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Celebrating 50 Years of ACS Leadership Training with our Member Volunteers!

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During the weekend of January 23rd, more than 350 ACS Member Volunteers, Board Members and Staff gathered in Dallas, TX to learn their new volunteer leadership roles, share best practices and foster peer-to-peer networks.

The kick-off dinner on Friday night included remarks from Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) co-chairs, Carol Duane and Larry Krannich to inform the crowd that 2015 marks 50 years of ACS providing leadership training to member volunteers!  Additional remarks were made by ACS Executive Director and CEO Madeleine Jacobs who spoke of her upcoming retirement and new volunteer role as Chair of the Committee on Minority Affairs; she expressed her excitement to experience the Leadership Institute in a different perspective.  Jacobs then introduced Tom Connelly, who will begin as ACS Executive Director and CEO on February 17th. It was insightful to hear about his career at DuPont and his role as executive vice president and chief innovation officer, and ACS is sure to benefit greatly from his experiences.


Carol Duane and Larry Krannich |  Photo Credit: Christine Brennan Schmidt


Tom Connelly | Photo Credit: Christine Brennan Schmidt

After dinner, groups broke out into sessions and meetings followed by a short reception that allowed members to collect signatures from members of the Board of Directors, Staff. It was a great way to network with new member volunteers and seasoned volunteers in the Society.

On Saturday, participants chose two leadership courses to attend that will guide them in their new role. The courses included Fostering Innovation, Leading Without Authority, Engaging and Motivating Volunteers, and more. All courses offered real-life examples allowing participants to share ideas, work through problems and create solutions that can be applied to their Local Section, Division or Committee roles.


Attendees at Leadership Institute  | Photo Credit: Christine Brennan Schmidt

The courses concluded Saturday afternoon and ACS Staff hosted a Resource Fair with informational tables to learn how ACS can assist your local section, division or committee. Did you know ACS Career Navigator™ will provide marketing resources like email templates and social media promotions if you scheduled an event? A dinner followed the Resource Fair where all attendees received a commemorative ACS Leadership Development System® lapel pin to celebrate the 50 years of leadership training at ACS. The weekend ended with celebratory cake and a champagne toast!

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Attendees at Leadership Institute  | Photo Credit: Allison Viverito


ACS Board of Directors at Champagne and Cake Toast  | Photo Credit: Christine Brennan Schmidt

It was great to see all of our wonderful volunteer members, looking forward to a successful 2015!

Did you go to the Leadership Institute? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Interested in Leadership Development System® Courses? See what is offered at ACS National Meeting in Denver here.