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Leadership Initiative Events

Throughout the year, a variety of events are offered to the membership to encourage networking, collaborations and learning experiences among peers. We offer a Speaker Series, Leadership Panel Discussions and a myriad of workshops to inspire considerations on leadership in early childhood education.

Upcoming events on this page are limited to our publicly advertised events. Member-only events such as Networking events and Book Group discussions will only appear in the "Past Events" section.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Southern Tier Leadership Initiative 2023 Networking Meetings

As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Southern Tier  region.

Third Tuesday* of every month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, via Zoom

(*Second Tuesday, for June, November and December)

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 17th 2023 and Saturday, December 30th 2023

Southern Tier Leadership Initiative: Information Sessions

Please join the Southern Tier Regional Coordinator for an information session to find out about the support, resources and programs that the Southern Tier Early Childhood Professional Development Institute's Leadership Initiative has to support you in your leadership journey!  These Information Sessions will go over all the opportunities that we provide to you or an upcoming leader in your program to advance your leadership skills, build networks and provide insight on future programming.  This 30 minute presentation will also have a 30 minute Q&A Session afterward to answer specific questions you may have! 

Sessions Available
Thursday, January 19th, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Monday, January 23rd, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 31st, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 8th, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Partnership Voices: Colleges, Universities, and Early Childhood Programs Working Together to Build our Future Workforce

Internships, field experiences, and student teaching connect future early childhood educators to the profession and cultivate growth in our workforce. As early childhood leaders, you play a critical role in fostering this ‘pipeline to the profession’. Join us for a dynamic panel event and hear from program directors, higher education faculty, and leaders in early career development about how you can create meaningful and sustainable partnerships with preservice teacher programs and support the early childhood community!  

 

Thursday, December 8th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Southern Tier Mentoring Information Sessions

Connecting with a mentor who has experience and expertise to support the effectiveness and goals of early childhood leaders is an essential component of opportunities offered through the Southern Tier  Leadership Initiative.

Mentoring provides the mentee an opportunity to learn from an experienced practitioner how to navigate many of the challenges and decisions faced by early childhood leaders within the context of a confidential and supportive relationship. Mentors benefit through the opportunity to develop their skills in communication, leadership, and adult education, and to share their expertise, contributing to ensuring quality in the early childhood field. Mentor/mentee matches are made on a rolling basis, based on the needs of mentees and our current pool of mentor’s qualifications and experiences.

If you are a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative and are interested in developing your leadership and management skills, exploring careers, developing contacts, and/or identifying resources then mentoring may be the right opportunity for you.

Information Sessions will take place via Zoom.

Sessions will be one-half hour with an option of Q&A session following

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, November 29th 2022 and Thursday, December 15th 2022

Moving Beyond Surviving: Cultivating a Trauma Responsive Environment Within Your Early Childhood Program

The Southern Tier Leadership Initiative is proud to present our Fall 2022 Leadership Panel Discussion. These panel events focus on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and feature moderated panel discussions with a diverse group of professionals.  This Leadership Panel Discussion will focus on understanding trauma, signs of trauma, strategies for building resilience within and supporting others as a leader.


This virtual panel discussion, “Moving Beyond Surviving: Cultivating a Trauma Responsive Environment Within Your Early Childhood Program," will offer diverse perspectives, experiences, strategies and resources. Our panelist will share information on trauma and supports to build resilience within and strategies to support others.  Our panelists will share their career pathway to their current work, along with understanding the effects of trauma and strategies for leaders to build resilience practices within.

Please join our facilitator, Karen Lawrence, MS Ed, as she leads this crucial conversation with our incredible panelists.

Our Panels are:

  • Laura Gates-Weeks, Young Wonders Daycare at the YWCA, Director
  • Tracy Lyman, Binghamton University in the Department of Teaching Learning and Educational Leadership and Pyramid Model Master Cadre Trainer
  • Bouakham Rosetti, Senior Project Manager with Care Compass Network (CCN) and the Program Director for the CCN Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network (RTIC)
  • Trina Zigata, Family Enrichment Network, Infant/Toddler Mental Health Specialist

Tuesday, November 15th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration Closed

Voices from the Field: Exploring Pathways to Leadership

panel events focus on different aspects of leadership in Early Childhood Education and feature moderated panel discussions with a diverse group of professionals. 
 

This virtual panel, “Voices from the Field: Exploring Pathways to Leadership", will highlight unique early childhood leadership roles for those considering opportunities outside of programs/schools.

Our panelists will represent diverse pathways in Early Childhood Leadership; and each will share their career pathways, how their role has impact on the field, and the skills, credentials, and dispositions that have helped them be successful in their respective positions.

Wednesday, October 26th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Exploring Leadership Pathways: Voices from the Field

panel events focus on different aspects of leadership in Early Childhood Education and feature moderated panel discussions with a diverse group of professionals. 
 

This virtual panel, “Exploring Leadership Pathways: Voices From Our Field”, will highlight unique early childhood leadership roles for those considering opportunities outside of programs/schools.

Our panelists will represent diverse pathways in Early Childhood Leadership; and each will share their career pathways, how their role has impact on the field, and the skills, credentials, and dispositions that have helped them be successful in their respective positions.

Wednesday, October 26th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration Closed

Virtual Screening and Discussion: "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope"

The Southern Tier Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present a film screening and discussion, featuring the film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope."  The event will include a screening of the film followed by a interactive discussion with Karen Roseman, MS, Ed. The event will be hosted live over Zoom. 

Tuesday, October 18th 2022 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Registration Closed

Learning Community: Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity

Please join the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative in this three-part Learning Community on the NAEYC book, "Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity in Early Childhood Education." Co-facilitated by Kate Canino, MScED, participants will focus on the NAEYC  Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education"  Position Statement and review the 'voices' in the book that guide leaders to reflect on equity, understand and evaluate responsive pedagogical practices for their programs, and how to move forward as a profession to create environments of inclusion for their staff, children and families.  This Learning Community will be limited to the first 15 participants and each participant will get a copy of the book.  Please register by November 7th to ensure you receive your materials on time!

Guest Facilitator: Kate Canino, MS, Ed.

This event will be virtual via zoom.

 

Sessions Available Between Thursday, October 13th 2022 and Friday, January 13th 2023

Registration Closed

Onboarding Happy and Engaged Staff Relationships at the Center

Join the Leadership Initiative & QUALITYstarsNY Long Island Specialists in a three-part series learning community. We will explore how to think about your policies and procedures; the importance of cultivating relationships; and ways to mentor and build a cadre of leaders in your program. 

Handouts and reading material will be emailed to participants once they register for the series.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, November 1st, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 8th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 15th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration Closed

Book Group: Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Please join the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative in our Fall Book Group: Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by Nedra Glover Tawwab.  This event is co-facilitated by Kristine Morseman, Director of My Place: A Play and Learning Center in Watkins Glen and Christine Duffy-Webb, Regional Coordinator.  This is a great two day evening event that will explore this incredible New York Times Best Selling books that "End the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself. 

Nedra Glover Tawwab is a licensed counselor and sought after relationship expert and this book group will explore Healthy boundaries and "how to create have them--in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family."  

This book group will focus on how to really invest in yourself - as the new school year begins and as well as to set you up for the new you for 2023!  Participants are limited to 15 and will receive a book at no-cost.  The deadline for signing up will be August 1st and the books will be mailed out in early-August for ample time for reading and full-participation for our two-evening discussion!

Get ready to create those healthy boundaries and focus on both your personal and leadership goals!

Sessions Available
Monday, August 29th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, September 12th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, August 10th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 6: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

Chapter 6: Observation, Assessment, and Documentation (Webinar): 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Chapter 6: Observation, Assessment, and Documentation (Discussion): 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Creating an Inclusive Environment to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent

 

The Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes Leadership Initiative is offering a summer speaker series for early childhood directors and leaders on the topic of Leading and Sustaining Inclusive Workplace Cultures.

We would like to welcome our distinguished speaker, Raji Ramanan.  Raji is a SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional in HR) in the US, a Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE) from Canada and a Global Human Resources Professional (GPHR) designation in HR by HRCI.

Raji will discuss the entire Human Resources 'Lifecycle" from and through the lens of inclusivity.  She will discuss strategies of recruitment, onboarding, policies and professional development to create work environments that support Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for your staff.  

Thursday, August 4th 2022 - Friday, August 5th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration Closed

Creating an Inclusive Environment to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent

The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Leadership Initiatives are offering a summer speaker series for early childhood directors and leaders on the topic of Leading and Sustaining Inclusive Workplace Cultures.

We would like to welcome our distinguished speaker, Raji Ramanan.  Raji is a SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional in HR) in the US, a Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE) from Canada and a Global Human Resources Professional (GPHR) designation in HR by HRCI.

Raji will discuss the entire Human Resources 'Lifecycle" from and through the lens of inclusivity.  She will discuss strategies of recruitment, onboarding, policies and professional development to create work environments that support Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for your staff. 

Thursday, August 4th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, July 13th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 5: Program Curriculum

Chapter 5: Program Curriculum (Webinar): 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 5: Program Curriculum (Discussion): 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 15th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 4: Budget and Finance

Chapter 4: Budget and Finance (Webinar): 10:00am - 11:00am

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 4: Budget and Finance (Discussion): 11:00am - 11:30am

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Book Group: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

"The Gifts of Imperfection, Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are"  by Brene Brown.

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

Facilitated discussion of leadership books
Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages​

Please register for a Book Group, as there is limited space.

This event will be Co-Facilitated by Laura Gates-Weeks, Director, Young Wonders at the Binghamton YWCA


Participants will be provided a FREE copy of  "The Gifts of Imperfection, Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are"  by Brene Brown

Sessions Available
Wednesday, June 15th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 29th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Recruitment, Retention and Onboarding Through a New Lens

The Southern Tier and WNY Leadership Initiatives invite you to the upcoming Speaker Series focusing on Recruitment, Retention and Onboarding. The last few years have brought much change in the hiring process, between Covid-19 and the Great Resignation.  As families return to the work force, they will be relying on Early Childhood Education programs.  Are you ready? Do you have the staff? Have you reviewed your hiring practices? Come reflect upon your current practice and what changes you may wish to bring. Lisa Stefanie from Triple Track HR Partners will lead us though the practices of Recruitment, Retention and Onboard with a new lens. Come join us on June 10th from 1:00pm-2:30pm for this virtual Speaker Series.

 

Friday, June 10th 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, May 11th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality (Webinar): 10:00am - 11:00am

Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality (Discussion Group): 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

True Cost of Care in Early Childhood - For Home Based Providers

Over the last few months, there has been an increased focus on investment in early childhood care.  With new federal and state investments, Southern Tier leaders should examine their business practices. We are launching our first learning community focused on calculating the true cost of care. In these sessions, leaders will examine their program costs by age group and identify the "gap" between program expenses, cost per child, and teacher salary.  Erica Chase will lead the group to explore trends and discuss ways in which leaders can strengthen their business practices to ensure stability for their programs.  We plan to have our first meeting Thursday, May 5th.   Please note this event has a limited number of seats and is exclusive for family child care and group family child care Leadership Initiative members.  If you have any questions, please contact Christine at Christine.Duffy-Webb@cuny.edu

Sessions Available
Thursday, May 5th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, May 19th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, April 13th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 2 - Program Context and Culture

Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture (Webinar): 10:00am - 11:00am

Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture (Discussion Group): 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 9th

Survive to Thrive: Chapter 1 - What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Webinar: Chapter 1 - What Does it Mean to Be a Director?: 10:00am - 11:00am

Chapter 1 - What Does It Mean to Be a Director? (Discussion Group): 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Book Group: How Full is Your Bucket

We invite you to our next virtual Book Group discussion featuring 
"How Full is Your Bucket" by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton.  

Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, How Full Is Your Bucket? shows how even the smallest interactions we have with others every day profoundly affect our relationships, productivity, health and longevity. It will immediately help readers boost the amount of positive emotions in their work and their lives.

First meeting is Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
Second meeting, Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Zoom


Registration will be capped at 15, and a waitlist will be made available. Due to a limited number of books available please only register if you can commit to attending and participating fully. Register no later than February 10th, 2022

Sessions Available
Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 9th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Quiet Voice- Fearless Leader

We welcome Terrance Lee to join us and speak to his work on core leadership principles that can enhance our stance as leaders. He will share thoughtful insights on being identified as an "introvert" and the misconception that this attribute prevents one from becoming an "ideal" leader. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their stance as a leader, hear about principles that can enhance their daily practice in a leadership role, and learn about the inner power introverts bring to every team.

Tuesday, February 15th 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Southern Tier Leadership Initiative Networking Meetings 2022

As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Southern Tier  region.

Third Thursday of every month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, via Zoom

Sessions Available Between Thursday, January 20th 2022 and Friday, December 30th 2022

Self Care for Early Childhood Leaders

The Southern Tier Early Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Leadership Panel Discussion. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals.

This session is designed to to support Early Childhood Leaders in self-care. Join us for an afternoon with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health. Come join this Leadership Panel Discussion, Tuesday, December 14th, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm..

Our distinguished panel of leaders include:

  • Khieanne Dawson, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
  • Tina Fetten, Foundational Yoga Therapist, Wellness Educator, Adjunct Instructor (Binghamton University)
  • Leslie Vermaat, Infant/Toddler Mental Health Specialist, Social Worker
  • Carrie Verracchio, Motivational Speaker, Podcaster, Certified Transformation, Forgiveness and REBT Coach

Tuesday, December 14th 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Using Core Body of Knowledge as a Leadership Tool

Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) is designed to help all early childhood professionals including students, directors, teachers, and providers. In this 3-part series leaders will be invited to: 

  • reflect on areas of strength using the tool,
  • share strategies for using the CBK as a leadership tool and
  • discuss how leaders might use the CBK for professional goal setting and development with their staff. 

This Learning Community will be driven by discussions and reflections from participants, using the Core Body of Knowledge for self-reflection and a framework for guiding your professional growth as a leader.


The meetings will take place on November 19th, December 3rd and December 10th from 1:00 pm - 2:30pm 

This event is limited to 18 participants; a waitlist will be made available!

Sessions Available

Friday, November 19th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Friday, December 3rd, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Friday, December 17th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Book Group: "Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts" by Brene Brown

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to explore and discuss issues in early childhood and in leadership-deepening the dialogue and considering key messages in their work.  Please join the Leadership Initiative in our next book group, "Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts" by Brene Brown

Registered Participants will get a FREE copy of the book.

Registration will be limited to the first 15 participants.

Sessions Available
Wednesday, November 17th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 8th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Southern Tier Networking Meetings 2021

As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Southern Tier  region.

Third Thursday of every month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, via Zoom

Sessions Available Between Thursday, September 16th 2021 and Thursday, December 15th 2022

Book Group: "Graceful Leadership" by Ann McClain Terrell

Please join us for a facilitated discussion of leadership book, "Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education" by Ann McClain Terrell.

We welcomed NAEYC President Ann Terrell at our Speaker Series launch event of our Southern Tier Leadership Initiative!  Ann provided our audience with captivating discussions of the qualities of the contemporary leader in Early Childhood Education.  We began our reflection as leaders and our personal leadership journeys. We will continue these discussions to build a deep understanding of the topics during our two-part Book Group Series.  

Sessions will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, August 18th and Wednesday, September 1st 5:00pm - 6:30pm.
Those who register will be provided with a FREE copy of the book. *This event is only for Leadership Initiative members from the Southern Tier*

Sessions Available
Wednesday, August 18th, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 1st, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Introduction to the Revised Early Learning Guidelines- for Leaders

The Institute is hosting a professional development offering: Introduction to the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines: A Child Development Resource for Educators of Children Ages Birth Through Eight. These sessions are designed specifically for Directors and other leaders of early childhood programs. This professional development session will provide an overview of the shifts within this new and improved version of the New York State Early Learning Guidelines. A specific focus will be provided on utilizing this resource as a leader in your program and supporting its use among your staff. 

Choose one of the session dates and times that works for you. 

Sessions Available Between Monday, July 19th 2021 and Tuesday, August 31st 2021

Registration Closed

Ann McClain Terrell: Leadership Journeys in Early Childhood Education

Join us for our first Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring:

Ann McClain Terrell
Author Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education
President, NAEYC Governing Board
and former Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation Inc.

Admission is free for this virtual event!

Wednesday June 30, 2021 5:30pm-7:00pm
via Zoom

*we will have a capacity of 300 for this event. Waitlist is available. Priority registration given to individuals in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions

Wednesday, June 30th 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Registration Closed

Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling

Join us for this special two-part Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring Abby Thorman.

"Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling"

As professionals and leaders we have responsibility to use our experience and knowledge to inform and influence others about appropriate practices and the needs of the early childhood field (Core Body of Knowledge 6.6).
Abby will explore and help attendees understand the skills and components of effective storytelling for early childhood advocacy. Part 1 on May 26th will cover crafting effective messages, using those messages for advocacy, and strategies to achieve power in numbers. Join us again on June 3rd in an interactive session with Abby to hone those message-making skills with opportunities for feedback and strategizing.

Sessions Available
Wednesday, May 26th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 3rd, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Registration Closed

Southern Tier Leadership Initiative Information Sessions

The Leadership Initiative has officially launched in the Southern Tier region! Come to one of our virtual information session to learn how the Leadership Initiative can support you in your work as a leader of early childhood programs in our region. All current and aspiring leaders are welcome to attend. Learn about our various professional development opportunities, resources to support you, as well as how to stay connected and become a member. The first 45 individuals to complete a Leadership Initiative profile will receive a free NAEYC membership (details will be shared at the info session!)  Also please come to share with us your unique perspectives and needs as a leader and which supports would be most helpful to you. 

 

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, May 26th 2021 and Thursday, September 16th 2021


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