Initial Lessons from and Ideas for 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.
While still in the first months of its existence, 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.
Look for the Ecosystem Session at the 2019 NERCOMP Annual Conference
Initial Lessons from and Ideas for the Leadership Ecosystem
Date: Tuesday March 19, 2019
Presenters: Michael Cato, Fred Kass, Cindy Mitchell, Lisa Trubitt, Stan Waddell
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With the ever-changing dynamics of our institutions, the Higher Education industry, and the technology landscape we navigate, it’s increasingly important that we develop the management and leadership capabilities across the NERCOMP community. To that end NERCOMP offers an array of Professional Development Opportunities (PDO) and regularly solicits topics and presenters from across our membership. Yet it’s become clear that many of the leadership and management development opportunities are event based. Too often that means we are challenged to maintain the excitement and energy around all we’ve learned when we return home, and it can be challenging to build a professional network beyond your own institution.
The NERCOMP Leadership Ecosystem
In 2018 NERCOMP began launching a Leadership Ecosystem to expand on the array of event-based leadership and management development opportunities available to our membership. At its core the Ecosystem will be largely digital community providing a platform for ongoing dialogue, shared learning and collaboration. This community will be primarily active virtually, using online webinars and other platforms to tackle topics, address issues, ask questions, seek mentors, and otherwise learn from each other.
Leadership Ecosystem Webinar Series:
Diversity & Innovation Upside Down: Proactive Ways to Build An Inclusive Culture – Hosted 2/5/19
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.
– 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
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
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
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
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