ROC Leadership Institute headed online amid coronavirus concerns

CONCORD, N.H. – ROC USA® officials have decided to modify the 2020 ROC Leadership Institute to mitigate risk to travelers while still providing key trainings in a revamped online format.

What seemed at first a difficult decision turned into a clear choice as more information about the novel coronavirus outbreak came to light, said ROC USA President Paul Bradley.

“We expect to provide some elements of ROC Leadership Institute online in June,” Bradley said, noting that public health officials across the globe are discouraging anyone from attending such large events. “Once we have a plan together, we will make everyone aware of it and hope you’ll join us online. It’s an opportunity to broaden the audience and engage more ROC leaders!” 

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The institute, launched in 2018 after years of bringing ROC leaders to NeighborWorks® America’s Community Leadership Institute, is a three-day event tailored exclusively for ROC leaders. Last year more than 100 gathered at the Southern New Hampshire University campus for trainings, peer networking, and leadership development coaching. The Institute, including travel, lodging and food, is completely free to ROC leaders.

Bradley said response to the change in format has been understanding.

“While I’ve received several emails from ROC Association Directors and committee members expressing disappointment about this decision, I was really happy to read – to a person – people expressing interest in parts of the Leadership Institute being provided online,” he said.  “As many past attendees know, we train to solutions-oriented leadership, and it was great to see these leaders responding with such excitement about taking a new approach in the face of what could be a serious risk.” 

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