The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

9:30-10:15 am  Opening Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Narcisa A. Polonio
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
Vice President, Education, Research & Board Leadership Services

"Moving From Aspirations to Action: One Woman's Journey and How it Reflects on the Status of Women in Higher Education"

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Narcisa A. Polonio is the Vice President, Education, Research & Board Leadership Services at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). ACCT has a long and distinguished history of providing outstanding services to boards of trustees.  Dr. Polonio is recognized as one of the leading authorities on community college governance and presidential leadership. She has facilitated over 300 board retreats and presidential searches.  She provides leadership for the ACCT's annual leadership Congress, publications, research projects and leadership services including Retreat Service; Interim President Service; the Governance Leadership Institute; and the Governance Institute for Student Success.

Narcisa previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Replication and Program Strategies, Inc. (RPS) in Philadelphia, PA, and president of Harcum College (PA) and Hudson County Community College (NJ).  Other previous positions include Director of the Office of Community Colleges, New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Narcisa served for seven years as a faculty member for the Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.  

She has an extensive list of publications and speaks throughout the country on issues related to governance, leadership, and diversity.

Narcisa attended Foothill Community College, CA and holds a BA in History from San Jose State University (CA), an MA from Stanford University (CA), an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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

5:30 - 7:00pm   Evening Social Hour with Dinner Speaker

Dinner Speaker

Dr. Susan R. Johnson
University of Iowa

"Four decades at the University of Iowa: What I have learned"    

Dr. Johnson will describe the challenges faced by women in medicine and academia, using examples from her own educational and faculty career;  describe the satisfactions of working in positions in which one can “lead from the middle;” and share her recommendations for effective ways women can prepare for a successful career in the academic setting.

Dr. Johnson received her B.S., M.D., and an M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa. She completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and then joined the faculty of that Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she is now Professor.  In 1999 she was given a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health.

Dr. Johnson's clinical and research interests are in menopausal health issues. In the past she was the director of the menopause clinic in the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Women's Health Center.  She has been involved in several multicenter studies of menopausal health issues, including the NIH funded PEPI and the Women's Health Initiative trials. She is currently the Study Chair for the NIH sponsored observational study of the menopause transition, Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN). Dr. Johnson has served on the data, safety and monitoring boards of several other multicenter clinical trials of various postmenopausal preventive drugs, and written numerous articles and chapters regarding these issues.  

Major administrative assignments have included: From 1981 through 1994, service on the University of Iowa's Institutional Review Board for 13 years, and service as chair from 1990 to the end of her term. From 1994 through the fall of 2003, she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Medicine.  From 2005 - 2009, she served as the Associate Provost for Faculty at the university level. Currently she serves as a University of Iowa Ombudsman.


Friday, November 4, 2011

11:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

Dr. Colleen Jones
University of Nebraska
Consultant and Assistant Professor, Management

"With Consideration to Pencils and Rubber Bands..."

Colleen Jones is an educator, entrepreneur and consultant, specializing in leadership, organizational behavior and development, learning organizations and managerial and executive training.  She also serves as President of the Melvin W. Jones Foundation.

Dr. Jones earned the Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management (Department of Management Science).  She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa in Accounting and Quantitative Analysis; and a Master of Business Administration degree in Management and Finance from The University of Southern California.  

Dr. Jones received an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to underwrite her doctoral research project titled, "Learning to Lead:  A Study of the Developmental Paths of African-American Women College Presidents." That dissertation was recognized by the Academy of Management's Women in Management Division with the Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up Certificate.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor of Practice in Management at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  From 2004 to 2009, she served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Organizational Development, and maintained a part-time academic appointment.  In 2009, she returned to full-time teaching in the College of Business.  

Dr. Jones is a certified administrator and consultant for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which she utilizes in her teaching, research and consulting activities.  Her research interests include:

  1.  Leadership development
  2. Access and advancement of women and people of color in executive positions
  3. Cognitive style assessment
  4. Creating environments to enhance learning
  5. Workplace spirit and spirituality
  6. Stress management and
  7. Organizational communication issues (e.g., networking, conflict resolution)

She has contributed to three books; developed an instructional CD-ROM for leadership development and has articles appearing in the Journal of Management Education and Management Learning.

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