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Alumnae Leaders Weekend


Please join us October 6-8 for an engaging weekend of learning and networking. Schedule is subject to change. All locations will be on campus but have yet to be determined. Questions? Contact: [email protected] or call (573) 876-7173.

Friday, October 6

Leaders Weekend Registration
8 a.m.-noon, Lela Raney Wood Hall, Suite 317

Welcome Lunch Welcome Remarks and Introductory Session: Making the most of Alumnae Leaders Weekend
Noon-1 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Meichele Foster; Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Initiatives
Aimee Davenport ’98, Past President of the Alumnae Association Board

We welcome you to Alumnae Leaders Weekend, share the purpose of the weekend, and explain how to maximize your time here during this exciting occasion. 

Session 1: Leading and Succeeding as a Woman: The Three Competencies You Need
1:15-2:45 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Carolyn Sullivan; President, New Chapter Coaching

Do you ever struggle with low self-confidence? Imposter syndrome? Selling yourself short? As women leaders in our communities, we often experience these feelings. In this session, Carolyn Sullivan, President of New Chapter Coaching, will discuss the three most common challenges that women leaders face today: the self-perception gap, the self-confidence gap, and the self-promotion gap. We will identify strategies to rise above these challenges and reach your optimal leadership potential as a leader in both the Stephens alumnae community and beyond.

2:45-3 p.m.

Session 2: Effective Communications
3-4 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Beth Riggert ’92; Communications Counsel, Supreme Court of Missouri
Rajah Maples-Wallace ’97; Anchor/Journalist for KHQA (CBS & ABC)

Communication is a critical aspect of developing as a leader. This workshop will increase your understanding of different communication styles and apply your skills to help advance your personal and professional development.

4-4:10 p.m.

Session 3: Diversity and Inclusion
4:10-5 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Nikki McGruder; Manager, Diversity Awareness Partnership

Embracing diversity and being inclusive is an essential component to being a strong leader. No matter the differences you may have with others, strong leaders have the ability to create an inclusive environment, facilitate honest conversations about tough issues, and create progress and change. This session will introduce you to strategies to promote diversity and inclusion within your leadership role.

Attendees are welcome to connect and gather for dinner off campus.

Saturday, October 7

8-9 a.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall

Insider Insights: State of the College 
9-10:30 a.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Dr. Dianne Lynch; Stephens College President 

Join us for the State of the College Address from President Lynch. Hear directly from her on how your role as an alumnae leader impacts the College.

10:30 -10: 45 a.m.

Session 4: Women on Boards
10:45-11:45 a.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Anne Murphy ’78; President, Alumnae Association Board and Principal, Dini Spheris
Diane Sher ’71; Senior Vice President & Senior Financial Advisor, Krilogy The Sher Group

Serving as a member of a board or council is a valuable contribution to our communities. Learn "best practices" for identifying the right opportunities, serving them and, ultimately, leading them.

Stamper Commons Dining Hall
11:45 a.m-1 p.m.

Session 5: Journalism Tweeting Democracy: Media Messaging in the Digital Age
1-2 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Dr. Dianne Lynch; President, Stephens College
Vicki Russell; Board Chair, Stephens College Board of Trustees

There is no greater evidence than the Columbia Tribune of journalism’s role as the anchor and driver of community/citizen engagement, democratic activism and community building.  And yet the digital era has seen the erosion of public and commercial support for and understanding of the value of news and information delivered by objective, credible, and informed sources. How do we reclaim the critical importance of accuracy and balance in an age of Twitter? And as citizens and leaders in our own communities, how do we engage effectively with social media in ways that raise our own voices about the noise?

Session 6: Running for Office
2-2:45 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Kellie Wingate-Campbell ’84                                                           

Women are vastly underrepresented in public office. The first woman to be elected Prosecutor of Lafayette County will share insights into her journey as an elected official.

2:45-3 p.m.

Session 7: Alumnae Association Board Wrap-Up
3-4 p.m., Historic Senior Hall, Recital Hall
Aimee Davenport ’98; Erleen Anderson ’91; Kerry Brocker ’82; Angela Viehland ’00

How can you help? Learn how to further the Alumnae Association Board’s mission, including strengthening clubs and networks, developing alumnae leadership, planning meaningful reunions, engaging in recruitment, being a social ambassador and more. 

4 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to connect and gather for dinner off campus.

Sunday, October 8

Alumnae Association Board Meeting
8 a.m.-noon, Historic Senior Hall, Boardroom

Questions? Contact: [email protected] or call (573) 876-7173.

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