Western 4-H Institute

Institute Schedule 

Preparing for Institute

What Color Is Your “4-H Leadership” Brain?® Keynote

Call for Presentation – Lighting Talk & Poster Session

Registration and Travel Information

Call for Presentation – Lighting Talk & Poster Session

Western 4-H Institute

Fort Collins Marriott | February 5th-9th, 2018 

The Western 4-H Institute is a professional development opportunity for newer 4-H faculty and staff who have been in their position five or less years.  General Sessions, workshop sessions and networking opportunities are designed to meet the training needs of newer 4-H professionals. Western 4-H faculty and staff who are interested in this opportunity please contact your State 4-H Program Leader.

Institute Schedule

Institute Schedule

The institute will be held at the Fort Collins Marriott February 5th-9th, 2018.  The institute will kick off an Opening Event at 2:30 pm allowing for travel the morning of February 5th. The event will conclude on February 9th at 11:30 am. 

Your institute planning committee is locking in the workshops and speakers. Below a list of our topics being presented throughout the week. Check back for an updated list and workshop descriptions. 

General Sessions: Personality Styles, Life Skills, Positive Youth Development & Essential Elements, Access, Equity & Opportunity and Offsite Experiential Learning.

Breakout Workshops: Volunteer Management / Volunteer Leadership, Work Life Integration, Research-Based Materials and Evaluation Tools & Impacts. 

Self- Selected Workshops: Volunteer Appreciation, Education & Marketing the 4-H Program, Scholarship, Ages & Stages, STEM on the Cheap, Ice Breakers and Social Media & Technology   

Preparing for Institute

The 4-H Professional Research Knowledge Competencies (PRKC) model uses a four-level taxonomy including domains, topics, components, and competencies to help 4-H professionals in every aspect of their work, from program planning and evaluation, to volunteer development, diversity training, and organizational effectiveness. To best prepare for Institute, we are encouraging you to make time to take the PRKC self-assessment.  The purpose of this self-assessment is for 4-H youth development professionals to better understand what’s important when conducting 4-H youth development work and to identify areas for their own improvement.  As an added incentive, all participants that complete the self-assessment prior to Monday, February 5, 2018 will have opportunity to be entered into a drawing.

What Color Is Your “4-H Leadership” Brain?® Keynote

Do you ever wonder why some people are a song in your heart and others are a pain in the neck or why you zig while others zag?

Author Sheila Glazov will offer you the answers from her popular book, What Color Is Your Brain?® When Caring for Patients, which simplifies the complex nature of  the four Brain Color Personalities. Sheila’s fascinating and fun approach will help you understanding yourself and others and teach you how to develop and maintain more harmonious relationships in every facet of your life!

Sheila’s proven and productive techniques will help you:

  1. Recognize and value your “4-H Leadership” personality strengths and idiosyncrasies.
  2. Understand why your unique perspective differs from the viewpoints of others.
  3. Communicate more efficiently and resolve conflicts quickly.
  4. Proficiently collaborate in a non-judgmental manner to solve problems easily.
  5. Keep you energy up and your stress down while effectively adapting to others.
  6. Skillfully improve the professional and personal interactions in your life.

You will immediately benefit from Sheila's engaging and educational workshop! The What Color Is Your Brain? theory is a guide to determining who you are, why others see you the way they do, and how the four Brain Colors play a role in your everyday life. What Color Is Your Brain? concepts also explore the essential pieces of the character trait puzzle that is human interaction. Discovering your Brain Colors will boost your brain power!

You will be able to purchase autographed copies of Sheila’s book after the program. Sheila allocates a portion of the royalties from the sale of all her books to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

Sheila is an award-winning and internationally known author, personality expert, passionate educator, and professional speaker. She has appeared on, and been interviewed by CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, LIFETIME and WGN TV and other national and international TV and radio stations, magazines, and newspapers. Today’s Chicago Woman newspaper selected Sheila as one of “100 Women Making a Difference.”

Her innovative style has won Sheila praise for her What Color Is Your Brain?® methodology and books in conference rooms and classrooms in the U.S. and around the world. Encouraging adults and children to recognize and respect the best in themselves and others is the essence of her workshops and books. To learn more about Sheila, visit www.sheilaglazov.com


Lightening Talk & Poster Session 

Call for Presentation – Lighting Talk & Poster Session

For information regarding the Lightening Talk & Poster Session, please contact Candi Dierenfield at (907) 377-4130 or cldierenfield@alaska.edu.

Hotel & Conference Location

Fort Collins Marriott

Rate: $109.00 + Tax’s (rooms must be reserved by 1/1/2018 to receive special rate)

Travel Information

Denver International Airport provides a number of shuttle options to Fort Collins.

A few options included:

For a full list, please visit this Denver International Airport Shuttle Services Website.  



2018 Planning Committee 

Your 2018 Western 4-H Institute Planning Committee


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