The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

2023 SBE Leadership Development Course

2022 SBE LDC classLocation:

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport West, 3400 Creek Pointe Drive, East Point, Georgia  30344


August 2 – 4, 2023

Course Description

The SBE has presented the SBE Leadership Development Course since 1997. The NAB sponsored this course from 1965 to 1995. This intense course is designed specifically for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities. The SBE offers the course in cooperation with instructor Dr. Abram Walton, the founder of Ivory Bridge Group, a management consulting and training firm.

Designed to take technically adept people and instill in them sound leadership, supervisory and management skills, the SBE Leadership Development Course is equally beneficial for those who are already in management and for those without prior management or supervisory experience.

This highly interactive course will be challenging and rewarding, and includes training in the following areas:

  • Understanding the Dynamics of Leadership
  • CAPS Study: Discover Your Leadership Behavioral Style
  • Communications
  • Effective Motivation Techniques
  • Building Winning Teams (team process and team advantage)
  • Responsible Management
  • Insights into Generational Differences
  • Leadership is an Attitude
  • Managing Conflict, Counseling and Discipline

This three-day event challenges you to refine your leadership skills as you better understand and improve how you interact with others. Bring a team and share the experience of this highly interactive event.  Come, enjoy, learn and have some fun growing as a leader in the process.


Registration includes all course materials, three days of instruction, the Leadership Development Webinar Series of three webinars, a certificate of completion, light breakfast items and classroom beverages.

2023 SBE Leadership Development Course


Here’s what 2022 attendees had to say: 

“Just good stuff.  The course helped me learn more about myself and equipped me with good information to make better decisions.”

“The content is applicable to my job and helped me to frame my thoughts and approaches around managing versus leading.”

“Dr. Walton is an excellent instructor.  Good content and great personality — made the course material interesting.” 

“I have already applied a lot of what I learned, mostly in how I deal with different employees and be more in control
when I speak to fellow leaders.”


About Your Instructor

Abram WaltonDr. Abram Walton is the founder of Ivory Bridge Group, a management consulting and training firm.  He is also a full-tenured professor of management at Florida Tech, specializing in management and innovation.  He serves as a U.S. Delegate for ISO 56000, on Innovation Management System standards and has been actively researching in the fields of innovation management, business analytics, and product lifecycle management for the past 20 years.  He currently serves as the founding director of Florida Tech’s Center for Innovation Management & Business Analytics (CIMBA).  He has authored more than 100 publications and conference proceedings, and his textbooks on leadership and management have sold more than 15,000 copies.

Dr. Walton is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Northwest Nazarene University (2001), and his Masters of Science (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) in Technology, Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University.  Before his academic life, he was a fire fighter and EMT, and he later held leadership positions as a manager of Wal-Mart stores.

When not working, Abram enjoys flying, sailing, motorcycles, or traveling with his family.

Recertification Credit

The completion of this course qualifies for 3 credits toward recertification, identified under Category G of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.


Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport West, 3400 Creek Pointe Drive, East Point, Georgia  30344

Need Overnight Accommodations?  The SBE has a room block at $129.  Click here to reserve your room.


SBE Members: $720.00

Non-Members: $775.00

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Questions? Contact Education Director Cathy Orosz at 317-846-9000 or 

SBE reserves the right to cancel the course no less than 30 days prior to the first classroom day, if there is insufficient enrollment.

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If you have questions regarding this course, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.