2022 Staff Leadership Summit Livestream and Program
The 2022 Staff Leadership Summit was held on Thursday, September 29, at the Memorial Union. The theme was "The Nature of Work." Please see below for the schedule as well as descriptions of the breakout sessions and biographies of the speakers.
Each of the sessions held in Woodruff Auditorium was recorded, and the videos are posted below.
Keynote Address - Provost Bichelmeyer
The [Human] Nature of Work - Jeff Chasen
Toxic Positivity - Jennifer Ng
Social Media - Jeffrey Hall
Jayhawks Rising & You - Corinne Bannon
Closing Remarks - Mike Rounds
Schedule at a Glance
Registration Begins (breakfast available in the Parlors)
|9:00 am||Opening Remarks and Keynote|
|10:00 am||Breakout Session 1|
|11:00 am||Breakout Session 2|
Lunch and Information Tables
(Please join the buffet line in the Parlors and then head to the Ballroom for seating.)
|1:00 pm||Breakout Session 3|
|2:00 pm||Breakout Session 4|
|3:00 pm||Closing Remarks|
Schedule of Breakout Sessions
|ROOM||Level||10:00 am||11:00 am||1:00 pm||2:00 pm|
|Alderson||4||Jayhawks Rising & You||ComPsych EAP Services||ComPsych EAP Services||Mentoring Women in Higher Education|
|Big 12||5||A Guided Conversation on "Calling In the Calling Out Culture"||Workplace Bullying through a DEI Lens||Social Media and Social Interaction in the Age of Interiority|
|Centennial||6||Artistic Expression and Episodic Future Thinking||Artistic Expression and Episodic Future Thinking|
|English||6||Finding Freedon: Using Breath and Body Awareness to Achieve Mental Clarity||Understanding the Grieving Process|
|Kansas||6||Workplace Bullying through a DEI Lens||Then the Bunny Ran by: Everyday Strategies for Managing Distraction & Communication Overload||Applying the Latest Science of Employee Engagement to Today's Work||Then the Bunny Ran by: Everyday Strategies for Managing Distraction & Communication Overload|
|Malott||6||Providing Nonwork Support to Employees at Work||Rising to the Challenge of Leadership: A Law Enforcement Perspective||Rising to the Challenge of Leadership: A Law Enforcement Perspective||The [Human] Nature of Work: Empowerment of the Employee|
|Union Plaza||4||Meet at the Jayhawk located outside the Union entrance for a "Tree Trivia and Plant Particulars" tour|
|Woodruff||5||The [Human] Nature of Work: Empowerment of the Employee||Toxic Positivity: Understanding How a Good Thing Can Go Bad||Social Media and Social Interaction in the Age of Interiority||Jayhawks Rising & You|
Breakout Session Descriptions
Listed alphabetically by title
Applying the Latest Science of Employee Engagement to Today's Work
1:00pm, Kansas Room
This interactive session will discuss the latest science surrounding engaging employees in the modern work context. Themes will focus on how employees experience and respond to their environments (including supervisors, coworkers, and constituents), and how managers can shape those environments for the benefit of workers and the organization. Participants can expect to leave the session with: 1) a framework for crafting a positive workplace, and 2) practical tools to make that workplace a reality.
Artistic Expression and Episodic Future Thinking
10:00am, Centennial (Limited to 30 participants)
11:00am, Centennial (Limited to 30 participants)
The Artistic Expressions and Episodic Future Thinking Project uses creative exploration and engages a holistic approach to healing that builds on creativity, self-reflection, and community-supported treatments, integrating Episodic Future Thinking into an artistic approach. Participants will experience a crash course on how to use a variety of art mediums as tools for creative self-expression.
ComPsych EAP Services
This presentation will provide an in-depth overview of the EAP services available to employees and their household members. A demonstration of Guidance Resources Online will be given to explore the integrated EAP platform that combines access to short-term counseling, financial guidance, legal resources, and information and resources focused around work life services. This presentation will give employees the means to comfortably navigate and access information and resources through their Employee Assistance Program.
Finding Freedom: Using Breath and Body Awareness to Achieve Mental Clarity
This session will take you through practical breath control with basic physical postures to cultivate a more clear state of mind.
A Guided Conversation on "Calling In the Calling Out Culture"
Claudia Bode, Matt Downen, and Mindie Paget
10:00am, Big 12 (Note: this session is 90 minutes.)
In this session, we will engage with ideas presented by professor and human rights activist Loretta Ross. Her forthcoming book, “Calling In the Calling Out Culture,” challenges us to identify the characteristics — and limitations — of call-out culture: the act of publicly shaming another person for behavior deemed unacceptable. We’ll watch brief video clips from her January 20, 2022, talk at KU and then break into small groups to discuss what we’ve heard. Ultimately, we want to think about how the calling-in approach might help us grow with grace and embrace the nuance of the situations we find ourselves in at work and elsewhere.
The [Human] Nature of Work: Empowerment of the Employee
The times are changing . . . but it is well past time for change. So the mission for leaders is now urgent: the true value of power is empowerment. Fortunately, there are many available resources and strategies – especially with a mandate of service and stewardship – to support the growth, development, inclusion, and wellness of employees. This session will highlight how to achieve a culture of empowerment, including leveraging KU’s “Code of Ethical Conduct” and the behavioral sciences, plus a preview of KU’s upcoming “Employee Growth and Development Initiative.”
Jayhawks Rising & You
Corinne Bannon and Cara Nossaman
We invite you to learn about how you are a part of our community’s efforts to build the future for the University of Kansas by sharing the details of our institutional strategic plan, known as Jayhawks Rising. Learn about how aligning our strategic efforts, in the work we do every day, is critical to ensuring that we achieve our university’s mission and vision. YOU are central to our success.
Mentoring Women in Higher Education
Kathleen Ames-Stratton, Michelle Carney, Tammara Durham, Chari Young, with Julie Murray as Moderator
This panel will explore the various facets of mentoring women in the higher education space. Common themes unique to mentoring women will be discussed. Panel members will share their own experience mentoring and being mentored and address the importance of having mentors through the career life cycle.
Providing Nonwork Support to Employees at Work
Demographic shifts and changes to where work gets done make juggling work and nonwork roles a persistent challenge for employees. Leaders are increasing called upon to provide more informal family and nonwork support to employees to augment formal policies. This session will review family supportive supervisor behaviors, outcomes for employees, and some of the decision rules leaders use in deciding when and how to support employees.
Rising to the Challenge of Leadership: A Law Enforcement Perspective
Michael Bridges, Jack Campbell, and Nelson Mosley
Law enforcement has gone through many changes over recent decades, with an emphasis upon strong community connections, supporting mental health, and appreciating staff as individuals beyond their roles. Join Chief Nelson Mosley and a panel of officers in a discussion of changes within the law enforcement profession, how the KU Public Safety Office is responding to evolving community and employee needs, and how those lessons learned may benefit other University leaders.
Social Media and Social Interaction in the Age of Interiority
2:00pm, Big 12
As mobile connectivity rises, interpersonal connection falls. Governments across the world are currently facing this paradox, alarmed by the growing rates of loneliness and friendlessness. But, to what degree are these changes linked? What can people do to be connected?
Then the Bunny Ran By: Everyday Strategies for Managing Distraction & Communication Overload
Distraction has always existed in the workplace: colleagues chatting within earshot, your boss stopping by your desk to discuss a project, an email that catches your attention from the corner of your eye. However, the rapidly-advancing digital age, along with the shift to flexible work locations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, has introduced myriad new alerts, messages, and visual distractions that further divert our attention away from the seemingly simple task of getting something – anything – accomplished. In this session, we’ll discuss what distracts us, how to identify the root of distractions, and explore a few strategies for getting ahead of the things that threaten to topple our ever-growing To Do lists.
Toxic Positivity: Understanding How a Good Thing Can Go Bad
Being positive is generally viewed as a welcome trait for individuals and organizations. Without critical consideration of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), however, an emphasis on positivity in the workplace can have toxic effects. Using case examples and discussion, participants in this session will understand what “toxic positivity” is, how it functions, and generate alternative possibilities.
Tree Trivia and Plant Particulars: An Introduction to the Flora of the KU Campus
Craig Freeman and Caleb Morse
1:00pm, Jayhawk Statue near Union Entrance (Limited to 40 participants)
During a brief walking tour of the Main Campus, we will examine some of the distinctive and interesting plants, emphasizing woody plants, and discuss how the vegetation of the campus has changed since the founding of the university.
Understanding the Grieving Process
Alex Barajas-Munoz and Johannah Stapleton
This presentation will familiarize participants with the grieving process, recovery, and potential obstacles to healing. Guidelines for helping someone who is grieving, and additional resources will be shared.
Workplace Bullying through a DEI Lens
1:00pm, Big 12
In this interactive workshop, we will explore workplace bullying through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. The focus of the workshop will be to: 1) define workplace bullying and discuss how it connects to DEI; 2) identify how bullying behaviors show up in the workplace; and 3) create strategies for staff to survive and thrive when bullying is prevalent in the workplace.
Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, an academic leader in the field instructional design and technology, was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas in February 2020. Bichelmeyer, a Kansas City native, also holds an appointment as a professor in the KU School of Education & Human Sciences.
As KU’s chief learning officer, she is primarily responsible for advancing the university’s mission in concert with the Chancellor, administrators, faculty, staff, and students across the Lawrence campus. She leads the Lawrence campus in championing and furthering the goals outlined in the university’s strategic plan.
Prior to joining KU, Bichelmeyer served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a position she held since August 2015. She had previously served as executive associate vice president for University Academic Affairs for the seven campuses of Indiana University, as well as founder and senior director for IU's Office of Online Education. Bichelmeyer was a tenured full professor at Indiana University - Bloomington.
For most of her 30-year career as a faculty member and administrator, Bichelmeyer has examined the process of performance-based instructional design, and how technology is incorporated into classrooms in order to facilitate more personalized learning experiences.
Bichelmeyer earned a bachelor’s in journalism degree in 1982, a bachelor of arts in English in 1986, a master’s in educational policy and administration in 1988, and a doctorate in educational communications and technology in 1991, all from the University of Kansas.
Bichelmeyer has served as consultant for performance-based instructional design, technology integration, human and organization performance effectiveness, and evaluation of instructional and organizational development programs to numerous organizations including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana Supreme Court Commission for Continuing Legal Education, Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, Sprint, the United States Coast Guard, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Mike Rounds is vice provost for operations, with primary responsibility for the following departments: Human Resource Management; Public Safety; Custodial Services; Facilities Services; Transportation Services; Facilities Planning & Development; Office of Sustainability; Environment, Health and Safety and Space Management. Mike provides the leadership and strategic visioning to align these departments with the University’s mission and goals, while working closely with the provost and other KU leaders and campus partners to ensure key campus services meet the needs and expectations of KU students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. In a career where he has spent time in the military, public education and higher education, Mike has more than 40 years of leadership experience. He earned an MBA from Baker University, a master’s degree in strategic planning from the U.S. Army War College, a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Breakout Session Speakers (in alphabetical order by last name)
Michelle’s research and academic expertise is in organizational communication, organizational culture, social identity, workplace power dynamics, workplace bullying, and toxic/hostile work environments. Further, her research has focused on higher education as an institutional context. She includes a DEI lens in all her research, training, and coaching work.
Michelle is actively involved at KU and in the community. Currently, she is a KU staff senator; KU Staff Senate Personnel Affairs Committee chair-elect; KU DEIB Advisory Council member; 2021-2022 KU Staff Fellow; member and former KU Black Faculty and Staff Council president for two terms; KU F.I.R.S.T. Student Organization advisor; KU Black Alumni Network president-elect and Young Alumni/Student Programs co-chair; and Golden City Sertoma charter member and club secretary.