The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

9:30-10:15 am       Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sally Mason
President, The University of Iowa
"Women and Leadership: Unexpected Paths"

Sally Mason, the 20th president at The University of Iowa, is the daughter of an immigrant family and the first child in the family to attend college.  She holds a Ph.D. in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology from The University of Arizona.

11:45-1:30 pm       Luncheon Speaker

Patricia Lowrie, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); Office of Diversity Equity and Global Initiatives

"Which Way is Up, When We're Reaching Out?"

Patricia Lowrie is a Senior Fellow in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Office of Diversity Equity and Global Initiatives and chairs the steering committee of Campus Women Lead, a national project which promotes a multicultural women-led agenda for the transformation of higher education for the twenty-first century.

Friday, November 7, 2008

11:30 - 1:15 pm   Closing Speaker

Wanda S. Mitchell, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), University of New Hampshire

"Wanted: Women Leaders Honoring the Quantum Leap in Higher Education"
(This Keynote sponsotred by IOWAWHE.)

Today's world needs strong, visionary, creative and committed women leaders who are not afraid of confronting difficult issues or accepting leadership opportunities that may be daunting or call for sudden and unexpected personal and professional changes.   In physics, a quantum leap is defined as any sudden and significant change, advance, or increase.  It can also be viewed as an abrupt change or step, especially in method, information, or knowledge.  Institutions of higher education need more women who will accelerate the momentum for transformative leadership by accepting the clarion call to lead and create opportunities for others to discover the leader within themselves.  These intentional actions help colleges and universities become greater educational communities when they begin to see the extraordinary in the ordinary on their campuses.  Wanted are women leaders who will honor the quantum leap and accept the leadership call drawing on the courage and stamina necessary for leading through collaboration and shared governance in higher education. 

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