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Leadership Academy: Tools, Resources, and Practices to Strengthen Your Program


This is an IN-PERSON track on the Collin College campus


Do you need to improve your relationship with local business and industry leaders, strengthen your curriculum, develop new classroom models to better engage and retain students, communicate more effectively with colleagues, and support your work with grant funding? And do you need to do all of this with little to no budget money, a huge work load, and a small support staff? You’ve come to the right place! Find the answers you and your students need as Working Connections’ “Leadership Academy” helps you develop skills and strategies to take your program to the next level. Get the tools you need to lead your program.

Learn more about yourself, meet your peers, and hear best practices. Work in groups, use role-playing and workbook activities, master new strategies. Discover essential resources and tools. This material is not just for IT instructors and administrators looking to advance their career beyond the classroom. These processes can work across all technical disciplines and beyond.




None - resources will be provided.

Lead Coach


Ann Beheler has been in the Information Technology industry for over 30 years, and she is now responsible for Emerging Technology grants at Collin College. In that capacity she leads the National Convergence Technology Center, a five-year $4 million National Science Foundation grant. The work of the National CTC builds on a previous four-year $4.4 million National Science Foundation grant. From 2011-2015, Ann also led the National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technologies Consortium, an almost $20 million Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.

Ann has corporate experience at Rockwell, Raytheon and Novell; and she has led her own consulting firm, created and taught in one of the first networking degree programs in Texas, and previously managed IT-related divisions and grants ranging $1-$20 million in community colleges in Texas and California. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President of Academic Affairs for Porterville College, responsible for all instruction at the college, and prior that she was a Dean at both Orange Coast College in California and at Collin College.

Among other things, Ann is known for effectively bringing together business and industry using a streamlined process to identify with them the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) they predict will be needed by “right-skilled” job candidates in the future. She then works with faculty to align curriculum such that those who complete certificates and degrees in IT have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will make them readily employable in high-paying IT positions. Ann holds a PhD in Community College Leadership from Walden University, a MS in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology, and a BS in Math from Oklahoma State University.

“Life Skills” Instructor


Carolyn Corbin is the founder of the Center for the 21st Century, which she created to provide speeches, executive briefings, consulting, and organizational training in critical 21st century issues. Although she is semi-retired after a 45-year career, Carolyn continues to hold the title of President of that corporation and serves a few clients per year. Mostly, however, her current mission is to give back to the greater community by serving community organizations who wish to tap into her knowledge and expertise developed throughout her career. She is being asked to lead innovative projects, develop place marketing initiatives, and identify pillars for community competitiveness. During her career as an internationally renowned socioeconomic futurist, author, and speaker, Carolyn’s work held a stellar reputation for its 95% accuracy rate and decisive strategies. She has been spotlighted in hundreds of TV, radio, Internet, and periodical interviews including ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates, CNN, the Gannett (owner of USA Today) newswire, and United Press International throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

She pioneered Computer Assisted Instruction research in the public schools and the aerospace industry during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Because of her interest in space business, in 1987 Carolyn, through her corporation, was first in her field to be allowed, if the opportunity ever arose, to conduct business on space stations, on any other planet or asteroid, and on spaceships or any other structure designed to sustain human life outside the earth’s atmosphere. In other words, her corporate charter was especially written to allow her to do business beyond planet earth—a condition open to very few corporations at the time, but becoming more prevalent today with the current interest in commercial space business and spaceports.

Carolyn has written five award-winning, best-selling books. Her last book, Community Leadership 4.0: Impacting a World Gone Wiki, was launched in 2011, in both traditional and digital formats. It immediately became the Number 1 Top Rated Kindle eBook in Public Affairs & Administration and held that ranking for 18 months. The book has also become a Book Pick of the World Future Society. In March, 2013, Community Leadership 4.0 was named Book of the Month by the Malaysian Foresight Institute of the Prime Minister's Department in Malaysia.

Her clients and sponsors for her work include such diverse organizations as the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency; Yahoo; IBM; Ericsson; U.S. Department of Defense; Texas Economic Development Council; Texas Municipal League; Dallas-Fort Worth Area Tourism Council; North Texas Commission; Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Detroit Tigers; AMR Corporation; Johnson & Johnson; University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs; American Heart Association; National Kidney Foundation; Arizona State University; California State University; University of Zululand, South Africa; Caribbean Government Consortia; Leadership USA; Indiana University; Leadership Texas; Virginia Local Government Management Association; City of Dallas; and numerous chambers of commerce.

Carolyn is active in the McKinney (Texas) community, serving on multiple education, civic, religious, and historical boards and committees.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this track, the participants will be able to…

  • Understand strategies to maximize your relationship with business and keep them engaged and active in your program
  • Learn best practices to improve your program by developing a more strategic approach to innovation
  • Strengthen your interpersonal communication skills and ability to work with different personality types
  • Identify and implement essential 21st century “life skills” with the goal of ultimately teaching these skills to students


Click here for the program schedule and times.

During this program, you will learn how to…

Mornings, Monday July 11, Tuesday July 12, Wednesday July 13, Thursday July 14, Friday July 15) (Carolyn Corbin) – Identify and implement innovative “life skills”to successfully navigate the global transition from a 3.0 network community of harmonious traditions and segmented silos to a 4.0 wiki community of disruptive innovation and systemic organizations. This is an entirely different way of looking at employability “soft” skills.

  • Understand how to thrive in a 21st century that will increasingly operate without traditional organizational structures
  • Identify and plan for accessing future opportunities resulting from increasing complexity
  • Develop skills for building and maintaining healthy well-being during constant volatility

Monday and Tuesday, July 11 and 12 (Ann Beheler) – Maximize business relationships to benefit your students. Rather than relying on traditional “back-seat” advisory panels that follow faculty’s lead, put your business leaders in the front seat and get them actively involved. They know best what students need to learn.

  • Energize relationships with local business and industry leaders to make them an asset to your program and your students
  • Structure meetings and discussions with your local business and industry leaders to forecast industry trends, identify job skills, steer curriculum, and ensure your students are well-prepared for the workforce

Wednesday, July 13 (Martha Germann, Mindful Games) – Challenge yourself to improve your communication skills by understanding how to effectively work with all personality types.

  • Assess different personality and communication styles to improve teamwork and communication with students and colleagues
  • Get a “yes” from your business leaders, administrators, and colleagues to get students the resources they need
  • Practice specific workplace situations where communication can be challenging

Thursday, July 14 (Ann Beheler) – Boost your program and support your students by pairing BILT-led innovation with grant proposals

  • Learn ways to successfully leverage your employers' recommendations to strengthen your curriculum
  • Improve your ability to follow future industry trends and align curriculum with workforce needs
  • Discover free opportunities to help you learn how to write competitive grants

Friday, July 15 - Final conclusions and attendee action plan discussions


Please bring with you to the track:

  • A laptop (your classroom does not have PC workstations)
  • Current list of your active BILT (our term for your business council) members – names, titles, companies
  • Answer these questions related to their BILT:
    • Do you validate job skills with your BILT at least once a year? Yes/no
    • How often does your BILT meet?
    • Do you meet with your BILT in person, on the phone, or both?
    • Who controls and develops the meeting agenda?
    • What does a typical meeting agenda include? Is it more than just a program update for the BILT?
  • A copy of your program’s degree plan that includes networking (or whatever discipline you teach)
  • Two syllabi – one entry-level course, one intermediate level course (both with learning outcomes); and if it’s a class you’re teaching, even better.
  • A communication “issue” – a situation or person that’s causing you trouble (we don’t need names)

Prior to July 11, you will also be required to…

  • Take a DiSC assessment, which will be sent to you via email.
  • Watch a 30-minute introductory webinar on 21st century “life skills”
  • Complete an interactive Personal Response Style survey designed by Carolyn Corbin, Inc., which will be sent to you via email

Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

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