Below is an alphabetized list of workshops that will be offered during the two morning breakout sessions Click on the title to expand the description and see biographies of the presenters.
Building, Bridging, and Blazing Pathways for Women's Leadership - Sturm 253
This session will provide an opportunity to explore and better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by women as they pursue key leadership roles. Hear the perspective of a leader who is the #2 on a University campus and her pathway to leadership. As a first generation college student who immigrated to the United States and learned how to speak English in elementary school, there were opportunities and challenges to becoming a leader. Learning to collaborate is part of equipping ourselves for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing globalized professional work environment. The session examines the experience of women in leadership as well as the ability and desire to pursue career advancement through leadership.
Presenter: Dr. Lori Werth
Dr. Lori Werth is the Provost at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. As the first in her family to have attended college, Dr. Werth realizes the challenges many experience throughout this country as they aspire to become leaders. A supportive academic environment and mentors investing their time impacted Lori's life and ultimately are the factors that helped her graduate, earn a terminal degree, and become the #2 on a University campus.
C-IQ: Leverage the Power of Neuroscience to Create Impactful Conversations that Change the World - Driscoll 135
This workshop will illustrate how to move from conversations that miss the mark, to conversations that trigger trust, growth, and innovation with your colleagues, supervisees, and superiors. Without the ability to access the right tools, we all fall into set patterns that stop growth and limit solutions; such as exerting power rather than exercising leadership, talking past each other, or being addicted to being right. These patterns activate the lower parts of our brains that trigger fear and judgment, and ultimately result in poor leadership. Inefficient conversations are extremely costly, highly frustrating, and a waste of time. This workshop opens the ability to build trust and create a whole new level of engagement and impact through conversation.
Presenter: Natalie McVeigh
Natalie McVeigh is the Managing Director at Family Advising at Family Owned Business Resources (FOBR).
Gender and Success in Psychology: Till We Have a Voice - Sturm 154
Many outstanding women researchers, practitioners, and community advocates have been left out of the history of psychology, deprived of a voice—these women have received no credit for their work and have been left out of the psychology literature. This workshop will review the work of students in a History and Systems of Psychology class, a pedagogic initiative to include women in academia both at the content and process level. The workshop will discuss how: (a) in terms of content, students engaged in several diversity-oriented activities that revived the voices of women forgotten in the psychology literature, and (b) in terms of process, engaging in these activities empowered women students in the class to recognize and own their own voices and their potential as leaders. The workshop will encourage active participation in discussion of teaching strategies that empower women in academia.
Presenters: Julia Roncoroni, Shaakira Haywood, Britney Tibbits & Aleis Pugia
Julia Roncoroni was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her country, Dr. Roncoroni was a preschool and first grade teacher for several years. In 2007, she moved to the United States. She holds a BA in psychology, with a minor in counseling and social change, from San Diego State University (2010), and a MA in psychology (2012) and PhD in psychology (2016) from the University of Denver. Dr. Roncoroni joined the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Denver in Fall 2016. Dr. Roncoroni's research primarily concentrates on addressing health disparities. She is particularly interested in empowering minorities in the U.S. to access the resources they need to live fuller lives.
Shaakira Haywood, MA, is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Dept. at DU. Her research interests include multicultural issues in psychotherapy.
Britney Tibbits was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated with her BA in sociology from the University of Maryland in 2010 and went onto pursue her MA in counseling psychology and is currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at DU. She has experience working in integrated care settings, including experience at an outpatient clinic, a college counseling center as well as a correctional facility. Her research interests center around eating disorder populations, group therapy, and institutional oppression.
Aleis Pugia is a first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She is interested in working with underserved clients and providing greater access to multicultural therapy for diverse, low income families. Aleis worked in education for five years prior to coming to DU, teaching middle school and coaching first and second year teachers. She also has her M.Ed. in Secondary Education and her MA in Counseling Psychology.
Impostor Syndrome: Slay your dragons and become the hero of your story - Driscoll 145
Impostor Syndrome -"the sense that you don't deserve your success, the feeling that you don't deserve your title, or the tendency to attribute your achievements to luck or an error" - affects most of us at some point in our lives. But when happens when these nagging thoughts keep us from pursuing our goals? Learn to identify Impostor Syndrome so you can move through it and create the stories you dream of.
Presenter: Pam Moore
Pam Moore is a running coach, a freelance writer, a speaker, and a mother. The author of There's No Room For Fear in a Burley Trailer, Pam's writing has appeared in Colorado Runner Magazine, and on websites including Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and Today's Funniest Parents. Despite (or perhaps because) she was consistently picked last in gym, she has completed two Ironman™ triathlons and six marathons. Visit her at whatevsblog.com.
Institutes at DU: Stories of Presence and Purpose - Driscoll 127
Presenters: Rebecca Arno, Barbara Blackwell & Corrine Lengsfeld
Rebecca Arno is Director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, previously ED of Foundation Relations for DU.
Corinne Lengsfeld is the Associate Provost for Research and is also a tenured faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.Barbara Blackwell serves as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at IAALS. She directs the development and partnership initiatives for the organization, which she joined in June 2013.
Previously, Blackwell enjoyed a 25-year career in fundraising, including four years as the Vice President of Advancement at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, leading a $93 million campaign, and eight years managing her own consulting firm. She also served as the Vice President of Donor Relations at The Pittsburgh Foundation—a $500 million community foundation—as well as spent time in the independent school sector. In addition to her fundraising experience, Blackwell is a graduate of Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Moving Beyond Brock Turner: Empowering Females Despite 2016 - Sturm 453
The events of 2016 regarding sexual assault impacted the national dialogue on this issue. The importance of discussing sexual assault on campuses nationwide is now imperative. This session encourages and promotes ways to enhance student engagement at DU and identifies ways in which sexual assault education can be challenging on a university campus.
Presenters: Ciera Blehm & Olivia Storz
Olivia Storz and Ciera Blehm are both second year undergraduate students and co-chairs of the Take Back the Night Taskforce. Their passion for sexual assault prevention and changes in education stem from their research and advocacy work on campus. Their knowledge has grown as they have continued to engage in this issue on many different levels at DU.
Public narrative for community transformation: Using stories to motivate social change - Sturm 435
The community organizing view of leadership is "taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty." This workshop takes a community organizing approach to introduce public narrative as a tool to build relationships and create social change. Participants will learn how to distill a meaningful moment from their own lives and turn it into a narrative that motivates others to work for change.
Presenters: Kate Powers & Cara DiEnno
Kate is the Office Coordinator at DU's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL). A DU alum (BA '10), joined CCESL in July 2015 and works to support its mission of educating, engaging, and equipping the campus community to accomplish tangible, public work. Her personal areas of interest include international law and conflict, criminal justice reform, and using storytelling to de-stigmatize substance abuse and criminal histories.
Weaving Spirituality into Decision Making While in the Workplace - Sturm 424
This workshop answers the following question for the conference: What can be learned from telling our own story? There comes a time that a woman's spirit and core cross in a path and form a journey that carries us through life. Women have decisions to make that will affect us and that or our children for the rest of our life. Questions arise such as "What should I do; Why me; Who should I tell; When should I make my move; Where should I go; How will I make this happen?" The best thing we can ever do is to include spirituality in making decisions in our lives and in our workplace.
Presenter: Karen Griffen
K. Griffen is a Doctoral student at Creighton University, studying Educational Leadership in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is an elementary assistant principal in HSD2 and serves as a section leader in a large community church. K. Griffen's 21 year educational experience includes serving a diverse population of learners and adults in both Urban and Suburban settings. Research interests include women's spirituality and improving school culture.
Your Story, My Story: How Storytelling and Empathy Can Create Transformation Across Divides - Sturm 312
This interactive workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of using the practice of empathy to build relationships and understanding in the face of conflict and divisions. How can telling our stories and listening to others' break down barriers? Can we recognize someone else's humanity while being authentic and not sweeping oppression and inequality under the rug? Is it possible to come together to make change without agreeing? Participants will deepen their awareness of these complex issues, make connections between empathy and social change in their own lives, and gain communication skills that can be applied in many settings.
Presenter: Liz Hamel
After 22 years of experience bringing together young women from Palestine, Israel, and the U.S., Building Bridges now uses the same model with youth in metro Denver who want to address divisions in their schools and communities.
Liz Hamel, Program Director, has a background in community organizing, leadership development, and social justice education. She graduated from DU's School of Social Work in 2010 and now is an adjunct faculty member.
Young Women's Stories as Agents of Change: How Aesthetic Education and Brave Spaces can Facilitate Action in High School - Sturm 187
The reality is that the Brock Turner case could have happened at DU. With this knowledge, one question remains: "What are we doing as a university to educate students to mitigate the likelihood of it happening?"
Presenters: Alicia Saxe, Helen Chao, and Nedia Kikhia
Alicia is a CO native with a passion for holistic education, research and social justice. Neda is a recent DU graduate, currently working on various local community organizing projects. Helen was born in China and grew up half of her life in Minnesota. She has worked with refugees, the elderly, and youth.
Demystifying Abortion in the United States: Moving Away from Silence - Driscoll 135
Abortion often carries with it the "implicit rule of secrecy," as women who have had abortions, clinicians who provide abortions, and supporters of women who've had abortions are inclined to keep their experience silent. This silence leads to a lack of factual information about abortion in the United States and contributes to abortion stigma (the shared understanding that abortion is morally wrong). This workshop will demystify abortion by discussing facts and myths about legal abortion in the United States. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of abortion service provision, the people who seek abortion services in the U.S. and an overview of the current political climate as it relates to abortion access. Finally, participants will learn about abortion stigma's effects and will leave with strategies to become an ally for people who have experienced abortion.
Presenter: Kristina Nasi
Kristina oversees staff training at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Throughout my six-year career there, I've seen firsthand both the effects of abortion stigma on our patients, staff and organization and the strength and dedication of people who support abortion access. For the past two years I've been working directly with a team of researchers from the Univ. of Michigan to address abortion stigma in the U.S., South America and East Africa.
Expanding Intersectionality: Building the Coalition for Liberation - Sturm 254
Many social activists believe that building a vast and committed coalition of change-makers, community leaders, directly affected persons, and allies is the only path to liberation. But how is this achieved with so much division and polarization, and in a hostile political climate? What is the role of an ally, how do we get more allies, and who counts as directly affected? What do we do and say in our offices, our homes, with friends and family? Join this discussion workshop as we debrief the morning keynote topic, discuss the election, expand our knowledge on coalition building, and begin to strategize the path forward.
Presenter: Regan Byrd
Development and Operations Coordinator, The Bell Policy Center; Co-Chair of The Board of Directors, 9to5: National Association of Working Women
Regan Byrd is an award-winning community activist and non-profit professional with over 10 years of experience in grassroots and social justice non-profit organizations, including The Arc of Jefferson County, 9to5 Colorado: National Association of Working Women, and Hunger Free Colorado. Her current position is with The Bell Policy Center, Colorado's premier public policy research and advocacy organization, working in fundraising, operations, and financial management. She has served as the co-chair of the board of directors for 9to5 Colorado for 5 years, and is a founding member and lead co-chair of the Transit Justice Coalition. Regan is a former commissioner on the Aurora Humans Rights Commission, and former board member for the youth mentorship non-profit "YESS Institute". She is a recent graduate of the Transit Alliance's Citizen Academy, and is currently attending workshops.
Finding Voice, Sharing Story: Art, Creativity, and Production of Personal Narrative - Sturm 187
Athena Project works to encourage, embrace, and empower the artistic voices of women throughout Denver. Even though we may not all identify as artists Athena Project believes that the techniques that artists use to generate stories provide a means that we can all employ to critically think about and generate our own personal narratives. These narratives become the foundation of who we are. They shape us, reflect our histories, and determine our futures. Using techniques drawn from playwriting and various other arts forms participants in this workshop will identify, develop, and share (if they would like to) a short personal story. Participants will be lead through the creative process of storytelling and the workshop will conclude with critical reflection on the significance and impact of the creative act of finding voice and sharing story.
Presenters: Dr. Courtney Cauthon & Angela Astle
Courtney Cauthon is a forward-thinking researcher, educator, and artist. She teaches Gender and Women's Studies at DU, is a communications specialist at ARTiculate: Real and Clear, and sits on the board of Athena Project. Courtney holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master's in Performance Studies for New York University. She is passionate about the connection between aesthetics and everyday life.
Angela Astle is the Founder and Executive Producer of Athena Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to embrace, encourage and empower female artists. Angela is also a director, producer and literary manager. In Denver Angela's directing credits include The Laramie Project (Evergreen Players), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Edge Theatre) for which she won Marlow Best Director award. Angela is a member of the Rocky Mountain PBS Women and Girls Lead Advisory Council and a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Centre DIrectors Lab. Angela an alumni of University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in Business and Theatre.
Graphic Memoir: A Comic Portrayal of Women's Mental Health - Sturm 334
With one in five adults experiencing mental illness in any given year, it is safe to say that its impact is both deep and wide. Women, in particular, face unique mental health challenges. It could be the greater disposition towards developing depression, the burden of caring for a parent with dementia, the responsibility of raising a child with ADHD...the list goes on. Whether we are experiencing mental illness personally or observing its effects on our loved ones, we long to know we are not alone. Literature has proven to be an incredibly powerful tool for those seeking solace in the stories of others. At this workshop, led by a medical librarian, you will hear how graphic novels, in particular, are especially effective in their capacity to highlight and humanize women's mental health challenges. Learn more about the genre and discover inspiring new books to add to your reading list.
Presenter: Tina L. Hefty
Tina L. Hefty is Instructor of Medical Humanities and Collection Development Librarian at Rocky Vista University, an osteopathic medical school in nearby Parker. There she directs a pioneering course called Literature & Medicine: Graphic Novels, which has allowed her to study and observe how graphic novels written about medical conditions - including mental illness - can benefit and educate readers. Tina earned her MLIS from DU in 2015.
Have the need to Please? Evolving the Practice of Leadership - Driscoll 145
This workshop shares the stories of two women leaders and their journey of conscious leadership through the coaching process using the The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP). Together we share our story of powerful self-discovery and awareness of the gifts and downfalls of being a "too nice" leader including the challenges, resilience and the victories. It engages the audience at every level from start to finish by remaining interactive, fun, and provocative.
Presenters: Karen Bensen & Christy Belz
Karen has worked as both clinical faculty and administrator at the Graduate School of Social Work since 2008. Always striving to leave her students with more questions than answers at the end of each quarter, she values being on a path of self-discovery.
Christy Belz holds her MSW from DU, has run a coaching and consulting practice for the past 10 years. The focus of her work is the empowerment of individuals and organizations.
Hopes and Hurdles : Risking Telling Your Story and Why It Is Worth It - Sturm 335
"Courageous." "Brave". "Gutsy." "Humanizing." Sharing personal stories of adversity (and hopefully triumph) is a difficult but powerful teaching tool, one students express heartfelt gratitude for. This workshop explores the risk and reward of putting ourselves in the hands of our audience members through personal storytelling. We'll explore questions such as: What stories do you want to share but hesitate to do so? What do you hope your audience gains from your tale? What narrative strategies can help achieve those goals? In the session, participants will articulate their hopes about and hesitations of sharing their difficult stories publicly, and asses the benefits of sharing and strategies for doing so.
Presenter: Christy-Dale L. Sims, PhD
Christy-Dale L. Sims, PhD, is an abuse survivor, adventure lover, and Communication Studies teacher-scholar. Here at DU, she advocates for social justice in her classes by strengthening students' abilities to: understand the power of discourse, engage perspectives that aren't their own, and challenge structures of inequality that shape our world. She's discovered that publicly owning her stories enriches and empowers her life and teaching.
Trauma Informed Leadership - Sturm 287
National reports continue to indicate that 25% of female students and around 6% of male students identify as a primary survivor of sexual assault; many more than that are secondary survivors, with family, friends, and loved ones having experienced a form of sexual violence. Short of having a team member or student disclose to us, we as leaders are unaware of the identity these survivors carry. It is important that we create leadership practices that are inclusive of this otherwise invisible identity. Kayla and Andy will provide the audience with practices they can utilize with their own teams to create survivor-centered spaces and trauma-informed environments.
Presenters: Andy Thyrring & Kayla Ham
Andy is the High Risk Prevention Specialist for Health Promotion at DU. She completed her Masters in Higher Education with coursework in Trauma and Recovery in 2013 at the Morgridge College of Education. Her professional experience includes violence prevention education, workshop facilitation, peer education supervision, and campus program & policy development.
Kayla Ham is the Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services at the University of Denver. She holds a BSW from Colorado State University, and a MSW from DU. Most of her education and work has focused on providing trauma informed services to survivors of gender violence and engaging in prevention/education strategies on those issues. She previously led the BOSS Peer Educator team at DU and is currently piloting a Sexual Assault Education and Support Liaison program with students in Fraternity Sorority Life
Writing and Sharing Our Stories - Sturm 324
This creative writing workshop explores various writing activities to help us find our voices and write our stories. Writing helps develop us as individuals and as leaders; writing helps bring clarity to our thoughts, our feelings, and our identities. Whether you write for professional development, personal expression, or fun, all are welcome to join this interactive session. Come with a pen, paper, and a mobile device to practice the creative expression of writing. In addition to creative writing exercises, we'll incorporate educational technology such as Poll Everywhere and Padlet to share our ideas and work as a group. We will also discuss ways you can share your writing with blogging platforms and local writing groups.
Presenters: Cyndi Landis & Nora Stewart
Cyndi Landis, MLS Cyndi earned her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Advertising, and International Studies from Kansas State University. She has professional writing experience creating content for marketing materials, websites, and blogs. As a librarian, she enjoys teaching interactive workshops and spreading the love of reading and writing.