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2018 Mazzotti Awards in Women’s Leadership Recipients

Diane Campbell, associate professor – librarian, will attend Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Change Agents executive education program. The reality of globalization demands that we need leaders and change agents with the capacity to deal with uncertainty, inspire others to transcend old habits and mindsets, orchestrate adaptive and creative problem solving, manage the stresses and losses associated with change, and collaboratively produce results that go beyond what is currently imagined or foreseen. Attendees will learn that a change agent must be able to stimulate a process where people tackle essential issues and modify their values, habits, practices and priorities in order to make progress as a group, team, organization, community or nation. Campbell looks forward to achieving better skills at adaptive problem solving in her role as business librarian, co-coordinator of research instruction and chair of the University Academic Policy Committee (UAPC). 

Kendall Friedman, director of the Academic Success Center, will participate in Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance of the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation. Attendees of this program will learn that the servant leadership model is one of the fastest-growing forms of professional development among top-performing managers and executives – that becoming accountable to those who typically account to you can deepen working relationships, strengthen employee and customer satisfaction, and re-engage the emotional drivers of success across your sphere of influence. Friedman plans to apply the skills she learns in this program to how she leads her department, which has significantly grown in just two years.

Catrinel Haught Tromp, associate professor of psychology, will attend the Harvard University Design Thinking Workshop. Design thinking promotes the skills that women leaders and innovators need, including empathy, collaboration, persistence through failure and comfort with ambiguity. Haught Tromp sees this workshop as an ideal vehicle for promoting creativity, which aligns with her expertise and overarching research interest – scholarship; and design thinking has been shown to provide a competitive edge to women leaders and their organizations, including educational institutions.

Amanda Quist, associate professor and chair of conducting/organ/sacred music, will attend Harvard University’s Managing Yourself and Leading Others professional development program. Through readings, case discussions and introspective exercises, participants gain a broader and deeper understanding of organizational culture and dynamics, management best practices, the role of the manager and the nature of influence, and how their own personality, strengths and weaknesses, evolve into their own unique leadership style. Quist plans to apply what she learns from this program to strengthen her skills as a teacher/leader and department chair.

Kathryn Sampson, alumni relations manager, will participate in The Women’s Leadership Program of the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation. This executive education program highlights the specific behaviors that are critical in effective leadership, through integrated program sessions that promote the mindset and competencies necessary to transform participants from effective colleagues and bosses to highly successful, visionary leaders. Sampson plans to use the experience to expand her current and future institutional responsibilities, including the BOLD (Broncs Of the Last Decade) and mentoring programs.

Megan Titus, associate professor of English and composition coordinator, will participate in the Council of Writing Program Administrators Workshop and Institute. English faculty from throughout the country, who administer various writing programs – FYC, writing centers, WAC, ESL and basic writing – attend 3-1/2 days of intensive workshops and discuss the theoretical, curricular and political dimensions of their work environment. Titus looks forward to creating and maintaining a robust composition program, collaborating with other centers on campus concerned with writing and cultivating important relationships on campus, especially outside of the English department.