Three 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 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.
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.
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.