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2018 IAPD Leadership Institute - Board Members
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5/10/2018 to 10/4/2018
When: 5/10, 6/21, 7/19, 8/2, 10/4
Where: Hoffman Estates Park District's Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club
1400 Poplar Creek Drive
Hoffman Estates, Illinois  60169
United States
Contact: Sue Triphahn

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Foundations of Leadership – “They” Know It when “They” See It! Workshop

Hoffman Estates Park District’s

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

6pm – 9pm

Cultivate and hone the characteristics, skills and vision you need to lead people. Focused on developing skill sets that assist participants in becoming stronger, more confident and respected leaders and managers, this presentation addresses the foundations that lead to effective execution – internally and externally.

Learning Outcomes:

•           Understand the difference between management and leadership

•           Learn the seven rules of trust and how they apply to you

•           Review “best practices” in written, verbal and email communication

•           Depart with a leadership “action plan” for success


Thursday, June 21, 2018 

YOUR “Someday” is NOW - The Power of Positivity!

Webinar 11am – 12Noon

Optimism, confidence and character propel you, personally and professionally, to becoming your best YOU. Your positive and optimistic mind-set is a competitive advantage. Positivity enhances the spirit of an organization, creating a connection between the company, clients and colleagues. The workplace is not perfect. We are all challenged with unexpected hurdles. How you productively tackle these road blocks in your life determines your future. Harness your positive energy and use it to achieve and assist. In the end, you work for you – YOU are your company. Start today with the Power of Positivity. What are you waiting for?

Learning Outcomes:

•           Developing a personal brand focused on positivity

•           “Snap out of it’ – 10 tips to harnessing your emotions

•           Didn’t see that coming – Preparing for the unexpected

•           Say what? Honing your communication skills for more positive outcomes

•           The myth of more – cultivating recognition and gratitude


Thursday, July 19, 2018

You Inc. The Power of Your Personal Brand

Webinar 11am – Noon

Your brand is a critical tool for your career success, creating your competitive advantage. As you showcase your best assets and deliver on them, your brand comes down to perception. How others perceive and experience interactions with you, influences the impression that you create in their minds. Personally and professionally, your brand is decided for you, by others. What can you do to create and communicate the brand that best represents you?

Whether you lead a team or are an integral part of one, your positive brand, influenced by action, can motivate others to bring their best to the workplace. In the end, you work for you. YOU are your company. So, get out there and show the world your best YOU! 

Learning Outcomes:

•           What is a personal brand and why is it important?

•           Brand Consistency: Who are you – internally and externally

•           The first 30 seconds: Communicating your uniqueness and value

•           Body language and its influence on your message

•           Your personal impact and its effect on others


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Core Leadership Skills that lead to Respect and Harmony

Webinar 11am – Noon

No matter what your position is at your agency, leadership is a necessary component. When everyone is treated with respect and courtesy, productivity and morale increase, leading to success at all levels. This presentation is focused on honing YOUR leadership skills to mesh with the role you have at your agency and to foster respect and harmony.

Your agency has what it takes to be the best – and it starts with YOU! 

Learning Outcomes Include:

  • An overview of how intentional leadership inspires respect at all levels
  • How effective leadership cultivates top performers
  • Review of core leadership skills and how to inspire your team to live them
  • Ideas on how to instill a culture of leadership as second nature


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Launching Successful Leaders: “Can I hear YOU?” Recharging YOUR Communication Skills Workshop

Hoffman Estates Park District’s

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

6pm – 9pm

Communication is the foundation of leadership. Being able to explain situations and convince others is an essential skill in management and life in general! As the adage attests, “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Your business depends on how your clients feel about you; your relationships are built on the image that others create of you. With theories from “The Tallest Tree” to “Avoiding Self Sabotage” – this workshop is a refresher course on the most important item to communicate – the brand called YOU!

Learning Outcomes:

•           Identify ways to communicate efficiently and tactfully with colleagues and clients

•           Learn ways to identify the barriers to effective and active listening

•           Discuss communication challenges in their daily business lives

•           Recognize how their personal body language, tone and words impact others



Gail Lowney Alofsin is a national speaker, university professor, humanitarian, author and business executive. Gail provides audiences with practical tools, education and inspiration to achieve leadership, communication and business success.  Passionate about education and training, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island since 1999 and Salve Regina University since 2015. She is the author of YOUR Someday is NOW - What are YOU Waiting For? focused on work/life integration in addition to business success.  Published in 2014, 100% of sales of her book have benefited non-profit organizations with over $36,500 raised to date. Gail is also the host of “Leadership at ALL Levels,” a popular radio show on 3M Broadcasting WADK. Her show is now in its fourth year.

A graduate of Tufts University, Gail serves on several non-profit boards focused on education and hunger. She has been a volunteer for her family's foundation, the Haitian Health Foundation, for over three decades.