Administrative Services

Campus Address
121-10 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 10
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

The UHR Welcome Center is open 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Keynote Descriptions

Inclusive Leadership for High Performing Teams | Presented by Albert Smith

In an increasingly diverse, global, and hyper-connected workplace, what attributes and behaviors are necessary to yield high impact, high performing teams? Join us as we explore the competencies needed to foster an inclusive workplace environment that fuels innovation and creativity

Maximizing Talent for Bottom Line Results | Presented by Patti Seda

Every organization has access to the same technology and resources. So, what makes some businesses more successful? Highly engaged employees who are committed to their work, the team and the clients you serve. The formula to achieve this is quite simple: RP + RC + HE; Right People + Right Culture = High Engagement. 
Research shows that highly engaged employees have a direct impact on the bottom line. While everyone in an organization impacts culture, this team gathered at this conference is perfectly positioned to being the catalyst to making it great!

Looking Back a Year After the 777 World Marathon Challenge: How Training & Team Dynamic are Important | Presented by Deb Carneol

How to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do something you never thought possible.

Session Descriptions

Morning Breakout Sessions

Successful Succession | Presented by Patti Seda

The “right people” part of the High Engagement formula isn’t just about finding the right bodies. In fact, there’s a formula for this, too:

During this session you’ll understand the process to ensure you’re teeing up the people, the team and the organization up for success! Spoiler alert – it’s WAY easier than you think! 

The Higher Education Dem and Index | Presented by Brent Gage

Dr. Nathan D. Grawe, an Economist at Carleton College in Minnesota, published the Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education in 2017. In this work, Dr. Grawe outlines the changes that higher education will face over the next 10-15 years. This research goes beyond traditional demographic analysis and analyzes consumer behavior trends among various population for various segments of the higher education market. The forecast for the Midwestern region indicates that a variety of factors will significantly impact higher education, and challenges administrators of higher education take a proactive approach to plan for the coming shift in market demand. Dr. Gage will highlight this work and bring it into the local context from his role as Chief Enrollment Officer at the University of Iowa.

Microaggressions in the Workplace | Presented by Bria Marcelo & Grace Moore

In this session, participants will create an awareness of what constitutes a microaggression, understand how microaggressions marginalize employees, and reflect upon how everyone can perpetuate microaggressions. Participants will also use case scenarios to apply intervention methods and strengthen strategies for interrupting microaggressive behavior.

Closing the Gap Between Intention and Impact | Presented by Sarah Noll Wilson

Most people do not wake up asking themselves, “Gee, how I can be a barrier to success today?” Rather, most people wake up with good intentions to be a good person, to do good work and to make a positive difference. The trap is that we only look at our behavior through the lens of our good intentions versus the actual impact we are having on a person or situation. Together we will explore how you can more clearly evaluate your intentions and impact, so you can do your great work.
You’ll leave with real, relevant insights for professional and personal growth, and practical applications to move from the land of good intentions to powerful impact.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Gaining the Competitive Edge with Emotional Intelligence  | Presented by Kelley Ashby

The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2020, Emotional Intelligence will be in the Top 10 required jobs skills for every job—across all industries. Want to help create a workplace culture where employees thrive? Is it important that all employees be at their best when it comes to decision-making, behavior, and performance? If you believe it is important to develop a work environment that is positive and fosters collaboration, teamwork, and productivity, then this session is for you! Research has shown that implementing Emotional Intelligence trainings gets results:
• Individual and Team Performance
• Productivity
• Resiliency
• Leadership Ability
• Workplace Climate
• Retention
• Employee Engagement
• Staff Turnover
• Occupational Stress
• Absenteeism
• Low Performance
• Negative Reactions to Crises
• Burnout
• Costs
Organizations are making Emotional Intelligence development a priority to empower their employees to adjust decisions, behavior, and performance so everyone is effectively leading their teams and staff are performing at their best.

Supporting the Mission Through a Data Informed Culture | Presented by Brenda Ulin

The financial, cultural and political challenges faced by the Higher Education industry require us to rethink delivery strategies, organizational optimizations, fiscal efficiency and effectiveness all while improving outcomes related to the success of the institution and its mission.  Data is an integral part of that solution, but only to the degree that it leads to understanding and action.  A data informed culture empowers actionable utilization of data through people, processes, systems and organizational practice.   In this session, we discuss the role data currently plays in our decision making, and the opportunities and challenges of creating a data informed culture.

From I to We: Trust in One Conversation | Presented by Sarah Noll Wilson

Humans thrive when we are included, valued, learning, and contributing in meaningful ways. We thrive when stress and conflict is productive. But thriving is not a solo job. Our success personally and professionally is directly impacted by the quality of our relationships. One way the we increase the quality of our relationships is by increasing the quality of our conversations. The problem is most of us spend our time on autopilot, responding from a place of habit and our brains are naturally wired to protect us.
How do we move from a place of protection and exclusion to one of partnership and inclusion? We accomplish this by shifting from being I-Centric to WE-Centric.
Leveraging bold, new research on the neuroscience of trust, Sarah will introduce the audience to the practice of Conversational Intelligence®. She will guide you through thinking about trust differently and give practical tips for creating more powerful relationships through conversation.

Collaborating Effectively Across Differences | Presented by Albert Smith

Collaboration is greatly enhanced when team members experience a sense of belonging. In small groups, participants explore barriers to collaboration and share strategies to overcome those barriers.