New and Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway Sessions

If you are registered for this pathway, you may access your available handouts now.

Sunday, February 24

6:45 - 10:00 pm - Optional Washington, DC Bus Tour (SOLD OUT)

Monday, February 25

6:30 - 7:00 am - Exhibitor Set-up

7:00 am - 4:30 pm - Registration Open

7:30 - 8:30 am - Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:40 - 9:00 am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 - 11:00 am - Idea Lab 1: Leading Through Transition

Speakers: Paula Luff, Associate Vice President Enrollment Services at DePaul University,and Billie Jo Hamilton, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management at University of South Florida

When you become a director, whether new to the position or changing roles, transitions happen.  This session will provide you with a list of issues that you could expect to encounter when you become the director. Topics will include how to leverage your honeymoon period, what you should do the first ten days and first three months, handle challenges you inherit, and much more.  Learn practical tools to have a successful transition.

10:00 - 10:20 am - Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Idea Lab 2: Managing Your Finances

Speakers: Karen Krause, Executive Director Financial Aid, Scholarships, & VA Benefits Certification at University of Texas, Arlington, and Brenda Hicks, Director of Financial Aid at Southwestern College

As a director, you have the fiduciary responsibility to manage your operational and financial aid budgets.  Part of your role is advocating for resources.  This session will provide you with advice and examples for maneuvering the intricacies of fiscal management.

12:40 - 2:00 pm - Networking Lunch and Washington Update

Speaker: Justin Draeger, President & CEO at NASFAA

2:10 - 3:00 pm - Idea Lab 3: Managing Your Team

Speakers: Lisanne Masterson, Director of Financial Aid at Blue Ridge Community College, and Art Young, Director of Financial Aid at Utah State University

One of the most challenging issues you will face as director is managing people.  This session will examine topics surrounding hiring, training, expectation setting and using the team's strengths to achieve office goals. Learn how to effectively motivate, monitor and provide feedback on performance.

3:00 - 3:20 pm - Networking Break

3:20 - 4:30 pm - Idea Lab 3 (Part 2): Diversity and Inclusiveness

Speaker: Craig Slaughter, Director of Financial Aid at Kenyon College

Diversity is one of the most important topics being discussed in the higher education landscape today. As financial aid leaders, we have a responsibility to remove barriers and to promote a culture of diversity and inclusiveness regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, or institution type. This session will provide information on how you can help promote diversity and inclusiveness on your campus.

4:30 - 6:00 pm - Un-Wine'd Networking Reception at the Hotel

Dinner and Evening on Your Own

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 - 8:30 am - Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:40 - 10:00 am - Idea Lab 4: Leading in the 21st Century

Speakers: Billie Jo Hamilton, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management at University of South Florida and Brenda Hicks, Director of Financial Aid at Southwestern College

Today's leaders must anticipate and adapt to the ever-changing landscape created by congress, technology and the college environment.  As a new director you will need to proactively assess what is needed to effect successful and productive change.  This session will encompass effective strategies for engaging in professional development, leveraging technology, rethinking communication and more.

10:00 - 10:20 am - Networking Break

10:20 am - 12:00 pm - Idea Lab 5: Positioning Yourself and Your Office

Speakers: Andrew Hammontree, Director of Financial Aid at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Shannon Crossland, Interim Executive Director at Texas Tech University

As the director, you are the face of the office.  Your words and actions establish how the campus perceives the financial aid function on your campus.  Examine how your personal vision and leadership style impacts those around you and influences external stakeholders.

12:00 - 1:20 pm - Lunch Presentation: The Tough Issues in Higher Ed

Speaker: Scott Jaschik, Editor at Inside Higher Ed

1:30 - 3:00 pm - Idea Lab 6: Capstone Project - Thought Leader

Speaker: Denise Welch, Director of Financial Aid at Panola College

Now is your chance to demonstrate what you've learned.  This interactive session will provide you with an exercise to integrate the skills you have learned over the past two days.

3:00 - 3:20 pm - Networking Break

3:20 - 4:20 pm - Idea Lab 7: Director Panel Discussion 

Speakers: Lisanne Masterson, Director of Financial Aid at Blue Ridge Community College , Denise Welch, Director of Financial Aid at Panola College, and Karen Krause, Executive Director Financial Aid, Scholarships, & VA Benefits Certification at University of Texas, Arlington

Ask your remaining burning questions to a panel of new and seasoned directors.

3:20 - 4:20 pm - Exhibitor Breakdown

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Preparing for Your Hill Visit

Dinner and Evening on Your Own

Wednesday, February 27

8:00 am - 12:30 pm - Hill Visit

12:30 - 1:00 pm - Lunch on Your Own

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Hill Visit Debrief

Publication Date: 2/20/2019

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