New and Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway Sessions

Sunday

7:00 - 10:00 pm - Optional Washington, DC Bus Tour

Monday

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

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

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

Location: Columbia West

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

Location: Columbia 5 & 7

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speakers: Billie Jo Hamilton, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management at the University of South Florida & Brent Tener, Director of Student Financial Aid, Vanderbilt University

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 10 days and first 3 months, handle challenges you inherit, and much more. Learn practical tools to have a successful transition.

10:00 - 10:20 am - Networking Break

Location: Columbia West

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speakers: Lisa Blazer, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio & LisAnne Masterson, Director of Financial Aid at Blue Ridge Community 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 with Justin Draeger

Location: Columbia 5 & 7

2:10 - 3:00 pm - Idea Lab 3A: Team Building

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speaker: Karen Krause, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veteran’s Benefits Processing, University of Texas at Arlington

3:00 - 3:20 pm - Networking Break

Location: Columbia 5 & 7

3:20 - 4:30 pm - Idea Lab 3B: Managing Your Team

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speakers: Karen Krause, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veteran’s Benefits Processing, University of Texas at Arlington  & Billie Jo Hamilton, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management at the University of South Florida

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.

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

Location: Columbia West

Dinner and Evening on Your Own

Tuesday

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

Location: Columbia West

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speaker: Ron Day, Director, Office of Financial Aid at Kennesaw State University

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 - Networing Break

Location: Columbia West

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speakers: Kevin Jensen, Vice President & Chief Enrollment Management Officer at SUNY Oneonta & Andrew Hammontree, Director of Financial Aid, Francis Tuttle Technology Center

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 - The Future of Work

Location: Columbia 5 & 7

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Facilitator: Karen Krause, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veteran’s Benefits Processing, University of Texas at Arlington

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

Location: Columbia West

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

Location: Columbia 1 & 2

Speakers: LisAnne Masterson, Director of Financial Aid  at Blue Ridge Community College, Billie Jo Hamilton, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management at the University of South Florida , & Lori Vedder, Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan-Flint

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

Location: Columbia 5 & 7

Dinner and Evening on Your Own

Wednesday

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: 11/22/2017

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