2015 NOW Event Series

2015 NOW Event Series

Everyone understands the importance of on-going development and maintaining currency in your field, but it can be difficult to carve out the time. The School of Extended Education’s NOW Event Series features short, interactive events focused on innovative ideas and practical solutions for working professionals. 

These events are designed to provide information, practical learning opportunities, and best practices to take back to your workplaces and begin applying immediately.  Join with like-minded professionals to share experiences, trade insights, and make valuable connections. Click on the “Courses” tab for more information on each event.

The School of Extended Education offers three kinds of events in 2015:

Leadership NOW Seminars
The bimonthly Leadership NOW Seminars bring together subject matter experts and leaders from all levels and industries to engage in discussion and training on the basics of leadership.  Each 2.5 hour seminar features instruction and interactive exercises that allow participants to acquire practical and relevant tools, tips, and techniques for immediate action.  A light dinner and .25 CEUs are included with registration for each event.  Participants completing 4 or more Leadership NOW Seminars in 2015 will receive a Brandman University Certificate of Completion.

Education NOW Symposia
Education NOW Symposia bring together prominent voices from PreK-12 and higher education around some of the most talked about topics in education.  These bi-yearly, half-day events are designed to allow educators and administrators to discover and share strategies for educational excellence through a combination speakers and interactive workshops.  Breakfast and .4 CEUs are included with registration for each event.

Technology NOW Forums
Technology NOW creates a forum for business leaders to gain information and share their questions, concerns, and strategies for the use of technology resources.  These three events each feature a speaker or panel of industry professionals who will share their expertise on a timely topic, followed by facilitated small and large group discussions.  Breakfast and .2 CEUs are included with registration for each event.

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SCARF and Employee Engagement
Instructor: Janine McDonald
May 13, 2015 - Leadership NOW

The ability to effectively motivate and recognize employees is a crucial leadership competency in light of the fact, as reported by Gallup, employee engagement in most organizations is around 28% (and has been for at least the last decade.) The field of neuroscience offers new understanding into what employee engagement really is and why traditional reward systems don’t work. In this seminar, participants will explore the threat/reward orientation of the human brain, learn about the Neuroleadership Institute AGES design and embedded SCARF model, and apply neuroscience principles to employee engagement and team development in their organization.

Impactful Presentations
Instructor: Greg Chansler
July 8, 2015 - Leadership NOW

Successful leaders are great communicators. However, presentation skills are often overlooked in leadership training. This seminar focuses on four key skills that increase a leader’s effectiveness when presenting information to groups of people - whether motivating a team, facilitating a department meeting, conducting a training session or delivering a keynote address. Participants will learn to control and channel stage fright, balance verbal & non-verbal skills to maximize concentration, enhance vocal tone and eliminate fillers, and capture attention and build trust through active eye contact.

Effective Execution Skills
Instructor: Nick Lacy
September 9, 2015 - Leadership NOW

It is a sad, but true, fact that more companies receive failing grades due to poor execution than flawed strategy.  This seminar will provide leaders and team members an innovative visual model that enables them to plan, assess and adapt to achieve excellence in execution. The execution process is simplified into six key phases that addresses starting points, framework and support, and drive and assessment. A key component is identifying root causes that are stalling progress toward desired outcomes. Participants will analyze and discuss case studies that illustrate the application of the model to specific execution issues.

Symposium in Educational Technology
October 10, 2015 - Education NOW

Technology may be more prevalent in the classroom now than ever before, but it is no less complicated or controversial.  Join us for this symposium to share best practices, explore new technologies and trends for 2016, and discover new tricks for using your tech at its maximum potential.

Agile Change Management
Instructor: Diane Buckley-Altwies
November 11, 2015 - Leadership NOW

Organizations that don’t adapt and change appropriately for their market sector will not survive. The purpose of this seminar is to help participants understand the concepts of Agile as they relate to organizational leadership and to provide them with tools for effective change management. Participants will learn the stages of change, key components for success, and best practices for facilitating progression through each stage. The interactive environment will include working in small groups to:

  • Define an agile plan for change management and help the organization commit to it
  • Create a strategy to deal with change resistance
  • Identify the competencies necessary for a leader to encourage and effect change in his/her organization.

Registration Deadline
Pre-registration closes two (2) days before each event.  Same-day registration may be accommodated as space allows.


  • Pre-registration: $45 per event
  • Same-day registration: $50 per event (as available)
  • Food included
  • Parking is free
  • No Refunds


  • Register for 4 or more events at one time and receive $5 off each event
  • Organizations sending five (5) or more individuals should contact us at exed@brandman.edu for pricing and registration information
  • Discounts available for Brandman staff, faculty, and alumni

Check-in and same-day registration begins 30 minutes before each event

  • Leadership NOW: 6:00 - 8:30pm
  • Education NOW: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Technology NOW: 8:00 - 10:00am


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