2007 Artful Leadership Conference Feedback
Author: by Jenny Sherman, Senior Manager, Office of Human Resources
Posted: August 15, 2008
Words of Wisdom
“When leaders are strong and growing, the people they lead have greater confidence in themselves, feel more engaged, and execute the business strategy more effectively.”

by (Best Practices for Tomorrow’s Global Leaders, Leadership Forecast 2005/2006, Development Dimensions International)

On June 26 and 27, 2007, a one and one-half day conference for University leaders offered presentations on Conflict Resolution, Organizational Change, Improving Performance in a Collegial Environment, Intercultural Competence, and Employment Law. The feedback about the topics and the presenters was overwhelmingly positive.

In summary, the Conference attracted 107 participants. The group was about equally split between teaching faculty (Schools and supporting departments) and non-teaching faculty (FADM, President’s Office, and University Communications).

Responses were high to the request for Evaluation of both individual sessions as well as the overall conference. The table shown here summarizes the overall conference evaluation data and reflects responses from 68 participants.

Outcomes/Speakers Score (out of 5)
Increased future competence 4.7 My expectations were: 22 Met / 46 Exceed
Got some new and useful ideas 4.7
Good investment of my time
20 Yes /
47 very much
Speakers had command of subject 4.9
Overall Quality 13 Good / 55 Excellent
Speakers made subject interesting 4.9
Want Conference Next Year
58 – Yes/0 - No

The Conference Planning Committee members were pleased with these excellent results and that participants want more on-site leadership development opportunities. In an effort to plan for additional training, some activities are underway:

  • First, the Vice Presidents have had an opportunity to provide input for future plans.
  • In addition, the Conference Planning Committee will reconvene for a debrief and discussion in early September.
  • Finally, it would be helpful to hear from you about topics that you would like to see included in future trainings. Please click here to fill out the survey.