2018 Fall Leadership Summit

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Join WRPA for an all-new approach to the traditional Fall Summit. This year's Fall Leadership Summit will feature two educational, workshop-based tracks: Leadership Development Track (for supervisors, coordinators, and managers) and Executive Track (for executives, directors, and senior planners). Enhance your leadership potential by attending this event where you will learn new skills that you can immediately implement within your organization.



Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
October 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Registration Information

Training Cost

  Early Bird Rate
On or before 8/31/2018
Regular Rate
After 8/31/2018
Members $199 $249
Non-Members $299 $299

Online Pre-registration now closed. Walk-ins welcome.

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Leadership Development Track

Supervisors, managers, coordinators, and aspiring leaders are invited to spend the day strengthening their emotional intelligence in order to feel more confident about having difficult conversations and to help them build stronger teams.

Immerse yourself in this power-packed leadership-development workshop for supervisors and managers led by Gonzaga Professor, Rachelle Strawther. Rachelle Strawther is a speaker, teacher, storyteller, world traveler, and life-long student of leadership. 
This interactive and humorous workshop will dive into subjects like:
  • Biggest mistakes I've ever made
  • Emotional intelligence
  • How to have the conversations you dread

Facilitated by: Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 

Executive Track

Agency executives, directors, and senior planners are invited to explore the world of data and discuss its impacts, so they can better understand their community and construct more robust stories to support their department.

Big Data - GeoData - Data Visualization - Data Insights...what's all this about? This data deep dive will help directors, senior leadership, park planners, and executive leaders get a peek into the future of data but also come away with an understanding of the existing landscape of data application and data-decision tools for: 

  • Economic impact
  • Operational management
  • Equity analysis
  • Health access
  • Data storytelling
  • Better community understanding

Presented & Sponsored by: The Trust For Public Land

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Keynote Speakers

Rachelle Strawther, M.A.
Gonzaga University
Director of Leadership Training and Development
President, Staff Assembly
Breece Robertson VP
Trust for Public Land Fellow

Director of Planning and GIS

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Program Schedule

Schedule Subject to Change

Leadership Development  Track
.4 CEUs 
Executive Track
.4 CEUs available
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Keynote Address
The Best Mistakes I Ever Made:
How Failing Forward Changed My Lens on Leadership
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Keynote Address
Empowering Park and Recreation Planners with Data: What's out there and how can you use it?
Breece Robertson VP
Trust for Public Land Fellow

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Interactive Skill Building Workshop:
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leveraging Data to Drive New Partnerships for Health Equity
Cary Simmons, The Trust for Public Land
Michelle Benetua, Seattle Parks Foundation
David Olson, CEO Columbia Valley Community Health
Joanne Hill, Columbia Valley Community Health
Dr. Kathy Wolf, University of Washington

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Using Data to Tell Powerful Stories
Ashley Knapp, The Trust for Public Land
Cary Simmons, The Trust for Public Land 

Laura Miller, The Trust for Public Land

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Courageous Communication:
How to have the Conversations you Dread

Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
.1 CEU
Making the Economic Case (Part 1): Translating park benefits into dollars and cents

Jessica Sargent 
The Trust for Public Land

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Setting Your Team Up for Success

Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Making the Economic Case (Part 2): Using existing resources

Jessica Sargent 
The Trust for Public Land

Actionable Insights: leveraging data to advance park planning

Lara Miller
The Trust for Public Land

4:15 PM
Reception at the Silver Spoon - Across from the Convention Center


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Hotel Accommodations

Do you need a room for Monday, October 8, 2018, for the Fall Leadership Summit? We have you covered. Reservations can be made by calling the Courtyard Marriott at 425-670-0500. Be sure to mention the Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA).

Room reservation cut off date is Monday, September 10, 2018.

Courtyard Marriott
4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Hotel Rates

  Occupancy Rate
2 Queen Beds Double $112
1 King Bed Single $112

*Prevailing rates to apply for reservations are listed above. New prevailing rates are released each September. 

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Thank You to Our Program Sponsors

Fall Summit Sponsors
Executive Track Sponsor                                                       Lunch Sponsor
Annual Platinum Sponsor

NW Playground

Annual Silver Sponsor


Check out the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus to review the Fall Summit sponsorship packages and learn how you can get involved!

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