Manage Yourself, Lead Others: The JAWS Leadership Workshop on Feb. 27 in Chicago

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JAWSChicagoLeadership_managev2This one-day workshop for existing and emerging journalism leaders will address the skills needed in today’s media organizations, from legacy to startup.

Cost (includes lunch): $50 for JAWS members, $85 for non-members (includes optional JAWS event membership*). Sign up today at

*Must meet membership criteria and be approved for new membership. During registration, those wanting to take advantage of the optional JAWS event membership should select “new member” on the online registration form. To opt out, select “non-member” on the online registration form.

Date: Feb. 27, 2016 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Location: Loyola University of Chicago School of Communication (Lewis Towers, Beane Hall – 111 E. Pearson St.)






Participants will leave with new tools for:

  • Assessing, establishing and sustaining positive, productive, and innovative workplace cultures.
  • Leading and accelerating change.
  • Helping others improve their performance through coaching and feedback.
  • Mastering negotiation and conflict resolution.

Workshop goals:

  • Provide participants with key leadership skills to help themselves and others succeed in today’s media environment.
  • Prepare existing and emerging leaders to step up in their organizations.
  • To improve journalism and media organizations through effective leadership.

The workshop will be led by Jill Geisler, The Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. Geisler teaches and coaches media leaders worldwide. She will be joined by a diverse team of veteran journalism managers who will provide customized coaching to participants.



Morning (9 a.m. to noon)

  • Ten Things Great Leaders Know – A look at key skills and values that distinguish leaders at all levels of organizations, whether or not they are managers.
  • Voices and Choices – A conversation with a diverse group of women in leadership, each offering specific, practical insights that women can put to use immediately.

Lunch (Noon to 1 p.m.)

Afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • The Art of the Tough Conversation – Whether it’s critiquing work, delivering bad news or advocating for yourself in a challenging negotiation,  it’s important to understand the values, skills and process for achieving the best outcome.
  • Small Group Coaching – Working in small groups, each with its own coach, we apply what we’re learning to our real-world situations.
  • Got Influence? – A final opportunity to inventory our current strengths and gaps, and leave with a helpful map for next steps in leadership.

Lead Instructor:

Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago

Member, JAWS National Advisory Board

Guest Coaches:

  • Teresa Schmedding – Deputy ME Digital Operations, Daily Herald and President of ACES
  • Geneen Harston – VP Audio Production, Rivet News Radio
  • Marilyn Krause – Director, The Lowe Group and former AME, Administration, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Maudlyne Ihejirika – Reporter, Ass’t City Editor, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Nancy Day – Associate Professor of Journalism, Columbia College Chicago
  • Jill Manuel – Assistant News Director, WFLD-TV


JAWS regional captains, Dannie Mahoney and Andrea Watson, plan to host an optional post-workshop happy hour/dinner at a local restaurant for those who are interested. There will be an informal get together after the event at 4:30 p.m. or so over at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, a pub near Loyola University at 41. E. Superior St. Costs associated with this optional meet up are not included in your workshop registration.



Nearby accommodations

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

163 E. Walton Pl.

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 751-8100 or enter Loyola code LOYOLAU

The Whitehall Hotel

105 E. Delaware Pl.

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 944-6300

The Talbott

20 E. Delaware Pl.

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 944-4970 and enter corporate code 3224

Hotel Cass

640 N. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 787-4030