2021 UWHEN Conference Registration Open!
Looking Back, Moving Forward
2021 UWHEN Annual Leadership Conference
Registration is now open for the 2021 UWHEN Annual Leadership Conference! This year’s conference will be held virtually on April 9, 2021 and will include a keynote presentation from Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen, a panel discussion with UVU President Tuminez, DSU President Williams, WSU President Mortensen, and Westminster College President Dobkin, as well as several great breakout sessions. You won’t want to miss it!
Register at: https://uwhen.swoogo.com/annualconference2021
2021 UWHEN Conference Agenda
2021 UWHEN Leadership Conference Agenda
9:00am-9:45am Welcome and Awards
Join us as we open the 2021 UWHEN Leadership Conference by honoring our Leadership Award winners for the 2020-21 year.
9:45am-10:30am Breakout Sessions
- Advocating for Women in Higher Education: Women Supporting Women Through Mentorship. Sarah Billington & Michelle Maraffio (SLCC)
- A Journey to Authentic Leadership through Autoethnography: Bridging Past Experiences and Identities with Future Career Planning. Donna Harper Ziegenfuss (U of U)
- Creating Spaces and Advocating for Female Students of Color on University Campuses. Louise Wheeler & Deli Juarez (BYU)
- Forging Our Own Paths: Envisioning Our Future Selves as Leaders in Academia: Personal/Interpersonal Factors. Hina Garg, Coral Gubler, Christa Young, Miriam Cortez- Cooper, & Ann Hoffman (RMU)
- That’s What She Said: Utah Women, Leadership, and Aspirational Shame. Nancy Hauck & Amanda Scott (DSU)
- The Adventures of a Mid-Level University Manager: Oh My Heck! Jodi Chowen & Sherami Jara (BYU)
10:30am-11:30am Keynote with Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen
Justice Paige Petersen was appointed to the Utah Supreme court in December 2017 by Governor Gary Herbert. Before joining the Supreme Court, she was a district court judge in the Third Judicial District, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Justice Petersen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah in 1995, after first obtaining an associate’s degree from the College of Eastern Utah in Price. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1999. After graduation, she clerked for two years in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. After her clerkship, she joined the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, practicing civil litigation. She then transitioned to criminal law, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. There, she handled cases involving organized crime and international narcotics trafficking. Petersen then prosecuted war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, where she was a member of the trial team responsible for successfully prosecuting the former Serbian Chief of Police for ethnic cleansing and mass murder in Kosovo. She then returned to Utah and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, where she prosecuted violent crimes for three years before taking the bench.
11:30am-12:00pm Networking and Wellness Break
These interactive break sessions provide an opportunity to network with other attendees while engaging in wellness activities.
- Color Meditation with Olga Antonio (WSU)
- Flexible Work Options with Mary Anne Berzins (U of U)
- Guided Meditation with Jennette Wood (WSU)
- How to Break Down ANY Problem with Stephanie Hobbs (Clarity Life Coaching)
- Work/Life Integration with Rene Eborn (USU)
- Yoga with Teri Bladen (WSU)
12:00pm-1:00pm Presidents Panel
Join us as we learn from Presidents Astrid S. Tuminez (UVU), Richard Biff Williams (DSU), Brad L. Mortensen (WSU), and Bethami A. Dobkin (Westminster College). Facilitated by Provost Debbie Tahmassebi (Westminster College) and Interim Provost Melanie Jenkins (Snow College).
1:00pm-1:45pm Breakout Sessions
- 5 Years of SUU Women’s Network: Looking Back and Moving Forward. Shalini Kesar, Jacqueline Russell, & Jennifer Leard (SUU)
- A Personal Reflection on Candor – Is it Worth It? Mary Anne Berzins (U of U)
- Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress: Tips to Save you 8 Hours per Week. Katie Garrett & Dani Sloan (UEN)
- Model for Career Changing Success. Linda Evans (Trinity University)
- Talking about Leadership: The Role of Formal Development Programs and Mentoring within USHE. Jessi Hill (UVU) & Nancy Hauck (DSU)
- Turning Our Conversations into Coaching Conversations: A Guided Coaching Workshop. Julie Morrow (InsideOut Development)
- Want to Help Someone? Walk in their Shoes! How Women Leaders from Three Generations Developed Cultural Relativism through Self-reflection to become Advocates, Educators and Mentors. Kimberly Love, Lucy Ormond, & Emma Love Harding (WSU)
1:45pm-2:15pm Moving Forward
We’ll close this year’s conference with a few important announcements and a raffle drawing (must be virtually present to win!).
2021 Spring Virtual Event: Leadership in Action – Q&A with UVU President Tuminez
About this Event
Join us for an informative chat as Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez shares advice and insight on a storied leadership path.
UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez has a broad and rich experience in academia, philanthropy, technology, and business. As a researcher and advocate for women and leadership, she has given numerous keynotes on business, political, financial, and non-profit subjects to audiences in Asia, Europe and the United States. Join us as President Tuminez shares her expertise, advice and insight on her leadership path.
Register through Eventbrite Link: Spring 2021 UWHEN Virtual Event
Featured Speaker: Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, President of Utah Valley University
Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018, and is the institution’s first female president. Tuminez brings to UVU a broad and rich experience in academia, philanthropy, technology, and business. Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, Tuminez moved with her parents and six siblings to the slums of Iloilo City when she was two years old, her parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.
Her pursuit of education eventually took her to the United States, to Brigham Young University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian literature. She earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science (1996).
Before assuming her current position, President Tuminez was a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft, where she led corporate, external and legal affairs in Southeast Asia. Tuminez is also the former vice dean of Research and assistant dean of Executive Education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, the premier school of public policy in Asia.
In 2012, Dr. Tuminez authored a report on women’s leadership in Asia, sponsored by Asia Society and the Rockefeller Foundation. Titled “Rising to the Top? A Report on Women and Leadership in Asia,” the report was launched in Shanghai, translated into Vietnamese and used widely in Asia. As a researcher and advocate for women and leadership, she has given numerous keynotes on the subject to business, political, financial, and non-profit audiences in Asia and Europe.
She and her husband, Jeffrey S. Tolk, have three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, and martial arts.
Facilitator: Teri Bladen, Weber State University
Teri Bladen MS, is the Director of Campus Recreation at Weber State University where she guides her team in creating opportunities that inspire engagement in healthy, active lifestyles. Teri has been involved with UWHEN since 2013, and served on the Mission and Bylaws subcommittee in the creation of WSU’s UWHEN chapter. She has served in leadership roles in state, regional, and national associations, and embraces the idea of women moving forward together. Teri is the 2020-21 Chair-elect for the UWHEN Board of Directors.
COVID-19: Strategies to Make Life and Work Doable
About this Event
2020 has been a challenging year particularly with COVID-19. Our long established personal and professional routines have been upended. The boundaries between the different domains of our lives have become increasingly blurred. We are navigating work, home life, schooling, care responsibilities, faith, health and finances in ways that we probably never imagined. Women, in particular, have been impacted significantly and potentially contemplating life changes that will have possible long term implications for careers. Join us for a panel discussion which will explore strategies to help us navigate multiple dimensions of our professional and personal lives in the COVID-19 era and beyond.
Mary Anne Berzins, University of Utah
Mary Anne Berzins is the institutional representative for the University of Utah and has worked with UWHEN since its creation. She is the current Past Chair of the UWHEN Board. Berzins has extensive HR experience in a wide range of industry sectors and joined the University of Utah in 2004. She is passionate about leadership development, mentoring and coaching. Berzins presents and facilitates workshops in a wide range of settings, loves working with individuals and groups to advance their success and the multiple opportunities she gets to interact with so many amazing, higher education colleagues brings her great joy.
Shalini Kesar, Southern Utah University
Dr. Kesar is an associate professor of information systems at Southern Utah University and Director of MS- Cyber Security & Information Assurance (CSIA) program. She has found a niche in Southern Utah and become a role model while enhancing awareness by motivating females in considering technology in their education and career. Her main outreach projects are in southern Utah rural audiences where skills and resources are limited. Kesar was recognized as 2016 Education Excellence Award by Women Tech Council. The event recognizes technology-focused women who are innovators, leaders and key contributors in STEM fields.
Bonnie Andersen, Utah Valley University
Dr. Andersen is the only female faculty member in Physics at UVU. She is passionate about the goals of UWHEN and helping make science more accessible. She is the past president for the UVU UWHEN. She participates regularly in outreach events, such as SheTech. In 2017, she organized the first UVU Science Camps for children 7-12. Andersen has had low vision all of her life, which prevents her from driving. Additionally, she has been a single mother for the past seven years to two children, one of which has ADHD. She finds joy in her faith, gardening, and running.
Ruchi Watson, University of Utah
Dr. Watson, MBA, Ed.D. is Managing Director of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center and faculty member in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the University of Utah. She also serves as co-chair for the university’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and was founding chair of the UofU Chapter of UWHEN. Prior to working the UofU, Watson spent 10 years in the corporate sector at Fortune 500 companies. Watson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. Watson holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Wendy Fox Kirk, Weber State University
Dr. Fox Kirk is Department Chair for Business Administration & Marketing (Goddard School of Business & Economics). She researches gender, power and identity in relation to women’s careers. She was selected as ILA’s 2019 Outstanding Emerging Scholar. She publishes Gender in Management: An international journal; Human Resource Development International and, Advances in Developing Human Resources. She has chapters in Handbook of research on gender and leadership and, Theorizing women & leadership: New insights & contributions from multiple perspectives. (IAP.) She is also a consulting editor for the Journal of Leadership Studies, and the Journal of Education for Business.
Katie Mazzie, UHEAA
Katie Mazzie, MPA, serves as Manager of Outreach and Scholarships at the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA). She has dedicated her career to improving access and equity in higher education, both through her work with UHEAA and in her previous position working in the Salt Lake City School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program for aspiring first-generation college students. Mazzie received her Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
You are a UWHEN member if you are employed by any of the following: Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Ensign College, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah System of Technical Colleges, Utah State University, Utah State University – Eastern (Price), Utah System of Higher Education, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College.
2020 Fall Virtual Workshop Webinar: Cultivating Resilience in the Era of COVID-19
For many women, life has become more complicated in the era of COVID-19. In addition to uncertainty in the world, fear for personal and family safety, financial stress, and often juggling working from home with family responsibilities is causing increased stress on women. In this presentation, participants will learn how to build personal resilience and gain practical strategies to help them better adapt to the unique challenges of today’s world.
Facilitator: Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, MSW – Utah Valley University
Learn more and register at https://uwhenresilience.
Hosted by UVU
2020 Fall Virtual Workshop: Self-Care and Self-Love Practices for Women
September 25, 2020
|Join us for this interactive workshop that is all about taking care of the most important person in your life—YOU! Based on the bestseller title, Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be, by Heath Ash Amara, we will explore what it means to practice radical self-love through simple rituals of self-care. “Sacred Self Care is about the gift of the most exquisite, impeccable love and care that you can possibly give to yourself. It’s about coming home to your body and asking “how can I nurture and nourish you with tenderness, Sweetheart?” ~ Heather Ash Amara
Learn more and register HERE.
Hosted by Dixie State University
Fall Workshop-Salt Lake Community College-Sept. 13, 2019
Building Your Network
Come join us for an engaging hands-on workshop where we’ll discuss strategies for growing your professional network. You’ll also have the opportunity to create your own networking map. And of course, you’ll have the chance to network with other UWHEN members! At the end of the workshop we will be able to:
· Determine areas of your network that you would like to develop
· Identify various opportunities for growing your network
· Develop a networking map
Fall Workshop-University of Utah-October 11, 2019
At the Spring 2019 UWHEN Leadership Workshop, we distributed a book, written by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith, called “How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job.” Come join us for an engaged conversation about how we rise and how our habits act as potential inhibitors.
At the end of the workshop we will be able to:
- Understand how the concept of “rising” applies to us at the individual level
- Recognize the 12 habits and how they potentially hold us back
- Identify strategies to help master them
Fall Workshop-Brigham Young University-November 1, 2019
This workshop will provide suggestions for improving department dynamics so as to increase levels of participation and professional satisfaction for women employed in higher education. It will also provide insights and practical ideas for improving the experience and performance of female students. The focus here is practical, not theoretical.
2020 Spring Leadership Conference, Weber State University, April 3, 2020
Join us for our 2020 Utah Women in Higher Education Network Leadership Conference!
This year’s Conference theme is Looking Back, Moving Forward and features a variety of speakers from across the State, a Presidents Panel, and a special keynote by Justice Paige Petersen. Content is relevant to all women employed in higher education, including faculty, staff, and administrators. We are limited to 350 registrations and, as we have in the past, anticipate a waitlist will quickly form – grab your reservation and join us at Weber State University!
2019 Leadership Conference, April 5, 2019, Dixie State University
Registration Open for 2019 Leadership Conference
April 5, 2019 Dixie State University
Online Fall Event Webinar: Let’s Rise–How Women in Higher Education Can Rise Together
Let’s Rise – How Women in Higher Education Can Rise Together
Friday, December 7 ▪ 1-3PM ▪ Webinar via Western Governor’s University
Join leading women in higher-education from the comfort of your own favorite work-space in an inspiring, reflective, and interactive virtual workshop (yes, even virtual meetings online can be interactive!) focused on personal and professional development. This workshop is dedicated to identifying the unique leadership barriers, habits, and behaviors that hold women back from rising and strategies for how to transform your skills to confidently achieve your goals
Fall Event: Mentor Match
Women. We are in a moment.
On the national and the local stage, the power of women—and particularly women working together—cannot be denied. Utah higher education is at the forefront of this moment, with a record 5 female presidents leading our institutions. Utah Women in Higher Education Network has an opportunity to continue to lead this moment. This is where YOU can make a difference.
Have you ever wanted a mentor but don’t know how to make that happen? Or have you ever wanted to share your experience and expertise in a meaningful way? We are not only going to help you understand what a mentoring relationship can be, but we will also put it into action. Whether you come to this session wanting to find a mentor or looking to mentor a budding professional, you will leave satisfied.
We are seeking up to 40 women (20 mentors and 20 mentees) from various backgrounds across higher education to help us pilot a UWHEN mentoring program. During the session, we will “speed match” you with a mentor or mentee, we will provide you with mentorship training, and we will ask you to schedule future mentoring sessions as your schedule allows. We will provide suggested topics to discuss at each session, as well as an optional check-in call with our facilitators to help you with the process.
UWHEN. Let’s take this moment and make it a movement.
Identify yourself as a mentor or a mentee. Registration is limited. Workshop attendance is a requirement in order to match mentors and mentees.
- Register as a MENTEE if you are desiring to build a relationship with someone further along in their career that can guide you and give you advice.
- Register as a MENTOR if you are interested in providing guidance and advice to a budding professional.
- If filled, register on the WAIT-LIST. If a spot becomes available we will contact you.
- If unable to attend please NOTIFY us beforehand so we can give your spot to someone on the wait-list.
Fall Event: Finding Financial Freedom
What does “financial freedom” mean to you? Getting out of debt? Paying off your mortgage? Getting beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck? Having an emergency fund? Knowing you are on track for a secure post-career life (AKA retirement)? After this session, you will be able to:
- Find reliable resources for reducing debt (credit card, student, mortgage).
- Make prudent decisions on student loans.
- Know when to put your financial security first (when children of all ages may have a claim on your resources).
- Prioritize your long-term financial freedom over short-term wants.
- Recognize the need for an Advance Health Care Directive, letter of last instruction, and a will.
- Locate and use trustworthy financial resources.
2018 UWHEN Leadership Conference
Fall Event: Lots of “A’s” with plenty of “F’s – Authentic Anecdotes that Allowed Actuality and Aha-Moments with Women Leaders
Join leaders for an interactive and insightful afternoon of learnings, lessons, and actionable activities that will support your goals for success.
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Fall Event: Creating Your Strategic Advantage – Women at Work
- 1-1:45PM Pre-Event Guided Tour of Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S 300 W) with Director and Curator Jessica Farling. Guests will be able to view the exhibits and get behind-the-scenes information.
- 2-2:20 Meet & Greet Reception (Sharwan Smith Student Center; Starlight Room (2nd Floor))
- 2:30-3:30PM Workshop (Sharwan Smith Student Center; Starlight Room (2nd Floor))
- 3:30-4PM Networking (Sharwan Smith Student Center; Starlight Room (2nd Floor))
Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Do you know what you bring to the table when you show up to work each day? Do you know where you want your career to go and how to get there? Join a conversation with Mary Weaver Bennett who spent over 25 years as a legislative and regulatory policy expert in Washington, DC, Ms. Bennett will share insights and experience on how she thrived and was successful in a demanding and male-dominated environment. This event will help you gain tools to explore your individual strengths and weaknesses and create your strategic advantage.