• Annual WIPS Conference

    During this full day of exciting sessions, explore how we support and encourage women in public service. This popular annual conference includes dynamic speakers, discussion panels, and networking opportunities to enhance and further your work and those you mentor in the public sector.

    7th Annual Women in Public Service Conference

    Details

    Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; check-in starts at 7:45 a.m.
    Location: Hamline’s Saint Paul campus

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    Speakers and Presenters

    Marcia Bierschenk, business continuity and risk management planner, Health Care Administration
    Deneen Clemons, associate warden, Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Rush City, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Johanna Clyborne, commissioner and chief information officer, Minnesota IT Services
    Ginny Dodds, ret. state grant manager, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
    Tenzin Dolkar, rail director and senior policy advisor to Governor Mark Dayton, Governor’s Office
    Stephanie Domrose; creative transformist, embeau, cohost; We are Wellness Warriors
    Kim Foster, human services representative, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    Tracey Fredrick, relationship manager, Minnesota IT Services
    Robyn Hetland, training director, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Cathy Heying, developer/creator, Lift Garage
    Mary Hurliman, deputy director of public works, city of Bloomington
    Lina Jamoul, executive director, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
    Emily Johnson, statewide workforce planner, Minnesota Management and Budget
    Tina Jones, community outreach administrator, Hiway Federal Credit Union
    Erin Leonard, executive director, Minnesota State Retirement System
    Rebecca L. Malmquist, assessments director and 29% Club Executive Leadership Team member, city of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office
    Qiana Mazique, diversity and inclusion iLEAD chair, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Heather McGannon, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    Verona Mitchell, equity coordinator, Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    Cherie Penn, battalion chief, 3rd District C Fire Station 7 
    Rosa Raarup, graduate student UMN CCAPS ACL; lead visitor services associate, Walker Art Center
    Susan Raverty, diversity and inclusion iLEAD committee member, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Kimberly Roan, enterprise talent director, Minnesota Management and Budget
    Denise Rohrick, vice president of wealth management, UBS
    Parichay Rudina, caregiver consultant and social worker, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    Laura Seabloom, cohost, We are Wellness Warriors
    Marcia Setrum, deputy district administrator, Seventh Judicial District, Minnesota Judicial Branch
    Lily Shaw, director of external relations, James J. Hill Center
    Elizabeth Tolzmann, Director of policy and planning, Ramsey County
    Maikhou Vang, owner/CEO, Weaving Cultures, LLC
    Lauren White, graduate student, UMN, UMN CCAPS ACL
    Claire Wilson, representative, State Aging and Adult Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    Jodie Witte, assistant director of employee development, Minnesota Department of Corrections

    Keynote Address

    Worth Meets Humanity: Leading Meaningfully and Engaging Authentically
    Elizabeth Tolzmann, Ramsey County Policy and Planning
    Description: Elizabeth Tolzmann will share her personal story of how she grew us as a refugee, became an immigration attorney representing diverse communities internationally, entered the public sector in the lowest pay grade classification, and moved up to being part of the executive teams of two cities and two counties. Participants will learn what it means to lead high performing organizations, engage employees at all levels, and develop the future workforce with our dynamically changing demographics as well as how to be responsive and accountable to community through a lens of racial equity and meaningful community engagement.

    Conference Sessions 

    Cross-Cultural Communications with Weaving Cultures 

    Maikhou Vang, owner/CEO, Weaving Cultures, LLC
    Description: This condensed session stems from a one-day workshop that will provide an introduction to cultural competence in a service-provider environment through communication. The goal is to provide effective, respectful services across languages and cultures. This session will include a role-playing scenario and some Q&A. The solutions offered in this training are practical to utilize. You will walk away from the session with basic skills and strategies to overcome language and cultural differences and an understanding of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for language access. This session will open eyes, build skills, and help participants to understand the key to providing culturally competent services is effective communication.

    FINDING AND LIVING YOUR “WHY”

    Kimberly Roan, enterprise talent director, Minnesota Management and Budget 
    Tenzin Dolkar, rail director and senior policy advisor to Governor Mark Dayton, Governor’s Office 
    Cathy Heying, developer/creator, Lift Garage 
    Description: What motivates you to work in the public service sector? Hear from a panel of women who have uncovered their “why” and are living it every day through their careers. Learn why people gravitate to and stay in careers in public service and how clarifying your “why” can lead to greater career satisfaction. 

    IMPLICIT BIAS: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

    Qiana Mazique, diversity and inclusion iLEAD chair, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Susan Raverty, diversity and inclusion iLEAD committee member, Minnesota Department of Revenue 
    Description: This is a two-part session. Part one will look at what implicit bias is. The speaker will talk about the cognitive background of how bias is developed, and there will be a small activity on how to recognize your own bias. Part two will look at how to respond to bias around you and will contain elements of “ouch” training. The aim of this session is to provide takeaways and tools to use in your community and workplace.

    Mentoring

    Jodie Witte, assistant director of employee development, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Robyn Hetland, training director, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Deneen Clemons, associate warden, Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Rush City, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Emily Johnson, statewide workforce planner, Minnesota Management and Budget
    Description: This session will provide an overview of mentoring for new employees, new supervisors, and those on a leadership track. Attendees will receive a model for a mentoring program that can be adjusted for implementation in any agency. They will also learn strategies for independently seeking their own mentor. Panel members will briefly talk about their experiences as a mentor or mentee and the impact on their careers. At the end of the session, there will be a short period for the audience to ask questions. 

    MONEY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES IN EARLY, MIDDLE, AND LATE CAREER

    Tina Jones, community outreach administrator, Hiway Federal Credit Union
    Erin Leonard, executive director, Minnesota State Retirement System 
    Denise Rohrick, vice president of wealth management, UBS 
    Description: Come learn money management strategies for your best financial life—at whatever stage you are in your career. We will have a panel of experts on hand to answer questions generated from small group discussion, ranging from basic financial literacy to retirement planning. Each panelist will share her tips, tricks, and best practices for being a proactive money manager throughout one’s career.

    NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER

    Marcia Setrum, deputy district administrator, Seventh Judicial District, Minnesota Judicial Branch 
    Heather McGannon, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry 
    Ginny Dodds, ret. state grant manager, Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
    Lily Shaw, director of external relations, James J. Hill Center 
    Description: A career in public service includes a variety of occupations, pathways, and trajectories. Do you know where you want to go in public service and how to get there? Join us as we help you identify your values as they relate to your career goals. A panel of women in public service will share their experiences about aligning their values and goals with their careers. Whether you are new to public service or planning for retirement, you’ll leave this session feeling confident and ready to navigate your career.

    Networking Circles

    The 29% Club of Minnesota is an employee resource group dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of city of Minneapolis women employees. Members of the 29% leadership team will facilitate small networking roundtables and discuss topics such as building trust and forming relationships, power and influence, and work-life balance.

    ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE: WAYS TO MAKE REAL CHANGE

    Marcia Bierschenk, business continuity and risk management planner, Health Care Administration, and co-chair; Black Women’s Employee Resource Group, Minnesota Department of Human Services 
    Rebecca L. Malmquist, assessments director and 29% Club Executive Leadership Team member, city of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office 
    Lina Jamoul, executive director, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) 
    Description: This workshop focuses on creating an organizational culture that is equitable and welcoming to women and other underrepresented groups. The workshop will host a panel of women highlighting programs, groups, initiatives, and policies they are leading to help shift the climate in their workplaces and beyond. The panel includes perspectives from the city of Minneapolis, the Department of Human Services, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE). 

    SELF-CARE: CREATING SPACE FOR YOUR SELF-CARE

    Rosa Raarup, graduate student UMN CCAPS ACL; lead visitor services associate, Walker Art Center
    Lauren White, graduate student, UMN, UMN CCAPS ACL 
    Verona Mitchell, equity coordinator, Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services 
    Stephanie Domrose; creative transformist, embeau, and cohost; We are Wellness Warriors 
    Laura Seabloom, cohost, We are Wellness Warriors 
    Description: This is session one of a two-part presentation on self-care topics and practices for yourself and your organization. Attendees can attend one or both sessions and will leave with ideas, promising practices, and tools. Self-care is a powerful tool for bringing your best self to the table to be the most effective coworker, leader, partner, and human being you can be. This session will include an overview of self-care and the importance of starting small and leave you with some actionable steps to bring self-care into your day-to-day routine. 

    Survival Tips for the Sandwich Generation  

    Claire Wilson, representative, State Aging and Adult Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services 
    Kim Foster, human services representative, Minnesota Department of Human Services 
    Parichay Rudina, caregiver consultant and social worker, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 
    Description: In today’s society, many working women are caring and financially providing for both their children and parents. This phenomena is known as the “sandwich generation.” According to a study by the Pew Research Center, almost half of all American adults are in a similar situation. Come and hear a panel of representatives from various social service and community perspectives share information on resources and statistics concerning the impact this growing phenomena is having on women and their families.  

    To Tell the Truth

    Johanna Clyborne, commissioner and chief information officer, Minnesota IT Services
    Mary Hurliman, deputy director of public works, city of Bloomington
    Cherie Penn, battalion chief, 3rd District C Fire Station 7 
    Tracey Fredrick, relationship manager, Minnesota IT Services
    Description: From the front line to the corner office, hear from a panel of three successful women in male-dominated career fields. They will share their differing paths through challenges, barriers, risks, opportunities, and accomplishments to achievements in public service.

    Conference Agenda

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