Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST

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Whispering Pines Conference Center 
27 Loutitt Lane
West Greenwich, RI 02817

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Stephanie Mandeville 
National Education Association Rhode Island 

NEARI March Institute - Emerging Leaders 

NEARI is hosting the March Institute on March 10-11, 2017, at Whispering Pines Conference Center on the URI Alton Jones Campus. It is designed to help new/emerging leaders develop strategies to strengthen their locals. All Institute costs are covered by NEARI. 

Generally, new/emerging leaders may:

  • Have little or no organizing experience or training
  • Are new to a leadership position and/or are building representatives
  • Are ready to take the next step in union involvement.  

The Institute is an overnight retreat-style learning experience. Participants will be expected to arrive Friday afternoon and stay through the last session on Saturday at 5pm. Accommodations are two attendees per room. Check-in at Whispering Pines begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

Emerging Leaders Agenda


3:00 - 5:00 pm Check In

5:15 pm Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy, IBEW

5:45 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Session: Power

8:30 pm Discussion: Connect Today to Tomorrow 

9:00 pm Closing Followed by social

Saturday Agenda

8:30 - 10:00 am  Session: 1-on-1 Conversations 

10:15 am - 11:45 pm  Session: Grievances 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 pm  Session: Bargaining for the Common Good 

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Session: Cross Local Dialogue 

4:00 - 5:00 pm   Guest Speaker: What happens when you organize?