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Leadership Series
July 12, 19, & 26, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Leadership Series

Further your leadership skills this summer with NACAS

Conquer this Phase of Your Career

You don’t just want to get things done, you want to make positive change happen. If you are an emerging professional looking to take that next step as a leader in the field, or a mid-level manager looking for a workplace refresh, we invite you to the Virtual Leadership Series.

Each attendee will receive a copy of The Leadership Challenge by international bestselling authors and longtime research partners Kouzes & Posner and will be asked to read certain chapters prior to attending.


Taking place July 12, 19, and 26 from 2–4 p.m. ET each day. Sessions focus on leadership, data-driven decision making, and forecasts of the future of auxiliary services in higher education by senior-level leaders.

July 12

Leadership: Forming your Style, Whether you Manage One, None, or Many
Presenters: Damon Mitchell & Danielle Bouton
Format: Zoom with breakouts (interactive)
Based on The Leadership Challenge, learn to form a leadership style that yields improved results by applying five leadership practices. The Leadership Challenge is a field guide for becoming the kind of leader that other people want to follow. Will you and your organization step up for the challenge? You’ll both be glad you did!

July 19

Data-Driven Decision Making
Presenters: Lisa Catanese and David Lee Akers
Format: Zoom
Did you set an alarm for this morning? Did you hit the ‘snooze’ button? How many times? You just made a data-driven decision! This presentation begins with a focus on how and why data may frighten some people. Discuss differences between complex data & simple data and explore how to make complex data easier to interpret by using more visual representations in our personal and professional life. Break process improvement into smaller, digestible steps to be less overwhelming to your organization.

July 26

What’s Next for Auxiliary Operations?
Presenters: Emily Messa, CASP, PhD and Chris Bradie, Ed D
Format: Zoom
Senior-level leaders in auxiliary services share their insight and predictions on auxiliary services’ role in higher education in the coming years. Will things be radically different in the next 5-10 years or will the trajectory of higher education remain the same? How will operations continue to contribute to the bottom line while also impacting student success? What technologies and innovations should be invested in now? What programs or services need to be reimagined or removed? Soak up their forecasts and use this knowledge to help shape how you show up as a leader, make data-driven decisions, and positively impact higher education.