HIGHER ORLANDO

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

June 25, 2019 | Orlando, FL

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HIGHER

›››››  2019  ‹‹‹‹‹
By Wisr
 
 
 

WHAT IS HIGHER?

HIGHER is a series of free professional development summits designed to equip women in higher education administration with the tools, relationships, and confidence to thrive personally and professionally. These one-day experiences take a step towards diversifying leadership in higher education.

While women tend to find equal representation in lower-level managerial roles, top positions in higher education leadership fail to represent the movement toward a more diverse and inclusive future. It’s time for that to change.

Women In Higher Ed-01

Presidents at US colleges and universities

 
All women (30%)
 
Women of color (5%)
 
Men (70%)
 
 

Reflect

 

The opening workshop will have you reflecting on key themes, turning points, and people in your career. After discovering what those experiences reveal about your values, a partner exercise will help you reimagine how you can be your best self at work, at home, and everywhere in between.

 
 

Inspire

 

Hear from women who hold senior leadership positions about their personal journeys. What did they wish they’d known at key milestones in their careers? What advice would they give to their younger selves? Learn how these outstanding women overcame barriers to reach where they are today.

 
 

Act

 

After uncovering the biggest barriers women face, this interactive session will empower each attendee to design a plan for reaching their next major goal, whether it's an individual career ambition or a program for creating change on campus. 


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Cities


147

Institutions


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Women


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Speakers

WHAT PAST ATTENDEES HAVE TO SAY

"I can't believe this was free. Well organized, thoughtful structure. So many opportunities to engage and hear from one another."
"Overall very enlightening and empowering. Great atmosphere. Beautiful place and easily accessible. Also, this being free is insane and amazing. Why wouldn’t someone want to come?"
"Perfectly organized, well-thought out activities, opportunities for networking, and inspiring conversation. Thank you for this great opportunity!"
"Great opportunity to meet other women in higher ed and network and problem solve. Thank you."
"I was truly impressed with this summit and I will encourage all women in higher ed to attend!"
"It was so inspiring to be among fellow women in higher education who have faced some of the same issues I am facing and learning from them."
"This opportunity allowed me to connect with other people who share some of my identities to talk about important issues that affect us and that is so important for us all to do!"


             

SPEAKERS & LOGISTICS

 

Lua Hancock  

Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success at Stetson University

 

Dr. Lua Hancock has more than 20 years of progressive experience in university administration and is currently the Vice President of Campus Life and Student Success at Stetson University.  She is charged with leading areas including the Academic Success, the Center for Community Engagement, Career Development, Campus Safety, Residential Living and Learning, the Dean of Students, Student Health, Student Counseling, Wellness and Recreation, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Development and Campus Vibrancy.  Dr. Hancock has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.

Lua is a member of the Florida ACE Women’s Leadership Executive Board and active in the Orlando Baha’i Community. Lua is a certified yoga and spin instructor and loves working with people to catalyze their leadership and wellness goals. Lua has two boys and has hosted lots of foster children.  She is tired, but more importantly- inspired!

 

Sheila Piñeres  

Dean of the Burnett Honors College at University of Central Florida

 

Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Ph.D. is Dean of the Burnett Honors College and professor of public administration. Dr. Piñeres received her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and B.A. from Texas A&M University. She joined UCF in 2018 following her role as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Special Initiatives and Dean of Faculty at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Previously, she served as Dean of Undergraduate Education and professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a founding member of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Her research focuses on economic development and political stability in developing countries. Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband Victor, who she met in Colombia during a student exchange program. They have two sons: Victor, who recently graduated from Austin College and works as a financial analyst in Dallas, and Sebastian, a student at the University of Tulsa. They also have three rescue dogs: Lola, Lucky and Bautista.

 

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. Wisr improves student and alumni engagement outcomes by facilitating alumni- to-student coaching and alumni-to-alumni career networking. In 2017 Wisr was recognized as most innovative education solution by Global Silicon Valley & Arizona State University.

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. Kate was a captain of the varsity volleyball team at the University of Chicago, where she received her BA and MBA. She was born and raised in Hartville, OH, and now resides in Rocky River. When she’s not working on building Wisr, Kate is probably spending time on Lake Erie, playing with her dog, or enjoying good conversation over a glass of wine.

 

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 joining 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.

Date, Time, & Location

 

The summit will take place on June 25, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM in Orlando, FL. We'll gather on the University of Central Florida's campus at the Live Oak Event Center

Materials & Meals

 

We provide all the materials you'll need in addition to a light breakfast, a catered luncheon, and an afternoon snack. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.

Schedule

 

The agendas for HIGHER summits vary to accommodate the special programming unique to each, but most follow the same general format:

8:30 AM — Check in

9:00 AM — Welcome and kickoff

9:30 AM— REFLECT Workshop: gain insights and map your future development through a personal inventory of your defining experiences

11:00 AM — Break

11:15 AM — INSPIRE Speaker Session: learn what senior leaders wish they'd known at key milestones in their careers

12:00 PM — Lunch and networking

12:45 PM — Introduction to resources

1:00 PM — INSPIRE Speaker Session: learn what senior leaders wish they'd known at key milestones in their careers

1:45 PM — Break

2:00 PM — ACT Panel: Discuss strategies for creating an inclusive team and institutional culture

3:20 PM — ACT Workshop: design an action plan for reaching your next big career goal

3:50 PM — Resources and feedback

4:00 PM — Closing remarks



             

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is HIGHER for?  ▾

This is an event for ambitious leaders, aspiring bosses, and community-builders. We welcome women in faculty and staff positions across all departments to join us. Due to high demand, we can only offer seats to women who are currently employed at an institution of higher learning. HIGHER attendees represent a variety of higher education institutions, including liberal arts colleges, research institutions, community colleges, and everything in between.

Can I invite my colleagues?  ▾

Yes! In fact, several leaders at a past summit used the event as an opportunity to reconnect with and invite peers they’d met at previous conferences, bond with new team members, and strengthen relationships with leaders across their campuses. To ensure you get the most out of the day, we recommend that your team's VP or Director joins for the day. Anyone who wishes to attend is required to register.

Can I attend HIGHER more than once?  ▾

Our goal is to reach as many women in higher education as possible to support them in reaching their professional goals. To help us do that, we ask that if you'd like to attend again, you bring a colleague or peer at another institution who has not attended before.

Will this feel like another big box conference?  ▾

Absolutely not. We believe that the most impactful development experiences come when you have the chance to build relationships with everyone in the room, talk candidly about the challenges that are keeping you up at night, and brainstorm solutions together. You can’t do that if there are 500 people in the room. Each HIGHER summit is intentionally capped at 50 attendees to allow for that close-knit, collaborative environment.

How much does it cost to attend?  ▾

We believe that women benefit greatly from coming together to share their experiences and lessons. To make HIGHER as accessible as possible, attendance is free for all registrants. Your registration includes programming, resources, and meals for the day.

What motivated Wisr to launch HIGHER?  ▾

As a (female-led) company, Wisr spent a lot of time reflecting on the state of higher education leadership. Based on our interactions while bringing Wisr to market, higher ed isn’t reflecting the kind of diverse and inclusive future the world aspires to have. In our work, we consistently see equal representation of women in individual contributor or lower-level managerial roles, but more senior leadership positions often don't reflect that diversity. Women in higher ed administration are facing barriers to rising the ranks in their institutions, and we wanted to do something about it.

Can you deliver HIGHER specifically for women at my institution?  ▾

Yes! We offer HIGHER to institutions interested in a private professional development for their female faculty and staff. If you're interested in learning more about this offering, email Kate Volzer.

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