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  • Keepin' it REAL in Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve.

    imageIn this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve. How to Operationalize REAL in Parks and Recreation – use of racial equity tool and data to drive results. 

    • Review key terms: implicit bias, individual, institutional and structural racism;
    • How do these terms show up in the planning and programming functions of parks and recreation;
    • Practical ways to operationalize racial equity tools; and
    • Share lessons learned and successes of existing parks and recreation agencies involved in racial equity.

    Aliza Wasserman

    Senior Associate, Race, Equity, and Leadership, National League of Cities

    As Senior Associate for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) at NLC since 2017, Aliza R. Wasserman leads a national learning community of elected leaders supporting their cities to advance racial equity and foster racial healing. Aliza has spent the past decade working at the intersections of public health, racial justice and federal, state and local policy, most recently, as the Policy & Advocacy Manager for Wholesome Wave. After receiving her MPH and MS in Food Policy from Tufts University in 2009, Aliza led policy efforts with the City of Boston’s health department, where she advocated for state legislation and budget priorities to address racial health inequities amongst residents of Boston, co-led racial justice and health equity trainings, implemented city-wide policy and systems changes to foster healthy environments and supported multi-year organizational change and community engagement processes to reduce inequities rooted in racism.

    Edith Michel

    Acting Chief, Special Projects, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County

    Marie-Edith Michel is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with 20+ years of practical local government experience culled from a broad scope of roles in the parks and recreation environment with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) a bi-county organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  M-NCPPC has a diverse client base of nearly 2 million people.  She has served the parks, planning and recreational arms of both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Her skill set includes experiences in research and evaluation, budget development and monitoring of tax supported and special funds ($96 million), park planning, organizational development and diversity management as well as strategic planning, and parks and recreation program planning. She is also a diversity and inclusion trainer and a certified community engagement facilitator.  She views her role as an internal consultant to her department helping staff to transform themselves by focusing on organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.  She wears different hats serving as a trainer, facilitator, researcher, and advisor.  She is also a volunteer docent for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and has traveled to several continents as a representative for several non-profit organizations that promote international understanding, tolerance, and peace .  

    Leon Andrews, Jr.

    Director, Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities

    Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and prior served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 14 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.

  • Lessons from the Legends:Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings Alike

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This “Lessons from the Legends” session illustrates the contributions of many women in parks and recreation fields, through a discussion with Legends and a video montage of many contributions.

    imageIn parks and recreation, our interactive session displays a history of expanding professional responsibility carried out by women in the care and nurture of a profession. From a Nobel Prize-winning social worker, to Legends advanced parks and recreation through extensive periods of growth and development, women have played a significant role in advancing the cause of parks and recreation. Of all the AAPRA Legends, approximately 1 in 5 are women. Considered together, their stories shatter stereotypes of women’s work and glass ceilings alike. This “Lessons from the Legends” session illustrates the contributions of many women in parks and recreation fields, through a discussion with Legends and a video montage of many contributions.

    Kelly Bricker, PhD

    Professor and Director, Parks Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah

    Dr. Bricker is a Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, located in the College of Health. She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management. She has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, community development, natural resource management, value of nature-based experiences, and the impacts of tourism.  She has authored and edited books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues in Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; educational texts focused on adventure education in Adventure Programing and Travel for the 21st Century and graduate education in De-Mystifying Theories in Tourism Research; and most recently, relevant to current projects, co-edited This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families (Sagamore Publishing, LLC). Dr. Bricker serves the boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization 10YFP for sustainable development, and the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN. With partners in OARS and her husband, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.

    Keri Schwab, PhD

    Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Dr. Schwab has considerable experience presenting at local, regional, state, and national conferences, including several NRPA congress presentations. She has been an inextricable part of the Lessons from the Legnds work.

    Karla Henderson, PhD

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University

    Karla A. Henderson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. Karla has given numerous presentations throughout North America, South American, Europe, Asia, African, and Australia and published regularly in a variety of journals in the field. She has written or co-edited several books and is a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators, and the World Leisure Academy. Karla enjoys volunteering at Rocky Mountain National Park, hiking, being amused by her two cats, playing in a community band, and travelling.

    Jane Adams

    Retired Executive Director, California Park & Recreation Society

    Jane H. Adams is a highly motivated and organized professional with thirty years of association management experience with state and national park and recreation non-profit organizations. Jane possesses strong communication and leadership skills along with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 

     

    Jane retired as the Executive Director of the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) in Sacramento, California in May 2014. As one of the largest park and recreation professional organizations in the country, CPRS provides the leadership to advance the positive impact and value of the profession on society. 

    Fran Mainella

    President, Fran P. Mainella Consulting, Inc.

    Fran P. Mainella was the first woman Director of the United States National Park Service and served from 2001-2006. She was a Presidential Appointment by George W. Bush, which required confirmation of the Senate. She is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition. Prior to her time as Director and at Clemson, she served as Florida State Park Director from 1989-2001, serving three governors. She also currently serves as Treasurer for the Children and Nature Network Board of Directors. She is also a board member for the National Park Trust and an international speaker on the Value of Play and Reconnecting with the Outdoors.

  • Welcome to Recreation & Parks / NRPA's Three Pillars

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    We’ll explore NRPA’s “The Three Pillars” and dig into the importance that each of those initiatives has on us and our neighbors, plus how you can promote and honor those aspects of Recreation & Parks through your actions as a new professional.

    imageThe field of Recreation and Parks is like no other – Welcome! This session is designed for professionals who are joining this field from other sectors and working in Recreation & Parks for the first time. We’ll look at the big picture of this field and how it impacts the lives of everyone in our community. We’ll explore NRPA’s “The Three Pillars” and dig into the importance that each of those initiatives has on us and our neighbors, plus how you can promote and honor those aspects of Recreation & Parks through your actions as a new professional. Also discuss working with a municipal or tax based system and how this is different from the business sector. You will also learn about amazing resources that can support you in this new career.

    Molly Hetrick

    Trainer & Coach, Training with Molly

    Molly A. Hetrick is a Fundraiser, Instructor, Supervisor and Trainer and is blessed to have several careers that she loves!

    Molly has combined her natural enjoyment for working with people and her educational background to provide quality development and training sessions to help clients advance their professional goals. Molly is known for her sunny personality, enthusiasm during presentations and ability to relate to diverse groups of people during high energy training sessions.

    Molly is currently the Manager of Philanthropy at the Schlow Centre Region Library in Central Pennsylvania. Her roles include public relations, donor communication, fundraising, stewardship and outreach to support the financial and fundraising goals of the Library and its Foundation. She loves to talk about development and fundraising!
    Molly recently started “Training with Molly” to offer training programs on development and fundraising and encourage non-profit and recreation organizations on how fundraising and development fit into staff and board roles.

    For 15 years, Molly was the Supervisor of a regional nature center in Pennsylvania. Since 2006, Molly also has worked as a Freelance Trainer for The Meeting Institute in Myrtle Beach and travels to offer training and development sessions at conferences and directly with businesses. She has presented at the National Parks & Recreation Conference since 2008, worked with many professionals in all sectors (with a focus on hospitality and recreation), and helped teams reach their full potential through choosing the right attitude, proper networking, and customer service skills. (Although "Training with Molly" is a new venture, Molly still partners and trains with The Meeting Institute.)

    She was also Adjunct Faculty at the Pennsylvania State University for several years and taught Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management class called Commercial Management that prepares juniors and seniors with management skills needed to enter the professional workplace when they graduate.

    Molly's favorite training topics include: Networking to teach people how to network professionally with poise and confidence, Civility Training to teach groups how to respect each other and work as a team, and Choose Your Attitude to help individuals develop a strong sense of accountability to themselves and their attitude each day.

    Molly lives in Central Pennsylvania. She spends her free time kayaking, reading, practicing yoga, singing and nature journaling. She has lived in Tennessee and Pennsylvania and loves to travel to new places. Molly strives to lead a natural lifestyle and live lightly on the earth through her eco-conscious choices.

    Personal Words of Wisdom:
    “Don't tell me the sky is the limit, there are footprints on the moon!” ~Unknown

    Testimonials:
    “Molly Hetrick is one of the best presenters in the Park and Recreation field today. She is able to bring cutting edge thinking from the business world and apply it to our field. Her great content, and engaging presence leaves the audience enriched, challenged and energized.”

    ~Paul Gilbert – Executive Director, Author, and Professor

  • Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities.

    imageOne of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities.

    Chris Nunes

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees 90 full-time and 350 part-time staff members, a $18 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 135 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 200 miles of pathways and 200 miles of streetscape. While in The Woodlands, he has implemented cost recovery strategies, developed business/operational plans for major and minor facilities, and has increase programming 200% with no additional staff. He speaks around the country (over 200 sessions) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning. In addition, he serves or has served on the, Oglebay Revenue Management School, NRPA Council on Accreditation, CPRP/E Committee, CPRP Exam Committee, was the 2010 Chair of the Board of Regents of the Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, founded the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute, 2013-2014 Chair of the NRPA Admin Network and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive. In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators and in 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA. Prior to The Woodlands, he was the Director of Community Services for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado, an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Recreation Management Program at Ashland University and Director of Parks and Recreation in Fort Kent, Maine. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management and a Masters Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.

    Dirk Richwine

    CAPRA Commissioner, NRPA Directors School Director

    Kara Kish, MPA, CPRE, CPSI

    Superintendent of Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, Terre Haute, Indiana

    Kara Kish, MPA, CPRE, CPSI is the Superintendent of Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department in Terre Haute, Indiana. Previously, Kara served as the Assistant Superintendent for VCPRD, the Recreation Manager for Brownsburg Parks and Recreation Department (IN) and also a Recreation Program Coordinator for Fishers Parks and Recreation Department (IN). She is the Past-President for Indiana Park and Recreation Association, the Past-Chair of the NPRA Great Lakes Region Network for NPRA, and is an active member of the NPRA Young Professional Network and Leadership Development Network. Kara earned her BS in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University and her MPA with a concentration in Public Management from IUPUI. She is currently a doctoral student at Indiana State University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Kara also serves as a Lecturer for Indiana State University’s Department of Recreation and Sport Management and the Department of Political Science. Kara received the National Recreation and Park Association’s Robert W. Crawford Young Professional award, the NRPA Young Professional Fellowship, and the AAPRA Young Professional Externship. Kara has also received the Outstanding Young Professional award and the Outstanding Educator award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association. In Terre Haute, Indiana, Kara was recognized in the inaugural class of the Terre Haute 12 Under 40. 

    Jay Tryon

    Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Indian Trail

    Jay Tryon is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Indian Trail.  This is a fairly new department that was started in 2014.  Since its creation Jay has lead his team to open over 100 acres of parks and currently is finishing the Towns first Strategic Masterplan.  While in Indian Trail he has built a department known for providing top notch programming and facilities and leading the way with innovative amenities in the region. Prior to this position he spent 7 ½ years with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Throughout his time with Mecklenburg County he held a few different roles including operations director of special event facilities and athletics supervisor coordinator. Jay is a member of NCRPA and NRPA and is the past chair of Young Professional Network. He is also a member of the CAPRA Commission. In 2015 he was awarded one of NRPAs Young Professional fellowships.  He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a major in Recreation & Leisure Studies and a concentration in Recreation Management.

    Michael Kalvort

    Director, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, is an enthusiastic, collaborative, and enterprising leader in the parks and recreation profession. For the past 20 years he has improved the organizations he was worked for by delivering new parks and facilities, developing new revenue sources, reorganizing members into more efficient teams, and improving customer service delivery. Currently he is the Director for the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CAPRA Accredited Agency and widely regarded as a top 15 agency in the nation. His responsibilities include strategic planning, policy development, programming and revenue generation, and developing sustainable initiatives for Virginia Beach, a City comprised of 447,000 residents, seven large recreation centers, and 265 parks. Michael leads a team of over 500 full time and 600 part time team members and oversees a budget of $59,000,000.

    Michael has been active in the National Recreation and Park Association since 1995. Currently he is the Chair Elect for the NRPA Administrator's Network. For six years he served on the NRPA's Revenue Development School Board of Regents. He also serves on the State Board for the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. He is proud to be one of the first 53 professionals who attained the CPRE Certification. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the top “40 Professionals under 40” in Southwest Florida by Gulf-Shore Business Magazine. Additionally, in 2005, he was a finalist for the NRPA's Young Professional Award.

    Michael has given numerous training, leadership, and personal development presentations and workshops including “I want to Make a Difference,” “The Leader in You,” and “10 Steps to Being More Marketable.” He has also presented to many non for profit agencies, community groups, and fellow professionals in Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kansas.

  • NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 1

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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

    President, Recreation Results

    Bobbi Nance is the founder of Recreation Results where she helps teams find value in their data, capitalize on trends, implement strategy, and push innovative thinking to increase their impact in the communities where they work. Bobbi's presented hundreds of workshops across North America all focused on breaking down complex topics and sharing practical approaches to putting them to use.

    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: