PhD in Leadership and Change Students and Alum to Present at Conference

PhD in Leadership and Change students LauraLynn Jansen, Cindy Mako Robinson, Kader Gumus, and alumna Dr. Shana Hormann will present at the International Association’s Women in Leadership Conference in Portsmouth, United Kingdom June 15-17, 2022. The conference includes three days of programming including keynotes, reflective conversations, workshops, panels, presentations, and more. The conference will provide space and time for participants to reflect and rejuvenate while inspiring each other and developing research and practice as leaders for today and tomorrow.

The schedule and presentations include:

Wed, June 15, 8:00 to 8:40am: PhD in Leadership and Change student LauraLynn Jansen will present “Integrated Alchemy: Awakening To Your Day Through Purposeful Presence.”

Wed, June 15, 11:45am to 12:10pm: PhD in Leadership and Change student Cindy Mako Robinson is co-presenting a research round table titled: “Exploring the Role of Women Social Entrepreneurs and their Leadership Style.” The session shares the findings of a concept paper and a mixed-method empirical study.

Thu, June 16, 1:40 to 2:45pm: PhD in Leadership and Change student LauraLynn Jansen will present in a panel called “Leadership Development Programs and Pathways for Young Women and Girls.” Her presentation is titled “How Young Women Grow and Lead.”

Thu, June 16, 4:20 to 5:40pm: PhD in Leadership and Change alum Dr. Shana Hormann and student Kader Gumus are slated to participate in the panel entitled “Healthy Connections Mitigate Trauma” The panel will discuss experiences of connection in the face of trauma. The panel will discuss with participants experiences of connection in the face of trauma and will encompass the conference theme of Reflection and Rejuvenation: Inspiring Women Leaders to share perspectives including immigration trauma, crisis organizations and first responder units, and the importance of engaging in communities of practice when working with traumatized individuals, organizations, and communities.

Fri, June 17, 10:40 to 11:50am: LauraLynn Jansen and fellow GSLC doctoral student Cindy Mako Robinson will be leading the workshop entitled, “Women and Leadership Development: Reflective Practice in Mastermind Peer Mentoring Groups” at the conference. This session will examine participants’ reflective practices, participate in reflective practice in a mastermind group session, and share the benefits and challenges of participating in Mastermind group reflective practice.


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