Leadership Day 2021

Updated 2/12/2021

Thank you to everyone who attended Region 15 Leadership Day with Karen Breidert on February 6. Special thanks to Karen for spending the day with us, sharing her knowledge, insights, and practical experiences. We are also grateful to Debra Aungst, Chair of the SAI Membership Retention Committee, for her valuable member retention sessions.

All of the day's handouts are available here.

We're also planning to share video recordings from all sessions - stay tuned!


To all event attendees: Please take a moment to fill out an Evaluation Form. Your feedback will help us better serve you!

Region 15 Leadership Day 2021 Evaluation Form

Here is are URLs to the evaluation form and handouts page, in case you have trouble with the links above: 


Updated 2/2/2021

Thank you to those who have registered for
Region 15's Leadership Day with Karen Breidert
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place on Zoom. Please join a few minutes early so that we can start promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Leadership Day Zoom Meeting Link


Karen has generously shared her handouts with us, so that you can preview before Saturday, and refer to them during the event. You can access the materials in this Google Drive folder. Drive account / login not required(There are folders for each of Karen's five sessions. There are no handouts for the Administrative Leaders session at this time, but if/as any materials become available they will be added to this folder.)


The event is FREE. (To make a $15 suggested contribution, please use this PayPal link.)

URLs in case you have issues with the hyperlinks above:

Updated 1/18/2021

We are pleased to share the
Class Schedule and Registration Form for 
Leadership Day with Karen Breidert
Click here for PDF - or see below
Please register by Saturday, January 30.
The event is FREE.
(To make a $15 suggested contribution, please use this PayPal link.)
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. — Welcome / Opening Remarks (Jean Schoenlank & Karen Breidert)
Welcome and introductions, review of the day’s objectives and format, and an ice-breaker activity
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. — Leadership Principles (Karen Breidert)
Explore the definition of leadership, traits of successful leaders, and challenges of leading during a pandemic.
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. — Break
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. — Know Yourself, Know Your People (Karen Breidert)
Effective leaders know themselves, their strengths and weaknesses. This class will include self-assessment as well as a look at the people we serve – their hopes, expectations, and limitations.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. — Skill Building (Karen Breidert)
Whether you are a musical leader or an administrative leader there are skills for all of us to hone. 
These will include poise and confidence in front of people, social skills, conflict management, getting 
your message across, and knowledge of Sweet Adelines International and your own region.
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. — Break
This afternoon, Karen will lead classes specifically geared towards musical or administrative leaders. During each of those sessions, Debra Aungst (Chair of Sweet Adelines International Membership Retention Committee) will host a discussion on member retention.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. — Split Session One [Musical Leaders / Member Retention] (Choose One)
  • Musical Leaders (Karen Breidert)We will take a look at the specific skills involved in working on the musical product. These will include planning and executing effective and joyful chorus rehearsals and sectional rehearsals, building a musical dream team, and how to make musical progress.
  • Member Retention (Debra Aungst): What works to keep our members connected in these unprecedented times? Let's learn about ways to help members stay connected now, and plan for our brand new normal when we are able to be together again in person. 
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. — Break
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. — Split Session Two [Administrative Leaders / Member Retention] (Choose One)
  • Administrative Leaders (Karen Breidert): We will discuss effective meetings, use of technology, meeting our members’ needs, and flexibility as we come back after the isolation period.
  • Member Retention (Debra Aungst): See description above. This meeting will be repeated in split session two.
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. — Q&A, Wrap Up (Karen Breidert & Jean Schoenlank)


Greater NY/NJ Region 15
Leadership Day with Karen Breidert
February 6, 2021 
Designed for musical & administrative chorus leaders, current and aspiring. 
All are welcome!
Registration information coming soon.
Region 15 Education Coordinator Jean Schoenlank (right) sat down with Karen Breidert (left)** to discuss Leadership Day 2021. Click here to watch the video
Jean Schoenlank outlines WHO IS INVITED to attend Leadership Day…
  • All current leaders, whether musical or administrative in your choruses, and anybody who wants to be a leader – so the bottom line is: EVERYONE is invited.
Karen Breidert lets us know WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO on February 6…
  • We’re going to be talking about the principles of leadership, and the definition of being a leader, and especially being a leader during a pandemic.”
  • We’re going to talk about knowing yourself. It’s hard to be a leader of others if you don’t know yourself. So we’re going to do some self-assessment, and then we’re going to talk about knowing your people. The people that you’re here to serve.”
  • And then we’re going talk about building your skills. And we’ll talk about some of the skills we have in common, whether we are musical leaders or administrative leaders. But then we’re also going to have a time to spilt those up and get specific about the roles of being an administrative leader, a chapter leader, a regional management team leader; a musical leader, being a director, being a section leader – there are so many ways that we’re called upon to step up and lead our region, our chorus.
  • I am so excited about this day, and Jean and I have been working to plan an agenda that I think is going to be something for everybody!
Leadership Day 2021 will take place on Zoom, and the event is FREE ($15 suggested contribution). Stay tuned for the full day’s agenda with class descriptions, and registration form, coming in the next few days. We will ask you to register in advance – so we know who / how many members to anticipate, and so we can share the access link before the event.
**About Karen Breidert:
  • Two-time Queen of Harmony (Jubilation in 1985 & "the BUZZ" in 2005)
  • Director of Top Ten Chorus, Spirit of the Gulf
  • SAI Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, past President of Sweet Adelines International, longtime member of International Board of Directors, on Education Direction Committee, Master Faculty
  • A perfect blend of musical and administrative leadership