The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

        Dr. Lori Sundberg
        President, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

        "Embrace the Journey: Sparking Your Passion as an Emerging Leader in Higher Education"

 Dr. Lori Sundberg is the 5th president of Kirkwood Community College and the first female to serve in that role. Sundberg holds a Doctor of Business Administration in Management from St. Ambrose University (2003) as well as a Master in Business Administration in Marketing from Western Illinois University (1998). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College with a double major in Economics and History (1995). Prior to coming to Kirkwood, Sundberg served for eight years as the President of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Sundberg was the 6th president for Carl Sandburg College and the first graduate and female to lead the institution. She has more than 23 years in community college leadership.

Dr. Sundberg is a well-recognized higher education professional with decades of experience as both an educator and administrator.  Originally involved in institutional research, her professional background also includes experience in marketing, grant writing, human resources, negotiations and academic affairs.   Dr. Sundberg is a former first-generation college graduate.


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 Award

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

Dinner Speaker

       Dr. Sarah Gardial-Fisher
       Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
       University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

       "The World Needs More Women Leaders (And Men Willing To Work With Them)"

Dr. Sarah Gardial-Fisher joined the University of Iowa community in July 2012 as the first woman Dean in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Since that time she has been working with faculty, staff, students and businesses to strategically advance the Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa and the local community.  Previously at the University of Tennessee, she served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2008-2012, as well as the Beaman Professor of Business and assistant and associate dean of the College of Business. She earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Houston. 

Dr. Gardial has a strong background in business and business education, having taught at the collegiate and executive education levels for over 30 years, as well as consulting with industry. Her research focuses on the growth and improvement of marketing principles and understanding and creating customer value.  She has played an active leadership role in various business education associations, including the MBA Roundtable, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and AACSB, the international accrediting association for collegiate schools of business.   She is an outspoken supporter for women in leadership and serves as a board member of the United Fire Group, Inc., the Learning Tree International, Inc., the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. 


Friday, November 8, 2019

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

       Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President
       Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina   

       "The Future is Female: Fact or Fiction?””

Dr. Artis will explore the complexities of women in leadership against the social and political backdrop of the day.  She will discuss national trends relative to women in higher education leadership roles with particular emphasis on successful female administrators.  Dr. Artis will also explore barriers to full female participation and offer meaningful solutions to the purported "pipeline problem."

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, had earned for the second time in history, the distinct honor of serving as the first female President of a collegiate institution in the United States.   On June 30, 2017, Dr. Artis was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College.  She was the first female President in the 148-year history of the College which was founded by a woman, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict in 1870.  Dr. Artis came to Benedict College from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she served for four years as the 13th President and the first female President in that University’s 138-year history

Intentional, professional and thoroughly committed to the proliferation and transformation of colleges and universities that serve underrepresented men and women of color, Dr. Artis brought to Benedict College a depth of knowledge in higher education and an enthusiasm for students’ success.   In March 2019, Dr. Artis was named Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education, the annual recognition honors the contributions of women who stand out for their ability to forge solutions to the unprecedented challenges facing the nation’s higher education community. A prolific speaker, critical thinker and fierce advocate for educational access, Dr. Artis has been recognized for her work locally and nationally and is frequently engaged as a mentor, lecturer, and catalyst for strategic transformation.  Her passion for education, youth development, and service to the community is manifested through her work with numerous organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America.   


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