Conference Co-Chairs Tasha M. Myers, Director of Student Leadership & Involvement, and Kim Hall, Associate Director of the Women's Resource Center, invite you to the Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS). WLS aims for women to feel more confident as leaders by helping them build valuable skills and support networks. The program will include a keynote speaker, program sessions, and the opportunity to network with others interested in supporting women’s leadership.
(Im)Perfect, On Purpose
The tyranny of perfection. From cradle to grave, women all over the globe internalize this unachievable notion with each country, community, religion, or social conventions putting its own special sauce into the mix. Perfect girls, perfect looks, perfect skin tone, complexion, or perfect hair. Perfect thoughts, notions, whims and desires. Oftentimes the ‘perfections’ are in direct conflict with each other: coy yet accessible, nurturing yet independent, complex but upbeat, self-assertive yet self-deprecating, direct yet yielding; modest in our intelligence and creativity. However, these imperfections or ‘deviations’ are exactly the qualities we need to move forward and do the work that is necessary for each of us to live in our purpose.
Each of us will hear and address the theme of (Im)Perfect, On Purpose. What is your point of view?
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lynette L. Danley
Dr. Danley is an interdisciplinary scholar who has academic training in higher education administration and college student personnel (student affairs), race and gender studies, Honors programs, and undergraduate education, where her focus on access, equity, and persistence of diverse group in each area has resulted in a plethora of national and international publications and presentations. With a proven history of forging community and academic partnerships throughout the P-20 pipeline, Danley applies qualitative research methods to identify and respond to real-life issues in schools and society. She combines this training with over 20 years of practical experience at middle and high schools, community centers, a teacher’s union and two and four-year institutions. Her administrative experiences include both curriculum and program coordinator, and grant manager which requires fiscal oversight, program evaluation and assessment, and supervision of professional and clerical staff. She has developed successful collaborative working relationships with students, families, teachers, administrators, university faculty, members of community organizations and social service agencies and also with lobbyists and legislators at the local, state, and federal levels. Currently, she serves as Academic Program Coordinator for Governors State University Higher education Administration Concentration with the Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctorate Program where she is also an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration. As the Principal Investigator of the research project, “First Ever First-Year Students' Adjustment to College: Cultivating Community, Voice and Place”, Danley secured funding to lead a team of faculty and graduate students in their inquiry to better understand the experiences of first-year students at GSU. Danley is the Faculty Mentor for the GSU Female Success Initiative, a mentor and college retention program for undergraduate women of color. In terms of service beyond campus, Danley is a member of GSUs Equity Minded Academy Team; one of 12 universities selected to participate in a nationwide initiative sponsored by Association of American Colleges and Universities to help build and sustain cultures of equity on post-secondary campuses. Danley continues to remain active in a number of professional associations where she serves on conference planning committees, mentors undergraduate and graduate students along with newly minted PhDs, and reviews manuscripts for publication. Regarding her own scholarship, Danley’s recent work, The Power and Oppression of Grounded Theory: Reframing the Role and Social Responsibilities of the Grounded Theory Researcher, I too am an Honors Student: Engaging a Multi-Diverse University Population in AN Honors Program, Integrating Diversity into the DNA: Successes, Challenges and Pitfalls of Diversity Work at a Public University, and Sistah Soul-diers: Black Women NAVIGATING "Minefields" In The Academy, are under review and/or accepted for publication during the 2016-2017 academic year. While Danley prides herself on sustaining university and community partnerships for the public good, and grounded her scholarship in philosophical and ethical studies of social and economic justice with an emphasis on full citizenship for persons from a myriad of experiences, Danley is especially proud of what she says is her life’s greatest role and accomplishment- that being the mother her 16-year old son, Julian, an amazing student-athlete and sophomore at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.