Building Capabilities
SESSION 1
10/21/2019
11:00 a.m. – Noon
SESSION 2
10/21/2019
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
SESSION 3
10/21/2019
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
SESSION 4
10/22/2019
11:00 a.m. – Noon
SESSION 5
10/22/2019
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
SESSION 6
10/22/2019
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions Sponsored by:  

Description:Explore a model of talent and leadership development that prepares mid-level, high potential university administrators for senior-level roles. You'll learn how to leverage internal subject matter experts as facilitators to educate employees on how the business of higher education works, and how to identify the key stakeholder perspectives that senior leaders must incorporate to make effective decisions.
SPEAKERS:Sabrina Ellis, Vice President of Human Resources, and Eric Loffswold, Director, both of New York University
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 6
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Organizational and Professional Development
Description:A rural university in the heart of Appalachia has its own unique issues, but the desire and need for a diverse faculty and staff is shared by every university regardless of its size or setting. Come hear Western Carolina University's case study on how its diverse faculty and staff created a series of videos that have helped achieve diversity and a sense of community at WCU. Come learn about innovative initiatives to take back to your campus.
SPEAKERS:Nancy Ford, Director of Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition and Development, and Ricardo Nazario-Colon, Chief Diversity Officer, both of Western Carolina University
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Crest 4
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Cultural Competence
Description:Learn how the University of California designed, developed, implemented and scaled an award-winning, high-impact women’s professional develop program. The program addresses the specific professional development needs of women across multiple organizational levels and includes faculty, academic personnel and staff together in one program. You'll walk away with a framework you can apply to your institution.
SPEAKERS:Terry Barton, Director of Systemwide Staff Development Programs, University of California Office of the President
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Crest 1/2
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Organizational and Professional Development
Description:Explore the workspace of theatre and its methods for creating and sustaining opportunities for exceptional performance. Examine your current practices for aligning and engaging faculty and staff and aligning their performance to your institution’s mission and goals. Audition the theatre model through a participatory exercise and discover ways to apply the model to your talent management programs.
SPEAKERS:Kathy McKee, Playwright and Consultant, and Sally Robertson, Professor of Theatre and Fine Arts Department Chair, Georgia State University Perimeter College
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 9
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Come learn evidence-based strategies to enhance the racial diversity of a campus workforce. We'll explore relationships between institutional values, campus racial climate, recruitment patterns, and hiring. Participants will gain pragmatic approaches and resources to improve the racial diversity of their campus workforce, learn inclusive strategies to improve training and retention of this workforce, and acquire new ideas to enhance organizational development.
SPEAKERS:Wilmon A. Christian III, Director of PRISM, and Brandi Junious, Finance Manager, both of University of Southern California
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 6
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Cultural Competence
Description:In an attempt to assess the effectiveness of faculty recruiting, IU School of Medicine’s faculty affairs team designed, executed and analyzed the results of an Extensive Needs Assessment in 2017-18. To validate and prioritize areas for improvement, the school conducted a qualitative research project with three crosscutting themes: diversity, timeliness and service quality. Presenters will explain research design and results, as well as planned improvement initiatives and those underway.
SPEAKERS:Melissa Bixler, Faculty Sourcing Specialist, Senem Guler, Assistant Director of Faculty Recruiting, and Liz Whitaker, Faculty Recruiting Consultant, all of Indiana University School of Medicine
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 9
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Academic HR
Description:With over 72 percent of faculty members in relationships with talented, professional partners, there is a growing shift in how faculty and leadership recruitment is conducted. Learn how the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from the cornfields of central Illinois, continuously recruits and retains top talent, and how you can apply these strategies at your institution.
SPEAKERS:Dana Cohen, Assistant Director of Dual Career Programs, and James Gallaher, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, both of University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 8
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:In a very short amount of time, George Mason University experienced many leadership changes that created upheaval in HR: our CHRO retired, our deputy CHRO went on an unexpected medical leave, and our senior vice president left for another institution. Hear how we survived these challenging times and leadership changes at multiple levels. With a special focus on HR metrics and analytics used, we will share how we gained the support of interim leaders and prepared for and integrated new leaders.
SPEAKERS:Kate Astor, Human Resources Metrics and Project Analyst, George Mason University
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 7
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:The gender gap still exists in higher education leadership positions. According to CUPA-HR research, women are underrepresented in higher-paying, more prestigious positions in American colleges and universities. Hear from CUPA-HR research on the latest data along with two of your peers who will share their path to leadership and what they are doing to support women looking to advance their careers.
SPEAKERS:Jessica Baker, Director of Human Resources, University of Missouri System; Jacqueline Bichsel, Ph.D., Director of Research, CUPA-HR; Whitney Williams, Senior Project Manager, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and Pat Vaughan, Senior Vice President and Higher Education Practice Lead, Fidelity Investments
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
ROOM:Crest 5
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Cultural Competence; Talent Management
Description:Hiring decisions made at department and program levels have dramatically evolved the faculty workforce over time as nontenure-track faculty—both full-time and part-time—now fill significant roles. With decision making often driven by the reality of serving more students in budget-constrained environments, changes in faculty composition have likely been reactive as much as strategic. This session will examine how HR can partner with academic leadership to strategically develop a college or university’s academic workforce model. Such strategic planning includes appropriate leveraging of nontenure-track faculty in pursuit of institutional mission and objectives.
SPEAKERS:Theresa Elliott-Cheslek, Associate VP & Chief HR Officer at Washington State University, Gregg Kvistad, Provost Emeritus and Professor, University of Denver and Paul Yakoboski, Senior Economist, TIAA Institute
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 7
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Based on a two-year study of 21 of the best places to work, we describe why civil workplaces matter. Specifically, we will explore how high-performing organizations promote the needs and welfare of their workforces, illustrating how these employee-centric practices apply to LaSalle University's case. Learn how to infuse a work environment with kindness and support employees' universal needs for belonging, meaning, autonomy, self-acceptance, self-confidence and personal growth.
SPEAKERS:Kristin Heasley, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, La Salle University, and Michael O'Malley, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 8
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Organizational and Professional Development
Description:Imagine a first date in which your date only talks about themselves, their history, their culture and values, and important people in their life. Are you engaged and excited for the relationship? If not, why are so many orientation programs built the same way? This session will explore academic research on employee socialization of a diverse workforce and engage the audience on effective strategies to drive retention.
SPEAKERS:Jennifer Stano, Senior Human Resources Partner, Towson University
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 7
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Building a healthy campus climate that supports institutional values, increases diversity and maximizes best practices for sustained inclusive excellence in the workplace is imperative to the success of colleges and universities. Discover how the alignment of HR and diversity functions can build and sustain an affirmative and inclusive campus climate. Learn how a new employee onboarding program, and other diversity and employee engagement programs, are bringing HR front and center.
SPEAKERS:Wanda Heading-Grant, Ph.D., Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, University of Vermont
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Crest 5
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Hear about the results of a pilot program that radically changed the approach to hiring staff at Minneapolis College and resulted in the college becoming a leader in the Minnesota State system for diversifying its workforce. Learn about how the college is expanding the competency-based approach to faculty hiring in the next phase of the pilot and examine how competency-based hiring breaks down structural barriers and disrupts the transfer of equity gaps in education to the workforce.
SPEAKERS:Dianna Cusick, Vice President of Human Resources and Workforce Equity, and Jay Williams, College Diversity Officer, both of Minneapolis College
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
ROOM:Summit 10/11
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:The conundrum of “too much too soon" or "too little too late” is an ongoing challenge when trying to reach the newest members of your institution. Whether you are a one-person team or a member of a larger team, there are tools to help you build a thoughtful communications plan for new employees. In addition, these same tools can be used when planning and launching any HR initiative. Participants will leave with simple strategies and effective tools to use when building communications for new employees.
SPEAKERS:Megan Bohn, Communications Program Manager, and Christiane Harrison, Onboarding Program Manager, both of University of Colorado Boulder
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 4
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Being smart in onboarding programming transcends the current buzz across campuses today. The goal is developing a system of resources that help process newly hired strangers into fully contributing employees. Designed with you in mind, this interactive session will draw IQ from the audience on key elements to equip HR professionals in developing a successful program.
SPEAKERS:Corina Velasquez, Assistant Director for Talent Management, Finance and Administration, University of Florida
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
ROOM:Crest 4
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management
Description:Women’s leadership development programs are becoming a critical strategy for succession planning, and while these programs exist in higher education, many only benefit faculty members, not staff. Learn how the University of Georgia developed its Women's Staff Leadership Institute, the program's expected and unexpected outcomes, how alumnae have taken their learning beyond the boundaries of the program, and how you can create a similar phenomenon at your institution.
SPEAKERS:Allie Cox, Director of Training and Development, and Emily Saunders, Human Resources Senior Managing Consultant, both of University of Georgia
DATE:Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. - noon
ROOM:Summit 5
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Organizational and Professional Development
Description:The composition and needs of the higher ed workforce are changing dramatically before our eyes. An aging workforce, a new generation of workers entering the workforce, increased competition for talent, elevated use of technology and an increased focus on diversity and inclusion are requiring institutions to develop a plan for this new workforce landscape. Without a clear and robust workforce and succession plan and strategy, HR departments will be forced into a reactive mode that is frustrating, more costly and less effective. Learn how to tackle these important workforce challenges and plan for a sustainable and productive future workforce. You'll leave this session with tangible guidance on anticipating upcoming changes, aligning your workforce to meet multiple demands, responding promptly to changes and staying focused on your institution’s strategic goals.
SPEAKERS:Kurt Ackman, Vice President of Higher Education Sales; Dr. Tom Tonkin, Principal, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services, both of Cornerstone OnDemand; and Scott Nostaja, Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader, Sibson Consulting
DATE:Monday, October 21 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
ROOM:Crest 4
FRAMEWORK:Building Capabilities
TRACK:Talent Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Cultural Competence