• WIPS 2016 The Next Wave: Leadership in the 21st Century

    Session Descriptions

    A.M. Keynote

    What Does Feminism and Leadership Look Like in the 21st Century?
    Rena Moran, State Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

    Morning Concurrent Sessions I

    A.M. 1.a. Keynote Response Panel
    WIPS 2016 Award Recipients

    What does the face of leadership in the 21st century look like? Join Representative Moran and the WIPS award winners to continue the conversation. Hear their ideas and learn more about their leadership journeys.

    A.M. 1.b. Combating Bullying in the Workplace
    Kathy Fodness, Business Agent, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)

    In 2015, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Management and Budget enacted the nation’s first statewide policy for healthy and respectful workplaces. MAPE was an integral piece of that policy coming to fruition. State employees are protected against workplace bullying as described in the new Respectful Workplace Policy, which covers all state employees at every state agency. The session will include small group discussions, situational exercises and plenty of room for Q&A.

    A.M. 1.c. Redefining Race in the 21st Century – Embracing Multi-Cultural Identities
    Cecilia Stanton-Adams, CEO, Stanton Adams Leadership Institute
    Malissa Adams, Chief Operations Officer, Stanton Adams Leadership Institute

    Cultural competence is defined as a set of behaviors and attitudes that enable you to work effectively in multicultural situations. Cultural competency is achieved by developing skills and practices important in cross-cultural interactions and using knowledge about individuals and groups to develop practices and policies to create an inclusive environment. Participants will learn how to establish positive relationships, engage clients, and improve the quality of services they provide in a multicultural marketplace.

    • Understand the Definition of Diversity & Culture
    • Identify Personal Gaps in Cultural Competence
    • Develop an action plan that can be immediately applied

    Morning Concurrent Sessions II

    A.M. 2.a. Combating Bullying in the Workplace (Repeat)
    Kathy Fodness, Business Agent, MAPE

    A.M. 2.b. Leading Courageously through Effective Communication
    Pakou Yang, System Director of P-20 and College Readiness, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

    Women leaders today face multiple communication challenges: how to be sensitive and tough, how to be authentic and not too vulnerable, how to be assertive without being a “mean girl,” how to balance and communicate your own intersectional identities, and how to lead boldly amidst divergent stakeholders. In this session, participants will explore these various challenges and look at communication strategies to address them. Participants will gain communication skills and inspiration to continue to lead courageously.

    A.M. 2.c. The Importance of Cultural Competence within Public Service
    Anika Ward, Statewide Executive Recruiter, Minnesota Management and Budget
    Cecilia Stanton-Adams, Director of Diversity, Buffalo Wild Wings
    Lauren Hunter, Diversity Recruiter, Minnesota Department of Human Services

    A panel of Director of Diversity/recruiters who have worked in public service. The panel will field questions on diversity issues within the workplace, how the idea of cultural competence has expanded (or not) in the workplace and ideas to move forward for women in public service.

    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions I

    P.M. 1.a. Working Outside the “Pink Collar”
    Speakers TBD

    This session includes a panel of women from non-traditional female career fields. We will discuss their stories, and the challenges of working in a non-traditional, male-dominated work place.

    P.M. 1.b. Mentoring, Networking, Coaching – 20 Minute Networking
    Nathan Perez, Career Consultant, 20 Minute Communications

    Description –Jackie/Angie/Erika/Jo/Nicole

    P.M. 1.c. “The Heat”
    Erika Rivers, Director, Parks and Trails, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Carly Melin, State Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

    In workplace settings women have the capability of either helping one another or harming one another. In the spirit of the movie “The Heat” where two female law enforcement officers begin at odds but in the end save one another, this workshop will host a discussion on how women can help one another succeed.

    Afternoon Concurrant Sessions II

    P.M. 2.a. Tokenism: When do labels matter and when do they not?
    Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    Sharon Lubinski, United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota
    Fayneese Miller, President, Hamline University

    We often highlight when someone in a leadership position is female, African-American, openly LGBTQ, Hispanic, etc. Are these labels important? Do they help break down barriers or just further stereotypes? This panel will discuss the issues of tokenism and leadership.

    P.M. 2.b. Leading Courageously through Effective Communication (Repeat)
    Pakou Yang, System Director of P-20 and College Readiness, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

    P.M. 2.c. Charting the Next Phase of Your Career: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future
    Hanna Cooper, Certified Professional Coach, Hanna Cooper Coaching

    Navigating a successful career in public service takes thought and planning. But who has time for that, in the midst of the day-to-day responsibilities and real world deadlines inherent in your work? Find some clarity and a way to map your next steps in this interactive workshop. This session will provide a concrete and practical method to discover what you really want professionally, feel less overwhelmed or stuck in your current role, and be clear about next possible steps in your career.