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

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You are invited to a special bootcamp devoted to strategic communications, leadership and goal-setting for higher education and the non-profit sector. This program will be action-oriented. Through supportive guidance and energetic team discussion, everyone will leave with a freshly drafted, custom-built strategic communications plan that they have developed for their purposes. We will focus on learning, and deepening knowledge, by doing.  Because of the personalized nature of this program, enrollment is limited to12 people.

This program is designed for leaders and emerging leaders in communications—individuals facing challenging communications issues at their campuses or nonprofits, and those seeking to become more strategic in their work. Along the way, we will

  • Explore a strategic methodology for capitalizing on individual talents and ideas, including those of the creative staff and partner offices that we depend upon for success.
  • Probe critical questions for those leading teams of communicators or aspiring to do so.
  • Discuss techniques for winning over doubters, answering tough questions and staying inspired and motivated in our work.
  • Build a new professional network of special depth for attendees through the sharing, engaged conversations that each participant contributes.
  • Have fun, including select outdoor activities 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


Sunday, August 5: Strategic Thinking

  • Arrival by Dinner
  • Team Dinner
  • Introductions Exercise
  • Connecting Strategy and Identity
  • All Up 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
  • Goal Setting from Here
  • Concluding Lunch
  • Depart after Lunch

Register today!