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REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00-8:30)



WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (8:30-8:45)



KEYNOTE SPEAKER- DR. SASHA SHILLCUTT (8:45-9:45)

Dr. Sasha Shillcutt is an Associate Professor, Cardiac Anesthesiologist, and Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation for the College of Medicine: Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her Brave Enough movement has inspired and provided a supportive voice to thousands of women and her Style MD Facebook group, founded in 2015 for female physicians, quickly group grew from 30 to over 6,000 followers. Dr. Shilcutt’s very first Brave Enough conference in Omaha sold out in one day! Today, Dr. Shilcutt shares with us her thoughts about Resiliency: The Art of Falling Forward. For more information, check out her website: https://www.becomebraveenough.com.



SESSION I (10-11 AM)

A. The Challenge of Authentic Leadership: Strategies for Success in Being Your True Self at Work

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the authentic leadership theory, the challenges that arise within its use, and strategies for successful integration into their individual academic institutions. In addition, presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences with the use of authentic leadership strategies.

Objectives:

  • Describe the use of authentic leadership strategies in higher education
  • Discuss common challenges for authentic leadership in terms of student engagement and faculty mentorship
  • Apply strategies for the successful use of authentic leadership in day to day student interaction
  • Identify opportunities to utilize authentic leadership strategies in faculty mentor/ mentee relationships

Target Audience: Faculty, Administrators

Presenters:

  • Melissa Kimmerling, Ed.D., M.OT., OTR/L; Occupational Therapy Program Director, Nebraska Methodist College
  • Emily Barr; Adjunct Faculty - Nebraska Methodist College

B. The Legacies of Three Remarkable Women

The biographies of three women, from diverse settings, focus on how the individuals shaped their lives by enacting their goals, commitments, and passions. Parallels to the opportunities that exist for women in higher education are presented and discussed.

Objectives:

  • Explore the biographies of women whose stories have not been showcased.
  • Identify their personal and professional goals
  • Identify the actions required to achieve the goals
  • Report the biographies of other women leaders whose stories and accomplishments have not been reported

Target Audience: Staff, Administration, Faculty, Students

Presenters:

  • Marilyn Grady, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Administration- University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Annette Vargas; Student- University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Elaine Rice; Instructor- Nebraska Indian Community College and Student- University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Kelley Rice; Associate Extension Director-Scottsbluff and Student- University of Nebraska at Lincoln

C. Knowing Thyself: Strategies to Build Yourself and Your Team

In any professional role, leadership and followership are core elements. This workshop will focus on specific strategies to develop self-awareness in leadership and team building to enhance personal and professional skills. The intent is to provide leaders with tools to advance abilities in personal and team development.

Objectives:

  • Identify best practices in leadership self- assessment for personal and team development
  • Engage in self-reflection to enhance leadership skills

Target Audience: Leaders with the desire to enhance themselves and their team members

Presenter: Joy Doll, OT.D., OTR/L; Executive Director for Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research and Associate Professor- Creighton University

D. Mindfulness: A Tool for Effective Leadership

Mindfulness is widely recognized as a valuable tool for effective leadership. It allows our ‘Best Selves’ to unfold and be present. This session will clarify mindfulness as a practice and a state of mind. We will explore the connection between mindfulness, emotional management, and effective leadership and practice mindfulness techniques.

Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the connection between sensations in the body and emotions
  • Gain an understanding of the connection between awareness of sensations and skillful emotional management
  • Gain an understanding of the connection between skillful emotion management and effective leadership
  • Practice two basic mindfulness techniques they can use in daily life

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Reed-Bouley, Ph.D.; Director of Theology Program- College of Saint Mary
  • Beth Merkel, M.OL.; Faculty- College of Saint Mary and University of Nebraska- Lincoln

E. Taking the Bull By the Horns: Tackling Implicit Bias in Higher Education

Minority applicants are less likely to receive equal pay or opportunities for advancement. Institutions must identify, measure and mitigate implicit bias, starting with leadership. This workshop addresses implicit bias by defining it, attendee self-identification and reflection on their own biases and discussion of ways to prevent bias from blocking minority leadership advancement.

Objectives:

  • Define Implicit Bias
  • Identify and reflect on individual personal biases
  • Strategize means to avoid bias in leadership

Target Audience: Faculty, Administration, Students

Presenter: Jasmine Marceline, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program- University of Nebraska Medical Center

F. Strengthening Community Through Intentional Living Learning Community Development

This session will focus on intentional community building-specifically the development and implementation of the Wellness Living Learning Community in a sophomore residence hall based on the SAMHSA 8 dimensions of wellness. This session will provide attendees with information on how to build communities while also developing students to be future leaders in their communities.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to create and implement living learning communities
  • Develop intentional programs to promote education and community building
  • Grow students to have the ability to lead and influence college culture in regard to holistic wellbeing
  • Build future leaders through student staff supervision

Target Audience: Staff, Undergraduate and Graduate students

Presenters:

  • Kathryn Onarato; Program Manager for the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research- Creighton University
  • Desiree Nownes; Senior Director of the Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing- Creighton University,

G. Emotions Matter: Emotional Competence in the Workplace

We're human, we have emotions...and YES that's a good thing! Let's discuss the impact of emotions, the courage to accept our emotions and the skills to manage them. We'll assess ourselves and practice competencies we can develop personally and socially to understand and manage both our own and others' emotions.

Objectives:

  • Identify 20 competencies of emotional intelligence
  • List common "derailer" behavior that leads to poor emotional decision making
  • Assess personal emotional intelligence quality
  • Develop a plan to improve on emotional intelligence competencies.

Target Audience: Anyone

Presenter: Bev Cummins, Ph.D.; Vice President of Student Services and Lincoln Campus Director- Southeast Community College

H. Ready! Set! Advance! Advance in Your Career

Career advancement in the workplace is said to be one of the most important elements for employee satisfaction and retention. Therefore learning the specific techniques and tools that successful women have utilized to effectively advance in the workplace is vital.

Objectives:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the necessary steps to advance in their career in the workplace
  • Create a personal career vision statement
  • Be motivated, self-driven and equipped with the effective tools to progress in their careers

Target Audience: Students, Staff

Presenters:

  • Ambe` White, M.S. Ed., M.A.; Director of Advising - Iowa Western Community College and Adjunct Faculty- Bellevue University



Session II (11:15-12:15)

A. Inclusion Matters in Higher Education .

Our learning environments and the world around us are becoming increasingly diverse. Creating campus community and classroom environments that utilize diverse experiences and perspectives to strengthen learning and encourage students to find value in our differences is a critical component of preparing them for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Objectives:

  • Participants will strengthen their understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in higher education
  • Participants will brainstorm practical ideas for integrating diverse perspectives into campus community and classroom environments
  • Participants will gain skills for respectfully resolving conflicts that may arise in diverse and inclusive settings

Target Audience: Administration, Faculty, Staff

Presenter: Tami Soper; Adjunct Faculty- Doane University

B. Plan it and Post it - Accelerating Professional Success Through Social Media

Social media has been emerging as a high value venue for education, networking and the dissemination and amplification of both the work and voices of academic professionals. Recent publications have highlighted its utility; this workshop will share the evidence and teach you how to leverage social media for academic promotion. Participants will receive guidance in creating a social media presence on various platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Participants will receive expert tips and tricks for utilization of social media for professional advancement. Participants will need a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer for this workshop.

Objectives:

  • Recognize your current online professional identify
  • Decipher the separation of personal from professional identities on social media
  • Develop a professional profile on a social media platform
  • Review best practices for online engagement, networking, and sponsorship
  • Recognize and avoid common pitfalls in social media engagement for professionals

Target Audience: Faculty, Students

Presenters:

  • Abby Fingeret, M.D.; Assistant Professor of Surgery- University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Jessica Maxwell, M.D.; Assistant Professor of Surgery- University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Jasmine Marceline, M.D;. Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program- University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Kelly Cawcutt, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine- University of Nebraska Medical Center

C. Mindful Listening 101.

Communication in higher education today presents some unique challenges. Mindful listening is a tool that can help us address many of those challenges. This workshop focuses on simple yet powerful techniques for engaging in mindful listening to improve communication and relationship outcomes.

Objectives:

  • Identify attributes of mindful listening
  • Assess their own mindful listening skills
  • Practice mindful listening techniques

Target Audience: Staff, Students

Presenters:

  • Kate Joeckel, Ph.D,; Program Director and Professor of Communication Studies and Business and Professional Communications- Bellevue University
  • Michelle Bahr, M.A.; Associate Professor of Communication Studies- Bellevue University

D. Torchbearer: How Internal Champions Build a Compelling Business Case and the Influence to Drive Urgent Organizational Change

As a torchbearer, you see problems clearly and envision a future where these problems are solved. Make your vision become a reality by gaining the tools necessary to sell your idea and get buy-in from key stakeholders. Shine your light and be a voice of influence in your institution.

Objectives:

  • Build a compelling business case for the urgent change initiatives
  • Gain consensus from decision makers
  • Inspire people to work with your leadership and not against it
  • Utilize the Voice of Influence A2 Model of Engagement TM, to diagnose and influence buy-in from individuals

Target Audience: Administration


Presenter: Andrea Wenburg; Voice of Influence, LLC

E. Delivering Difficult Information to Community Partners

Whether you’re an academic evaluator or consultant, at some point you’ll need to deliver difficult information to your community partners. Using case examples and discussion, we’ll consider strategies to manage these conversations in ways that are strengths-based and that maximize our impact as leaders and change agents.

Objectives:

  • Understand the power of being strengths-based in navigating relationships with community partners.
  • Increase your communication skills in highly charged community settings.
  • Discover and practice strategies to manage difficult conversations with community partners.

Target Audience: Faculty, Students

Presenter: Jeanette Harder, Ph.D.; Professor of Social Work- University of Nebraska at Omaha

F. A Collaborative Approach to Empower First Generation Women of Color

The Institute for Higher Education Policy 2012 Report states that despite representing nearly a third of the national undergraduate population, first-generation college students are an important but often hidden population. The issues of insufficient “college knowledge” combined with the typical barriers faced by other underserved students make first-generation students a critical but complicated population to serve without new and innovative approaches. It is therefore imperative that programs, services, and tools be developed for first generation participation and success.

Objectives:

  • Learn about a comprehensive one-year program that provides young women with support structures during their first year of college
  • Review the framework’s five components that promote the advancement of young women of color by empowering them to successfully manage the collegiate landscape and graduate ready to engage in the global workforce
  • Discuss a model for effective partnerships with philanthropic and community groups to plan and implement this program

Target Audience: Staff, Administration, Faculty, Students

Presenter: Janice Garnett, EdD., Instructor - University of Nebraska at Omaha

G. Leadership Lessons From University Presidents and Corporate Leaders

The session features the narratives of 8 women presidents of doctoral-granting universities and 15 women corporate leaders. Their descriptions of successes, strategies, mentoring, and advocacy provide lessons for those who aspire to leadership positions.

Objectives:

  • Receive introductions to the leadership stories of 23 women leaders
  • Discover the leaders' mentoring experiences
  • Receive suggestions for seeking and maintaining mentoring experiences
  • Explore the advocacy experiences of the women leaders
  • Discuss the women Leaders' experiences

Target Audience: Administration, Faculty, Students

Presenters:

  • Marilyn Grady, Ph.D., - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Tania Reis, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Organizational Learning and Leadership- Gannon University
  • Mary Hayes; Student- University of Nebraska at Lincoln

H. Are You an Expressive or an Instrumental Leader?

In this interactive session, participants will identify characteristics as well as some advantages of authentic leadership. Additionally, participants will analyze how their expressive and instrumental qualities compliment their mission as an authentic leader.

Objectives:

  • Discover authentic leadership characteristic
  • Identify strengths of authentic leadership
  • Categorize expressive and instrumental leader qualities
  • Analyze their expressive or instrumental qualities as a leader in both personal and professional environments
  • Establish a goal to address an opportunity for growth as a leader

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, Administration, and Students

Presenter: Kathy Marble, M.S. Ed.; Sociology Instructor- Central Community College (Hastings)



Lunch, Networking, NWHEL Updates, and Awards (12:30-1:15)

In existence since 2005, NWHEL has never undergone intense review and planning for future directions. This session will inform participants about the history of NWHEL, changes that have occurred along the way, and decisions we need to make for the future of the organization. Dr. AnnMarie Marlier, President of NWHEL will reveal a membership survey to obtain feedback as well as lead a networking activity. Finally, The Sara Boatman Award will be presented to two women who have given much to NWHEL, and their institutions, over the years.



Session III (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

A. Educational Leadership: The Care and Feeding of Your Personal Brand

In our fast-paced world, faculty and staff often delay the reflection necessary to calibrate where they are in their career, where they intend to go, and ways to mitigate barriers. This action focused workshop is a career re-energizer, focusing on exploring habits, thinking, and behaviors that promote a personal best.

Objectives:

  • Examine and define your current professional “brand”
  • Identify values of your ideal self and ideal career impact
  • Establish pathways and action steps to close gaps

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff

Presenter: Linda Love, Ed.D.; Director, Faculty Development- University of Nebraska Medical Center

B. Pressure Creates Diamonds: Withstanding the Pressure and Being Brilliant

This presentation is designed to strengthen, impact and empower women in the workplace. I will enlighten the conference attendees as to how resilient they are using the acronym SHINE.

Objectives:

  • The impact of stress in the workplace
  • The definition of 'resilience' and how it applies to every individual
  • To learn good self-care through applying SHINE

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff

Presenter: Denise Gaines, Adjunct Instructor- Bellevue University.

C. Leadership in Community Planning

This presentation will share how a service learning project can strengthen a community. The project, "Race Relations in Omaha: Past, Present, and Future," involved students at the college and middle-school level, along with input from a non-profit organization. It functioned as both a community engagement and leadership opportunity.

Objectives:

  • Create leadership opportunities with intergenerational populations
  • Engage with communities to strengthen both the communities and the student participants

Target Audience: Faculty, Administration

Presenter: Peggy Jones, M.F.A.; Associate Director and Associate Professor, Women’s and gender Studies- University of Nebraska at Omaha

D. Career Perspectives from Senior Level Academic Administrators

This panel will feature the perspective of women who successfully progressed to senior levels of academic administration. Speakers from the University of Nebraska (Medical Center and Omaha campuses) will touch on important career decisions, recovering from mistakes, identifying appropriate opportunities, and specific tips for faculty looking to move into administration.

Objective: Develop concrete ideas for next steps in advancing a career related to academic administration

Target audience: Faculty

Presenter: Candace Batton, Ph.D.; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology- University of Nebraska at Omaha

Sara Myers, Ph.D.; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity in the Office of Research and Creative Activity

E. Chancellors and Change: Conversations About the Campus Climate

UNO’s Chancellor’s Commission for the Status of Women (CCSW) has been at the forefront of inclusion of all genders since the 1970’s. Recently, CCSW has extensively re-evaluated UNO’s campus climate and has submitted an action plan to the Chancellor to improve the status of women students, faculty, and staff. This presentation will focus on CCSW’s renewed and energetic efforts in the last several years to make UNO more gender-inclusive in our physical spaces, work environments, leadership roles, and campus policies.

Objectives:

  • Explore campus surveys and recommendation reports
  • Find inspiration on how to approach their own administration to begin sensitive conversations about change. General audiences will benefit from the challenges we faced in implementing these recommendations and how we are working to overcome them
  • Take these lessons learned back to their home institution for implementation

Target Audience: Staff, Faculty, Administration

Presenter: Heidi Blackburn; STEM and Business Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha

F. New Faculty

Candid discussion about hurdles and victories as new women faculty. Topics may include workplace discrimination, career mistakes and successes, how to handle emotions in the workplace, family-work balance, and ageism.

Objective: Connect with other women over topics that are not discussed openly upon hire.

Target Audience: Faculty, Administration, Staff,

Presenters:

  • Andrea Weare, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Communication- University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Ashley McFeely, M.A.; Assistant Professor of Graphic Design- University of Nebraska at Omaha

G. Championing Self, Championing Others

An honest talk about the speaker’s journey of championing self and the impact of championing others. Amy will cover her circumstances in her young adult years and how she overcame obstacles relating to self-doubt and how she moved to self-efficacy and self-love.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to be a champion for themselves by working on self-care and self-reflection
  • Learn the impact of championing others
  • Discussing ways to do champion others

Target Audience: Staff, Students

Presenter: Amy Dillard, M.A.E.; Director of Multi-Modality Learning- Iowa Western Community College

H. Minority Women Leaders, Where are You?

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions. This phenomenon permeates fortune-500 companies, government, and institutions of higher education. Women of color are even more underrepresented in these positions. Early-career women of color look for role models, sponsors and mentors in leadership. If they are not visible, how do we create our own paths?

Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in minority women leadership and barriers to achieving this
  • Utilize tips to identify a mentor/sponsor for leadership development of women of color
  • Strategize ways to overcome barriers to facilitate leadership opportunities for women of color

Target Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Administration

Presenter: Jasmine Marceline, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program- University of Nebraska Medical Center



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