Sunday April 14th

Dinner and Opening Session, Social
Begin IU EDP by meeting fellow EDP classmates, Alumni and the EDP Board of Trustees during out welcome dinner and the opening session. A social will follow the opening session.

Opening Session
The Great Game of Business
Join international speaker, author, and strategist John Kennedy as he once again opens IU EDP with a bang! From the four stages of culture creation to the step-by-step approach to setting the standards of the "Great Game of Business," John will fill your toolboxes with strategies, suggestions and success for the best chance of growth this year!

Monday, April 15th

1stYear Students
Risky Business : How to Manage It
Risky Business isn't just legal jargon; it is full of real cases that have affected parks and recreation professionals. A panel of park professionals will share and discuss actual cases, the good, the bad and the ugly. Learn how to manage risk in your facilities, parks and program. Discussion focuses on preventing accidents and property loss and how to counteract excessive legal claims.
Panel Coordinators: Dan Bortner, Director of Indiana State Parks, Clay Chafin, Director of Plainfield (IN) Parks and Recreation Department, and Joseph Wynns, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN

2nd Year Students
Equity-Parks Serve Everyone
Equity - What does this mean for park systems? Issues of racial inequality are at the forefront today as our country becomes more diverse. We hear a lot about inequities in police interactions, housing, education and access to jobs. The gap between rich and poor is also growing, especially in cities. Do park systems and park agencies have a role in addressing issues of racial and economic equity? What do we need to consider? This session will explore strategies for addressing equitable access to parks and the equitable provision of recreation programs and facilities as demographics of this country change. Learn how to use unique local circumstances and park and community metrics to make funding decisions, address community interests and access park and programming needs.
Speaker: Jayne Miller, President & CEO Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

1st Year Students
Transformational Leadership: It's a Business
John Kennedy introduces the concept of the Great Game of Business. The premise is "you can't expect what you can't inspect"...and if we expect a stronger focused effort on the finance side, then there has to be a system to inspect it. John will introduce you to that system.
Speaker: John Kennedy, Consultant, Author and Strategist- John Kennedy Consulting

2nd Year Students
Bridging the Financial GAPS: Developing Grants, Alliances, Partnerships and Sponsors
Managing external resources will provide agencies the opportunity to become fiscally responsible by maximizing sponsorship dollars, reducing costs for services, and controlling the return on investments which will help agencies deal with declining resources.
Speaker: Joseph Wynns, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN

Tuesday April 16th

1st Year Students
Building Your Bench Strength: Succession Planning & Staff Development
Agencies are facing baby boomer retirements, budget reductions, and increasingly, vacated full-time positions are not being refilled with full-time employees. A key component of handling change is to have a skilled workforce that can meet today's challenges and future organizational needs. This session will help you address financial and operational challenges with job progressions and succession planning through identification of job related competencies, building talent pools and facilitating developmental opportunities for employees.
Speakers: Amy Hurd, Ph.D. CPRE, Director Graduate School, Illinois State University and Jayne Miller, President & CEO- Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

2nd Year Students
Data is Your Friend
If you are like most, you are uncomfortable with data. When you hear things like "analytics and data-driven decision making" we likely will see your backside headed towards the door. Research tells us that this resistance for many is grounded in a general fear of accountability. The reality is that those who work in service driven professions likes parks and recreation rather than in product driven industries can sometimes find it hard to see the value in this new age focus on data. If we can allow ourselves to think differently about data we can begin to see the benefits a bit more clearly and replace fear and anxiety with optimism and a better understanding of what it can do to help us in our work.
Speaker: Jamie Sabbach, Consultant- President & CEO 110%, Inc.

1st and 2nd Year Students
Roundtables: Challenging Traditional Approaches, Sharing Ideas, and Explaining What Works
What practices and experiences can you share with your fellow IU EDP classmates? What issues are impacting you and your agency? This joint session is an opportunity for you to call the sessions you want to, and be part of the conversations you need to. Using a technique from the Art of Hosting, you'll host roundtable discussions that allow you to network, learn and share with other attendees, board members and instructors. This will give you the opportunity to interact with many professionals from across the country on subjects important to you, providing you needed resources to navigate change and make improvements. If you're in need of a solution or inspiration, bring a topic with you to discuss!
Facilitator: Jackie O'Connell, CPRP, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Wednesday April 17th

1st Year Students
Asking the Hard Questions
The political waters, dynamic social and economic environments in which we live and work, and the changing landscape of the business of public parks and recreation have left many to wonder what it will all means moving forward. The management of our organizations today depends on all of us focusing on what is at the heart of our challenges rather than just the symptoms. Too often we find ourselves putting out fires when we should be looking at what caused the blaze in the first place. This "whack -a-mole" approach to managing our systems has led to reactionary management, short sighted vision, and questions concerning why it is we do what we do.
Speaker: Jamie Sabbach, Consultant- President & CEO 110% , Inc.

2nd Year Students
Selection and Interviewing: "The Last Person Standing Wins!"
Hiring the most qualified candidate is fiscally prudent, as the impact of replacing a hire that doesn't work out can be costly. Participants will be introduced to competency-based interviewing techniques and will walk away with an interviewing style that helps select candidates based on their potential to succeed. Includes a 'mock' assessment center process in which attendees will participate.
Speaker: Mick Renneisen, Deputy Mayor- City of Bloomington, IN