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NACCU 2016 Professional Development

Saturday, April 16, 2016
1:00 - 4:00PM
Fee: $75*

* Your choice of one of the Professional Development workshops below is included with New Professionals Institute (NPI) registration.

Why Exceptional Leadership Matters Lynn Kachmarik

Supervisor Essentials Howard Miller


Why Exceptional Leadership Matters
Lynn Kachmarik

This session will be an interactive power filled workshop that challenges all aspects of your leadership and will inspire you to find more gratitude for life, leadership and those you are so privileged to lead and serve.

Learning Outcomes:

1) What are the “top 10” I believe to be true statements about exceptional leadership and define your own.

2) Understanding how much fun exceptional leadership can be by creating a collaborative and gratitude based work environment.

3) Create your own working definition of exceptional leadership.

4) Help you understand your leadership weaknesses and create a plan to challenge yourself to make the changes you need.

5) How to build a more cohesive staff in a safe environment for growth with integrity, honesty, humor, and passion.

6) What research revels about what motivates today’s population and how to build resiliency individually and collectively.

Recommended Reading: “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek

About Lynn Kachmarik

Lynn is the founder and director of TRUE BRAND SPORTS LLC, which provides workshops around the world to improve the sport culture at the youth, high school, and collegiate level. Lynn is also a consultant and presenter for game on Nation, a nationally recognized pioneer in communication, leadership, and teambuilding. Lynn has developed workshops on exceptional leadership, teamwork, and other topics that resonate with coaches, parents, student-athletes, and corporate executives. Lynn has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at state, national, and international conferences on the need for character-based leadership from administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes. Lynn was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Athletic Administrators and Coaches (IAAAC).

Lynn has over 45 years of experience in youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Lynn was an All-American water polo player and swimmer at Slippery Rock University where she received her BS and MS Degrees in Physiology and Education. She was a 12-year member of the United States National Water Polo team, and then served on their Executive Committee. Throughout an 18 year career at Bucknell University, Lynn held various coaching positions, including serving a decade as the head coach for the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo and Swim teams. Lynn served as the Athletic Director at Saint Mary’s College for 10 years, and moved on to become the Vice President and General Manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks Minor League Baseball Team. Most recently, Lynn served as the National Outreach Director for Play Like a Champion Today. Under her guidance, the program was transformed from a small organization focused on educating Catholic youth coaches and parents into one of the top educational programs serving public and private elementary and high schools around the world. Lynn has been inducted into six Athletic Halls of Fame, including the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame, Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Collegiate Water Polo Coach Hall of Fame. She resides in Mishawaka, IN where she and her husband Scott are the proud parents of three college-aged children.

Honors and Achievements

  • Gold Medalist at 2014 and 2007 Aquatics World Championships, 50 + & 30+ Women’s Water Polo
  • Among first group of women to be inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame, (February, 2004)
  • Inducted into the Bucks Country Chapter of the Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame (April, 2015)
  • First woman inducted into the Collegiate Water Polo Hall of Fame (April, 2003)
  • Two-Year Assistant Women’s National Team Coach for World Aquatic Championships in Perth, Australia (1991-1993)
  • Inducted into Slippery Rock Athletic Hall of Fame (1991)
  • Inducted into Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame (2014)
  • First Women to Coach any NCAA Division I Men’s Team Sport (Water Polo at Bucknell University)
  • Only Woman named Eastern Men’s Water Polo Coach of the Year (1986)
  • Twelve-Year member of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team and Team Captain, six years (1979-1991)
  • Competed in 1980, 1984, and 1988 World Aquatic Championships, and many FINA World Cup Championships
  • The first woman to play on the Women’s National Team from outside of California for all twelve years on team
  • Named to the All-World Team during playing tenure on the National Team
  • Board of Directors of USA Water Polo (2005-2009), Ethics Chair
  • Inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame (1985)
  • Recipient of Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievements in United States Aquatics (1981) 
  • Four-Time A.I.A.W. All-American Swimmer at Slippery Rock University
  • Eight-Time U.S. Water Polo Association All-American Player


Supervisor Essentials
Howard Miller

The key to being an effective supervisor is to execute practices and processes on an ongoing basis. This workshop will cover the essential skills for you to be an effective in your role. When you’re effective you are working not as hard yet getting more results from your employees!

The essential skills to be covered:

* The overall process & structure of being a supervisor

* How to set goals

* How to identify behavioral patterns for more effective communications

* How to ask questions which lead to solutions

* How to give feedback

This will be an interactive session where participants will get to practice the skills taught.

The purpose of the session is to help supervisors navigate the challenges and demands of dealing with performance issues, cultivate accountability among employees, and help staff grow.

Learning Outcomes:

* Understand the supervisory process

* Recognize different behavioral patterns

* Learn the elements of asking questions which lead to solutions

* Learn the elements of effective feedback

About Howard Miller

Howard Miller has worked for over 15 years teaching and coaching leadership skills and customer experience to new & seasoned managers, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and executives.  Clients include mid-range to large companies, including corporate, government, education and nonprofit companies such as the US Army, IRS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, USF, Johnson & Johnson, SAP, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Keeping Your Balance, and IBM, where he consulted with such financial institutions as Wells Fargo Bank, 1st Nationwide and Charles Schwab.

As an instructor, Howard teaches courses on Skills for New Managers, Increasing Your Managerial Effectiveness, & Making the Transition from Staff to Supervisor.  Topics include delegation and motivation methodologies, conflict, how to deal with difficult people, understanding values and behavior, feedback and listening skills. 

Howard’s 2013 webinar for hr.com “Coaching Skills for HR,” drew over 700 participants.

Howard is certified with tools such as Situational Leadership II, Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI) and DiSC behavioral assessment.

Howard is the author of two books; The Manager Trap:  13 ½ Pitfalls to Avoid which showcases common traps and pitfalls managers face (including using a 4 letter word beginning with that they should avoid!) and You’re Full of Shift, which contains short stories that demonstrate shifting difficult situations to opportunities.

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