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February 26-28, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, Suffolk, Virginia
Visit the 2017

Earn up to 1.3 CEUs!

Education Sessions from 21 Speakers Include:

  • Partners in Collaboration...Partners for Success 
  • Making Personalities Work!!
  • Viking or Farmer
  • Creating Value through Innovation
  • Creating a Community of UPLIFT
  • Managing Change and Transition
  • The Fun-damentals of Innovative Partnerships
  • Unraveling the Grant Writing Conundrum: Securing Resources for the Future
  • And...Action! Ready, Set, Grow
  • Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings
  • Paradise Creek "A Sustainable Partnership"
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Legends of Main Street:  A Suffolk Ghost Walk
  • Don't Be the Missing Puzzle Piece
  • The ABC's of LinkedIn
  • Manage Up the Ladder
  • Situational Leadership "I'm Ready to Build Peak Performers"

James Worsley, PhD, CPRE, CTRS, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
Managing Change and Transition

Changing the culture of an organization can be a daunting task. However, effectively leading change and transition can make all the difference. The change process consists of a series of steps and focuses on vision, implementation, change agents and other internal and external components. This session provides insight into types of changes impacting organizations and possible strategies to effectively address those changes.

Dr. James Worsley is the Parks and Recreation Director for Chesterfield County, VA. Prior to Chesterfield County, Dr. Worsley was the Parks and Recreation Director in Columbus, GA for five years and he also worked for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation for nine years holding several leadership roles. Dr. Worsley is a Past Chair of the National Certification Board with NRPA and he currently services on the Council of Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) and on the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials board (NACPRO). He is married to Tara Worsley and they have three children (Lily, James Jr., and Bryce).
Paul Gilbert, CPRA, NOVA Parks
Creating Value through Innovation

Learn the tools you need to start making innovation part of your agency's DNA. Connect with customers in a new way and add value to your communities by making your facilities and programs fresh and new.

Viking or Farmer
Are you a Viking or a Farmer? Used as a metaphor for leadership and management, explore the different perspectives that can be brought to the task of running a park or recreation facility or agency. Which approaches do we need for a strong future?

Paul Gilbert has been Executive Director of NOVA Parks for 11 years. During that time enterprise revenues have increased 90% and parkland has increased 20%. Paul is the author of two books: High Performance Agencies - the Entrepreneurial Model for Parks, Recreation and Tourism; and Lead like a General. Paul is also the Executive in Residence for the Recreation Management Program at George Mason University.

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