Fall 2021 AHEAD Leadership Webinar Series

A Six Part AHEAD Webinar Series

Adam Meyer, University of Central Florida

Enjie Hall, University of Toledo 

October 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 and 29, 2021
12:00-1:30 EASTERN Time

No matter your role within your office, leadership is in some way part of what you do. To achieve the goal of access and inclusion for disabled people in higher education, we must motivate and mobilize ourselves, our teams, and our entire campus communities to envision and pursue seamless access in which disability is valued as an aspect of diversity and access is a matter of social justice. All staff in the office can and should be involved in contributing to the growth and development of the office, students, and the institution’s culture toward disability. Therefore, strengthening the leadership aspect of our knowledge and skill set is essential to everyone in this field.

With that belief, AHEAD is excited to announce another webinar series designed to foster leadership skills in all disability resource staff. Whether you are a new service professional, a director, or preparing yourself to move into a new position, we believe you will find value in the opportunity to think strategically about leadership and explore resources and relationships that will support your personal and professional skills as a leader. Even if you have attended one of the previous Leadership Webinar Series, sessions 3,  4, 5, and 6 of this six-part series will contain new information, and can be registered for separately, so please join us to brush up on new skills and reconnect with colleagues!

About This Webinar Series

This six session webinar series is designed for you to choose the content most relevant to your professional and office needs. Even if you have participated in one of AHEAD’s past Leadership webinar series, the last four sessions here contain new content that you may benefit from attending.

Sessions 1, 2 and 3 will be in a presentation and discussion format. Enjie Hall and Adam Meyer will present on the respective topic for approximately 45 – 50 minutes. Attendees will then be placed into small groups of 4 – 6 disability resource professionals to discuss a set of questions for 25 – 30 minutes.

Sessions 4, 5 and 6 will utilize and panel and discussion format. A panel of disability resource providers will speak to the corresponding topic for approximately 45 minutes. Attendees will then continue discussion in smaller groups facilitated by a panelist for approximately 30 minutes.

Feedback from the previous leadership webinar series indicated great appreciation for the chance to connect with colleagues around the country in the smaller group format. Individuals participating in these sessions should come prepare to discuss the day’s topic to build one’s leadership toolbox. 

Due to the interactive nature of the sessions, participants are strongly encouraged to attend live at the scheduled meeting times, and to separate themselves from their daily work during this time. The lectures and panel presentations in the first half of each session will be recorded if a participant must miss one session, but the interactive discussion portions will not be recorded.

These webinars will be hosted in Zoom and include captioning. Complete instructions for participating and presentation materials will be sent via email prior to each webinar. Please contact Elisa Laird with any questions or to request additional disability accommodations for the webinar. Two weeks advance notice is needed to schedule ASL interpreters.

Because members carry a wide diversity of professional credentials, AHEAD’s webinars are not precertified for CEUs. If you would like to use AHEAD webinars for CEUs from you professional association / licensing body, please contact them directly to learn what information you will need to support your request. If the required information is not available on this page, contact Elisa Laird to discuss your need.

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Enjie Hall

Enjie Hall, M.R.C. is the Director of Campus Accessibility and Student Disability Services at the University of Toledo in Ohio, the University’s ADA Compliance Officer, and and a Director At-Large on AHEAD’s Board of Directors. Enjie previously worked at The Ohio State University in the Student Life Office for Disability Services and is a licensed professional counselor. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics relating to services for disabled students, moving beyond compliance to full inclusion, and assistive technology. Enjie can be reached via email at enjie.hall@utoledo.edu.


Adam Meyer
Adam Meyer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Student Accessibility Services office and of Inclusive Education Services at the University of Central Florida. He was previously the Director of disability resource offices at Eastern Michigan University and Saint Louis University. Adam has served on the AHEAD Board of Directors and on AHEAD Standing Committees. He presents regularly on documentation, the social model of disability, leadership and office operations, initial student interviews, office data, and budgetary basics. Adam worked in the intellectual disability field for nearly 10 years prior to working in higher education. Adam can be reached via email at adam.meyer@ucf.edu.


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Registration Information and Costs

Entire Series (All Six Sessions)

  • Member Price: $249
  • Non-Member Price: $349

Individual Sessions

  • Member Price: $79
  • Non-Member Price $129

Register Here

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Session 1 -- Leadership: Purpose, Mission and Why

Thursday, October 7 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN
Led by Enjie Hall and Adam Meyer

 The leader sets the tone and drives operations from a social justice mindset. This opening session will focus on leadership as a broad concept. It will include discussion about our own motivations as a leader and the successes and challenges that come with it. We will also begin to explore office purpose and how that aligns with leadership and social justice work.

 Note: The content of Session 1 is similar to what was offered during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 leadership webinar series.

Session 2 -- Exploring Who You Are as a Leader

Friday, October 8 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN
Led by Enjie Hall and Adam Meyer

This session will discuss critical leadership attributes and strategies for leading across, up and down with colleagues. We will explore ways in which one can continuously develop as a leader. This session will include information for tools and resources available to develop leadership as well as suggestions for participation in opportunities to advance your leadership experience. 

Note: The content of Session 2 is similar to what was offered during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 leadership webinar series.

Session 3 – Effective Communication

Thursday, October 14 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN
Led by Enjie Hall and Adam Meyer

This session will include concepts for communicating effectively, for exploring how language can impact change and for facilitating critical conversations. We will examine using impactful language in our communication strategies with faculty, co-workers and students.

Session 4 – Working Effectively in a Remote Environment and Having Fun in the Workplace

Friday, October 15 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN

Our work can certainly be stressful. It is important that we lead ourselves and others in ways that minimize burnout. New challenges exist for teams that have partial remote work options with colleagues not consistently on campus during the week. In this session, a group of panelists will share ways in which they are adapting to this on-campus and remote work hybrid environment. Strategies for having fun within their offices to keep the energy up even during the most difficult times will also be discussed. 

Panel Discussion with:

  • Adam Crawford, The Ohio State University
  • Margaret Camp, Clemson University
  • Michelle Mitchell, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Chester Goad, Tennessee Tech University

Session 5 – Making Connections and Collaborating to Support Operations

Thursday, October 28 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN

Working with a limited budget and reduced workforce provides us with an opportunity to think “outside of the box” to continue advancing accessibility. We will explore how we can partner with others on campus to enhance accessibility and implement accommodations. A group of panelists representing various school types will share their ideas and initiatives for innovation through collaboration and creativity.

Panel Discussion with:

  • Zebediah Hall, Cornell University
  • Courtney Jarrett, Ball State University
  • Teressa Eastman, Butler Community College
  • Heidi Pettyjohn, University of Cincinnati

Session 6 – Strategies for Supervision Success

Friday, October 29 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EASTERN

Whether it involves leading professional staff, administrative staff, or student employees, moving people in the right direction requires constant focus and action. As we adjust to new work environments following the impact of the pandemic, new challenges for supervision are also emerging.  This session will explore ways to build a cohesive team, navigate conflict, work with challenging personalities and function successfully in this new work environment. Supervision challenges will also be explored. A group of panelists will discuss their thoughts and methods for supporting their teams to navigate the changing landscape.

Panel Discussion with:

  • Karen Andrews, University of California Irvine
  • Donna Johnson, University of Minnesota
  • Kristie Orr, Texas A&M University
  • Matthew Sullivan, St. Louis Community College Meramec
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