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Message from Dave:

Here is a typical text conversation I have with my wife when I finish a speaking engagement with an organization:

Jennifer:  How did it go?

Me:  It went great…what a great group of leaders!

Jennifer:  ♥♥♥♥

Me:  I really love what I do

I truly love coming in to a community to help out in any way I can.  Being in front of communities facilitating in their development is where I am happy.  I love seeing that spark in someone’s eye when they have a realization of growth.  I love the challenge of winning a group over when they were not quite sure they wanted to be there that day.  I love seeing groups understand they need each other to accomplish important tasks.  I would love the opportunity to come and work with your group.  From start to finish, you will see the incredible care and energy I put into all that I do.

I first experienced the positive impact just one day can make on a community many years ago during my first year as a student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).  I was the president of my residence hall council and I went on a day retreat with all the other campus presidents to the Browne Center, UNH’s Rope’s Course.  That day showed me the importance of experiential education and what it means to get know the people around you for a better community.  Two years later as an RA, I ran around to every room during first year student move in to ask for money from each parent in order to bring all the first year students from my residence hall to the Browne Center for community building.  As I watched all the first year students participating in activities, getting to know one another, having discussions on the first year experience, and having fun doing it, I knew we were going to have a great year.  I also knew that I always wanted help bring energy, life, and development to groups wherever I went.

I have been doing this work for over 25 years and time has not slowed me down.  My passion for what I do has only grown over time.  Leadership means we are never done in our development.  I am learning a new activity every week and that excites me because I know it will bring a new dynamic to every community I am with.  I hope I get the opportunity to work with your group for a training, workshop, community building, or keynote. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 


Topics Dave Covers

All topics are available in-person or virtually! Contact us to learn more about how you can bring any of these important discussions to your audience from anywhere.

Find out what Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers can teach us about leadership.  This unique workshop taps into the biggest pop culture phenomenon and will bring in everyone:  those that always are involved to those that don’t typically involve themselves in leadership.  Marvel movies have been breaking records at the box office over the past two decades. Audiences are on the edge of their seats for every epic battle and jaw-dropping plot twist, while at the same time learning important lessons on leadership. During this session, attendees will watch movie clips and partake in experiential activities that help educate on the topics of community, organization, social justice, integrity, and more. 

The topic of integrity/ethics and leadership is a current issue that is debated daily on any news network. As a result, leaders act with the knowledge that they are in a fishbowl. Everyone is watching, every day. Though it may be easy, as a leader, to say what you stand for and what you value, it is more of a challenge to walk your talk and keep the trust and respect of others if you make a mistake.  Even when we're committed, congruent, and deal responsibly with complexities, mistakes will happen, poor judgments are made, and ethical breakdowns are possible. This ethics workshop incorporates communities identifying their core values, verbalizing them publicly, and putting them to the test.  Together we’ll uncover how do to make good ethical decisions and what happens when something does not go as planned.

Warning: Attending this program will cause you to meet people and get involved in activities...beware! Experiential leadership activities are often reserved for the start of the year. In actuality, these activities provide value THROUGHOUT the year.  These activities can be used to elevate events like new member orientations, retreats, weekly meetings, professional development trainings, and more. This session teaches a collection of the most unusual team builders and games that are guaranteed to make your members feel included while having fun, learning about each other, and developing in ways that create community.  Every group will receive a mini-manual of the activities of the workshop to bring back to their communities.  Dave knows enough activities to have four or more of these workshops!

Positive communities understand that their collective energy is greater than the sum of their individual energies. They are honest and open with each other, listen to each other, and know that conflict can be a positive piece of who they are. Dave has found he gets more out of individuals in a community when they feel like they are listened to and their ideas are taken in. When this happens, communities come together and accomplish more than they knew possible. Community Realized will have participants exploring the definition and dynamics of community. Activities will be set up to create deeper relationships in communities with the understanding that we are all connected. When communities are thriving, everyone can be who they are without fear of judgment and feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves.

Virtual Programming

A fun and different experiential experience that can bring communities together virtually.  This will help groups get to know each other through virtual community/team building and debriefing activities.  LeaderScape is part virtual leadership team challenge, part virtual escape room-esque experience.  Participants will be grouped in teams to unlock different padlock levels of virtual team building experiences.  The goal is to unlock all the padlock levels in the designated time while getting to know one another, having fun, and understanding what it means to be part of a community (virtually or otherwise). 

Find out what Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers can teach us about leadership.  Marvel movies have been breaking records at the box office over the past two decades, and without us realizing it, have been dropping many important lessons on leadership. During this unique session, attendees will watch movie clips and partake in virtual experiential activities that help educate on the topics of community, organization, social justice, integrity, and more. 

The topic of integrity/ethics and leadership is a current issue that is debated daily on any news network. As a result, leaders act with the knowledge that they are in a fishbowl. Everyone is watching, every day. Though it may be easy, as a leader, to say what you stand for and what you value, it is more of a challenge to walk your talk and keep the trust and respect of others if you make a mistake.  Even when we are committed, congruent, and deal responsibly with complexities, mistakes will happen, poor judgments are made, and ethical breakdowns are possible. This virtual ethics workshop incorporates communities identifying their core values, verbalizing them publicly, and putting them to the test.  Together we will uncover how to make good ethical decisions and what happens when something does not go as planned.

Connection is needed in any situation and it can be done virtually.  These experiential leadership activities can be used to elevate events like virtual orientations, retreats, weekly meetings, professional development trainings, and more. This session teaches a collection of the best virtual team builders and games that are guaranteed to make your members feel included while having fun, learning about each other, and developing in ways that create community.  Every group will receive a mini-manual of the activities of the workshop to bring back to their communities.  Dave can help Orientation Leaders, Resident Assistants, Professional Staff Departments, and more come together online while teaching them virtual activities to facilitate with their first-year students, residents, and student employees.  Dave knows enough virtual activities to have four or more of these workshops!

Positive communities understand that their collective energy is greater than the sum of their individual energies.  They are honest and open with each other, listen to each other, and know that conflict can be a positive piece of who they are.  Community Realized will have participants exploring the definition and dynamics of community.  Virtual activities will be set up to create deeper relationships in communities with the understanding that we are all connected.  When communities are thriving, everyone can be who they are without fear of judgment and feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves.  Groups will leave feeling closer, connected, and more prepared for a better future when they are eventually together in person.

Fun Facts about Dave

  1. For stress relief, Dave loves movies (especially superhero ones), hanging with friends and family, beating people up in video games (the Batman Arkham series is his favorite), exercising in the morning, and yelling into a PA as the official announcer for UNH Women’s Volleyball and Basketball. 
  2. A year ago, Dave started to practice what he preaches about risk taking and can be seen on stage at local clubs as a stand-up comic. 
  3. Dave is married with two incredible children (17, 16) who both are on their high school swim team and love playing any Lego video game out there on the Playstation 4. They just finished Lego Harry Potter and are on to the new Lego Incredibles.

 

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