2012 Local Sections' Leadership Workshop

March 31 - April 1, 2012

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The AIChE Local Sections Leaders Workshop (LSLW) is a forum to improve the leadership skills of current and future Local Section leaders, promote sharing of experiences and tools, enable collaboration on issues and challenges of shared concern, and generally promote networking and a sense of partnership in a greater whole. 

Many useful reference tools for local section leaders were developed for this workshop. You can access these tooks on the Resources for Local Section Leaders page.

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2012 Workshop Schedule

Saturday, March 31, 2012


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Mixer

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction 
(David A. Rosenthal, AIChE President)

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Session 1 Leading in a Volunteer Organization 
(Dave Eckhardt & Marty Clancy)
This session focuses on how to lead in a volunteer organization-the central theme of this workshop.

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 2 The Mechanics of Planning a Section Meeting 
(Meeting Planning 101) (Shannon Brown)
This session centers in the nuts and bolts of meeting planning, such as is required for a successful Section Meeting.

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Session 3 Section Programming & Activities
(James Turner)
This session focuses on how successful sections plan their activities and Meeting Programs. 

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking 
Assigned Networking Task for each Table

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Session 4 WEB Casts & Internet Based Programming (Gary Gildert)
This session demonstrates how to use Satelite and Webcasts in Section Programing.  This approach is in use by AIChE’s Virtual Section.

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Session 5 Section Governance
(Alan Rossiter and Alan Zagoria)
This session looks at how section leadership is arranged and how a typical section is run.

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Session 6 Attracting and Maintaining Members 
(Wendy Young)
“Best Practices” from active Sections

4:30-5:15 p.m.

Session 7 Communications & Websites
(Marty Clancy)
This session discusses Section Communications & Websites

5:15-5:45 p.m.

Open Forum

6:00 p.m.

Dinner/Evening Event

Sunday, April 1, 2012


7:30-8:15 a.m.

Breakfast - Networking Assignment

8:15-9:30 a.m.

Session 8 Section Finances

  • Accounting & Taxes (Rick Cain)
  • Fund Raising- including Credit Card & Paypal (Anthony Fregosi)

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Session 9 Leadership Development 

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Session 10 Reviving a Dormant Section 
(Tracy Benson)
This session is a case study in reviving a dormant section.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 11 Support for Local Sections

  • Local Sections Committee-Alan Zagoria
  • Staff-Marty Clancy & Donia Elsherbeni
  • Fellows-Dave Eckhardt
  • Young Professionals- Brian Daley
  • Student Chapters-Dave Eckhardt
  • AIChE’s Webinar Library

11:30 a.m.

Concluding Remarks (Alan Zagoria & Shannon Brown)


Travel grants are being offered to struggling local sections interested in attending the LSLW.  Applications are available at:http://virtual.aiche.org/webform/2012-local-section-leaders-workshop-grant-application

 Hotel Information:

Hilton University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77004
Website: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HOUUHHF-Hilton-University-of-Houston-Texas/index.do

Hilton Americas- Houston (location of Spring Meeting)
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010
Phone (713) 739-8000
Website: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/H/HOUCVHH-1AI-20120328/index.jhtml