Concurrent Sessions are critical to the educational and developmental purpose of the conference. These sessions are 60, 75, or 90 minutes in length and serve to provide our membership with experiential learning opportunities. The sessions are divided into tracks to assist conference attendees in selecting the sessions they wish to attend. The tracks can be seen as a set so that if an attendee would participate in every session in that track, they would have an in-depth understanding of the track area. They could also choose to attend one session in each track providing a general overview of leadership. This process allows for great individual choice in planning attendance at the conference.
Omicron Delta Kappa has committed to keeping tracks relatively the same from year to year. The four tracks are as follows:
- Leadership Development
- Leadership Development is about expanding one’s ability to think about and engage in the process of leadership. Sessions in this track aim to challenge one’s current understanding of leadership, provide them with new perspectives, and prepare them to develop their leadership identity.
- Professional Development
- Professional Development sessions address how to leverage one’s skills, knowledge, and abilities to successfully direct your career path. Sessions in this track will discuss how leadership shapes the approach to work, and they will offer opportunities to learn new skills while enhancing existing skills in order to achieve individual career goals.
- Member Engagement / Circle Development
- Member Engagement & Circle Development sessions provide insights and practical training on critical circle functions, such as recruitment, fundraising, marketing, and programming. Sessions in this track will concentrate on the tangible actions of circle members that will promote member engagement and create a positive impact in one’s local circle and community.
- Building Leadership Skills and Competencies
- The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Educations defines a skill (or competency) “as a proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience. Skills or competencies are developed through experiential learning. [They] must be practiced in order to be maintained. ” The 2022 NLC is using this framework for our Leadership Competencies track. Sessions in this track will be 90 minutes and the attendee must learn at least the rudiments of that skill during the session.
- Open and Honest Communication
- Collaboration / Listening Skills
- Organization / Time Management
- Planning and Project Management
- Influencing for Results
- Leading and Developing People
The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 7, 2022.