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

2013 Sessions and Presenters


Charli Turner Thorne
Opening Keynote
"Servant Leadership: Strategies to Make a Difference and Be Happy"
Charli Turner Thorne, ASU head women’s basketball coach 

I will share with you some of our strategies for staying positive and keeping our focus on the greater good while we lead and serve each other and our community. We all often have more to do than there is time in the day, pressures to perform and numerous relationships to manage, so I will also share some simple principles we utilize to be happy and keep life in perspective.  

The most successful coach in Sun Devil women's basketball history and No. 3 in the Pac-12 in career wins (302), Charli Turner Thorne is at the helm of an Arizona State program that has made it to the postseason 13 of the last 14 years, including a school record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-09). ASU's eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Turner Thorne are five more than what ASU had in the 15 years prior to her arrival in Tempe.

The 2013-14 season will be the 17th at ASU for Turner Thorne, who needs 11 wins to move into the No. 2 spot on the Pac-12's career wins list. Last season Turner Thorne became only the third coach in Pac-12 history to win at least 300 games.

Turner Thorne started her head coaching career at Northern Arizona where she led NAU to consecutive winning seasons, the first coach in school history to accomplish that feat.

Turner Thorne, who is a past president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Executive Committee, graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and later earned her master's degree in education from Washington in 1990. 
As a player, Turner Thorne lettered four years at Stanford where she played under Coach Tara VanDerveer.

She and her husband, Will, have three sons - Conor (14), Liam (12) and Quinn (9).

Managing Up
Elena Moshinsky 

In today’s workplace, "managing up" is a valuable skill you need to cultivate a strong relationship with your manager. It allows you to show your value and reputation as an effective and reliable worker. This is done by understanding and helping to control the workload for you and your boss. It is about making your boss's job easier—result in your getting more responsibility and rewarding work. In this workshop you'll learn: what managing up is and isn’t, how to assess your current managing up skills, guidelines to help you develop these skills. And you'll identify a managing up challenge you're experiencing and create an action plan to address it.

Elena Moshinsky is an HR associate in the Office of Human Resources at ASU and provides support to the HR Partners group.  Moshinsky has been an HR professional for 12 years, progressively working from HR coordinator to regional HR manager for an organization in the public sector.  She has experience in all areas of HR, from employee relations, recruitment, and benefit administration, to training, and payroll. Elena holds a BA in communications from California State University, Fullerton, and has her Professional in Human Resources and CA-Professional in Human Resources designations. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, yoga and finding new restaurants to try. 

You’re in Charge of Yourself
Stacy Esposito and Lisa Mosley

We’ll focus on steps to guide your professional development and advancement. Learn to identify strengths and goals, build self-awareness, shape your reputation, find or be a mentor, and time your career moves.

Stacy Esposito is the director of Research Advancement for Fulton Schools of Engineering. Last year, FSE’s RA team managed $73M in research expenditures and 851 proposals valued at $376M.  Stacy’s previous experience at ASU was at the School of Electrical, Computer & Engineering where she served as accountant, research advancement manager, and assistant director, research advancement.  Her 11 years of experience at the University of Southern California included the positions of assistant director, sponsored projects & financial analysis; contracts & grants administrator; and business & budget analyst.  Social work and retail management round out her experience. Stacy earned her MPA from the University of Southern California and her BA from the University of Minnesota.  

Lisa Mosley is the executive director of Research Operations at ASU. In this role, she oversees the Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration, Fiscal Oversight and Research Advancement Services. She also works with the University's colleges and schools to build an enterprise-wide infrastructure to support their unique research needs, and serves as a liaison and advocate for departmental administrators campus-wide.

Lisa has more than 18 years of experience in research administration and began her career at the Institute of Psychiatric Research at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis). She joined ASU in 1997 and has worked in a variety of positions in both ORSPA and the department. Lisa earned her CRA in 2002 and holds a BA in English (1992) from Indiana University and a BS in psychology (1997) from ASU. She has been an active member of NCURA since 2003 and has presented at the Regional and National level on a variety of pre- and post-award topics. She is also an NCURA traveling faculty member for the Departmental Research Administrator workshop.

Promoting Happiness in the Workplace: Creating Kindness through Communication
Sarah Tracy and Trisha Hoffman

What if we told you there were two simple things you could do to boost your happiness? They’re inexpensive, and won’t take up much of your time. Would you do them?  This presentation dispels common myths about happiness, and then, based on the latest research, shares actions that everyday people can do TODAY to boost happiness in the workplace. Attendees will learn how their communication can foster happiness, improve health and well being, and strengthen relationships. We’ll also provide tips and tricks for creating your very own happiness campaign in your office, and ways to practice gratitude and optimism in your everyday life. 

Sarah TSarah J. Tracy (Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder) is associate professor and director of The Project for Wellness and Work-Life in The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU. Tracy has designed and teaches courses in happiness and positive organizational scholarship, qualitative methodology, organizational communication and emotion.  She is author of Qualitative Methodology Matters: Communicating Qualitative Research with Impact and co-author of Leading Organizations through Transition: Communication and Cultural Change.  More than 50 published essays—spanning topics such as compassion, work-life wellness, emotional labor, burnout and workplace bullying—have been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Monographs, and Management Communication Quarterly, among others. Dr. Tracy’s research has garnered international acclaim through top paper and top published article awards and she regularly serves as qualitative methodology subject matter expert for granted research.

Trisha H Trisha K. Hoffman (doctoral student, Arizona State University) studies aspects of family communication with regard to health and well-being. Hoffman's current research focuses on eating behaviors and nutritional knowledge, emphasizing the life span and parent-child interaction. She is an active leader on the Sunshine for SunDevils committee, a group dedicated to practicing and spreading gratitude. She also uses pedagogical applications of gratitude and community building as part of her course curriculum.  

A Taste of Toastmasters: sessions on improving speaking skills
Trish Blackwelder

Even natural born leaders need a place to refine and hone their leadership skills in order to become great leaders.  The Toastmasters education and leadership development programs are the perfect practice arena for developing leadership skills.  I want to ensure everyone knows about this opportunity and leverages it for their professional development.  

Trish Blackwelder is a VP with Bank of America, and educator with Toastmasters International. As a project manager by trade, Trish knows how to set goals and achieve them.  Whether it’s a multi-million dollar project or leading a club to Distinguished Club status, her ability to both engage and empower a team to achieve results has established her expertise as a leader.  

A Toastmaster since 1995, Trish worked behind the scenes in District 3 (Arizona) Toastmasters for a number of years to get familiar with the inner workings of Toastmasters and its educational programs.  In 2001, she stepped forward to take her first definitive district leadership role as Club Officer Training Chairman and established the highest record for club participation (87.8%) in the semi-annual event.  Trish continues to be a passionate advocate for utilizing Toastmasters participation as a cost-effective leadership training program.  Her innovative approach for ‘personalizing the program’ has not only raised awareness, but also contributed to raising the standards in District training programs focusing on High Performance Leadership, Distinguished Club program adoption, and New Member Orientation programs.

In 2006, Trish was appointed Management Advisor for the Arizona Toastmasters Clubs, part of the Bank of America HR partnership with Toastmasters International.  By 2010, she had led the expansion of that program from one to six Toastmasters Clubs across the Phoenix-metro area.  Her concept for aligning the Toastmasters leadership development program to the Bank of America leadership model is now being introduced to other Bank of America Toastmasters Clubs across the country.

Make Time for "Me Time"
Suzanne Jacobs

Give yourself permission to just relax! Come and spend an hour and enjoy guided imagery, progressive relaxation and some "me" time, so you will come out feeling refreshed! Despite your often hectic schedule, there is a way to find a little peace by letting go of your negative thoughts to try and restore balance to your life.

Suzanne Jacobs, LCWS, is senior counselor in ASU's Office of Employee Assistance and holds a master's in social work (MSW) from ASU. Jacobs has worked in the mental health field for more than 23 years.

Wonder Women, Pop Culture and Social Change in the ’70s
Michelle McGibbney Vlahoulis 

Oh, those ’70s shows! Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman, Mary Tyler Moore ... What do all these female characters have in common? What do they say about our culture and the social change in motion at that time? 

Michelle McGibbney Vlahoulis is a lecturer in the Women and Gender Studies Program in the School of Social Transformation. She teaches various hybrid and online courses with an emphasis on gender and popular culture, such as Sex & the City; Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture and Desperate Housewives. She recently co-wrote an article for Feminist Cyberspaces titled “Women’s Studies and Cyberspace: Redesigning the Introduction to Women’s Studies." She is also a contributor to Ms. magazine; her two most recent articles on online education were titled “Getting In Line with Online Ed” and “Taking Women’s Studies Online,” and she currently serves on the Ms. Committee of Scholars.

Feng Shui your Office Space for Productivity 
Sandy Sue Rector

Sandy Sue Rector is an international feng shui master, professional speaker and real estate expert who has studied the Black Hat tradition of feng shui since 1998. Rector is a graduate of the Paradigm Institute of Feng Shui and has also completed the Certification for Feng Shui Real Estate Professionals. Schooled in both classical and Western traditions, Sandy Sue gracefully bridges the ancient Taoist philosophy with modern-day reality. She is dedicated to educating and empowering people to co-create environments that support, nurture, and enrich their lives and careers.

The Equal Rights Amendment: A Settled Issue?  
Kathie McKenna Kelly 

Many think women's equality is a settled Constitutional issue. But the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) had a time limit for ratification. It was 1982, and as of that date, three more states were need to ratify the ERA. The result is that women's rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution. Why did it fail? And why was a time limit imposed in the first place? Can one put a time limit on civil rights? Hear what Justices Ginsburg and Scalia have to say on the subject. Can guaranteed equality be achieved without a Constitutional "umbrella"? Find out about the surprising joint resolution that is before Congress right now on this issue—and how you can help make history.

Kathie McKenna Kelly found her advocacy sea legs fighting for the educational rights of disabled children. Kelly later moved on to issues affecting women and their families. Kelly has served as state president for Business and Professional Women/AZ (BPW/AZ) and as their legislative representative in Washington. She has served on the BPW/USA Legislative Committee and chaired their ERA task force. Kelly is coordinator for the ERA Campaign Network and for United 4 Equality and is a member of Veteran Feminists of America.

An Overview of Well Devils on Wheels: Get Up and Move
Reiley Pankratz

This presentation will showcase four different Well Devils on Wheels classes, giving you an introduction to Stretching, Therabands, Core and More, and Lunch Time Lift. Learn some of the basics that are taught in these Sun Devil Fitness classes — and their health benefits. Be ready to move!

Reiley Pankratz a junior at ASU majoring in nutrition-dietetics. She is a personal trainer at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and the Lincoln Family YMCA in downtown Phoenix. Very active, Reiley is on the ASU cycling team and races bikes competitively. She loves hiking, rock climbing, cycling, mountain biking, and healthy cooking. 

Renew with Qi Gong  
LauRha Frankfort

LauRha Frankfort has been teaching medical Qi Gong at The Virginia G Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare for nine years as well as at the Cardiac Rehab Center. Frankfort teaches other Qi Gong classes weekly at various venues around town. She attended the Music School of Indiana University in Bloomington as a classical clarinet major, double minor in jazz sax and print making. She continues to teach music, performs with her band at different clubs throughout the Valley and creates healing art that is sold statewide.  Frankfort discovered a passion for Qi Gong, which emphasizes natural and holistic healing and is the technique of building, increasing and directing the energy of the body, mind and spirit. She continues to study with Qi Gong Grand Master Hong Liu and, after 15 years of instruction, has become one of only five certified teachers in the Valley of the Sun. Dress in comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Martial Arts 101
Dan Brayman

A brief look at basic tenets and moves in several martial arts forms, by owner and master instructor from the Gilbert Martial Arts Center.

Master Dan Brayman instructs Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, and Advanced Combat Tactics (A.C.T). In 2001 he started in martial arts to be a role model for his son, hoping that his son would find a passion for the arts. He has been teaching for 12 years and is still passionate about teaching and being a strong positive role model for his students. “I believe that it is important to help my students develop skills that will help them succeed in life, self-confidence, discipline, respect for others….” His core focus is developing strong family values and giving back to his community by collecting food, toys and clothing for the less fortunate, as well as raising money for the Susan G Komen foundation.  

Brayman received his first black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee in 2006. Since then he has studied Muay Thai, Okinawan Kenpo, Okinawan Kenpo Weapons, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is currently ranked 4th Dan in Tae Kwon Do, 4th Dan in Advanced Combat Tactics and 3rd Dan in Modern Hapkido. Master Brayman is also a certified physical fitness trainer and incorporates aggressive strength and conditioning as part of his students training regimen.

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