• ISA Leaders Meetings

    ISA Leaders Meetings engage a cross-section of ISA volunteer leaders in the policy-setting and decision-making process during two to four days of work sessions focused on society business held in a face-to-face setting.

    Spring Leaders Meeting
    13 – 16 June, 2015
    Raleigh City Center Marriott, Raleigh, NC

    Click here to Register!

     


    Who should attend
    :
    Elected and appointed Department Directors, Division Directors, Assembly members, and Executive Board members

    Purpose:

    • To conduct the business of the Society
    • To promote fellowship among Director-level Society leaders

    Format:
    The Spring Leaders Meeting begins with a Kick-off Session where information about Society initiatives is shared and ends with a Wrap-up Session where key decisions are announced. All attendees should participate in the Kick Off and Wrap Up sessions. The meeting flow removes conflicts, enables cross-pollination, and provides time for discussion and networking during breaks, lunches, and receptions to strengthen relationships. Focused topic sessions are scheduled as directed by the Society President.

    Divisions, Department sub-committees, and Executive Board standing committees are encouraged to use technology and/or other venues to accomplish their objectives and, if required, meet at the Fall Leaders Meeting.

    Click here for the 2015 Spring Leaders Meeting Schedule, 13-16 June.

    Fall Leaders Meeting
    10 – 13 October, 2015
    Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY

    Who should attend:
    Elected and appointed Department Directors, Division Directors, Assembly members, and Executive Board members, Incoming (first timers) and continuing leaders of Sections, Divisions, Assemblies, and Executive Board standing committees

    Purpose:

    • To conduct the business of the Society
    • To introduce new leaders to Society structure, operations and activities through scheduled leadership training sessions
    • To facilitate succession planning
    • To promote fellowship among Society leaders

    Format:
    The Fall Leaders Meeting begins with a Kick-off Session where information about Society initiatives is shared and ends with a Wrap-up Session where key decisions are announced. All attendees should participate in the Kick Off and Wrap Up sessions. Leadership training is integrated throughout the schedule. The meeting flow minimizes conflicts, enables cross-pollination, and provides time for discussion and networking during breaks, lunches, and receptions to strengthen relationships. It is anticipated that many incoming leaders (first timers) will attend this meeting so Districts are encouraged to schedule their District Leadership Conferences in conjunction with the FLM .

    General Leader Meeting Format

    • Meeting sessions are 50-minute time periods with short breaks between each period.
    • Receptions, group event(s), and evening hospitalities are planned to facilitate networking and attendees are encouraged to participate.
    • Leader Meetings begin with a Kick Off where information about Society plans and key topics for the week's meetings are presented and the meetings conclude with a Wrap Up where key actions/decisions made during the meeting are shared. All Leader Meeting attendees should participate in these important sessions.
    • Most meetings are open and all ISA members are welcome to attend any meeting, however, there are some exceptions.
      • Closed - for committee members only as required by Society Policy
      • By Invitation Only - social function which requires a personal invitation
      • Limited Attendance - room size or food function limits number of observers
    • Meeting rooms are set up to accommodate the group that is meeting. Observers are welcome; however, they are not participants in meeting discussions, unless specifically invited by the meeting chair. The chair, at his/her discretion, may call on observers if the chair believes that it will further the business of the meeting, but the chair is not obligated to do so. The chair can call the meeting into executive session (group members only) at any time.
       

    How to get the most out of a Leaders Meeting

    • Plan your time. Review the schedule and select the sessions that are the most interesting and valuable to you. Leader training sessions (LDR) address the needs of section, district, division, department and Society officers and provide basic information about various aspects of Society operations. Some groups, such as Standards Committees, are working on on-going projects and meet in conjunction with the Leaders Meetings. All leaders are welcome to attend these sessions.
    • Participate. Attend the Kick Off and Wrap Up sessions and all sessions that apply to your area of ISA responsibility. Attend the social functions, including informal gatherings in the President's suite, to meet and network with other leaders and ISA staff.
    • Share. Pass along your ideas, needs or proposals directly to appropriate Society units. Ask questions of other Society leaders during the breaks and social functions.
       

    How policies and programs are developed

    • Activities and concepts being considered by ISA units are carefully reviewed, studied, and documented with supporting financial data.
    • New proposals are typically reviewed by the Strategic Planning Department and Finance Committee before going to the Executive Board for action.
    • Policy items approved by ISA Executive Board are documented in the ISA Manual of Organization and Procedures (MOP).
    • New ongoing programs adopted by the Executive Board such as a publication or a meeting, are integrated into the business plan and budget and implemented by the ISA staff.
       

    Leaders Meetings represent a significant investment of Society resources. A Leader Meeting Planning Committee has been appointed to provide oversight of these meetings. The team members are Nicholas Sands, Jim Garrison, the current Society President and President-elect Secretary, Chesley Grove (staff), and Debbie Eby (staff). The team welcomes your comments and feedback.