Women's Leadership Conference

Detailed Descriptions of Concurrent Workshops


Session I - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Competing Commitments

    Presenters: Jessica Bearman & Nancy Chaney


    Change is hard--professionally and personally. Sometimes it's hard to shift behavior or practices, even when the change is something you'd really like to accomplish. In this workshop, we'll explore the idea of "competing commitments" - the often unarticulated assumptions and values that can exert a powerful hold.
  • Zen and the Art of Leadership: Playing with Mindfulness & Movement Improvisation

    Presenters: Renée Hill & Irene Shaver


    In this interactive workshop participants will engage in mindfulness exercises to explore self-awareness, movement improvisation exercises to play with awareness of others, and engage in group reflection about the insights mindfulness and improvisation have for fostering leadership and positive team dynamics.
  • Mothering from the Field

    Presenters: Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ryanne Pilgeram, & Stacey Camp


    Sciences that require field research can be problematic for women as they struggle to meet the demands of both tenure and motherhood. We'll share our experiences as women who conduct field research while mothering young children, proposing that it is only possible with “the power of we.”
  • The Stewardess: The Evolution of an Aviation Icon
    Presenter: Lauren Paterson

    "Air Hostess." "Jet Setter." "Sky Girl." She is a cultural icon. Her image evoked girl next door, sexy playmate - and now - heroine to working women. This is a story about the American stewardess. Although flight attendants are present in almost every corner of the the globe, this narrative journey seeks to explore the very beginning of the profession from its origin in the United States. The Stewardess serves as a metaphor for the way U. S. society saw American women, and eventually, how those women saw themselves.
  • Beyond Bubble Baths & Baby Animals: Strategies for Sustainable Social Justice Advocacy
    Presenter: Jennifer Warwick

    This workshop draws from research on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue (and some “been there, done that”) to help participants navigate the “shadow side” of compassion, to explore ways to incorporate self-care into personal and organizational practices, and to teach participants to become sustainable stewards of a cause.
  • Focusing Internally, Responding Externally: Practicing Transformational Leadership Methods
    Presenters: Kathryn Schiffelbein & Laura Holyoke

    Societal expectations often pressure leaders to feel they must "lead the charge" in everything. However, relevant research points us in a different direction. Learn how self-reflection of our values and vulnerabilities can lead to transformational leadership (at any level), shared governance in your workplace and sharing responsibilities.

Session II - 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

  • How Unconscious Bias Impacts the Hiring and Promotion of Women

    Presenters: Kimberly Houser & Maggie Reed


    This presentation will explore the connection between unconscious bias and gender discrimination. Even though we are unaware of it, we tend to like people who look like us, think like us, and come from backgrounds similar to ours. Unconscious bias occurs when we discount those who are different than us. This has an enormous implication for women working in male-dominated fields.
  • Using Mentoring to Encourage Ourselves (and Others)

    Presenters: Heather Chermak & Julia Pomerenk


    Learn how to get encouragement—and how to give encouragement—through creating your own mentoring network. We’ll confirm ways in which we, as colleagues, can lend strong support, through mentoring over time and mentoring just in time. Practical advice, change management, leadership theory, and inspiring stories will be shared.
  • One World, Many Views

    Presenters: Mary Kay Patton & Denise Yost


    To collaborate is to bring together, to merge, and to relate with another with the intention of creating more than is possible alone. Successful collaboration pushes us to cross the threshold, marking the interplay between mind-body-spirit, and the relationships between self-community. In this interactive workshop, we explore these unique spaces.
  • Refusing the Split: Intersectionality between Mixed Race and Queer Identities

    Presenter: Samantha Hansen

    In the words of Chicana author Cherrie Moraga, "I am a woman with a foot in two worlds, and I refuse the split." In this workshop, we will explore research results from surveying mixed race/queer individuals, with a focus on challenging microaggressions and using these non-binary identities to cultivate allyship.

  • Tapping into Free Resources to Fund Your Professional Projects
    Presenters: Debbie Hornbuckle & Nancy Holmes

    Free resources are available to help you improve your grant-seeking and grant-writing skills. Join this professional development workshop to learn how to utilize the Pivot subscription database, submit requests for research on private foundations/corporations, and improve your grant writing. If desired, bring your laptop to get hands-on experience!
  • The Professional New Mother: Pregnancy, Leave, Breastfeeding, Returning to Work, and Balance

    Presenters: Bobbi Hughes & Mary Ellen Brewick


    Love your career and your baby, too? Join us to talk about how to manage the challenges and joys of pregnancy and early motherhood while working full-time. We’ll share and solicit strategies for new mothers and discuss helpful tips for supervisors of new mothers.

Session III - 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

  • Creating a Safe Space: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Feminist Pedagogy

    Presenters: Amy Canfield, Marlowe Daly-Galeano & Heather Van Mullem


    This interactive workshop will offer strategies and examples for incorporating feminist pedagogy into the classroom from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants in this workshop will be able to relate their teaching and learning experiences to those of others in order to brainstorm classroom strategies and enhance feminist practice.
  • Embrace Your Brave Space!

    Presenters: Virginia Solan & Tara Howe


    Considering that we experience so much of our lives encased in our professional personas, how do we make meaningful connections and actively support our colleagues in environments that can be interpersonal landmines? We’ve all heard the term “safe space.” Journey to the next level, to the realm of “brave space.”
  • Peer Education as a Leadership Style and Way to Increase Collaboration

    Presenter: Rachel Todd


    This workshop is based on the peer education model. It gives an opportunity to reflect on leadership style with co-workers and students/employees, and be more conscious of opportunity for collaboration. Participants will learn about the powerful facilitation and leadership style of peer education and how to translate it as a way to furthering partnerships among groups.
  • Discovering and Articulating Your Strengths

    Presenters: Leanne Ralstin & Nicole Campbell


    When was the last time you did an inventory of your strengths? In this hands-on workshop, you will come to an understanding of, and be able to articulate, your personal strengths. You will also learn how these assets can contribute to better collaboration on teams and to personal success.
  • Power and Poise: Inhabiting Your Body Every Day
    Presenter: Rajal G. Cohen

    A strong carriage conveys confidence and commands respect. However, typical postural advice calls for effortful exertion that is tiring rather than energizing. Drawing from the Alexander Technique and my own research, this interactive workshop teaches participants how to inhabit their bodies in a way that is powerful, comfortable, and poised.
  • It’s a Girl Thing! Gender in STEM Education and Careers

    Presenters: Dilshani Sarathchandra & Kristin Haltinner


    In science, whose knowledge gets made into topics of cultural and sociopolitical discourse? Our presentation takes this broad question as an entry point and examines a growing body of research that analyzes the intersection of gender, sexuality, science, and technology. Additionally, we will discuss effective models for reducing gender disparities.

Session IV - 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Yes, I Can: Self-Promotion in the Workplace

    Presenter: Morgan Hanson

    Now more than ever, women are taught strategies that increase our potential for success in the workplace. One skill that is not often taught is how to talk about our successes with others. Women can and should self-promote without fear, and this session talks about why and how to do so.
  • The Power of “We”? Old Tensions and New Solutions

    Presenter: Claudia Leeb

    This paper presentation engages controversial debates about how to best theorize feminism as a political collectivity, as the power of “we” in a position to transform the status quo. A reading of Foucault with Lacan explains my idea of the feminist “political subject-in-outline,” which allows us to hold on to the feminist “we,” without it becoming exclusionary. Such a collectivity does not become a static entity, but remains an outline, which means that defining it is an ongoing and never complete process.
  • Discussing Gender Without Gender Essentialism

    Presenter: Kristin Haltinner


    This session will provide a brief overview of the topics covered in the book Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Dr. Kristin Haltinner and Dr. Ryanne Pilgeram. The presenter will discuss her chapter, "Discussing Gender Without Gender Essentialism." This chapter examines how we can teach about the average institutional, systemic, and interpersonal differences that exist between men and women without reinforcing the false gender dichotomy in society. It outlines several strategies, including challenging essentialist language; decentering men, women, and cisgendered people; and pushing the boundaries of gendered categorizations.
  • Activism in the Arts: Everyday of a Black Girl

    Presenter: Jessy Forsmo-Shadid


    This is an activist performance piece that exposes what it's like to live in America as a black woman. My presentation comprises a series of audio recordings of the different comments that people make about black women that I've heard while going about my day, from getting up, and going to work, to going to bed.
  • Navigating Collaborative Work Environments from Masculine Female Perspectives

    Presenter: Michelle Shannon


    This session will explore gender presentation in the workplace, and how cultural, social and institutional gender norms for clothing, language, attitude, and perceived ability can influence an employee's authenticity and productivity.
  • How to Build Collaboration With Any Personality Type
    Presenters: Tracie Lee & Stefanie Ramirez

    Participants will identify their own personality type, and increase their ability to identify different personality types of colleagues around them in order to improve collaboration experiences. Presenters will share tips on recognizing personality types of others, in addition to how to improve experiences in group settings where types may differ substantially.