2018 Advancing Women in Leadership Symposium

Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom

The Advancing Women in Leadership Symposium brings together a diverse group of leaders and future leaders to engage in discussion, learning, critical thinking, and next steps regarding strategies to educate, inspire, and advance women in higher education. All UA staff, faculty, and graduate students are welcome!

Location: North Ballroom
Holly Brown, Chair, Commission on the Status of Women
Anne Thwaits, Co-Chair, Commission on the Status of Women

Get WiT IT! Panel Discussion with UA Women in Technology Leaders
Agave Room (4th floor)
Sheila Bustamante & Cheryl Novalis-Marine
Nationally, technology-oriented fields are still largely male dominated. Women who are leaders in Technology fields come from all walks of life. Many never considered education and careers in IT. The University of Arizona and Tucson IT community have a unique environment that has increased the number of women in technology-related fields - including leadership roles. This panel is two-fold: First, discuss leaders' experiences entering and working in the IT field. Second, discuss what the university has done to recruit/retain women in technology. This discussion is intended for students, staff, faculty who are interested in jobs and/or careers in IT and those who are interested in advancing their careers in IT.


Mentorship at the University of Arizona: Insights from the 2018 CSW Mentoring Survey
Copper Room (4th floor)
Stephanie Nagl, Kadian McIntosh, & Jessica Amposta
This session presents an overview of findings from the 2018 University-wide CSW Mentoring Survey. Topics of focus include the state of mentoring on campus, demographical differences in participation, desires, and needs-particularly for women, and respondent recommendations. We also discuss considerations and best practices for implementing structured and non-structured mentorship programs, evaluating programs, and fostering mentorship within different communities. Audience members will engage in activities surrounding these practices within the UA context.


Incorporating Gratitude into Your Leadership Style
Presidio Room (4th floor)
Rachele Peterson
Do you recall the last time you were sincerely thanked for your work efforts? Amidst demands on our time, growing responsibilities, and limited resources, incorporating gratitude into your leadership style yields worthwhile benefits which ripple beyond the team. Identify practical, cost-effective steps you can take as a leader and colleague to ensure a more engaged and appreciated staff who are open to feedback, committed to personal growth, and collectively dedicated to achieving the team’s mission.


Resume Makeover
Tubac Room (4th floor)
Anne Thwaits
Your resume is a powerful marketing tool designed to sell an extremely valuable product—you! Learn how to transform your resume from a historical record of your work experience to a concise and compelling document that differentiates you from the competition. We’ll discuss dos and don’ts of resume writing, and explore the importance of a master resume in preparing for career advancement.

Advancing Women in Higher Education with a Babies at Work Program
Agave Room (4th floor)
Stephanie Springer, Chris Tisch, Maggie Ramirez, & Melanie Fleck
The practice of allowing infants to stay with their parents while they perform their job provides benefits to the employee and institution by achieving higher morale and increasing employee retention and productivity. Presentation purpose: (1) To share our Baby at Work best practices, which the presenters have learned from experiential basis (perspectives from employees and supervisors will be shared); (2) To brainstorm strategy so attendees can begin a persuasive conversation with their departments.


Emotional Intelligence 101
Copper Room (4th floor)
Shannon Jones & Jenna Elmer
What does emotional intelligence (EI) really mean? How do great leaders develop their emotional intelligence? We will discuss a framework for increasing your emotional intelligence and practice a few practical skills in this area. We will also look at the research behind emotional intelligence, take an EI self-assessment, and review resources for developing your ability to recognize and use emotions effectively in the workplace.


Say My Name, Say My Name: The Politics of Recognition
Presidio Room (4th floor)
Treya Allen
Destiny's Child once quipped "say my name" in response to the lack of recognition from a significant other. This amounted to being overlooked, undervalued, or under-considered, in spite of the relationship status. This is similar to the lack of recognition of women in higher education in spite of education, experience, and position. This renders the individual invisible. Lack of recognition can manifest as mispronouncing names to the discounting of experience and ways of knowing.


Speak Up, Speak Out: Overcoming Conversational Barriers to Raise Your Visibility and Influence
Tubac Room (4th floor)
Rachel Castro & Anne Thwaits
In academia, success can be determined by your recognition at work and in your field. In this workshop, we examine the barriers that may influence us to keep opinions and accomplishments to ourselves and explore methods to become a better advocate for yourself and others by being active in conversation spaces.

ANCHOR'd Mentorship: Cultivating Female Identified Leaders in the Queer Community
Agave Room (4th floor)
Courtney Waters & Corrie Brinley
This interactive workshop will offer participants an opportunity to learn about a community-based participatory action research project—the ANCHOR project. The ANCHOR project provided the LGBTQ+ community with a community space where they could access mental health support, housing
service coordination, and other supportive services. The workshop will focus on successes and challenges encountered during the project while seeking to advance mentorship and leadership opportunities for female-identified adults and others enrolled in ANCHOR.


Mindful Leaders are Intentional Leaders                                                                     
Copper Room (4th floor)
Lysette Davi
How does your energy feed your team? Consider your own ripple effect on your team, in your workplace and at home. During this session you will have a moment to yourself to relax, be intentional, and consider your own needs so you can practice mindfulness. Leave this session with the ability to flex your skills in a way that can nourish your mind and body.


Talk That Talk Honey: Storytelling as a Framework for Understanding the Experiences of Black Women in Higher Education
Presidio Room (4th floor)
Treya Allen
Storytelling is an autochthonous method of data collection and information passing in Black culture and in Black communities. Storytelling centers the individual as the sole expert on their experience and positions the individual story as valid. Storytelling helps to frame the experiences of Black women in Higher Ed so that their experiences are not subsumed under politically correct buzz words such as people of color, women of color, or multicultural communities.


Women in STEM Seminar: A binational collaboration
Tubac Room (4th floor)
Nadia Alvarez Mexia, Myrna Lizeth Casarez Zazueta, Mariel Rabago Valenzuela, & Adrian Arroyo
In May 2018, the University of Arizona hosted 20 young women who are promising engineers at their respective universities in Sonora, Mexico. The inaugural Women in STEM seminar united the undergraduate students for one week in Tucson, where they participated in innovative workshops, lectures and other activities designed to advance the role of women in STEM. Topics included: personal stories publication, leadership, team work techniques, communication skills, professional development, and interdisciplinary and graduate career opportunities.

Location: SUMC North Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Karen Francis-Begay
Assistant Vice President, Tribal Relations