• Women in Public Service–Agenda 2018

    7:45–8:20 a.m.
    Check-in

    8:30–8:35 a.m.
    Welcome

    Kris Norman-Major, Center for Public Administration & Leadership, Hamline School of Business

    8:35–9:15 a.m.
    Keynote
    Sundin Hall “Worth Meets Humanity: Leading Meaningfully and Engaging Authentically”
    Elizabeth Tolzmann, Ramsey County Policy and Planning
    Elizabeth Tolzmann will share her personal story of how she grew up 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.

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

    10:15–11:15 a.m.
    Morning Concurrent Sessions I

    Survival Tips for the Sandwich Generation
    Anderson 111
    Claire Wilson, representative from the 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

    In today’s society, many working women are caring for 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.

    Implicit Bias: What it is and How to Combat it—Part I
    Anderson 112
    Qiana Mazique, tax specialist, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Susan Raverty, agency policy specialist, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Shannon Murphy Robinson, co-founder, BrainSkills@Work

    This is a two-part session. Part one will look at what implicit bias is. Shannon Murphy Robinson from BrainSkills@Work™ will talk about the cognitive background of how bias is developed. Through presentation and interactive exercises, part two will provide takeaways and tools to use in combatting biases in your community and workplace. This session will be led by members of the iLEAD (Inclusion, Learning, Education, Advocacy, and Diversity) Team from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. 

    Organizational Culture: Ways to Make Real Change
    Anderson 304/305
    Marcia Bierschenk, business continuity and risk management planner and health care administration and 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)

    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).

    Networking Circles
    Anderson Forum
    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.

    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Morning Concurrent Sessions II


    Mentoring
    Anderson 111
    Jodie Witte, assistant director of employee development, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Nitika Moibi, MPP, supervisor, Healthcare Workforce Analysis Program, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health
    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

    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.

    Implicit Bias: What is it and How to Combat it—Part II
    Anderson 112
    Qiana Mazique, tax specialist, Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Susan Raverty, agency policy specialist, Minnesota Department of Revenue

    Shannon Murphy Robinson, co-founder, BrainSkills@Work

    This is a two-part session. Part one will look at what implicit bias is. Shannon Murphy Robinson from BrainSkills@Work™ will talk about the cognitive background of how bias is developed. Through presentation and interactive exercises, part two will provide takeaways and tools to use in combatting biases in your community and workplace. This session will be led by members of the iLEAD (Inclusion, Learning, Education, Advocacy, and Diversity) Team from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

    Money Management Strategy in Early, Middle, and Late Career
    Anderson 304/305
    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

    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.

    Networking Circles
    Anderson Atrium
    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.

    12:30–1:40 p.m. Lunch
    Anderson Atrium

    1:45–2:45 p.m.
    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions I

    Finding and Living your “Why”
    Anderson 111
    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 Heyind, developer/creator, Lift Garage

    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.

    Self-Care: Creating Space for Your Self-Care
    Anderson 112
    Rosa Raarup, graduate student, UMN CCAPS ACL; Walker Art Center lead visitor services associate, UMN CCAPS ACL
    Lauren White, graduate student, UMN CCAPS ACL; assistant director of leadership gifts, Augsburg University
    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

    This is session one in 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.

    To Tell the Truth—Women in Male-Dominated Career Fields
    Anderson 304/305
    Johanna Clyborne, commissioner and chief information officer, Minnesota IT Services
    Mary Hurliman, deputy director, Public Works, city of Bloomington
    Cherie Penn, battalion chief

    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.

    Networking Circles
    Anderson Atrium
    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.

    3–4 p.m.
    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions II


    Navigating Your Career
    Anderson 111
    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

    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.

    Organizational Care: Creating Space for Your Self-Care
    Anderson 112
    Rosa Raarup, graduate student, UMN CCAPS ACL; Walker Art Center lead visitor services associate, UMN CCAPS ACL
    Lauren White, graduate student, UMN CCAPS ACL + 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

    This session can be a companion to the self-care session or stand alone. It will include an overview of we-care, outline the practical benefits and business care for an organizational culture of care, and offer tips on how to promote an ethic of care both for ourselves and in our organizations

    Cross-Cultural Communications with Weaving Cultures
    Anderson 304/305
    Maikhou Vang; owner/CEO; Weaving Cultures, LLC
    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 understand that the key to providing culturally competent services is effective communication.

    Networking Circles
    Anderson Atrium
    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.

    4–4:30 p.m. Closing Reception
    Anderson Atrium
    Join your colleagues for light refreshments, networking, and a chance to share your experiences from the day.

    Conference Planning Committee

    Arta Ankrava
    Jan Austad
    Mary Britt
    Nou Chang
    Lisa Dejoras
    Sheena Denny
    Susan Earle
    Joy Erdenemandakh
    Tracey Fredrick
    Megan Gregory
    Susan Hall
    Jill Johnson
    Melissa Johnson
    Dionna Jones
    Nicole Juan
    Bianca Lewis
    Nitika Moibi
    Jacquelyn Mol Sletten
    Shaneen Moore
    Amanda Olson
    Kristen Olson
    Hally Turner
    Deborah Williams
    Gia Wilson-Mackey
    Jodie Witte

    Sponsors

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