Successful Presence at Women and Leadership Conference

Successful Presence at Women and Leadership Conference

Adapted from an internal news article.

​The program for the International Leadership Association's 3rd Biennial Women and Leadership Conference began with a big "thank you" to everyone who contributed to the success of Advancing Women in Leadership: Cultivating Our Whole Selves – including University of Phoenix as one of the conference sponsors. We could have been thanked even more given that the University was referenced no less than 20 times in the program for our multiple participation as panelists and speakers.​

The University also had the only marketing table at the conference. Staffed by Katrina Burby, and stocked with copies of the current issue of the University's Journal of Leadership Studies (JLS).

The following students, faculty and staff from the University's School of Advanced Studies and the Detroit Campus participated in many ways, including as conference program chairs, proposal reviewers and presenters:

  • Dr. Patricia Bleil, Research Fellow and SAS Doctoral Faculty
  • Katherine Brewer, SAS Doctoral Student
  • Dr. Jan Cardwell, Campus Vice President/Director, Detroit Campus
  • Dr. Phillip L. Davidson, SAS Full-time Program Faculty
  • Dr. Lynne E. Devnew, SAS Online Faculty and Distinguished Research Fellow
  • Dr. Bonnie Ellis, Director of Academic Affairs, Detroit Campus
  • Dr. Carol A. Holland, SAS Associate Faculty
  • V. Drew Jemison, SAS Doctoral Student
  • Ann Muli, SAS Ph.D. Student
  • Dr. Yvonne Phelps, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Campus Services
  • Dr. Daniel L. Robinson, SAS Research Affiliate, Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

Here's just a sample of the University of Phoenix presentations:

  • Katherine Brewer participated in a Developmental Roundtable providing her with the opportunity to discuss her work in process dissertation with two leading scholars and gain their insights.
  • Jan Cardwell, Bonnie Ellis and Yvonne Phelps shared the work they have been doing at the Detroit campus to develop the research focus of the local faculty through their Community of Scholars Action Research project as a faculty development initiative to inspire academic discovery and provide a supportive environment to encourage personal research and scholarship. Jan Cardwell also shared her art at a fireside chat session where participants presented original works fostering the conference theme.
  • Phil Davidson presented his paper on the struggle between cultural and leadership values of women in Saudi Arabia and later shared the value he had found in the discussion following his presentation.

During the final plenary session, University of Phoenix was deservedly recognized as the organization with the most attendees at the conference. It was a great event with a marked presence by the University.

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