Oakland University Women's Leadership Institute
Oakland University Women’s Leadership Institute at (OUWLI)
Fostering a community of individuals committed to creating unique, research-based leadership learning experiences for women.
OUWLI programing is designed to create meaningful opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and problem-solving issues facing professional women in the workplace.
Experiences include opportunities for personal and professional growth for women who want to be challenged, expand their leadership potential, be energized by professional insights, and learn about scholarship and best practices.
Our Friday, Nov. 4 inaugural conference is sold out, but you can follow a live stream of the day's events on our Facebook page. See the conference details below.
Conference patrons, the P2 parking lot has been reserved for off-campus guests until 9 a.m. For a map of the lot, click here.
Sara Laschever, author, editor and cultural critic has written extensively about women’s life and career obstacles. She is the co-author, with Linda Babcock, of “Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change.” Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Review of Books and other publications.
Asking for More: Positive Strategies for Change
Oakland University Women’s Leadership Institute
November 4, 2016
|8 - 8:45 a.m.||Registration and Welcome Coffee, Oakland Center Banquet Rooms|
|8:45 - 9 a.m.|
|9 - 9:10 a.m.||Introduction of Panel Moderator and Panelists|
|9:10 - 10:20 a.m.|
A Personal Conversation: Lessons from Top Women Leaders in Detroit
|10:20 - 10:25 a.m.||Panel wrap-up|
|10:25 - 10:45 a.m.||Break|
|10:45 - 11:30 a.m.|
Matilda Talks and Intentional Networking #1
Linda H. Gillum, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Gold Room C, Oakland Center
|11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Lunch, Oakland Center Banquet Rooms|
|12:30 - 3:30 p.m.|
Featured Presentation: Sara Laschever
|3:30 - 3:45 p.m.|
Intentional Networking #2
|3:45 - 4 p.m.|
|4 - 5 p.m.|
Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Afterglow Reception, Oakland Center Banquet Rooms
Sara Laschever has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers. She has written extensively about women in literature and the arts, women in the sciences, women in academia, and women in business. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Glamour and many other publications. She has taught writing at Boston University and served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Work-Life Policy, a nonprofit think tank devoted to exploring the issues that matter most to women at work.
Sara worked as a research associate and principal interviewer for Project Access, a landmark Harvard University study funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Bunting Foundation. Project Access explored impediments to women’s careers in science — the hindrances, both external and internal, that prevent women from rising to the tops of their fields. Sara’s efforts contributed to the publication of two seminal studies in this field, Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study and Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension, both by G. Sonnert, assisted by G. Holton.
Sara is frequently cited in the national and international media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success.
In high demand as a speaker, she lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, colleges and universities, law firms, government agencies and women’s leadership conferences in the U.S. and around the world. She served as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Work-Life Policy (now the Center for Talent Innovation) and is a founding faculty member of the Heinz College Negotiation Academy for Women.
Sara Laschever earned her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Boston University. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Economic Club (DEC)
After 16 years, she left AT&T in 1995 to form The Chappell Group, a business consultancy. Four years later she joined Compuware Corporation as executive vice president, communications and investor relations. In April 2002, Beth became the president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Club.
Chappell sits on the boards of American Axle & Manufacturing Inc., Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber, Lawrence Technological University’s College of Management Board of Advisors, Michigan State University SE Michigan Campaign Cabinet, St. Joseph Mercy Foundation, The Parade Company, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and she is a trustee of Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Chappell earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from MSU’s Broad College of Business.
Southfield Office Managing Partner, Employee Benefit Plan Audit Service Group Leader Not-For-Profit Services Group, Plante Moran
As the leader of one of the largest EBP practices in the United States, she organizes, directs, and is responsible for a practice that audits more than 1,200 benefit plans annually.
Based on her practice leadership skills, Novak was appointed to serve as the managing partner of Plante Moran’s Southfield office, the firm’s largest location. She has also served on the firm’s policy committee.
Novak earned her bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from Oakland University, where she graduated with honors.
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Affairs at Beaumont Health
Zatina is a member of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Fitness Board of Directors, Southwest Solutions Corporate Board and Development Committee of the Greening of Detroit, and was a founding member of the Arab American Women’s Business Council and the Chicago Boulevard East Block Club. Additionally, she was named a Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 winner.
A resident of Detroit, Zatina received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in mass communications and English at Wayne State University.
President, BW, Limited LLC Procurement and Supply Chain Solutions
Whittaker’s experiences span the full array of procurement and supply chain categories from raw materials, marketing services, information technology, corporate administrative services, capital equipment and construction to service parts. She has dealt with many complex supply chain situations and has broad background and experience in program and order management. Barbara also holds Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and is well versed in lean production systems (GMS).
Whittaker has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications from woman of the year in African Americans on Wheels, to three GM Chairman’s Honors awards, and most recently 2009 Woman of Excellence from the Michigan Chronicle.
She received her undergraduate degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Wayne State University.
Director, Faurecia University, NEO
During the past 15 years he has been deeply involved in the growth of Faurecia leading various departments including costing, purchasing and marketing developing a holistic view of the business.
Prior to his current role at Faurecia, Hutchins served as director of marketing and product planning, and as product line manager.
He earned his undergraduate degree in in marketing from the University of Michigan-Flint and attended the IESE Business School – University of Navarra’s global leadership program.
Co-Founder, Magnet Consulting
Fiaschetti’s experience is focused on people-related systems including organizational culture and effectiveness, talent assessment and acquisition, talent management and executive coaching.
A consultant with numerous Fortune 100 senior executives to uncover key business challenges, Fiaschetti’s goal is to then design selection processes and staff development to overcome those challenges. She also managed executive assessment and development for Latin American executives in a Fortune 10 corporation and assisted with hiring and training practices used in a municipality revitalization project.
Fiaschetti was also an organizational development and talent acquisition manager at one of the largest North American carmakers where she worked closely with manufacturing, engineering, and finance staffs on culture, morale and staffing.
In addition to her professional activities, Fiaschetti is active in orphan relief with various foundations throughout Guatemala and is a board member for Rochester Community Schools. She is a past president of Michigan Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists.
She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University.
Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS)
Prior to coming to Cass Community, from 1986 until 1994 Fowler was the pastor of William S. Ford Memorial United Methodist Church in Detroit. From 1983 to 1986, she worked with the Catholic Chaplaincy Team at Walpole Maximum Security Prison in Massachusetts while in seminary.
She currently serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan, Dearborn.
A Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College, Fowler also received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from the Boston University School of Theology and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business
Smith also serves on the governing board for the mentorship-based nonprofit, Winning Futures.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s journalism program.
Assistant Professor of Communication, Oakland University
Jones completed her undergraduate education at Central Michigan University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.
Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Graduate Coordinator of the Master and Training and Development program, School of Education and Human Services, Oakland University
She has also published several national and international scholarly articles, book chapters, a book review and co-edited books and is a recipient an Academy of Human Resource Development’s prominent Cutting Edge Research Award. In 2013, Scott was named as one of the Top 25 Education Professors in Michigan by Online Schools Michigan. In 2015, she was granted a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Award that took her to Cape Town, South Africa. She also received the Educator of the Year Award in 2015 from the Niagara Foundation – Michigan Chapter – for her diversity education work.
Scott earned a doctorate in adult education and organizational leadership with a focus in diversity education from Teachers College/Columbia University in New York City, New York, and a master’s of education degree in the area of administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
|Associate Professor of Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University|
Dallo received her Ph.D. in preventive medicine and community health at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch and her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at University of Michigan. She earned her M.S. in Middle Eastern studies from Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan and her B.S. in biology from University of Michigan.