Join us for our Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG):
Stories of Resilience: Leveraging the Leadership Lessons of 2020
2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges: businesses were disrupted, families were forced to figure out how to ‘do’ virtual work and home school simultaneously, work teams had to innovate to stay connected, and we did not know when or how it would ever end. Yet, we leaned into the challenges and did things we might never have thought possible. As we begin to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, it is important to take time out to reflect and evaluate what we learned, to mine the details from our stories that can serve us in the future. What leadership skills did we learn along the way? Which ones can we take with us that will help serve us and our work teams in 2021 and beyond?
This interactive session will feature a panel of professionals sharing stories of ‘lessons learned’ as well as breakout group guided discussions to help participants ‘name and claim’ their own leadership skill sets that they can leverage to lead others as well as themselves in times of change and uncertainty.
Joyce A. Hill, SPHR
Joyce has an extensive background in Organizational Development, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Career Coaching, and Training. She is a dedicated professional and has worked with various organizations, in both domestic and international environments, by creating strong partnerships that builds trust and motivates others to take action. This includes individualized career coaching, identifying core and leadership competencies, implementing mentoring, job shadowing and action learning programs to address leadership and employee development initiatives. Her expertise includes Career Development, Talent Development, Succession Planning, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, and Performance Management.
Angela has a passion for teaching and learning! She fits right at home in her role at K-State Olathe as Manager of Training and Development. She is charged with developing and managing all campus continuing education programs and activities that enhance workforce development in Greater Kansas City. This work includes the delivery of targeted workshops, seminars, conferences and customized trainings, largely in the animal health, food science, agriculture, and engineering sectors.
Prior to joining K-State Olathe, Angela served in a variety of training and development roles for over 10 years at Wichita State University. While there, she developed, managed and delivered self-supporting training programs to a variety of state and local government audiences on a technical and management topics.
Angela earned her master's degree in public administration along with graduate certificates in economic development, city/county management and public finance from Wichita State University. She has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Kansas. Outside of work, Angela enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family.
Dr. Mary Pflanz
Dr. Mary Pflanz has worked in the field of education for nearly 30 years. She currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs at Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS. She also teaches online for Creighton University’s Organizational Leadership program. Prior to moving into the area of higher education, Mary taught high school English in Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys working with a diverse group of students, helping them reach their academic and personal goals.
Dan is a Vice President and Program Manager at BRR. He leads BRR’s Industrial Innovation team. He and his team partner with nationwide clients in elevating their industrial and logistics building design programs. He brings comprehensive experience in the project delivery and design construction documentation processes for highly complex building projects. He has been with BRR since 2004 and has nearly 20 years of expertise in managing large, ground-up, commercial/industrial projects, large retail construction, comprehensive remodels and tenant build-outs, with valuations over $100 million. Additionally, Dan served for 9 years as Planning Commissioner for his local community of Gardner, Kan.