Professional development is a great way to invest in employees and oneself. I have had the pleasure of attending two very important professional development workshops for future presidents. The League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute and The Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, both focused on developing presidents.
Similarly, I have supported professional development and lifelong learning opportunities for faculty and staff. While a faculty member in the Lone Star College System, I worked with a group of faculty and administrators to develop the first Doctoral Support Group (DSG). This group was designed to provide resources to faculty and staff interested in furthering their education primarily in graduate school. Whether it is a master's or doctoral degree, we organized a "Graduate Study Fair" with over 50 colleges and universities in attendance, all offering scholarships and tuition discounts to employees. The DSG is still in existence today and is steadily helping college employees reach their educational goals.