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Friday, May 29, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE - Event is Postponed

Executive Summit: Healthy Organizational Culture Through Transformational Leadership

UPDATE - Event is Postponed

The most inexpensive way to make your library a success is to have a strong and positive organizational culture. The key is knowing what good organizational health is and how it plays a crucial role in shaping behavior in the library. How can leaders identify and transform their organizational culture?

MLA is pleased to welcome leadership consultant John McCann to facilitate a symposium on transformational leadership. This workshop is for directors, supervisors and other library professionals who wish to further their leadership skills. A cost-effective strategy to achieving success in the workplace is to promote a robust and positive working environment. McCann’s interactive approach encourages group audience participation to discover solutions to situations that confront all libraries. Learn how to develop cross-organizational engagement within in your institution, strengthen your leadership abilities and acquire the knowledge on how to form a healthy, effective and sustainable organizational culture.

Target Audience:

  • Department heads, mid-level management, supervisors, deans, directors
  • Library staff looking to advance into leadership roles
  • Anyone with supervisory responsibilities including peer-coaches
  • Long-term leaders in need of a skills refresher
  • Anyone interested in improving their organizational culture regardless of role within the library


Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd
Southfield, MI, 48076

Schedule at a Glance

8:30 – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30am

Organizational Culture: What it is and Why it Matters

10:30am – 12:30pm

How Facilitative Leadership Supports and Sustains a Healthy, Effective, and Adaptive Organizational Culture

12:30 – 1:30pm


1:30 – 4:00pm

Rehearsing the Future: Building Cross-Organizational Engagement as a Means Through Which to Strengthen Culture

Featured Speaker

John McCann, President, Partners in Performance

John McCann is an educator, facilitator and consultant. His expertise is in leadership education, strategy development and innovation.

McCann launched Partners in Performance in 2008. As President of the company, he serves as lead consultant on a variety of interesting and intriguing projects including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Detroit Institute for Arts, Boys and Girls Club national headquarters, Dance/USA, League of American Orchestras, and the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

McCann designed and now serves as lead faculty and facilitator for the annual Community Arts Education Leadership Institute funded by American Express and the Emerging Leaders Program for the League of American Orchestras. Beyond the arts, McCann designed and now teaches Creating a Learning Organization, Team Learning, and The Leader as Facilitator for the Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He is co-author of the Board Excellence Handbook, published by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and Beyond Survival, Devising Strategies in an Uncertain World and Leadership as Creativity, both published by the National Endowment for the Arts.

He holds a BFA degree in communications and theatre from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro, and an MFA in administration from Virginia Tech. His lifelong learning includes System Dynamics for Senior Managers at MIT, and Benefits and Challenges of Diversity for Decision Making: A Symposium, at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

McCann is co-founder and a board member for EmcArts, a New York City based social enterprise and also serves on the board of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice at Duke University. His pro bono work includes the Clinton Global Initiative, Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Commission, and the Women’s Regional Network, an assembly of peacemakers working in the border regions of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Registration Rates

Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.

Early Bird Rates Expire Friday, May 1, 2020
Advanced registration rates expire Friday, May 15, 2020




Early Bird (5/1/2020)



Advanced (5/15/2020)






*subject to space limitations


Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd
Southfield, MI, 48076


Free parking adjacent to the building.

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