Leading through Disruption
In fulfillment of the Leadership Center’s mission to explore innovative leadership knowledge and practices to better those we serve, we endeavor to provide the latest thinking on issues and trends that impact all of us.
In fulfillment of the Leadership Center’s mission to explore innovative leadership knowledge and practices to better those we serve, we endeavor to provide the latest thinking on issues and trends that impact all of us.
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. (EDT)
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Join us on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 11 a.m (EDT) as Franklin's Leadership Center presents "Artificial Intelligence, Communication, and Pop Culture Collide!” featuring Mike Posey, Ph.D., Professor and Lead Faculty for Popular Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations at Franklin University.
The intersection of popular culture and artificial intelligence is one that we cannot afford to ignore. In fact, how we communicate about AI within various popular culture artifacts (movies, music, social media, etc...) is paramount in creating a world where AI is both accepted and controlled in our society. In this session, we will examine how our popular culture has depicted AI over the decades and how it has shaped our views of AI correctly or incorrectly to this point. As part of this session, we will discuss the pros and cons of communicating the benefits and dangers of AI as we quickly move forward toward a future filled with AI and how that communication is ultimately important to the many outcomes wish to achieve by using AI in our products, services, and organizations.
Mike Posey, Ph.D.
Professor and Lead Faculty for Popular Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations
Dr. Mike Posey is Professor and Lead Faculty for Popular Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations at Franklin University in Columbus, OH. During his 33+ year career, he has worked as a Corporate Vice President, a director of a non-profit Center for Community Service & Volunteerism, founded, developed, and sold a tech company that specialized in developing websites and online learning modules and producing continuing education training for the fields of law and health care, as well as holding many positions within higher education at 3 separate institutions.
In addition, he is a father of 5 amazing children, a recent brain cancer survivor and for the past 5 years in his spare time, he produces a family-friendly YouTube Channel. Dr. Posey has a passion for helping others on their learning journeys throughout their lives and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and pursue their educational and life goals.
In this session Julie, shares 5 secrets for shifting failure and frustration into success and joy. Using science-based techniques, Julie will share tools for reframing, regaining focus and renaming a challenge to create forward movement into success. You will leave this session with real-life, applicable steps you can take, starting today - to inspire your life to live more deeply, overcome any obstacle, and allow your setbacks only to be setups in disguise!
Meet the Speaker:
Motivational Speaker and Published Author
Owner, Seven Studios
Wellbeing, Resiliency & Disability Lead, Accenture
A heart disease survivor, Julie believes she was given a second chance at life. She believes that that when she is helping others to live their healthiest life, she is paying forward on that gift.
Julie owns Seven Studios (sevenstudioslive.com) and is the North American Wellbeing, Resiliency & Disability Lead for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company.
She is currently in the process of completing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, she has a masters from The Ohio State University in Education - Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor' s Degree in International Business from Marietta College. Julie is a certified yoga and pilates instructor as well as a certified life coach.
Julie has won many awards for her work including a congressional wellbeing award from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and the Top Health Leader in the US from the Employee Benefit News. Julie is a published author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur her entire focus is within health, wellbeing, mindfulness and culture. Julie is a faculty presenter for a variety of wellbeing modules authored by Stanford University, Thrive Global, Potential Project and Accenture.
Julie appears monthly as the healthy lifestyle expert for Good Day Columbus and has been featured on The Carol Alt Show with Fox News, The Marilu Henner Show, and several other national news casts. She has spoken and presented across the globe, the Tower of London, the White House, the US Chamber of Commerce, TED Talks, Solutions at Work Live, various national health conferences, the National Business Group on Heath, International Women’s Day, and the US Department of Defense.
She was recently selected as one of “25 Remarkable Women” from Role Model Magazine and one of 12 ‘Women You Should Know’ in Central Ohio by the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) organization. Julie has been featured in numerous magazines including: FITNESS Magazine, Columbus CEO, Weight Watchers Magazine, Fit Columbus Magazine and others. Julie was selected as one of FITNESS MAGAZINE' S Top 10 Champions of Health and Wellness, was named a 40 Under 40 award winner, TechColumbus Innovation Award Finalist, one of 100 Buckeyes You Should Know. Julie has also authored a wellbeing program to help the incarcerated reroute their life and has been rolling this concept out to jails and prisons for 5+ years.
During this session LaChandra shared the tools you need to begin to work towards a deep self-reflection that will improve the environments where you live, work, and play. You are the key to unlocking your exceptional life by being authentic, empathetic, and adaptive. Giving guidance and grace to not only yourself but to your employees, you can influence and transform the lives of others to do their best and reach their fullest potential.
Meet the Speaker:
LaChandra Baker, MBA, CDP, ABC, CTA-ACA (she/her)
Founder and Principal Consultant
Lachandra B. Baker, MBA, CDP, ABC, CTA-ACA (she/her) is Founder and Principal Consultant at LBB Edutainment, a consultancy specializing in the development of strategies that improve and positively impact employee engagement, communications, culture, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, majoring in Hospitality Management and Communications. Her MBA with a Marketing specialization from the University of the Southwest. She is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and a Certified Tourism and Accredited Columbus Ambassador (CTA-ACA) for the Greater Columbus Region. A two-time graduate of Cornell University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification programs (CDP).
She was named a 2021 Columbus’ Future50 leader, a 2022 WELD Woman WELDing the Way calendar honoree, and a 2023 Columbus Delegate for the Harvard University Young American Leaders program.
She serves on boards of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Leadership Columbus, and Small Biz Cares, as well as advisory boards with Besa, FilmColumbus, Creative Mornings Columbus, and Franklin University’s Communications Department.
La is an award-winning communicator and regular TEDx speaker/performer. She is very active in the community and champions many issues including voting rights, affordable housing, civic engagement, and liberation for all people.
In her free time, she enjoys experiencing new cultures, eating great food, and doing fun projects with her family.
During this session Dr. Ross provided insights into the Rule of 4. What are the traits that make a great leader? How do you get those traits or enhance the ones you have? All leaders and future leaders must continually grow by improving their leadership attributes. This presentation will show you how to habituate improvement into your weekly work routine. The Rule of 4 makes it easy to ensure that you are constantly improving – personally and professionally.
Meet the Speaker:
Dr. Doug Ross
Professor and Program Chair, Business Administration
Dr. Doug Ross is a professor and chair of the Business Administration Program at Franklin University. Dr. Ross has extensive experience in the marketing field, both from a corporate and academic background.
With 25 years in the academic sector, Dr. Ross is a distinguished international speaker, on a range of topics. Additionally, he’s recognized for his consulting experience in both large and small corporate settings as well as in the goods and services marketing.
He received his doctorate in business administration from New Mexico State University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State University.
As a respected faculty member at Franklin University, Dr. Ross has earned the distinction of being the only educator to receive the Columbus American Marketing Association Marketing Professor of the Year honor, a record five times (1999, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014). In addition to his many awards for marketing excellence, Dr. Ross was awarded the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, a distinction bestowed by Franklin students each term to acknowledge the professor who was most influential in their programs. A top-ranked professor, Dr. Ross was also awarded the Franklin University Teaching Excellence Award.
During this session Oyauma provided insights on employment trends, engagement, best practices, and debunk several myths associated with talent retention. He also share examples of innovation and reemerging practices that assist with retention.
Meet the Speakers:
President & CEO, Maryhaven, Inc.
Oyauma Garrison serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer at Maryhaven, Inc, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families lead healthy lives free from addiction and mental health challenges by providing education, treatment, and support.
Prior to Maryhaven, he served as the National President & CEO for A Kid Again. He grew the organization from one state to all fifty (50) states plus D.C., in less than five (5) years.
Active in the community, Oyauma has received numerous awards for leadership and community service. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Franklin University in 2019. In 2021, Oyauma received the Denison University’s highest alumni honor, an Alumni Citation. He currently serves as a Director (Vice Chair) on the Board of Buckeye Mutual Insurance Company, and Board Member of Aileron. Executive In Residence for Franklin University and Denison University. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and St. Mark’s Lodge #7 – Prince Hall Masons.
Oyauma earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and his MBA from Franklin University.
The Franklin University Leadership Center Speaker Series: "Creating a Value Added Coaching Culture" featuring Dr. Ray Forbes, Senior Leadership Coach, Chair Masters of Science in Business Psychology program, Franklin University.
In this session Dr. Forbes discussed the art and practice of leadership coaching as a means to make better use of your organization’s inherent human potential. Providing a the distinction between mentoring, therapy, and coaching as value-focused ways for enhancing an organization’s culture.
Meet the Speaker:
Dr. Ray Forbes
Senior Leadership Coach
Chair of Masters of Science in Business Psychology, Franklin University
Dr. Ray Forbes is senior leadership coach and chair of the Master of Science in Business Psychology program at Franklin University. He previously held full-time academic positions at Sacred Heart University and the Naval Postgraduate School. Ray is also a former executive at Northwest Airlines and the Raymark Corporation and is a licensed psychologist and a certified master personal and executive coach.
Ray holds a doctorate and master’s degree in human behavior from the U.S. International University and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Columbia University Advanced Program in Organization Development and Human Resource Management.
Women have often been overlooked in their accomplishments throughout history. This year the National Women’s Alliance, Women’s History Month theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This year’s theme honors the work of frontline workers and caregivers during the current pandemic, while also recognizing the myriad ways women from all cultures have been a source of help and healing over the course of history.
The Franklin University Leadership Center presents a month-long tribute to women who make a difference in the lives of other women with the P.U.L.L. (Powerful Unmistakable Legacy Leaders) Empowerment Series. Each session will focus on extraordinary women and their leadership.
This series has something to offer for everyone, whether you’re looking for inspiration to fuel your own leadership journey or ways you can better support your women colleagues, mentor team members or be a resource for family members or friends.
Margie Pizzuti - Panelist
Marjory Pizzuti served as the president and CEO of Goodwill Columbus for 15 years. For the 10 years prior, Pizzuti was senior vice president of strategic marketing and community development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Pizzuti also served as CEO of Ohio Professional Electronic Network (OPEN), a subscriber-based, online information company that provides access to government records.
Pizzuti has an extensive background in strategic marketing, communications and public affairs. For five years, she served as director of the Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Jubilee Commission. Prior to that, she directed Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste’s Office of Communications, and served as deputy director of marketing for the Ohio Department of Development, where she was responsible for the state’s $15 million “Ohio the Heart of It All” economic development and tourism campaign. Pizzuti also served for 5 years as vice president of public affairs for the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.
Pizzuti earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and American studies from Kent State University.
Unhee Kim, RN, MBA, FACHE - Panelist
President and Chief Operating Officer, Mount Carmel East Hospital
Unhee Kim is a Healthcare Executive experienced in hospital and system leadership, service line management, and strategic business development. Unhee began her career as a Registered Nurse at University Hospitals of Cleveland with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Akron and advanced in a variety of leadership roles including Vice President of Operations and Nursing. During this time, she obtained her Masters of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University.
Unhee was fortunate to be referred to Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio where she served in several executive leadership roles such as System Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Her scope of responsibilities during her tenure included hospital operations, system service lines, medical group operations, system ambulatory development, and physician joint venture development. Unhee has been able to combine her passion for patient care and business to advance healthcare improvements and service in Northeast Ohio and Central Ohio. Unhee was further blessed to join Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio in August 2015 as the President of Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital. Unhee is now the President of Mount Carmel East Hospital, Level II Trauma flagship hospital.
In addition to her enthusiasm for patient care, she also demonstrates her commitment to communities by serving as Board member for the American Heart Association, Columbus division and member for the Columbus CEO Future 50. Unhee has special interests in women's issues, social justice, and healthcare disparities. She is also blessed with husband, Vince, and son, Ian.
Katina Fullen - Panelist
Executive Director, I Know I Can
Katina Fullen has served as Executive Director of I Know I Can (IKIC) since May of 2006. During her tenure as IKIC’s leader, she has led the organization through three strategic planning processes that have resulted in the largest expansion of programming and staff in the organization’s 34-year history. Most notably, in 2015, Katina successfully championed a vision to collaborate with Columbus City Schools (CCS) and place one full-time college advising manager in each of the district’s high schools, setting a bold goal of increasing Columbus’ college enrollment rate by 20%. Under her leadership and guidance, the College Advising Expansion, a $5M shared investment among IKIC and CCS, is now starting its seventh year of implementation. In 2018, I Know I Can expanded into two new school districts, Whitehall City Schools and South-Western City School District, through a partnership with Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services. This past fall, I Know I Can served as a lead partner in the creation of The Columbus Promise, a 3-year, $9.5M pilot in partnership with the City of Columbus (City Council and Mayor’s Office), CCS, and Columbus State Community College to provide a tuition-free education to high school graduates. Katina’s efforts and passion for ensuring central Ohio students graduate high school prepared for college and career, have garnered I Know I Can national recognition as a benchmarking organization with the National College Attainment Network, a past participant in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, and a Kresge Foundation Award of Excellence recipient.
Before I Know I Can, Katina served as Director of Development and then Executive Director for Project GRAD Columbus from 2004-2006. Katina was with United Way of Central Ohio and the United Way of America from 1999-2004. There she served as Special Assistant to Campaign Chair, Director of Major Gifts, and Assistant Vice President. She was a volunteer in IKIC’s Early Awareness Program, an Ohio College Access Network board member, a member of Capital University President’s Advisory Board, and also served as a team member for Habitat for Humanity in Ghana, Africa. Katina received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Capital University and a law degree from Capital University Law School, concentrating on governmental affairs and legislation.
Katina and her husband, Craig, have been married for 23 years and have two awesome teenagers, Dominic (16) and Aurora (13).
Christi Cabungcal - Panelist
Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President, Administration, Franklin University
In her role as Franklin University’s chief of staff and senior vice president for administration, Christi Cabungcal is a member of the president’s cabinet and key administrative leader. She works to support the achievement of organizational goals by aligning Franklin’s human capital and infrastructure strategies with the University’s mission and strategic plan. In her role, Christi partners with University leadership to promote a culture of collaboration, empowerment and achievement.
Christi earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as an MBA from Otterbein College. She supports her community as a member of the board of directors for Goodwill Columbus.
Karen M. Fowler
Join us as Karen shares her insights on how to stay visible in the hybrid/remote work environment.
Karen M. Fowler is a trusted, business-focused, collaborative diversity, equity and inclusion leader with experience working in domestic and global corporate, nonprofit and higher education environments. She has over 30 years of increasingly complex positions supporting company board members, CEOs, general managers, university presidents and world-wide client groups across most business functions and industries.
She is an effective strategist and change agent with a proven track record of accomplishment in leading organizational initiatives, building programs, managing change, and influencing employees at all levels.
Karen has certifications in leadership development (DDI), unconscious bias, and disability etiquette and awareness. She has been a featured speaker at national and local conferences on topics ranging from Women in Leadership to People with Disabilities.
Karen continues to mentor women in college and young female professionals. She is extremely active in the community and holds leadership roles in many organizations including Dress for Success, Jazz Arts Group-Columbus and Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD). She is married to the love of her life and has an adult son, a fabulous daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Join the Franklin University Leadership Center for this week’s PULL Empowerment Series and find your voice.
Maureen Metcalf is the founder, and chief executive officer of the Innovative Leadership Institute and a renowned executive advisor focused on making the world better through leadership!
Maureen helps clients elevate the quality of their leadership talent pool. She is a Fellow with the International Leadership Association and the author of an international award-winning book series on innovative leadership, including the Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, winner of a 2014 International Book Award.
Metcalf is the host of an international radio show, “Innovating Leadership” broadcast on VoiceAmerica. She is a regular writer and expert contributor to Forbes.com as a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. As an educator, Maureen has taught for several universities and currently serves as the secretary of the advisory committee for the James Madison University School of Strategic Leadership Studies.
Join the Franklin University Leadership Center for our PULL Empowerment Series and Level UP with Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance your Career.
Kristin Harper is the founder and CEO of Driven to Succeed, LLC, a leadership development company that provides brand strategy consulting, market research, keynotes on leadership and emotional intelligence, and career coaching for Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and rising leaders. She’s known for building brands and helping people accelerate their careers using head and heart. An award-winning businesswoman, Kristin went from college intern to a Global Vice President of a Fortune 15 company in her 30s. Throughout her career, she led global iconic brands including Crest®, Oral-B®, and Hershey’s KISSES®. Now she and her team help brands uncover insights to drive growth through research, brainstorming, and innovation. Kristin is a wife and mother to three, and author of The Heart of a Leader: 52 Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance Your Career and Love’s Resurrection: A Spiritual Journey through Marriage, Divorce and Remarrying the Same Man.
Carole Watkins is a Franklin alum, having received her Bachelors of Science in Business. She retired as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Cardinal Health in 2016, where she worked for 20 years. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Carole had over 20 years of human resources experience with other Central Ohio based companies including The Limited, O. M. Scott & Sons, Lazarus and Huntington Bank. Ms. Watkins currently serves on the board of Delta Dental of Ohio, Delta Dental of Kentucky and Renaissance Health Services. In addition, she serves on the Board of Flying Horse Farms (past Chair), and the global Serious Fun Children’s Network, both serving children with serious illnesses and their families. Previously she served on the Action for Children Board (Past President), the Childhood League Center board, the Executive Leadership team for the Go Red Luncheon, and the American Heart Association’s Great Rivers Affiliate Leadership Development Committee. She currently serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and serves as a member on the Academic/Student Committee.
Alyncia Bowen, Ph.D.
Dr. Alyncia Bowen earned her doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University, MSA in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Capital University. She currently serves as Dean of the Ross College of Business, Chair of the Doctorate in Healthcare Administration Program, Director of the Global Center of Healthcare Education. Dr. Bowen serves as faculty advisor and or instructor for the DHA, DBA, DPS, and EdD programs. Dr. Bowen teaches domestically and globally for the University. While at Franklin University she was instrumental in the development and launch of Ohio National University, a division of Franklin University. She also served as Dean of Doctoral Studies and the School of Nursing, Department Chair, Program Chair and Lead Faculty. Dr. Bowen has also served as an instructor for Mount Carmel College of Nursing where she taught and developed curriculum for their Healthcare Systems, Policy and Economics course. She has served as a guest lecturer on the topics of research and project management. In addition to education Dr. Bowen has worked in healthcare for over 23 years and has held several leadership and operations management positions. She is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, has completed 11 projects, and has trained several Green Belts. Dr. Bowen enjoys presenting and has presented on the following topics: Developing and Sustaining a Community of Practice, Creating a Culture of Learning, Building, Developing and Implementing Best Practices in a Multi-generational Educational Environment, Cultural Competence, Transformational Teaching and Transnational Education. She currently serves on the Community Board at COSI, Quality Board for Ohio Living and Board of Directors for IACBE.
Cathy King is an experienced sales leader with a diverse background in healthcare and hospitality. Cathy began her 25-year career with Cardinal Health in Buffalo, NY where she held a variety of roles including operations, purchasing, IT, customer service, and sales. Cathy’s final role at Cardinal Health was VP of Sales, responsible for the HealthTrust group purchasing organization and $3 billion worth of sales. Eager to take on new challenges, she left Cardinal Health to pursue a role with The Wasserstrom Company as the Executive Vice President of sales, marketing, ecommerce and their retail stores. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing and an MBA with a concentration in Leadership. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Cathy has served on various philanthropic Boards including The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Dress for Success, Best Buddies, and The North Market.
We are two years into the pandemic - is your team Zoomed-out? The answer to Zoom fatigue isn't less Zooming, it's less bad Zooming.
This event was in conjunction with the MS in Marketing & Communication (MCM) and undergraduate Marketing Programs, present "OMG. Not Another Boring Zoom Meeting!?". Hands-on demonstration of classroom techniques and technology tips that can now be applied in any Zoom setting in our virtual environment. This webinar will provide you with the ability to lead more engaging and productive online meetings!
Lead Faculty, Forensic Accounting and Business Forensics
Annette Hoelzer retired as a partner in the Tax practice at BDO’s Columbus office in 2017 and had been in public accounting since 1985. She is currently a Lead Faculty at Franklin University, leading and instructing various forensic accounting and tax courses. Annette is experienced in tax matters of nonprofit organizations, where she oversaw the professional services for the region and regularly conducted extensive research on issues affecting nonprofits. During her career, she frequently wrote articles, including as a ghost writer for a national nonprofit publication, as well as delivering presentations on various tax topics. Annette has presented tax seminars for The Ohio society of CPA’s, Ohio CLE Institute and various other organizations. Annette graduated with a Master of Tax from Capital University and with a B.A. from Bowling Green State University. In her role as a professor of tax at Franklin University, Annette has been honored with the Undergraduate Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award, the 2020-2021 Faculty and Staff Excellence Award through the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, and the Core Value of Learning award from Franklin University.
Program Chair, Marketing
Professor Bruce Ramsey serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate Marketing Program of Franklin University. He holds Master’s degrees in Communications and Business Administration from Indiana University and Ohio University respectively. His primary academic interest is in the ideation and implementation of innovative marketing, business, and communication tactics. He has been a Director of Marketing, developed intensive management training seminars, authored websites, produced instructional videotapes, and provided marketing consulting services.
Assistant Director, Learning Resources
Elisha Teague has over 15 years of higher education experience in the area of student academic support and teaching. She currently serves as the Assistant Director, Learning Resources at Franklin University’s Learning Commons, where her goal is to empower students to become independent learners. In her role, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of Franklin’s academic support programs. In addition to her position in the Learning Commons, Elisha also serves as Lead Faculty for the Professional Foundations course and is Chair of the Faculty Development Committee. She is a passionate educator, who believes academic success starts with developing an academic toolbox.
Elisha’s holds a MA in Education with a concentration in Reading, Literacy, and Literature and BA in Theatre from The Ohio State University.
Brandy Bagar-Fraley, Ph.D.
Manager, Faculty Development and Support
Dr. Brandy Bagar-Fraley is Manager of Faculty Development & Support, as well as full-time faculty, at Franklin University. Currently, she administers and oversees the Franklin University faculty development programs at the Center for Teaching Excellence, offers instructional quality support for select external global partnerships, and teaches both Faculty Development and doctoral and undergraduate English courses at the University. Dr. Bagar-Fraley received her Ph.D. from Ohio University in 2010.
Meet the Moderator:
JoAnna Williamson, Ph.D., JD
Department Chair, Management and Marketing
Dr. JoAnna Williamson, has four decades of experience in creating individual marketing and strategic communication plans for organizations and individuals. Dr. Williamson holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Capital University Law School, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Dr. Williamson has achieved executive-level stature and results in the corporate, non-profit, academic, entrepreneurial, media and legal sectors. Dr. Williamson transitioned into academia to pursue her passion for scholarship, teaching and learning. She is currently Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management, Chair of the MS in Marketing & Communication Program, and lead faculty for the MBA and DBA marketing specialties in the Ross College of Business at Franklin University.
Janine Moon has more than 20 years of executive and management level experience in various business environments, as well as considerable experience in executive and leadership development coaching, career coaching and peer advisory groups. Janine works with leaders who want to improve their presence and effectiveness in order to increase employee commitment and business results.
She is one of five Master Certified Career Coaches in the country and has additionally earned a Certified Executive Coach credential. In addition to organization coaching and consulting, Janine teaches in the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs at Franklin University and has published two books: Career Ownership and Career Partnering.
Her most recent endeavor, Women’s Political Leadership Circles, a peer group resource for progressive women running for elected office, assists women candidates in more confidently maneuvering through the male campaign model.
A runner for over 40 years and an RYT 200-certified yoga instructor, Janine continues to explore how human energy sources impact business and personal contribution and satisfaction. Work WellbeingTMis an outgrowth of that exploration.
Coming from a family that taught possibility rather than limitation, Vickie Thompson-Sandy has built a career in health and human services and quickly ascended to leadership roles within the not-for-profit sector.
In May 2019, Vickie relocated to central Ohio to lead The Buckeye Ranch, as the organization’s first female president and CEO. The Buckeye Ranch is a not-for-profit organization treating children who have experienced trauma and have behavioral health challenges. The Buckeye Ranch has a robust continuum of services centered on three areas of focus – child welfare, behavioral health and educational services. With multiple locations across Ohio, the agency serves almost 5,000 children annually through community-based services, day treatment, transitional-aged youth, child welfare services to kinship and foster care services, and residential treatment.
Vickie’s personal mission is to empower professionals to see the strengths of all families and the positive impact that family and community has on healing. Her goal for the agency is to partner with children and families to figure out how they can overcome whatever obstacles are in their path. Children (in families) thrive when they are safe, loved, and supported in their journey of healing.”
The launch of our 2020 Series: Leading Through Disruption. Keynote speaker Kimberly A. Blackwell, CEO of PMM Agency, will provde her insights gleaned from more than 20 years as a female founder, transformational change agent and public servant.
Kimberly Blackwell is heralded as one of the country’s top executives in CPG for new media, marketing, and advertising. A disruptor of sorts, Kimberly is a technical, strategic, creative consultant and trusted advisor to the C-suite of publicly traded and privately held companies. Founded from her home, straight out of college, she now leads the multimillion dollar and nationally recognized multi-channel agency, PMM. A serial entrepreneur, Kimberly’s record as angel investor to many startups and to scale includes a more recent founder’s investment of the now publicly traded on NYSE Legacy Acquisition Corp. Nothing about Kimberly is traditional, her corporate activism and disruptive record of leadership included.
She researches and commissions innovative ways the global community of leaders can be together when physically apart, exploring what it means to be human whilst digital. Previously she was Creative Director of Magic Leap’s digital human Mica, where she oversaw the creative and ethical direction of the pioneering digital human who, under her direction, used art and culture to engender positive ways for society to relate to embodied AI. Through this work she explored whether it is possible for embodied AI to champion gender equality.
As Founder of Herstory, Alice has creatively activated women’s history for some of the world’s leading brands and institutions. Driven by developing virtual experiences that do not compromise the humanity of the user, she says she is looking with hope to a future where technology enables everybody to reach their full potential and creates a fairer and more inclusive society.
Luke Fedlam J.D, Partner at PorterWright
Luke is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department leading the Sports Law Practice Group. He brings a well-rounded approach to the challenges athletes face at any phase of their career. Working with an athlete’s team of advisors he provides the essential, objective, thorough and balanced counsel necessary to leverage the opportunity at hand. Luke regularly advises a range of clients – from student athletes transitioning into professional sports, professional athletes navigating life on a team, to retiring athletes creating the game plan for their life after sports – on matters including marketing contract analysis, immigration issues, investment opportunity due diligence, asset protection, real estate development, brand and mark protection, as well as trust and estates. Prior to joining Porter Wright, Luke served as a legal manager in the mergers & acquisitions area and director of business development at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. He leads the advisory firm, Anomaly Sports Group.
Scott Lantis, Marketing Manager, Denver Broncos.
Scott started his professional career with the Denver Broncos in 2014 as a Marketing & Sponsorships Intern and was then promoted to Coordinator of Promotion and Special Events serving In that roll until 2018. In this role his focused responsibilities included fan engagement events and promotions and was the co-lead on the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Championship branding campaign and all activations associated with the Denver Broncos 2015 playoffs. Scott’s leadership and success lead to the transition to Marketing Manager role in 2018. Scott now handles media sales inventory and executes multi-platform marketing strategies for all Denver broncos fan segments, affinity groups and fan development initiatives. His other core responsibilities include game day entertainment/production and managing interns. Scott is a Hillsdale College graduate where he earned his Marketing Management degree and lettered letterman on the baseball team and a 1 year letterman on the football team.
Learning the Future of Work with Col. Douglas Wheelock
Col. Douglas Wheelock’s experience with interacting with our civilization's most advanced technologies and in leading successful space missions is legendary. In this time of extraordinary disruption and transformation of every aspect of society, his insights will help both leaders and educators prepare for the future and to develop the competencies that enable others to thrive in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) future.
About NASA Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.)
Douglas H. Wheelock was selected by NASA in 1998. The retired Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Russian Soyuz. Wheelock flew on STS-120 in 2007, and in 2010, he served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 24 and commander for Expedition 25. During this mission, Wheelock conducted three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. The New York native holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.
Demystifying Dark Transformational Leaders with Dr. Cecelia Martin.
There is clearly a distinction between Transformational Leaders and other types of leaders. Affectionately known as Transformers, these powerful change agents ignite organizations to accomplish extraordinary outcomes that transcend the monotony of day-to-day operations. Transformers accomplish the mission, move others into action, and inspire the hearts and minds of many with grand and compelling visions. However, transformers can exemplify the best of leadership and the worst of leadership. When operating from the dark side of charisma, Transformers can become the single catalyst to derailing a company’s success, their impact can be catastrophic. Instead of ignoring or dismissing these dark traits, we can learn to recognize and mitigate the signs of toxicity in Transformers and use it as an opportunity to embed accountability and bring balance to the pressures that come with power and authority.
Session 1: Transformers – More than Meets the Eye: Examining the Dark Side of Transformational Leadership
Leaders have their own style and approach to organizing and implementing vision and tasks. Leadership style is not only crucial to the progress and survival of an organization, but it can be a key element to company productivity and employee job satisfaction. The organization is the structure and infrastructure under which the leader and the followers’ function. Since the style or approach of a leader can help to improve an organization or cause it to deteriorate, it is equally important to examine to identify and acknowledge the dark side of transformational leadership.
Session 2: Dark Women Leaders – Examining the Dark Side of Transformational Leadership
The purpose of this lecture is to examine three alleged dark female transformational leaders, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and Martha Stewart, accomplished women who have achieved success and recognition in their respective spheres of influence yet are also known for their abrasive personalities, destructive effects on followers, and as corporate lawbreakers
Session 3: Effective Toxic Leadership vs Pleiotropic Leadership
Contextual balance is crucial to understanding effective toxic leaders, which would support balance to studies that are bias and distorted. Inadequacies and incompetency do not necessarily translate into bad or toxic leadership as the literature might suggest, neither does poor judgment. Many great leaders have experienced challenges, but they are often able to reflect and change course. Some leaders are misinformed, lacking knowledge, and therefore made poor decisions. However, there is something different to be said about leaders who lead with venom, manipulate followers for personal gain, and knowingly commit crimes. Toxic leaders exhibit traits that influence and germinate negatively like a virus; whereas, the behaviors of pleiotropic leaders are consistent, but the results are extremely positive or extremely negative outcomes, at the opposite ends of the spectrum, with very little shades of grey.
You will learn how female leaders have carved their paths to success and discovered their leadership styles, and what it takes to exude an executive presence while being authentic, and so much more. This dynamic panel event brings together four leading women in their industries to discuss and advise on growing your leadership skills, with the goal of inspiring, educating, and offering tools for success for women in the workforce.
Brett is a builder of conscious communities, believing that success comes easiest when working from one’s highest and best self. This has motivated his work to be centered around mental health, wellbeing, and creative expression. Brett’s vision of creating spaces that provide healthy, sustainable, and holistically supportive environments for people to work and live led to the founding of Kaufman Development in 2011 and has changed the real estate development landscape in one of the country’s fastest growing cities. This passion has also motivated Brett to become a coach and mentor to over 100 entrepreneurs, using a framework that taps into a person’s life journey and provides tools for meditation, therapy, and personal development.