Five Minutes with ACHE - June 14, 2022

Five Minutes with ACHE ,
June 2022 - Volume 1
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T“Come join your ACHE family for the latest updates in Continuing Education innovation and best practices from around the country…..and you’ll leave with an outstanding professional network for a lifetime!”
It’s time to register for the 84th ACHE Annual Conference that will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 24-26, 2022! We’re so excited that the ACHE family will be back together again in person for our annual ‘family reunion’!!! Our conference theme this year will focus on “Equity, Access, and Belonging” so please come join your ACHE family for the latest updates in Continuing Education innovation and best practices from around the country….. and you’ll leave with an outstanding professional network for a lifetime!
  Susan Elkins, President-Elect, ACHE
  Chancellor, University of South Carolina Palmetto College
Five Things You Need to Know About the ACHE Conference in October
Alex Read, ACHE Vice President & Conference  Co-Chair
College of Continuing Education, Sacramento State
Five Things you need to know.......
1)    Registration is now open and the early bird deadline is approaching. You can also save money by becoming a member of ACHE with your conference registration.
2)    This year ACHE is offering certification tracks. There are limited number of seats in each track. You can reserve your certification seat with your conference registration. More information about our certification tracks can be found here.
3)    Close to 50 breakout sessions will be announced and slotted very soon. Please stay tuned for more information on the conference and breakout sessions!
4)    The conference this year will open with an Ignite session you will not want to miss! Presenters and details coming very soon. People will be talking about this opening session all conference long.
5)    Networking. The conference this year is in New Orleans. There will be lots of opportunities to build your network and engage with colleagues in one of the best cities in the United States.
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BOARD MEMBER HIGHLIGHT:
LeSondra M. Jones, M.A
Can you share how and why did you become a member of ACHE?
 
 CSU San Bernardino College of Extended and Global Education was already a member of ACHE. The opportunity was shared with me after a previous supervisor transitioned to another role on campus. I was able to attend a West Region Conference. I could instantly see the authenticity in the other board members through the sessions that were provided and conversations that were being conducted. 
 
Tell us the story of your leadership path from a member to serving on the Board of Directors.
 
I attended a West Region conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. The West Region Chair approached me to join the West Board. Delighted and surprised, I took on the charge as I felt it was an excellent fit for my current work in Extended & Global Education. Then becoming the board Secretary, Vice-Chair, I was asked to attend a National Board meeting and invited to join the Board. This came after my CSU counterparts recommended me to the National Board, and I had a direct and insightful conversation with former President Amy Johnson. Dr. Johnson was very candid and supportive of my participation in the National Board. I remember stating I do not fill seats; I would like to see inclusion and practical applications to support our counterparts. That conversation has led me to be on the ACHE National Board and support incorporating DEIB initiatives into everything we do. 
 
What is the greatest leadership lesson from your experience with ACHE?
 
Leaders are not always the loudest people in the room. As a newer board member, I often hesitate to speak up or provide feedback to a Board that has been doing this work extensively for years. However, when I speak up and offer questions, concerns, and feedback, it leads to more dialogue and perspective that may not have been fully incorporated. This is helpful to know that I am seen and valued, not just filling a seat or checking a box. 
 
How has being a part of ACHE enhanced your professional competencies and career progression?
 
 Working in the College of Extended & Global Education at CSU, San Bernardino, I am exposed to all types of people (literally). I work with credit and non-credit programs. Therefore, being a part of an international Board such as ACHE, I can draw on insights, suggestions, and best practices that my counterparts are utilizing in their workspaces. Also, it helps me to understand the “why” in some initiatives that take place. What makes works for the West Region may not be needed in other areas. Therefore, knowing when to sift the information shared or apply it as needed is a critical competency that I have learned. I hope my role will support further career progression as I continue supporting the National and West Region Boards. 
 
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers about your experience with ACHE?
 
ACHE is a board of people passionate about encouraging, uplifting, and supporting people. There are many nuggets and thinking pieces that are offered in the articles that are published. As a newer board member, I was allowed to host a session on leadership during the Webinar Series, which was a highlight of my year. I appreciate the ACHE Board members for their time and willingness to not only work in the capacity of ACHE as their second or third job. At the same time, the Board remains open to the evolution of ACHE by incorporating DEIB initiatives in everything we do.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Bryan Best
Can you share how and why did you become a member of ACHE?
 
As our college’s instructional technologist, I also support our staff. I was specifically looking for an organization that offered resources and professional development for the staff involved in the teaching and learning process. 
 
Tell us the story. What got you engaged with ACHE? Why do you stay engaged with ACHE?
I think it was one of Amy Johnson's. 5 minutes newsletters. In this particular edition, she was sharing thoughts about the murders of Ahmad Arbery, Brianna Taylor, and George Floyd. I felt that her message was thoughtful and genuine, and I felt moved to become more active. I thought that if this organization had people like this, it was one that I wanted to be involved with. I attended the first conference that was held online and when the call for volunteers for the following conference was opened, I figured here was my opportunity. Through that conference committee I connected my with my mentor, Patti Spaniola, and with the cool ACHE West crew!
 
What is the greatest leadership lesson you’ve learned from your experience with ACHE?
Your passion, innovation, and gifts can help create new roles and services that had not existed before.
 
How has being a part of ACHE enhanced your professional competencies and/or your career progression?
Serving in ACHE has given me so many opportunities to work muscles that had never been used. I’ve been able to learn where I need to be pushed and have been provided with a supportive and safe environment to develop. I’ve also been exposed to professional areas where I didn’t know I had an interest. That has been extremely valuable!
 
What is something unique or special about your ACHE Region that you would like to share with others?
ACHE West made me feel included instantly! They embraced me like I had been part of the family since day one! They were also mindful with my time and activities and when I increased my engagement. LeSondra and Alex are so intentional, gentle, and encouraging. 
 
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers about your experience with ACHE?
Look for your window and get engaged! You’ll never look back or regret it!
PAST PRESIDENT INSIGHTS:
Dr. Paula Hogard
Can you share how and why did you become a member of ACHE?
 
I moved from the UK to a position in Continuing Education in the U.S. I knew a lot about Continuing Education but nothing about the US system. I had no idea about what professional organizations there were or how to begin to look to find them. ACHE Regional representatives reached out to me and following some very helpful conversations my institution became a member. I hosted a regional conference, and at the end of that conference became the regional secretary and the rest they say is history!
 
What is the greatest leadership lesson you’ve learned from your experience with ACHE?
 
The value of servant leadership. You get as much out of being an ACHE member as you put in. So turning up to present at regional and national conference, sharing experiences and demonstrating why what we do is important. Collaborating and engaging with other ACHE members between conferences, it’s not just an annual activity. Giving back by helping the organization to develop and grow is personally rewarding for me. 
How has being a part of ACHE enhanced your professional competencies and/or your career progression?
 
I have learned the craft of my profession in relation to what works and why through attending national and regional conferences. Being able to network and develop friendships at these events has made it easy to pick up the phone and seek advice. In terms of career progression I have had great advice and support before job interviews and my success in one of my major career moves was in large part due to the personal coaching of a past ACHE president.
 
What is something unique or special about your experience with ACHE that you would like to share with others?
 
Most of us belong to more than one professional organization. The strength of ACHE is that it is a member driven organization whose members’ develop their own professional networks where they value and learn from each other. I have developed lifelong friendships. 
 
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers about your experience with ACHE?
This has been a difficult couple of years for everyone and a very isolating experience. During the months of full lockdown ACHE colleagues came together for happy hours and supportive conversation. So many members stepped up to make sure there was still a conference, albeit virtual. It was a steep learning curve and involved quite a bit of additional work during a very stressful period. It was a joy to see a large team come together to make all of this happen.
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