NOW! Professional Development Track

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Wednesday, 1:45PM - 3:15PM

Creating a Healthy Company Culture

Back by Popular Demand! The culture of an organization, whether healthy or unhealthy, can be felt immediately when someone picks up the phone or walks through the front door.  Learn the keys to creating a healthy organizational culture that fosters higher levels of employee engagement, teamwork and most importantly, improved relationships with residents and clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the key aspects of a creating a healthy company culture.
  • Discover tips on how to hire and maintain top talent within your organization.
  • Hear real examples on simple things that can be done to improve morale.

Speakers: Adam Kantor, Associate Principal, KEPHART community:: planning :: architecture; Dennis Tallon, Owner, Awareness to Action International


Wednesday, 3:45PM - 5PM

The Fine Art of Facilitation

Great facilitation is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. It’s part planner, part juggler, part good cop, part bad cop and part magician. Learn how to merge these skill sets to help groups be at their best in achieving specific desired results for meetings.


Learning Objectives:

  • Know which kind of facilitation is needed for each assignment.
  • Know the critical mind-set shift that separates facilitation from other skill sets.
  • Combine planning with flexibility.

Speaker: Gregg Piburn, Owner & President, Leader's Edge Consulting


Thursday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Cyber Security -- Updates & Trends Affecting the Real Estate Industry 

Cyber criminals, rogue employees and even well intentioned employees all put our information, systems, and our constituents at risk.  Using a combination of personal experience, case studies and the latest guidance on cyber security we will discuss how your organization can improve your security controls.


  • Learning Objectives:
  • Learn of external and internal cyber threats.
  • How to prevent attacks.
  • Balancing risks vs. technology advances.

Speaker: Jeff Cunningham, Partner, RubinBrown; David Hendrickson, Manager, RubinBrown; Micah Wenz, IT Risk Services Manager, RubinBrown

Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Strategy: It's a Balancing Act

Does your organization’s strategic plan sit on a shelf, or is it actively driving performance in your organization. Learn ways to improve your strategic planning process from conception through execution, and how to leverage your plan to increase employee engagement.


Learning Objectives:

  • How to prepare for your strategic planning process, who to involve and how to facilitate the conversation.
  • Ways to draft and communicate a strategic plan that is meaningful and actionable.
  • Leverage performance and employee engagement by cascading your plan throughout the organization.

Speakers: Dorothy Axelson, Director of Research and Stategy, CHFA; Debbie Herrera, Director of HR, CHFA

Thursday, 3:15PM -4:30PM

Speaking in a Way to Motivate Residents

Learn techniques to engage in conversations that empower residents to take action and motivate change that will improve their ability to overcome barriers, maintain housing stability and increase self-sufficiency.  Attendees will be better prepared to guide tenants and program participants from a state of ambivalence or non-compliance to a willingness to change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Guide Tenants to Overcome Barriers to Housing Stability.
  • Improve Relationships between Residents and Management.
  • Utilize Motivational Interviewing Techniques to Increase Tenant Compliance and Reduce Turnover.

Speakers: Jeanette Kintz, Owner, Kintz Consulting

Moderator: Amy Case, Controller, Grand Junction Housing Authority



Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Mastering Balance & Efficiency

Most people are quite busy. Unfortunately, we're all busy on the wrong things--lower level priorities. The Mastery Circle assessment assures high achievement on the right priorities. When our tops (5) are healthy and balanced our motivation to do other things soars. Attendees will receive feedback on where to focus to make life and work more efficient and rewarding.


Learning Objectives:

  • Highlight and narrow the top priorities in life and work.
  • Score and diagram current effectiveness of the top five.
  • Learn to build balance and equilibrium among life's priorities.

Speaker: Rick Griggs, Founder, Griggs Achievement Training and Retreats


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