The Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program (SPoNPP) runs concurrently with CIC’s New Presidents Program in advance of the Presidents Institute. The vision of the Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program is for participants to:
- Enhance their understanding of the role of presidential spouse or partner
- Engage in fellowship with others serving in the same role
- Acquire tools for success in the role
This program provides a supportive, intimate, and confidential environment for participants as they navigate the challenges and opportunities of their new role. A small team of experienced presidential spouses leads the group through a comprehensive exploration of the spouse and partner role and helps each participant understand how he or she can serve in that role most effectively and with personal fulfillment. Participants have the option to connect with experienced mentor/buddy volunteers who can offer ongoing advice, support, and encouragement. Participants in the Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program are strongly encouraged to register also for the Spouses and Partners Program offered during the Presidents Institute January 4–7. While the SPoNPP explores the nature of the spouse and partner role and how each individual fills that role, the Spouses and Partners Program offered during the Presidents Institute addresses a wider variety of topics, many more practically oriented.
David Colquhoun, Presidential Spouse, McDaniel College (MD); Biologics/Advanced Workflows Specialist, Mid-Atlantic and Tristate Regions
“CIC’s Program for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents fundamentally changed how I see my role. As a spouse with a demanding career, I believed that my role was very limited, but the program allowed me to identify specific areas where I could bring value and contribute to my partner’s success. I left the program not just with more information, but also a set of specific objectives and a network of resources to help me succeed.”
Session Topics for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents
Day 1: Exploration
- Welcome and Roadmap
- Making Connections
- Rolling with the Roles
- Finding Your Sweet Spot as a Presidential Spouse/Partner: Exploring the Spheres of Self, Spouse/Partner, and Stakeholder
- Open Mic and Feedback
Day 2: Evolution
- Navigating Change with Resiliency
- Topical Roundtables
- The Gender Factor
- Making the Role Work for You: Plan for Success
- Reflections on the Program
- Mentor Mixer
Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program Teaching Team
Connie Holoman, Senior Advisor, CIC Presidential Spouses and Partners Program; and Presidential Spouse, Centenary College of Louisiana
Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse (Retired), Brevard College (NC), Ripon College (WI), and Union College (KY); and Owner, Leadership First Co., LLC
Randy Richardson, Presidential Spouse and Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Westminster College (PA)
The 2024 New Presidents Program will be held just prior to CIC’s Presidents Institute in Hollywood, FL.
Dates: January 3–4 (just prior to CIC’s Presidents Institute on January 4–7)
To register, and for additional information about the hotel, travel arrangements, and the Presidents Institute program, please visit the 2024 Presidents Institute site.
Registration opens: August 3
Registration deadline: December 1
Registration fee: $458 for presidents, $348 for spouses and partners (includes all meals and session materials)
Please Note: You must first register for the Presidents Institute and sign up for the New Presidents Program as a session. An email will then be sent to the person completing the registration which includes hotel reservation details and a code to make a room reservation at the CIC discounted rate.
For assistance, please contact Alonso De Los Rios, Conference Coordinator, at email@example.com or (202) 553-8973.
The Diplomat Beach Resort provides a beachfront location that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The hotel features bright guest rooms, two beachfront pools, including an infinity pool, and an ultramodern spa. The hotel also includes ten restaurants, two of which are celebrity chef-owned, and state-of-the-art fitness and entertainment areas. Additional features are beach and waterfront activities, such as fishing and jet skiing, off-property golf and tennis, as well as a Kids Club. Guests can explore the area by taking the Sun Shuttle, operated by Circuit.
Location: Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL.
Hotel room rate: $279 single/double per night (includes Wi-Fi and complimentary fitness center use)