National Diversity Council Women in Leadership Symposium

wils_bannerOn Friday morning, March 22, the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer in partnership with the National Diversity Council (NDC) will celebrate Women’s History Month by offering a special opportunity to build your leadership skills.  The NDC Women in  Leadership Symposium, “Women as Architects for Change,” will be held in the East Atrium and Plenary Room 1310 at Grainger Hall from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  The National Diversity Council hosts symposiums in regions across the country with the purpose of bringing women together from public, private and non-profit sectors to network, co-train with colleagues, and mentor one another in their leadership growth. This is your opportunity to meet and renew relationships with women from across the campus and region who are striving, growing and succeeding as leaders.

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“Women Leaders as Architects of Change”


CamenCarter_Photo2 001Carmen Carter

Chief Talent & Diversity Officer
National Diversity Council


 Lori Berquam  Lori BerquamVice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-MadisonAnne CarterAnne H. Carter
Director, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
Alliant Energy
DaphneDaphne Webb
Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP
Rukmini BanerjeeRukmini Banerjee
VP, Consumer & Lending Customer Operations
CUNA Mutual Group
Michele StantonMichele Stanton
Senior Vice President of IT Management and Control
QBE North America
Cassandra AlstonCassandra Alston
Executive Director, Global Workforce Diversity
Johnson Controls Diversity & Public Affairs Group


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.  UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON WELCOME – Dr. Damon Williams, Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer

9:05 – 9:10 a.m.  NATIONAL DIVERSITY COUNCIL WELCOME – Carmen Carter, National Diversity Council Chief Talent & Diversity Officer


9:15 – 9:35 a.m.  TOPIC #1: “I’m a Woman. I’m Invincible: The Pursuit of Work Balance”

Introduction: We continue to hear, “read and see that.” As women leaders, we have to be able to “do it all,” and do it all at the same time…be an effective career professional, wife, mother, sister, friend, and the list goes on. Recent studies and surveys have reported that as women, we do not and should not feel guilty about not having to accomplish everything at the same time.

Discussion Questions:

What decisions have you recently made that you feel have improved your work-life balance?

•  How have your life and career choices changed your perspective about having to have it all and do it all?

What advice would you give to a young woman who has recently entered her professional career to help her succeed, both professionally and personally?

9:35 – 9:55 a.m.  TOPIC #2: “Becoming a Person of Influence”

Introduction: Women who break through into senior-level leadership roles get there by delivering results. In John Maxwell’s book, “Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others”, he lists a number of traits a person of influence should possess such as integrity, nurturing, faith, listener, understanding, empowering and connecting.

Discussion Questions:

Which traits have you found to be most important to influence and to becoming a person of influence?

•  In your current role and of the traits mentioned, what are the top three (3) you feel have helped you be successful and why?

What advice would you share with an emerging leader in your industry or another industry that will assist with becoming a “Person of Influence?”

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.   QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSION

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.   BREAK

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.   TOPIC #3: “Cross-Cultural Leadership: Women Bridging the Racial Divide”

Introduction: Leading organizations today want to offer a better place to work for all employees. At the same time, they want to have the competitive advantage of being a “preferred employer of choice” and thus, retain top talent. Managers and leaders at all levels of an organization can become diversity champions that can take a specific range of actions to make the workplace more inclusive and begin the process to erase the racial divide.

Discussion Questions:

How do women across races overcome discomfort to hold open, honest discussions about race and racism in the workplace?

What strategies can women across races use to build coalitions with each other in order to implement mutually beneficial change in corporate America?

Do you think women are more willing and better champions in addressing this issue? Why or why not?

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.    TOPIC #4: “Personal Branding: Accessorizing your Assets”

Introduction: Personal branding has been defined as the process by which we market ourselves to others. The importance and value of branding cannot be overstated and it is most important in leadership development and success. Many female leaders have noted that continued success involves personal branding, continuous and sometimes re-branding as career choices sometimes change….accessorizing your assets.

Discussion Questions:

Why is it so important to discover and create our personal brand as early in our career as possible?

What have been some of your personal branding success experiences?

What steps do you recommend when there is a need to “re-brand” ourselves as career choices change?

11:10 – 11:40 a.m.  QUESTIONS & ANSWERS SESSION

11:40 – 11:55 a.m. CLOSING REMARKS

12 noon p.m.  ADJOURN