Advancing Your Career Sessions

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Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
December 6 – December 9, 2015
Amelia Island, Fla.

Advancing Your Career Sessions

Resiliency, Risk, and Reward: Stories of Leadership

Monday, Dec. 7, 9–10:15 a.m.

Susan Borrego, Chancellor, University of Michigan–Flint
Kim Harrington, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Georgia Institute of Technology
Brontè Jones, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Dickinson College
Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources, University of Arizona 

Lynn Gangone, Vice President for Leadership Programs, American Council on Education

The Women’s Leadership Institute brings together women from all walks of campus life. Some are actively pursuing senior leadership positions. Others are content in their current position and seek to improve their professional practice. Whatever your reason for attending, we all have something in common: we are leaders in higher education. This panel of senior leaders in higher education will share from their own leadership journeys to illustrate what it means to lead in higher education.

Attendees will:

  • Expand their thinking about their career beyond their immediate position or functional area
  • Identify strategies to advance in leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Solidify their goals for participating in the Women’s Leadership InstituteLynn Gangone

Lynn M. Gangone joined the American Council on Education in April 2015 as vice president for leadership programs. She is a seasoned higher education leader with both campus- and association-based senior leadership experience and is responsible for guiding the council’s suite of programming for current and future higher education leaders. She has conducted research and published in a number of areas, including women’s leadership and advancement and nonprofit organizational viability and change management.

Gangone most recently was the dean of Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver (DU), and also was a clinical professor of higher education at DU’s Morgridge College of Education. Prior to DU, she was a visiting professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a strategic planning consultant with Kaludis Consulting.

Gangone has served higher education as a faculty member, administrator, association executive, and lobbyist and policy analyst, and is a former vice president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association.

She received an Ed.D. and M.Ed. in higher and post-secondary administration from Columbia University, an M.S. and C.A.S. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, and a B.A. in political science from The College of New Rochelle. She was a member of the Class of 2010 at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

Can You See Me Now? Becoming Visible: Your Executive Presence and Being Sponsorable

Monday, Dec. 7, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Teri BumpTeri Bump, Vice President of University Relations, American Campus Communities

Do you have the communication skills to be heard, the gravitas to gain respect, and an appearance that garners positive professional interest? Those with executive presence get noticed and sponsored. This fast-paced session will share research on the how, what, and why of being visible, sponsored, and promoted. Everything here is a choice that can be learned and integrated in ways that accentuate your strengths and professional presence. Sylvia Hewlett discovered that executive presence is a dynamic combination of what you say, what you do, and how you show up. These elements are not equal but are all essential to develop if you desire to drive your career trajectory. Both being a leader and being perceived by others as a leader will be critical to your success. We will take a look at our communication, gravitas, and appearance so we can identify and embody the executive presence required to have choices and control our destiny. 

Flexing Your Financial Prowess as a Differentiator

Monday, Dec. 7, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Lynn Gangone, Vice President for Leadership Programs, American Council on Education
Bronté Jones, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Dickinson College
Kathryn Karlic, Senior Vice President for Cross Enterprise Marketing, TIAA-CREF
Susan Perkins, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Middlesex County College

Why is it important in any role to have a strong financial acumen skill set, including the elusive fundraising skill? How do you build those financial skills to differentiate yourself? Strategic planning and metrics processes raise the questions: What is the return on investment? Does this make sense financially? How will we fund it? During this interactive dialogue with a panel of experts from higher education and financial services, you will learn that building your financial prowess is critical for any leadership position. Women tend to shy away from fundraising and the financial side of the equation. However, to truly differentiate yourself you should be leaning in, sitting at the financial decision table, and asking for the money. During this session you will:

  • Identify best practices, based on lessons learned
  • Discover how to get the skill set you need
  • Learn how to ask for what you want using numbers
  • Gain financial acumen and understand that fundraising doesn’t have to be scary

Kathryn Karlic joined TIAA-CREF in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Cross Enterprise Marketing. Karlic’s extensive experience and expertise spans financial services, insurance and investment management. She is responsible for expanding TIAA-CREF’s relationships with foundations and endowments by executing our cross enterprise marketing strategy.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Karlic worked for M&T Bank as Group Vice President of Wealth and Institutional Services and Chief Client Officer for Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. Leading the institutional investment management business focused on endowments, foundations and corporate clients, Karlic helped the business achieve higher sales, strong portfolio performance and outstanding client retention. She also worked at GE Asset Management, where her diverse roles included serving as Chief Investment Officer in charge of the investment function for more than $100 billion of fixed income assets, and the President of Sales and Marketing. She spent 17 years at CitiGroup Investments, where she was a portfolio manager, trader, and director of research.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Hartford. She is on the advisory board for the Cutler Center for Investments at Babson College, and a founding member of Babson’s Center for Women’s Leadership. Kathy joined the Girls Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Board of Directors in 2015. Kathy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

    Leadership Moves: Developing Your Career Strategy

    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 9–10:15 a.m.

    Ellen Heffernan, President, The Spelman & Johnson Group

    Ellen HeffernanAs you contemplate your next career move, you need to think about not only what the next position might be, but how to package and market “brand you.” 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 what you want to be known for. These form the basis for your professional 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 for this presentation. You will also explore how to differentiate yourself from colleagues in the field and position yourself clearly in the minds of others.

    This session will cover tactical strategies around using social media to build your brand as well as focusing on developing a successful job search strategy, the leadership qualities and skill sets that presidents and chancellors are seeking in senior leaders, and on-boarding 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 institutional fit
    • Identify various career path opportunities and look at the leadership needs of colleges and universities in today’s market
    • Develop strategies for creating, packaging, and communicating a professional brand
    • Create strong collateral materials—resume, cover letter, etc.
    • Review interviewing techniques
    • Discuss the role and purpose of references in the job search process
    • Build a strategy for on-boarding into your new position

    Ellen Heffernan currently serves as the president of Spelman Johnson, a nationally recognized retained executive search firm connecting colleges and universities with exceptional talent. For 25 years, Spelman Johnson has assisted virtually every type of higher education institution identify, recruit, and hire senior leadership.

    Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a 10-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She is also a national speaker on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Heffernan also currently serves on the board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.

      Building Successful, More Inclusive Searches: Leading the Transformation from Conventional Recruitment Practices to Develop a More Inclusive Campus Climate

      Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

      Leah Burns, Chief Development Officer, CUPA-HR

      Leah Burns 2To serve increasingly diverse student populations and to prepare them for citizenship in a multicultural society, higher education institutions are seeking to recruit and retain faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The hiring decisions made by campus leaders now will have significant implications for many years to come. How do you, as senior leaders on your campuses, add value to the search committee process and create a more diverse and inclusive candidate pool for faculty and staff positions at your institution? Why is it so difficult to attract the high quality, diverse applicant pool that your institution desires? Most likely it’s not a lack of commitment that limits your institution. Our session objective is to help you better understand how you can increase the effectiveness of your recruitment activities to realize your desired diversity outcomes.

      This will be an interactive session, in which you will use tools and resources designed to help campus leaders to guide their search committee members to achieve results consistent with their institution’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our video scenarios are based on actual stories from the higher education community and provide a unique opportunity to view common existing practices contrasted with evidence-based effective practices. You will leave the session with a greater understanding of how to advocate for inclusive hiring practices and ideas on how to engage your campus community in establishing a culture that welcomes, learns from and celebrates differences among people.

      Leah Burns is a senior association leader at CUPA-HR, the association for human resources professionals in higher education, providing leadership on higher education workplace issues. As chief development officer and diversity and inclusion strategist for the association, she guides and supports the work of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We create DEI tools and professional development resources needed for human resources and other campus leaders to develop a plan of action to advance diversity and inclusion on campus and to sustain an environment where diversity, inclusion, and equitable practices are an integral part of the culture.

      Burns has more than 13 years of senior level higher education association management experience. She has worked in a variety of capacities with CUPA-HR volunteer leaders, corporate partners, and other groups at the national, regional, and chapter levels of the association to accomplish the mission. She has presented at numerous national, regional, and chapter conferences. Burns came to CUPA-HR with 15+ years of senior leadership experience in the corporate sector. She received her B.A. from Beloit College with a major in international relations and minor in Spanish and French.

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      Navigating Organizational Politics

      Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

      Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources, University of Arizona

      Have you ever had a good idea shot down unexpectedly? Have you ever wondered how inconsistent performers continue to get promoted? Have you ever been told, “That’s not how things work around here”? Understanding organizational politics is the first step in successfully navigating organizational politics. In this session, we’ll discuss the difference between influence and authority and review a range of strategies you can use to move your ideas and career forward.

      After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

      • Describe sources of organizational power
      • Analyze the factors that make people especially influential
      • Customize persuasion messages based on receivers’ values and preferences
      • Apply lessons from social movements and political revolutions to drive organizational change
      • Build the brain trust and coalitions required to move ideas forward

      Vaillancourt PhotoAllison M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D., serves as vice president of human resources and institutional effectiveness at the University of Arizona, where she is also a faculty member in the School of Government and Public Policy and Honor’s College. She has an executive coaching and organizational consulting practice, and writes about workplace issues as a regular Chronicle of Higher Education contributor. As chair of the board of trustees for the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Vaillancourt works toward creating economic and leadership opportunities for women and girls.

      Vaillancourt received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a doctorate from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. In addition to roles in human resources, Vaillancourt has been a journalist, fundraiser, medical research administrator, and policy advisor.

      Updated Dec. 6, 2015