Keynote and Workshop

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

All times listed are Eastern Time Zone. Also note, recordings of the opening remarks and keynote only will be available.
9:00 am: Welcome
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
Remarks by Susan Butler.
Opening remarks
Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Purdue University.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Mangala Subramaniam
9:30 am: Keynote: On "Kiddo" and Kiddos: Plagues, Permission Structures, and Women's Progress in Academic Leadership
Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Lynn Pasquerella was appointed president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2016, after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. She has held positions as provost at the University of Hartford and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island. A philosopher whose work has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She is president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute. A recipient of Mary Baldwin University’s Sullivan Award for outstanding service to humanity, Pasquerella serves as a member of the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation and sits on the boards of the Lingnan Foundation and the National Humanities Alliance, as well as George Washington University Hospital’s ethics committee. Named by Diverse Issue as one of higher education’s top 35 leaders, Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College and Brown University. Pasquerella has also received honorary doctorates from Elizabethtown College, Bishop’s University, the University of South Florida, the University of Hartford and the University of Rhode Island.
12:45-2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions.
See program for details.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

8:15 am: Welcome and Opening remarks - Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University.
8:20 am: Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips
Speakers: Candace Croney, Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being and Director of Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University; Nilupa Gunaratna, Associate Professor of Public Health, Purdue University; Rao Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University; Liz Wuerffel, Associate Professor Department of Communication and Visual Arts, Valparaiso University; Ann Weil, Clinical Professor and Section Head of Anesthesiology, Purdue University; Linda Mason, Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Entomology, Purdue University.
Moderator: Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Purdue University.
The promotion/tenure process involves at least 5 years in rank and so can be intense. Panelists should speak to process of promotion/tenure in academia (link to type of institution as attendees are from within and outside Purdue; and maybe clinical or tenure track). Consider the expectations, strategies to adopt that is what may work, and what NOT to do. Panelists can include personal experiences or examples, but it would be most useful to make a broader point based on that experience.
10:30 am: WorkshopCracking the Confidence Code
Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Director of Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College
A hidden force that can undermine career and leadership ambitions is a lack of confidence, particularly for people with marginalized and minoritized identities who must also overcome systemic barriers due to their gender and race. In this session, we will unpack why it is so hard to feel confident, bust common myths about confidence, and identify research-based strategies to build confidence that capitalize on our diverse identities. Workshop attendees will leave with a two-week goal and a long-term action plan to achieve a personal or professional aspiration.


Alexis serves as the Director of Advancement Talent Management at Dartmouth College where she helps people maximize their potential to achieve organizational priorities. Alexis believes people should be engaged by their work and have the opportunity for continuous growth and development. Her responsibilities include shaping the overarching strategy for talent management, coaching leaders and supervisors, and designing training and professional development programs for more than 250 staff.
During her 20+ years of experience in higher education, Alexis worked in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Advancement. She has delivered educational experiences to hundreds of faculty, staff, and students; led award-winning diversity and inclusion initiatives; and started two talent management departments. She is the founder of the Amplify Women and Gender Initiative, a professional development program for women in Advancement that recently won the CASE Grand Gold Award, and AKO Collective, a women's leadership development company that offers training to women and girls. Alexis presents internationally on topics of gender inclusion and equity, including as a TEDx Speaker
Alexis holds a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a certificate in organization development from Colorado State University. She is a certified StrengthsQuest Educator and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner.


Time Zone

Please note that Purdue University is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) and observes Daylight Savings Time.