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CSA Leadership Symposium
Empowers Attendees to Embrace
Leadership and Change
Over 200 attendees participated in the 2019 CSA Leadership Symposium
last month in Chicago.
The CSA Leadership Symposium included one and a half interactive days
of strategic and leadership discussion in the evolving HIM profession. The
Symposium engaged Component State Association (CSA) and AHIMA
enterprise leaders in leadership development and moving AHIMA’s mission,
vision, and strategy forward.
AHIMA President/Chair Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA,
and AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, updated attendees
on AHIMA’s new vision, mission, and strategy. They communicated how
all leaders can incorporate the strategy as “We are AHIMA.” Attendees
participated in an exercise on how they can leverage AHIMA’s strategy and
make it their own.
Jan Bazow, CEO of Fortis Leadership, spoke on preparing for leadership in the
near future. Bazow taught the audience how to:
Discover the top ten leadership competencies that will be required for the
Gain a snapshot of five generations in the workplace working side-by-side;
discover the necessity of leadership presence as attendees go about leading
the changing workplace by learning the PRES Model (being present,
reaching out, expressiveness, self-knowing).
Develop commitments that will create a foundation for success as you lead
the 2020+ workplace.
Debra Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE, president and founder of the Learning Studio
Inc., continued the leadership discussion the second day with her presentation
called “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work,” where attendees learned about
teambuilding, cross-functional and departmental teamwork, and how to
onboard team members, staff, and volunteers.
In addition, CSA officers received training on their fiduciary responsibilities of
their CSA. There was also a session titled “HIM Reimagined,” led by Norbert
Belz, PhD, MHSA, RHIA, and Keith Olenik, MA, RHIA, CHP, to update
attendees on the progress of the initiative for a greater understanding of HIM
education and lifelong learning needs. Another interactive activity, held on the
second day, focused on environmental scanning, during which the new CSA
Environmental Scanning Guide was unveiled.
Breakout sessions allowed leaders to share best practices. Topics included
creating effective communications, best practices for developing meeting
contracts, discussing state advocacy efforts by a panel of CSA leaders,
determining strategies for identifying and growing volunteer leaders,
managing conflicts and conflict resolution, and strengthening coding
roundtable programs. A specific session for CSA central office coordinators/
executive directors was offered, and attendees also enjoyed a resource center
and networking among peers.
More information can be found on Engage in the State Leaders and House of
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