The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Concurrent Sessions - 2019

Thursday, November 7

10:45 – 12:00      Contributed and Invited Presentations I

The Secrets to Successful Global Collaboration Projects in Higher Ed

       Leigh Zeitz, University of Northern Iowa

 We live in a Global Society so we MUST prepare our students to connect and collaborate with global learners. This presentation will explore Global Collaboration between classrooms and the many opportunities it can provide. Secrets to successful online projects will be revealed and multiple successful examples and resources will be provided. Many of these projects can work in your institution. Come learn about providing a connected learning experience and make some connections while you are here.   Click here for this presentation.


Next Steps: When you know it is time to make your next career move

      Terri Crumley, Mt. Mercy University

 At a career crossroad? Thinking about making a career change, but aren't sure what you want to do? This session will offer a personal account of questions asked and issues considered when deciding to make a move between different areas of academe and between the private and public sectors of higher ed. Advice learned from these moves and tips on successfully transitioning to a new role will be discussed, along with the merits of seeking internal promotion vs. moving to a new institution.   Click here for this presentation.


Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace: Empowering Women to Take Ownership of Their Work in Higher Education

      Bailey Bushman, University of Iowa

 "All of these people really seem to have it together and I don't feel like I know what's going on," "Maybe they were just trying to be nice to me," and "I feel like a fraud" are all feelings we've felt before. Impostor syndrome is significantly more common in women than men. As women, we must find support and act to overcome impostor syndrome. In this session, participants will learn about what impostor syndrome is, discuss their own experiences, and make a commitment to eliminating self-doubt. Participants will be asked to engage through a variety of activities, videos, etc. to strategize ways to turn "I don't deserve credit for that, it's no big deal" into "I worked really hard and made a difference."   Click here for this presentation.


From A to Gen Z: Recruiting the next generation

      Anne Kremer, Drake University
      Sheila Schechinger, University of Iowa

 Develop a better understanding of what it takes to recruit Generation Z students - Who are these students? What do they care about? What are their concerns? How should you communicate with them? We will identify the opportunities and challenges working with these students across various sectors of higher education. In addition, we will offer insight and resources that you can apply when engaging this population



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

 Teaching Gen Z: In the Classroom and Beyond

       Sara Marcketti, Iowa State University
       Katharine Suski, Iowa State University
       Laura Bestler, Iowa State University

 Growing up having never known a time without smart phones and social media, Generation Z use technology as an extension of themselves. Gen Z is the most diverse generation in American history, and in the aftermath of the Great Recession, are focused on the value and relevance of the college degree. In this interactive presentation, participants will consider Gen Z attributes and effective means of teaching and interacting with the generational cohort inside and outside of the classroom.


 How do you compete as an internal candidate? Panel Discussion

       Kim Becicka, Kirkwood Community College
      Brooke Strahn-Koller, Kirkwood Community College
      Jennifer Cunningham, Kirkwood Community College

 Often times, for women to pursue higher levels of responsibility in education it occurs through upward mobility at the institution. However, being an internal candidate comes with its own nuances. This panel discussion will feature three women at different stages in their careers in higher education. Each panelist has had experience both as the internal candidate and hiring internal candidates. Discussion will include each candidate's experience navigating this sometimes difficult process, and shared insights on opportunities and challenges of being an internal candidate.


Nevertheless, She Found Her Way: How gender impacts communication within higher education

      Jacki Brucher Moore, Kirkwood Community College

 Gender is an important part of our self-concept and is socially constructed through communication with others. Our self-concept is one of the most significant factors in shaping how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. This session will explore the connection between communication and gender, and the impact that connection has on women, specifically in higher education.


Two-Way Street Mentoring Relationships: Strategies and Techniques for Success

     Mary Gill, Buena Vista University
     Suzi Kalsow, Bank Midwest
     Deb Lenhart, Buena Vista University
     Lucy Shaffer Croft, Buena Vista University,

We hear stories of wonderful mentoring relationships and yet many never quite work for either mentees or mentors. At the foundation of all successful mentoring is a strong relationship between mentor/mentee. Panelists share insights on strategies and techniques from their knowledge and experiences on how to construct successfully energetic, organic, and open mentor/mentee relationships. Important consideration will be given to how to make quality selections as mentees and mentors. This session will encourage questions from the participants. Come learn about mentor/mentee relationships and leave with specific steps you can engage next week.


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

 Looking forward: What demographic shifts are coming?

      Paula Knudson, University of Northern Iowa

 Join for an interactive session that explores changes in Iowa and nationally as we explore leaders of the future. Explore how these changes will impact our schools and work force. Working across generations from Boomers to Gen Z will be important for leaders of today and tomorrow.    Click here for this presentation.


Fundraising Fundamentals

      Hillery Oberle, University of Northern Iowa

 Higher education budgets are getting tighter and there is an increasing need to obtain funding from other sources through fundraising and grant writing. In this 101 session learn more about current funding opportunities and fundraising strategies, including tips and tricks of the trade.


Bridging the Gap: Productive Community Conversations on Difficult Issues

      Manisha Paudel, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
      Claudia Schabel, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
      Emily Shields, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission

Bridging the Gap is a project championed by Mayor Frank Cownie to have a solutions-focused discussion with community members across Des Moines. This ongoing, community-centered dialogue and strategy series is designed to involve city and state government, business leaders, service providers, and at-large community members in the development of collaborative, step-by-step solutions to address issues that are essential to a thriving city. In this session, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commissioners and staff will discuss the dialogue project. This will include an overview of dialogue and community engagement strategies and methodologies. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their dialogue goals and find resources for implementing them.    Click here for this presentation.


Women of Color Roundtable

Facilitator:  Jeanette Thomas, Iowa Department of Education
Panel:    Rhonda McRina, Hawkeye Community College
             Doreen Mingo, Central Iowa VA Health Care System
             Patricia Nabal, City Colleges of Chicago
             Rashandra Oatis, Scott Community College

Research suggests that, given the current environment, women of color face different challenges in the workplace. Panelists will share their perspectives on the experience of women of color in higher education. Discussion will include advocacy, challenges, opportunity, and personal experiences.


Friday, November 8

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

Getting Beyond "I Hate Reading" in the College Classroom: Strategies for Student Engagement with Academic Materials

      Lisa Speicher Munoz, Hawkeye Community College

 Why won't they read? One of the biggest frustrations of college faculty is the often failed attempt to getting students to completed assigned readings. For many students, reading feels like a burden. Yet, reading can also be liberating for those same students. How do we help them get there? Using Freire's notion of literacy as "reading the word and reading the world" as a foundation, I provide multiple examples of what works, what doesn't work, and why. Those who attend this session will leave with several ideas with which to effectively engage students in reading in the first years of college.


 Leadership Lessons

      Jeneane Beck, University of Iowa

 One of the best teachers is failure, but for those in or aspiring to leadership roles these lessons can make or break your credibility as a leader. In this session learn more about how to navigate and craft messaging for these learning moments. 


Managing email, incoming info and stress reduction

      Erin Lee Schneider, Drake University

 Do you find yourself overwhelmed by work tasks? Do you want to cry when you open your email inbox? Are you becoming more disorganized? Finding yourself procrastinating tasks that shouldn't be terribly challenging? Are you awake at night, thinking through your to do list? Forgetting important tasks or meetings? Is your work life impacting your personal life? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, please attend the session hosted by Erin Lee Schneider, Assistant Dean for Drake University Law School. During this session, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and solutions to the problems of inefficiency, disorganization, and the overwhelming nature of work.    Click here for this presentation.


Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being in Higher Education

      Erin Baldwin, Iowa State University       

 Join this interactive session as we discuss the increasing complexity of student mental health and well-being needs on college campuses. We will discuss current data and student needs and participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges they've experienced in their setting. We will share and discuss both strategic and operational tactics that participants can take home and scale for their institution.


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

Designing Online Courses

      Lesya Hassall, Iowa State University

 Become comfortable with the concepts of course design, development and alignment as you engage in interactive learning activities and thought-provoking discussions with your peers. Then think up a plan for improving the next iteration of your course and have fun at it!  In this workshop participants will: 1) Recognize the critical components of sound course design; 2) Explain the concept of course alignment; 3) Make decisions about course alignment; 4) Collaborate and network with peers through substantive and timely interactions.


How to handle the things they didn't prepare you for in your leadership program

      Erin Lain, Drake University

 Sometimes all the leadership workshops and conferences in the world can't prepare you for some of the biggest challenges that one might experience in Higher Education. These can include situations with students as well as faculty and staff and issues of gender, race, as well as illnesses and even death. We will walk through some ways to help faculty and staff navigate delicate situations.


Higher Ed Trends

       Stephanie Hale, Client Leadership Solutions, TIAA

 The disruptive forces that are changing higher education necessitate a new way of thinking about and approaching leadership. The talent that will lead higher education in the future also demand an intentional approach to leadership making an institution's practice of leadership a key differentiator in your employee value proposition. Many of the ways people are taught to lead (if they are taught at all) were developed on the factory floor of the early 1900s and are woefully out of date. This session explores the capabilities that leaders need to effectively guide the organization in the evermore complex, ambiguous future environment.  Click here for this presentation.    Click here for the demographic Trends Sheets used during the presentation.


So I'm a Unicorn: Women working in traditionally male fields within higher education

      Jill Budde, Indian Hills Community College
      Sara Swanson, Kirkwood Community College
      Suzette Radke, Buena Vista University
      Lori Seawel, University of Northern Iowa

 A Unicorn is defined as both "a mythical animal…" and "something that is highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain." That is a perfect description of the career path of many of the women on this panel. Each panelist is a leader in a traditionally male field. They will discuss their career paths, obstacles they faced, and their individual successes and failures along the journey.




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