The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

9:30-10:15 am       Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President
Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
"Leading in a Time of Change"

Dr. Thornton will tell us that higher education is evolving -- new challenges lie ahead, new connections are being forged between institutions, and new competencies are required of its leaders. This presentation explores the vibrant role higher education leaders and institutions will play in the 21st century, with special emphasis on the unique role of community colleges during this historic juncture in U.S. higher education.

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton has served as President of Cuyahoga Community College, the largest and oldest community college in Ohio, since 1992. During her tenure, the College has become a leader in innovation, work force training and an economic engine in the region. In 2004, she was recognized as “one of the 50 most influential people in Northeast Ohio.” Dr. Thornton serves on many boards, including those of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; United Way Services; American Family Insurance; Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.; RPM, Inc.; American Greetings Corporation; Cleveland Museum of Art; Community College Leadership Advisory Board; University Hospitals Health Systems and Greater Cleveland Partnership. Among her many awards and honors are the Strong Men & Women—Excellence in Leadership, American Council on Education Fellow’s Mentor of the Year Award, Best of the Best African American Female Educators (Phi Delta Kappa), Belle Sherwin Democracy in Action Award, “Spirit of Women” Community Impact Award, and inductee into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.

11:45-1:30 pm       Lunch

The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

  • Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarships
  • Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
  • Recognition Award
  • IOWAWHE Scholarship

5:30 - 7:00pm   Evening Banquet with Closing Speaker 

Lynette Marshall, CFRE, President and CEO, 
University of Iowa Foundation

“I am in the World to Change the World”

How do we challenge ourselves to make a difference for those around us?  What is our responsibility as women who have achieved positions of influence in higher education?  How can we best honor those who have helped us?  Lynette Marshall will share her experiences as a women leader in higher education philanthropy.  She is the president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation. 

Friday, November 6, 2009 

11:30 - 1:15 pm    Lunch with Closing Speaker

Kathy Nesteby, Coordinator, Iowa Gender-Specific Services Task Force

"The Female Brain - Friend or Foe?"

Kathy Nesteby has been the Coordinator of the Iowa Gender~Specific Services Task Force since November 2002. The Task Force is a progressive group of juvenile justice professionals within the state of Iowa advocating for equitable services for girls involved with or at risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. The Task Force is responsible for planning an annual conference on girls entitled, Whispers & Screams are Hard to Hear: Creating an Audience for Girls Voices and works to see that all girls receive services responsive to their needs as females.

Kathy grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the accredited program at Iowa State University. She counseled trouble youth and their families for ten years; working exclusively with girls involved in the juvenile justice and human service systems immediately prior to joining the Task Force as Coordinator. Kathy authors the bimonthly Girl Connection newsletter and coordinates Task Force activities as well as the Whispers & Screams conference. When not at work, Kathy can usually be found playing volleyball, kickboxing or entertaining her dogs Cisco and Poncho. She will happily talk your ear off about all of these things as well as about her escapades growing up as a Mississippi River Rat.
(This keynote sponsored by IOWAWHE)

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