The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2021

Thursday, November 4, 2021

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

 Julie Keehner
CEO, Keehner Consulting LLC

'The End to Toxic Work Environments: How we as Women Leaders Must Engage"

Many of us have worked in what is now referred to as ‘toxic’ work environments.  We know it when we see it, but oftentimes wonder what we can do about it, especially when toxicity has become part of the culture of the institution.  Thankfully, we as women leaders, can address toxicity and make a real difference in promoting healthy work environments that contribute to greater satisfaction, higher productivity, and more positive experiences for the students we serve. This keynote address will discuss the real difference and meaningful contributions we can make in today’s institutions of higher learning.

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. Georgina Dodge
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Maryland

"She ain't heavy, she's my sister:" Moving forward and leaving no womxn behind"

As we break through, jump over, and navigate barriers, how might we forge trails that other womxn can follow? Even as we focus on pursuing our own careers and lives, how can we create inclusive spaces for the womxn around us? We are all aware of the fractures, both historical and contemporary, that mark the feminist and women's movements and dilute our collective power. It is time to focus on how we, as womxn and leaders, can hold different perspectives and opinions but still move forward together.
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Friday, November 5, 2021

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

Dr. LaDrina Wilson
CEO, Iman Consulting  (formerly Vice President for Student Services, Black Hawk College)

"Empowered Women Empower Women"

The journey to leadership can be a lonely road to travel, particularly for women.  This keynote address will examine the importance of making meaningful connections, being a conduit to success for others, and blazing a trail for the women currently working alongside you and those in the pipeline who aspire to follow the path to leadership. 


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