Strategic planning

You can plan. But can you do it better?
Recorded on May 7, 2013 (60 minutes)

In Trust is pleased to partner with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to bring you this strategic planning essentials webinar.

The presenters explore allocating scarce resources to achieve your mission, developing competencies to meet new market opportunities, and planning based on strategic assessments, not wishful thinking.

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