The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

SBE Leadership Development Course


Hyatt Place Atlanta South
1899 Sullivan Rd.
College Park, GA  30337


June 2021 – CANCELLED   New Date To Be Announced

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 Rodney Vandeveer, a professional leadership and management trainer and a professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University.

When asked about taking the SBE Leadership Development Course, Robbie Winter, CTO, CBT, said ” I learned more about myself in three days than I have in the last 30 years!”

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.

2019 SBE Leadership Development Course

2019 SBE Leadership Development Class

“Leaders, managers, and subordinates can all benefit from this seminar. There are many aspects that are relevant to all employees”
Brian Oliger, WTOP-FM Washington D.C.

“Very well presented – Good group procedures to prove points – lot of good info.”
Randy Garrett, Fox Sports

“Rodney knows this stuff inside and out and makes it interesting as well; plus the real life examples from his careers help prove the points.”
Bob Sulecki, WRTV Indianapolis

“Rodney is energetic, interesting and humorous.”
Krissy Mabry, CNN – DC BEST

“Excellent program. Eye opener. Loved the content.”
Kidane Stephanos, CNN

“I learned more about myself in three days than I have in the last 30 years!”

About Your Instructor

Rodney VandeveerRodney Vandeveer, a professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University, brings more than 30 years of industrial and business experience in management positions in human resources, training and development and manufacturing.

One student of the 2010 SBE Leadership Development Course said, “Rodney’s passion is evident as is his ability to encourage participation and his gift to communicate the content.”

Rodney earned a BS Degree from Purdue in 1973 and his Masters in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1990. Rodney’s business career began as a production engineer for Rostone Corporation, a division of Allen Bradley. After numerous positions with AB, Rodney was made plant manager with responsibility for $12 million operation in Spencer, IN. He later worked as manager of labor studies for RCA in Bloomington, returning to Lafayette’s Rostone facility as director of human resources followed by director of operations.

Rodney has been a professor at Purdue University since 1994 teaching classes in Human Behavior in Organizations, Leadership Philosophy, Leadership Strategies for Quality and Productivity, and a graduate course in Emerging World-class Leadership Strategies.  He also consults with Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program and has his own business VanTECH Training.

Recertification Credit

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


Hyatt Place Atlanta South
1899 Sullivan Rd., College Park, GA  30337

The cost is $670 for SBE Members and $725 for Non Members. 

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.