The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

9:45-10:30 am  Opening Keynote Speaker:

Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Athletic Director, Drake University

"Sandy's Top 5 Rules for Change"

Sandy Hatfield Clubb is in her seventh year as director of athletics at Drake University, leading the athletic department through a transformation that impacts all areas of athletics and the student-athlete experience.  Hatfield Clubb guided the department through the process of developing a long-range strategic plan that was seeking a transformational model for developing a culture of excellence and ethics in athletics.

In her tenure as athletic director at Drake, Hatfield Clubb has overseen great success in the classroom and in the field of play, and made a significant impact in the community.  Hatfield Clubb began her tenure as Drake's athletic director in 2006, as the 16th athletic director in the school's history, and the first woman to serve as athletic director at an NCAA Division I school in the state of Iowa.  According to the Drake website, "Sandy's focus is on the quality of experience for student-athletes and on the value of recreation and wellness programs for the entire community. With her expertise, passion and considerable interpersonal skills, Sandy has been a model leader for Drake Athletics and a wonderful ambassador for the University as a whole."

Hatfield Clubb is the third woman to serve as athletic director at a Missouri Valley Conference school, and is one of 25 women athletic directors at the 334 schools playing NCAA Division I basketball, and the first in Iowa.  She is active as a board member in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Issues Committee and the WBCA Committee on Basketball Issues and is actively involved in the Des Moines community. Hatfield Clubb serves on the Board of Directors for The United Way, Character Counts in Iowa, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Iowa Sports Foundation.  Hatfield Clubb was honored by the Des Moines Business Record as one of the newspaper's 2010 Women of Influence.   Hatfield Clubb earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas-El Paso.

With her past and varied experiences,  Hatfield Clubb will talk about what it means to be a catalyst for change and her top 5 rules for preparing for the inevitable changes that will occur in any organization or institution.

12:00-1:30 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

Heather W. Hackman
Hackman Consulting Group, Minnesota

"Twenty-first Century Leadership for Twenty-first Century Change!   

Dr. Heather Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and most recently was a tenured professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and taught at St. Cloud since that time.

Hackman consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism. She has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working on two books, one addressing anti-racism professional development training for P-12 professionals and another (with Susan Raffo) examining racism as trauma and the identification of more complex pathways of healing and working toward racial justice.  In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed corporate training rubrics augmenting GPTWI’s frameworks. She has sat on the board of Minnesota NAME as president, the board of Rainbow Families, and has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work.

A truly engaging speaker, Hackman will inspire us with her talk on Thursday evening.   Our human family, and indeed our entire planet, has never faced a   moment such as the one we are in: worldwide communications that link  people on massive scales, deeply interconnected economic, social and  political systems, tensions and conflicts that have planet-wide  impacts, and the pressing demands of an increasingly interconnected  global society all require new and dynamic forms of leadership. This  presentation touches briefly on some of these global complexities and  then offers a set of essential factors necessary in producing 21st  century leaders who can support and manifest 21st century change.  While focusing on a range of social justice issues, the presentation  will highlight how gender liberation and the voices and experiences of  all genders are essential to the shaping of this 21st century leadership vision.


Friday, November 2, 2012

11:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

Cynthia Dorfman
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Communications and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC

"From Cat Fight to Catalyst"

Cynthia Dorfman is responsible for the overall operational management of the Office of Communications and Outreach, ensuring that the career federal staff and political appointees are working hand-in-hand to accurately, effectively, and quickly convey the key messages about the policies and priorities of the U.S. Department of Education. She is responsible for the assessment of this Office's performance to comply with regulations from the President's Office of Management and Budget and assure responsible stewardship of federal funds through process improvement. 

Dorfman also oversees the national recognition programs (Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon Schools and Presidential Scholars), the Department's call center at 1-800-USA-LEARN, internal communications among Department employees, and written and visual communication for the public. In addition, she coordinates the work of the Department's 10 Regional Communications Offices, which includes that of the team of Teaching Ambassador Fellows who serve as "teachers-in-residence" at the Department.  As an employee of the U.S. Department of Education for 28 years, she has held leadership positions in the Offices of Innovation and Improvement,  Educational Research and Improvement (now Institute of Education Sciences), and  Vocational and Adult Education.

Before entering government, Ms. Dorfman was a middle school English teacher, executive director of a project of a foundation, and dean of students for a national nonprofit educational organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Skidmore College, a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from International College, a precursor of the modern distance learning model for postsecondary education. In addition, she has done  graduate in public policy with the University of Virginia and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program.  She has received many honors in the field of publication and has been recognized by her agency with the President's Volunteer Service Award.
As our Closing Keynote speaker, Dorfman will share her experiences with the changing role of women in supervision of a mostly female workforce.   


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