2020 Prepping Parks and Recreation for the Future Bundle

This bundle is a collection of four, 2020 Virtual sessions with a focus on Leadership and Career Development. Upon completion, the sessions included in this bundle are eligible for 0.3 CEU. The fourth session is included for no additional cost and eligible for 0.034 CEU.


Sessions included in this bundle:

  1. Emerging Leaders: Put the Pow! in Powerhouse (0.1 CEU)
  2. Leadership — It’s a Choice...AND a Challenge: How Emotional Intelligence Plays a Significant Role in Leadership (0.1 CEU)
  3. ‘7 Habits’ to Achieve YOUR Parks and Rec ‘Super’ Status (0.1 CEU)
  4. Hiring to Reflect the Community You Serve: How to Overcome Employment Barriers (0.034 CEU)


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • Hiring to Reflect the Community You Serve: How to Overcome Employment Barriers

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual speed session to quickly learn about the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation project-based approach to overcome inherent barriers in hiring practices and learn how to implement a similar process to ensure a representative workforce.

    The traditional hiring practices in a civil service system are flawed and contain numerous barriers to employing a workforce that is reflective of the citizens we serve. In an effort to combat this imperfect system, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation used a project-based approach to flip the narrative in recruiting and hiring entry-level recreation leaders. The new system consists of a predetermined timeline, targeted recruitment, community-based information sessions, and a total rethinking of the civil service exam and how it is scored. The changes resulted in our most diverse civil service list to date. This speed session will quickly walk participants through the process, to show other agencies how they can implement a similar process to ensure a representative workforce.

    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify common barriers applicants encounter when applying for a civil service position.

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Kathryn Ott Lovell

    Commissioner

    Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

    Kathryn Ott Lovell was appointed commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation by Mayor Jim Kenney in January 2016. In this position, Kathryn oversees 700 full-time employees, more than 2,700 part-time and seasonal employees, over 10,200 acres of land, 500 buildings, 166 miles of trail, 250 playgrounds, and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia's parks and recreation system.
     
    In 2017, Kathryn commissioned the first strategic plan for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The plan, Our Path to 2020, established a renewed vision for the department and set in motion a powerful trajectory toward an equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system that connects people to each other, to enriching experiences, and to the natural world. The plan emphasizes citizen-centric service; high quality, relevant, and accessible programs; and a commitment to well-maintained assets.

    Kathryn has presented widely on topics ranging from urban forestry, to climate change, to why parks are crucial to our future. Notable speaking and panel appearances include the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Conference, the City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener Conference, and the One Water Summit. In 2018, Kathryn served as the 2018 NRPA Robert W. Crawford Lecturer.

    Currently, Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for the Please Touch Museum, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Parkway Council, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Sports Congress. 

  • ‘7 Habits’ to Achieve YOUR Parks and Rec ‘Super’ Status

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session where we take Covey's 7 Habits and apply them to current events/trends we are facing in the parks and recreation field.

    As supervisors, we must juggle meetings, staff schedules, put fires out, adapting to the ever-changing requirements, compliance concerns all while meeting the community’s needs during an international pandemic. Nothing is more important right now to our staff than to provide leadership, resources, and support during this difficult time. Those are just to name a few of what being a supervisor does! When situations in the Park and Recreation world are thrown at us in the workplace environment it is vital to change not only ourselves but change our perceptions on how we handle the outcomes. Most of us know of Stephen A. Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In this session, we will take Covey's 7 Habits and apply them to current events/trends we are facing in the parks and recreation field. Join us as we further break down learned habits and manageable outcomes necessary to build your own parks and recreation super team.



    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify ways to build effective and/or sustainable relationships with fellow coworkers and teams.
    2. Learn ways to create an atmosphere that solidifies staff buy-in and involvement.
    3. Formulate productive/effective staff and create habits that positively impact your team.

     

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Katy Keller

    Program Coordinator

    Indian Trail Parks & Recreation

    Katy Keller is the name and marketing is her game! Keller uses her social media and programming superpowers daily as the program and marketing coordinator for Indian Trail Parks and Recreation. She also uses her powers for good as the current chair-elect for NRPA’s Young Professional Network. Above all, Keller loves spending her time with her husband and children, exploring breweries and enjoying the North Carolina life.

    Trinette Mumford

    Facility Manager

    Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

    Trinette Mumford has 10 years of recreation experience and is a facility manager with a background in recreation from Indiana University. She currently works for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mumford is an active member of NRPA and is passionate about getting youth and seniors active in recreation. She has presented at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

  • Leadership — It’s a Choice...AND a Challenge: How Emotional Intelligence Plays a Significant Role in Leadership

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session to learn about what makes a powerful and excellent leader.

    What makes an excellent leader? Leadership is defined many different ways by many different people. It is a choice, and that also can be a serious challenge at times. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Do you know how to navigate the culture of a multigenerational workforce in your workplace? Can we use emotional intelligence to help build trust and loyalty across the whole company? Join us as we discuss all these facets of leadership and seek to help each of us define leadership in a way that helps build a successful brand within our agency that leads all of our employees to succeed.

    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Navigate the culture of a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence. 
    2. Build trust and loyalty in a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence. 
    3. Understand why employees seek positions outside their current agency.
    4. Determine the operational plans needed to meet these standards. 



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Dave Bietz

    Director of Operations

    Fargo Park District

    Dr. Joe Deutsch

    Professor of Physical Education and Recreation

    North Dakota State University

    David Leker, CPRP

    Execitive Director

    Fargo Park District

  • Emerging Leaders: Put the Pow! in Powerhouse

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this Virtual 2020 conference panel discussion and learn invaluable tricks of the profession and how to put the "Pow" in your career from veteran professionals.

    Powerhouse [pou-er-hous]: a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success. Every emerging leader wants to be the very best at their profession. The biggest challenge is not knowing what you don't know. This facilitated panel discussion will give students and up-and-coming leaders the opportunity to learn from veteran professionals. Students will learn invaluable tricks of the trade that will help them be successful and put the 'pow' in their understanding of the profession. Students and emerging leaders also will be able to ask questions that will give them the skills needed for future employment.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. List current trends and needs of the parks and recreation profession that will give concrete ideas for employment.
    2. Define and recognize the steps necessary to meet the expectations of successful parks and recreation professionals.
    3. Outline their next steps for employment by identifying their areas of expertise and how to align them with the needs of their community and/or professional preference.



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Karen Hesser

    Chief of Operations

    Five Rivers MetroParks

    Karen Hesser is focused on engaging individuals, teams and organizations to envision, strategize and realize their full potential toward the effectiveness, efficiency and success of the organization through coaching, mentoring, delegation and empowering to achieve consistently high-quality work and personal accountability.

    Kristy Lintz

    Golf Operations Manager

    City of Rapid City

    Kristy Lintz is a certified parks and recreation professional employed with the city of Rapid City for the past 15 years. Her diverse experience includes youth and adult programming, special events, and is currently the golf operations manager for the city’s two public courses. She specializes in marketing, communications and customer service.

    Lori A. Hoffner

    Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant

    Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

    Lori A. Hoffner has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and organizational relationship building since 1997. For 11 years, Hoffner was the executive director of PACCT, a small nonprofit dedicated to the success of youth and community. She specializes in positive community, program and relationship development.

    Steve Herrig

    Director of Park and Recreation

    City of Great Falls

    Steve Herrig is a certified parks and recreation professional and is currently the director of park and recreation for the city of Great Falls, Montana. Herrig gained his knowledgeable, professional background in Kansas. He served as the recreation manager for Blue Valley Recreation in Overland Park, Kansas, for almost 12 years.

    Tiffany Johnson

    Recreation Manager

    Seattle Parks and Recreation

    Tiffany Johnson is a Ph.D. student and recreation manager for Seattle Parks and Recreation in Washington state. She is a certified parks and recreation professional (CPRP), who also has attained a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) in public management, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (BS) in parks and recreation management, and a minor in business management.