#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802

Leadership Track

Leadership

The topic of leadership is one of the most often presented topics at any conference or training symposium. This track is designed to place specific emphasis on the knowledge, skills and abilities required for effective leadership with the fire service.

Presented by recognized and highly accomplished leaders these sessions will provide attendees with a better understanding of what effective leadership looks like, how to serve as an effective leader and how to overcome some of the most common and uncommon challenges you may face as a company or chief officer.
 

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Last updated: February 14, 2020

Leadership Track Sessions

Monday, May 4, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The "Set-Up" of Successful Leadership

Being at the right place at the right time is no coincidence. Many people look at those who have been successful in leadership roles and ponder questions such as “Why can’t that be me?” The truth is, there is nothing coincidental about an effective leader’s drive to the top. Most have put in painstaking time, energy, and effort to place themselves in the right place at the right time to be successful. However, those leaders didn’t know when that right time or right place was going to come along, so how were they ready to turn a challenge into an opportunity? In this informative and entertaining keynote presentation, Brian Crawford will provide participants with all the tools they need to facedown future tests and trials with the simple understanding that “Wherever you find yourself, there you are.” So make the most of it.

Brian Crawford, Senior Vice President, Willis-Knighton Health System

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Implicit Bias and Inclusive Leadership Skills

Implicit biases and stereotypes about different groups of people unintentionally shape our professional, social, and developmental interactions in ways that can disenfranchise some members of a department. By bringing together leading research and fire service experience, the facilitators of this workshop help participants identify actionable inclusive leadership skills that develop a unified, diverse workforce to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Dr. Corinne Bendersky, Founder, Morpho Leadership Development

Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Does Diversity Matter? A Candid Conversation About Race and Inclusion in the Fire Service

Dr. Corinne Bendersky, Founder, Morpho Leadership Development

Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Change Starts With You

At All American Leadership, we believe that the only way to lead, to influence others, is to change your own behavior. The science shows that the most effective way to do this is to start by asking, “Why?” to gain clarity on purpose and values. Self-awareness, growth mindset, character, and taking ownership are key elements of being a leader that others want to follow. No matter your tenure or rank, this interactive workshop will point you down the path of lifetime learning necessary to becoming a better leader.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Roles of Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

At the core of leadership is the trust developed between individuals. This interactive workshop will address why trust is the critical element in relationships and give you tools to build it. Is it more important (or easier) to give trust or to earn it? Why are empathy and humility growing in importance as the world grows more connected and complex? What is the role of emotional intelligence? Communication? This workshop will help you improve your relationships.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

 

 

 

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Leading in Teams & Organizations - A Purpose Driven Culture

All American Leadership’s developmental framework builds from leading the self to leading in relationships to leading in teams (three or more people, such as an engine crew) to leading in organizations. Organizations include multiple teams and multiple levels including a shift, strike team, fire department, or community. As you promote, you must learn new leadership skills that go beyond technical skills. The previous workshops are even more important at the highest levels of leadership, and new sets of skills to be learned include helping teams and organizations define their purpose and culture. We will help the leaders at or aspiring to this level understand that they are responsible for developing a trusting culture and alignment around the purpose, so that the organization can perform at the highest level.

Rob Nielsen, CEO/Founder, All American Leadership

Rick Rochelle, Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Myth of Culture Change in the Fire Service: Looking into the Soul of a Fire Department

There are many fire service speakers who talk about how to change the culture of fire departments. But culture is something you get, not something you create. Culture is a window into the soul of a fire department. It’s the result of the day-to-day written and unwritten practices, rules, and systems that make up the agency. Culture is how people behave when you put them into a system. Change the system, and you’ll get a different culture. You can’t change the culture without first changing the system, and that’s harder than most people realize.

John Butler, Fire Chief, Fairfax County (VA) Fire Department

Leadership Track Instructors

Dr. Corinne Bendersky

Dr. Corinne Bendersky

Founder, Morpho Leadership Development

Corinne has conducted extensive academic research on diversity and inclusion in the fire service and has consulted with numerous fire departments about their workplace cultures. She applies leading social science to provide an evidentiary basis to help the fire service leaders achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.

John Butler

John Butler

Fire Chief, Fairfax County (VA) Fire Department

John became Chief of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia in July. He joined the Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services in 1993. He was appointed chief in 2014. John has served as a firefighter-paramedic, battalion chief, emergency medical services chief, and administrative chief. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years. He holds a master’s from Johns Hopkins University. He’s a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program. He is a member of the IAFC’s Human Relations Committee and Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Board.

Kwame Cooper

Kwame Cooper

Assistant Chief (Ret.), Los Angeles Fire Department

Kwame brings his 38 years of lived experience and leadership with the Los Angeles Fire Department’s evolution in diversity and inclusion to the foundation of this training program. He provides leadership and diversity training in fire service communities throughout the U.S., internationally, and as an instructor at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Leadership Academy, the National Fire Academy and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive leadership program. He is currently a candidate in pursuit of a doctorate degree in organizational leadership at Grand Canyon University.

Brian Crawford

Brian Crawford

Senior Vice President, Willis-Knighton Health System

Brian is a 30-year fire service veteran, serving as fire chief in Shreveport (LA) and Plano (TX), administrative officer for Shreveport and is currently a senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Willis-Knighton Health System. He is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Emergency Manager, and a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer and Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government programs. In 2017, he was appointed to the Louisiana State Police Commission and in 2018 to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. Brian possesses a master’s from Louisiana Tech University.

 Rob Nielsen

Rob Nielsen

CEO / Founder, All American Leadership

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy West Point, Rob is a former scholar-athlete, a scout and attack helicopter pilot, and Captain in the U.S. Army. In collaboration with the All American Leadership team, he has developed a unique and powerful culture-and-leadership approach for organizational performance and success. For over three decades, working with hundreds of senior leaders and their teams (including CEOs, military leaders, fire chiefs, and others), Rob has repeatedly leveraged this model to accelerate growth and performance, operating from the belief that the greatest success is achieved by inspiring, empowering, and challenging everyone in the organization.

Rick Rochelle

Rick Rochelle

Director of Public Service Leadership, All American Leadership

Rick has a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in ecology. A National Outdoor Leadership School senior faculty member, he has 32 years and 340 weeks teaching leadership in the forests, glaciers, slopes, cliffs, and rivers of six continents. These include six leadership, 380 expeditions with wildland firefighters, four expeditions with NASA astronauts, 11 with executives, three with Naval Academy faculty and midshipmen, six with land managers, and many more with MBA students. With a certificate in non-profit management, Rick served for 7 years as the director of the school’s professional training.