It's Alive! Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life
Recorded On: 02/23/2021
The days of slogging through building a massive strategic plan and having it collect dust on the shelf are gone (or they should be!). Especially in this time of rapid change, remote work, and the need to keep your planning nimble and lucid, it is even more imperative that the systems and tools are flexible and easy to update and access.
We'll discuss and illustrate examples for bringing a contemporary strategic planning process and its components to life. We must keep it alive and current for daily decision-making, shared understanding, consistent engagement, and long term accountability to the plan and each other. We'll share our experiences and learning, and then there'll be an opportunity to teach each other about promising practices to keep our strategic plans pumping out optimal outcomes.
1. Outline the key components of a robust strategic plan and how they are interrelated.
2. Identify systems for embedding components of the strategic plan into daily department processes.
3. Discuss tools for keeping the strategic plan current and accessible to all team members at all times on all devices.
Manager, Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness
The Ohio State University
Currently serving as the Manager of Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness at Ohio State University, I am responsible for assisting with the management and formulation of strategic and organizational strategies, data plans, and analysis across all department operations. I support special projects that align with the department and Student Life strategic initiatives. Additionally, I provide support for the J. Michael Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars program as well as department fundraising efforts. Skilled in Strategic Partnerships, Talent Management, Student Development, Project Management, Data Analysis, and Public Speaking. Strong human resource professional with a Master's degree focused in Campus Recreation Leadership from James Madison University.
AVP, Health & Well-Being
Northwest Missouri State University
An industry leader for more than 25 years, Chris’ experience is rooted in leadership and consulting roles within higher education and community with proactive, upstream well-being impacts (recreation, wellness, health promotion, and community-building). He has consulted and worked in Canada and the U.S. including as a Director at Mount Royal University and Northern Illinois University. Chris has also served in volunteer industry leadership roles including NIRSA's Board of Directors, the planning committee for NASPA's Wellness and Health Promotion Leadership conference, and the executive committee of the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network.
Northern Illinois University
I am currently the Associate Director of Recreation at Northern Illinois University where I oversee all aspects of Sport Club and Intramural programming, coordinate all departmental and community special events, engage and develop all student staff members, and work as part of our leadership team in Intercollegiate Athletics. I have spent my entire decade+ professional career working at NIU in various positions including facilities, aquatics, fitness floor management, student development, sport clubs, and intramural sports.
Education, M.S., Baylor University
The Ohio State University
Kathleen is currently serving as the Executive Director of Recreational Sports at The Ohio State University. She is recognized as an international healthy campus specialist leveraging opportunities that enhance the overall well-being of students and the larger university community. Kathleen served as President of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation 2013-14 and is active in several higher education associations speaking and consulting. Prior to joining Ohio State, Kathleen spent 25 years at Washington State University as executive director of University Recreation and Assistant Vice President of Campus Life.