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Events and Programs
Events and Programs

2016 Women's Leadership Institute

December 6-9, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, CA


Tuesday, December 6

4:00 PMRegistration
5:30 PMWelcome and Keynote: Avoiding Burnout
Speaker: Emilie Aries
In this opening session to the 2016 Women's Leadership Institute, Emilie Aries will reveal the connection between our burnout work culture and the stalled movement to close the gender leadership gap. She will share practical steps women can take now to continue on the leadership track without sacrificing their health, happiness, and personal sustainability along the way.
7:30 PMNetworking Reception

Wednesday, December 7

7:15 AMContinental Breakfast
7:15 AMInvesting in Yourself: Pursuit of Advanced Degrees Roundtable
7:15 AMInvesting in Yourself: Working Mothers Roundtable

Elizabeth Beltramini, Association of College Unions-International
Marta Drake, NACUBO

7:15 AMInvesting in Yourself: Yoga
8:30 AMAdvancing Your Career: "I Quit!" - A Fresh New Approach to Creating Financial Well-Being

Manisha Thakor

We live in a world awash in financial advice - across books, magazines, tv shows and radio programs, daily suggestions for how to better manage your money are omnipresent. Yet still, smart, hard-working, diligent Americans are struggling to find a place of true financial calm and confidence. In this uplifting talk, financial literacy advocate Manisha Thakor presents a highly personal - and actionable - new approach to creating lasting financial well-being in your life, starting today. Set against the backdrop of her recent personal upheaval (finding herself unexpectedly divorced at age 46, in a new role at work, living on the other side of the country in a new town where she arrived without knowing a soul), Manisha shares a series of personal life experiences that to her surprise highlighted beautifully core financial lessons that every woman can implement in her life, at any age, stage or income level.
The lessons Manisha will share span saving, spending, investing (both in yourself and your portfolio) as well as how to allocate and protect that most precious and finite of resources - your time. The title "I Quit" comes from the realization Manisha has as her personal life was coming unglued of how so many of the most powerful financial and life lessons came when she finally had the courage to stare reality in the face, admit a current tactic, strategy or habit was no longer working, taking the often painful yet proactive step to quit that way of being...and finding a fresh new approach. The goal of this session is nothing short of helping you take the time-tested core personal finance concepts and use then in a fresh new way to craft your own authentic path to build the financial life that makes your heart sing.
10:00 AMBreak
10:15 AMInvesting in Your Career: Addressing Micro/Macroaggressions
10:15 AMInvesting in Your Career: Conflict Management Essentials

Kim Harrington, Georgia Institute of Technology

10:15 AMInvesting in Your Career: Negotiation Strategies
11:00 AMBreak
11:15 AMAdvancing Your Career: Benchmarking Women's Leadership
11:30 AMInvesting in Your Career: Navigating Organizational Politics

Allison Vaillancourt, University of Arizona

Have you ever had a good idea shot down unexpectedly? Have you ever wondered how inconsistent performers continue to get promoted? Have you ever been told, "That's not how things work around here"? Understanding organizational politics is the first step in successfully navigating organizational politics. In this session, we'll discuss the difference between influence and authority and review a range of strategies you can use to move your ideas and career forward.
After completing this session, you will be able to:
  • Describe sources of organizational power.
  • Analyze the factors that make people especially influential.
  • Customize persuasion messages based on receivers' values and preferences.
  • Apply lessons from social movements and political revolutions to drive organizational change.
  • Build the brain trust and coalitions required to move ideas forward.
12:30 PMLunch
1:45 PMAdvancing Your Career: Can You See Me Now? Becoming Visible: Your Executive Presence and Being Sponsorable

Teri Bump, American Campus Communities

Do you have the communication skills to be heard, the gravitas to gain respect, and an appearance that garners positive professional interest? Those with executive presence get noticed and sponsored. This fast-paced session will share research on the how, what, and why of being visible, sponsored, and promoted. Everything here is a choice that can be learned and integrated in ways that accentuate your strengths and professional presence. Sylvia Hewlett discovered that executive presence is a dynamic combination of what you say, what you do, and how you show up. These elements are not equal but are all essential to develop if you desire to drive your career trajectory. Both being a leader an being perceived by others as a leader will be critical to your success. We will take a look at our communication, gravitas, and appearance so we can identify and embody the executive presence required to have choices and control our destiny.
3:00 PMInvesting in Yourself: Becoming Better Allies Roundtable

Elizabeth Beltramini, Association of College Unions-International

3:00 PMInvesting in Yourself: Women Who Identify as LGBTQ Roundtable
4:15 PMInvesting in Yourself: Building Cultural Competency
4:15 PMInvesting in Yourself: Women of Color Roundtable
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMAssociation Gatherings

Thursday, December 8

7:45 AMContinental Breakfast and Investing in Yourself
  • Book Club:  Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • Book Club:  Presence by Amy Cuddy
9:00 AMAdvancing Your Career: Leadership Moves: Developing Your Career Strategy

Ellen Heffernan, Spelman and Johnson Group

As you contemplate your next career move, you need to think about not only what the next position might be, but how to package and market "brand you." It is important when considering a new job to do your due diligence to ensure that the position, the institutional culture, and your new supervisor fit your strengths and your passions. But long before you begin looking, you need to develop a clear understanding of who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to be known for. These form the basis for your professional brand.
From the moment you submit a resume for a position, you are a candidate for that position - how you assess the interview process, maximize your options, and negotiate to become the successful applicant are all topics for this presentation. You will also explore how to differentiate yourself from colleagues in the field and position yourself clearly in the minds of others.
This session will cover tactical strategies around using social media to build your brand as well as focusing on developing a successful job search strategy, the leadership qualities and skill sets that presidents and chancellors are seeking in senior leaders, and on-boarding to your new position to make your first 100 days successful. Participants will:
  • Develop strategies for next career steps.
  • Define the right institutional fit.Identify various career path opportunities and look at the leadership needs of colleges and universities in today's market.
  • Develop strategies for creating, packing, and communicating a professional brand.
  • Create strong collateral materials - resume, cover letter, etc.
  • Review interviewing techniques.
  • Discuss the role and purpose of references in the job search process.
  • Build a strategy for on-board into your new position.
10:15 AMBreak
10:30 AMWomen's Leadership Talks: Developing Women's Professional Confidence
The Radical Act of No
Speaker: Sumi Pendakur
The Power of Collaboration
Speaker: Amma Marfo
Be the Architect of Your Own Life
Speaker: Ann Marie Klotz
Why do bright, capable, women say that they "aren't ready" for professional opportunities? Women who possess confidence at work are more likely to be recognized and promoted yet some fear using their voice at work because of the backlash that can occur when women display competence and confidence in the workplace. This TED Talk-like session showcases three women who have chosen different personal and professional paths yet have remained steadfast in owning and celebrating their choices unapologetically. Each will describe their strategies for building and sustaining confidence despite professional obstacles and personal obligations.
In this session, participants will:
  • Learn strategies for building professional confidence.
  • Reflect on the times when they have opted to say "yes" when they wanted to say "no" and vice versa.
  • Discuss the role of collaboration in building strong personal and professional networks as a key factor in sustaining confidence.
  • Be empowered to build the life they want by creating strategies to achieve their professional goals.
  • Create a career map to determine next steps of their professional journey.
  • Gain an accountability buddy to encourage them to consistently make progress on their goals post-WLI.
12:15 PMLunch
1:45 PMInvesting in Your Career: Assertive Communication: Own Your Own Voice
Speaker: Emilie Aries
In this training camp, Emilie Aries helps women cultivate a leadership identity, navigate fear and uncertainty, and practice strategies for assertive communication - a necessary tool for leadership. Key components will include understanding the importance of a leadership identity, assertiveness as essential to leadership, style versus substance, and other best practices women can apply to strength their leadership skills.
1:45 PMInvesting in Your Career: How to Negotiate Successfully in Your Career
1:45 PMInvesting in Your Career: Innie Power: The Quiet Strength of Introverted Women
3:15 PMInvesting in Yourself: Self Care and Being a Leader in Managing Crisis

Ellen Plummer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4:30 PMInvesting in Yourself: Career Change Roundtable

Kim Harrington, Georgia Institute of Technology

4:30 PMInvesting in Yourself: Spirituality and Mindfulness
6:00 PMDinner on Your Own
8:30 PMEvening Activity

Friday, December 9

8:30 AMCommunity Review: Paying It Forward
9:00 AMSmall Groups by Career Stage
10:00 AMClosing Keynote

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

11:30 AMBrunch and Departures

Program Overview

2016 Women's Leadership Institute
December 6-9, 2016

Estimated CPEs:15


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