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

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Dr. Maureen A. Dougherty (Dr. Mo)

Dr. Mo has developed and launched a new company to meet the growing needs for training incorporating current trends and research associated with the parks and recreation field.  Dr. Mo develops training based upon fourteen years as a practitioner and sixteen years in academia that meet the needs of public, private, and non-profit agencies and adheres to national Commission on Accreditation for Park and Recreation Agency Standards.

Dr. Laura Spivey

Dr. Laura Spivey earned her B.S. and M.S. in Recreation and Sport Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University.  For the past nine years, she has taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her teaching interests include health and wellness, happiness, and recreation/sport. Along with a co-founder, she introduced the institutions first ever happiness and well-being course. She has led students abroad to study health and well-being in the Greek Blue Zone ™. Laura was awarded the University Lecturer of the Year Award in 2013.

Earn up to 1.2 CEUs!

Education Sessions from 18 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
  • Management vs Leadership

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