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Thursday, August 13, 2020, 12 PM

Lessons of Limited Use: Natural Grass Field Maintenance Planning from 2020 to 2021

Speaker: Jerad Minnick

The use of sports fields is starting to return across Maryland. Going into June, natural grass fields looked to be in excellent condition after the “rest” during a spring and early summer of limited or no use. But since June 1, Mother Nature has unleashed near historic heat across the Mid-Atlantic region, leaving many grass fields showing stress similar to years w high-use.

As fall maintenance work on natural grass fields is set to begin, this session will focus on the lessons - and the solutions from those lessons - that have come out of 2020’s ups and downs. New solutions are plentiful as Field Managers work to help their grass fields take more.

Featuring Jerad Minnick, Lead Advisor at Natural Grass Advisory Group™ and Field Surface Consultant for Major League Soccer.




Thursday, August 27

Creating Positive Practices to Reduce Unconscious Bias

Speaker: Lori Hoffner


One’s age, gender, gender identity physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, weight, and many other characteristics are subject to bias. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. While most people understand what it means to be explicitly biased, implicit biases are often overlooked and can impact your hiring process, your programming and the overall culture of your organization. In this session, we will discuss 5 steps you can take to create positive practices and awareness and ensure that unconscious bias is recognized.




Thursday, September 17, 12:00 PM

Moving into the Future: the Power of Transformational Leadership

Speaker: Lori Hoffner

Do you know the difference between transactional leadership and transformational leadership and why it makes a difference in EVERY industry? As the saying goes; “the only constant is change,” and if it’s important for you and your organization to move into the future with positive growth and a thriving staff, you will want to understand how to support this change.  This includes appreciating leaders with strength of vision and personality who can inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations to work towards common goals. Additionally, that change happens when there is an increase in the leader's expectation of the follower's performance which will result in overall increased performance.



Thursday, October 22, 12 PM

When Traumatic Events Impact Your Organization; Recovery, Support and Strength 

Speaker: Lori Hoffner


Every single organization has to deal with issues and events that are beyond their control.  Those events can test us all at a very personal and human level and yet, being the profession of recreation, we believe that we should be able to ‘pull ourselves up by the bootstraps’ and continue on.  In this session we will discuss that impact of being exposed to traumatic events and how we can be aware of how these events can affect us personally and professionally. We will learn how to deal with our stress, our response to the community and most importantly how to monitor our own health.  Lori will discuss ways to identify and access community resources as well as create your own internal action plan for a proactive response for your fellow colleagues and the community that you serve.   



Webinars and Town Halls are free but registration is required.  Zoom call in information will be shared with registrants prior to the event.


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Lessons of Limited Use: Natural Grass Field Maintenance Planning-2020 into 2021

Creating Positive Practices to Reduce Unconscious Bias

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