Leadership training and other events

IonE offers specialized training in communication, media relations, entrepreneurship, and systems thinking.  

SOON!  [email protected] will be renting a university vehicle to bring any interested UMD faculty to the IonE Annual Meeting on Friday September 28 2018 10:00-4:00 (St. Paul Student Center Northstar Ballroom). The Institute on the Environment’s Annual Meeting brings together our community for a day of inspiration and lively discussion about how we can work together even more effectively toward a just and environmentally sound world. The meeting is for everyone – staff, students, affiliates, partners, and friends. Together, we’re building a future in which people and planet prosper together. Optional reception to follow RSVP by Friday, September 7 hereAny questions, please contact Kimberly Long, Events Manager, [email protected]

Leadership Workshops in 2018-2019

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Director of Graduate Leadership Programs at IonE, Kristi Kremers, will provide specialized training in communication, media relations, entrepreneurship, systems thinking during fall and spring break.


Emotional Intelligence
9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, October 25
Kirby Garden Room

Cultivating emotional intelligence is critically important to the quality and success of our relationships in work and in life. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, 75% of careers are derailed due to lack of emotional competence leading to issues such as: unsatisfactory team leadership, inability to adapt to change or being able to elicit trust. Unlike IQ, emotional intelligence is less static and can therefore be cultivated and areas of growth can be targeted. Learn how to enhance your performance, better interact with others and maximize your leadership potential.

When you sign-up for this workshop, you will receive a link to the EQi which is an instrument that measures emotional intelligence. Because completing the EQi Assessment is a requirement for the workshop, registration will close on October 17.

RSVP here.

Telling Your Story

1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday, October 25th

Kirby Garden Room

Why do you do what you do? Why does your work matter? Learning to answer these questions and tell your story effectively can be the difference between being a lonely voice and rallying others to your cause. Julie Hanus, with 17 years of experience as a writer and editor for various publications, will help you develop the skills to tell yours.

RSVP here

Systems Thinking & Tools
9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, October 26
Kirby Garden Room

The complexity of the social, biological and physical worlds often defies human intuition. Few people are prepared to work through the complexity within a discipline, much less through problems that transcend disciplines.

Systems thinking is a set of approaches and modeling tools used to describe and simulate the interactions among components of complex systems. With these tools, systems thinking provides insights into the functioning of systems and solutions to today’s difficult problems. This one-day workshop introduces the vocabulary and skills needed to think about, unravel and build models of real-world problems.

RSVP here.


Deep Work: Maximizing Your Impact in a Distracted World
1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28

In our digital age, most of us struggle with carving out time to do the work that matters most. Shallow pursuits such as social media, the constant pinging of text notifications, and emails can lead us astray from doing the deep work required to enrich our relationships, communities, and even the world. In this session, you will map out a plan for creating a more meaningful and rewarding life based on the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and by utilizing examples from prolific thought leaders and scientists.

RSVP here.

Negotiating Basics
1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, March 29

We don’t always agree, especially on really important matters. But we still need to make decisions and figure out how to move forward collectively. Strong negotiation skills will help you facilitate decision-making and make you a better leader. This workshop introduces participants to basic principles of negotiation and provides the opportunity for practice.

RSVP here.

2018-2019 events at UMTC can be found here.

Reimbursement for UMD Faculty that are formally affiliated with IonE is available (Fellows, Associates, Educators).  Find more information about the IonE travel policy here.