HerDU 2024

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HerDU Conference: March 6th, 2024


Persist!: Creating Futures of Success

The past year has illustrated the precarity of gender and gender equity in the academy and for many women, trans, and non-binary people it has led to questioning the gap between retention and thriving. What does persistence mean in a time of resistance? How might I (re)imagine my work, my job, my career toward building a pathway for success and well-being? This year at HerDU, we will explore pathways of leadership, career development, and finding avenues for joy and success in our work.  Join us in our call to “Persist!” in our shared (re)imagining and creating futures of success. 

HerDU Scheduling 2024

Pre Conference March 5th

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Nutrition for perimenopause and menopause

    HerDU is partnering with HRIC’s Well@DU and the Ritchie Center For Sports and Wellness to welcome Yvonne Montoya-Matthews, MS, CNS, LDN, BCHN®.  Yvonne is hosting a 5-part wellbeing speaker series at DU this winter & spring.  

    Our hormones are influenced by food, nutrition, and other contributors. This discussion covers key aspects and tips to best manage and undergo lifestyle changes that come with perimenopause and menopause.

    Yvonne is a double-board certified functional nutritionist dietitian, certified herbalist, and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Integrative Health. She started her private practice, Nutrition Designed, in 2015 and specializes in hormones, gut and digestive health, food allergies and sports and performance nutrition. 

    To register for this event and more, please visit: https://calendly.com/ruth-brown-coaching/wellbeing-seminar-series?month=2024-02  

    To learn more about this series visit: https://www.du.edu/human-resources/employee-wellbeing/special-events  

Conference March 6th

Morning March 6th

  • 9:00am - 9:30am | HerDU community breakfast

    Community Commons 1700 

    Join us for an opportunity to gather, network, and enjoy each other's company before the conference begins. A light continental breakfast will be provided.  

  • 9:30am - 10:30am | Keynote presentation with Dr. Trisha Teig

    Community Commons 1700 

    Women’s Narratives of Leadership: Disrupting and Recreating the Dominant Leadership Story. How would you describe your story of leadership? This interactive keynote will share narratives from a qualitative research book project: Rooted & Radiant: Women’s Narratives of Leadership. The book authors emphasize unique, diverse women’s experiences in understanding leadership. Trisha will take the audience through an experience of writing their narratives of leadership and explore how the narrative writing and analysis process can be a liberatory practice to co-create new concepts of leadership that are more expansive, diverse, and full of hope and possibilities.

    Keynote Biography: 

    • Trisha Teig is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Denver. She is the Faculty Director of the Colorado Women’s College Leadership Scholars Program, a leadership minor and co-curricular program supporting first-generation, Students of Color, and LBGTQ+ students' advancement who are interested in women’s leadership and career development. She teaches in the leadership studies minor for the PLP and CWC Leadership Scholars Programs. She researches leadership development, inclusive leadership, and gender and leadership.
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm | Morning Breakout Session #1: Career Mapping: A strategic approach to leadership development and advancing your career

    Community Commons 1700

    This session is geared toward staff and administrators. 

    This session targets early-to-mid-career campus leaders who aspire to enhance their own capacity for career and leadership advancements. Tools and resources will be provided for developing a strategic approach to advancements by setting career goals and employing accountability systems to achieve them.

    Speaker Biographies:

    • Shannon B. Lundeen, Ph.D. (she, her, hers) is the Vice President of Programs and Operations at HERS. Shannon is responsible for leading HERS’ programs and operations and establishing elevated benchmarks for programmatic excellence and organizational efficiency. Lundeen leads the organization's cornerstone program, the HERS Leadership Institute from curriculum design to content delivery and works to ensure that all HERS programs are relevant, inclusive, and tailored to address the needs of women and gender-diverse leaders in higher education. Throughout her nineteen years in progressively responsible leadership positions from University of Pennsylvania, to Case Western Reserve University, to Elon University, and now with HERS, Lundeen has worked in a variety of ways to advance equity and promote inclusive excellence in higher education. She has served as a professor and administrator in academic affairs, lived on campus as a faculty fellow, and has contributed to a wide range of scholarship from feminist bioethics to inclusive excellence in undergraduate residential education. Dr. Lundeen has taught and developed curriculum in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, directed a university women’s center, provided women’s leadership programming, and has served as a content expert in diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher ed. 


    • Gloria D. Thomas, Ph.D. (she, her, hers) was appointed President of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) in August 2021. Dr. Thomas has nearly 30 years of experience in women’s leadership development that includes time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, as well as the American Council on Education (ACE). She came to HERS from the University of North Carolina where she served as the Director of the Carolina Women’s Center, Senior Personnel for the NSF-funded Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE, and the Curriculum Development and Facilitator Trainer for the NIH-funded PROMISE Study. From 2009 – 2016, she was the Executive Director of the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) at the University of Michigan. Earlier, she served as Associate Director at the American Council on Education (ACE) for 8 years, first with the ACE Fellows Program, and subsequently in the Office of Women in Higher Education, where she had oversight for sustaining the ACE Women’s Networks. Prior to working at ACE, she conducted research at CEW, and coordinated the Women of Color in the Academy Project, a support network for women of color faculty, while pursuing her doctoral degree at Michigan. Her career in academic administration started in the Office of Admissions at Swarthmore College. Thomas brings to her current role decades of experience and publications related to women’s careers in higher education. Thomas received a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan; a master’s degree in English from Villanova University (PA); and a bachelor’s degree in English and Black Studies from Swarthmore College (PA).
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm | Morning Breakout Session #2: Navigating difficult conversations with DU’s Ombuds, Betty Snyder

    Anderson Academic Commons 301

    This session is open to all. 

    Whether we like it or not, or feel prepared or not, difficult conversations take place our in our workspaces.  Dr. Betty Snyder, DU’s Ombuds, will be leading a workshop on how to navigate these types of conversation – what to do, how to engage, what tools are helpful as you learn to engage in difficult conversations.

    Speaker Biography: 

    Dr. Betty Snyder is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works as an ombuds,  trainer, coach, peacebuilder, and DEI strategist.  She has delivered training programs and has facilitated trauma-informed peacebuilding practices internationally, serving a broad range of communities, organizations, and industries. Betty currently works at the University of Denver and was formerly Director and Associate Clinical Faculty for the Center for Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program at Southern Methodist University. She also serves on the faculty at both the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law and the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University.   Dr. Snyder’s work transforms communication patterns and implements productive ways to overcome conflict and foster inclusion.  

Afternoon March 6th

Closing March 6th


Colorado Women's College Scholar Presentations

March 6th

Visit the CWC webpage for more information

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Nominations Open

Nominations now open for out 2024 Annual Awards. This year's awards will be announced at the HerDU Conference on March 6th. 

Nomination Form


Hosted by the DU Women's Coalition, HerDU is the University's primary conference and event centered around women's issues. Featuring acclaimed guest speakers from the worlds of academia, entrepreneurship, wellness, art, and beyond, HerDU strives to bridge the gaps between women across fields and industries while fostering a collaborative atmosphere for the sharing of ideas, resources, and support. Workshops and panel discussions facilitate meaningful conversation between groups and perspectives, providing opportunities for networking and coalition-building among women and their organizations. It's also an opportunity to recognize women for their accomplishments in the DU community and beyond.