Communications to Advance Great Ideas
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The Future Sessions: Building Strategy, Leadership and Direction

Register today! Enrollment closes on July 6.

You are invited to a special bootcamp devoted to strategic communications, leadership and goal-setting for higher education and the nonprofit sector. Because of the personalized nature of this program, enrollment is limited to12 people. Enrollment closes on July 6.

This action-oriented program is designed for leaders and emerging leaders in communications. It is built to serve you whether you are seeking to become more strategic in your work, facing difficult communications issues at your campus or nonprofit, or desiring a chance to get renewed among devoted communications peers. Through a process by which everyone will draft a custom-built communications plan for their own specific needs--whether for an institution, a department, or an upcoming challenge--we will explore together a range of critical issues related to strategic success, including

  • How can we engage the many talented people who are so critical to our team’s success?
  • What are the most critical questions that we have to answer to keep our work on track?
  • What listening approaches can help win over doubters?
  • How do we keep our motivation and inspiration through the obstacles that arise in sticking to strategic goals?

At the same time, the immersive nature of this program will help participants

  • Build a new professional network of special depth with fellow attendees.
  • Have fun and take a calming breath outside of daily demands, including through select outdoor experiences connected to the goals of the program.

    August 5-8, 2018

    The Guest House Retreat and Conference Center in Chester, Connecticut, a beautiful and peaceful setting located beside a national forest and only 15 minutes from the ocean. You can reserve one of the rooms set aside at the Guest House for this conference on the workshop enrollment page.


    All-inclusive fee: $2,250. The fee covers the bootcamp, all materials and activities, all meals, all 3 nights at the Guest House, and a special team dinner on Monday night.

    “What I admire most is Pete’s ability to translate strategic institutional priorities into every word and action. Few people have the capacity to think very strategically while creating and implementing critical tactical plans. Having worked with many higher education consultants, I believe Pete is in a category by himself.” 
    Scott G. Nichols
    Senior Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations, Boston University
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    Sunday, August 5: Strategic Thinking

    • Arrival by Dinner
    • Team Dinner
    • Introductions Exercise
    • Connecting Strategy and Identity
    • Forward from Here

    Monday, August 6: Idea to Action

    • Key Questions
    • Deciding on Directions
    • The Strategy Begins
    • Outdoor Activity
    • Dinner with Daring Dialogue

    Tuesday, August 7: Action to Implementation

    • Leadership Activity
    • The Strategy Takes Shape
    • The Prioritization Methodology
    • Connecting Strategy to Tactics
    • Bonfire

    Wednesday, August 8: Testing through Teamwork

    • Presentations of Draft Strategy to Group
    • Team Feedback
    • The Pre-Mortem
    • Setting the Goal
    • Depart after Lunch

    Register today! Enrollment closes on July 6.