2011 New England Fall Fellows' Retreat

Friday, September 16, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, September 18, 2011 (All day)



Essex Conference Center and Retreat, Essex, MA

(Click here for more information about the Essex Conference Center and Retreat.)

FRIDAY, September 16th

(Evening arrival for all 2011 New England Fellows, and out of town travelers. New Fellows please arrive in time for dinner!)

5:00 pm                     Check-in

6:00 – 7:00 pm         DINNER

7:00 – 9:00 pm         INTRODUCTIONS, ORIENTATION FOR NEW FELLOWS.  This evening will allow time for welcoming and introductions for new Fellows, as well as presentation of leadership concepts to be explored throughout the weekend. Fellows will have a chance to identify topics for networking over the weekend.  Participant and staff introductions will be made.

SATURDAY, September 17th

8:00 – 9:00 am       BREAKFAST and check-in for new arrivals

9:00 – 9:15 am       INTRODUCTIONS.  Lissa Widoff, Executive Director of the Switzer Foundation, will welcome participants and introduce the Communications training, trainers and context for this work.

9:15 am – 12:30 pm       TRAINING:  MESSAGING AND COMMUNICATIONS.  We offer this training at the fall retreat as the first step in our effort to help Fellows develop effective communications skills.   For these trainings, we have the great privilege of engaging with a terrific group of trainers and practitioners.  Matt Wright of COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) specializes in training scientists and experts to hone their messages so they can communicate their work to a wide range of audiences.  The morning session will include training with active field journalists and topics such as
  - Welcome to My World – real world stories from professional journalists
  - Bridging the worlds of science and journalism
  - Show Don’t Tell: The Storytelling Process
  - An introduction to messaging using a tool called the Message Box, a simple yet powerful tool for organizing and focusing any message for any audience that will be useful beyond the workshop setting. Fellows will then have the opportunity to test out their messages in a “headlining” exercise, and later in the mock interview scenarios.

12:30 – 1:30 pm    LUNCH

1:30 – 4:45 pm     COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING - MOCK INTERVIEWS.  The afternoon segment will engage our Journalist partners in preparing for and engaging in Mock Interviews. Following a group discussion on “How to Ace Your Interview”, all new Fellows and Grantees and others as time permits, will be able to try out their message during a mock interview with a REAL team of journalists. These mock interviews will NOT be recorded, but will be great practice for on-site recorded interviews that will occur after your mock interview.

REAL WORLD PRACTICE - RECORDED INTERVIEWS.  All Fellows will have an opportunity to take part in recorded interviews. This is an opportunity to get your message out about your work, your organization or a pitch you are trying to make to a funder, and be able to use the finished piece for learning or posting!

The recorded interviews will be conducted by Media Interchange Journalist Jerry Kay and his team that has been producing our Switzer Network News Reports as well as extensive reporting for video, tv and online sources. These on-camera “live” interviews will give Fellows a chance to practice their message and to be in the spotlight for a few minutes. We are aiming to have time for all participants to try this and learn from direct experience about the skills and awareness required for communicating your “story” effectively and engagingly. We know that speaking in front of an audience, let alone a camera and microphone, can be daunting, so we will accommodate each of you within your comfort levels. (See Switzer website for sample podcasts: www.switzernetwork.org/news)

4:30 – 5:00 pm         DEBRIEF, CONCLUDE TRAINING

5:00 – 6:00 pm          BREAK – take a walk, stretch your legs!

5:30 – 6:00 pm          WINE AND BEER RECEPTION

6:00 – 7:00 pm         DINNER

7:00 - 10:00 pm      NETWORKING AND CAMPFIRE/HOT TUB.  Our journalist colleagues and trainers will be with us most of the evening to help you work on messaging and learning new approaches to communicating your work. And of course, time to relax, network and learn more about your colleagues, visit with Switzer staff and trustees.

Bring slides of your projects, we may try a project "Slam" where each participant has 3 minutes and 3 slides (bring a flash drive) to pitch an idea or problem you'd like help solving.

Or, bring musical instruments and swimsuit for Hot Tub!  This is a time to relax after the day's hard work.

SUNDAY, September 18th

8:00 – 9:00 am         BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:45 am        INTRODUCTION TO CAREER COACHING, MENTORING AND NETWORKS.  Foundation staff will present guidance on effective mentoring relationships and seeking professional development support throughout your career. Fellows may serve as mentors in the future or may be seeking one in the near term. In either case, understanding the dynamics and responsibilities of both sides of this relationship can improve the value of mentor/mentee interactions.  In addition, ideas for helping Fellows use the resources of the Switzer Network will be explored.

SMALL GROUP LEADERSHIP DISCUSSIONS: DEVELOPING A LEADERSHIP LEARNING AGENDA.  Lissa Widoff will present an overview of how to create a leadership learning agenda that articulates your professional, personal and career vision and goals, and offer tools for and identify resources to help you meet your goals.  There will be small group interaction and discussion of each participant’s leadership goals in preparation for drafting a written document.  alumnis can likewise benefit from this exercise.

11:00 am              PRESENTATION OF 2011 FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

11:30 am – 12:30 pm   KEYNOTE:  Kenneth Bailey, co-Founder and Judith Leemann, Artist in Residence, Design Studio for Social InterventionIn  "Design Thinking - New Pathways for Social Change" Kenneth Bailey and Judith Leemann will introduce how systems change can occur using principles of "design thinking," a merging of design principles, community engagement, visual communication and systems thinking.  This talk will engage participants in a presentation and interactive discussion about new ways of solving problems in complex human systems in such a way that we tap creative solutions.Their experience working with Boston youth, community groups and a range of social causes will inform our environmental efforts.  

12:30 – 1:30 pm    LUNCH

1:30 pm                DEPART

Download a printable version of this agenda with speaker and trainer biographies.

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