Gettysburg, PA, July 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS announced its new executive seminar, How To Develop A Strategic Plan: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar On Best Practices In Strategy, Portfolio Management, & Scenario-Based Planning, will exclusively take place at The 2018 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat, on September 21, 2018 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The annual ‘leadership week’ hosted by OPEN MINDS, which expects 250+ executives, returns to the historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this fall.

This executive seminar will be led by OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, who will focus on how to develop a successful strategic planning process that will provide your organization with a roadmap for success in uncertain times Mr. Naughton-Travers will also detail the implementation science behind putting a strategic plan into action — and evaluating its success.

The seminar will provide attendees with a detailed overview of OPEN MINDS’ best practice model for developing strategy in a changing market including:

  • Strategic Planning – Attendees will learn how to create a vision for their organization, including the development of long-term positioning and short-term, quantifiable objectives. Utilizing a scenario-based planning approach, Mr. Naughton-Travers will explain how to identify market scenarios and their implications through both internal and external analysis, and then use those scenarios to develop a strategy and high-level tactics to move their organization forward.
  • Planning For Strategy Implementation – Attendees will discuss the keys to strategy implementation success, including how to develop a budget and detailed strategy execution plans. Mr. Naughton-Travers will also discuss how to develop a set of key performance metrics tied to your strategic plan and the importance of metrics that allow you to track your progress and adjust course in real time.
  • Strategy Implementation – Attendees will explore how to successfully move their organization’s strategy into action by optimizing current organizational operations, developing new service lines, or considering new partnerships to achieve strategic objectives.

“A disciplined strategic planning process is more important than ever in today’s market. This includes a market-focused review of external factors impacting your organization and a frank assessment of internal capabilities and your service line portfolio and performance,” said Mr. Naughton-Travers. “I’ll be presenting not only our best-practice model for planning and implementation, but also case studies of organizations that have both failed and succeeding in implementing their strategic plans.”

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM has over 30 years of experience in the health and human service field and brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public-sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. For Mr. Naughton-Travers’ full professional biography, visit:

The 2018 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat is designed to give your team all the tools they need to navigate a changing market – from the latest market intelligence and industry trends, to best management practices for executing an effective business plan, to new executive competencies and leadership skill sets. This week-long, information-rich experience includes engaging presentations by industry thought leaders, captivating historical case studies, intensive classroom discussions, unparalleled leadership activities, and extensive networking opportunities. To see the complete 2018 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat agenda, visit:

Registration for this one-of-a-kind experiential program is limited to only 300 senior-level executives and early registration is recommended. Individual registrations for the seminar are now available for $125. Registration for the seminar is available as part of an All-Access Institute Pass, which gives attendees access to all institute activities, seminars, and summits, for $1,050. Learn more about registration options at

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Sarah C. Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or



OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence and strategic advisory firm focused on the sectors of the health and human service field serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 175+ associates provide market insights and innovative management solutions designed to improve operational and strategic performance. Learn more at

Tim Snyder