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Women's Leadership Summit

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

University Student Union, Room 169, Campanile Room/ Hobo Day Gallery

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and Experiential Learning Program- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

All sessions are free and open to the public. No registration required.

Conference Schedule:

9:30-10:45:    Constituting Interventions for Inclusion Through Design Thinking and Leadership

Speaker: Dr. Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

This presentation positions diversity and inclusion as wicked problems for which the typical remedies are inadequate. This positioning enables us to rethink diversity and inclusion efforts as naturally contradictory and messy rather than as rational and with singular solutions that match the problems. Design thinking provides the theoretical and practical underpinnings for a robust process of change. This change process requires attention to dialogue, images and identity, cultural humility, and deviation amplifying efforts.

11:00-12:15:   Leadership Responsibility to Foster Resilience for Strategic Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Dr. Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

This talk takes as its starting point that fostering resilience is a strategic and competitive necessity, as well as a moral imperative, for leadership. Processes and practices to foster resilience attend to reflection, embodiment, expertise cultivation, network structures, and dissent.

12:15- 12:45: Poster presentations and networking lunch

12:45-1:45: Women in Leadership: A Professional Panel


Carrie Kuhl:                 Co-Founder, Designer, Pixel Specialist – Hitch Studio

Renee Halgerson:       Co-Founder, Designer, Event Stylist – Hitch Studio

Kirsten Gjesdal:           Owner, The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co.

Erinn  Osborne:           Special Events & Marketing Director, Boys and Girls Club of Brookings

Patty Bacon:                Brookings City Council Member and Program Director for Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

Leah Brink:                   Corporate Recruiter, Daktronics

2:00-3:15: Keynote:  Leading Everyday Resilience Enactment in the Workplace

Speaker: Dr. Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

What are the processes and strategies by which we lead ourselves and others to enact resilience in the workplace? This talk takes a research-to-practice approach to demonstrate how to enact resilience at present and for the future.  Strategies rely on core communication of resilience processes and empirical evidence for these approaches. We discuss several take-aways from empirical studies including those on resilience labor, framing for resilience, and virtual distance.

3:30-4:30: Leadership Encouragement of Mentoring Throughout the Academic Lifespan   

Speaker: Dr. Patrice Buzzanell, Purdue University

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning – CETL = 1 point

When we take a sideways look at mentoring, what processes might we see in our lives from the time we are children to the support, development, sponsorship, and role modeling we experience today? How can we become more mindful of everyday mentoring processes and how we might engage in these productively for ourselves and others? This workshop uses varied theories, data, and methods to explore how we encourage mentoring throughout the academic lifespan.

Patrice M. Buzzanell is a Distinguished Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and School of Engineering Education by courtesy at Purdue University. She is the Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. Named as Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association (2016) and Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA, 2011), Buzzanell has served as President of ICA, Council of Communication Associations, and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. Buzzanell works on issues that affect all of us—career, work-life “balance”, resilience, and change—in the workplace, in our theory, in media representations, and in our homes.