About this Community of Practice
The purpose of this network is to learn with other Entrepreneurial ESAs as a Community of Practice. Sessions will be held virtually six (6) times per year, 90-minutes each session. Additionally, the network participants will be intentional about meeting at AESA national events.
- Annual Individual Membership to the Entrepreneurial Network - $399
- Annual Team Membership for a team of three (3) - $999
- Single Session Fee - $150 per session
- Portfolio Reviews - additional cost upon request.
- Pricing Reviews - additional cost upon request.
Session Dates & Topics:
All sessions will run from 2-3:30 pm EST
August 30, 2022: Strategic PLanning through Service Design
Tom Danehy, Executive Director of ACES, New Haven Connecticut
October 25, 2022: The West Virginia Story
Jan Hanlon, Executive Director of Mountain State ESC, Dunbar, West Virginia
West Virginia had eight RESAs up until 2017, when the West Virginia Legislature defunded the RESAs and allowed them to reconstitute themselves as Cooperatives. Jan Hanlon is the Executive Director of the Mountain State ESC in West Virginia and will tell the West Virginia story along with how they have diversified their work and become innovative in growing revenue (no longer state-funded).
December 20, 2022: Public/Private Partnerships
Shannon Cox, Superintendent, Montgomery County ESC, Ohio
The mission of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center, simply stated, is to strengthen outcomes in education throughout their service region. Achieving this relies on a divergent matrix of programs and personnel in order to support high quality service and maintain fiscal responsibility for our stakeholders. Public/Private partnerships with agencies, organizations and individuals who share our commitment to improving the well-being of children and families in our region are critical to MCESC's mission. Shannon Cox, MCESC, will share their experiences in developing effective Public/Private partnerships that address existing and emerging educational and community needs.
February 28, 2023: The Ins and Outs of Leading an Entrepreneurial Organization
- Nancy Hutchison, Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC), Lexington, KY
- Sam Atkins, Chief Business Officer
- Carla Kersey, Project Development Coordinator
- Rachel Holbrook, Ed.D., Learning Acceleration & Deeper Learning Specialist
With over 70 member districts statewide and 50+ years of service, KEDC is Kentucky’s oldest and largest educational cooperative. KEDC provides a broad range of local, state, and national services including educational support, technology, and cooperative purchasing.
KEDC staff will share information on their integrated marketing plan that includes social media initiatives intended to derive reputation branding, as well as efforts to build brand ambassadors. Learn how they are using social media campaigns that allow them to be the voice of their own story, and the role brand ambassadors can serve in expanding marketing efforts.
Information on KEDC can be found at KEDC.org.
April 25, 2023: Aligning Strategic Planning with Talent Management: Executing Strategies through Effective Organizational Capability and Capacity Planning
- Dr. Chad Coauette, Executive Director/CEO, Sourcewell, Staples, MN
- Jeremy Schwartz, Director of Operations and Procurement
- Robb Reid, Director of Enterprise Solutions
Sourcewell, one of the nine service cooperatives in Minnesota, has over 40 years of service helping government, education, and nonprofit agencies operate more efficiently through a variety of solutions including contract purchasing, technology, and regional programs and services to support school districts and communities.
If you have a big vision to aspire towards, congratulations! Now it is time to execute your strategies and make your vision come to life. This session will help you to understand why it is important to understand your organization's current and future capability-the skills and knowledge required for a specific task and capacity-how much resource you need. And given your timelines, budget, and current expertise...how you may approach building your team.
These questions will be explored . . . in order to achieve our goals: Can we grow current team members, hire new/additional talent, or partner with external consultants?
Information on Sourcewell can be found at https://www.sourcewell-mn.gov.
June 27, 2023: Topic to be determined
Rich Elsasser, Region 13. Austin, Texas