Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership: Meeting the Challenge to Achieve Success
Thursday, April 24
6:00-7:30pm Reception hosted by co-presidential sponsors: Dr. Denise Trauth, President, Texas State University-San Marcos and Dr. John Lilley, President, Baylor University
Location – Joann Cole Mitte Art Building–Gallery
8:00-9:30pm Networking in Hospitality Suite
Location – Hampton Inn and Suites
Friday, April 25
Location – Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Center (LBJSC) Ballroom
7:30-8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:30am Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Denise Trauth and Dr. John Lilley
Greetings from Office of Women in Higher Education
Dr. Laine Scales and Dr. Leah Jackson
8:30-9:45am Keynote Speaker
Keynote Address: “Ariadne’s New Threads: Women Reclaiming the Labyrinth”
Women’s path to leadership is labyrinthine. There lurks a potential misstep at every turn. But remember: it was a woman who provided Theseus with the red thread that assured his success. Today women are reclaiming the leadership labyrinth as their own domain. What new strategies are they weaving for themselves? What are Ariadne’s new threads?
Ann Daly PhD (www.anndaly.com) is a coach/consultant, speaker, and author of CLARITY: How to Accomplish What Matters Most. Her passion is helping women achieve their ambitions. A former professor at the University of Texas at Austin, she is the award-winning author of three books on women and the arts. Dr. Daly has written for the New York Times and Village Voice, and her commentary has been aired on NPR’s “Marketplace.” She is the “Transitions” coaching columnist for Your Address magazine, and she hosts “BookWisdom,” a book salon that inspires and improves women’s lives. Her work on clarity and creativity has been featured on “The Coaching Show” and “The Ladies Room with Lolis” as well as in the Australian Financial Review, Austin Woman Magazine, and the Austin American-Statesman.
9:45 – 10:15am Networking Break and Walking the Labyrinth
Workshop #1 “Women and Leadership: Finding Your Voice Through Effective Communication”
Presented by Dr. Cathy Fleuriet, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Texas State University-San Marcos and Dr. M. Lee Williams, Professor, Communication Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos
Synopsis: Although progress has been made with regard to placing women in leadership positions, women still face challenges that are not shared by their male counterparts. Leadership style often plays a part in the challenges women leaders face. This workshop will address the following: 1) differences in male and female leadership styles and theoretical explanations for these differences, 2) unique characteristics that women can bring to leadership roles, and 3) leadership behaviors that hold women back and those that facilitate success.
Workshop #2 “Fundraising: Yes, It IS Your Job”
Presented by Dr. John Lilley, President, Baylor University
Synopsis: Higher education is an expensive endeavor. It is increasingly apparent that all institutions will have to rely on philanthropy in order to fulfill their mission. This session will highlight the importance of development activities and discuss some of the essential skills administrators need to be effective fundraisers.
Workshop #3 “Family-Friendly Policies in Higher Education: How Do Your Institution’s Policies Stack Up?”
Presented by Dr. T. Laine Scales, Associate Dean, Graduate School, Baylor University and Dr. Leah Jackson, Associate Dean, Baylor Law School
Synopsis: Universities must have policies in place to address the many obstacles women face in seeking leadership positions, as described in articles such as “Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership.” In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to assess various policies at their own institutions, particularly as they relate to family-work issues. National trends and best practices will prepare participants to advocate for change in their own colleges and universities.
Workshop #4 “The Higher Education Funding Maze”
Presented by Ms. B. J. Crain, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budgets and Accounting
The Texas A&M University System
Synopsis: Public institutions of Higher Education face a complicated funding structure which is derived from a variety of funding sources. This presentation will focus on the role of higher education in the state budgeting (allocation) process and review how these allocations affect other funding opportunities (and challenges) that are available to meet the increasing needs and requirements associated with the operations of a public institution. The goal of this presentation is for participants to leave with a more thorough understanding of the funding “maze” associated with higher education.
Location – LBJSC Ballroom 3-16.1
11:45-12:45pm Lunch and Regional Table Discussions
1:00-1:45pm Getting Through the Labyrinth: Lessons Learned
Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas about one of four issues below related to the conference theme.
What steps can women leaders take to overcome resistance to women in leadership positions?
What steps can women leaders take to practically balance work and family?
What steps can women leaders take to ensure that women with equivalent qualifications are promoted to high positions equally with men?
What steps can women leaders take to ensure that there is a strong social network that provides a pipeline for women seeking executive positions?
2:00-2:30pm All participants meet to report on breakout session outcomes. Discussion will follow.
2:30-3:30pm Panel of Women Leaders in Higher Education
Dr. Denise Trauth, President, Texas State University-San Marcos
Dr. Ann Svennungsen, President, Texas Lutheran University
Dr. Donetta Goodall, Vice President for Academic Transfer and General & Developmental Education, Austin Community College