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The NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem

In 2018 NERCOMP launched the Leadership Ecosystem to create a digital community around our array of professional development offerings. The Ecosystem is envisioned as a resource to help bridge the spaces between these event-based experiences by providing a platform for ongoing dialogue, shared learning, and collaboration.

The Ecosystem has already hosted conversations on topics such as opportunities and challenges in leadership, career development, Cyber Security, and developing your leadership potential. This session will be a chance to dialogue with those facilitating the effort, especially to offer feedback and ideas on approaches that might make it more useful to the broader community.

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Upcoming Leadership Ecosystem Webinar Series:

Leading to the New Normal: Shrinking Budgets, Growing Needs Panel-Scheduled-6/18/2020

Event Overview

The term ‘the new normal’ is being tossed around a lot lately. It is happening so frequently that the Leadership Ecosystem is focusing a set of webinars on the various impacts of the “new normal” and how to deal with them. This webinar focuses on potential new budget realities due to the effects of COVID-19.

Just read the headlines across concerning any industry segment, and you will see the enormous financial toll taken by COVID-19. Higher education is no exception, and the long-term impacts may continue for the foreseeable future. Technology related functions will be faced with these challenges and will need to respond quickly, appropriately, and effectively.

A panel of leaders in the higher education technology space will discuss what they see as the significant financial impacts and some potential ways to respond. 

Past Leadership Ecosystem Webinar Series:

Women’s History Month Panel:  Adapting and Thriving Panel-Hosted 3/19/2020

Event Overview

In honor of women’s history month, we offer practical advice we have found to be helpful in our higher education careers.  We present strategies for leveraging credentials and framing skills and experience for evolving leadership roles and changing workforce needs.  We discuss how insights gained through self-assessments can be helpful and how to use the insights gained.  Strengths or characteristics which are identified can be used to your advantage. We offer advice on how to forge a path to leadership and the importance of communication skills, especially when communicating to leaders at various levels.  Respectful and ethical approaches are an important part of leadership, and we discuss how to inspire others to be mindful of their words and actions.   We discuss the role of networking and mentoring in our careers and how to choose mentors.  We discuss patience and persistence in achieving your goals and the role of coaching, professional development and training.

A Conversation with African-American Professionals: Provocative, Authentic and Inclusive-Hosted 2/20/2020

Event Overview
In honor of Black History Month, this Leadership Ecosystem webinar will be a facilitated conversation with a panel of Higher Education Information Professionals who identify as African-Americans discussing their careers, experiences, and perspectives.  The conversation will explore the paths that the panelists have taken through their respective careers, and seek to contribute to the wider opportunities to build more inclusive organizations. The conversation is extensible to all participants regardless of race and may have special relevance to underrepresented minorities.


Leading in a Matrix Organization -Panel-Hosted 1/16/20

Event Overview
As noted by organizational leadership blogger Mark Hannum, a matrix structure is lean, flexible, and fast-moving. It is made up of experts who are able to collaborate on complex problems, make important decisions, and coordinate among multiple stakeholders.

Working and leading in a matrix environment can appear chaotic, but this chaos has distinct patterns and can be organized around larger goals and timelines by pulling the focus up from individual components. The chaos can appear worsened by team changes, program and course developments, technology needs, resource limitations, and changing priorities at a pace that is faster than we may feel ready to accommodate.

A panel of leaders from instructional design, virtual labs, and vendor licensing will discuss how they approach their work as they lead our course and program development efforts here at Southern New Hampshire University.  The panel will be facilitated by NERCOMP board member Dr. Candace Sleeman.

Business Office and Information Technology Relationships-CFO/CIO Dialogue-Hosted 11/21/19

Event Overview
Have you ever had a question you would like to ask a panel of leading CFOs and CIOs?  Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A.  The NACUBO 2019 Perceptions and Priorities campaign ( references Technology, Innovation, and Infrastructure as critical to our institutions. Both divisions are focused on digital transformation, but the terminology and priorities of business office leaders and technology leaders can sometimes diverge. In this panel discussion, we will delve into the perspective of business office leaders on top IT issues and vice versa. 

Moderator: Fredrick Kass, Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Associate CIO, Trinity College

An Introduction to Designing Your Life - How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life -Hosted 10/10/19

Event Overview
Please join the next NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem webinar for an Introduction to Designing Your Life (DYL). We’ll explore how design thinking can be especially beneficial to our community, as we navigate unprecedented changes and opportunities in our disciplines and industry. 

Based on the popular Stanford course, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans authored the book Designing Your Life as a way of broadly disseminating the framework they’ve successfully used with students for the last 12 years. The idea is to apply design thinking approaches and adopt a designer’s mindset to how one plans for, iterates through, and takes action to create a meaningful and fulfilling life, both professionally and personally. 18 NERCOMP institutions have taken part in Stanford’s Life Design Studio, a program to help them use the DYL framework with students, as they navigate the curriculum and their careers. 

Facilitators:  Michael Cato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Office, Bowdoin College
Joan Cheverie, Co-Founder, Fieldbrook Advising
Tanea Flanders, Executive Director for Learning & Development, Columbia University

Transitioning Roles (First 100 Days in any new role/organization) – Hosted 9/19/19

Event Overview
So you are thinking about taking the plunge and changing positions. Maybe this is within your current institution, maybe it is at a new organization. In either case, your first 100 days in the new role are critical to your success. This webinar aims to explore the topic of how one successfully navigates a transition. How does one go about starting a new role? What items are key for engaging with a new group of stakeholders in your first 100 days? What’s meant by “what got you here won’t get you there”? This panel will explore these topics and more.

ModeratorStan Waddell, CIO, Carnegie Mellon University & the Leadership Ecosystem Working Group

Lessons Learned - A Conversation Exploring the Experiences, Perspectives and Insights from two Recently Retired Senior IT Leaders Hosted 4/18/19

Event Overview
This webinar will be a panel conversation with P.B. Garrett, who recently retired as Senior Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Learning and Chief Academic Technology Officer at the George Washington University, and David Smallen, who recently retired as Vice President for Libraries and Information Technology at Hamilton College. P.B. and Dave are highly regarded professionals who led their respective organizations through opportunities and challenges, each earning reputations for being collaborative, insightful and accomplished leaders.

Moderator: Michael Cato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Office, Bowdoin College

Diversity & Innovation Upside Down: Proactive Ways to Build An Inclusive Culture - Hosted 2/5/19

Event Overview
Studies show that diverse organizations are more innovative—but what if this was also true in reverse—that by intentionally facilitating a culture of innovation, you can proactively support diversity and foster an inclusive culture. Presenters will explain the core elements of an inclusive culture and identify key challenges IT leaders must overcome. This engaging webinar will showcase three campus initiatives that demonstrate how to go beyond basic diversity training and move you to take on concrete actions that shift your organization toward a culture of inclusion and participation. By providing real-life examples, they will demonstrate how principles and practices of innovation can be used to unlock these challenges and promote equity, access, and inclusion on any campus.

Learning Objectives:
- identify core elements of an inclusive culture that overlap with innovation best practices
- learn about key challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus—hiring, retention, activation of expertise, and career advancement
- understand three campus initiatives for proactive change and reflect how they model inclusive behavior
- commit to one action they will take to actively promote diversity and innovation in their own organization

Speaker: Dr. Esmilda Abreau,and Kirsten Richert

Moderator: Lisa Trubitt, Assistant CIO for Strategic Communications, University at Albany

People of Color in Higher-Ed Information Services:  Experiences, Perspectives, And Strategies - Hosted on 1/18/19

Event Overview
There is a significant underrepresentation of People of Color in Higher Education information technology positions. The 2017-18 CUPA-HR Higher Education Survey reports 26% of IT staff positions, 21% of IT professional positions, 12% of IT administrator positions and 12% of CIO positions are held by minorities. As many NERCOMP institutions are wrestling with broader questions of diversity, inclusion, and equity, addressing these gaps can prove especially challenging.

This webinar will be a conversation with a panel of People of Color in Higher Education Information Services discussing their careers, experiences, and perspectives. The panel will be made up of Bohyun Kim, Aixa Pomales, and Stan Waddell, facilitated by Michael Cato. The panel will also include Michael Reed, Senior VP for Inclusion and Diversity at Bowdoin College, who will offer expertise on the wider issues and opportunities to build more inclusive organizations.

Speaker: Boyhun Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island Libraries, Aixa Pomals, Director of IT Support Services, Swathmore College, Michael Reed, Senior Vice President, Bowdoin College, Stan Waddell, PhD, CIO, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Michael Cato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Office, Bowdoin College

Ideas to Action: Leadership Lessons to Guide Your Journey - Hosted on 11/29/18

Event Overview
Leadership is a constantly evolving journey filled with opportunities to grow and develop. This session will share critical lessons with those in the NERCOMP community who are seeking to realize their leadership potential. These key insights and proven strategies for greater effectiveness will inspire and bolster leaders, no matter where they are on their individual paths.

Speaker:  Michael Kubit, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Office, The Pennsylvania State University

Moderator: Cindy Mitchell, Chief Information Office, Colby College

IT Leadership and Influencing in the Brave New Age of Cyber Security - Hosted on 10/23/18

Event Overview
Special Cyber Security Month focused edition of the NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem Presentation Series.  The NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem will host a panel on being a leader and influencer in IT. The panel will be facilitated by four dynamic and highly skilled IT professionals. As October is national Cyber Security Month, the panel will zoom in on leadership and influencing across information security topics among other leadership focuses.

Emily Harris, ISO, Vassar College;
Chris Kielt, CIO, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill;
Rori Boyce Werner, Security Compliance Program Manager, University of New Hampshire;

Moderator: Stan Waddell, PhD, CIO, University of New Hampshire

NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem - Hosted on 9/25/18

Event Overview
We are excited to invite you to join the inaugural Leadership Ecosystem webinar on Tuesday, September 25th from 12:00 - 1:00pm, with additional dialogue until 1:30. The webinar will be a panel discussion with three Higher Education leaders, Keith ‘Mac’ McIntosh, Jennifer Sparrow, and Sharon Pitt, discussing their priorities, careers and perspectives. Join these engaging leaders for a dynamic session on the opportunities and challenges of leadership in high stakes high reward IT organizations.

Keith W. 'Mac' McIntosh, Vice President for Information Services and CIO for the University of Richmond
Sharon Pitt, Vice President for Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Delaware
Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Moderator: Michael Cato, Senior Vice President and CIO Bowdoin College





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