• 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 Minn. Rep. 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)
    Alice Percy, Department of Human Services/MAPE
    Julie Sullivan, Department of Human Services/MAPE

    Maybe you’ve been bullied in the past. Perhaps you’ve seen a colleague engage in unhealthy behavior. Chances are you’re aware of some kind of disrespectful or unprofessional behavior in your workplace. This no longer has to be the norm for professionals in state service. In 2015, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Management and Budget enacted the nation’s first statewide policy for healthy and respectful workplaces. Now that all state employees are protected by this Respectful Workplace Policy, it’s time to educate all state employees at every level on the policy.* This session will focus on the history behind the pivotal policy, what is included in the policy, behavior identifiers, challenges and successes along the way in filing complaints, and how MAPE intends to track policy usage moving forward.

    *While this session focuses on state level policy, it may also be helpful to others looking to implement anti-bullying policies in their organizations 

    A.M. 1.c. Redefining Race in the 21st Century – Embracing Multicultural Identities
    Cecilia Stanton-Adams, CEO, Stanton Adams Consulting LLC
    Malissa Adams, COO, Stanton Adams Consulting LLC

    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 and 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, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
    Alice Percy, Department of Human Services/MAPE
    Julie Sullivan, Department of Human Services/MAPE

    A.M. 2.b. Leading Courageously through Effective Communication
    Speakers TBD

    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

    This 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. "The Heat" – Women Supporting One Another in Workplace Settings
    Erika Rivers, director, Parks and Trails, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Sarah Hinde, director of external relations, Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
    Anne Marcotte, Aitkin county commissioner

    In workplace settings women have the capability of either helping or harming each other. In the spirit of the movie “The Heat” – in which 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 work together to succeed.

    P.M. 1.b. Coaching and Networking – 20 Minute Networking
    Nathan Perez, career consultant, 20 Minute Communications

    Networking for a Job: Learn how to advance your career through family, friends, colleagues and complete strangers from a hiring standpoint.

    P.M. 1.c. Working outside the "Pink Collar" 
    Speakers TBD

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

    Afternoon Concurrent 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

    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)
    Speakers TBD

    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.