Key Talent Program

A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the five public higher education institutions of CONNECT, it is our mission to enhance educational effectiveness and efficiency while improving student success, increasing educational attainment, advancing economic health, and strengthening cultural life throughout the region.

program Testimonial

“The Key Talent Leadership Program helped me to sharpen my leadership skills and take my thinking to a higher level. Each monthly topic discussed was directly related to something I was experiencing and truly helped aid my decision making.”

Joe Wolk, BSU Registrar & 2016 Key Talent Graduate

summary: 2016 - 2017 program

The Key Talent Leadership Program addresses the professional development needs of mid-to-senior level administrators by providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their careers.  Now in its third year, the program also aims to assist participating schools with succession planning efforts by employing highly trained talent with the required skills and abilities to fill future vacancies in leadership roles.

Activity Description

The program consists of six full-day sessions and a ½ day wrap-up session.  Session dates are: October 21, 2016, November 18, 2016, December 16, 2016, January 13, 2017, February 17, 2017, March 17, 2017, and a closing/graduation ceremony on April 14, 2017.

Session one (October 21)The Inner Leader; Defining Your Personal Leadership Style 

This session will introduce and apply concepts to effectively manage and lead in an academic setting and will educate managers on the role of the leader in terms of expectations and key responsibilities, individual leadership styles and types and identify which employees your style of leadership is effective and ineffective and to understand and apply the concepts of emotional and social intelligence.

Session two (November 18) – Leadership Communication:  Managing Relationships

This session will focus on unique features and challenges of organizational communication, through real-time examples and exercises grounded in today’s academic workplace.  The session will address how to effectively communicate across the institution, and how to manage workplace conflicts and sensitive situations.

Session three (December 16)Creating a Performance –based Culture: Motivation, Coaching and Feedback

This session will focus on the difference between a leader and a manager and discuss how to create a performance based culture.

Session four (January 13)Teambuilding and Team Management: Clarifying Expectations, Enabling Success

This session will identify the qualities of productive and healthy teams, determine personal contributions in moving toward effective relationships, communications, goal definitions, expectations and actions as it relates to the nature of teams and teamwork and identify the factors that support or hinder a cross-institutional collaboration.

Session five (February 17) – Problem Solving and Decision Making; Thinking Strategically

This session will examine common problems and traps, and explore various techniques and strategies.  The program will help leaders to rapidly and accurately identify goals, establish agreement on outcomes, and adjust direction in response to a changing environment.

Session six (March 17) – Leading through Change; Transformational Leadership

This session will help leaders learn to manage change by understanding the change process and how people react to change.  The session will discuss how to influence others and to complete tasks and accomplish goals with or without the formal authority to mandate action and secure accountability.

Session seven (April 14) - Honoring the Journey: Insight, Growth and Recognition

This concluding session is designed to help the participant reflect and determine how best to use the new knowledge that they’ve gained.

Selected participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

If you have any questions about the program, contact Stacey Kaminski –

2016 graduates celebrated at April program

Honoring the Journey: Insight, Growth & Recognition was the theme of the seventh and final gathering of the 2015-16 CONNECT Key Talent cohort. The 30 higher education professionals were joined by a panel facilitated by senior leaders from their institutions to reflect on their experiences and look ahead to the future.

Members of this year's graduating class are: Patricia Jones, Marybeth Lamb, Kara Lees, Christina McCauley, Dan McHugh and Joe Wolk from Bridgewater State University; Carmen Aguilar, Jennifer Boulay, Lynne Brodeur, Cathleen DeSimone and Kevin Spirlet from Bristol Community College; Sara-Ann Semedo and Shelley Thompson from Cape Cod Community College; Shayna Eddy, Cindi Glickman and Rebecca Hawk from Framingham State University; Elizabeth Daly and Carolyn Michaud from Massachusetts Maritime Academy; John Caffelle, Alessandra Monteiro, William O'Neill and Colleen Spence from Massasoit Community College; and Mary Avery, Leanne Barkley, Melissa Costa, Josh Dubroff, Jillian George, Crystal Harris, Mike Marino and Jayne Weingard from UMASS Dartmouth.