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Institute '18

Join your colleagues and friends for this exciting Institute '18! Click below to book your room at the Sheraton:

5/30/2018 to 6/1/2018
When: May 30 - June 1, 2018
Where: Stamford Sheraton
300 East Main Street
Stamford, Connecticut  06901
United States

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7:00 pm – Explore Stamford

Join your friends and colleagues in exploring the culinary and retail establishments in downtown Stamford. 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

8:00 am — Registration & Breakfast


9:00 am — Leading at the Edge

Dennis Perkins, CEO, Syncretic Group

Dennis Perkins recounts the extraordinary saga of legendary Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, while sharing strategies for Leading at the Edge

On December 5, 1914, Shackleton and 27 men sailed from South Georgia Island in the Southern Ocean aboard a wooden vessel named Endurance. They set out on a formidable mission: to be the first explorers to cross the Antarctic continent.

Forty five days after their departure, disaster struck. Endurance was beset by solid pack ice, and the expedition was trapped. For nearly two years, Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the icy sea. They endured unimaginable hardships: brutal cold, total darkness, aching thirst, gnawing hunger, constant danger, and utter desolation. Facing these challenges with astonishing good cheer, Shackleton and his entire crew returned, without loss of life, after 634 days in the Frozen South.

How did Shackleton inspire his crew to such extraordinary levels of courage, unity, and commitment?

Our gripping presentation answers this question and reveals Ten Critical Strategies for Leading at The Edge.

The program highlights the power of effective leadership and emphasizes Shackleton’s role in the success of the Endurance expedition.


10:20 am — Break


10:40 am — Leading at the Edge (continued)


12:00 Noon — Lunch


1:00 pm — Annual Meeting


1:30 pm — Let’s Hear from the Candidates

The gubernatorial candidates have been invited to a panel discussion to share their insights on education in the State of Connecticut.  Ann Baldwin of Baldwin Media will serve as the moderator for the panel.


4:00 pm — Conclude


6:30 – President’s Dinner

Join your friends and colleagues in honoring outgoing President Eva Gallupe and welcoming incoming President Vincent Masciana.  


Friday, June 1, 2018

8:00 am — Registration & Breakfast


9:00 am — DISC Assessment – David O’Brien

Effective communication provides the foundation for all successful personal and professional relationships. We humans possess impressive vocabularies comprised of hundreds of thousands of words and have access to revolutionary tools such as the Internet, cell phones, and faxes to support us in communicating effectively.

Even with our innate abilities and the technological tools at our disposal, the alarming number of failed relationships and dissatisfied workers are evidence that none of us are as effective in expressing ourselves or understanding other people as we would like to believe.

The DISC Reports are designed to change all that. These instruments allow you to better understand your own behavioral and communication style as well as identify the styles of all those around you.  When we communicate effectively, we succeed.

All registrants will be asked to complete the DISC assessment by May 15th and will receive their personal evaluations. During the session, we use these DISC assessments to help us discover "HOW" you go about doing what you do.  This refers to your observable behavioral style and how you are perceived by others.   For example:

· Are you a real "people person" -- someone who is optimistic, outgoing, and persuasive?

· Are you aggressive, competitive and goal oriented?

· Are you patient, relaxed, and predictable?

· Are you an orderly person who needs a lot of data before making a decision and wants things to be right?

We all fall somewhere on the continuum for each of the four behavioral tendencies listed above.  Leveraging these Managing for Success (MFS) reports, we get a clear picture of the behaviors that you are engaging in that are either optimal or detrimental for your natural behavior style.  With this information we eliminate all the guesswork -- we can now focus on the areas where your strengths are being under-utilized and develop the action plans that will result in your success


10:20 am — Break


10:40 am — DISC Assessment (continued)  


12:00 Noon — Lunch & Legislative Perspective


1:30 pm — If I Only Had a Flag & a Whistle—Tom Wohlleber, ASBO VP

In addition to serving as the CFO of the Casa Grande Elementary School District and as Vice President of ASBO International, Tom is an NFL referee.  He certainly doesn’t shy away from a challenge.  He will share his insight on leadership, endurance, and fair-play as they relate to school business. 


2:45 pm — Conclude


3:15 pm — “Beautiful” Broadway Show Departure

For this optional event (ticketed separately), attendees will board a bus to NYC for dinner at the famous Carmine’s and then enjoy “Beautiful—The Carol King Story”.  The bus will return to the Stamford Sheraton following the show.

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