Executive Development Program


Sunday April 9th

Dinner and Opening Session, Social
Begin IU EDP by meeting fellow EDP classmates, Alumni, and the EDP Board of Trustees during our welcome dinner and the opening session.  A social will follow the opening session.

Opening Session
Cruisin’ Through Life at 35 MPH: Strategies to Keep Your Internal Engine Running Smoothly
Life is a journey…enjoy the ride! This exciting program offered by Brian Blasko invites you to discover and maximize your own personal potential. Our lives and careers are like vehicles, and we are the engines that keep them running smoothly. Come learn how to gain some “fuel” for your internal gas tank. Brian will share a few strategies for successful leadership, teamwork and personal growth. The strategies have all been test-driven and proven road-worthy. Do not let life’s little road blocks keep you stuck on the side of the road. Come have some fun and learn how to push your pedal to the metal!

Monday, April 10th

1st year and 2nd year Students and Alumni – Building Your Team Foundation
Is your team running on all of its cylinders? Would you feel comfortable in the car for an 8-hour journey with your co-workers? These are tough questions to answer, but not impossible to achieve! Come join Brian Blasko as he shares his team building strategies for success. A team of co-workers is like a Pit-Crew, everyone is important. In this high-energy program participants will gain a wealth of practical tips for team cohesiveness.
Speaker: Brian Blasko, Speaker, Author, Fun Guy - Brian Blasko LLC

1st year and 2nd year Students and Alumni - Is Your But Too Big? Getting past making excuses and being courageous in the face of adversity.
"I don’t have time." "The Council won’t let us." “We don’t have enough staff.” A culture of excuses are not helping our current conditions of finite resources, crumbling infrastructure, unsustainable growth, and people wanting more and more. It’s time to face reality and step up during this important time when courage and bold leadership are needed. Challenging conventional thinking and pushing beyond comfort zones, this intensive and spirited session promises to be provocative and insightful.
Speaker: Jamie Sabbach, Founder & CEI, 110% LLC

Tuesday, April 11th

1st year Students
Managing Change through Job Progressions and Succession Planning
Agencies are facing baby boomer retirements, budget reductions, and increasingly, vacated full-time positions are not being refilled with full-time employees. These issues have caused agencies to make major changes in how they do business. A key component of handling change is to have a skilled workforce that can meet today's challenges and future organizational needs. This session is designed to help agencies address financial and operational challenges with job progressions and succession planning through identification of job related competencies, building talent pools, and facilitating development opportunities for employees.
Speakers: Amy Hurd, PH.D, CPRE. Director Graduate School, Illinois State University and Jayne Miller, Superintendent - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2nd year Students
Bridging the Financial GAPS: Developing Grants, Alliances Partnerships and Sponsors
This interactive session will address the importance of managing meaningful partnerships which will in turn provide agencies the opportunity to become 'fiscally responsible' by maximizing sponsorships dollars and program support, reducing costs for services, and controlling the return on investments which will help agencies deal with declining resources.
Speakers: Joseph Wynns, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN. and Jennifer Voreis, PHR, CPRP Manager of Training and Development, CHA Companies

1st and 2nd Year Students
Roundtables: Challenging traditional approaches, sharing ideas, ​and explaining what works
What practices and experiences can you share with your fellow IUEDP classmates? What issues are impacting you and your agency? This joint session is an opportunity for you to call the sessions you want to and be part of the conversations you need to. Using a technique from the Art of Hosting, you’ll host roundtable discussions that allow you to network, learn and share with other attendees, board members and instructors. This will give you the opportunity to interact with many professionals from across the country on subjects important to you, providing you needed resources to navigate change and make improvements.
Speaker: Jackie O’Connell, CPRP, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Wednesday, April 12th

1st Year Students - The Ultimate Programming Portfolio Analysis
This interactive session will explore cutting edge techniques to ensure the programs your agency provides meet budget projections, assist in your fiscal responsibility of non-tax revenue generation and are priced correctly. All while adding value and demand to your bottom line. Students will learn how to adapt these techniques to their own situations and how they can be implemented within their departments.
Speaker: Michael Clark, CPRP, MBA, Executive Director, Palatine Park District, IL

2nd Year Students - Selection and Interviewing: "The Last Person Standing Wins!"
Hiring the most qualified candidate is fiscally prudent, as the impact of replacing a hire that doesn't work out can be costly.  Participants will be introduced to competency based interviewing techniques and will walk away with an interviewing style that helps select candidates based on their potential to succeed. The session will include a 'mock' assessment center process in which attendees will participate.
Speakers: Mick Renneisen, Deputy Mayor City of Bloomington, IN and Jean Joque, Consultant, Bedford, IN