East Carolina University

Diversity Seminar - A Plan for Excellence: Women and Leadership

Learning Outcomes:

Map out a path for creating and achieving personal and professional goals.

Articulate best practices for cross-cultural mentoring.

Identify ways to navigate the workload of invisible labor.



11-11:30 a.m. Registration

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch, plenary, and Table Talks

12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote, Donna Bonaparte, Babson College, Stepping Into Greatness

Are you prepared to be your “best self”? How are you leveraging your assets, including your diversity?

Regardless of where you are in your career or life, we seek to thrive, achieve optimal success, and even ultimately, “step into greatness.”

To achieve this, we must examine our strengths, our passions, and opportunities, then map them to the right role, responsibilities, and the right environments.

Participants will learn:

  • The necessary action steps for this process
  • How to define yourself, your authentic self
  • How to be aware of what derails or accelerates your achievements

1:40-2:30 p.m. Donna Bonaparte, Babson College, Pursuing Your Goal: The Components of Being Your Best Self

We've all thought about what we want to accomplish; however, may have fallen short in our achievements.

Why does this occur? Can you affirm that you are pursuing your goal? Do you know what derails or accelerates your pursuits?

During this session, we will explore the components of becoming your best self, including a fundamental repositioning of our mental framework. 

2:40-3:30 p.m. Dr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey, University of Georgia, The Ties That Bind: Establishing and Maintaining Mentoring Relationship Across Differences

Cross-cultural mentoring relationships can be sites of struggle around the issues of race, class, sexuality, and gender.  In this workshop the six common issues that can complicate cross-cultural mentoring will be examined: (1) the trust between mentor and protégé; (2) an acknowledgment of differences; (3) the visibility and risks to protégé and mentor; (4) existing power relations and possible paternalistic patterns; (5) the unexplored and hidden benefits to mentor and protégé; and (6) the double-edged sword of ‘otherness’ in the academy.

3:40-4:30 p.m. Dr. Donna King, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Letting Go of Leaning In and Being Leaned On: How competing stories of striving and care-taking hurt women (and everyone else) and what we can do about them

Stories of “leaning-in” encourage some women to strive and compete for positions of authority in male-dominated corporate workplaces, with the promise of power, wealth, and prestige as rewards.  Meanwhile, stories of care-taking exhort women to assume responsibility for the physical nurturing and emotional welfare of others, both at home and increasingly in the workplace, responsibilities that most often go unrecognized and unrewarded. What are the personal and social costs for women who embrace these stories?  For women who reject them? Who benefits from these stories and who is deprived?  In this talk we will examine the unintended consequences of leaning in for women and everyone else, and we will explore alternative narratives of community and care that elevate these concerns as a social imperative for which everyone is responsible.

4:40-5 p.m. Toya Jacobs, ECU, Office for Equity and Diversity, Mini-grant session

There will be two mini-grants awarded for this Diversity Seminar sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity. Each grant will be awarded to a project or initiative related to the subject matter of the respective Diversity Seminar. University faculty, staff, and students must attend the seminar in order to be eligible for the award.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00am to 5:00pm

Health Sciences Student Center, Grand room

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Office for Equity and Diversity

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Staff



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