Leadership Training and Orientation Events

The VOLT Academy offers a variety of leadership training and orientation events for ASME volunteers throughout the year.

At the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition and at the ASME Annual Meeting, the VOLT Academy offers general leadership development workshops on topics relevant to ASME’s volunteer leaders for all interested volunteers attending those events.

In addition, the VOLT Academy offers specialized training for various ASME units and volunteers in leadership roles throughout the Society. To find out what trainings we have coming up or to discuss training options for your ASME unit, please contact Clare Bruff, Senior Manager, Leadership Development and Diversity at bruffc@asme.org.

VOLT Annual Meeting Leadership Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Room TBA, JW Marriott Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837

Inclusion, Healthy Leadership Practices, and Thriving Organizations

The most successful teams are those where all members are respected and their contributions are valued. Inclusive environments motivate team members, give them stake in the outcomes, and create a positive work culture. In this workshop, you will learn steps to create an inclusive environment where all members of your team will feel empowered in their work, invested in the results, and motivated to perform at their best. As ASME faces the challenges and opportunities of the future, our volunteer teams can be models of inclusion.

As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand inclusion and its effect on healthy cultures, personal and interpersonal motivation, and fundamental dialogue
  • Be equipped to improve team outcomes with inclusion and involvement rooted in ownership and commitment
  • Be able to model inclusive behavior in their volunteer and work teams

Presenter: Matt Paknis is a senior management consultant, an anti-bullying advocate, a former college football coach, and the author of Successful Leaders Aren’t Bullies, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. He has dedicated over twenty-five years of consulting to helping global clients embrace healthy management practices to thrive. A former assistant coach at Penn State under Joe Paterno, Matt has spoken publicly about being abused as a child. He transcended childhood bullying and the death of his young mom with teamwork and leadership. Matt studied Organizational Behavior, Economics, and Architecture at Brown University where he also played football. He joined Brown’s football coaching staff after graduating in 1984. He also coached football at Penn State University and at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where he earned his MBA in 1992. Matt has taught Organizational Behavior, Management, and Strategy courses at Bryant University and RISD and teaches as a guest lecturer at Brown and at the Charlton Business School, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.