Interested in attending the Women's Conference? Don't forget to register ! The deadline to register is March 21st.
Program at a Glance
8:00 - 8:45: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:25: Welcome
9:45 - 10:45: Workshop Session I
11:00 - 12:00: Workshop Session II
12:15 - 1:45: Keynote and Luncheon
2:00 - 3:30: Workshop Session III
3:30 - 5:00: Reception (sponsored by WAND)
Chambers Center Garden Room
The Keynote Speaker this year is Johanna Leyba, Assistant Provost for Campus and Community Partnerships at DU's Center for Multicultural Excellence.
Johanna is a native of Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in ethnic and urban studies from Colorado College in 1994, with a thesis on Identity Formation of Mexican Origin People Living in the United States. In 2002, she earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Johanna began her professional career as a Summer Minority Intern Scholar at the Coors Brewing Company. There, she assisted with Organizational Development Diversity Training for employees, supported community relation efforts among minority markets including Women, Latinos and Native Americans, and helped facilitate the Minority Intern and Scholarship Program.
Johanna began her professional career in the nonprofit sector working for Mi Casa Resource Center for Women directing an all girls career development program. She later served as the Executive Director of community based health clinic La Clinica Tepeyac serving primarily Spanish speaking uninsured Latinos with programming emphasizing women’s health. Johanna spent 11 years managing and supporting nonprofit programs and organizations focused on women and youth development, employment and training, healthcare for the uninsured, college access and leadership development of Latinas. She rounded this experience as a nonprofit management consultant where she facilitated strategic planning, fundraising planning, program development and evaluation and support of executive leadership. Lastly, Johanna served on a number of local political campaigns to elect Latinas into public office.
In 2002, Johanna was selected to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute—an executive leadership training program. She was the second youngest in her class of 20 selected from around the country. She later served as a mentor and supporter of the local Latina leadership program, the Circle of Latina Leadership, an organization for which she still supports.
She joined the University of Denver in 2004 as the Director of CME, where she assisted in the growth and development of the Center. In January of 2008, Johanna became the Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence which evolved into her current position, through which she helps support and coordinate cross campus partnerships to advance an inclusive agenda at DU. She also works to build new and strengthen existing relationships between DU and historically underrepresented communities in the Metro Denver area. Some of her most recent accomplishments include having led an effort to administer a campus climate survey and establishing the new Staff of Color Association. Johanna oversees the Inclusive Excellence Fellow Program, Inclusive Excellence Collective, the Annual Diversity Summit and most recently began overseeing the Women’s Coalition. Under her leadership, the Women’s Coalition has created new infrastructures, increased participation and established stronger ties with the Women’s Leadership Council with the intention of shaping the women’s agenda at DU.
Johanna’s life and career have been dedicated to supporting the growth and development of People of Color and Women and feels blessed to be able to continue this work as an employee of the University of Denver.
Workshops and Presentations
A complete workshop schedule--including times and rooms--will be posted once finalized.
Be a "B.O.S.S.": How to Harness Your Power to Prevent Violence
Gillian Kaag, Program Director, Center for Advocacy, Prevention, & Empowerment (CAPE)
This workshop focuses on the issue of leadership on DU's campus and teaches practical bystander intervention skills for students to use in order to prevent violence from happening in our community. To "Be a B.O.S.S." individuals must: 1) Be aware, 2) Observe the situation, 3) Size up their options, and 4) Speak up and act. This interactive training provides participants with the tools to know when and how to "Be a B.O.S.S." and helps participants gain the confidence to take action when it is needed, particularly around the issue of preventing sexual violence.
What's Your Picture of Excellence? Explore how maximizing your top 5 signature strengths (StrengthsFinder 2.0) can lead to professional and personal success!
Aimee Neu, Learning and Development Manager, Human Resources
Learn your top five signature strengths, what they mean and how to draw out the best in yourself and those around you for increased success and engagement. Prior to the course, participants will be asked to complete the online assessment and review their action planning guide. The online assessment will be provided at no cost to participants. This session has a capacity of 35 participants.
Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation
Leadership is as leadership does. What are you doing to develop your leadership skills? What type of leader are you today and what type of leader do you aspire to be in the future. This session is a fun, hand-on session on how to develop yourself as a leader.
Women at the University of Denver: A reflection on our past and present to inform our goals for the future
Gina Johnson, PhD, Director, Institutional Research & Analysis
In this workshop, the presenters will share historical information and longitudinal data on women at the University of Denver including data on students, faculty, staff, and administration, reviewing areas where women are over- or underrepresented. A historical timeline of women at the University will also be presented. The workshop will also include small and large group discussions of data patterns, answering questions such as:
- "How have gender roles changed at DU?"
- "Are we moving in the right direction?"
- "What would we like these data to look like in another 10 or 20 years?"
- "What do we need to do individually and collectively to reach these goals?"
The workshop is designed to challenge assumptions about women at DU, reflect on our historical and current roles, and empower collective and individual goal-setting and achievement for women's leadership on campus.
Sistah Network: Black
Evette Allen, Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education Program, Morgridge College of Education
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the audience to an organization, the Sistah Network, which is a mentoring program for Black graduate women at the University of Denver. One of the main goals of this organization is to enhance the educational and social experiences of Black graduate women. This presentation will highlight participant responses to the following broad themes: their perception of the program, why they participate in the program, academic or social benefits of the program, and strengths or areas of improvement for the program. Results offer implications for why such spaces are important for marginalized groups.
Achieving Authenticity as a Woman Leader
Dr. Kelly Kinnewbrew, Senior Faculty Member, Center for Creative Leadership
It's a common concern amongst the women whom I coach: Finding authenticity as a woman leader in what is still a patriarchal culture at the top. This session will focus on the learnings gained from years as a organizational strategy consultant and executive coach, in particular what women leaders struggle with in holding these roles in business. Stories and suggestions of ways to maintain and recover one's own authenticity in the face of multiple pressures to morph into something less than one's true and centered self will be discussed. An issue of our time as women continue to find paths to excellence and prominence in their leadership roles.
Identifying and Developing Leadership Skills and Strengths
Rosalynn Feagins, Treasury Specialist, Controller's Office
No one is a natural born leader. We all have leadership qualities just waiting to be discovered and put to work toward our success. Learn to see yourself as a leader. Discover your leadership style by taking the time to do an honest assessment and developing a plan for improvement to catapult you toward endless possibilities.
Leading as a Whole Person
Helena Karchere, Marketing and Events Manager, Career Services
Feeling like your leadership is lacking authority? Or are you getting feedback that you aren't compassionate enough? Start the process of embracing ALL parts of yourself so you can be the powerful, visionary, wise, and loving leader you want to be!
Explore the four main archetypes that are a part of every person (Sovereign, Warrior, Magician, and Lover) through this powerful, experiential session with Shadow Work® coach Helena Karchere. Childhood teaches us what is "acceptable", so we understandably learn to highlight some aspects of ourselves and put others away in "shadow". As adults we may notice those shadows coming out in challenging and damaging ways in relationships, at work, as we parent, etc. In this introductory hour, get inspired to find out what gold might really be in your shadow and learn how to access those aspects of yourself in healthy ways.
Enhance your Cognitive and Leadership Superpowers with Neural Self-Hacking
Debra Austin, Lawyering Process Professor, Sturm College of Law
Thomas Edison said "the chief function of the body is to carry the brain around." Neuroscience reveals our brain needs our body to keep it healthy. Competence in body intelligence (BQ) requires three pillars: awareness of your body; knowledge of how to sustain optimal health; and engagement in a wellness action plan. An emerging component of BQ is brain health literacy. Neuroplasticity empowers each brain owner to improve cognitive fitness by neural self-hacking. Innovative leaders engage in neural self-hacking and cultivate cognitive wellness initiatives.
This workshop enhances brain health knowledge and encourages cognitive fitness engagement. It identifies the areas of the brain involved in cognition and describes the neuroscience of learning and memory formation. It explains the impact of stress on cognition and concludes by connecting the neuroscience with recommendations to maximize cognitive function. Participants will leave this workshop with a neural self-hacking cognitive fitness action plan.
Become an Energy Master Manager
Alex Gil, Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Energy is the most important fundamental force of health, high performance and happiness. A holistic workforce is physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with both personal purpose and professional values.
This presentation is about teaching business leaders and their staff about the importance of expanding energy and deepen their abilities to handle stress. We can't expand time but we can expand energy. Time has no value unless met with energy and purpose.
Women and Negotiation
Michelle Sas, Business Administration Student, Colorado Women's College
This workshop will focus on the benefits of ethical, interest based negotiation. It will discuss different types of negotiation and negotiation strategies, including email negotiation. We will dissect the average woman's fear of negotiation and offer helpful techniques and practical solutions to overcoming that fear. Real life situations will be examined.
Move Up or On
Courtney Kirschbaum, CEO and Founder, CK Consulting and Her Next Move
This session is a transition inspiring experience for emerging leaders. If you've ever said to yourself "I'm as good or better than them, why am I not leading this?", this session is for you and will offer you insights on how to transition to leadership. Participants begin to learn a proven success framework to create a dynamic environment for success and authentic, confident leadership.
Using humor and real life examples from over a decade of working around the globe for the world's largest consulting firms, Courtney shares 'lesson's learned' from her own leadership and that of the leaders she's encountered. This material will help bring the clarity required to make authentic, inspired choices and mature as a leader. Tools to implement leadership vision are also introduced. It is not uncommon for people to leave this presentation galvanized and more clear on vision and ready to step into leadership roles.
Leadership as Learning: Effective Leadership by Understanding and Applying Learning Principles
Virginia Pitts, Associate Director, Office of Teaching and Learning
John F. Kennedy wrote, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." To be effective leaders, individuals should be lifelong learners, modeling and applying effective learning principles in their personal lives as well as in their organizational practices. This competence is built by having an understanding of how learning works. In this session, the facilitators will provide some background on how people learn, drawing from literature in cognitive science, education, and psychology, with a focus on learning as a constructive process in which motivation and engagement are essential. Participants will reflect on the barriers and opportunities for learning in their own organizations and communities, identify ways in which they might practice "learning leadership" in these contexts, and discover how the notion of oneself as a "learning leader", combined with an understanding of how people learn, can empower not only those of us who lead but those we lead as well.
Personal Values and Social Identities: Overcoming Assumptions Based on One's Identities
Aleja Parsons, Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology
This workshop will consider the assumption that individuals have interests, beliefs, and values consistent with those (stereo)typically held by others with similar identities. The workshop will also focus on assumptions that those with minoritized identities have research interest relevant to her/his identity. Lastly, the workshop will discuss the issue of others questioning the credibility and validity of research that is relevant to one's social identities. The goal of the workshop is to provide strategies for individuals to (1) navigate such assumptions by reconciling conflicts between personal ideologies and the ideologies (s)he is presumed to hold and (2) explore strategies to overcome the detrimental effects these assumptions may have on personal health and professional development.
Lauren Fedor, Assistant Program Coordinator, Pioneer Leadership Program
In an increasingly competitive job market, how can emerging and established women leaders stand out in the workplace? The answer? Grit. This interactive session will explore the importance of learning, developing and modeling passion and perseverance for long-term goals.
The Seven Principles of World Cafe
Pat Greer, Academic Director, University College
Nicole M. Russell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies & Teaching, Morgridge College of Education
This interactive and empowering session will explore definitions of leadership via the experiences of women from different backgrounds, profession levels, and experiences. The participants will learn from each other about ways to further develop their leadership skills as well as explore opportunities to provide leadership both on DU campus and within their own communities.