StrengthFinders Training (Pre-Conference Session)

Alia Stowers
Topic: Strength Finders: Pre Conference Session
Time: 8:00 am – Noon Sunday, October 27th 

This session requires separate registration at an additional cost. 

Leading from strengths is the most natural, powerful, fulfilling way to lead! This is not just training for your leaders— it is customized coaching. All modules include presentation, interactive discussion, and team-building activities. 

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General Sessions

Teri Bump
Topic: Can You See Me Now? Becoming Visible: Your Executive Presence
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Sunday, October 27

Vice President of University Relations and Student Affairs for American Campus Communities, the first publicly traded student housing REIT.

Teri presents nationally on university trends and issues and has delivered educational sessions at NASPA, ACUHO-I, NACUBO, NIRSA, ACPA, NACAS, NASAP, and APPA. Teri is a past ACUHO-I and ACPA Foundation Board trustee and currently serves on the NACAS Education Foundation Board. She has also written for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick, NACAS Journal, the NASPA Leadership Exchange and participated in the “21st Century Project”. In 2007 she was awarded the ACUHO-I Corporate Friend Award for service to the association and received the Business Partner of the Year Award for American Campus at the 2007 national NACAS conference and the 2010 ACPA Business Partner of the Year Award.

Prior to joining American Campus Communities in 1991, Teri served Boston University, Oberlin College, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Texas Southern University, Alfred University and SUNY Oswego in student affairs. Teri received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and her master’s in College Student Development from Alfred University.

Michael J. Heindl, PhD, JD, President
Northwest Mississippi Community College

Dr. Judy Mitchell, President
Joliet Junior College

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames, President
Midlands Technical College

Topic: The Road to Presidency
Time: 9:00 am – 10:15 am Monday, October 28, 2019

Come hear lessons learned from Community College Business Officers (and CCBO members) who have transitioned into Presidency roles. They will discuss how being a business officer helped them in their path to the Presidency and share what lessons they have learned along the way. 

Robert Earley
Topic: Improving Your Organizational Culture
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 am, Tuesday, October 29

A political science graduate from the University of North Texas, Robert Earley was only 23 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where he served for 10 years. Before joining JPS Health Network in 2005 as a senior vice president focused on community and government affairs, he taught college courses at Texas A&M, ran an Austin-based public affairs firm and served as a TV political analyst.

Earley was named interim president and CEO in May 2008 and was named president and CEO in February 2009.  Earley holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the board of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Technology Track:

Cybersecurity For Finance Leaders 

In this session learn why cybersecurity needs to be a priority outside of IT, the math behind it, and ways you can position your school to mitigate losses before and after a breach.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Building A Strong System Of Internal Controls To Prevent Fraud 

A strong system of internal controls not only deters fraud but also supports greater efficiency and legal compliance within the business function.  This presentation identifies types and common methods of employee dishonesty and the personality of a fraudster.  Because fraud can and will happen, the appropriate way to handle the shock and resulting investigation is outlined to prevent litigation, enhance communication with the public and build morale.   

Foundations For A New Or Refreshed Enterprise Risk Management Program On Your Campus 

United Educators increasingly fields requests for help launching enterprise risk management (ERM) programs on campuses across the country. When an ERM program is not sensitive to the culture and goals of a college, it often falls short of its potential and sometimes fails completely. Come understand the benefits of using a system designed for colleges with a community service mission as opposed to for profit-driven firms. Learn the difference between enterprise risk management and traditional risk management, how to adapt ERM to the context of a community college, and necessary elements for a successful ERM launch.

Revving Up Student Successes – Pairing OER and iPads: A Financial Perspective

To meet the challenge of shrinking educational budgets and increasing college costs to students, Northeast Mississippi Community College matched an iPad 1:1 initiative with a eTextbook and OER program.  A well thought-out plan paired with incremental steps over four years was the key to implementation of  NEMCC’s two-fold program.

Using Technology In Your Day-To-Day Business 

Technology is constantly evolving, join us as we discuss the evolution of technology in the payment industry and the steps you can take to help your instutition become more efficient, secure and profitable when it comes to processing your vendor payments.

Future Proofing Your ERP 

Are you making decisions that align your institution for the future? Whether your goal is to better leverage your current ERP or is considering a move to another, the first step is to understand the pitfalls lurking in your current system.  Have your old customizations been outpaced by recently delivered functionality? Are those same customizations supporting inefficient or ineffective business processes?  Join our session to better understand how to address these challenges and learn how to future proof your ERP.

Technology In Higher Education 

We all know that technology is essential to success—for students and institutions. We also know that we are flooded with technology opportunities and are limited by budget.  Come learn some ways to use technology to attract students and generate revenue.

Efficiently Engaging Students Via Chatbot: 24/7 Technology For A 24/7 World 

Do you have pressure on budgets – to do more with less – to leverage technology? Do you struggle with student engagement? Are you and your team overworked and under resourced? Come hear how FATV build the largest deployed student services chatbot network in the U.S. Colleges are improving customer service, reducing burden on staff, extending office hours to 24.7.365 and reducing the cost of answering repetitive, transactional questions by implementing artificially intelligent chatbots. Learn how schools are using and customizing FATV’s extensive knowledge base, shared community content, and robust analytics to answer more up-front questions and increase student satisfaction. You’ll also get a preview of how FATV’s AI is evolving with API integrations, SMS, and nudging to grow and meet your ever-changing needs.


Financial Track:

Planning And Delivering Successful Capital Projects: What Every CFO Needs To Know 

Come hear the latest in best practices for the planning, financing, design and construction of capital projects.  Emphasis is on those who are required to supervise the process, which is typical for CFOs, but who have little or no experience in doing so.  Attendees will learn how to manage the design and construction process so that projects are delivered on time and on or under budget.

Travel & Spend Management For Community Colleges 

Learn from Tarrant County College on how they automated their travel, reimbursements and PCARD transactions using Concur.

Revving Up Toward Student Success – Pairing OER And iPads: A Financial Perspective 

To meet the challenge of shrinking educational budgets and increasing college costs to students, NEMCC matched an iPad 1:1 initiative with a eTextbook and OER program.  A well thought-out plan paired with incremental steps over four years was the key to implementation of  NEMCC’s two-fold program.

GASB Pronouncement Updates 

Not the most flashy topic but always requested and informative. Learn about Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, and Statement No. 87, Leases. In this session, learn how the new pronouncements will impact the reporting of student activity fees and changes in the reporting of leases for both lessors and lessees.

Developing New Funding Streams In A Financial Drought 

How do you remain a national leader in student success while serving an area that has a declining tax base, low literacy levels, and detrimental environmental factors? Mott Community College has worked diligently to foster partnerships resulting in enhanced academic programming, retention services, and state-of-the-art facilities on a limited budget.

Capital Financing Considerations And Strategies At Community Colleges 

Community colleges have a variety of ways to meet their capital investment needs. These include issuing debt secured either by their taxing authority or other revenues, partnering with third parties, or using operating cash flow or reserves. The decision on how to fund individual capital projects can be complex and driven by resources available, community sentiment, and project business plans. This session would provide an overview of the business conditions confronting community colleges across the nation, against which backdrop community colleges are making their decisions. The main portion of the presentation would be a panel discussion/case-study with two community colleges (Blinn College District in Texas and Southeast Community College in Nebraska) where each would discuss their institution’s approach to capital planning, how they have funded their capital projects, and how specific trends (in areas such as enrollment and academics) are impacting their current and future plans.

Joint Procurement

The concept of shared services is widely accepted as way to save money in higher education but the practical reality of merging your procurement process with other institutions while remaining compliant is daunting.  Learn how the barriers can be overcome and how you can start saving money on the products and services your institution uses every day.

Controlling Employee Spend 

An increasing amount of college spend is being enacted by employees. This spend is by nature decentralized and hard to manage.


Professional Development/Leadership Track:

What’s The Path To Becoming A CBO?

The panel presenters have diverse backgrounds, educations, and paths to the CBO role. They will discuss their individual background and experiences then open the floor for questions related to issues facing CBOs, campuses, etc. as well as questions from those interested in advancing their careers to a CBO role.

Humility, Empathy, Gratitude – Your Greatest Conflict Resolution Skills 

Whether you’re a leader, manager, or nine-to-fiver you work with other people. No one works alone; we have colleagues and customers, bosses and employees, team members and vendors.  Inevitably we’re bound to reach a conflict.   What makes us unique individuals also makes it impossible to work in perfect harmony; but you possess the greatest conflict resolutions skills already.  In this session we’ll explore how to use humility, empathy and gratitude to resolve conflict, bridge differences of opinion and strengthen relationships with people at work.

Well Organization, Well Workforce, Well Students: Transform Your Workplace With Better Organizational Wellbeing 

Educational institutions are challenged with designing effective wellbeing and engagement strategies that align with business, people and cultural needs, while balancing the needs of a diverse workforce. With these challenges comes a tremendous opportunity for organizations to frame an employee and customer value proposition that fuels organizational success. Leaders who embrace and promote a culture that values wellbeing can realize significant business outcomes empowered by a healthy, motivated and engaged workforce.

In this session, we’ll define the optimal wellbeing and engagement climate and review the challenges that face organizations looking to optimizing these investments. Next, we will assess the wellbeing and engagement strategies being utilized by educational institutions, how these compare against best-in-class employers and highlight opportunities to close these gaps. As part of this process, we will discuss how wellbeing and engagement strategies have transformed from linear, disconnected programs to holistic, dynamic and fully-integrated initiatives that better connect employees directly to their customers within the communities they serve. Finally, we will explore the range of qualitative and quantitative metrics available to educational institutions to value the impact of these investments.

Made for both beginners and advanced audiences!!

How Current Or Future CFOs Can Become More Adept At Overseeing The Facilities Function On A Day-To-Day Basis 

As business officers rise to the CFO level, they are often asked to manage functions in which they have no education or experience.  This session will be a panel discussion on how current or future CFOs can become more adept at overseeing the Facilities function.  This includes maintenance, custodial and grounds functions and usually includes multi-million dollar, high-profile construction projects.

Growing Affordable Leadership Development Programs As A Strategic Imperative 

As the complexity of our colleges and the challenges they face increase, institutions look to enhance the capacity of internal leaders to address these issues, design innovative solutions, and see opportunities on the horizon.  The advancement of internal leaders can be limited because of their siloed experience.  Colleges must find affordable, engaging, responsive, and effective ways to broaden employees’ professional development experiences, especially those employees seeking to move into higher level administrative positions.  This session highlights the structure, implementation, and outcomes of a replicable home-grown leadership development model that is linked to the strategic plan and provides participants with immersive learning experiences throughout the institution and beyond.