Thursday, February 23, 2017

1:00 pm – 7:30 pm


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Krewe Workshop
Arriving early? Wander down to the Krewe Workshop where we will be building floats, making masks, creating vision cards, and having some krewe "konversations."

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Zydeco Meet and Greet
Meet your fellow Mardi Gras Krwew members, find some beads and doubloons and participate in a roundtable exercise of sharing important topics to chapters.


Friday, February 24, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde

9:00 am – 9:40 am

Getting To Know Your Mardi Gras Krewe

9:40 am – 10:30 am

Preparing for the Leadership Parade
Before winding down the streets of New Orleans, every krewe spends time preparing for the experience. It takes the right equipment and an understanding of what is essential for success. Institute participants will explore essentials of leadership, including the key roles, expectations, and legal duties of leadership, whether serving on committees or the board of directors.

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Mid morning break - Cafe' and go cups.

10:45 am – 12 noon

Leading the Way
Heading up the Mardi Gras parade is the flambeaux - the torchbearer who lights the way. As a leader within NIGP, you delegate, take risks, communicate, share the vision, motivate, and model leadership to others. Institute participants will explore what they consider characteristics of effective leaders - looking through the lens of work, the chapter, and NIGP. Using the practical leadership principles in The Leadership Challenge by Barry Kouzes and Jim Posner, participants will investigate what effective leadership looks like in the volunteer and work environments. In this segment, participants will:

  • Explore the five characteristics of The Leadership Challenge
  • Discover how the characteristics can be applied individually or for the chapter
  • Experience a high-energy idea generation process to bring back to the chapter or work environment

12 noon – 1:00 pm 

Noon in N'awlins - Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Building Trust on the Krewe: Behavior Styles, Mental Models, and the Ladder of Inference.
In this session, Institute participants identify behavior styles and how these lenses impact our success in leading or inspiring those around us. The focus of this highly interactive afternoon segment is grounded on the work of Peter Senge’s concepts of “ladder of inference” and “mental models.” In this segment, participants will:

  • Explore the various filters leaders look through when communicating and making decisions
  • Identify personal behavior styles and styles of others and how to most effectively communicate with each style
  • Discover how issues such as generational differences, social media, and mental models can lead us to infer our own meanings in personal communication an unintentionally trigger conflict or build barriers to better understand each other

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Recognizing the Strengths on the Krewe: Strengths-Based Leadership
Using the New York Times best-seller, Strengths Based Leadership, and based on data from the Gallup organization, participants will discover their individual leadership strengths. Participants will complete an electronic online leadership version of the StrengthsFinder assessment which maps the four domains of leadership strength: executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking. In this segment, participants will:

  • Investigate how these strengths contribute to their leadership experience within the chapter and in the work environment
  • Discuss the relevance of this experience for their work and volunteer roles
  • Explore the importance for leaders to invest in strengths, understand others' needs, and build intentional strength-based teams.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Beads and Beignets Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Planning the Parade Route: Establishing Where You Are Going and How to Get There: Chapter Strategic Thinking from a Strengths-Based Approach
Vision and Mission should not be unfamiliar terrain to your adventure team. Understanding where you are headed, how you will get there, and what strengths can be put to use to achieve those goals, is vital to expedition success. Participants will review vision and mission and explore how to think from a position of strength, applying an Appreciative Inquiry strategic thinking approach. Using the SOAR Framework (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results), participants will focus on the positive aspects of strategic thinking and planning. In this segment, participants will:

  • Discover why a clear mission is crucial to an organization's success and how to craft a solid mission statement
  • Look at how to better inspire a shared vision with volunteers and leaders and to describe the vision to others
  • Recognize general change catalysts that may affect the future
  • Practice using the SOAR Framework as a positive means to set strategy and goals

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Dinner on the Bayou

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let The Good Times Roll!)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde

8:00 am – 8:15 am
Reviewing Yesterday's Parade Route

8:15 am – 9:45 am

Building, Caring For, and Motivating Your Parade Krewe
Investigating the growing volunteer engagement approach, participants will explore how to amplify volunteer involvement through "short pop" engagement opportunities. This “episodic” approach focuses on the needs, interests, and unique passion of individual volunteers. In addition, this interactive session will investigate the value of recognizing and rewarding the team, whether involvement is a short pop or long term investment. In this segment, participants will:

  • Discuss how to introduce and use “episodic volunteering” to build your volunteer team
  • Explore how to match skill to task and how to ask for involvement the RIGHT way
  • Discover why some volunteers like public recognition and other prefer thank you notes 
  • BONUS: 101 Ideas to Recognize and Reward volunteers (and co-workers)

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Mid morning King Cake Break

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Returning to the Float Den - Back in Your Chapter
At the end of the parade, Mardi Gras floats go back to the den, the warehouse where new plans are laid for the next year. When you return to your chapters, how difficult will it be to share what you learned in the parade? Participants will discover how to persuade and influence others in a positive way in order to build excitement and buy in to new ideas. An "parade map" will aid each participant or chapter team to plan out who to approach and how to share a new idea or change in direction. Participants will form triad teams in order to be "krewe guides" to each other after the symposium.

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Wrapping Up Carnival and Heading Home
A final activity to reinforce what you have discovered on your leadership route.