How active and known are you in the local and industry communities you serve through your everyday work? Defining what external community engagement can look like for you can be difficult. And identifying the Return on Investment (ROI) you can use to convince company leaders to invest time and money in these additional activities can be equally challenging.
Whether you are already actively engaged in external activities, or don’t know where to begin, this session can help you take your professional impact to the next level.
So, what exactly is community engagement (CE)? CE can encompass a variety of activities, including business development, civic leadership, board or foundation membership, and/or securing research grants, to name just a few.
This session will help you develop a personalized, authentic model of external community engagement to meaningfully engage with the industry and community stakeholders your organization serves.
These activities can help generate new opportunities for your employer, while also helping you diversify your own professional network and career opportunities. You will leave the session with a clearer understanding of external community engagement, giving you heightened visibility, bolstering your professional impact and helping to position you for new leadership opportunities.
As a result of this session, you will be able to:
1. Why is community engagement important to you and your employer?
2. Learn about different engagement models and why it is important to track return on investment (ROI)
3. Learn about the community engagement activities most appropriate for you and begin planning your initial actions steps
Guest Facilitator: Carolyn McKnight, EdD, Director of Community Engagement, KU Edwards Campus