Mid-Career Professionals' Institute
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Develop your AFA Core Competencies of Program Administration, Navigating Complexity, and Driving Results.

The AFA Mid-Career Professionals’ Institute has been designed to help close the gap and provide training, tools, and best practices to help you take your work to the next level.

From managing up and down, overseeing program administration, navigating complexity, and driving results – this program will address strategies and best practices that will help you be a more effective mid-career professional and set you up for future career advancement.

As a result of participating in the AFA Mid-Career Professionals' Institute, professionals will be able to:

  • Describe their personal behaviors and motivators and how they impact their work with others.
  • Identify and apply the six practices of leading a team.
  • Articulate best practices for program administration areas of work.
  • Practice following ethical operational guidelines.
  • Apply strategies for navigating complexity.
  • Evaluate their personal work, and the programs they are responsible for, against the organizational priorities of their institution/organization.
  • Apply best practices for developing program outcomes and measuring impact.
  • Identify opportunities for continued growth on their personal career journey.
  • Develop an action plan for their long-term career aspirations and current professional growth needs.


The AFA Mid-Career Professionals' Institute will be held at Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Headquarters, 2015 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC, 28273 from July 29-30, 2020.



While there is not a designated hotel, we have provided an updated listing of all area hotels within a 5-mile radius of the AFA Mid-Career Professionals' Institute held at Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Headquarters, 2015 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC, 28273. The listing is searchable by amenities, star rating, and price range.

We hope this will allow attendees the flexibility to locate accommodations that fit within their budgets.

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Schedule at a glance

Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Institute Day 1
Theme: Understanding You & How You Work with Others
 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            Welcome
 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break
 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Understanding Your DISC (Behaviors)  
 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Break
 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Driving Forces
 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Putting It All Together
 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Dinner Break
 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Managing Up
 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Managing Others
 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  End of Day Reflection


Thursday, July 30, 2020: Institute Day 2
Theme: Performing at the Next Level
 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.            Operations Systems Best Practices Sharing
 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Accountability to Ethical Operational Guidelines 
 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Break
 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Navigating Complexity
 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch
 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Driving Results
 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Break
 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Career Aspirations
 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Goal Setting & Action Planning 
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Institute Wrap-Up



Registration will close on Monday, July 6. Please see below for more information. Note, if you cancel your registration 30 days or more (before June 30) from the start date, you will receive a full reimbursement. If you cancel your registration 29 days or less (after July 1) from the start date, you will receive a 50% reimbursement of your registration fee.

 Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Early Bird Registration, Before June 15$249$349
Regular Registration, After June 15$300$400


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Please email Diana Coyle, director of education & programs, with any questions.
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