Advancing Your Career Sessions – Amelia Island

Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
December 2 – December 5, 2012
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla.

Advancing Your Career Sessions are designed to address some of the critical issues facing women in the higher education work environment. Designed to be more information rich and presentational in nature, these 90-minute sessions will stimulate your thinking and encourage you to action. There will be eight Advancing Your Career Sessions divided into four blocks; each session will be presented twice, so participants will have several opportunities to attend the programs they are most interested in. A complete schedule will be available onsite; topics and presenters include the following:

Building a Bridge in Stilettos

Presented by Erin Fischer  

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to confront your friends, family, or colleagues? Wouldn’t it just be easier if you never said anything? Imagine if avoidance was the primary strategy. But what happens if you found out people want to be confronted? What if each confrontation was an opportunity to strengthen a relationship and gain understanding? It all begins with knowing your innate communication style and leveraging your personal relationships to build the bridge from the other side. Once the value of confrontation is identified, conflict situations can be faced with poise, purpose, and confidence! In this multimedia-driven workshop, participants will take a personal conflict styles assessment and will learn tools to overcome conflict situations which face today’s female leaders.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify their primary confrontation style
  • Gain an understanding of the definition and purpose of constructive confrontation
  • Utilize "I messaging" in a conflict situation
  • Think critically about how to confront as a woman

As the program officer for The Leadership Institute, Erin Fischer serves as the primary leader in the area of training and development for the organization, providing management to ensure appropriate planning, execution, and administration of all training programs. Fischer started her career as a camp director and worked for the YMCA for four years before transitioning to Kiwanis International. At Kiwanis, Fischer served as a program director for the Kiwanis Key Leader program and was director of Circle K International, a global service organization serving college and university students around the world. She has had the opportunity to train youth and adults of all ages, from Hawaii to Brazil and everywhere in between. Fischer graduated from Indiana University with a degree in public relations.

Leading Change

Presented by Susan Jurow  

It doesn’t surprise us when change creates tension. Some people claim to thrive on the new, but the vast majority of us can feel unnerved by just small changes to our routines. A large change initiative can wreak havoc in an organization, causing people we think we know to behave out of character. With so many pressures on higher education today, effectively planning and guiding change has become a core competency and responsibility for college and university leaders. Learn a framework you can use to map out a change process, so that you can identify and marshal the necessary resources to be successful at each stage. Practice strategies that can help you leverage what motivates people to modify their behavior in productive ways.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify stages in planned change effort
  • Recognize potential obstacles to change and how best to address them
  • Apply change principles to your own project

Susan Jurow is senior strategist for the SRJ/RJW Collective. She retired as senior vice president for professional development from the NACUBO in June 2010, then served NACUBO as subject matter consultant for leadership until January 2012, completing work on three major grants funded by the Lumina Foundation. During her tenure as senior vice president for professional development at NACUBO, Jurow was responsible for the design and delivery of products and services including the annual conference, workshops, distance learning, publications, and Business Officer Magazine. She served as the executive director of the CUPA from 1996–99. Prior to joining CUPA, she was the assistant executive director for administration and the director of the Office of Management Services for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She served in public service positions in a number of academic and research libraries including Stanford University and the University of Houston. She holds a master's in library science from Rutgers University and a bachelor's in French from Stanford University.

Reclaiming Power and Leadership

Presented by Lynn M. Gangone  

Women often diminsh their own power and influence. However, successful women leaders in higher education understand and appreciate the importance of using power and influence to advance themselves, their colleagues, and issues of importance. Using Bolman and Deal's model for understanding how organizations work (and how effective leaders function), as well as the results of recent studies on women's leadership development, participants will actively engage in reframing their power and influence—and claiming it!

In this session, participants will:

  • Assess personal influence style
  • Recognize power dynamics
  • Plan and execute influencing strategies

Lynn M. Gangone was named dean of The Women's College of the University of Denver and associate clynical professor of higher education at the university's Morgridge College of Education in 2007. She previously served as visiting professor of higher education at George Washington University and vice president of Kaludis Consulting, a higher education strategic planning firm. Gangone was vice president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association; executive director and CEO of the National Association for Women in Education; and vice president of development and college relations and dean of students at Centenary College. She received a doctor of education and a master's degree in higher and post-secondary education administration from Columbia University; a master's and C.A.S. in counseling psychology from the SUNY–Albany; and a bachelor's degree in political science and history from the College of New Rochelle.

Our Value, Our Values, and the Ask: The Art of Negotiation

Presented by Teri Bump  

It's all negotiable. Yet Babcock & Laschever’s research demonstrates that the majority of us don’t negotiate. We don’t even ask, and it's time for that to change. This fast-paced interactive session will quickly share why we fail to ask and then move to action with steps to determine what we want, how to ask for it, and how to support other women who ask. Every new position, every performance review, every award is now an opportunity to negotiate base salary, benefits, and other incentives that add to job satisfaction, improve quality of life, and provide financial security. So, get ready to ask early and often!

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand how to use their values to communicate their value to their organization
  • Identify a process for negotiation that can be adapted to personal style
  • Learn to ask!

Teri Bump is vice president of university relations and student development for American Campus Communities, the first publicly traded student housing REIT. Bump presents nationally on student affairs trends and issues and has delivered educational sessions at ACUHO-I, NACUBO, ACPA, NACAS, APPA, NIRSA, and NASPA. She is a frequent speaker at association regional and state conferences and is often asked to facilitate leadership workshops for student affairs retreats. Bump is currently an ACPA and NACAS Foundation Board trustee and serves on committees and/or boards for ACUHO-I, WACUHO, and NACUBO. She has also written for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick and NACAS Journal and participated in the ACUHO-I "21st Century Project." In 2007, Bump was awarded the ACUHO-I Corporate Friend Award for service to the association and accepted the Business Partner of the Year Award for American Campus Communities at the 2007 national NACAS conference.

Career Development and Caring for Your Career

Presented by Ellen Heffernan  

As you contemplate your next career move, you need to think about not only what the position might be, but also how to package and market yourself. It is important when considering a new job to do your due diligence to ensure that the position, the institutional culture, and your new supervisor fit your strengths and your passions. But long before you begin looking, you need to develop a clear understanding of who you are, what you stand for, and for what you want to be known. These form the basis of your personal brand.

From the moment you submit a resume for a position, you are a candidate for that position; how you assess the interview process, maximize your options, and negotiate to become the successful applicant are all topics in this presentation. You will also explore how to differentiate yourself from colleagues in the field and position yourself in the minds of others. The session will cover tactical strategies around using social media to build your brand, as well as onboarding to your new position to make your first 100 days successful.

In this session, participants will:

  • Develop strategies for next career steps
  • Define the right campus fit
  • Idenfity various career path opportunities
  • Develop strategies for creating, packaging, and communicating a personal brand

Ellen Heffernan is a partner of SJG-The Spelman & Johnson Group, a national retained executive search firm with a proven history filling leadership positions within higher education. Since its inception in 1991, SJG has assisted every type of higher education identify, recruit, and hire senior leadership. Heffernan received her bachelor's in economics and government from Smith College. She joined SJG in 1996, after a 10-year career in higher education that included positions in advancement at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Heffernan speaks nationally to professionals in higher education on a variety of topics, including leadership development, professional development, effective recruiting processes, and onboarding. In addition to working on search assignments for her clients, Heffernan manages the firm's headquarters in Easthampton, Mass.

Go, Pop, and Fizz: Tools for Everyday Creativity and Innovation

Presented by Kathryn Deiss  

In this session, participants will learn practical methods and tools for increasing creativity in the workplace. Everyday creativity leads to better problem-solving, stronger decision-making, more unique services and innovations, increased collegiality, and easier paths to breakthrough thinking. The development of creative habits will also be explored. Be prepared to have fun and learn surprising things about the creative impulse and how it can make your workplace a more effective one!

In this session, participants will:

  • Experience and reflect upon your own natural creative impulses
  • Learn some break-through thinking tools
  • Have a greater understanding of the connection and difference between creativity and innovation
  • Learn a process to help others see the power of your ideas

Kathryn Deiss is the content strategist for ACRL as well as a freelance consultant. Deiss is a trainer, author, and presenter on topics such as creativity and innovation, change, leadership, coaching and mentoring, and organizational culture and learning. Deiss serves as a facilitator and consultant with a diverse group of academic library and technology units to facilitate organizational change, senior leadership team development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and developmental retreats. Her work is inspired by those seeking to create positive change in their organizations and in the world. Deiss received her bachelor's in sociology and art from Trinity University and her master's in library and information science from the University at Albany. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and she is a painter by avocation.

Coaching, Mentoring, and Developing Others

Presenter TBD  

Decision Making

Presenter TDB  


Updated Oct. 28, 2012