Training and Events

Keynote Presentations

In addition to training sessions listed below, I am available for keynote presentations for events, and I also provide training sessions for groups. For keynote presentations, or for customized sessions, please reach out to me through my contact page.

Upcoming Training Sessions and Events

New Keynote for 2024: THE HERO'S JOURNEY • Presented In Person for Your Special Event!

Keynote Presentation:  • THE HERO’S JOURNEY •

Presented In Person for Your Special Event

I am excited to announce the launch of a new keynote presentation for 2024 which I call THE HERO’S JOURNEY.  And, I am delighted that already this presentation has been a huge hit in inspiring, uplifting and validating the people and organizations affiliated with the magnificent Head Start program!

This engaging and interactive keynote presentation celebrates as heroes the people and organizations affiliated with Head Start, and highlights themes around compassion, self-care and personal wellness, teamwork, and the service we bring to the children and families we serve.

 

Contact me at walnutleadership.com/contact/ for pricing and scheduling

Keynote: THE HERO'S JOURNEY • For Idaho Head Start Conference - Boise, ID • Jan. 30, 2024

Keynote Presentation:  • THE HERO’S JOURNEY •

Idaho Head Start Association Conference

Boise, ID • January 30, 2024 at 8:45am

I am excited to provide the keynote presentation — THE HERO’S JOURNEY — for the Idaho Head Start Association Conference at the Oxford Hotel in Boise, Idaho!  Get ready, my friends, for a morning of inspiring, uplifting and validating the people and organizations affiliated with the magnificent Head Start program!

This engaging and interactive keynote presentation celebrates as heroes the people and organizations affiliated with Head Start, and highlights themes around compassion, self-care and personal wellness, teamwork, and the service we bring to the children and families we serve.

 

Contact Megan Woller, IHSA Executive Director at [email protected] for information and registration

From Supervisor to SuperVIBER: The Supervision Academy • For Pennsylvania Head Start Association • 3-Part Series • Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 (via Zoom)

Mon., Jan. 29, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Mon., Feb. 5, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 12:00PM EST

Mon., Feb. 12, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 12:00PM EST

“People don’t quit their job, they quit their supervisor.”  That’s the finding, essentially, of recent research from the Gallup organization.  Outstanding employee performance (and retention) requires outstanding supervision.  Yes, wages and benefits are important, but so too is the vibe and climate created by the supervisor.  This workshop will review the key principles of supervision, including the proper balance of support and accountability, the mindset, values and character of outstanding supervisors, non-attachment to results, and how to handle challenges when the going gets tough.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the core function of supervision, and why it matters, including implications for organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will consider the balance and sequence of support and accountability, including the mindset and practices necessary to help employees develop and perform at their greatest potential.
  • Participants will discuss key concepts around accountability at the individual and team levels, “ownership” for supervisory performance, and how to handle challenging situations around employee performance or behavior when the going gets tough.

3-Part Series • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Mon., Jan. 29, 2024 Mon., Feb. 5, 2024 Mon., Feb. 12, 2024 

Via Zoom 

Head Start Program Planning + Self-Assessment...DEMYSTIFIED! • For Region IV Head Start Conference - Atlanta, GA • Feb. 27, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (Repeat)

Tues., Feb. 27, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (Repeat)

Region IV Head Start Conference ● Hilton Atlanta ● Atlanta, GA

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) provide specific requirements around establishing and achieving program goals, including strategic long-term goals responsive to community needs, goals for the provision of program services (inclusive of health and safety practices), and school readiness goals.  These goals are informed by the program’s community assessment, self-assessment and monitoring, and result in plans required for federal grant submissions in the Head Start Enterprise System (HSES).  This session will provide meaningful, easy-to-understand guidance, tools and templates for program leaders and participants to streamline and coordinate these processes and plans for better clarity, utility and impact.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will discuss the HSPPS around program planning and self-assessment, along with the types of goals and plans required by federal regulations.
  • Participants will review templates for developing three clear, actionable, “foundational plans,” including: (A) Strategic Long-Term Plan; (B) Quality Assurance, Innovation & TTA Plan; and (C) School Readiness Plan.
  • Participants will learn tools and formats for structuring meaningful and participatory processes for facilitating annual program planning and self-assessment.

Tues., Feb. 27, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (repeat)

Hilton Atlanta ● Atlanta, GA 

From Supervisor to SuperVIBER: The Supervision Boot Camp • For Region IV Head Start Conference - Atlanta, GA • Feb. 28, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (Repeat)

Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (Repeat)

Region IV Head Start Conference ● Hilton Atlanta ● Atlanta, GA

“People don’t quit their job, they quit their supervisor.”  That’s the finding, essentially, of recent research from the Gallup organization.  Outstanding employee performance (and retention) requires outstanding supervision.  Yes, wages and benefits are important, but so too is the vibe and climate created by the supervisor.  This workshop will review the key principles of supervision, including the proper balance of support and accountability, the mindset, values and character of outstanding supervisors, non-attachment to results, and how to handle challenges when the going gets tough.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the core function of supervision, and why it matters, including implications for organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will consider the balance and sequence of support and accountability, including the mindset and practices necessary to help employees develop and perform at their greatest potential.
  • Participants will discuss key concepts around accountability at the individual and team levels, “ownership” for supervisory performance, and how to handle challenging situations around employee performance or behavior when the going gets tough.

Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (repeat)

Hilton Atlanta ● Atlanta, GA

Head Start Program Planning + Self-Assessment...DEMYSTIFIED! • March 11, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Monday, March 11, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) provide specific requirements around establishing and achieving program goals, including strategic long-term goals responsive to community needs, goals for the provision of program services (inclusive of health and safety practices), and school readiness goals.  These goals are informed by the program’s community assessment, self-assessment and monitoring, and result in plans required for federal grant submissions in the Head Start Enterprise System (HSES).  This session will provide meaningful, easy-to-understand guidance, tools and templates for program leaders and participants to streamline and coordinate these processes and plans for better clarity, utility and impact.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will discuss the HSPPS around program planning and self-assessment, along with the types of goals and plans required by federal regulations.
  • Participants will review templates for developing three clear, actionable, “foundational plans,” including: (A) Strategic Long-Term Plan; (B) Quality Assurance, Innovation & TTA Plan; and (C) School Readiness Plan.
  • Participants will learn tools and formats for structuring meaningful and participatory processes for facilitating annual program planning and self-assessment.

Monday, March 11, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

From Supervisor to SuperVIBER: The Supervision Boot Camp • March 13, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

“People don’t quit their job, they quit their supervisor.”  That’s the finding, essentially, of recent research from the Gallup organization.  Outstanding employee performance (and retention) requires outstanding supervision.  Yes, wages and benefits are important, but so too is the vibe and climate created by the supervisor.  This workshop will review the key principles of supervision, including the proper balance of support and accountability, the mindset, values and character of outstanding supervisors, non-attachment to results, and how to handle challenges when the going gets tough.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the core function of supervision, and why it matters, including implications for organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will consider the balance and sequence of support and accountability, including the mindset and practices necessary to help employees develop and perform at their greatest potential.
  • Participants will discuss key concepts around accountability at the individual and team levels, “ownership” for supervisory performance, and how to handle challenging situations around employee performance or behavior when the going gets tough.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

Self-Regulated Leadership with Emotional Intelligence • March 26, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

Leadership is challenging work.  Directors, managers, supervisors, teachers and others – we’re all leaders.  Leading with emotional intelligence provides the firm foundation for relationships, trust, and high-functioning organizational cultures and climates of teamwork, communication and mutual support.  How can leaders optimize well-being and utilize executive function to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth?  Using the Emotional Intelligence (EI) model introduced by psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman, this workshop unpacks some of the key elements of EI necessary for great leadership, and how we cultivate and develop these qualities in ourselves and in those around us.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will consider the motivations and mindset which provide the foundation for leading with emotional intelligence
  • Participants will discuss the heartset of empathy, and utilizing well-developed social skills to support the well-being of others and cultivate organizational culture
  • Participants will review anchoring practices around personal wellness and self-care, including self-awareness and self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our best responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

From Supervisor to SuperVIBER: The Supervision Boot Camp • March 28, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

“People don’t quit their job, they quit their supervisor.”  That’s the finding, essentially, of recent research from the Gallup organization.  Outstanding employee performance (and retention) requires outstanding supervision.  Yes, wages and benefits are important, but so too is the vibe and climate created by the supervisor.  This workshop will review the key principles of supervision, including the proper balance of support and accountability, the mindset, values and character of outstanding supervisors, non-attachment to results, and how to handle challenges when the going gets tough.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the core function of supervision, and why it matters, including implications for organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will consider the balance and sequence of support and accountability, including the mindset and practices necessary to help employees develop and perform at their greatest potential.
  • Participants will discuss key concepts around accountability at the individual and team levels, “ownership” for supervisory performance, and how to handle challenging situations around employee performance or behavior when the going gets tough.

Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

Self-Regulated Leadership with Emotional Intelligence • April 2, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

Leadership is challenging work.  Directors, managers, supervisors, teachers and others – we’re all leaders.  Leading with emotional intelligence provides the firm foundation for relationships, trust, and high-functioning organizational cultures and climates of teamwork, communication and mutual support.  How can leaders optimize well-being and utilize executive function to process challenging situations, minimize reaction and stress, and respond constructively with humility, compassion and truth?  Using the Emotional Intelligence (EI) model introduced by psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman, this workshop unpacks some of the key elements of EI necessary for great leadership, and how we cultivate and develop these qualities in ourselves and in those around us.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will consider the motivations and mindset which provide the foundation for leading with emotional intelligence
  • Participants will discuss the heartset of empathy, and utilizing well-developed social skills to support the well-being of others and cultivate organizational culture
  • Participants will review anchoring practices around personal wellness and self-care, including self-awareness and self-regulation techniques which enable us to choose our best responses, rather than reacting from ego, in challenging situations

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

Head Start & Early Head Start Collaborative Partnership Boot Camp • April 4, 2024 at 2:30 PM EST (Zoom Webinar)

Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

We all know the basics – make sure that you have a written agreement or contract, and make sure that the partner agrees to follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards, right?! However, Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and programs funded under the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships grant, need much more than the obvious elements in order to be successful. Launching partnerships with schools, child care centers and other providers is one thing, but sustaining truly collaborative, enduring, high-quality HS/EHS partnerships requires a very thoughtful and structured approach. This introductory workshop for program leaders will consider the typical challenges we face in assuring successful partnerships, and the management practices and specific tools necessary to position partnerships for compliance, quality, engagement and long-term success.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will identify and discuss the most common roadblocks and obstacles to developing strong, long-term, Head Start and Early Head Start collaborative partnerships.
  • Participants will consider the key phases of the collaborative partnership journey: (1) Courting and Contemplating; (2) Committing and Contracting; and (3) Collaborating and Cultivating for Quality, Compliance and Continuity.
  • Participants will learn techniques, and review specific tools, for vetting and formalizing potential Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships, and for guiding and supporting ongoing engagement, program management, quality and compliance.

Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST via Zoom

$199 per person 

(Group discounts for 12 or more: walnutleadership.com/contact/)

From Supervisor to SuperVIBER: The Supervision Boot Camp • For National Head Start Conference - Portland, OR • April 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM PST

Wed., April 17, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST

National Head Start Conference ● Portland Convention Center ● Portland, OR

“People don’t quit their job, they quit their supervisor.”  That’s the finding, essentially, of recent research from the Gallup organization.  Outstanding employee performance (and retention) requires outstanding supervision.  Yes, wages and benefits are important, but so too is the vibe and climate created by the supervisor.  This workshop will review the key principles of supervision, including the proper balance of support and accountability, the mindset, values and character of outstanding supervisors, non-attachment to results, and how to handle challenges when the going gets tough.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will review the core function of supervision, and why it matters, including implications for organizational culture and climate.
  • Participants will consider the balance and sequence of support and accountability, including the mindset and practices necessary to help employees develop and perform at their greatest potential.
  • Participants will discuss key concepts around accountability at the individual and team levels, “ownership” for supervisory performance, and how to handle challenging situations around employee performance or behavior when the going gets tough.

Wed., April 17, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Portland Convention Center ● Portland, OR

Leading with Emotional Intelligence • For National Head Start Conference - Portland, OR • April 18, 2024 at 9:00 AM PST

Thurs., April 18, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST

National Head Start Conference ● Portland Convention Center ● Portland, OR

Leadership is challenging work.  Directors, managers, supervisors, teachers and others – we’re all leaders.  And while technical skills are important – managing budgets, planning, analyzing data, implementing curriculum, and other processes – leading with emotional intelligence provides the firm foundation for relationships, trust, and high-functioning organizational cultures and climates of teamwork, communication and mutual support.  Using the Emotional Intelligence (EI) model introduced by psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman, this workshop unpacks some of the key elements of EI necessary for great leadership, and how we cultivate and develop these qualities in ourselves and in those around us.  

Learning objectives

  • Participants will consider the motivations and mindset which provide the foundation for leading with emotional intelligence. 
  • Participants will discuss the heartset of empathy, and utilizing well-developed social skills to support the well-being of others.
  • Participants will review anchoring practices around personal wellness and self-care, including self-awareness and self-regulation.

Thurs., April 18, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Portland Convention Center ● Portland, OR

MODERNIZING Head Start • A BLUEPRINT FOR HOPE • For Virginia Head Start Conference - Virginia Beach, VA • June 19, 2024

MODERNIZING Head Start • A Blueprint for Hope

Virginia Head Start Association Conference

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel

Virginia Beach, VA • June 19 from 8:30am to 4:30pm 

Across the nation, leaders of local Head Start programs, Head Start state associations and Head Start regional associations share a deep concern that there is a multifaceted crisis occurring nationally with the Head Start program which includes alarming trends around workforce, child health and safety, trauma, mental health and behavioral issues, and more.  We will soon enter the second quarter of the 21st century and Head Start cannot thrive with 20th century models.  We – the field – need to modernize the program and quickly.  And, by “Head Start,” I am referring collectively to Head Start and Early Head Start.

This full-day session for Head Start leaders and managers will consider crucial road maps for the modernization of local Head Start programs, and include the following segments:

Quality Drivers and Structural Necessities.  Participants will review data and engage in discussions around program quality drivers such as Head Start pay parity with public schools, smaller group sizes and ratios, smaller caseloads for Family Service Workers, optimizing management team structures, and more.

Dollars and Sense: Regional Cost-Per-Child Gaps and Metrics.  Participants will explore Head Start and Early Head Start cost-per-child data in terms of transparency, disparities, metrics and targets.

Arrange for Hope with Change in Scope.  Participants will review strategies to inspire and encourage local programs to submit, or resubmit, bold Change in Scope applications, supported by robust data, and advocacy for timely support and approval from OHS.

This full-day workshop will also consider key benefits and strategies around Head Start and Early Head Start collaborative partnerships with schools, child care centers and other providers, the typical challenges we face in assuring successful partnerships, and the management practices and specific tools necessary to position partnerships for compliance, quality, engagement and long-term success.

Contact Dawn Ault, VAHSA Executive Director at [email protected] for information and registration

New Keynote for 2024: THE HERO'S JOURNEY • Presented In Person for Your Special Event!

Keynote Presentation:  • THE HERO’S JOURNEY •

Presented In Person for Your Special Event

I am excited to announce the launch of a new keynote presentation for 2024 which I call THE HERO’S JOURNEY.  And, I am delighted that already this presentation has been a huge hit in inspiring, uplifting and validating the people and organizations affiliated with the magnificent Head Start program!

This engaging and interactive keynote presentation celebrates as heroes the people and organizations affiliated with Head Start, and highlights themes around compassion, self-care and personal wellness, teamwork, and the service we bring to the children and families we serve.

 

Contact me at walnutleadership.com/contact/ for pricing and scheduling

Dates and times.  Please note: All times listed are U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.  Please determine the time that training will take place in your local time zone.

Zoom.  Please make sure that you have the latest version of Zoom installed on your device, and that you are familiar with Zoom’s basic functions, as we do not have the capacity to provide technical support for computer, mobile, wi-fi or internet connectivity issues for attendees.

No refunds.  Due to the logistics of training sessions, we cannot issue refunds for folks who register but then are unable to attend, or those who have technical issues.  If you cannot attend a session for which you registered, please reach out via the contact page for a credit for an upcoming training session to be redeemed within 6 months of the original session.