Sunday April 15th

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

Opening Session
The Cannoli Factor

Join international speaker, author, and strategist John Kennedy as he opens IU EDP with a bang! From John's popular book, "Management that Cooks" we will learn about the "Cannoli Factor" of motivation and retention in today's workplace. John will share his after-dinner message with a surprising twist: What motivates folks today might be different than what you think! Hint: it isn't all about the Benjamin's anymore. This interactive program will set the tone for the 2018 program.

Monday, April 16th

1st Year and 2nd Year 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 programs. Discussion focuses on preventing accidents and property loss and how to counteract excessive legal claims.
Panel Coordinator:Dan Bortner, Director of Indiana State Parks

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
Equity – Parks Serve Everyone

Equity – What does this mean for park systems? As a society, we are facing issues of equity 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 to address equity issues? 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, Superintendent - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Tuesday, April 17th

1st Year Students
Managing Change through Job Progressions and Succession Planning
Agencies are facing baby boomer retirements, budget reductions, and increasingly, vacated full-time positions are not being refilled with full-time employees. These issues have caused agencies to make major changes in how they do business. A key component of handling change is to have a skilled workforce that can meet today's challenges and future organizational needs. This session is designed to help agencies address financial and operational challenges with job progressions and succession planning through identification of job related competencies, building talent pools, and facilitating development opportunities for employees.
Speakers: Amy Hurd, PH.D, CPRE. Director Graduate School, Illinois State University and Jayne Miller, Superintendent - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2nd Year Students
Bridging the Financial GAPS: Developing Grants, Alliances Partnerships and Sponsors
This interactive session will address the importance of managing meaningful partnerships which will in turn provide agencies the opportunity to become 'fiscally responsible' by maximizing sponsorships dollars and program support, reducing costs for services, and controlling the return on investments which will help agencies deal with declining resources.
Speaker: Joseph Wynns, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN

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 IUEDP 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.
Speaker: Jackie O'Connell, CPRP, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Wednesday, April 18th

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 mean moving forward. The management of our organizations today depends on all of us focusing on what's 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

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. The session will include a 'mock' assessment center process in which attendees will participate.
Speakers: Mick Renneisen, Deputy Mayor City of Bloomington, IN and Jean Joque, Consultant, Bedford, IN