Join us in San Antonio.
Join us in San Antonio for Destination High Performance. Education colleagues from across the country will share best practices and learnings from their journey to cultivating a culture of excellence using evidence based leadership. This is your opportunity to network with educational leaders like you who are pursuing organizational excellence through continuous improvement and finding that sweet spot where culture meets strategy.
We have heard that culture beats strategy every time, but strategy and culture together are unstoppable.
You will hear from both higher education and school district leaders who have a great passion for engaging students, teams, and community members in a mission to impact education.
In 2016, Dr. Gibson was selected as the ESC-20 Superintendent of the Year, and was 1 of 5 finalists for Texas’s Superintendent of the Year. Since 2011, SCUC has been named one of San Antonio’s Top Workplaces among large employees by the San Antonio Express-News. In 2015, Dr. Gibson was appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce to serve on the Panel of Judges for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award, and in 2016, Dr. Gibson was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as a Trustee for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Dr. Gibson feels honored to serve with such a highly-engaged staff in a one-of-a-kind community that works to provide a safe, secure, and challenging learning environment where all students are afforded the opportunity to realize their individual potential and to become responsible and productive members of society.
Since assuming the UWG presidency in 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero has consistently worked to honor the past while forging a new West. Under his guidance, the university is building a culture of high performance and data-informed decision-making by focusing on a new strategic plan and assessment methodology aligned with UWG’s new strategic imperatives: Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success, and Operational Success. All efforts are part of the transformative Engage West! family of programs and support UWG’s vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America — sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed.
In his first four years as president, UWG has achieved record enrollment, record four-year and five-year graduation rates, record degrees conferred, record average incoming freshman GPA, record fundraising, and record annual economic impact to the region. As one of Georgia Trend’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 “100 Most Influential Georgians,” Dr. Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in the State of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Marrero established the Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a collaborative focused on student success and bringing to the table area Superintendents, Principals, Technical College Leadership, Business, Community, and Chambers of Commerce.
Dr. Natalie Harder assumed the role of Chancellor at SLCC in 2012 where she led the merger of SLCC and Acadiana Technical College (ATC). The college includes campuses in the eight parishes and serves more than 13,000 students annually. Dr. Harder is also a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges and serves as chair of its Public Policy and Government Relations committee. Dr. Harder serves as a trustee with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, on One Acadiana’s CEO Advisory Board, and as an adjunct faculty member at her home institution, Old Dominion University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Janet Pilcher is the founder and Senior Executive of Studer Education. Janet transitioned from higher education to work with the founder of Studer Group, Quint Studer, to determine how best to transfer leadership best practices in Evidence-Based Leadership to education. Several years down this path, Janet and Quint joined in partnership to co-author, Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence. This book highlights our partner results and accomplishments that align to the foundation of our work, the Nine Principles®, and our mission, which is to maximize human and organizational performance. By working in partnership to develop the highest level of leadership, Janet and the coaching team engage with leaders to elevate educational organizations to become best places to work, learn, and achieve. Prior to joining Studer Group, Janet served a 19-year tenure at the University of West Florida where she was a professor, associate dean and dean of the College of Professional Studies. While at UWF she received and oversaw 17 million dollars of grant and contract projects and achieved one of UWF’s research distinction awards. In 2005 Janet transitioned from the dean’s position to create and lead the Institute for Innovative Community Learning. While at UWF, she and Dr. Robin Largue co-created the TeacherReady® program, a quality-driven, online teacher certification program that prepares second career teachers who live all over the world.
Dr. JoAnn Sternke recently retired as Superintendent of Schools in Pewaukee School District, a district serving 3000 students near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She subsequently joined the Studer Education team. In 2013, the Pewaukee School District was selected as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a presidential honor few organizations have attained. Under her leadership, student achievement dramatically increased and the district achieved a 97% graduation rate. Additionally, the percentage of PSD students attending a two- or four-year college increased from 68.8% in 2006-2007 to close to 93% in 2015-16. For six years, the Pewaukee School District was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The school district pursues a relentless focus on using strategic planning, results data, and key work process identification to leverage improvement. JoAnn serves on the Board of Examiners for both the Baldrige National Quality Program and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. She is also on the Board of the American Society for Quality. She was recognized as Pewaukee’s Person of the Year in 2014 and Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year for 2013. She was honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence in 2010. As she continues her journey to excellence as part of the Studer Education team, Dr. Sternke has already made a tremendous impact in her work with partner organizations around the country.
You’ll hear from leaders from a variety of backgrounds who are using Evidence-Based LeadershipSM practices to set clear expectations, reduce inconsistent performance, develop and support teams that are adaptive to change, and create a culture of service excellence.
Local Airport is San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
125 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
The hotel is now fully booked for the days of the event. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Please consider staying at the nearby DoubleTree at a discounted group rate:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown
502 W César E Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207
Rooms available for $129.00 + tax per night – 2 queen-sized beds, complimentary parking.
Please call Caitlin Zarr to book directly and ask for the Destination High Performance group rate: (210)338-0342.
Fax your PO to 850-332-5446 or mail to:
Katie Tener, Business Manager
350 West Cedar Street, Suite 300
Pensacola, Florida 32502
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