Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday April 30

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

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 | FLW H 
Eligible for 3.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits 

Are you looking for ways to accelerate the pace of change and innovation at your institution?  Are you interested in learning tools that can help you help your colleagues revisit current practices and are you ready to help them and your institution move forward in creative and innovative ways?

The Creativity and Innovation Workshop is an immersive experience to build new habits of coordination within and across your organization. In this three-hour program led by Howard Teibel of Teibel Education Consulting, you will learn key knowledge skills to accelerate relevant change that will benefit your people and your mission.  Course content includes principles of change management, core competencies to drive organizational change, and methods for accelerating the pace of change. The goal of this program is to create a permanent shift in the way crossdepartmental teams work together and instill a culture of service across your teams. We will explore the art and science of storytelling, what it is to be inspired, ultimately producing tangible value across your institution.

The three-hour program will cover:

  1. Tested change management principles in Higher Education administration

  2. The five core competencies that builds commitment across your organization

  3.  Key principles that drive creativity and innovation

  4.  Constructing your vision and how to tell the story to inspire

You will:
  1. Develop an articulated vision through storytelling and headlining. 
  2. Bring high-velocity decisions to your organization, Brainstorm and practice pitching ideas to inspire leaders to act.
  3. Practice change management principles to help your team deal with uncertainty and accelerated change.

Howard Teibel, Founder, Teibel Education Consulting

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 lives 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.

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 Changebrings 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 titled: Redesigning Higher Education: Systemic Integration and Cluster Based Learning.

His team consults on strategic planning initiatives, being exceptional teams and conducts a nation-wide program for emerging leaders in education.

Teibel’s client roster includes: University of Colorado, California State University, Loyola University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Brown School of Public Health, Georgia Institute of Technology and many others.

Howard is a graduate of University of Binghamton and 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.

Dr. Shannon Capaldi, Senior Consultant, Teibel Education Consulting

With more than 10 years of higher education administration experience, Dr. Shannon Capaldi is versed in the practical application of various leadership, team, and communication theories to help leaders and managers at all levels achieve maximum effectiveness.

Shannon has partnered with university presidents and senior leadership teams to lead institution-wide efforts in strategic planning, process improvement initiative implementation, change management projects, and team building.

Shannon earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from California State University, Fullerton, and her doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne.

She completed UC Berkeley's Executive Leadership Academy, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a certified facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method.


Biscuit Bites – Lessons in Leadership through History and Pop Culture | FLW G
Eligible for 3.5 Personal Development CPE Credits

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. Create strategies for successful leadership both on good days and bad days riddled with conflict and crisis.
Dr. 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.
Diane will be hosting these sessions virtually before the conference and while onsite in Phoenix. Please select a time for your one-on-one session and set the agenda for your 45-minute time slot. Sign up today!