Women's Higher Education Leadership Summit ​Schedule

2019 Schedule. 2020 Schedule Coming Soon!

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Check-In/Registration
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

As we begin our summit, we present a framework for the issues we will explore over the course of our four days together. Many of the topics we will explore help us understand how as women we have unique experiences that may be common to each of us in our daily lives.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Courageous Conversations: Who am I? Why am I here?
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

Over the course of our time together, we will work in groups that will support your learning, promoting community with each other. In this session, the time will be used to connect around expectations, challenges and learning goals most relevant to you and your group as you begin your journey toward developing your leadership capacity.

12:30 p.m. Group (Working) Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Personality & Leadership Workshop

In this session, facilitators provide an overview of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality profile. We will consider how we feel most energetic, how we take in information, how we make decisions, and how we move through the world. We then do exercises to help you gain a better understanding of how personality impacts thoughts, behaviors, and actions. Finally, we discuss how as leaders you can use this information about personality to be more effective.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Personal Values Workshop
Lorri Sulpizio

Knowing and living in accordance with one’s values can help any leader (or aspiring leader) to clarify personal values, as well as shared values, that will guide them in all situations. When our values clash, either with our workplace, our colleagues, or with family and friends, it can create tension and conflict. In this session, you will examine your own values and discover the importance of aligning what is most important in your life, with the work that you do as a professional in higher education.

2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.


 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Core Connection - Body to Mind

We believe that movement is a great way to wake up the mind. We also believe there is a deep and significant connection between our physical selves and our psycho-emotional selves. As we prepare to engage in deep learning about ourselves and our leadership styles, we will engage in a connection between the mind and the body through examining how we embody our energetic strength and how our mind influences our body and our body influences our mind.

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Understanding The Leadership Circle Profile
Lorri Sulpizio

In this session facilitators describe the leadership competencies and reactive strategies that make up The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP). We give an overview of the assessment and how the tool works to provide data around your leadership practice.

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

TLCP Results - Review and Reflection
Lorri Sulpizio and Cheryl Getz

In this session you will receive your TLCP results and spend time reflecting upon and understanding the feedback. This session is designed to help you better understand your leadership style, gain insight into patterns and habits that impact your leadership, and to help you start thinking about how you can create a personal and individual leadership development plan.

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Coffee & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Check-In & Reflection

After receiving your TLCP feedback, you will be full of thoughts, feelings, and curiosities. In this session, we open up the space to explore what you might be holding onto, and what questions you still have about your TLCP. Reflection, especially around self-awareness is a critical aspect of leadership development. 

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Conscious Leadership: What it is and why is it important?
Cheryl Getz

Conscious Leadership is the buzzword of the 21st Century. But what does it mean and how can we learn to become more thoughtful, conscious leaders? In this session, we talk about the real meaning of leadership, consider the behaviors that help us be successful and examine the patterns that get in our way.  Using your TLCP, we consider the importance of personal development on your journey to becoming a thoughtful and responsible leader. We will discuss the ways we often get stuck in unproductive reactive patterns that derail any efforts toward effective leadership. 

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch - On our own

1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Core Alignment: Body Work 

The physical self-care goes beyond eating healthy and exercising and taps into the deeper layer of our body. Making sure we are flexible and mobile, that our joints have the space to move and that our posture supports our body, are all important elements to feeling and being our best. In this session we will move and tap into the deeper layers of muscles, bones, and joints, noticing the energy of our ‘core’ self in a new way.  This begins with our intrinsic muscles, and bringing awareness to those muscles helps create a foundation for growth, awareness, and alignment.

2:10 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Got Stress??? The Importance of Mindfulness

The benefits of mindfulness are well researched, overwhelming suggesting the positive impact mindfulness has on so many aspects of our lives. We will explore how a mindfulness practice leads to being a more effective leader and practice some mindfulness techniques.

3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Break
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Tree of Life: Connecting to Our Circle

The stories we tell ourselves often create underlying thinking patterns that drive current behaviors. These stories have deep origins, rooted within the many cultures and identities that we are a part of.  We want to unpack these patterns and behaviors so that we can better understand ourselves, and, access new choices and possibilities in order to achieve more effective outcomes. In this session we will work with how our sense of who we are is influenced by our inner and outer life and how culture(s) impacts your leadership style and your sense of self.

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Coffee & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Social Sensing Matrix
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

The social sensing matrix provides a space for all of us to join around unconscious dynamics that might emerge through the sharing of dreams, images, insights, etc. The purpose of this activity is for participants to use dreams or other reflections and free association to explore emergent unconscious dynamics. These dynamic thoughts and associations can inform our collective work to better understand how we are all influenced by the greater whole.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Owning Our Inner Voice and Working With the Unconscious
Johari Window Handout

We all have a voice inside that informs our view of the world and how we interact with others.  In this session, we will continue the conversation of our unconscious awareness, the source of bias, and how it challenges our self-talk. The unconscious is a powerful force and inviting that force in allows us to think and feel in a different space.  We will work to identify the impact of our own biases and those that are imposed upon us, as well as working with the power of images and metaphors to connect the unconscious to the work we have done so far. Using what emerges we will find meaning that supports our leadership development journey and allows us to engage with each other. The session will conclude with sharing and practicing strategies for establishing a powerful inner voice and bringing our unconscious to greater awareness.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Courageous Conversations to Resolve Conflict and Foster Dialogue

We are living in tumultuous times. In this session we dialogue together about the challenges of dealing with issues of difference. We will share insights, fears and strategies about how to manage the tensions that arise on campus and in your communities, specifically how to engage and dialogue with the ‘other’ around issues of divide and disconnect. Brave spaces create a sense of safety where all voices feel welcome, without creating a culture of consensus that keeps conversation superficial. This tension between the freedom to speak one’s truth and be heard, and the fear of the consequences in doing so, must be constantly attended to. In this session, we will explore how common group dynamics impact honest dialogue,  work on the skills and opportunities for fostering healthy and productive dialogue.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1:05 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Drumming Dynamics: Holding Steady and Mobilizing a Group

We continue to consider different ways of knowing, being, and acting. In this session we will use rhythm and music to practice the leadership elements of creating a shared space, mobilizing others to act, and holding steady in a dynamic environment. You are encouraged to take some risks, experiment with working within a group, and remain aware of your own felt sense.

2:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Leading Others: Engaging Effectively With Others

Effective leadership requires leaders and followers working together toward a common purpose or goal. The best ideas go nowhere unless others join in the effort. Central to energizing others is understanding others perspective and interest in the effort, and alignment with shared goals. In this session, we will practice how to empower others to get behind the work, and learn to recognize the different factions and stakeholders who might both help and hinder the progress. We discuss the ways that authority and power dynamics impact leaders ability to influence team and group cohesion. 

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Core Connection- Balance and Alignment
Odile Zelenak

Working with our balance and alignment- our bodies are a mirror/reflection of our inner world and vice versa. When our mind, body and self are all aligned and fluidly working together, we are connected to our core, where our strength and power resides. We can act, think and feel in a way that is true to our alignment and we can better live not only our mission but the mission of our work. We can better connect to our role without our own blockages getting in the way. In this session, we will explore the physical places in our bodies where blockages impede our flow and think about enhancing where we flow easily. In doing this, we will create a pathway for a clear sense of mind, body, and self. In this session, we work with our bodies, notice our physical sensations and begin to open ourselves up to a more expansive awareness.

 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Debrief / Reflection Time 


 4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Owning Our Power
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

In this session, we will consider how to own our power, both individually and collectively, and engage in and exercise to express empowered selves.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Reflections and Courageous Conversations: Moving Forward

After three full days of personal and professional exploration, we will discuss how to integrate and apply the depth and breadth of material and information you’ve received, connecting and clarifying the many lessons you’ve learned from this summit.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Integrating the Lessons

The past three days have been spent in deep learning and reflection about your inner and outer world. As we all are invited to embrace both our light and our shadow, we have the opportunity to consider how the range of information and experiences of WHELS can be applied to your daily life, your role at your university, and your leadership practice.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

My Leadership: Awareness and Action Plan
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

In this session, you will craft a leadership development plan that will be relevant and useful as you go back to your institution and show up in your role.  You begin to consider how you will apply all that you learned at the summit, and develop a plan of action to continue your work and set your intention to commit to the leadership development plan you created.

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Power Up and Feed Forward…The Leader You are Meant to Be
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

The learning journey is continuous. As you depart you will begin/continue your life-long path toward leadership excellence. In this session, we encourage and engage you in a process of feeding forward to become both responsible and accountable for the leader you want to be.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Final Remarks and Closing Circle
Lorri Sulpizio & Cheryl Getz

Closings are important! We gather together for a final reflection on the collective wisdom that you contributed to during the summit. As we leave our shared space of the summit you have an opportunity to express any final thoughts.