Pre-Conference Workshops

Have you already registered but want to also register for a pre-conference workshop? Email the WACUBO Office for more assistance. 

The Creativity and Innovation Workshop    

Develop an articulated vision through storytelling and headlining, bring high-velocity decisions to your organization, brainstorm and practice pitching ideas to inspire leaders to act, and practice change management principles to help your team deal with uncertainty and accelerated change.

Howard Teibel is the founder of Teibel Education Consulting. For three decades, Howard and his team have worked with higher education leaders to confront their toughest challenges as they envision how to define – and redefine – the value of a 21st-century education. 

With the confluence of accelerating technology, external economic forces, demographic shifts, and the questioning of the value of higher education, Teibel asserts the answer lies in learning to build a culture of shared commitment among the academy, administrators, and their boards.  One thing is certain: education in 2030 will look and feel different from today. Teibel’s mission is to break down the old fiefdoms -- The academy versus the administration -- to work across divisions and develop leaders who will step up to innovate and re-create education.

Howard Teibel, Founder, Teibel Education Consulting

As a public speaker and writer for numerous higher education associations, Howard contributes to the national discourse on emerging trends facing education. His 10-year podcast Navigating Change brings together practitioners who innovate how teams in academia and business work together. Teibel worked on the cluster redesign initiative with President Don Birx of Plymouth State University and is a contributor to their book, "Redesigning Higher Education: Systemic Integration and Cluster-Based Learning." His team consults on strategic planning initiatives, being exceptional teams, and conducts a nationwide program for emerging leaders in education. Teibel’s client roster includes the University of Colorado, California State University, Loyola University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Brown School of Public Health, Georgia Institute of Technology, and many others. 

He is a graduate of the University of Binghamton and a long-time student of many modalities of personal growth including the language action theory of Dr. Fernando Flores and the transformation work of the Hoffman Institute. He is also a co-founder of Fathers Forever, an organization dedicated to creating fellowship among men who have experienced the death of a child.


Biscuit Bites – Lessons in Leadership through History and Pop Culture

What do the late Queen Elizabeth II and Ted Lasso have in common besides biscuits? It is, of course, great leadership lessons. This interactive workshop will review best-in-class strategies to ignite your leadership talents. We will all be called to be leaders throughout our careers. The transition to leadership challenges us to use our technical skills from our past and then add the courage and curiosity to develop new strategies for success. Participants will explore their own leadership strengths and weaknesses, delve into the scholarship of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, and explore leadership lessons from both real life and popular culture. This session will foster interaction, engagement, and opportunities to share and challenge, learn and unlearn. Are you ready to rise to the challenge with us in Phoenix?

  1. Define the five aspects of Leadership from the research of Kouzes and Posner. 
  2. Describe aspects of strong versus weak leadership. 
  3. Apply learnings to create strategies for successful leadership both on good days and bad days riddled with conflict and crisis.
Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant for Executive Search and Leadership Advisors, Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors
Diane Fennig remains a passionate connector at the intersection of opportunities and talent. She brings more than 25 years of career development and management experience in a university environment to executive search and leadership development. Diane joined Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors, formerly, The Human Capital Group, in 2009 to incorporate her network with her keen sense of talent as a senior consultant focused on executive search. She embodies the motto “We make a difference in your business…by doing things differently in ours.” Diane enjoys association affiliations with the Forté Foundation, WACUBO, YMCA, SHRM, and SHRM-Atlanta. Diane has earned degrees from Marquette University, Miami University, and The University of South Carolina as foundations for her role as a career connector and educator. She serves as a guest blogger for the Society of Human Resource Management in the areas of recruitment, retention, and employee satisfaction. She also has enjoyed over a decade of work with the Business Management Leadership Institute both as a facilitator and class lead.