Leadership University

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Jeff Mohler
Vice President of Programs & COO


Buzz Lail
Northwest Regional Manager

Julie Burkholder
Northeast Regional Manager

Beth Schweigel
Central Regional Manager

Francie Smith
South Regional Manager

2017 Leadership University

We encourage Area Directors, Area Competition Directors, Area Management Team Members, County Coordinators, County Management Team Members, and Class A Volunteers interested in management roles to attend.

Leadership University trains Area and County Management Team Members to serve in meaningful leadership roles. The primary mission of the University is to provide team members with the knowledge necessary to be proficient teammates; therefore, serving their Program’s athletes with greater effectiveness.

The University was established informally in 2013 with the County Coordinator Management Team Training, which provides education for Special Olympics County Management Teams in a variety of organizational topics.

Courses to include Area Management, event planning and logistics, GMS 6.0, County Management, and how to survive your first Summer Games!

Volunteers who sign up for Leadership University should be a member of the Area or County Management Team or may become a member of a management team in the near future.  Each volunteer must be a Class A Volunteer in the Volunteer Management System.

2017 EVENT

  • Saturday, April 22
  • Butler University – Indianapolis
  • Entry deadline is Friday, April 7.
  • NO COST!
  • Lunch provided.
  • Time frame is 9:00 am – 4:00 pm eastern time.
Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

2017 Leadership University – Schedule

Registration Opens, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Eastern (8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Central time)
Check in, get name tag, and pick up your gift for attending.

Welcome and Opening Session, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Eastern
Special Olympics Indiana President/CEO will give a report on the state, highlighting successes and share how Indiana will build a better future for our athletes, families, and volunteers.

Connecting Compounds, Presented by Amy Barg, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern
Connecting.  It works in chemistry and . . .  in relationships.  And just as chemical bonds are difficult to break, so are those that result when people engage in ways where all feel seen, heard, and valued.  Discover the simple, powerfully practical steps you can take to increase your influence and improve your outcomes by intentionally connecting.

Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Eastern
Enjoy lunch and visit with others.

Training Sessions, 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Eastern

Games Management System (GMS) 6.0
GMS 6.0 is the next upgrade to the Games Management System.  With the upgrade comes a new look, new features, and a more user friendly approach.  The training will cover the basics along with new features that will aid in planning for spring games and summer games entries.

Area Management 101
Area Management Training & Certification
For ALL Area Management Team members.  This training and certification session will provide insight into understanding necessary event standards and expectations.  It will review various items covered in the Program Information Guide and the Awards to Zip Ties manual and any additional items that may be needed to ensure that your area events are safe, enjoyable and continue to grow successfully.

County Management 101
County Management Team Certification Training (For those who have not been certified)
This certification training is recommended for ALL County Management Team members and will provide insight into understanding necessary insurance, finance, fundraising, public relations, athlete participation, various items covered in the Program Information Guide and any additional items that may be needed to ensure that your county program is safe, enjoyable and continuing to grow successfully.

County Management 201

Summer Games Survival (Open to those who have completed County Management Certification)
In this next stage training, County Management Team members will learn the importance of having a good plan in attending Summer Games.  This session will provide insight into transportation to the games and check-in, review the role of the Head of Delegation, special activities, and much more.  County Management Team members will hear first hand from their peers and leave armed with valuable knowledge that they can use in planning for the 2017 Summer Games.

Closing Session, 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Eastern
Please join us as we close the day with some final thoughts.

Presentation of Athlete Leadership Degrees, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 Eastern
Athlete Leaders will be presented with degrees they have achieved after completing the requirements for a major.  We invite Leadership University attendees to stay to watch our athletes get recognized for their accomplishments.