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Title: Best Practices in Meeting Management
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: CMS offices, Denver, CO
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Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the relationship between meeting management and leadership.
  • Identify the elements of effective meetings and common challenges to them.
  • Use tools to assess the effectiveness of standing meetings and plan improvements for better meeting management.
  • Establish and lead meeting processes that facilitate respectful and engaging dialogue.
  • Anticipate challenges from meeting participants and apply strategies to direct their concerns and energies toward productive outcomes.
  • Craft statements to address their most feared challenges from participants.
  • Create an action plan to make a current meeting better.

Short Description:

Would you rather have a root canal than attend certain meetings?  Have you ever been to a meeting where a participant hijacked the agenda or where you as the leader could not keep everyone engaged?  Why are our meetings so painful?  Would you like to lead meetings that are more productive or effective?  To advance our work, we must meet, and there are effective ways to make those gatherings productive and even enjoyable.  

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn strategies and practices associated with productive meetings.  Attention will focus on the structural elements of meetings (such as whether a meeting is needed, timing, agenda, roles of the participants, meeting assessments tools, etc.)  Perhaps more importantly, the workshop will provide strategies for the emotionally intelligent leader to effectively manage the meeting processes and create opportunities for active and respectful participation.  Building consensus on meeting mechanics (such as ground rules and time-keeping) and tactfully holding the group accountable to those mechanics will be included.  Participants will plan and practice respectful responses to behaviors that detract from the group’s goals.   The session will also address the similarities and differences in the emotionally intelligent leadership of a meeting versus an open mic forum.

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Kathy Irene Kennedy is a public health scientist and educator who has conducted numerous studies in reproductive health and directed several multi-center international studies - some for the World Health Organization.  She has worked in over fifteen countries and with several American Indian tribes.  She also has directed health and environmental leadership development programs for nearly two decades. 

Dr. Kennedy is Clinical Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado Denver at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Here or elsewhere her courses have included Public Health Fundamentals, Epidemiology, Global Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Injury Epidemiology, and Public Health Leadership in programs toward the Master and Doctor of Public Health degrees. She has extensive experience as a presenter for in-service training and continuing education, frequently for health care systems.  At the Colorado School of Public Health, Dr. Kennedy also directs the Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health programs and the Certificates in Global Public Health and Maternal and Child Health. 

In public health practice, Dr. Kennedy is Director of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL).  RIHEL is the CDC-founded regional public health leadership development institute for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.  RIHEL provides leadership training and other professional development experiences for health and environment professionals in the region.  With over 800 graduates of its flagship Advanced Leadership Training Program and the Advanced Physicians Leadership Program, RIHEL is also an association of vibrant, forward-looking professionals dedicated to the health and environment of the region.  

Contact Information:

Kathy I. Kennedy, DrPH, MA
Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership
2400 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO  80208-5100

Speaker Biography:

Deborah L. Center MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC is the Education Program Director and Lead Coach at the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence where she facilitates several programs related to leadership and inter-professional teams. Deb completed her Bachelor's Degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Masters of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Specialty in Adult Critical Care at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Deb is in the process of completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership Psychology with a focus on developing and coaching teams to be more emotionally intelligence, civil, productive, resilient, and sustainable.

Deb has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and has held many positions from a staff level to executive leadership within clinical practice settings, education, workforce, and organization consultation. She is an executive and leadership coach, with specialty certifications related to emotional intelligence (EQ-I 2.0 and EQ-I 360) and the use of behavioral personality tools (DiSC and Enneagram).  She has presented numerous local and national conferences and is an author of several publications relative to this topic. Her content expertise for is based on a solid foundation of evidence and best practices and extends beyond managing meetings and includes leading effective interprofessional teams; emotional intelligence; civility, and healthy work environments; improving communication and engagement; resiliency and perseverance; and engaging talent and resource management.  Deb aspires to create an engaging learning environment during her presentations to ensure participants walk away with new tools and a strategic action plan to improve their leadership and practice.

Contact Information: Deborah Center, MSN, RN, CNS, CTACC
Education Program Director and Project Director
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
5290 East Yale Circle, Suite 102 - Denver, CO 80222
(303) 715-0343 ext. 14