The Professional Development Institute

October 13, 2014

SUNY’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) was born out of a request from the campus-wide advancement assessment in fall 2011. The request was for more professional development opportunities for little to no cost (PDI is free!) for beginner staff or for those that need a refresher.

PDI consists of 10 different webinars instructed by two skilled campus facilitators per webinar, with courses running from mid-October to late-November. The webinars were created for beginner advancement staff or staff or those who need a refresher course. Staff can sign up for as many webinars as they wish, but the maximum for each course is 30 attendees. After 30 staffers sign up, a waitlist begins.

The webinars run on the Blackboard Collaborate platform which needs JavaScript for the program to run properly. Please make sure JavaScript is updated prior to logging into the webinar if you’re planning to attend. All the course information is on the registration site. To register, visit

For additional details about the initiative, please contact Tracy Soren in SUNY’s Office of Alumni Relations and University Advancement at 212-364-5817 or

PDI Schedule:

Online Webinar Courses – (Assigned Topics TBD)

Tuesday, October 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (due to Veteran’s day)

Thursday, November 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


In-Person Professional Development Institute Session – SUNY Optometry Room 222 – NYC

*Topic TBD – for the advanced fundraiser

Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


Foundation Summit – SUNY Plaza Courtrooms – Albany

*For CAOs, Presidents, and Foundation Board Chairs

Thursday, December 4, 2014, Reception – Time TBD

Friday, December 5, 2014, Summit Meeting – Time TBD


SUNY Advance Meeting – Buffalo

*For CAOs

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Location and Time TBD