CRA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY SCHEDULE
May 22nd (4:00 PM–9:00 PM)
1:00-5:00 PM Registration [Garden Terrace (on East Mezzanine)]
4:00-4:10 PM Welcome and workshop overview [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Carla Brodley and Jim Kurose)
4:10-5:00 PM Why be a leader? [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Jim Kurose)
This is our “kickoff” session – a bit of a “warmup” for the Leadership Academy – to get us thinking and talking by discussing some of the “big picture” questions about computing leadership. What types of leadership positions are there in academia, professional societies (conference, editorial, admin), and in government? What does leadership look like and why is good leadership so important in these positions? What are the characteristics of a successful computing leader? What have you admired most in leaders you’ve known? We’ll also consider more individual questions. Are there intrinsic rewards to leadership? What’s been the most rewarding, and most challenging aspects of leadership for you? In the arc of one’s career, is there a time that is too early, too late, or just right to be thinking about such positions? Does leadership necessarily become a full-time career path, or can leadership be a shorter-term “service” activity. Does one go looking for a position, or wait for a position to present itself?
We’ll run this as a moderated group discussion, with the Leadership Academy organizers, along with Tracy Camp, Kathleen Fisher, and Alex Wolf. We’ll then open the discussion to include everyone. Time to “warmup” and get your engines started!
5:00-6:00 PM Affinity diagram (K-J Method) [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones)
This interactive activity will help you explore your path to and questions about leadership. Using the post-it notes. write as many questions and/or topics that you’d like to see discussed during the workshop’s activities. Participants will then work in groups to cluster the notes, create the underlying themes, and discuss what they are hoping to get out of this workshop.
6:00-7:00 PM Networking with drinks [Chicago (on lower level)]
Participants who have covid concerns will have the option to have dinner in their room during this time.
7:00-9:00 PM Dinner and Fireside Chat [Chicago (on lower level)]
Fireside chat with Juan Gilbert and special guest M. Brian Blake.
May 23rd (7:30 AM–3:00 PM)
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast and networking [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)]
Participants with COVID concerns should have breakfast on their own prior to this event.
8:30-9:15 AM What makes a good leader? [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Rachel Pottinger)
All of us have had experience both working with leaders and being leaders ourselves. To decide if you want to take up a leadership position, it’s important to understand what characteristics a leader has. In this session, participants will work to identify what characteristics they identify with being a good leader. Participants will then reflect on what characteristics are their own particular strengths and how to shore up areas of relative weakness, either through changes to make to themselves or in characteristics to look for in building their leadership team.
9:15-10:15 AM Search firms: Roles and mechanics, wisdom (Moderator: Jim Kurose; Speakers: Andrew Lee, John Muckle and Vijay Saraswat, partners from Isaacson, Miller (a well-known search firm in academia and computer science), an individual who has chaired searches employing a search firm (Kathleen Fisher), and an individual who was selected for a position in a search employing a search firm (Tracy Camp).
The search for CS leaders in academia and non-profits often engage the services of a search firm. In this session we’ll discuss how search firms partner with committees and decision makers in executing a successful national search; the mechanics/steps a search firm takes during the recruitment process; and how, as emerging leaders, you might consider navigating leadership opportunities and searches.
- Behind the scenes of a search: Understanding the search process mechanics and strategy
- Roles and responsibilities of the firm and search committee
- Candidate perspective: how to engage in a search process and tell your story
10:00-10:30 AM Coffee break [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)]
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Leading and managing 360 [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Carla Brodley)
This session will look at the leadership opportunities and challenges of different types of organizations.
- Leading and managing in academia: managing laterally, managing up, managing down, managing faculty and /managing staff (Nigamanth Sridhar (lead), Juan Gilbert , Alex Wolf)
- Leading and managing at DARPA/NSF (Kathleen Fisher, Jim Kurose (lead), Nigamanth Sridhar)
- Leading and managing in volunteer organizations (e.g., Conferences, ACM, CRA). (Tracy Camp, Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones (lead), Alex Wolf)
- Managing your portfolio and yourself (Juan Gilbert, Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones, Rachel Pottinger (lead). Topics include: managing large research efforts/center-scale efforts, managing information and email.
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch and networking [Athens/Berlin (on East Mezzanine)]
1:00-1:35 PM Flexing your leadership muscles [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Carla Brodley)
This is a guided activity to practice your leadership skills. We will break up into small groups to determine how to approach each of these opportunities/challenges. Rooms 2042 and 2044 are on the 2nd floor.
- You are a world leader in computing and realize that the leading professional organization, based in the US, has regional councils in Europe, India, and China but not for Latin America nor Africa. Computing is desperately trying to expand to those regions but is facing a chicken-and-egg situation. Do you increase membership and then provide regional support? Or do you first create a regional organization to encourage more membership? (Lead: Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones)
- You are a new chair and have realized that your CS degree requires students to complete 22 semester-long courses (16 required classes and 6 electives). Average time to degree is 5 years. The president has called for changes across campus to ensure time to degree is closer to 4 years. Faculty are opposed to any changes, particularly when it might impact them getting to teach their favorite (currently required upper-division) class. (Lead: Carla Brodley)
- Your department receives an unrestricted gift of $500k. Your dean would like a plan that can be presented to the donor within a week. This gift would represent the largest single gift your department has received and you, in your role as department head, will have discretion on how to invest in your department. What process will you use to determine how it should be spent? How will you seek and obtain the support and enthusiasm of your faculty colleagues? How will you manage competing requests? (Lead: Nigamanth Sridhar).
1:35-1:40 PM Guided self reflection [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Lead: Carla Brodley)
1:45-2:30 PM Next steps for you as an individual [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Moderator: Alex Wolf, Panelists: Juan Gilbert, Jim Kurose, and Rachel Pottinger)
Topics include: How do you network for a job? What skills/habits/information should you try to gain? What should you be doing to position yourself for a leadership position? When in your career is the right time? Who should you be talking to? How much planning can you do versus just being in the right place at the right time? What should you be trying to gain from the conversations? As part of this session we will have a group discussion to determine: What are you doing in this area already? Next steps for you.
2:30-3 PM Wrap up and next steps [Paris Ballroom (on East Mezzanine)] (Carla Brodley and Jim Kurose)
We will be following up with three virtual meetings. This is an opportunity to have participants provide suggestions on future topics of interest.