August 20 – 24, 2018
University of California, Santa Cruz
Registration opens June 20, 2018 *
Limit 1 registrant per LCSA
By Lisa Dugan, Co-chair & Director, North Coast Regional DCSS
The Leadership Institute, an annual event put on by CSDA, provides a low cost high value educational opportunity to leaders and aspiring leaders in child support across California. The committee this year has committed to creating a transformative experience for participants.
What sets the Institute apart from other leadership development experiences is the immersion with colleagues across the state for almost an entire week. With a common purpose, leaders work side-by-side, mainly in small group interactions. One of the highlights is a mid-week Ropes Course in the mountains of Santa Cruz, providing an experiential learning platform. Participants will live on-campus for the week at UC Santa Cruz, gaining an additional opportunity to deepen connections. Relationships that form during this week have been known to carry across an entire career in child support.
Because transformation is a personal journey, several of the classes will focus on the individual as a leader, drawing from the rich life experience that informs each person’s unique leadership potential. Classes range from this inward journey to hands-on experience working in teams. The capstone again this year is a half-day with Frank Benest. Frank is well known for his innovative and deeply personal perspective on leadership in CA government. Frank has served in the past as Vice President of ICMA and works with multiple counties on their leadership academies.
Common purpose and deeper connection is the magic that is the foundation for collaboration, increased productivity, and innovation. North Coast Regional LCSA recently experienced this upon the return of several newly hired staff who spent a couple weeks together at Shasta DCSS (shout out to Terri Morelock and staff for a top-notch induction training!). One of the biggest rewards is their very obvious strong relationships. These relationships are helping them better navigate the awkwardness and challenges of a new workplace. It is the hope of the Leadership Institute Committee to similarly realize this opportunity to create deeper relationships across the state. The more we work from a place of ‘being in this together’, the more opportunity we create for our program in California to lead the national dialog.
The Leadership Institute Committee looks forward to serving up a unique challenging and rewarding experience for California child support professionals this summer.
Your committee members are: Cassandra Holzhauer (co-chair), Jill Francis, Jennifer Traumann, Sharon Wardale-Trejo, Natalie Dillon, Roger Dixon, Tex Ritter, Mary Lawrence-Jones, Mark Mandel, Lisa Bispham.