U-M Women Leaders Making a Difference 2012: Stories to Inspire Your Path
This year's event is being held as a special tribute to recognize our late colleague Karen Dickinson. KarenÂ significantlyÂ impactedÂ and touched so many lives across the University during her career.
Karen Dickinson served the University of Michigan for over 35 years in many capacities. As she developed the skills she needed to navigate the vast university system, Karenâ€™s life began to develop a common theme—to help others reach their highest potential. As someone who â€śknew what she needed and how to get it,â€ť Karenâ€™s generosity in sharing that knowledge created a vast network of devoted colleagues who looked upon her as an outstanding example of a true servant leader. In assisting others, she made the university a better place by her work in five areas:
1.Â Â Â Â Building relationships
2.Â Â Â Â Mentoring
3.Â Â Â Â Being a change agent
4.Â Â Â Â Assisting others with career development
5.Â Â Â Â Fostering innovation and creativityÂ
Join us as we examine and learn from the career paths of a group of diverse and successful U-M leaders chosen for their unique stories. Each interview-style presentation will highlight how they went from â€śeverydayâ€ť professionals to extraordinary U-M leaders.
The conversational interviews will include insights from both participants, allowing you to learn from
their varied career journeys.
Anyone who wants to learn how other leaders at U-M have been successful
Co-sponsored by the U-M Center for the Education of Women
Dates & Times: Wed. 12/5/12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Catherine Lilly is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the arenas of organization development and strategic human resources. In this role she serves senior leadership and 3200 professional, administrative and union staff in the Business and Finance division of the University of Michigan.
As a private consultant, and in the roles of Senior Advisor and/or Organization Development Specialist (which she has held since 1991) she has implemented numerous organizational effectiveness programs, including organization-wide strategic planning, performance management, total quality, decentralized human resource management, customer satisfaction and building high-performance cultures. She also has worked extensively with senior teams in the areas of teambuilding, planning, leadership/management development and coaching, organizational communication, change management and diversity. Catherine believes in sharing her organizational experience and since 1991 has presented at numerous national conferences including NCCI, CUPA, NACUBO, EDUCAUSE, and SCUP.
Catherine has traveled extensively, including living in India, Colombia, and Switzerland. She holds two degrees from the University of Michigan. Catherineâ€™s article â€śBenchmarking Happinessâ€ť appeared in the June 2008 NACUBO Business Officer Magazine.
Lisa M. Rudgers is the University of Michiganâ€™s vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives. Rudgers is responsible for developing communication strategies to enhance U-M's visibility locally, nationally and internationally. As an executive officer, she is a member of the senior management team and advises deans, directors, executive officers and the president regarding communications.
Rudgers also served as the university vice president for communications from 2000-2007. She played a crucial role in developing the public outreach messaging and related strategies surrounding the university's defense of the admissions lawsuits up to the U.S. Supreme Court. She directed communication around many presidential and university initiatives, including the president's China initiative, the digital library initiatives, and the University Research Corridor. Other U-M efforts under her leadership included revamping the university's Internet gateway and the En EspaĂ±ol web portal.
Rudgers left the university in 2007 to launch her own consulting firm, Lisa Rudgers & Associates. Her client portfolio included the University of Michigan, the University Research Corridor, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas-Arlington. Previously, Rudgers has served as assistant vice president and director of public relations at Michigan State University, marketing director and director of news and communications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and account executive at Media Logic, Inc. marketing/PR firm in Albany, New York.
Administrative and Project Coordinator, UM-Flint
Mona Munroe-Younis is an administrative/project coordinator at the University of Michigan-Flint Office of University Outreach. In this role, she supports all UM-Flint academic programs by developing and nurturing partnerships and professional development for community-engaged courses and research. Mona takes a values-based approach to her work, guided by a commitment to mutually-beneficial collaboration, making a genuine difference, and social justice. She holds an M.S. from UM-Ann Arbor (2011) and a B.S. from UM-Flint (2006). In her spare time, Mona enjoys being an active member of her community, such as by coordinating the Flint Environmental Justice Action Network that she co-founded, and serving as a City of Flint Master Plan advisory group member.
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Director, Human Resource Development
Provides the overall vision, direction and leadership to align HRD’s services to the U-M community’s professional and career development needs. She has held many roles within HRD over the years, the majority as a training and organizational development consultant prior to taking over leadership of HRD. Kristen’s current area of focus is the integration and delivery of HRD services through formal, traditional learning and informal, collaborative approachesâ€”leveraging technology and social media. Her areas of expertise and consultation are in the areas of instructional design, team development, leadership development and customer service development. Over the years she has worked as a lead instructional design consultant on numerous well-respected U-M learning programs such as the Research Administrators Instructional Network (RAIN),Â Foundations of Supervision, HR Academy and the Budget and Resource Management Academy. Kristen holds an M.A. in adult instruction and performance technology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and B.S. in education from Western Michigan University.
Program Director, UM-Dearborn
Tiffany Marra works on the Dearborn campus teaching in the School of Education, directing the Women in Learning and Leadership program (WILL), and working on special projects for the Office of the Provost, including assisting faculty, staff, and students utilize integrative learning systems (weaving curriculum, technology, and collaboration to enhance student learning) across campus. Her research focuses on how curriculum shapes learner's perceptions of self, specifically in their ability to transfer knowledge and skills across contexts and to use technology to tell their story. Prior to working at UM-Dearborn, she worked on the Ann Arbor campus in various roles, including guiding the MPortfolio initiative and managing SmartGirl.org for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She earned her Ph.D. in educational technology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2005.
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Librarian and Library Research, University Library
Karen Downing is the education liaison and foundations and grants librarian at the University of Michigan University Library. She received her M.I.L.S. (1989) and Ph.D in higher education, both from the U-M. She works with faculty, students and community members who are conducting education research, and those who are grant-seeking for their research and special projects. She is affiliated with The Foundation Center in New York, in her role as one of their cooperating collection coordinators. Prior to her current position, Karen was the assistant to the Dean for cultural diversity at the University Library, where she worked across the Library, campus, and library profession on a variety of diversity initiatives. Author of multiple books, book chapters, articles, and presentations on libraries, finding funding, and cultural diversity, the most recent book she coauthored is entitled Multiracial America: A Resource Guide on the History and Literature of Interracial Issues. In 2009, Karen received the American Library Association’s Equality Award, and in 2010-2011 Karen was named the first visiting scholar at the Diversity Research Center at Rutgers-Newark. Karen is also a mother, wife, daughter and sister, and works hard to maintain a work/life balance. She is an avid runner, yogi and gardener.
Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Director, Office of Tax Policy Research
Joel Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and professor of economics and chair in the Department of Economics. He also serves as director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, an interdisciplinary research center housed at the Ross School of Business. Professor Slemrod received the A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1973 and the Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1980. Professor Slemrod has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Department of Finance, the New Zealand Department of Treasury, the South Africa Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the OECD. From 1992 to 1998 Professor Slemrod was editor of the National Tax Journal. He is the co-author with Jon Bakija of Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes, whose fifth edition will be published in 2013.
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Research Process Coordinator, Ross School of Business
Mary Ceccanese has a B.A. in human resource administration and has worked at the university for over 20 yearsc She is currently the coordinator for the Office of Tax Policy Research and a trainer affiliate with the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, both at the Ross School of Business. Mary has been involved in numerous university initiatives including Workplace of the 90’s, as well as staff recognition at both the university and the school level. She participated in VOICES of the Staff as a team member, Program Management Team member, and co-facilitator for the last seven years. In 2009, Mary received a VOICES Champion Award and in 2010, the Candace J. Johnson Award for Excellence. For the last five years, Mary has worked closely with the faculty in the Center for POS developing and presenting classes based on their research to over 100 groups both inside and outside the University of Michigan community.