• Women in Public Service - Agenda 2017

    Morning Sessions

     7:45–8:20 a.m.
    Check-in and continental breakfast
    DFA Center Anne Simley Theater lobby

    8:30–8:35 a.m.
    Kris Norman-Major, Center for Public Administration and Leadership, Hamline School of Business

    8:35–9:15 a.m.
    Keynote Panel
    Sundin Hall
    Women as Agents of Change
    Geralyn Barone, Rena Moran, Toni Carter

    9:15–9:45 a.m.
    Women in Public Service Awards Ceremony
    Sundin Hall
    Kris Norman-Major, emcee

    10:00–11:00 a.m.
    Morning Concurrent Sessions I
    Sundin Hall
    Keynote Response Panel
    Kris Norman-Major, moderator
    WIPS 2017 Award Recipients
    Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star awardees will reflect on their careers and thoughts on Women as Agents of Change.

    AC 304/305
    Panel of Firsts
    Ashley Warling-Spiegel, moderator
    Anne McKeig, associate justice, Minnesota Judicial Center Supreme Court
    Kari Collins, community development director, city of Roseville
    Molly O'Rourke, Washington County administrator 
    Rebecca Noecker, city council member, city of Saint Paul
    This session features a panel of women whom have been identified as a first in their field in relation to being a woman and/or a person of color. The panel features Justice Anne McKeig, Maple Grove city administrator Heidi Nelson, and Saint Paul city council member Rebecca Noecker. This panel will address the challenges and triumphs of being a “first.”

    AC 111
    Financial Security for Women
    Erika Cashin, moderator
    Kim Mitchell, financial advisor, Alpha Financial Services
    Erik Sutcliffe, registered representative, Alpha Financial Services
    This panel will provide information to help ensure financial security and retirement planning ideas for women. Multiple factors influence how women today are approaching retirement with more handicaps than their male counterparts. Women earn less, live longer, and may experience career sabbaticals. Each of these, separately or together, often results in women entering retirement significantly less prepared than men. Awareness of these factors earlier in a woman’s career, coupled with strategies for improved retirement planning, will ensure women are better prepared for a happy and stress-free retirement.

    11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    Morning Concurrent Sessions II

    Sundin Hall
    Train Your Brain to Tame Your Stress: Mindfulness to Recharge Your Leadership Energy
    Susan Zimmerman, director of education, Mindful Asset Planning
    Stress takes a toll on us in countless ways. According to the American Psychological Association, stress costs U.S. businesses over $300 billion a year due to absenteeism, reduced productivity, and employee turnover. How do you train your brain to tame your stress? Susan Zimmerman uses methods of mindfulness that start with teaching you to “train your brain by knowing the terrain of your brain.” She’ll show you how to climb aboard the “De-stress Express” with techniques that can be done quickly in the workplace—or anywhere. When you use these methods consistently, you’ll find you’re recharged for your leadership roles, with an uptick in confidence and candid communication abilities.

    AC 304/305
    Diversity and Intersectionality in a Changing Workplace
    Crystal Fairchild, moderator
    Nou Chang, human resources recruiter, Office of Human Resources, city of Saint Paul
    Alicia Sojourner, racial equity consulting manager, YWCA Minneapolis 

    Heather Stein, affirmative action officer, Minnesota Management and Budget, state of Minnesota

    This panel will address diversity and intersectionality in an increasingly changing workplace. Nou Chang works for the city of Saint Paul as an HR recruiter and has been in local government for over 10 years. Alicia Sojourner’s work at the YWCA deals with supporting organizations in improving their workplace culture and addressing difficult social workplace problems. Heather Stein is an affirmative action officer with the Minnesota Management and Budget department at the State of Minnesota. Crystal Fairchild is Equity Coordinator at the Department of Human Services and has over ten years of experience in human resources, business, and social service.

    AC 111
    Reignite Your Creativity, Passion, and Purpose: Key Tools for Thriving Through Change
    Theresa Nutt, transformational life and health coach, Closeted Creatives Coaching
    It’s easy to become disenchanted with the daily grind, especially if you are managing ever-changing priorities and situations. Self-care is more than exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques, and down time. In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to reignite your connection with creativity, passion, and purpose, which fuels everything you do.

    12:15–1:30 p.m. 

    Afternoon Sessions

     1:30–2:30 p.m.
    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions I

    AC 111
    Negotiation I (Self)
    Elise Chambers, program director, Conflict Resolution Center
    This will be a two-part presentation on negotiation skills for women designed as two sessions, back to back, to address the topics of negotiating on behalf of yourself and your organization. Attendees can attend one or both sessions and will leave with takeaways such as a method or response tools.

    AC 112
    Work/Life Balance-An Authentically Harmonized Life 
    Trish Perry, certified master life coach, Harmonize Coaching
    Balance in life is something for which most of us strive. The problem comes in knowing how to do it. In this session you will create a plan for yourself. We will explore your values, create your definition of balance, learn how to change your mindset around balance, and create a goal to bring balance into your life. You will leave with a plan, not just ideas.

    AC 304/305
    Diversity and Inclusion
    Kasey Kier, single family commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
    Kim Luchsinger, human resources generalist, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
    This session will discuss creating an inclusive workplace culture that values diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles, and cultures. This session will also focus on how to engage staff at all levels of the organization as well as how to identify strategies to develop standard principles that guide workplace communication, interactions, and personal accountability. Ideas will be provided on how to implement a culture of diversity and inclusion in your own organizations.

    2:45–3:45 p.m.
    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions II

    AC 111
    Negotiation II (Organization)
    Elise Chambers, program director, Conflict Resolution Center
    This will be a two-part presentation on negotiation skills for women designed as two sessions, back to back, to address the topics of negotiating on behalf of yourself and your organization. Attendees can attend one or both sessions and will leave with takeaways such as a method or response tools.

    AC 112
    The Power of Women Mentors
    Barbara Sporlein, deputy commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
    This session will be presented by Barb Sporlein, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. She will provide an overview of her personal mentoring journey throughout her life/career; highlight the benefits of mentoring to mentee, mentor, and the organization; highlight elements of an effective mentor program; and reflect on lessons learned and observations about women mentors. She will then open it up to Q and A with audience members.

    AC 304/305
    Assessing your Leadership
    Peggy Andrews, senior lecturer and director of the MBA program, Hamline University
    Kay Lillig Cotter, adjunct professor, Hamline University
    There are an abundance of leadership theories to guide us in becoming better at the art of influencing others to achieve results. In one way, shape, or form, most of these theories challenge us to develop self-awareness and insight through reflection on our own attitudes and practices. In this session, we will learn the value of formal assessment instruments to help us develop self-awareness and insight and review the strengths and limitations of some common assessment tools we may be asked to use in our workplaces. Then we’ll explore the complementary tool of reflective journaling as a self-assessment activity and practice some different and perhaps unexpected formats for gaining insight into our leadership attitudes and style.

    3:45–4:30 p.m.
    Closing Plenary

    AC Forum