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University of Waikato Women in Leadership Day 2012

The Women in Leadership Day is about women, not solely for women and is part of the leadership development programme at the University of Waikato. This annual event, launched in 2009, is aimed at raising awareness around issues for women in leadership and providing support for women in, or aspiring to, leadership roles within the University.

Leadership in Action …. We can all take action

In 2012 the theme was Leadership in Action and had a focus on how we can all take action, which is consistent with the distributed leadership model promoted by the University. Leadership is not just about being a line-manager; it is also about you taking a lead role in your own job and career development.

The 2012 Women in Leadership Day was held on Thursday 6th September in MSB Level 1.


PROGRAMME

8.45 Karakia (Ms Ngarewa Hawera) / Welcome from VC (Professor Roy Crawford)
9.00 Introduction from Chairs: Overview of issues and changes since 2008 (Professor Linda Smith and Ms Michelle Jordan-Tong)
9.30 Finding a place to stand (Dr Karen Barbour)
10.15 Morning Tea
10.45Workshops: How to start doing something
 Note that the four workshops are repeated, so you can attend one in the morning and another in the afternoon 
1
Mental maps - gender work and place (Professor Robyn Longhurst & Professor Lynda Johnston)
2
Developing your action plan for leadership (NZWiL Alumnae Ms Sally Sleigh, Professor Alison MacIntosh, and Dr Karen Barbour, led by Ms Herearoha Skipper)
3
Strategic networking for career advancement (Dr Colleen Rigby)
4
Appreciative leadership: Building leadership through strengths-based positioning (Dr Rachel McNae)
12.05 Lunch
1.00 Keynote address: You already have everything you need (Dr Sue Watson, Global CEO, Kea New Zealand)
2.00 Workshops: How to start doing something
1
Mental maps - gender work and place (Professor Robyn Longhurst & Professor Lynda Johnston)
2
Developing your action plan for leadership (NZWIL Alumnae Ms Sally Sleigh, Professor Alison MacIntosh, and Dr Karen Barbour, led by Ms Herearoha Skipper)
3
Strategic networking for career advancement (Dr Colleen Rigby)
4
Appreciative leadership: Building leadership through strengths-based positioning (Dr Rachel McNae)
3.20 Summary by Chairs
3.40 Karakia whakamutunga
3.45 Refreshments


Keynote Speakers

sueDr. Sue Watson, Global CEO, Kea New Zealand
Sue has been an educational academic, a consultant and a business director.  She was both a founder and the CEO of the export education publishing company and consultancy, South Pacific Press and Lift Education.

Sue joined Kea New Zealand last year as Global CEO and is excited by the prospects for expanding the global network the organisation has created over the past 11 years for New Zealanders, friends of New Zealand, and New Zealand businesses.

Please visit www.keanewzealand.com for more information.

Dr Karen Barbour
KarenDr Karen Barbour is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education. She is committed to fostering qualitative dance research, particularly in creative practice as research and dance performance, and has recently published Dancing across the page: Narrative and embodied ways of knowing (2011). Her teaching responsibilities are for dance papers within the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies and in supervising masters and doctoral students across a range of research interests. Karen is involved in interdisciplinary contexts on campus as the Chairperson of the Cultural Committee, coordinator of the Creative Forum and Arts Advisor to the Hillary Scholars in dance. She works locally as Chairperson of Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust and nationally as Chairperson of the Tertiary Dance Educators Network New Zealand Aotearoa.  


Workshop Descriptions

arrow  Mental maps: gender, work and place: presented by Robyn Longhurst and Lynda Johnston

A mental map is an individual’s own internal map of their known world, including their work-place. A great deal can be learnt from the mental maps of individuals, such as how we negotiate the spaces around us, where we feel comfortable, and where we don’t.

In this workshop participants will be invited to draw a sketch map of some of the places they occupy on campus. The aim is to examine how social and spatial relations are intertwined, and how places, including places on campus, are structured by gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, disability, age and so on.

We will then share our individual maps with others in small groups.

We will finish the session by coming back together as a group to think about what we might have learnt from this exercise and we can use it to move forward.


arrow  Developing your action plan for leadership: presented by NZWiL alumnae (led by Herearoha Skipper)

This workshop brings to you the experience of the NZWiL Alumni to help you to develop your individual action plan for leadership. The session will be interactive and will involve group and individual work. You will reflect on YOU, focus on where YOU would like to be and we’ll help you to develop and plan on how YOU can achieve your goals. We (NZWiL Alumni) have learned that through this process we were able to grow personally and professionally and as a result we have enhanced our participation in institutional decision making and leadership. It is our goal to increase the same leadership potential for other women in the University of Waikato.


arrow  Strategic Networking for Career Advancement: presented by Colleen Rigby
It's not what you know, it's who you know! Building networks plays a key role in building careers for women. In this workshop the need for and processes for gaining effective networks for career development will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to identify key players in their network both from the past and for the future. There will be an opportunity to consider how those networks might be broadened and the key linkages for future career growth. This will enable women to target key players for the future and to develop an action plan for network growth.


arrow  Appreciative leadership:  Building leadership through strengths-based positioning:  presented by Rachel McNae
In this workshop participants will use an appreciative inquiry framework to examine what 'gives life' to their leadership.  Through looking at instances of when they are 'leading at their best' participants will come to understand specific leadership themes related to the success of their personal leadership.  Working through a unique and inspiring process of strengths analysis participants in this workshop will be supported and guided to create an action plan which strives to replicate conditions, relationships  and structures which allow their leadership to thrive. 


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