When & Where

August 09 to August 11, 2015

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

Austin, Texas

2015 Becoming Your Best: Training for Executive Directors

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August 9 - 11, 2015 | Omni Austin Hotel Downtown | Austin, Texas

A collaborative training event developed by NADO and NARC

 Conference Program

To access the session presentations, click on the individual session below:

This interactive conference was designed to meet the needs of new executive directors (defined as being in the position for three years or less) as well as those executive directors with three to over 30 years of experience!

The event covered a broad range of topics for all RDO executive directors, but NADO's focus with this particular event is on the content for new executive directors.

Initial feedback from attendees was very positive -- here's what a few folks had to say about it:

  • "Great networking.  Very relevant, well-run, and well paced sessions and panels."
  • "As a "newbie", I found the information and networking highly valuable."
  • "The innovation sessions was a great source of good ideas!"
  • "First time in years I've been able to attend the perfect conference!"
  • "Very relevant across topics and especially bringing in people with diverse experiences and operations."
  • "This training proved particularly beneficial for me.  I am convicted, encouraged, and  motivated as a result and already feel sorry for my staff when I get back as I try to practice what I've learned."

“New Directors” are defined as new to the position in the last three years, a current assistant/deputy director/senior staff member of a RDO that soon will become an Executive Director, or someone who may be interested in becoming Executive Director in the near future.

Research conducted in early 2014 found almost 25 percent of all RDOs nationwide had experienced a change in executive director leadership in the past three years.

Much of the change has been the result of retirements, but a considerable amount of the change is among younger professionals looking for new challenges and opportunities who are willing to move into new jobs in new regions.

These new directors sometimes find themselves with more challenges than expected, and with little or no training to help them overcome them.  Additionally, limited resources and small budgets are stretched as demand for the services their organizations provide increases.  With no formal training or education programs to equip them as they step into these new jobs, they find themselves learning as they go.


Questions?: Contact Laurie Thompson, Deputy Executive Director at 202.624.5948 or [email protected]