to- face courses, they also demand a more systematic approach to evaluation.

    Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online learning at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, as she shares the design, experiences, survey feedback, and learning analytics from Candler’s first full cycle of its online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Roxanne Russell

    Speaker

    Roxanne Russell is a teacher and instructional designer with over twenty years of university-level teaching experience and twelve years of professional experience with designing, developing, integrating, and evaluating online learning environments in a global context. She now brings her teaching, instructional design, and web development background to helping Emory University's Candler School of Theology navigate the complexities of technology integration for learning as they enter the second year of their new online Doctor of Ministry program. She also offers consulting for online learning challenges through www.fulltiltahead.com.

    Roxanne received her M.A. in English from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from Georgia State University. Her groundbreaking work on the cultural dynamics of the instructional design process is cited in the 2014 edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.