Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Imagine the IMPACT: Empowering Employees to Lead from Anywhere

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113 ABC

Are your employees empowered for action? Have you attended leadership programs but aren’t sure how to implement one within your own organization? Join us as we explore the process of creating a competitive and dynamic program open to all levels of staff. Craft sample sessions of your own around topics such as advocacy, project management, emotional intelligence and career development.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Develop and implement an internal leadership program for employees. 2: Explore opportunities for involving trustees and community leaders in employee career development. 3: Identify ways to involve graduates in ongoing organizational projects.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2  

Track: Challenge

Tags: Leadership, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Change


Rebekah Lynam, Branch Manager
Pioneer Library System , Moore , OK

Rebekah Lynam is a branch manager with Pioneer Library System. With a background in mass communication and crisis research, Lynam brings a unique approach to library services. As the coordinator of IMPACT PLS for the past two years, Lynam has worked to expand the involvement of participants and graduates in strategy and vision. Lynam has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from disaster preparedness to image restoration strategies following crisis.

Aiden Street, Regional Coordinator
Pioneer Library System , OK

Aiden Street is an Associate Director for the Pioneer Library System and a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is a three time ALA Smart investing@ your library grant recipient focusing on financial literacy for staff and diverse populations. She has been a member of ALA, PLA, and OLA since 2003. Aiden was a member of the 2016 PLA Program Committee and is a graduate of the PLA Leadership Academy and MPLA Leadership Institute.

Lisa Wells, Executive Director
Pioneer Library System , Norman , OK

Lisa Wells is the Executive Director for Pioneer Library System in central Oklahoma. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with an MLIS in Library and Information Studies. A graduate of the Urban Libraries Council, Executive Leadership Institute, recipient of the ULC Joey Rogers Leadership Award, a 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and a graduate of Class XXII of Leadership Oklahoma

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