New Directors Institute
Launched in 2005, the New Directors Institute (NDI) provides planning directors with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection. The New Directors Institute is specifically designed for first-time directors as well as more experienced directors who are facing new challenges, want to explore the nature of leadership, or seek new inspiration about the roles they play in their communities. If you are a planning director, you will not want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to:
Learn about a variety of topics including: the nature of planning leadership; how best to communicate with, manage, train, and inspire your staff; how to deal with fiscal crisis and staffing cuts; how to deal with the mayor or other elected officials; and how to keep perspective and mental health in your new job.
Discover the secrets to success in an interactive environment led by a professional leadership trainer and a distinguished faculty of accomplished directors.
NDI is funded in part by the City Planning and Management Division of the American Planning Association. The mission of the City Planning and Management Division is to "advance the practice of city planning and management in the large-city setting."
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
CM | 8.0
$595, workshop only (not attending conference)
$300, full-rate conference registrants
$395, discounted-rate conference registrants
Make plans now to participate in the New Directors Institute at APA's 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, April 26-30, 2014. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to interact with experienced faculty as well as your peers in an exciting learning environment.
NDI is approved for 8 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, and you can register for this program together with your regular conference registration or as a single training workshop.
Registration will open soon.
This Year's Program
This Year's Faculty
President, Dharma Consulting
NDI Leadership Trainer
S. Gail Goldberg, AICP
Executive Director, ULI-Los Angeles
Former planning director of Los Angeles
Former planning director of San Diego
Urban and Strategic Planning Consultant, Portland, Oregon
Former Loeb Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Former planning director of Portland, Oregon
Theresa O'Donnell, AICP
Interim Assistant City Manager, Dallas
Director, Department of Sustainable Development and Construction, Dallas
Director of Planning
City and County of San Francisco
Former planning director of Seattle
Here is what past NDI participants said about the program:
"Thanks for coordinating the program. It was my favorite part of the conference!"
City of Mountain Brook, Alabama
"I was impressed with the experience and achievements of the entire faculty. Good job recruiting them to do this."
—Brian Mabry, AICP
City of Temple, Texas
"New Directors Institute taught me how to remember my passion when my inner cheerleader gets drowned out by the naysayers."
"The best aspect of the workshop was the faculty because of their vast amounts of knowledge and willingness to share."
"Participating in NDI gives you a chance to step back from the day-to-day and really think about some big-picture issues."
"What I really like about the program is that it’s not general. Because NDI is interactive, you get a chance to craft the day to meet your specific needs."
New Directors Institute 2013
New Directors Institute 2012
New Directors Institute 2011
New Directors Institute 2010
New Directors Institute 2009
New Directors Institute 2008
For more information on the New Directors Institute, please contact Ann Dillemuth, AICP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.