The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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

             Dr. C. Renee Romano
            Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
            University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

            "Lessons Learned on The Way Up"

Higher Education is a unique environment where women sometimes have a disadvantage in moving up in the ranks. There are many factors involved, some of which are out of our control-such as the perceptions of others about women in leadership, gender discrimination and other challenges of women in the academy. But there are things in our control, such as career decisions, people we align ourselves with, personal choices about partners and children, the nature of our work and how much we want to put into it.  Dr. Romano will reflect on her experience in higher education and give thoughts to consider for your own journey on the way up to whatever heights you choose to attain.

Dr. Renée Romano is currently Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to her appointment at Illinois, she was the Vice President for Educational and Student Services at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was also an associate professor in the College of Education.  Throughout her career, Dr. Romano has been interested in the experiences and perceptions of women leaders and the unique challenges they face. She has also been a passionate advocate for diversity, creating structures to celebrate and support inclusion on campus.  She's married to Robert Sherwood and has one daughter, Angela who is expecting her first child in October. In her spare time, she refers to herself as an obsessive knitter and runner, and has enjoyed recent racing success in her age group, or as she explains it, "I didn't have to get faster; I just had to get older."

12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch

The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

* Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship
* Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
*“Iowa Community Colleges Support The Way Up” Scholarship

* Recognition Awards - Recognizing the Founders and the Early Supporters of The Way Up

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

Dinner Speaker

            Dr. Denise M. Douglas
            Associate Dean, Executive Education; Weatherhead School of Management at the Case Western Reserve University (OH)

            "Mastering Authentic Leadership in the Changing Higher Education Landscape!"

The rapid pace of change in the world surrounding higher education institutions has forced leaders in higher education to emerge from a reactionary state to a proactive state to ensure higher education's relevance in the future.  But what does it take to lead in an environment that is increasingly complex, highly regulated, underfunded, diverse, global and questioned as to its value? In order for leaders to thrive in this new landscape they must skillfully lead with authenticity.  Mastering authenticity requires a deep level of self-awareness including the understanding of ones values, strengths and personal vision in order to position yourself to lead your institution to her greatest potential.  This Keynote Presentation will explore topics on vision, values, authenticity, grit and support structures such as a personal board of directors to help you imagine, embrace and excel in your leadership journey. 

Dr. Denise Douglas has over 18 years of leadership experience in both private and public higher education institutions.  Currently, Douglas serves as the associate dean of Weatherhead Executive Education with the prior position of senior associate dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. Douglas is also the president of Career Spark, LLC a leadership development, coaching, and educational practice.  She is certified to deliver and interpret the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), as well as other leadership and career development assessments.  Her specialty area is women's leadership development.  Douglas has received many awards including being selected to attend the ACE National Women's Leadership Forum and being awarded Case Western Reserve University's President's Distinguished Service Award.  Other awards and recognitions include the YWCA of Cleveland Woman of Professional Excellence, Kaleidoscope Magazine's 40-40 Club and selection to attend the prestigious HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education.  Douglas currently serves on the board of Dress for Success Cleveland, a non-profit that helps economically disadvantaged women overcome barriers to employment.

Friday, November 4, 2016

11:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

                Dr. Teresa Paper
                President, Scott Community College

               "Life and Leadership:  It's a Balancing Act"

Dr. Teresa Paper is currently President of Scott Community College in Bettendorf,Iowa.  Prior to this appointment, she was Dean of Instruction at Allen Community College in Iola, Kansas and the Dean of the College at Scott Community College.  Teresa has obtained many awards and accolades throughout her career as both an instructor and institutional leader. These honors include the Phi Theta Kappa Administrator Award, the Instructional Leadership Award for Instructional Administrators, and an Honorable Mention Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Teresa was also a Math Scholar through the National Science Foundation. Teresa is an active Rotarian, where she has served as the North Scott Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for several years.  Outside of work, Teresa spends her free time with her husband, Nyle Paper, and their four children.  She enjoys baking, sewing, gardening, and spending time outdoors on her farm in northwest Scott County.
Dr. Paper's Keynote presentation will focus on learning from past experiences and using them to develop the next generations of leaders. You will hear about how to achieve work-life balance and the role this plays in developing great leaders, as well as how to establish valuable connections with other women in leadership roles.


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