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Webinar Series

Leadership Fundamentals for New Managers and Supervisors

Learn some of the most essential leadership skills that managers need to succeed, and receive practical tips and insights from a veteran public power CEO.
March 7 - 28, 2024
1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern

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Series Overview

Getting promoted into management doesn’t mean you are familiar with what makes for effective leadership or have had a chance to test out your supervisory skills. Transitioning from showcasing your aptitude in technical skills to helping your team build those skills themselves requires practice and guidance. Especially in the new world of work, being a supervisor comes with new complexities and challenges that your role models or predecessors might not have contended with.

Learn some of the most essential leadership skills that managers need to succeed in this four-part webinar series. Receive practical tips and insights from a veteran public power CEO that you can apply immediately and identify areas where you can focus your professional development to maximize growth. Discuss ways to make your transition to management smooth and successful, such as how to delegate without micro-managing, tips for giving constructive feedback, strategies for leading effective meetings, and techniques to enhance your communication skills. 

Sign up for the webinars individually, or register for the entire series for a discounted, bundled rate. All sessions take place from 1-3 p.m. ET.

  • Part 1: Building High-Performing Teams: March 7
  • Part 2: Leading People: March 14
  • Part 3: Managing Effectively: March 21
  • Part 4: Becoming an Inspiring Leader March 28

All events will be recorded and attendees will automatically receive access to the recordings (accessible for 90 days).

Course Level

Basic: No prerequisites; some advance preparation.


The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing 90% of all four live sessions. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who meet the attendance requirements for attending the live sessions. View Accreditation tab below for more information.

  • Recommended CEUs 0.8/PDHs 8/CPEs 9.6 (for all four sessions)
  • Field of Study: Personal Development

Recommended for

While this series is designed for new managers and supervisors and employees who will soon be in leadership roles, there will be insightful tips that can be used by anyone in your organization.


Barry Moline, Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association

Barry MolineWith 28 years as a CEO, Barry Moline has learned much about successful management and leadership. He is an author who is constantly tracking trends and new ideas. In his book, Connect! How to Quickly Collaborate for Success in Business and Life, he divulges the secrets to developing great company culture and engaging teams. He speaks regularly on leadership and building a culture of teamwork and brings a unique public power perspective to his presentations. 

Barry’s goal is not just to provide a feel-good experience, but to give individuals the tools to create high-performing organizations. He has direct experience in bringing people together, including in collaborating with stakeholders who start off with strong opposing positions. Barry has practiced and studied leadership, teamwork, culture, and collaboration. His engaging presentations share lessons from many years as a utility trade association CEO, and from his time as a developing leader. 


Individual Webinar Information

All webinars are held from 1-3 p.m. ET

Part 1: Building High-Performing Teams (March 7)

Whether taking on management of an existing team or bringing a new group together, a supervisor’s role is to bring people together and shape the culture for the team moving forward. Explore how to foster a work environment where teamwork is intentional and leads to high performance, including through identifying personal and organizational goals, motivating staff, and establishing new norms and lines of communication. 


  • Building a culture that values relationships, listening skills, and curiosity
  • Assembling high-performance teams
  • Setting goals and helping people to achieve them
  • Establishing your purpose and sharing successes and obstacles with staff

Part 2: Leading People (March 14)

One of the most important skills managers need is the ability to quickly get along with others. Learn about the elements of forming positive relationships and how this framework can help you to delegate without micro-managing, deal with difficult people and situations, and manage change. Also dive into how to navigate moving from being a peer to a supervisor and other challenges in establishing your role as a new leader. 


  • Setting expectations, giving feedback, and performance management
  • Providing support, motivation, and establishing regular check-ins
  • Being engaged without micro-managing 
  • Managing change and continuous communication
  • Transitioning to a teacher – delegating and managing former peers
  • Managing conflict and dealing with difficult people 

Part 3: Managing Effectively (March 21)

Being a manager is about bringing people together, which means managers need the skills to ensure their team feels included, informed, and appreciated. Learn the critical steps managers should take to bring people together to generate ideas, share pertinent information, and achieve results. Review how to communicate effectively, whether in writing or in speaking/presenting to your team members. Also discuss actions you can take to think positively and establish a growth mindset in yourself and across your team. 


  • Leading effective meetings 
  • Tips for critical thinking 
  • Effective brainstorming and eliminating groupthink 
  • Techniques for problem solving 
  • Tools for time management 
  • Communicating effectively 
  • Establishing a growth mindset 

Part 4: Becoming an Inspiring Leader (March 28)

It takes time and effort for managers to grow into leaders. Gain insight into how leaders think, behave, and develop to consider how you can map out your ongoing professional development into becoming a leader that inspires. Reflect on how successful leaders “go the extra mile” to achieve major accomplishments, and how they think strategically and ensure they act ethically.


  • Maintaining confidence and overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Establishing a positive leadership presence 
  • Adhering to ethics and leading with empathy
  • Thinking strategically and allowing for innovation
  • Going above and beyond



Registration Fees

Registration is for individual access. If you have multiple people interested in attending, group discounts are available. 

Registration Fee (four-part series)





Group Discounts

Save money when your organization registers five or more people for the webinar series. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. 

If you need assistance, contact [email protected].

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Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 

Cancellations /No-Show/ Refunds/ Substitutions

All webinars will be recorded and attendees will automatically receive a copy of the recordings, in case you can’t attend live.

Registrants who cancel in writing at least 7 days in advance of the first webinar in the series are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after that will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel at least 7 days before the course start date are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Cancellations must be received on/before February 29

Cancellation requests should be made through your My.PublicPower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].



Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). 

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Registration is for individual access, so each person participating must register. If you have multiple people interested in attending, group discounts are available.
  • Individuals are required to attend and actively participate in 90% of each live session and complete an online evaluation after the last session in a course. 
    • Attendance: Individuals must attend at least 90% of each live session (based on electronic timestamps in Zoom).
    • Participation: Active participation in class will include engagement activities such as: polling/check-in questions, Kahoot quizzes, group discussions, breakout sessions, and in-class exercises.
    • Activities vary by class: Information on participation will be provided the day before (and during) class. Participation is tracked electronically.
    • Online evaluation: Each person must complete an online evaluation after the course concludes
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance.
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be available within two weeks of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements) through your APPA member portal (access instructions will be provided).
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of the last session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session.

Guidelines for group participation in virtual events

  • If a group is participating in a conference room together, we recommend each person still logs in individually from a laptop to ensure attendance and participation requirements are met (as noted above).
  • If individual log in is not possible, the organization must designate one person as the main point of contact. Email [email protected] in advance of the virtual event noting this information
    • This person will record attendance in the room in the room (we can provide a sample attendance tracker) and ensure attendance and participation from the group throughout.
    • Submit the attendance record to APPA within 2 business days of the conclusion of a virtual event.
    • Ensure each person fills out the required online evaluation.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBAregistry.com. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.


Additional Information

Format and Log-In Information

These webinars will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. 


  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 24 hours before: You’ll receive your Zoom log in link the day before the first session in a course (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class. 
    • If you don’t receive this, email [email protected].

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course Materials: Attendees will receive access to course materials the day before each session through the "Documents" section of their My.PublicPower.org user portal. 
  • Recordings: All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed through your user portal as well (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Please see below for more information on downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout sessions and group discussions.  

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results.

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only