Women's Leadership Symposium wordmarkThe 2018 Women’s Leadership Symposium is a day-long conference created for women/woman-identified staff and students. Get ready to explore a variety of ways to develop authentic and empowered leadership skills!

2018 Women’s Leadership Symposium
Wednesday, January 31
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
University Memorial Center at CU Boulder

Events at the conference include a keynote presentation, breakout sessions presented by CU students and staff, networking, lunch and a community-based closing activity to keep your leadership momentum going throughout the semester.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium will highlight the existing CU Boulder leadership resources and will provide a place for students, staff and faculty to connect and collaborate.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium seeks to explore the variety of ways authentic leadership is present in our communities, empower confidence in leadership styles and practices, and engage the resiliency in tomorrow’s leaders with CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.

Registration is now CLOSED for this event.

Conference Schedule
9-9:30 a.m.             Opening – coffee and tea provided
9:45-10:45 a.m.      Breakout Sessions
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Breakout Sessions
12-1:30 p.m.           Lunch with Keynote
1:45-2:45 p.m.        Networking Session
2:45-3 p.m.             Closing

Keynote Presentation

Women as Inclusive Leaders: Intersectionality Matters
The keynote presentation will explore how women can enact traits of inclusive leaders by attending not only to gender, but also to other aspects of identity that affect women’s experiences. Dr. Allen will explain the concept of intersectionality and its relevance to an innovative model of inclusive leadership. She will provide examples, strategies and techniques to enlighten and empower participants.

Brenda J. Allen photoBrenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. She was recruited to CU Boulder in 1989 and joined the CU Denver faculty in 2001. During her 25+ years at CU, Dr. Allen has served in numerous leadership roles and has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching and service in the area of diversity and inclusion. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication and identity, with an emphasis on diversity in higher education. Among her publications is the groundbreaking book, Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. In addition to performing her duties at the University, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including implicit bias, inclusive leadership, empowHERment, cultivating organizational culture and diversity hiring practices.

Dr. Allen has received numerous recognitions, including the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication from the National Communication Association, the Women in Leadership and Management Award (named in honor of Wilma J. Webb, former Colorado legislator), as well as the Elizabeth D. Gee Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award from the University of Colorado System.

Breakout Sessions

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Women’s Leadership
Panelists: Lorraine Bayard de Volo, The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Sharon F. Matusik
Moderator: The Rev. Mary Kate Rejouis

Despite breaking through some of the highest glass ceilings, challenges remain. A panel of three women who have succeeded in traditionally male-dominated fields – academia, business and the church – discuss unexpected costs, keys to success and paths forward for inclusive progress across disciplines.

Where Dignity Meets Accountability in the Workplace
Connie North, Ph.D.; Erin Schweber
The personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse shared publicly in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein debacle have inspired powerful and much-needed dialogue. In this workshop, we aspire to make these dialogues part of a visioning process for CU Boulder that moves us toward positive institutional and cultural transformation. We particularly plan to address the significance of understanding the various forms of gender-based abuse on this campus before we seek to “do” something about the negative experiences of women, non-binary individuals and gender-nonconforming individuals in our institution.

Voices of Women of Color Panel  
Panelists: Krishna Pattisapu, Manuela Stewart Sifuentes, Christina Chambers, Amy Moreno, Magdalena Landa-Posas, Serene Singh
Moderator: Sarah Rimmel

There are unique barriers and struggles that women of color are facing while working and studying on a predominately white campus and within the current local, national and global climate. During this session, audience members will learn about what matters to the panelists, how panelists connect to and hold on to their cultural values and personal/collective visions, and ways these individuals engage in leadership on campus and in the community.

Leading Through Protest: Changing Your Campus and Reclaiming Your Body
Sam West, Logan Gomez
Recent events have seen many women-identified leaders narrate their trauma in an effort to make their stories visible and intelligible (Carry That Weight, #MeToo, Time’s Up, etc.). Women lead in myriad venues and circumstances; this session focuses on social activism as a form of leadership. We welcome participants at any level of familiarity with sexual harassment and violence.

Authentic Leadership: Solutions and Perspectives from Women/Women-identified Staff and Students at the University of Colorado 
Annie Piatt, Shivani Bhatt, Briana Smith, Shannon Squires
This session aims to leave attendees with hope and tools for moving towards authentic leadership while holding space for the unique journeys of diverse individuals. Panelists will share their unique stories, bravely acknowledging challenges associated with gender and other intersectional aspects of identity, and discuss how they have each authentically embodied leadership in ways true to who they are, demonstrating an inclusive view of leadership from multiple perspectives.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy
Dr. Johanna Maes
With a focus on women of color presidents, Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy paints a rich landscape through voices of experience as they ascend and lead higher education institutions, navigating complex dynamics influenced by their race, culture, class and gender status. The book recognizes and affirms that the academy cannot survive and thrive without women of color and their scholarship, voices, perspectives, viewpoints and leadership. It affirms the social justice imperative of diversifying the academy to include women of color.

Beginning, Middle and More: Development and Focus for Women Managers
Denise Adelsen, Annie Tuck, Dania Masur
Three women at different points within their careers will share their journey, philosophies and situations that have brought them to their current roles, as women in manager positions.

Empowerment Through Movement
Chelsea Magyar, Beth Osnes, Emma Scher
Being the change you want to see in the world begins with a change in yourself. Sometimes even just a change in your posture. The way we position and move our bodies both sends messages and impacts our confidence. This session will address the kinesics of confidence and equip you with a few practical tools to walk into leadership with – literally!

Women Leading Sustainability
Panelists: Ellen Edwards, Nicole Grisham, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Phaedra C. Pezzullo
Moderator: Marianne Moulton Martin

Without women’s leadership, we won’t get very far in creating effective and fair climate policies, eliminating poverty, etc. But luckily, women have been leading in this field forever. From tending the land and waters, to policy guidance, engineering, directing organizations, educating, to being healers, designers, seed savers, chefs, entrepreneurs and crisis managers, women continue to inspire. Join a discussion with campus sustainability practitioners from multiple departments about the strength and depth of women’s leadership behind campus initiatives, including academics and operations.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Be Woke: Speed Mentoring Session
Andrea Gundelman
Have you ever wished for advice or conversation with some of the best staff CU has to offer? Now is your chance! Over the course of an hour, you will meet with multiple leaders on campus while networking with a group of participants. Ask your burning questions about leadership, navigating CU and enhancing your effectiveness in your current or future careers. Get advice. Make connections.

Thank you to the Division of Students Affairs for their support of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium. Thank you as well to the committee and their departments for supporting the leadership learning, development and engagement of CU Boulder women/woman-identified staff and students: Center for Student Involvement, Housing & Dining Services, Human Resources, University of Colorado Student Government, University Memorial Center, and Women’s Resource Center.