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    Name: 2016 Winter Meeting
    Date: March 10, 2016 - March 12, 2016
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    Event Description:
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    Join us at the 2016 Winter Meeting at the Loews Annapolis Hotel for two days of business sessions with John Sarvay, Founder and Principal Consultant with Floricane, a leadership and strategic planning consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.

    Click here to download the printable flyer.


    Presenter Information: 

    A former journalist, John Sarvay has more than two decades of experience in leadership and team development, facilitation and strategic planning and communications. He has worked in academia and for Fortune 500 corporations. He founded Floricane in 2008 after a decade of leadership development, facilitation and strategic communication work for Richmond-based Luck Companies.

    Business Sessions:


    Appreciative Inquiry

    Our business culture has us — both leaders and the organizations we support — hard-wired to look at problems. To paraphrase an engineer (who was probably paraphrasing a surveyor), “You get what you measure.”

    Over the past few decades, Appreciative Inquiry has emerged as a powerful approach to vision, organizational strategy, and decision-making that engages an entire organization in a well-planned conversation about the future.

    Using a model of Discover/Dream/Design/Deploy, Appreciative Inquiry builds around what works in your organization — rather than trying to fix what doesn’t. (That’s a different class!) In an interactive session, we’ll explore the concepts behind and practicality of Appreciate Inquiry; map out the methods and tools used; and turn the mirror on ourselves in a practice session. You’ll leave ready to ask better questions that can help focus your organization on the things your organization does best — today, and in the future.


    Strategic Planning

    Successful organizations view strategic planning as a way to achieve three goals simultaneously — having some or all of the organization hitting the pause button to think clearly about the future; building a longer-term approach to business that provides teams with clear guidance and direction; and strengthening the capacity of their teams to be strategically agile, and adjust to changing business realities.

    In a fast-paced working session, we’ll work through a set of essential process questions that will help your organization approach its next strategic planning effort with clarity and focus. You’ll think about who should be involved; how to invite customers or other stakeholders to provide appropriate input; the importance of thinking both “out of the box” and very long-term; and of specific ways to generate the best balance of factual and
    aspirational brainstorming from your leaders and employees.

    From idea generation to plan construction to implementation, you’ll identify the engines and the barriers within your organization that will add wind to your strategic sails, or sabotage your progress. You’ll leave the session with a full head, and a planning framework that can jump-start your next strategic planning engagement.
    Event Sponsors:
    Loews Annapolis Hotel
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    To get the group rate, be sure to tell the hotel you are with ACEC/VA. 
    For hotel reservations, please call:

    Members: $500
    Non-Members: $600
    Additional Representative: $400
    Guest: $100

    Sponsorship Information: 

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    If your sponsorship level does not include a complementary registration, be sure to register as an attendee if you plan to attend!

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