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Sunday, January 5

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: VISION 20/20: SEEING OUR FUTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF A FLYWHEEL | 8:00 P.M.

with Marty Monson, Chief Executive Officer

As part of your Leadership Summit registration, you will receive a copy of Turning the Flywheel, a monograph on the “Flywheel effect”concept developed in the book Good to Great by Jim Collins. The transformation from good to great does not happen in one fell swoop. Instead, the process resembles relentlessly pushing a giant, heavy flywheel, turn upon turn, slowly gaining momentum and eventually reaching a breakthrough and beyond.

Hear from the BHS CEO on how we are “turning the flywheel” to reach 1.2 million people engaged in barbershop and how it will affect your local community.

Monday, January 6

ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF EVENTS | 8:30 A.M.

Festivals, conventions, youth events, educational events, shows, performances, contests - there are thousands of events that the Barbershop Harmony Society hosts each year. Join this open discussion on what the future of events in your community could look like. Learn about event success stories from other attendees, brainstorm new ideas, and gain insight on how to improve events in your area.

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: MOMENT OF TRUTH - EVERY INTERACTION IS IMPORTANT* | 9:00 A.M.

with the Leadership Operations Team

The term “moment of truth” is frequently used in the Customer Service industry to discuss customer interaction with any aspect of a company. It has great applicability as our volunteer singing ensembles attempt to make greater positive impact in our communities. This session will cover the importance of exploring “Moments of Truth” to ensure that every touch point is positive, promotes engagement, and encourages a go-forward response.

*Sessions marked LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM are from the 20+ modules developed by the Leadership Operations Team at the Barbershop Harmony Society. For more information on facilitation, additional curriculum offered by this team for your chapter night or next event, reach out leadershipopt@barbershop.org.

Monday Morning Education Breakout Sessions | 10:45 a.m.

NETWORKING: “Collaboration Club”

with your peers

Consider this session a “flexible” networking time with the theme of collaboration. The room will have flipcharts, post-its, markers, ice breakers, and prompts for encouraging collaboration with your fellow Leadership Summit attendees. Interested in hearing from other attendees about what they are doing to collaborate with others? The “Collaboration Club” is run by participants, for participants, in a relaxed, safe, and open environment to discuss various ways to collaborate.

District Conventions – Best Practices & Idea Sharing

with Dusty Schleier, BHS Director of Events and Conventions

The BHS’ Director of Meetings & Conventions is responsible for the major events produced by BHS headquarters. This session will cover applicable lessons from that process, focusing on expert tips on how to tackle site selection, contract negotiations, budgeting, and how to increase the engagement of attendees.

Dollars and Impact: The Virtuous Cycle of Winning Grants for Your Chapter

with Kevin Lynch, BHS Chief Strategy Officer

The Great Northern Union (GNU) Chorus has raised over $350,000 in grants from public and private sources over the last six years. Every dollar raised builds the impact GNU can make in its communities while supporting the chorus’ ambitious budget. This session, led by the architect of GNU’s grant strategy and the Society’s Chief Strategy Officer, will give you an overview of how your singing community can begin building an effective plan for raising more dollars and creating greater impact.

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: Creating an Inclusive Singing Community Experience

with the Leadership Operations Team

As we open the doors to inclusivity, could we encounter viewpoints and perception different from our own? Leaders are responsible for creating relationships of trust using integrity, compassion, and competence. They hold positive beliefs about people. What positive beliefs would ensure your success as a leader? How do you access people’s strengths to build an inclusive environment?

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION: LEADERSHIP ON AND OFF THE RISERS - PART 1 | 1:30 P.M.

with Donny Rose, BHS Director of Music Education, and Steve Scott, BHS Music Education Curriculum and Online Learning Manager

Leadership On and Off the Risers- Part 1 will cover the first 4 (of 8) leadership principles:

  • See what others are not willing to see
  • Make the hard decisions
  • Your job is not to be loved, but to do the right thing
  • Your job is to do the right thing, but with love

Monday Afternoon Education Breakout Sessions | 2:30 p.m.

Working with Local Media

with Holly Kellar, BHS Chief Marketing Officer

Let’s get famous! (Or at least recognizable.) Reach busy reporters, editors and producers with stories that matter, in ways that are easy for them to cover, and engaging for their audiences.

NETWORKING: “Transformation Station”

with your peers

Interested in hearing from other attendees about what they are doing to transform their local community and events? The Transformation Station Networking session is run by participants, for participants, in a relaxed, safe, and open environment to discuss various ways to transform your community and events.

Creating an Event Culture that Attracts

with Devin Anna Bradford, BHS Community Development Manager

Are you ready to shake up your local events? Providing engaging events is one of the top ways to attract your local community. Taking small steps to change your events will have a great lasting impact. This interactive session will discuss ways to create a culture that not only attracts, but keeps your community wanting more!

The Inclusion Survey & You

with Ashley Brown, BHS Outreach Grants Administrator and Inclusion Coordinator

This session will focus on how to use the data provided in the BHS Inclusion Survey, interpreting your chapter’s results, and how to talk about inclusion as it pertains to the overall vision of Everyone in Harmony. During this session we will also explore some of the terminology included in the survey and explore how the questions apply to the work of your chapter.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | VISION 20/20: ARE YOU READY TO EMBRACE THE CHALLENGES AHEAD? | 4:00 P.M.

with Blair Brown, Society Board Member

Change happens.

With change, challenges may often appear. How we react to a challenge is a crucial part of being a leader. Challenges can often create tangible action that will benefit your community at large.

This talk led by the Barbershop Harmony Society’s first female Board member, Blair Brown, will inspire you to shape a future where everyone is excited, and ready to step up and be involved in leadership.

Tuesday, January 7

ROUNDTABLE: PRELUDE TO CHANGE-ABLE LEADER | 8:30 A.M.

This interactive exercise on working with change will cover how to appreciate change done TO you versus change done BY you. Learn from other attendees on what changes they are experiencing,how they are dealing with those changes, and ask questions to gain insight on how to deal with change in your area. This is a discussion that will change how you perceive change!

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: THE CHANGE-ABLE LEADER | 9:00 A.M.

with the Leadership Operations Team

Change is not a problem to be solved, it is an ongoing process- sometimes by revolution, sometimes through evolution. We all experience the emotional journey of the “roller-coaster” that is change. Understand your reactions to change, how organizations can manage it, and how leaders can guide it. Become a Change-Able leader!

Tuesday Morning Education Breakout Sessions | 10:45 a.m.

Building a Collaborative Future

with BHS Executive Team and Society Board

Join members of BHS’s Executive Team and Society Board, as they discuss current Society collaboration efforts.

Learn what they are doing to increase collaborative efforts with leaders, members, and communities in the organization.

Using Technology to Transform Your LIFE

with Devin Anna Bradford & and Ashley Brown

Technology resources can help to make your life easier.

This session will provide a demonstration and tutorial on current BHS technology resources such as Member Center, the new Harmony University Online, Eventbrite, Document Center, and more.

Walk away with confidence on how to use this technology to not only help make your life easier, but to also increase your community’s ability to use technology.

Leverage technology to spend less time administering and more time singing!

NETWORKING: “Inspiration Hub”

with your peers

Interested in hearing from other attendees about what has inspired them to transform their local community and events? What about ways they are inspiring others?

The Inspiration Hub Networking session is run by participants, for participants, in a relaxed, safe, and open environment to discuss various ways they’re inspired.

How to make Barbershop an Indispensable Asset in your Community

with Erin Harris, BHS Chief Program Officer

In order to have great impact through barbershop, it is essential to understand our community’s needs. This session will encourage you to explore how your singing-inspired programs (schools, camps, chapter nights, district conventions, etc.) can provide real benefit to the community. After this elective, you will walk away with an understanding of how to research the community you live, work, and play in; how your barbershop singers can add to the existing fabric of the community; and how to identify and use those communities’ strengths as opportunities for self-help and partnership.

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION: LEADERSHIP ON AND OFF THE RISERS - PART 2 | 1:30 P.M.

with Donny Rose, BHS Director of Music Education, and Steve Scott, BHS Music Education Curriculum and Online Learning Manager

Leadership On and Off the Risers- Part 2 will cover the last 4 (of 8) leadership principles:

  • You must believe in what you are doing
  • Listen and observe
  • Trust others
  • Take responsibility for everything in your domain

Tuesday Afternoon Education Breakout Sessions | 2:30 p.m.

Including your Local Community in your Programming

with Joe Cerutti, BHS Director of Outreach

Are you engaging with your local community in a meaningful way?

Attend this session to learn how to better raise money by telling your story and defining your measures of success, tips on connecting with local students and music educators, and other creative techniques to engage your community.

New Financial Models for Singing Community Health

with Erik Dove, BHS Chief Financial Officer

The Barbershop Harmony Society has enabled a flexible governance structure that now allows chapters to host multiple choruses, which means"one chapter / one chorus" is no longer a requirement. The Society is also piloting new community singing club options to provide even greater opportunities for singing communities to form and come together. Now what?

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: Inspiring the Next Leader

with the Leadership Operations Team

Leaders have a driving passion to realize their vision with energy and focus, rising above any setbacks or events of the day. This translates to creating the values and culture of the organization, which, in turn, draws in individuals who agree with the organization. Long-term positive relationships exist. People are motivated and goals are achieved through the AMP (Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose) process.

NETWORKING: “Inclusion Zone”

with your peers

Interested in hearing from other attendees about what they are doing to be more inclusive? The Inclusion Zone is run by participants, for participants, in a relaxed, safe, and open environment to discuss various ways to increase inclusion efforts in their community and events.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | VISION 20/20: DEFINE AND BUILD YOUR BRAND AS A LEADER | 4:00 P.M.

with John Miller, Society Board Member

Who are you as a leader and how do you define your brand?

John Miller will share how his experience in the corporate world translates to his barbershop life and how he maintains balance This keynote will explore both how to define your personal brand and how to build your community’s brand with lasting impact.

Wednesday, January 8

ROUNDTABLE: MINDFULNESS | 8:30 A.M.

You have learned a lot during the 2020 Leadership Summit and, let’s be real, you are already doing A LOT in and for barbershop! When do you take the time for you? This session is an opportunity to reflect, slow down, and enjoy the final day. Choose to meditate, do yoga, or create a personal leadership statement. This session is a purposeful moment to recharge, especially for those attending Midwinter later in the week.

LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM: SERVANT LEADERSHIP | 9:00 A.M.

with the Leadership Operations Team

Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy where the leader's main focus is supporting and developing people to perform as highly as possible. The leader exists to serve the people. They become social architects in the organization and take on non-traditional roles of coach and trailblazer. They use influence conversations to re-direct and inspire people to do their best.

CLOSING SESSION: WRAPPING OF VISION 20/20 | 10:45 A.M.

This final session of Vision 20/20 will bring everything and everyone together. We will celebrate and highlight the key takeaways throughout the 2020 Leadership Summit. Join this interactive session with a panel of faculty speakers to ask additional questions about their session or share final thoughts.