Supporting the personal and professional development of women at ASU for 30+ years

2017 Sessions & Bios

Opening keynoter: Nicole Taylor, Deputy Vice President and Dean of Students, Arizona State University

Leading from Where You Are: The Path Forward in Higher Ed
Most of us are all too familiar with less than positive statistics on women in higher education and the lack of leadership positions we hold. In spite of this, Nicole is encouraged and hopeful.
And, she believes that if we lead from wherever we are in the institution, we will have a higher rate of satisfaction in our lives and for the work we do every day.
Progress in higher education may be slower than we like, but we have options for what we do each and every day.

Nicole Taylor is Deputy Vice President and Dean of Students with oversight over student conduct, student advocacy, engagement and partnership with student government, student and cultural engagement, international student engagement, and off-campus community relations. She also works closely with the Deans of Students at our Downtown, Polytechnic and West campuses. Nicole came to ASU from Stanford University where she was an Associate Vice Provost and the Dean of Community Engagement and Diversity.

Prior to her appointment at Stanford, Nicole was President and CEO of the Thrive Foundation for Youth, based in Silicon Valley. Before Thrive, she was the President and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area, for six years. Nicole has had extensive executive leadership experience in education, philanthropy, and youth-serving and education-focused nonprofits. She has served on numerous boards of directors, and has significant experience in fund raising, coaching executives and public speaking.

Nicole holds a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Education, both from Stanford, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Holy Names University. She currently sits on the boards of directors of Common Sense Media and two family foundations, and recently termed off of the board for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco where she served for six years. 

Executive Branding: Time to Find your Dream Job
Laurie D. Battaglia, MOSD, PCC

It’s time to stop talking about “someday” when you’ll have that Executive Role and put the steps in place that will get you there! This workshop will demonstrate executive branding as it relates to You the Leader on paper, You the Leader on LinkedIn, and You the Leader when you walk through the door. Are you ready? Learn what’s expected and work your plan.

A born connector, people magnet, gifted presenter, and calm, methodical coach, Laurie is CEO and Workplace Strategist of Aligned at Work® in Scottsdale, AZ. Laurie is the creator of the Aligned at Work® Model, which combines the Success Factors of Vocation, Relationships, Finances, Wellbeing, and Spirit into an integrated work/life model.

Laurie is a Career and Executive Coach for people who want to excel in the workplace. She supports people as they figure out what they want to be when they grow up and provides them with a practical process that gets results in landing roles they’ve only dreamed about. She coaches leaders on how to balance their needs with the needs of their team members for high engagement.

Laurie’s 35+ year career as a corporate leader spanned the smallest to the largest of investment and banking companies. She works with Senior Leaders to build engagement into their cultures and practices, and helps them build high performing teams. A Certified Leadership ambassador with Take the Lead Women, Laurie specializes in Women at Work and how to include men in the process of gender equality. Laurie has an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Becoming a Minimalist
Vanessa Davis
Program Manager of Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, ASU

Becoming a Minimalist

We live in a culture of consumerism, constantly bombarded by advertisements for “stuff” that promises to fulfill our every need and bring us endless joy. But when does our stuff start to own us? Join sustainability advocate Vanessa Davis, to explore her personal journey to become a minimalist. Learn about how clearing the clutter can help bring abundance in your personal and professional life. 

Vanessa Davis is Program Manager of the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO), a global network of universities dedicated to scaling sustainability solutions with like-minded partners around the world. She also supports the Executive Director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, a role that brought her to ASU in 2008. Prior to her work with GCSO, Vanessa led a number of programs within the ASU Wrigley Institute including the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family, the Neely Foundation Food & Agriculture Sustainability Research Grant program, and the Martinson Sustainability Solutions Research Grant program. Vanessa studied sustainability and sociology at ASU and has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Awaken to your Magnificence: Release the blocks, call forth your healing & claim your authentic power! (Bring your yoga mat!)
Kathy Tousek

Kathy Tousek has taught yoga and meditation for more than 12 years. Inspired by the Anusara yoga method, her classes emphasize alignment and the belief that life is a gift to be celebrated. Kathy first embarked on her journey with Yoga in 2004, when she was compelled to add Yoga to her offerings of Personal Fitness Training and Pilates.  She noticed the discomfort she felt from injuries she sustained in high school and afterwards improved as she expanded her practice. Having experienced these healing benefits firsthand, she enjoys sharing this healing with others.

Kathy is an ardent believer in the ability of the mind to heal the body on multiple levels. Her ongoing study and training of A Course in Miracles plays a dynamic role in her teaching and coaching. She integrates these principles into her classes, and her approach to life. Kathy is studying to be a licensed spiritual counselor and Reverend. Her inspiration is drawn from mystics of all wisdom traditions, especially A Course in Miracles, Science of Mind, and The Work of Byron Katie. Kathy is a s/Self-Love Activist/Advocate and teaches classes, workshops & retreats for Self-remembrance, radical healing & community connection designed to bring about your transformational shift so you can awaken to your magnificence and live a joy-filled and empowered life. Married to her soul mate for more than 27 years, Kathy shares her inspired life with her husband Jim and their two adult sons.

Join Kathy in her offerings aimed at alignment, spiritual connection, healing and joy whether on or off the yoga mat. Please connect with Kathy Lind Tousek on Facebook at:  Healing Hearts Yoga & Adventures.

The Magic of Mindfulness
Jaime Valderrama

Stress is increasingly gaining attention in the U.S. as well as around the world for the detrimental health effects it produces while mindfulness is gaining attention worldwide with the emergence of promising data showing how the simple act of being aware can deregulate the body’s stress response - leading to a happier and healthier life. This presentation highlights the stress response physically and psychologically as well as applicable mindful practices to deregulate stressful triggers in our personal and professional lives.

Jamie Valderrama is a lecturer at Arizona State University in the School of Social Work working within the Integrative Health Initiative.  Jamie is passionate about providing tools for responsive living via mindful practices and uses her extensive background in education to successfully integrate that knowledge within her courses as well as help both public school teachers and ASU faculty integrate it into their coursework.  Jamie was a public high school teacher for over 12 years prior to her position with Arizona State University and was named teacher of the year for her high school and district in 2009 and went on to be named an Ambassador of Excellence for the state of Arizona in 2010.  In addition to teaching and training, Jamie conducts keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally on the personal and professional benefits of mindfulness.  Jamie holds a B.A. in Biology Education and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Integrative Health Modalities.

Laugh for the Health of It
Jane S. Burtnett

During this session you will learn the health benefits of laughing and how to kick-start laughter when you don’t feel like it. You do not need to have a sense of humor, know jokes, or even be happy. Spend an hour learning and laughing. You’ll receive the tools you need to use laughter to improve your health. Who knew being healthy could be so much fun?

Jane S. Burtnett loves to share the health benefits of laughing. A Certified Laughter Yoga Leader since 2009, Jane has laughed with groups as small as three and as large as 50+. She has presented programs at church groups, cancer survivor retreats, corporations and retirement homes. In 2000, while a member of Park Central Toastmasters, she won the Paiute Area #2 humorous speech contest. She holds a bachelor’s in art from Arizona State University, where she worked in enrollment marketing for 18 years. She received her Laughter Yoga Leader certification from Laughter Yoga with Gita, affiliated with the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga based in India.

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Best Practices for Hiring Student Employees
Kierstan Gjerstad and Janell Mora

Student Employment at the university plays a key role in student development and success.  In this 1 hour workshop designed for staff that hire or supervise student employees, Career and Professional Development Services will help you understand the landscape of student employment at ASU.

Additionally, participants will learn how to:

  • Evaluate student hiring needs
  • Write a quality job description
  • Select the best candidate

Kiersten Gjerstad is the Assistant Director of Recruiting Services for the Career and Professional Development Services Department within EOSS. Her focus on the Recruiting Services team is to provide quality recruiting engagement opportunities with companies that hire our ASU Sun Devils. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Janell Mora is the Associate Director of Career Services. She received her MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business in Strategic Marketing and Services Leadership (2015); M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas (2006); and BA in History from Henderson State University, a public liberal arts university in Southwest Arkansas (2001). She 10+ years of work experience at universities both domestically and abroad in functional roles spanning admissions, educational outreach, and career services. 

Leading with Conversational Intelligence 
Pam Brooks

Conversations are more than just a way to convey information.  They are the lifeblood of our relationships with others and our own health.  As a leader are you aware of how your level of conversation can affect not only what people do, but the very neurochemical and emotional state their mind?  Come to this workshop to discover new ways to raise the level of your interaction with others and transform your own neurochemical state!

Pam Brooks started Cornerstone Consulting International over 13 years ago with one goal, to help people discover their inner motivation to achieve.  “Empowering people to maximize their talents is a passion in my life, as I love to watch people create positive, effective change.”  Pam has been helping people develop and maximize their talents since graduating with honors from the University of Washington while being a collegiate athlete.  She has earned two Master's Degree one in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication and one in counseling. Her most recent Certification was in Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser and has been working to provide training in this area at ASU in her current position as an Organizational Development Consultant.

Pam has been working with executives on personal and team performance issues, consensus building, succession planning, and improved collaboration and communication for the past 14 years. She also works with companies on selection and retention issues. Companies seek out her advice when searching for the right CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s. She helps them find the optimal fit and to increase the effectiveness of their onboarding practices.  She even was asked to present at the national Phillip’s 66 Conference in Boca Raton a year ago as a request by the attendees.

Lynn Genet
American Chiropractic and American Physical Therapy

Doctor of chiropractic Lynn Genet is a seasoned health professional with extensive experience in management and management consulting nationally. She assists other professionals and business owners in optimizing team performance by recognizing that each individual's strengths contribute to the success of the whole and 'speaking truth' to organizations. Dr. Genet and her husband, Dr. Vinca Amoia, started their wellness clinic 18 years ago with the patient in mind. Great customer service and highly effective musculoskeletal treatments are what their business is centered on. They work hard to bring innovative, cutting edge treatment options to the community. More recently they offer plasma-rich platelet and stem cell regenerative therapy. They couple with primary care doctors, specialists and facilities to coordinate better care for their patients.

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