HIGHER SPEAKERS

Elevating women in higher education to new levels of personal and professional success

 

HIGHER

›››››  2020  ‹‹‹‹‹
By Wisr
 
 
 

HIGHER FACILITATORS

 
 

Kate Volzer  

Co-Founder & CEO at Wisr

 

As a former first-generation college student, Kate is extremely passionate about improving educational outcomes for college students across the country. After working in Admissions and Career Services for the University of Chicago, Kate became interested in how technology can be used to support student outcomes. She returned to Northeast Ohio as VP of Business Development at DecisionDesk before founding Wisr in 2016.

Kate is heavily involved in Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community as the Chair of the JumpStart Leader’s Council. She has been recognized by WYCA Cleveland as a Distinguished Young Woman and Crain’s Cleveland as a Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship. 

 

Anna Moloney  

Director of Marketing at Wisr

 

As Wisr’s Director of Marketing, Anna oversees the company’s digital and in-person marketing strategy. This includes programming design and coordination of the HIGHER summit series and Wisr Academy learning hub.

Prior to Wisr, Anna worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. In her work as a human capital consultant, Anna focused on guiding her Fortune 500 clients - and their people - through transformational change. Whether managing enterprise communications, redesigning organizational structures, or developing culture and engagement workshops, her priority has always been to create space for people to be their best at work.

NEW ORLEANS

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Mari Fuentes-Martin 

Associate Vice President & Dean of Students at Louisiana State University

 

Dr. Fuentes-Martin joined the LSU staff on August 24, 2015, and serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. As the official second-in-command to the Vice President for Student Affairs, she is the chief administrator for the Office of the Dean of Students, which advises Student Government and oversees the departments of Campus Life, Disability Services, Greek Life, and Student Advocacy & Accountability, Transfer Student Programs, and the William A. Brookshire Military and Veterans Student Center.

Fuentes-Martin received Bachelor’s degrees in History and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in not-for-profit administration, both from the University of Notre Dame, and received a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Prior to LSU, Fuentes-Martin held positions at the University of Texas-Pan American, as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students from 2013-15; and Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 2014-15. She has also held positions at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, as Dean of Students from 2000-04 and Associate Vice President and Dean of Students from 2004-13; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as Assistant/Associate Dean of Students from 1994-2000; and the University of Notre Dame, Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 1991-94, Assistant Director of Alumni Clubs from 1990-91 and Minority Student Recruiter from 1986-89.

Fuentes-Martin is also the proud mother of three sons: Jacob and Zachary graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2018; and her youngest son, Michael, is attending LSU this Fall. She and her husband Randy have been married for 23 years. Randy is an LSU police officer.

 

To Be Announced

 

To Be Announced

DALLAS

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LaQueta Wright 

Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Richland College

 

 

 

Elizabeth Palacios 

Dean for Student Development at Baylor University

 

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) D. Palacios currently serves as the Dean for Student Development at Baylor University and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and has over 37 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Palacios received both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in student services and professional counseling at Baylor University. Since 1981, she has served in various areas at Baylor including graduate minority recruitment in the Graduate School and community service in the Department of Student Activities. In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in School Psychology and joined the faculty in School of Education.

Dr. Palacios taught undergraduate courses in secondary education and graduate courses in school psychology and educational administration. In 2006, she was named Dean for Student Development in the Division of Student Life overseeing Multicultural Affairs, Community Engagement and Service, and the Academy for Leadership Development. She currently teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at Baylor. In 2015, she was charged with leading the Division of Student Life in both student leadership education and development as well as cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. In 2016, she was named the first Special Assistant to the President on Diversity at Baylor University. In 2018, she was elected President for the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, a statewide organization focused on the promotion of Latina/os in higher education as scholars and leaders.

Dr. Palacios has authored numerous publications, presentations, a book chapter in the National Association of School Psychologists primer on training and research on multiculturalism in the schools, and in 2018, a book chapter in the NASPA book on Latino/a/x Student Affairs leaders in higher education. She served as an inaugural faculty member for the NASPA Escaleras Leadership Institute for Hispanic Student Affairs professionals. She serves on various national, regional, and local boards on higher education, retention, diversity, and leadership development

 

To Be Announced

DURHAM

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Stephanie Helms Pickett 

Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education at North Carolina State University

 

Stephanie Helms Pickett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University.  She has worked at private, public, single-sex, predominantly White and historically Black institutions of higher education, in residence life, commuter life, multicultural affairs, orientation, leadership, international student affairs, disability services, academic support services and as an Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

Most recently, Dr. Helms Pickett was appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. Prior to the appointment, over the last 12 years, she served as the Director of Assessment and Professional Development, as well as the Director of the Women’s Center in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University.  Dr. Helms Pickett has held faculty appointments at Bennett College for Women, Walden University, Duke University and Grand Canyon University. Her research interests are in the areas of higher education policy, women’s engagement, cultural competency and leadership.  She most recently served as board president of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women which engages in preparing incarcerated women for reentry. She is married, with two young adults.

She is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the author of three books, “Later Never Came Until Now,” “Her Name Is SHE” and “Worshipper in the Workplace.” Dr. Helms Pickett writes a weekly blog that may be found on the website, drhelmspickett.com. 

 

Jo Allen 

President at Meredith College

 

Jo Allen, Ph.D., Meredith College Class of 1980, took office as the eighth president of the College on July 1, 2011. She is the first Meredith College alumna to assume leadership of the 128-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States. Allen brought her extensive experience as a faculty member, administrator, and scholar to her current role.

A North Carolina native, Allen earned her Master’s degree from East Carolina University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Both her M.A. and her Ph.D. are in English literature, with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. Her B.A. from Meredith is also in English. She served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University in addition to her administrative roles. Dr. Allen was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Virginia.

Allen previously served as senior vice president and provost, and tenured professor of English, at Widener University, in Chester, PA. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty. Other leadership positions held by Allen at East Carolina University and at North Carolina State University include special assistant positions for various projects, as well as associate vice provost and interim vice provost.

Allen has made numerous contributions to the advancement of higher education. She has been the featured speaker and facilitator at programs including the American Council on Education Chief Academic Officer’s Institute and the Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy. She was a Commissioner for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for whom she also led training workshops on assessment and led site visits for regional and international institutions’ accreditation. She also served on the Board of Trustees and has been a frequent site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.  

She has been recognized by Meredith College as a Distinguished Alumna and by East Carolina University as an Outstanding Woman of ECU.

Currently, she is chair of the Executive Board and serves on the Audit Committee and the Administration Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She is also the past treasurer and current vice chair of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). She serves on the Presidents’ Council of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and on the Presidents' Council of USA South, Meredith's athletic conference. In addition, she is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. 

 

Sue Wasiolek

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Duke University

 

For the past thirty-eight years (except for a brief nine-month hiatus to practice law), Sue Wasiolek has worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University.  In her role as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students she has oversight

for student health, wellness education and programming, counseling and psychological services, crisis response, student conduct, and parent and student veterans’ programs. She has served for over thirty-five years as an academic advisor to freshmen and sophomores and has taught courses in education, law and cultural anthropology. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, a Master of Health and Hospital Administration and a Master of Law degree from Duke.   She has also completed a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Having served as a peer reviewer for the NCAA, Sue enjoys intercollegiate athletics from an intellectual and spectator perspective.  Her master’s of law thesis was entitled “Intercollegiate Athletics and Federal Income Tax Policy” while her doctoral dissertation focused on the efficacy of the NCAA self-study certification process.

In 2008, Sue co-authored a book entitled, “Getting the Best Out of College,” with the second edition released in March 2012.

Sue currently resides in an all-freshman residence hall at Duke and loves it!

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Adanna Johnson 

Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Georgetown University

 

 

 

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ATLANTA

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Bonita Jacobs 

President at the University of North Georgia

 

Bonita Jacobs is President of the University of North Georgia, which serves about 20,000 students across five campuses and offers a range of degree programs from the associate to doctoral levels.

Jacobs took office as the seventeenth president of North Georgia College & State University, prior to its consolidation with Gainesville State College to become UNG, in July 2011, becoming the University’s first woman president and only the second woman to lead one of the country’s six Senior Military Colleges.

She has been named by Georgia Trend magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the "Top Education Leaders in Atlanta" and to its list of “Women Who Mean Business.”

Jacobs currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the BB&T Georgia Regional Advisory Board.

Previously, Jacobs served as Executive Director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2009-2011), Vice President for Student Development (1998-2009), and as a tenured professor of counseling and higher education at the University of North Texas. She also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development at Western Carolina University and in student development positions at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jacobs received bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and history and a master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

A recipient of multiple awards for leadership in higher education and student development, Jacobs is a frequent speaker on transfer and student success issues. Jacobs is the former editor of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and has served on three other editorial boards. Her publications include The College Transfer Student in America: The Forgotten Student and Starting From Scratch: Your First-Year Experience, as well as numerous chapters, journal articles and reviews.

Jacobs is originally from Huntington, Texas, and she and her husband, Glenn, live in Dahlonega.

 

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PAST HIGHER SPEAKERS

 
 

Maria Anguiano  

Senior Vice President for Strategy at Arizona State University

 

Kimberly
Betz 

Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University

 

Barbara Bichelmeyer  

Provost; Executive Vice Chancellor at University of Missouri – Kansas City

 

Kari
Bolen

Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mount Saint Mary's University

 

Alfreda
Brown

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University

 

Gail
Burd

Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning at the University of Arizona

 

Cynthia
Butler

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Beth
Bye 

Deputy Majority Leader; Office of Early Childhood Chair in the State Senate of Connecticut

 

Annmarie
Cano 

Associate Provost for Faculty Development & Faculty Success at Wayne State University

 

Erin
Carr-Jordan 

Social Impact Officer Principal, EdPlus at Arizona State University

 

Julie
Cheney 

President; CEO of the Florida State University Alumni Association

 

Devika Dibya
Choudhuri

Professor; Chair of the Commission on Diversity & Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University

 

Lea
Cox
 

Vice President of Inclusion & Equity at Towson University

 

Merritt
Crowley

Vice President for College Advancement at Wheaton College

 

Simone
Cummings

Dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University

 

Eleanor
Daugherty

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut

 

Gerald
Doyle

Former Vice Provost of Student Access, Success, & Diversity at Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Aisha
El-Amin

Associate Provost; Chief of Staff to the Provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Glynis
Fitzgerald 

Provost at Alvernia University

 

Colleen
Garland  

Vice President for Advancement at Kenyon College

 

Monica
Gaughan

Associate Professor of Human Evolution at Arizona State University

 

Shonda
Gibson

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Texas A&M University System

 

Marthe Druska
Golden  

Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations & DAR Communications and Marketing at Rice University

 

Kimberly
Goff-Crews

Secretary; Vice President for Student Life at Yale University

 

Kimberly
Griffin  

Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland; Editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

 

Lua
Hancock

Vice President for Campus Life &  Student Success at Stetson University

 

Wendy
Hill 

Head of The Agnes Irwin School; Former Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lafayette College

 

Roxanne
Hori   

Associate Dean of Corporate Relations & Career Services at the New York University Stern School of Business

 

Shari
Hubert

Associate Dean of Admissions at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business

 

Kathy
Humphrey

Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement; Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh

 

Kimberly
Kenny  

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mount Saint Mary's University

 

Carol
Kim 

Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships at The New School

 

Eva
Kubu  

Associate Dean & Director of Graduate Student Professional Development at Princeton University

 

Soojin
Kwon  

Managing Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Program at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business

 

Jolene
Lane  

Vice President for Inclusion & Equity;  Chief Diversity Officer; Title IX Coordinator at the University of Akron

 

Donna
Lang 

Associate Vice President for Academic Operations at Texas A&M University at Galveston

 

Stephanie
Levenson

Vice President for Enrollment Management at John Carroll University

 

Stefanie
Lindquist 

Deputy Provost; Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University

 

Kelly
Long

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at Colorado State University

 

Gail
Marsh

Chief Strategy Officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

 

Yulanda
McCarty-Harris 

Executive Director for Organizational Culture & Inclusion at the University of Texas at Austin

 

Jennifer
McCary

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Title IX Coordinator at Bowling Green State University

 

Erin
McDermott

Director of Athletics & Recreation at the University of Chicago

 

Sarah 
McGill  

Vice President; Chief Financial Officer at Northern Illinois University

 

Debra
Merchant

Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Cincinnati

 

Fayneese
Miller

President at Hamline University

 

Nancy
Moreno  

Associate Provost of Faculty Development & IR at Baylor College of Medicine

 

Julie
Morton 

Associate Dean of Career Services & Corporate Relations at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 

Darlene
Motley 

Dean of the School of Arts, Science & Business at Chatham University

 

Kathy
Nesbitt 

Vice President of Administration at the University of Colorado

 

Naomi
Nixon  

Associate Vice President of Advancement at the University of Miami

 

Sue
Oldham

Associate Dean of MBA Operations at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

 

Elizabeth
Ortiz

Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity at DePaul University

 

Sheila
Piñeres

Dean of the Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida

 

Kathleen
Powell

Associate Vice President for Career Development at the College of William & Mary

 

Shirley
Rainey-Brown

Associate Vice Provost for Online Initiatives; Director of Distance Learning at Fisk University

 

Jenny
Rickard  

President; CEO of the Common Application

 

Susana
Rivera-Mills

Provost; Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ball State University

 
 

Rebecca
Sandidge

Chief of Staff at the Emory University Goizueta Business School

 

Kristin
Sobolik 

Provost; Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis

 

Sylvia
Spears

Vice President for Equity & Social Justice at Emerson College

 

Sheila
Spivey

Senior Director of Diversity Initiatives at the University of North Florida

 

Ronné Patrick
Turner  

Vice Provost for Admissions & Financial Aid at Washington University in St. Louis

 

Carme
Williams

Vice President of Development at Prairie View A&M University

 

Jewell
Winn  

Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at Tennessee State University

 

Mai Nhia
Xiong-Chan 

Vice President of Enrollment Management at Hamline University