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SUNY Community College CAO Retreat

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2019 SUNY Community College CAO Retreat
Thursday, Jan 17 - Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Century House
997 New Loudon Rd, Latham, NY 12110
(just 5 miles from Wolf Rd)

Click here to register.

Cost: $150 per person
(Discounted cost of $125 per person for 4 or more.)
Mail in a check to:
Monroe Community College Foundation
1057 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Please include a copy of the registration receipt that will be emailed to you after you complete the online registration.

Key Note Speaker

Rebecca A. Corbin, Ed.D., President & CEO, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)


Tim Putnam, Director, Northern Iowa Association of Community Colleges (NIACC) John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

This year’s keynote speakers will focus on applying a problem-solving solution used widely by entrepreneurs, organizations, and universities around the world.  Do you sometimes think that when it comes to fundraising, that the well is dried up or the pond too shallow?  Do you perceive a chasm between the faculty and the administration on campus?  Design Thinking provides an alternate way of questioning and thinking about problems

What is Design Thinking?

(Sourced from the Interactive Design Foundation’s website)

Design Thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the [constituent], challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding. At the same time, Design Thinking provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It is a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods.

Design Thinking revolves around a deep interest in developing an understanding of the people for whom we’re designing the products or services. It helps us observe and develop empathy with the target user. Design Thinking helps us in the process of questioning: questioning the problem, questioning the assumptions, and questioning the implications. Design Thinking is extremely useful in tackling problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions.

Dr. Corbin and Mr. Putnam are experienced leaders in Design thinking and will lead the group through the six levels of solving problems through Design Thinking using crowd sourced topics of interest.  After a successful workshop with the community college presidents in Kentucky, the exercise led to the identification of a grant to collaboratively pursue.

In addition to this keynote, other sessions at the retreat include: 

When Campaigns Go Sideways - Jim Bush, vice president of client relationships, The Winkler Group, and Steve Frederick, vice president of Institutional Advancement, Clinton Community College Foundation, share stories of overcoming the unexpected during campaigns.

Hot Topics for Non-Profits - MOUs and Gift Acceptance Policies - Diane Shoger, executive director (retired), Monroe Community College Foundation, and Tim Simcoe, J.D., Bond Schoeneck, and King.

Donor-Centric Fundraising – Jim Bush, vice president of client relationships, and Nikki Rach, CFRE, senior managing consultant at The Winkler Group.

Alumni and Career Services Panel Discussion – Russ Corbin, assistant director of alumni communication / grants officer of the Onondaga Community College Foundation, Burnelle Roser, assistant director of the Dutchess Community College Foundation, and Cathy Williams, director of the Broome Community College Foundation.

Hotel Information

The Century House
997 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110
Reservations can be made directly with the hotel at (518) 785-0931 and ask for the SUNY Community College Retreat Group Rate. Last day to book: 12/19/18.

Room rate is $104.00