The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Concurrent Sessions - 2011

Thursday, November 3

10:30 – 11:45      Contributed and Invited Presentations I

Workplace Relationships are ... EVERYTHING!!!

Deb Oliver, Mount Mercy University

Ultimately, isn't it the quality of our relationships (inside the workplace and personally) that defines our lives? Building strong, healthy relationships through effective communication is the primary work of any leader. When you have the trust of others and they believe that by collaborating with you their results will improve, that connection is electric.  This session will coach you to be the best possible version of yourself and will help you to improve your capability to build strong, effective, valuable interpersonal relationships.

What About Me? Creating the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Julie Snyder-Yuly, Iowa State University

We talk about the lack of and need for women leaders. We advocate for ourselves, our colleagues and our mentors. We research and teach on topics of women and leadership. While all of these things are important for the future of women's leadership, we often inadvertently forget about the women we are ultimately trying to open doors for.  The purpose of this session is to examine ways we can work with our future female leaders to help them develop self-efficacy, leadership skills and an understanding of why it is important for them to take on leadership roles now and in the future.

Rising to the Top: Iowa's Women Leaders in Higher Education (Panel discussion)


Dr. Gloria J Gibson, University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Robin Shaffer Lilienthal, Marshalltown Community College and IVCC Grinnell

Dr. Kim Linduska, Des Moines Area Community College

Dr. Deborah Loers, Wartburg College

Back by popular demand! Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful leader in higher education? Learn how four different women leaders from four different institutions rose through the ranks in the last 25 years. This experienced panel will share many valuable experiences they have had in their roles as higher education leaders. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions to help broaden their understanding of successful leadership.

Connecting the "Connected Generation" with Their Learning:  Classroom Strategies for Engaging the Tech Generation

 Karla Brown, Hawkeye Community College

As educators, we know that our students are using social media to stay connected with each other, but how do we connect them with the material in our courses?  This session will focus on research-based principles and concrete strategies to promote active involvement, collaborative learning, and critical thinking.


1:45 – 3:00        Contributed and Invited Presentations II

Using Technology to Increase the Personal Touch in Student Services: An Innovative Approach

Kristie Fisher, Kirkwood Community College

Technology is everywhere in our lives and it is a valuable tool in serving our students. With the virtues of technology come the concerns of losing the personal touch that connects us to our students. This session will explore some examples of Kirkwood Community College's implementation of technology in an effort to increase personal contact where it is most needed.

Women at the Academic Center: The Dean's Experience

Lisa Nolan, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
Sandy Cassady, Dean of Education and Health Sciences, St Ambrose College
Kathleen Van Steenhuyse, Dean of Social Sciences and Career Option Programs, Kirkwood Community College

A panel of women deans from the Regent universities, private colleges and community colleges will discuss their personal and professional development that aided them in their career advancement. They will also describe their leadership experiences while in the role of Dean and offer advice and guidance to women who aspire to become deans in the future. This session is sponsored by IOWAWHE (Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education). The mission of the IOWAWHE is to facilitate the development of women leaders in higher education through conversations, collaboration and mentoring across the state.

Leading the Charge for Continuous Improvement

Vicki Baum, Indian Hills Community College 
Bonnie Slykhuis, Des Moines Area Community College

Whether you approach continuous improvement with Lean or Six Sigma, there are leadership strategies that will help make implementation efforts both effective and sustainable.  The session will kick off with the obvious question, "Why Lean?" and include success stories from the college environment.  The focus will be to explore the role of leaders at various levels and critical success factors for implementation in education.

Teaching Leadership:  Framing our Future

Julie Rothbardt, St. Ambrose University

The business environment is changing faster than it ever has in modern history, and organizations are looking for protean leadership to help organizations adapt and grow in such an exciting and dynamic environment.  With the demographic challenges that many organizations will be facing over the next several decades, it is important that scholars and business people have an understanding of just exactly what leadership is and why it is important to focus on this subject that has been written about, discussed, reviewed, assessed.  Higher education institutions have taken an active role in pursuing the study of leadership across disciplines and as a stand-alone field of study.  Although the theories of leadership are an important foundation for this field of study, an experiential and interactive approach to learning is vital for students to have a practical learning outcome as they bring this experience outside the classroom.  In this session, we will explore different ways to incorporate the process of learning about leadership into the classroom to help develop leaders for our future.


3:15 – 4:30        Contributed and Invited Presentations III

21st Century Networking

Todd Coleman, Wartburg College

Relationship building and networking skills are the foundation of both our professional and personal worlds. In today's global world having a robust network in place in necessary to sell products, identify job opportunities and grow your reach of influence.  This session will focus on networking tips to assist you throughout life in connecting to individuals who can help you in accomplishing your life objectives. Learn how new technology is combined with traditional networking to create a networking environment with no boundaries.

Preparing Students to be Financially Sound Graduates

Renae Mulder, University of Northern Iowa

Financial stress is one of the top three reasons students do not succeed at college.  As a result, financial literacy is becoming a critical part of the education process for college students.  What does it mean to live like a student?  What is the right amount a student should borrow to attend college?  What can be done to help students successfully navigate loan repayment options?  Join this session to get the answers and find out what one university is doing to prepare their students to be financially sound graduates.

I Heard You the Second Time! (Why Listening Should be Your First Priority)

Jayne Morgan, University of Northern Iowa

Listening, as a skill, is sorely under-developed among us humans.  This shortcoming leads to losses in time, money, productivity, reputation, and respect. With poor listening, mistakes and misunderstandings occur, all because the interpretation process starts off on the wrong foot!  This program will help you unlearn bad habits so you can receive messages with better accuracy for a smoother functioning workplace. It's time to get your ears on!  Take away how to . . . Overcome listening barriers that cause distorted message reception;  Interpret messages right the first time for greater efficiency;  Prevent costly mistakes and relationship damage;  Build trust and cohesion within the team.

Making Learning Matter for Millennials

Leigh E. Zeitz, University of Northern Iowa

Are your students engaged in learning? Today's millennials want learning to be relevant, meaningful and interactive. They want to experience the empowerment of knowledge instead of the boredom of lectures.  They live in a connected world that must optimize through social media. They are the first generation to reach maturity during the digital age and they look at the world differently.  This interactive session will explore your students' needs and demonstrate strategies for getting them engaged. Bring your laptop and/or telephone because they will be your tools of interaction.

Friday, November 4


8:45 – 10:00       Contributed and Invited Presentations IV

Brand Watching

Connie Cross, Connie Cross Communications

This session gives you a chance to check the essential elements of higher ed branding against your institution's brand. Has your institution collected necessary research for a brand plan? Where is your college or university in its brand plan? What could enhance its brand? How can your college accomplish this? What is your role? Participants will have a chance to share successes and road blocks and how to navigate them.

Fierce Female Leaders Using Fierce Conversations

Susan Kalsow, Buena Vista University

In this session, you will learn the following:

Key principles of Fierce Conversations created by Susan Scott
An overview of the four conversations that can make or break a leader and an institution
The story of how one college administrator used the concepts and principles of Fierce Conversations to change the culture and eventually the results.

Managing Meetings Successful

Mary Gill, Buena Vista University

Professionals on average spend anywhere from a third to three-fourths of their work week in meetings. When most people are invited to yet another meeting, they are far from overjoyed because most will identify a feeling of time wasted, unclear purpose for why a meeting was held, and/or not knowing what to do with the information from the meeting as among the biggest frustrations of meetings they experience.  This session will provide a mixture of hands-on analysis of how to prevent common meeting challenges as well as present participants with easy steps as to how to maximize the effectiveness of meetings. Among the topics addressed are: how to prepare for successful meetings, steps in creating an effective agenda, tips for skillful management of meetings, best conclusions and follow-up steps to meetings as well as basic organizing communication systems to keep meetings moving along productively and clearly.

Initiatives in Distance Education: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Anne Zalenski, University of Iowa 
Dian Gottlob, University of Iowa

In this presentation we will very briefly summarize the history  of distance education at the University of Iowa, and then describe:

  1. The changes we have brought to the program in the last 8 years, as well as the shift in student demographics
  2. The programs we have which are heavily subscribed to by women
  3. Our outreach program which offer women throughout the state opportunities previously lacking
  4. we will feature several student profiles


10:15 – 11:30      Contributed and Invited Presentations V

The Queen's Speech: Enhance Your Presentation Skills, Improve Your Life

Jill Rhea, Buena Vista University

Do you cringe when you are asked to give a presentation?  Do feel good about your speaking skills but wonder if there are tips that might help you be even more successful?  This may be the session for you! This interactive session will address the importance of excellent presentation skills for women, describe the connection between great leadership and strong speaking skills, and offer pragmatic guidance to enhance your current presentation skills - whatever your skill level. 

Helping Diverse Students

Valerie Garr, University of Iowa

This session will provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop culturally proficient classrooms and also explore how to enact a standards base culturally relevant curriculum. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to engage fellow teachers, parents, students, and administrators in critical conversations about cultural proficiency. The session will also highlight how to develop the capacity to implement and sustain a culturally responsive classroom setting.

Working with Millennials

Karen Anderson, Mercy College of Health Sciences

The Millennial generation is challenging the workplace more powerfully than previous generations.  We accommodated them when they came to college but must we accommodate them in the workplace?   Generational differences can result in problems at work.  Learn how to interact with this "flip-flop" and "ear-bud" generation to accomplish your organization's goals.  We will explore generational characteristics, what motivates each generation, how they define success, their communication styles, and how Boomers and Gen Xers can effectively interact, manage, and work with Millenials.

Leading in the Academic World

Marilyn Drury, University of Northern Iowa
Sandy Cassady, St. Ambrose University
Marlene Sprouse, Indian Hills Community College

Leading in the academic arm of the academy creates unique challenges that may not in the other realms of the academy. This panel of presenters will share their experiences with leadership from the academic perspective. Topics will include strategies for leading faculty; what does and does not work, strategies for overcoming obstacles, creating opportunities out of obstacles as well as many personal anecdotes for leading in academia.  There will be plenty of time for questions.

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