The second annual Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat was held at the Botanical Gardens November 11-12. Deans, Vice Presidents, Alliance Leaders and student government leaders participated in this two day event which will lead to the development of the FY11 Action Agenda. There were 29 presentations from schools, Alliances, student groups and central offices dealing with FY09 progress, FY10 activities and FY11 plans.
Dr. Jacqueline Acho was the guest speaker. She is President of the Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm founded in 2005. Jackie has worked for industrial, scientific, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with a particular focus on growth, strategy, and technology commercialization. She served as the facilitator for three of the Alliances and was especially close to the process leading up to the submission of proposals competing for investment funding (see below). Her talk focused on the promise she sees in all of the Alliances. During her work with the three groups she interviewed community leaders, faculty, trustees and Deans. Following are some insights from some of these sources.