• 2015 Women in Public Service Conference Agenda

    Awaken the Force: Unleash Your Full Potential in Public Service

    November 13, 2015


    8:00-8:30 a.m. - CONTINENTAL Breakfast 

    8:45 a.m. - Welcome

    9:00-10:00 a.m. - Keynote Address

    Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist, Star Tribune
    Lessons from the Second Wave: What Today's Women's Movement Can Learn from the 1970s

     10:15-11:45 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

    1. Diversity - Building Your Cultural Competence
      Cultural competency is achieved by developing skills important in cross-cultural  interactions. Participants will learn how to establish positive relationships, engage clients, and improve the quality of services they provide in a multicultural marketplace.
      Cecilia Stanton Adams, president, board of directors, Stanton Adams Leadership Institute
      Melissa Adams, vice president, board of directors, Stanton Adams Leadership Institute
       
    2. Twitter and Facebook: Staying Sane with Social Media
      You’ve heard about the power of social media and what it can do, but you still have lots of questions. Where to start? Is it really worth the time? What are the lines between personal and professional online? This session will answer these questions, but we’ll also roll up our sleeves and talk implementation. This hands-on session will take you step by step through the basics of getting your organization ready to tweet and Facebook. We’ll walk you through how Twitter and Facebook can increase awareness of your organization, help you engage with your target audiences, and what tools are out there to make all of this manageable and efficient. And most importantly, we’ll discuss how social media is a critical factor in telling the story of your work.
      Jamie Millard, co-executive director, Pollen

    3. Public Service Career Building
      Emerging leaders looking for advancement and professional development will benefit from this session with experienced human resources professionals. Discussion topics will include job seeking, tactfully networking, how to make your resume stand out, negotiating job offers, and how to be the “go to” person in your organization.
      Lisa Bonds, chief advancement officer, Animal Humane Society
      Shelly Reger, consulting manager, University of Minnesota, Office of Human Resources
      Angela Nalezny, human resources director, City of St. Paul

    12:00-1:25 p.m. Lunch and Awards – Inspirational Stories from Amazing Women

    1:45-3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    1. Navigating Cultural/Worldview Conflicts: Responding to Bias, Stereotyping and Prejudice
      There is a growing movement to address the challenges underrepresented groups face in realizing their ambitions. This session will give a brief overview of six of those challenges and offer concrete assistance in addressing them. Participants will gain skills, inspiration and new connections to move themselves forward.
      Ellen Velasco-Thompson, director of risk management and claims division, City of Minneapolis
      Mark McCrea, alternative dispute resolution services supervisor, MN Department of Labor and Industry
      Aimee Gourlay, director, Mediation center
    2.  Mindful Leadership
      Leaders today are charged with creating workplace environments where employees and organizations flourish in an increasingly complex, global economy. For many, yesterday’s strategies no longer work. In a world where time is measured in internet seconds and the complexity of 24/7 connectivity inhibits our ability to pay attention, let alone innovate, new approaches are required to enhance our ability to lead with resiliency, authenticity and compassion. In this workshop, participants will explore and experience the characteristics and benefits of a mindful leadership practice: everyday practices that can serve to train the mind much like athletes train the body.
      Mariann Johnson, M.T. Johnson & Associates
    3. Navigating Your Career
      This two-part session is designed both for those starting a career or considering mid-career transition. Part I, Know Who You Are, will include the Hartman Color Code Personality test, with breakouts based on personality types.  Part II, Know Where You’re Going, will be comprised of a panel with a Q&A format.
      Part I: Jane Moraski, Waves of Wellness, US Navy
      Part II: Dr. Jeffrey Allen, executive consultant, Right Management; Natalie Johnson Lee, consultant, Power of People Leadership Institute; Colleen Landkamer, director, USDA, Rural Development; Nathan Perez, career consultant, 20 Minute Communications

    3:15-4:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Reception