I had the chance to attend NACA’s Huge Leadership Weekend this year (June 3 – 6) and I think that it was a great experience. I was somewhat tentative about it since I was going on my own with no students soley for the professional track that is offered. Would I interact with the other professionals outside of our sessions?
The track was taught by Dr. Adam Peck, the Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F Austin in Texas. For me, the sessions served as a reminder for the following things: why am I in this profession, what outcomes do I strive for in my areas of responsibility, and what best practices are out there?
Since the group was only around 21 folks, it was an intimate setting and I got the opportunity to talk to every person at least once about what they are doing and what trends they see on their campus.
Adam also implements some social media by creating a facebook group for us to join where we were encourged to post prior to HLW and to keep posting questions or ideas. I think I’ve convinced a couple of folks to start utilizing Twitter (make sure to say hi @arosemurphy).
Overall, I would highly recommend this. It’s a pretty affordable, especially if you are within driving distance to it’s location (it’s only about 15 mins from my house). You’ll get the chance to learn some ideas, reflect on your experiences, and network.