Below are descriptions for the extended programs offered by NovakTalks – All extended programs can be tailored to meet your community needs. Sessions can be combined to meet the needs of multiple contingencies over a period of consecutive days. Custom extended programs can also be developed.

Student Risk Symposium | 4.0 - 6.0 hours

The Student Risk Symposium is a program focused on engaging dialogue for participants focused on learning, understanding, and utilizing the problem analysis for their community and/or chapter.  Participants attending the program are empowered to move beyond a traditional risk management session and create strategic initiatives that respond to what needs to change in their community.

The primary barrier to student or organization engagement in proactive risk management efforts can be attributed to the way the topic has been approached. Rules, policies and a litany of “thou shalt nots” remain the focus of many risk management programs and resources provided to chapter leadership. This approach focused on policies and rules has made it difficult to get chapter members on board with proactive efforts and challenges leadership to present as a necessary priority of operations.

As students, we know you can take the lead in re-conceptualizing risk management.  We know you can take the conversation beyond policies and compliance and into the shades of gray presented by ethics, values congruence and responsibility. The Student Risk Symposium gives you the opportunity to build your strategies and plans to do so.

The Student Risk Symposium reframes the language to one of caring for the community, honor, integrity and values.  The program allows participants to rise above policy and compliance and instead to integrate innovative risk management approaches to their standards. The dialogue – facilitated by NovakTalks but participated and truly lead by students — is one focused on guidance and knowledge of the standards with strong support for the student community as you tackle one of the most difficult areas of organization operations.

Student leaders will come together to:

• Recognize that successful risk management will only come from within the organization and be successful only through framing efforts with an emphasis on values and responsibilities to the greater community;

•  Conduct a Problem Analysis of their organization;

•  Identify specific strategies for creating a risk conscious environment in your organization; and

•  Approach the management of risk from a commitment to care approach.

The session above can be modified to include staff and/or volunteers.

Integrating Action into Operations | 4.0 - 6.0 hours

This session will examine how leadership within organizations can use our collective knowledge of why people choose to not intervene when they become aware of negative situations that can cause deterioration of the chapter or individual experiences within the chapter, the barriers, to develop strategies for empowering leadership, members and community members to act.

This workshop will empower participants to:

• Utilize the identified barriers to action to evaluate organization environment in order to identify where barriers can be reinforced;

• Design organization operations/systems as well as basic informational programs in such a way as to remove barriers to action; and

• Design strategically developed training to create environments in their community/organization that empower individuals to act in alignment with the values of the chapter.

Call to Action: Re-Aligning Organization Operations

(1.5 hour meeting with organization)

(2.0 hour meeting with leadership and emerging leaders)

(1.0 hour meeting with newest members)

This three-part program is designed to aid an organization in re-aligning with its values and purpose following sanctions. The multi-tiered approached is targeted at creating a dialogue that engages students in problem analysis empowering them to create strategic initiatives that respond to what needs to change in their organization. Members will be challenged to create a meaningful experience while meeting the behavioral and organizational expectations of the campus and organization.

The intended outcome is for the organization, its leaders and members to better understand what caused the need for a re-alignment and how to meet and exceed the terms of the sanction. It calls upon each level of membership to take ownership in their mistakes and to become part of the solution.

Kim was wonderful to work with, her presentation was well received by our students and the time she spend interacting with individual organizations was a unique opportunity for students to spend quality time with an expert in risk reduction. In comparison to other well-known speakers Kim cost about the same yet provided three additional days of training for our student organizations. We can’t wait to host Kim again.

Jason Biggs Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life | University of North Texas