WWHEL Conference Fall 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020  |  9:00 am to 1:30 pm

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Connected Leadership Resilience and Reinvention

Sheronda Glass, Ph.D. is a human resources executive and leader with a breadth of experience across multiple industries. She currently serves as associate vice chancellor of human resources, diversity, equity, and inclusion for the University of Wisconsin Parkside. Sheronda is a strong believer in strategic human resources management, advocating for the connection between an organizations human resources and its strategies, goals, and objectives

Throughout her career, Sheronda has worked to improve organizational performance by delivering and implementing HR techniques like training, recruitment, compensation, and employee relations to create stronger organizations, and ensure the goals of the human resource department reflect and support the goals of the rest of the organization. She has delivered numerous professional development sessions in diversity and inclusion, conflict management, managing people, and authentic leadership. She has taught college level courses in project management, staffing organizations and human resources management.

Sheronda holds a Ph.D. in Business Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources, with research in the area of emotional intelligence, and professional level certification in human resources. Dr. Glass serves as a member of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Board, the Racine Art Museum Board, and volunteers on several community and private organizations .

Resilience: A Moderator of Emotional Intelligence

Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from stressors or changes in our life. It’s not about avoiding the stress or change but learning to thrive and build good coping skills that we can use to deal with stressful situations. Regardless of who you are, your emotions dictate how you respond and potentially bounce back from stressful situations. How resilient you are determines how effectively you respond. The good news is that resilience is something that you can build and strengthen whether at work or at home. Resilience is made up of five pillars: self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships, and purpose. By strengthening these pillars help you understand how to moderate emotions and bounce back.


Communicating Effectively in Difficult Times

Kimberly KaneKimberly Kane works directly with boards of directors, presidents, CEOs, legal and acquisition teams to help organizations navigate major changes and crises to be sure their organizations control the message and come out on top. Kimberly’s experience has been honed by years in both the media and business worlds.

She spent nearly 15 years as a journalist primarily reporting on developments in healthcare and public health. Her award-winning stories aired on CNN and NBC affiliates. Transitioning out of the media world, she spent time on the corporate side working in business development, communications and government affairs before starting Kane Communications Group. The company provides strategic communications counsel to senior leaders and as well as brand development, integrated marketing, PR, crisis management, brand journalism, digital strategy and video production services.

Today, Kimberly is not only involved with her firm and their clients, but is active on numerous boards, advisory boards and committees, regularly emcees events, and is a public speaker – on topics that include crisis management, strategic communications and leadership. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Urban Politics from the University of Southern California and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Strategic PR and Political Management from George Washington University.

In the midst of a crisis trifecta - the pandemic, the economic crisis, and the battle for equal rights and treatment - leaders have been stretched and challenged to manage so much more than just their business operations. When customers and employees are dealing with fear, anxiety and other emotions, how do we motivate and inspire them? Effective leadership communications during times of crisis require two key ingredients: emotional intelligence and a connection to your brand’s purpose. President and CEO of Kane Communications Group Kimberly Kane has been called upon by businesses, nonprofits, and state and local government officials to assist with coaching their leaders to communicate during difficult times like these. During this session, she will share core principles of crisis communications (hint: transparency, frequency and consistency are keys), as well as strategies that big brands use to come out of a crisis stronger and more connected to your employees, customers and community.

Dealing with the Psychology of Change

Dr. Janet TaylorDr. Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in Sarasota, Florida. She is on the frontline battling the emotional and economic impact of mental illness. She holds a M.D. from the University of Louisville, completed her psychiatric residency at New York Medical College and obtained an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She had a column in Family Circle Magazine, “Ask Dr. Janet”. Dr. Janet is also frequently featured on ABC “Good Morning America” and NBC “The Today Show” and CNN. She is a former host of the Discovery Health/OWN series, “Facing Trauma” and was the Guest Care Director for “The Jeremy Kyle Show”. Dr. Taylor is a frequent speaker on the impact of Racial Trauma and Racism, Antiracism and Conscious Allyship. Dr. Taylor is experienced in Diversity and Inclusion work including Cultural Competence and more importantly, Cultural Humility. She is an expert in Implicit Bias through the lens of Neuroscience and behavior. She’s an expert in Self Care and Post Traumatic Growth and has created a “Reset Program” to address both. She both counsels’ individuals through her practice and works with organizations and teams in the classroom to improve Diversity awareness, Diversity Management capabilities and individual coping skills to mitigate bias and improve communication skills, self-awareness and team functioning.

Individual and institutional leadership has never been as important as today. How we live, shop, learn, love, communicate and stay healthy requires the ability to have self-awareness, be creative and consistent. Examining change both professionally and personally adds a deeper historical social-cultural layer related to race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Being a conscious leader with the ability to view change, not as a barrier to growth but a challenge that can be overcome and mastered leading to personal transformation will be presented. Using a lens of neuroscience, participants will understand the role of our brain and the process of metacognition as a beneficial tool and importance of being able to RESET.


  1. Review the psychology of change and fear
  2. Examine Bridge’s Model of Managing Change
  3. Learn the change formula (V x D) + FS > R = C
  4. Learn how to think Above the Line
  5. Be able to incorporate Mindfulness into Change
  6. Understand the Physical and Psychological Importance of a Resilience Mindset
  7. Discuss how to RESET
  8. Create a personal mantra
COVID-19:  Five Fundamental Shifts for Higher Education People Leaders

Shenita-BrokenburrShenita Brokenburr, Ph. D. is a higher education human resources executive, educator and executive coach with a broad breadth of experience across the academic enterprise. She currently serves as the senior associate vice president and system chief human resources officer for the University of Wisconsin System, which is one of the largest public higher education systems in the country, with 26 campuses and a statewide extension.

Known for her expertise in strategic human resources, change leadership, and organizational development, Dr. Brokenburr is a career higher education strategist, experienced management consultant, mentor to early career HR professionals and an executive coach to C-Suite higher education leaders.  

She has delivered numerous professional seminars and taught college level courses in career development, conflict management, organizational communication and group dynamics.  Her research interests include non-traditional pathways to the college presidency, leadership competencies for higher education CEOs and human resources transformation. 

Dr. Brokenburr holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University, senior level certifications in human resources and a professional certified coach (PCC) designation through the International Coaching Federation. Dr. Brokenburr volunteers on several community and national boards and has also been inducted into the Society for Higher Education Human Resources Executives, which is an invitation only organization of distinguished higher education HR leaders.


The pandemic has no doubt changed the world forever and higher education has been forced into disruption. As we reactivate and struggle to find normalcy, our ability to lead change and care-fully pivot will be vitally important. This session zeroes in on how COVID-19 has impacted the higher education workforce and the five fundamental shifts in policy and practice People Leaders must make across these key areas: engagement of the (virtual) workforce; psychological wellbeing; connecting trust, flexibility and productivity; managing change and leveraging generational preferences.


Leadership Panel Discussion  Topic:  Leading Through Reinvention

Debbie Ford WWHEL panelistDr. Debbie Ford, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is a strong believer in community engagement and building partnerships. In addition to her responsibilities leading one of the most vibrant and diverse learning communities in the UW System, Dr. Ford serves as a board member for community and economic-development organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Racine County Workforce Development Board, the Milwaukee 7, and the Froedtert Health Board of Directors. Nationally, Dr. Ford is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Board. Dr. Ford holds her B.S. from the University of Louisville, her Master of Education from Indiana University, and her Doctor of Education from the University of Louisville.

Shelly-MondeikDr. Shelly Mondeik joined Mid-State Technical College in June 2017 and serves as the college’s sixth president.

Prior to joining Mid-State, Dr. Mondeik served since 2010 as Vice President for Learning and Chief Academic Officer at Northcentral Technical College (NTC). She has both a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Career & Technical Education from UW-Stout as well as an Associate’s Degree from NTC. She graduated with her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison.

In addition to her executive leadership role at Mid-State, Shelly also serves on the Wisconsin Technical College System Presidents Association Executive Committee, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Board of Directors and Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Board of Directors.

Dr. Mondeik’s accolades include the Phi Theta Kappa Presidents Paragon Award, University of Wisconsin – Stout: School of Education Exemplary Service Award, Northcentral Technical College’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Northcentral Technical College’s Educational Excellence Award for Faculty.

Christine-PharrDr. Christine Pharr became the president of Mount Mary University in 2017 and has over 26 years’ experience in higher education. She possesses a passion for women's leadership, particularly in the sciences, and has worked in women’s universities for the last 12 year. Christine has led the University to being recognized by U.S. New and World report as having the highest social mobility in the state of Wisconsin. Since arriving at Mount Mary she has led numerous renovation projects on campus including recent development of a new intergenerational living facility, named Trinity Woods, which will house School Sisters of Notre Dame, seniors from the community and student single mothers and their children. Dr. Pharr is a co-chair of goal II of the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA), a member of Milwaukee downtown Rotary and Milwaukee Women, Inc. Christine joined TEMPO Milwaukee in 2018.

This distinguished panel of educational leaders will share insight into how they are managing through crisis and discuss what they believe are the most effective ways of ensuring that organizations continue to thrive in difficult times. Q&A will follow.

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