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  • NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 1

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    Three speed sessions streamed from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference: Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol; WE GOT ENGAGED! Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Part-Time Workforce; and If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff.

    imageThree speed sessions streamed from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference:

     Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol 

    There's no doubt that our society's definition of status has shifted from what you own to what you do. More than ever before consumers are driven to spend money on exclusive and elevated activities. Parks & recreation couldn't be better poised to take advantage of this experienced-based economy, but often falls short in showcasing our parks, programs, and facilities as the status-worthy opportunities that they are. Learn about the trends fueling this consumer behavior and get inspired with ideas you can adapt in your community.

    WE GOT ENGAGED! Tips for Communicating Effectively with Your Part-Time Workforce

    This speed session will focus on tackling the challenges of effectively communicating with large numbers of part-time employees in an efficient manner that encourages collaboration, mentorship, and employee development. Attendees will learn about the benefits of creating a part-time advisory council, embracing the unique talents found in a diverse department, and exposing the part-time workforce to the varied and wide-ranging careers that can be found under the Parks and Recreation umbrella. Discussion topics will include lessons learned from an array of communication and efficiency barriers and tips to prepare for the future of increased service demands while balancing staff challenges.

    If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff

    As an administrator you must create a culture of nurturing and identifying talents in order to FEED the supervisors and allow them to grow into successful and effective leaders. They must be encouraged to take risks and act as coaches and mentors to their staff. They must ask, guide, communicate, encourage, and delegate while being the best sideline cheerleaders they can be. Come learn the recipe needed to ensure the success of your team. Hear the story of how a change in leadership style changed the culture of an entire Division. Join me in my quest to save the staff FROM BEING EATEN and leave with ideas that can be implemented easily in your own organization.

    Bobbi Nance

    Recreation Results

    Bobbi is the President of Recreation Results. Recognized as a national leader in performance measurement and innovation, she partners with parks & recreation agencies across North America to help them find value in their data, streamline processes, and focus on the 'why' instead of the 'what.' Bobbi has 15 years of experience working in the field of parks and recreation and has been featured in national magazines, blogs, and podcasts, and presents workshops across North America where she is known for breaking down complex and buzzwordy concepts into approachable and practical advice that participants can put to use right away.

    Adam Blackmore

    Recreation Superintendent, City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation

    Adam is the Recreation Superintendent with the City of Henderson Department of Public Works, Parks & Recreation in Henderson, Nevada. In this role he oversees all Recreation Division operations including aquatic operations of 10 facilities, outdoor recreation, city special events, youth and adult programming, senior services and recreation center operations for 8 centers. The position manages 65 full-time employees and 500-1,000 part-time staff depending on the season.  He previously served as the President of the Nevada Recreation and Park Society and was on the Southern Nevada Children’s Drowning Prevention Coalition Board of Directors. Blackmore has been in the recreation industry for 12 years working in both the public and private sectors, respectively. Current certifications include National Recreation & Park Association Certified Parks & Recreation Executive (CPRE) and National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator. Previously he held the positions of Director of Water Resort Operations with CoCo Key Water Resorts and Assistant Aquatics Manager for Plainfield, IN Parks and Recreation. Blackmore received his Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from Indiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Missouri Western State University. He has presented at the National Recreation & Park Association Congress on multiple occasions, the World Waterpark Association Symposium, Association of Aquatics Professionals Conference and the Nevada Recreation and Park Society annual conference.

    Shannon Keleher

    Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Frisco

    Shannon Keieher has been working in both recreation and education for approximately 20 years. Keieher earned a BA in Elementary Education, a MBA, and most recently a PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods at the University of Florida; GO GATORS! Keieher holds multiple professional certifications including a CPRE.  Keieher's areas of research and interest currently include data driven decision making, the power of play in the workplace, the efficacy of equine psychotherapy with female trauma survivors and the science of storytelling. Keieher is also a published author and has experience speaking locally, nationally and internationally.  

  • Speed Sessions Bundle

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    This product contains the speed sessions that were streamed and recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference.

    imageThis product contains the speed sessions that were streamed and recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference. Included in this bundle are the following:

    NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 1

    • Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol
    • WE GOT ENGAGED! Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Part-Time Workforce
    • If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff.

    NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 2

    • Fantastic Female Recreation Leaders and Where to Find Them
    • The Public's Health Agency: Parks and Recreation's Critical Role in Communities
    • Unlock your Fundraising Future: 10 Rules for Attracting - and Sustaining - Donors to your Mission
  • New to the Profession Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Topics in this bundle tackle the growing challenge of onboarding individuals who enter into parks and rec.

    imageThe parks and recreation industry has the growing challenge of onboarding individuals who come to parks and recreation from a variety of previous experiences and education. These sessions curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference are focused on developing individuals who are new to the profession, providing an introduction to the industry, and providing insight into future career paths and development. Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

  • Telling the Park and Recreation Story

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Advocating for parks and recreation should be integrated into everything that the park and recreation professional does.

    imageAdvocating for parks and recreation should be integrated into everything that the park and recreation professional does. This bundle includes sessions curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference that express how parks and recreation professionals can extend the narrative and advocate for the industry. Included in this package are the following sessions:

  • Design and Maintenance Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This bundle includes sessions curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference on the topic of design and maintenance.

    imageThis bundle includes sessions curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference on the topic of design and maintenance. Included in this bundle are the following sessions: 

  • Inclusion and Social Equity Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    In alignment with our social equity pillar, this bundle includes curated sessions from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference.

    imageIn alignment with our social equity pillar, this bundle includes curated sessions from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference on the topic of inclusion and social equity. Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

  • Funding Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    With tightening purse strings, it is often necessary for the park and recreation professional to seek alternative sources of funding.

    image With tightening purse strings, it is often necessary for the park and recreation professional to seek alternative sources of funding. These sessions, curated from the NRPA 2018 Annual conference, cover the topic of funding. Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

  • NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 2

    Contains 8 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    This product includes 3 speed sessions recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference: Fantastic Female Recreation Leaders and Where to Find Them; The Public's Health Agency: Parks and Recreation's Critical Role in Communities; and Unlock your Fundraising Future: 10 Rules for Attracting - and Sustaining - Donors to your Mission

    imageThis product includes 3 speed sessions recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference:

    Fantastic Female Recreation Leaders and Where to Find Them

    Female contributions to recreation, parks and open space in our country are far-reaching and often underrepresented in the national conversation about the future of our parks and recreation spaces. This session will highlight women who have influenced land conservation, social equity, and health and wellness in our communities, like Dorothy Enderis, who in the early 20th century advocated for leisure as a necessary element of mental and physical well-being and Cora Masters Barry who founded Recreation Wish List which geared towards teaching urban youth how to play tennis and engage them in team sports. The session is meant to provoke meaningful discussion that highlights strong females devoted to positive impact on their communities.

    Engage the Silent Voices

    As stewards of community resources, charged with providing services to all residents, we ask: What segments of your community have “silent voices”? Does your entire community feel the services are fair and equitable, and that you’re meeting their needs? Who are you not serving, and how do you know you’re not serving them? Explore some ‘pulse strategies’ and create a plan that helps you listen to and engage with the diverse perspectives in your community.

    Unlock your Fundraising Future: 10 Rules for Attracting - and Sustaining - Donors to your Mission

    In a time of ever-shrinking budgets, many public agencies are considering how they can tap into America's culture of philanthropy to diversify revenue and achieve their mission. From partnering with external "friends" groups, to hiring professional fundraising staff, to establishing a 501c3 supporting organization, there are many models for turning your users into life-long donors, advocates, and ambassadors for your mission. But which is right for you? And what messages inspire people to give beyond their tax dollars? This session will present 10 rules for establishing - and growing - a vibrant donor community to take your agency to the next level.

    Dannielle Wilson

    Consultant, DW Recreation Consulting

    Dannielle Wilson, owner and senior consultant, has worked as a practitioner for three park and recreation agencies, two special districts, and one municipal department. With undergraduate and master’s degrees in recreation administration as well as continuing education experiences like NRPA’s Revenue Development and Management School, she backs up her nearly 15 years of practical experience with a solid educational foundation. Dannielle has served in senior leadership roles at two organizations and has, since 2016, consulted on over a dozen projects for agencies across the nation.

    Rebekah Snyder

    Chief Development Officer, Lake County Forest Preserve District

    Rebekah Snyder is chief development officer of the Lake County Forest Preserve District and executive director of the Preservation Foundation, an independent 501c3 charity with a mission to extend and accelerate the Forest Preserves impact. In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of raising charitable support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, including board and committee management, budget and program development, the Annual Fund, grant-writing, capital campaigns, and major and planned giving. Rebekah is a member of the District’s senior management team, reporting to the Lake County Forest Preserves Board of Commissioners and the Board of Directors of the Preservation Foundation.

    Prior to joining the District, Rebekah was associate director of development for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and senior development officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Yale University. 

    Rhiannon Sinclair

    Urban Planner, Agency Landscape + Planning

    Rhiannon is an urban planner with Agency Landscape and Planning, a women-run business which works with diverse and innovative public organizations across the country. She has considerable experience communicating communicating information to broad audiences to promote strong community exchange and empowerment within a planning process. She has worked with many driven women leaders in the recreation field, including Howard County, Maryland and Greensboro, North Carolina. She helped facilitate the NRPA Innovation Lab in Boston and will speak on the topic of diversity at the National ASLA conference in October 2018. Rhiannon has a bachelor degree in architecture from Philadelphia University and a master degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

  • Partnering with Land Trusts

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    Learn how park and recreation agencies and land trusts are working together to protect land, engage their community, and ensure that local conservation goals reflect the needs and culture of a diverse public.

    imageLearn how park and recreation agencies and land trusts are working together to protect land, engage their community, and ensure that local conservation goals reflect the needs and culture of a diverse public. During the session participants will hear from the Land Trust Alliance's Director of Community Conservation on the valuable role that land trusts can play in helping to meet park equity goals. Taos Land Trust will share lessons learned from their current effort to create a new community park that will provide opportunities for cultural education and recreation, restore a critical floodplain property, and bring together diverse populations from within the Taos community.

    Kristina Ortez

    Executive Director, Taos Land Trust

    Kristina grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Anthropology, and began her career in New York City working in marketing and editing. In the late 90s, Kristina and friends started an internet company whose demise is forever immortalized on digital film in “Startup.com.” Shortly after the internet boom, Kristina moved to Indonesia, where she worked as an editor at Lontar Foundation, a literary foundation in Jakarta. It was here that her environmental consciousness was born after witnessing the devastating effects of environmental degradation. Kristina came back to the States determined to work on environmental issues that affected her own community. She has been an organizer, advocate and a policy analyst on public lands and water issues and served as a board member of organizations to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Joaquin River. She is the current vice chair of Conservation Voters New Mexico. 

    Lori Robertson

    Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association

    As Director of Conservation at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Lori Robertson provides strategic direction and fundraising oversight for NRPA’s conservation portfolio. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential outdoor programs, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association where she led SCA’s national engagement strategy and created programs focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities on public lands. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy, a current student at Georgetown University and mom to 3 year old River.

    Rob Aldrich

    Director of Community Conservation, Land Trust Alliance

    Rob Aldrich is director of community conservation at the Land Trust Alliance, a program designed to bring more conservation to more people. Previously, Rob was the Alliance’s director of communications, and before that the director of information services. Before joining the Alliance in 2000, Rob worked for a private consulting firm on contract to the USAID Global Environment Center, and for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service backstopping development projects for USAID. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Rob speaks Spanish and has a B.S. in plant and soil science and an M.S. in urban planning and the environment. 


  • So, I’ve been appointed the new ADA Coordinator

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    From program access and reasonable modifications, to direct threat and undue burden, this session is going to roll ADA compliance into a nutshell for you.

    imageNo kid ever said “I want to be an ADA Coordinator when I grow up.” So now that #28 on your job description “other duties as assigned” translates to ADA Coordinator, what do you need to know? Have no fear. From program access and reasonable modifications, to direct threat and undue burden, this session is going to roll ADA compliance into a nutshell for you. Jennifer Skulski has more than 25-years experience in ADA compliance and inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. She will frame an approach to put your accessibility management team on track and make people with disabilities feel more welcome in your programs, activities, parks and facilities.

    Jennifer Skulski

    Principal, Skulski Consulting, LLC.

    Jennifer Skulski has more than 22-years experience consulting on ADA compliance and inclusion of people with disabilities. She is a national leading expert on the accessibility standards for parks and recreation, program access, and universal design. Jennifer has facilitated ADA transition planning for more than 500 municipal recreation facilities and 60 national parks. She has consulted with organizations such as the National Park Service, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Cleveland Metroparks, and the Arlington Heights Park District. She has authored numerous articles on accessibility management and inclusion. In addition to consultation, Jennifer is the publisher of Accessibility Management News.