2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

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Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.

2021 Schedule

Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency*
January 14, 2021
Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation
July 8, 2021   
Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
February 11, 2021
The ADA Is Back! Was It Really Ever Gone?
August 12, 2021 
Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
March 11, 2021
Advancing Community Wellness Hubs Through Partnerships
September 9, 2021
How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding
April 8, 2021 
Equity in Practice: Feedback from the Field*
October 7, 2021
Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces*
May 13, 2021
We Have the Answer: NRPA Research & Evaluation Resources
November 18, 2021
Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses
June 10, 2021
Growing People, Growing Organizations in the Aquatics Field*
December 9, 2021

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Our industry is growing while our staff pool is shrinking. That sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Join this presentation as we walk though some ways to recruit, retain and grow staff.

    This presentation will touch on topics that anyone in leadership can utilize to grow and retain staff. Join to walk through methods that have been proven to work. Hear from Christina Weiss, district aquatic director for YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Virginia, as she covers existing partnerships that have thrived after the pandemic shutdown and new partnerships that have helped her grow her staff. Weiss will talk through how she has been able to retain the majority of her staff for a minimum of 3 years, some even longer. At the end of the session, participants will share new or "out of the box" ways they have found to grow their staff.

    Christina Weiss, AFO

    District Aquatic Director

    YMCA of South Hampton Roads

    Christina Weiss, AFO, began working in Aquatics about 15 years ago, starting her career as a part time swim instructor at the local YMCA. She is now a District Aquatics Director with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. One of the things Christina loves most about her position is training others and learning from them during the courses. She holds trainer level for YMCA lifeguard and faculty level YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor certifications, and is currently obtaining her Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification. She has been an AFO trainer for a little over a year.

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    Data and research can help your agency better serve the community. These same resources are valuable resources that persuade public officials, funders and the general public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. Join this session to learn about the wealth of resources available to park and recreation professionals and advocates.

    NRPA’s Research and Evaluation team develops data and tools that help park and recreation leaders optimize operations and make the case for greater and more sustainable funding. This session will review the insights from the latest NRPA research reports and evaluation activities. Further, we will introduce you to NRPA's librarian who is developing information resources that will help park and recreation professionals address the challenges that they face.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about NRPA research findings and insights that can help optimize agency operations and can help make the case for funding.
    2. Discover resources and tools that help agencies evaluate their delivery of service and promote greater community engagement.
    3. Learn about the resources that NRPA is developing to further assist park and recreation professionals.

    Dianne Palladino, PhD (she/her)

    Director of Evaluation

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dianne Palladino (she/her) is NRPA’s Director of Evaluation. Dianne oversees evaluation activities and strategy at NRPA, and she is dedicated to developing training and resources for park and recreation professionals that will assist with effective, low-cost evaluation efforts in the field. Dianne has over 17 years of research and/or evaluation experience and leadership and additional experience in several diverse fields. She holds undergraduate degrees from Clarkson University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and she earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Karen Carter (she/her)

    Librarian/Senior Manager of Information Services

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Karen Carter joined NRPA in April 2021, bringing with her extensive association and library experience and a passion for connecting people with the information they need to do their jobs effectively. Prior to joining the NRPA team, Karen held information services positions with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the International Monetary Fund, the American Psychological Association, and the National Agricultural Library.  Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. She is excited for the opportunity to learn from and serve the parks and recreation community. 

    Melissa May (she/her)

    Senior Research Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Melissa came to the NRPA Research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and government contracting. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing member surveys and reports, as well as, creating Tableau interactive graphics and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Additionally, Melissa leads work related to NRPA Park Metrics, Facility Market Reports and Park Pulse.

    Kevin Roth, PhD (he/him)

    Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth serves as NRPA's Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Technology. Roth leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association. 

    Roth has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.