Managing for Success: Career Development

Hosted by Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV
February 12 - 17, 2018 

Course Description

Managing for Success: Career Development examines management disciplines with emphasis on their application to zoos and aquariums. Participants will receive practical tools and skills to take back to their institutions to apply at their level, including an increased network of resources and heightened leadership skills.
 

Course Topics 

  • Personal Goal Setting
  • Recruiting
  • Interviewing and Hiring
  • Employment Law
  • Performance Management
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Structure and Governance
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing and Trends
  • Introduction to Conservation
  • Revenue Producing Activities
  • Development and Membership
  • Sponsorships

Instructors

Angie Brown, Director of Human Resources, The Florida Aquarium
Scott Barton, Executive Director, Fresno Chaffee Zoo 
Bill Street, Corporate Curator of Conservation and Education, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
Jane Ballentine, Director of Public Relations, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Laurie Conkerton, Executive VP and Chief Admin. Officer, Audubon Zoo
Kenton Kerns, Assistant Curator, Smithsonian National Zoological Park 
Karen Burns, VP for External Relations, Indianapolis Zoo
Hollie Colahan, Curator of Large Mammals, Denver Zoo
Chris Gentile, Director, Western North Carolina Nature Center
Craig Jacobs, Director of Human Resources, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, Education Curator, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Steve Olson, VP of Government Affairs, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Patty Peters, Vice President Community Relations, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Alan Varsik, Deputy Director, Northwest Trek
Tony Vecchio, Executive Director, Jacksonville Zoo
Kris Vehrs, Executive Director, Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
Carmen Wirtz, VP of Human Resources, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Is This Course Right for You?

This course is designed for supervisory level employees and those who aspire to that level, up to and including middle managers. Any level manager new to the industry will also benefit.

Prerequisites

None. Sequential completion of Managing for Success: Career Development and Managing for Success: Organizational Development is recommended but not required. Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA accredited institutions. If you are not employed by a zoo or aquarium, please submit a letter describing your interest in taking the course to azatraining@aza.org for consideration.

Course Schedule  

First Day
 - Student registration
 - Opening evening ceremony
 - Courses meet for individual opening session/class

Mid-Week
- Classes meet all day

Last Day
- Classes meet
- Closing Ceremony

Attendance for course participants is required for the duration of the course until the evening of the last day. As a result, individuals generally depart the following day. Attendees will receive a detailed schedule for their course after their registration is confirmed.  

Course Travel & Registration

Travel & Accommodations

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site. All lodging reservations are priced per person at a package rate. Your accommodations wil include all: breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the entirety of your stay. 

General Package Pricing*:
$1105+ Standard Double Room Package
$1340+ Standard Single Room Package
$1140+ Premium Double Room Package
$1545+ Premium Single Room Package
$1105+ Cottage Package 
*Package pricing rates are all-inclusive and are subject to change 

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted. 

Tuition & Expenses

The AZA registration fee below only covers tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals which are included at a package rate with lodging accommodations. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page. Registration prices are subject to change. 
Scholarship funding for courses is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September. 

Early Bird Rates:
$875 for AZA Individual Members
$975 for Non-members
Registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date

Regular Rates:
$975 for AZA Individual Members
$1075 for Non-members 
Final registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

Accepted forms of payment for registration are by: credit card, check or purchase order. Registration for this course will become available in early fall of 2017. 

Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department.


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