How To Help Students & Staff Discover Their Ideal Learning Environment

On-Demand Training

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The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.

Every student is unique. Every staff member is unique. How can institutions develop initiatives that nurture individuals while at the same time foster a sense of community that increases retention? Why do some students drop out while others are able to adapt? This webinar will focus on a new program being implemented at Colorado State University, called LifeTraits®. This innovative 20-question assessment is designed to profile both students and staff to map their individual personalities to their ideal environments. Unlike other personality profiles, LifeTraits® helps students express the needs and wants they seek in their surroundings and gives staff a vocabulary to aid in that approach.

Participants will explore the progress and results at Colorado State University, and specifically address the method behind LifeTraits®. Using a two-fold approach, the program focuses on individual advising based on psychometrics and highlights the importance of creating online connections between students, professors, and staff. With a back-end data analysis and student personality tests, this innovative program maps behaviors to environment performance. The goal of LifeTraits® is to assist students in making connections with campus resources, gaining self-knowledge, and establishing a level of comfort with the academic environment that promotes retention and academic success. Participants will also be able to determine which departments would most benefit from this type of approach, as well as discover strategies for identifying the most common environment stressors that impact retention, before they occur.

  • Add communication strategies to their toolkit via the LifeTraits® approach that help staff strengthen community for students in order to maintain a sense of place
  • Learn how to create personality-based connections among students, professors, advisors, and their campus environment
  • Discover how specific groups using this tool can create more community for students and strengthen affinity groups
  • Determine the importance of creating a more personalized network of support for graduates
  • Learn how to use this tool in recruiting to attract and retain students that will be most successful within their programs
  • Understand which students are most likely to drop out and identify behavior indicators prior to a stressful encounter
  • Discuss student placement through personality-based segmentation along with the aid of career services to better place students in their ideal environment for career success
  • Identify the ideal environment/stressors based on student and staff personality
  • Develop strategies for adapting to the environment to promote learning
  • Be introduced to programs for training advisors using student personality data to better reach and communicate with students
  • Discover which departments would most benefit from the LifeTraits® tools
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Student Services Staff (recruiters, advisors, counselors, tutors, etc.)
  • Students
  • Anyone on campus who wishes to improve their campus environment and help students succeed

Polly Zeleny founded Concept360 in 1998 based on her pioneering idea that understanding a person’s personality is the key to successful designed environments. Polly is the creator of the LifeSpace® series and LifeTraits® quiz, a personality-based process for meeting individual needs through carefully balanced environments. Her creations cover the spectrum from commercial to residential environments, products, and systems. She has worked for Walt Disney MGM Studios and has studied Feng Shui under master Joseph Yu. Today Polly travels throughout the country consulting and presenting workshops. Polly holds a BA in theatre & design from the University of Colorado.

Polly Zeleny’s work as an author, ASID partner and international speaker is the foundation for focused understanding of how environment affects personality and behaviors. Her book, Creating Your LifeSpace® is available nationwide and provides and in-depth guide for the Jungian study of personality through environment. As a Designer and speaker Polly Zeleny provides training for organizations and corporations across America. Her clients include Village Homes, IBM, The Group Real Estate Company, Home State Bank, Hospice, Group Publishing, Stoner Development Company, Hunter Douglas, Poudre Valley Hospital, Curtis Strong Low Vision Center, Netvion, Front Range Internet, Inc., Covenant Healthcare, and Alliance Airlines. Her presentations are remembered for their fun and on target approach.

Tara L. Griffin-Zeleny holds degrees from the University of Southern Colorado, Western State University, and Colorado State University. She earned a Ph.D. in partnership development from Colorado State University and is recognized nationwide with NAPE for her work in community development innovation and education. She developed the volunteer partnership program for Poudre School District call VIPS. Tara is a Certified Master Facilitator and is CAPS certified for design. She specializes in working with groups to establish collaborative partnerships that meet the needs of the organization and the public. Tara works with Concept360 contributing to the study of personality based communication methods and overall concept design and program development.

Tara has created partnerships that work to meet the needs of both community and individuals. She has pioneered the study of mass customization of design using psychometrics to meet the needs of the individual clients thereby increasing corporate success. She leads with a passion for connecting and making a difference in the lives of others.

Brian Hoag grew up in the heartland before settling in Colorado. He excelled in academics, sports, and community service from an early age. Brian attended Michigan Technological University earning combined Master's degree in Engineering and Biology. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University completing a Master’s in Business Administration.  

For the past twenty-five years, Brian has passionately grown the delivery of quality hospice care. His roles as CEO, CFO, consultant, state and national leader have increased access to hospice for thousands of patients. As CEO and CFO, he has led and managed the daily challenge to improve hospice delivery and quality. As consultant and trainer, he has distilled and expanded patient care expertise across the nation. Brian works with the technology and data for LifeTraits to help clients gain insight. He leads research to bring new technology to how we measure the patterns of individual psychometrics. Brian provides training around the country so others can learn how to better reach out using our individualism as a point of connection and gain focus on what matters—people.

Vince Brush is a 20-year veteran in applied learning and development and has worked for some of the world’s leading organizations including: Ford, HP, Ritz-Carlton, Stanford, and US Health. Holding positions from manager to VP, Vince has led teams to great success in sales, education, multi-site operations and training primarily through the use of seminars and workshops.

Vince previously held the position of Director for The American Society for Training and Development where he initiated the first Enterprise-wide system for membership that lead to an increase of over 123%. His involvement with three corporate universities allowed him to see the business from a variety of angles as well as move fluidly through all levels of organizational integration, from front-line to executive.

Vince is a strategic thinker and problem solver, which coupled with his unique ability to work extraordinarily well with people has led to the building of great teams that accomplish goals above and beyond the usual objectives. He is a father of two very active young boys and stays fit by exercising five days per week, in hopes of keeping up with his kids. He coaches his son’s football team where they have produced a record of 14-1 over the last two years. His degree from Penn State University in business/psychology has served him well in all areas of his life.

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Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.