Managing by Network

Course Schedule: 2017

Start Date: January 25 or 26, 2017

End Date: June 21 or 22, 2017

Managing by Network is presented in 17 webinar sessions over six months. 
Participants meet for 3 consecutive weeks of webinars in our virtual classroom. The following week will be a study hall. This schedule repeats from January to June.

During session weeks, course participants meet for two hour webinars in 4 seminar sized groups of about 25. Webinar groups meet at 11 AM ET and 2 PM ET* on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We offer each webinar group the same experience. Applicants are asked to select a preferred day and time for the webinar that best fits their schedule. We do our best to accommodate these preferences. 

If you have a schedule conflict with your assigned group, you are always welcome join another group for the session. 

Group days and times are as follows:

Wednesdays

Alpha Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET

Beta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET

Thursdays

Gamma Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET

Delta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET 

* The Academy observes Daylight Saving Time, class times will change accordingly throughout the year.

Course Overview

Sessions 1-5:  Acquire Knowledge

Sessions 6-11:  Strengthen Skills

Sessions 12-17:  Sharpen Your Abilities

Tech Test: January 11 or 12 

Hosted by Jane Hanson and Anne Desmarais

New to WebEx or the Academy classroom

Join us for an optional 30 minute Tech Test, on Wednesday and Thursday at:

  • 11:00 - 11:30am ET
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm ET

We'll help you troubleshoot any technical difficulties before the course begins January 25 and 26.

Session 1: January 25 or 26 - Orientation

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Tour of the WebEx Classroom and Virtual Campus
  • What is Managing by Network?
  • Course Overview
     

Session 2: February 1 or 2 - Belay On

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Agency Guest Speakers

  • Agency Perspective on Partnership and Community Collaboration
    • Alpa Group: Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Beta Group: Trevor Needham, National Partnerships Program Lead, Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships, BLM
    • Gamma Group: Ellen Shaw, Deputy Director, National Partnership Office, U.S. Forest Service
    • Delta Group: Susan Goodwin, Collaboration and Conflict Management Specialist, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR), DOI
  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Competencies
  • Accountability Practices

Session 3: February 8 or 9 - Hand, Head, Heart

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Christine Browne-Nunez, Ph.D., Conservation Social Scientist, Human Dimensions Branch, USFWS

  • Think Like a Social Scientist
  • Collaborative Leadership

Study Hall 1: Office Hours February 16, 2-3 PM ET

Study hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Do nothing
  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Networking: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.
  • Homework options:
    • 21 Partnership Success Factors
    • Human Dimensions
    • Accountability and Collaborative Leadership
  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm ET Thursday, February 16 (with Anne Desmarais)

Session 4: February 22 or 23 - Find the Common Threads

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Jeremiah Martinez, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist in Recreation, Conejos Peak Ranger District, CO, USFS

  • America's Great Outdoors
  • Understanding Partner Cultural Awareness
  • What's Behind Leveraging Partnerships

Session 5: March 1 or 2 - Cast A Wide Net

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Kevin Connally, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Conservation and Habitat Planning, USFWS

  • Community Collaboration and the Edwards Aquifer
  • Partnership Network Life Cycle
  • Succession Planning Practices

Session 6: March 8 or 9 - See the Possibilities

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Managing by Network Alumni

  • Launching the 2017 Case Study Program
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Alumni Case Studies
    • ALPHA:  John Titre, USFS, District Staff Officer, Trails, Recreation, Lands & Special Uses, Coronado National Forest, AZ, MbN Class of 2015.
    • BETA: Leslie Wolff, NOAA, Hydrologist, NOAA Fisheries California Coastal Office, CA, MbN Class of 2016.
    • GAMMA: Jane Farmer, NPS, Park Ranger, Interpretation, Natchez Trace Parkway,  MS, MbN Class of 2016.
    • DELTA: Miles Meyer,  Supervisory Biologist, Everglades South Team, South Florida Ecological Services Office, USFWS, FL, MbN Class of 2015.  
  • Assessing Partnerships

Study Hall 2: Office Hours March 16, 2-3 PM ET

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Do nothing

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed

  • Networking: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.

  • Homework options:

    • Assessing Partnerships

    • Partner Cultural Awareness

    • Partnership Life Cycle

  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm EDT Thurs Mar 16 (with Liz Madison)

Session 7: March 22 or 23 - Paddle Together

Instructors: Anne Desmarais and Leigh Goldberg

  • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: Community Collaboration Practices
  • Community Collaboration Toolbox: Stakeholder Analysis and Decision-Making Space

Session 8: March 29 or 30 - Calm the Waters

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, Susan Goodwin, Collaboration and Conflict Management Specialist, DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR)

  • The Role of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)
  • Strengthen Your Conflict Management Skills

Session 9: April 5 or 6 - Change Your Tack

Instructors: Anne Desmarais and Liz Madison

  • Making Meetings Work
  • Facilitation in Action

Study Hall 3: Office Hours April 13, 2-3 PM ET

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Do nothing
  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Networking: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.
  • Homework options:
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Conflict Management Practices
    • Facilitation Tools
    • Facilitation Practices
  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm EDT Thurs Apr 13 (with Anne Desmarais)

Session 10: April 19 or 20 - Fine Tune Your Approach

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Denis Desmarais, Consultant in Residence

  • Interest-based Negotiation
  • Acts of Persuasion

Session 11: April 26 or 27 - Smart Moves

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, John Titre, District Staff Officer, Trails, Recreation, Lands & Special Uses, Coronado National Forest, USFS, and Matt Birnbaum, Ph.D., Consultant-in-Residence

  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Evaluation Concepts and Practices

Session 12: May 3 or 4 - Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais

  • Partnerships and Ethics Guidance
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Perspectives
  • Nonprofit Fundraising and Financial Management: Due Diligence Practices

Study Hall 4: Office Hours May 11, 2-3 PM ET

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Do nothing
  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Networking: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.
  • Homework options:
    • Principled Negotiation Planning Template
    • Asset-based Community Development Mapping
    • Evaluation Planning Scenario Q&A
    • Nonprofit Fundraising Quiz
  • Office Hours: chat with instructors and other classmates, 2-3pm EDT Thurs May 11 (with Liz Madison and Matt Birnbaum, Ph.D.)

Session 13: May 17 or 18 - Get Your Ducks in a Row

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Peer Presenters

  • Developing and Managing Partnership Agreements
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Case Studies
    • ALPHA: Dave Cunningham, USFS, Partnership Specialist, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT
    • BETA: Anne Mullan, Ph.D., NOAA, Endangered Species Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region, OR
      West Coast Region, OR
    • GAMMA: Mary Reece, USBR, Manager, Program Development Division, AZ
    • DELTA: Heidi Keuler, FWS, Fish Habitat Biologist, Fishers & Farmers Partnership Coordinator, National Fish Habitat Partnership, WI
       

Session 14: May 24 or 25 - Look Beneath the Surface

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

  • Seven Faces of Partnership and Philanthropy
  • Building a Politically Savvy Network
  • Entrepreneurship and Risk Assessment

Session 15: May 31 and June 1 - Community Connections

Instructors: Gerald McCarthy, Principal, McCarthy, LLC, Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Peer Presenters
 
  • Working with Foundations
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Case Studies
    • ALPHA: Edd Franz, BLM, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, CO
    • BETA: What is Your Partnership Story? - Anne Desmarais 
    • GAMMA & DELTA: Danny McBride, USFS, Regional Partnership Coordinator, Intermountain Region 4, UT

Study Hall 5: Office Hours June 8, 2-3 PM ET

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Do nothing
  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Networking: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.
  • Homework 
  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm EDT Thurs June 8 (with Anne Desmarais)

Session 16: June 14 or 15 - Reaching Out

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

  • Laws and Policies That Frame Community Engagement: Digital Media, PRA - Paperwork Reduction Act, FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
  • The Art of Open-Ended Questions
  • Corporate Culture Insights

Session 17: June 21 or 22 - Commencement

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Peer Presenters

  • Gathering In
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Case Studies
    • ALPHA: Cindy Corsair, FWS, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Southern New England-New York Bight Coastal Program, RI
    • BETA: David Diamond, NPS, Executive Coordinator, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, MT
    • GAMMA: Susi von Oettingen, FWS, Endangered Species Biologist, New England Field Office, NH
    • DELTA: Erick Stemmerman, USFS, Administrative Staff Officer, Olympic National Forest, WA

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Training Needs Self-Assessment

Managing by Network course participants are required to complete a Training Needs Self-Assessment before January 15. Group results will be presented to course participants. Individual results are shared confidentially with each participant.
 

A link to the Self-Assessment is sent to course participants via email. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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