LERN Institutes, April 7-10, New Orleans
We created our intensive, four-day training and professional development Institutes for two reasons:
1. You deserve academic preparation for your daily work. Until the LERN Institutes, there had not been education to prepare you to do marketing, budgeting, program planning – your daily work. Now there is the professional development you need and deserve.
2. The field is getting very competitive and sophisticated. To remain relevant and successful, our members and customers want more advanced education. At our Institutes, you’ll discover the most current and advanced knowledge systems specific to our field of lifelong learning.
By participating in one of our Institutes, you will receive the most advanced information about enhancing your daily work and improving your program.
We are delighted to present our Institutes. We look forward to having you join us and your colleagues.Downloadable Brochure: Download Brochure
All institutes begin with a casual reception in the hotel on Sunday evening. The institutes continue all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and end at noon on Thursday. Each day begins with a general session at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
The exams will be given Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Learn from the foremost authorities in the field of lifelong learning programming
• Take home a library of readings that will be useful for you and other staff members for years to come
• Network with colleagues from all over North America
• The best school you can attend, because you’ll learn tips, ideas and techniques you can use on Monday morning
• Use the week to refresh your mind, reenergize your spirits and gear up for a successful year
• Take back the knowledge that you have received the most comprehensive, intensive and advanced information available
• Have your knowledge validated and find out just how much you know about our changing and sophisticated industry
• After-hours discussion and interaction with participants and faculty
• The opportunity to have access to faculty throughout the Institutes and to have faculty help you with specific challenges, as well as critique your brochure, website or any other aspect of your program
• CEUs. Two continuing education units are awarded to each participant. Just request the CEU form when registering.
• This year we’ve added two new designations: Certified Marketing Planner (CMP) and Certified Professional Programmer (C2P), to the existing lineup of Certified Program Planner (CPP), Certified Contract Trainer (CCT), and Certified eMarketing Professional (CeP). Come to the LERN Institutes and go home a CPP, a CCT, CeP, CMP, or a C2P. Register for the Program Management Institute, the Contract Training Institute, or the eMarketing Institute and take the exam on Friday following the Institutes.
• Certificates. All Institutes provide a certificate of attendance. Some Institutes will provide a certificate of Knowledge competency upon completion of an exam.
• Graduate credit. LERN Institutes are part of the curriculum for a Master’s degree, with credit and degree awarded by the University of South Dakota. Click here for more information and then contact us about the Master’s degree program.
Only LERN has it – Fast training. Faster Results.
Only LERN has the most practical, how-to and advanced knowledge for your program, and only the LERN Institutes provide the most in-depth education for your career and your staff.
Fred Bayley has been a popular speaker and presenter at LERN conferences for many years. A senior LERN leader for 15 years, he co-authored with Julie Coates a program analysis that led to our Program Review and Certification. From Forest City, North Carolina, Bayley has been in the field of lifelong learning for more than two decades. A practitioner who is also an energetic and friendly presenter, he is a highly rated facilitator.
Julie Coates is the world’s foremost authority on the demographics of learning. She is an author, speaker, and consultant in the area of learning and generational learning styles. Coates is Vice President of Information Services, LERN.
William A. Draves, CAE, President of LERN, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on lifelong learning. He has a Master’s degree in adult education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Draves is a popular speaker in great demand, and has given seminars in most states and in Germany, England, Canada and Australia. He is a past president of the coalition of lifelong learning organizations.
Suzanne Kart is a writer, presenter and practitioner on marketing and emarketing. Currently Director of Marketing for LERN, she is one of the nation’s leading experts on Twitter, social networks and generational communication for lifelong learning. She has more than 18 years experience in the marketing and communications fields. She does workshops across the U.S. and Canada on marketing, emarketing and generational communication. She also teaches online for the graduate school at the University of South Dakota master’s degree program in adult and higher education.
Holly Klotz is the operations manager at Schoolcraft College continuing education in Livonia, Michigan. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in a variety of settings including Non-Profit Parks and Recreation, Advertising Sales and Youth/Adult continuing education. During her 10 years at Schoolcraft College, her focus has been on programming, customer service and overall process improvement. She has a passion for finding creative solutions to today’s operational challenges and looks forward to helping other LERN professionals achieve their goals.
Greg Marsello is LERN’s Vice President for Organizational Development and a national authority on reengineering management and running programs. Marsello is a co-founder of LERN and was chair of the Board of Directors for 12 years. With more than 20 years in the business, he has authored publications, gives frequent seminars and does consulting on marketing, management and program development. Marsello is also President of Learning Connection, an independent lifelong learning program in Providence, RI. He started Learning Connection in 1980. With more than 15,000 registrations a year, Learning Connection is one of the largest providers of avocational and leisure learning in North America.
Julia King Tamang is LERN’s Senior consultant for Contract Training. She has over 15 years of experience in both selling and presenting contract training. King Tamang managed the contract training division that served many of Oregon’s biggest businesses – Intel, US West, Port of Portland, ADP, Hewlett Packard and more. Her responsibilities included sales, contract management, hiring, curriculum development and quality control.
Susan Hurrell is the Director of Online Marketing for Modern Earth Web Design. She sees nothing but possibilities for businesses and organizations to extend their reach and engage new clients through all forms of online interaction via email marketing, social media and blogging.
Information About Social Events
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Opening Reception (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Stop by for a complimentary beverage and a bite to eat at the reception, and meet the LERN faculty and other attendees. The event will be held in the tropical garden across from the registration desk.
Monday, April 7, 2014
History…with a twist! (4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Take a walk through the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants and discover the classic cocktails that were invented and popularized in New Orleans. From the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup to the Hurricane, you’ll enjoy a view of New Orleans’ history and culture through our legendary bars and restaurants and the characters that frequented them. The cost for the walking tour is $33. The purchasing of beverages is optional. You must be at least 21 years of age.
Dinner at Olivier’s (6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.)
Join us for a scrumptious four course Creole dinner starting with New Orleans famous Shrimp Remoulade as an appetizer. You’ll have a choice three classic entrees served up by a family who has been cooking for five generations. Please visit the LERN website for menu details. It is a short walk from the hotel to the restaurant. The cost for the dinner is $55. Beverages are at your own expense.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
For the first time ever, LERN recommends you consider not dining out, and instead, dine in the hotel at Restaurant Revolution; it’s amazing! For those who need to get their fix of oysters, consider a visit to Felix’s Oyster House just one block from the hotel on Iberville. Other restaurants of note in walking distance of the hotel are Mr. B’s Bistro, Bayona, Luke, Meauxbar Bistro, Muriels, and August.
Soul Full Evening Saunter (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
New Orleans is often referred to as “The Most Haunted City in America.” She is certainly one of the most tortured. This Crescent City has enjoyed eras of opulence, prosperity and celebration few can imagine. She has also risen above the misery of fires, epidemics, hurricanes, floods, wars, slavery and social conflict.
The French Quarter is home to scores of colorful characters who lived, died and have chosen to remain in this unique, 300 year old European neighborhood. As we follow the shadows of their legends down cobbled alleys and through streets aglow with gas lamps, we will learn the eerie stories and dark secrets that have lent this city her mythical presence. The cost of the walking tour is $33.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A class, with a glass, and dinner (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s, the entertaining chef at the New Orleans School of Cooking will teach you the basics of Louisiana cooking “peppered” with fun and folklore. Begin with a cocktail reception in the adjacent courtyard then enjoy an interactive demonstration and dinner. Experience the French Quarter of long ago while savoring Louisiana culinary traditions 300 years in the making. The event is $58 and is just a short walk from the hotel.
Fees for social events are non-refundable and must be received by Monday, March 17, 2014.
About New Orleans
New Orleans is one of LERN’s most popular meeting destinations for a good reason! Known as the “Big Easy”, the relaxed people and atmosphere will set you at ease immediately. You’ll be staying in the epicenter of the French Quarter, just steps from the famous nightlife, and only one block from Royal Street, known for great art and antique galleries.
Daytime temperatures average 76 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius) with the average overnight low of 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 Celsius).
About the Hotel
The Royal Sonesta Hotel is an elegant, quiet oasis located in the heart of the French Quarter. The expansive complex takes up an entire city block and includes a tropical garden, outdoor pool, both casual and world class restaurants and bars, and nightly live entertainment. During your stay, you’ll want to make sure to enjoy the live jazz at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, and dine at the fabulous Restaurant R’evolution, both of which are located in the hotel.
Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
The room rate is $179 single/double, plus applicable taxes. Make your room reservations by calling 504-586-0300. To qualify for the group rate, make your reservation by 5 p.m. CT, Friday, March 14, 2014, and specify that you are attending the LERN Institute. The hotel does not accept purchase orders for payment. A portion of the room rate is used to offset conference expenses.
The Louis Armstrong International Airport currently serves 39 nonstop destinations. AMTRAK provides service to downtown New Orleans. Please visit LERN’s website for airport shuttle information. You won’t need a car to explore the French Quarter or the Garden District. You’ll want to make time to explore New Orleans by riding their famous streetcars.
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LERN Conference Registration
PO Box 9
River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 U.S.A
A purchase order will reserve your place, with payment due at or before the conference. Please fax your registration and PO to us at 888-234-8633 and we will email you an invoice.