Empowering a Community of Excellence


UPDATED February 21, 2018:

We regret to inform you that the Staff Leadership Summit has been cancelled due to winter weather projected to impact the region Wednesday night and Thursday. We did not make the decision lightly and had to consider the safety of employees traveling to the event. 

While we are forced to cancel the event, it’s important to us to ensure you can still experience the speakers and topics on the summit agenda. Please allow us some time to consider our options to create future professional development opportunities for you.​


Full program (15 pages)

Agenda only (2 pages)


Reggie Robinson, Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs


The Influence of Managers on Workplace Engagement and Culture (panel discussion)

Dave Cook, Vice Chancellor for University of Kansas Edwards Campus

Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Pat Kuester, Director, Education, Social & Biobehavioral Shared Service Center

Cary Whitcup, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management Services

Take Action: Start from Where You Are (panel discussion)

Kelly Jones, Associate Director of Field Education, School of Social Welfare and USD 497 School Board Member

Jennifer Ananda, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, IOA and Lawrence City Commissioner

Annie McKay, Alumni, School of Social Welfare and President and CEO of Kansas Action for Children

Navigating Power Dynamics in a Changing Organization               

Angie Pastorek, Program Manager & Faculty, Professional Workplace Communication, Edwards Campus

Creating a Proactive Campus Climate through Partnerships: Hawk Route--Beyond Physical Access

Catherine Johnson, Director, ADA Resource Center for Equity & Accessibility

Going Beyond Work-Life as Struggle: Creating a Life with Work, Family, and Renewal ​  

Angela Gist-Mackey, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, & Director, Edwards Campus Graduate Programs           

What is the Jayhawk and Why Should I Care? The History and Traditions that Make KU Stand Out

Curtis Marsh, Director of KU Info and the DeBruce Center               

Practicing Mindfulness

Merrill Evans, CARE Coordinator, Watkins Health Services

Finding Freedom: Using Breath and Body Awareness to Achieve Mental Clarity

Melinda J. Ball, IT Technology Specialist, KU Information Technology

Effective Engagement at an International University

Rachel Sherman Johnson, Director, Campus Internationalization and Fellowships, International Programs

Chuck Olcese, Director, International Student Services

Joe Potts, Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs

Alison Watkins, Communications Director, International Programs

Immunity to Change

Mary Banwart, Director, Institute for Leadership Studies

Lessons from Citizen: How the 2017-2018 KU Common Book Can Help Us Be Better

Howard Graham, Associate Director for Academic Programs, Office of First-Year Experience

Staff Fellows Focus Group

2017-2018 KU Staff Fellows

Introduction to Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication

D.A. Graham, University Ombuds, University Ombuds Office

​Laurie Harrison, Learning & Development Specialist, Human Resource Management


Go Outside: Nature is the cure for impoverished cognition

Ruth Ann Atchley, Professor, Psychology and Assistant Vice Chancellor for University of Kansas Edwards Campus

Professional Self-Care and Sustainability

Jen Brockman, Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

We Were Never Designed for This: The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life (And What You Can Do About It)

Stephen Ilardi, Associate Professor, Psychology

Making Support Explicit: Developing and Maintaining Strong Mentoring Skills

Shannon Portillo, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration 

Thank You for Breaking My Dishes: The Art of Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication

D.A. Graham, University Ombuds, University Ombuds Office


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