Leading Inclusion

April 2, 2012

SU-ADVANCE hosted its first Leading Inclusion conference, focusing on the importance of inclusion in creating a positive work climate.

The morning began with a panel of representatives from successful businesses discussing what inclusion means to them and how each has built positive climates that engage the talents of the entire organization. Panel members included Sandra Fenske, General Counsel of Lockheed Martin Corporation; Laura Georgianna, Senior Director of Organization Capability & Devleopment at Welch Allyn, Inc; Kit McDonald, Director of Corporate Human Resources at SRC, Inc; Michele Morningstar, Program Manager of K-12 Programs, Global Diversity Network Groups & Councils, and the Diversity Center of Competence at IBM; and Tarina McQueeney, HR Director of Wegmans (Syracuse Division).

The day continued with SU Chancellor, Dr. Nancy Cantor, introducing our keynote speaker Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi, Chancellor at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Katehi touched on her own personal story as she focused on links between inclusion and excellence, and also discussed UC's initiative to recruit, retain, and advance women and minority women STEM faculty. 

A networking luncheon was then followed by an inclusion workshop, hosted by Patricia Lowrie, director of the Women's Resource Center and assistant to the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. In her workshop, "Inclusive Leadership: Case Studies from Higher Education," Ms. Lowrie used case studies, dialogue, and capacity building exercises to help the participants understand the nuances of inclusive leadership within the academy.

A full schedule of events from this conference is available here.

Presentations and Handouts:
Inclusive Leadership: Case Studies from Higher Education (Patricia Lowrie)


UC-Davis Chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, delivers
the keynote presentation at the Leading Inclusion
conference on April 2.