Attention ISPI chapter leaders: Mark your calendar for the annual Chapter Leader Workshop on Friday, April 20, from 7:30 am–5:00 pm at THE Performance Improvement Conference 2012. This workshop offers valuable resources to chapter leaders who would like to improve both their effectiveness as a leader and the success of their chapter. Registration is free for chapter leaders and all chapter board members are encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided to all attendees.

New to the workshop this year is a focus on new chapter leaders. The morning session will include an in-depth discussion on the basics of chapter management. The workshop dialogue, exercises, and presentations will help novice leaders elevate their chapters to new heights. Participants will be introduced to the “Chapter in a Box” initiative, a new ISPI tool that provides step-by-step guidelines for starting a successful, new chapter. While “Chapter in a Box” is a tool for new chapters, it also is useful for leaders of existing chapters who are looking for fresh ideas to improve their chapter. The morning session will continue with a simulation exercise in designing a new chapter.

The afternoon session will feature roundtable discussions led by experts on a variety of chapter topics. There will be seven discussions to choose from, and participants will be able to attend at least three different sessions.

The workshop will include presentations by ISPI President Jack Philips, who will discuss his vision for 2012; Peggy Meli and Tim Brock, founders of the newly formed Central Florida Chapter, will share their experience starting the new chapter; and Rose Noxon will reveal her vision for the Chapter Partnership Committee for 2012 and her ideas on succession planning.

And, do not miss the Chapter Leader Reception taking place the evening before the workshop, on Thursday, April 19, from 7:00–9:00 pm. The reception is free and open to all chapter leaders.

If you are registering for the conference online, add your registration for the Chapter Leader Workshop by selecting the option listed under Pre-Conference: Wednesday – Friday. If you are registering for the conference using the conference registration form and need to sign up for the workshop or would like to attend the workshop without attending the conference, contact Robin Stimson at robins@ispi.org.