Women in Leadership Series

Mercer University is committed to developing leaders, innovators, problem-solvers, and life-long learners who strive to make a positive impact on their industries and communities every day. Join us for a special Women in Leadership Series this fall to learn more ways to extend your influence through exclusive in-person workshops.


Workshops

Get hands-on experience and further develop key leadership skills through four workshops this fall with Mercer University. On Thursday, October 22, 2020 and Friday, October 23, 2020, thought leaders will address topics including developing effective negotiation skills,  validating business opportunities, practicing mindfulness as leaders, and identifying strategies for leading teams. Workshops will be hosted in-person on Mercer's Atlanta campus. View details and register below.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Workshop 1 | Women Who Negotiate:  A Hands-On Workshop for Effective Negotiation Skills

Presenter: Elizabeth F. Chapman, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Management

  • 12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Workshop 2 | Validating Business Opportunities

Presenter: Briana Stenard, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship 

Friday, October 23, 2020

  • 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Workshop 3 | Mindfulness Leadership in Organizations

Presenters: Morgan E. Kiper Riechel, Ph.D., LPC, ACS | Assistant Professor of Counseling

Jordon Beasley, Ed.S., Certified School Counselor | Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate

Carrie L. Elder, M.S., LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate

Elizabeth Norris, M.A., LPC (GA), NCC, BC-TMH, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate

  • 12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Workshop 4 | Leading Teams

Presenter: Dr. Lynn Clemons, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Department of Leadership Studies Chair in Mercer's College of Professional Advancement

Workshop and Registration Details

Women Who Negotiate: A Hands-On Workshop for Effective Negotiation Skills

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Chapman, Associate Professor of Management

About: This workshop will focus on the technicalities of negotiation with emphasis on application. Attendees will complete a hands-on simulation/case and debrief to understand and hone the most effective skills. Challenges and techniques unique to women will be discussed and practiced.

The workshop will cover the following:  

1. Introduction to Negotiation

  • What is it, why do we do it, what are the myths and assumptions?
  • Types of negotiations (distributive and integrative)
  • Technicalities- BATNA, resistance, and target points 

2. The importance of planning - a template is provided

  • First offers - who makes them and where should they be?
  • Concessions and order of priorities

3. Integrative Negotiation

  • How do you expand the pie?
  • Multi-issue negotiation simulation/case
  • Debrief and discussion of tradeoff, compatible, and distributive issues

4. Negotiation Challenges and Opportunities for Women

  • Career negotiations; overcoming/addressing backlash
  • Q&A and Wrap Up 

About the Presenter

elizabeth chapman Dr. Elizabeth Chapman is the owner of Elizabeth Chapman Consulting, LLC and an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Mercer University - Atlanta. She has been teaching at the university level since 2003. Prior to her academia career, she worked in industry as an HR Generalist for a manufacturing firm. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/HR Management and M.B.A. from Georgia State University. Her courses and consulting topics include Negotiation, HR Management, Change Management, Organizational Behavior, and Ethical Leadership. She has been featured as a “Best Lessons” instructor and won numerous teaching awards in her career to include Beta Gamma Sigma Teacher of the Year, Student Government Association Teacher of the Year, and Mercer University’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

Her research interests include negotiation, leadership, employee development, career success, and work-family conflict. She was the recipient of the Waino Suojanen Research Award two years consecutively at Georgia State University. Her work has been published in numerous top scholarly journals as well as featured on popular media sites such as WalletHub and the London School of Business and Economics Blog. She is a member of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association.

Dr. Chapman is frequently sought by well-known organizations to speak on negotiation and human capital issues. Her engagements and partnerships include Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative, GA Chapter of International Association of Special Investigations Unit -Annual Insurance Fraud Seminar, Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative Network-Negotiating the Life and Career You Desire event, LEVO League’s #Ask4More, Middle Georgia Women’s Council of Realtors, Young Professionals Network at both the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Tech Village, and Mercer Atlanta’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She is also an invited instructor for Piedmont Healthcare and Greystone Power Quality Improvement Programs.

Validating Business Opportunities

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: 12:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Briana Stenard, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

About: This workshop will lead participants through the process from generating a business idea to establishing a working business model. Lean startup tools such as the value proposition canvas, the business model canvas, and customer discovery will be used to help participants develop ideas into a business opportunity. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Learning methods for brainstorming new business ideas  
  • Screening your idea for feasibility  

  • Identifying first customers and creating a value proposition statement 

  • Developing a business model for your idea using the business model canvas

  • Conducting customer discovery 


About the Presenter

Briana StenardDr. Briana Stenard earned her Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from Georgia Tech. She teaches courses in management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her primary research focus is on the role of human capital in shaping entrepreneurial careers. Her work has been published in multiple top journals and featured in the Harvard Business Review and LSE Business Review. 

Mindfulness Leadership in Organizations

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Presenters:

Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel, LPC, ACS, NBCC, Assistant Professor of Counseling in Mercer University's College of Professional Advancement

Jordon Beasley, Ed.S., Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate at Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement 

Carrie L. Elder, M.S., LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate at Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement 

Elizabeth Norris, M.A., LPC (GA), NCC, BC-TMH, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate at Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement 

About: Mindfulness equips leaders with tools to manage workplace stress, facilitate more flexible thinking, promote greater openness to fresh interpretations of information, increase awareness and sensitivity to contextual factors that impact decision-making, and cultivate a disposition of empathy and compassion towards one’s self and others. This workshop will provide an overview of mindfulness practice and applications for both personal wellness as well as organizational health. Topics covered will include: ways mindfulness can be used in a developmental context to create environments supportive of team-member growth; mindfulness as an insulator against organizational trauma in times of crisis; and mindfulness to increase our capacity for human connection, empathy and compassion in the groups we lead. 

Participants will:  

  • Apply mindfulness-based skills to an organizational context  

  • Learn how to create a mindfulness-based growth environment to support team member development  

  • Recognize self-compassion, a part of a mindfulness practice, as an effective method to build compassion for team members  

  • Develop mindful communication skills as a strategy for effective in-person and virtual leadership 

  • Understand how organizational change, crisis, and trauma may negatively impact individuals and the workplace system.  

  • Evaluate current mindfulness behaviors and identify steps toward mindfulness in an effort to increase organizational health and individual performance 

 Topics Covered:  

  • A mindfulness approach to developmental matching, challenge and support.  

  • Intentional creation of work environments that support team-member development  

  • Mindfulness practice using compassion and empathy skills  

  • “Insight dialogue” to increase communication and productivity  

  • Mindfulness as an individual and mindfulness as an organization system  

  • Navigating organizational challenges due to crisis and trauma using mindfulness 


About the Presenters

Morgan RiechelDr. Morgan Kiper Riechel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, certified School Counselor, and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. She has over 15 years professional and academic experience in promoting adaptive decision-making, mindfulness, and cognitive development in adults and adolescents. She completed her doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary and her master's degree from the University of Central Florida.  

 

JordJordon Beasleyon Beasley is in her third year as a doctoral student in Mercer's Ph.D. in Counselor Education program. She received her Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from Clemson University and is certified as a Professional School Counselor in both Georgia and South Carolina. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jordon was an elementary school counselor for 6 years. Her research interests include school counseling, group counseling, and program evaluation. Jordon is beginning her first year as a Lecturer in Human Services at the University of North Georgia.

 

Carrie ElderCarrie Elder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a Registered-Board Certified Art Therapist. She has over 15 years of experience in professional and academic leadership, management, and supervision. She has served in multiple leadership positions within the Georgia Art Therapy Association and has coordinated statewide policy and clinical services for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). She is completing her doctoral studies in Mercer University's Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University. 

 

Elizabeth NorrisElizabeth Norris is a doctoral student in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program at Mercer University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board-Certified Counselor specializing in trauma. She has worked both domestically and internationally providing trauma trainings, debriefings, and program evaluation. Her research includes organizational culture and the impact of trauma on workplace/corporate environments and worker-job satisfaction. 

Leading Teams

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 12:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Lynn Clemons, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Department of Leadership Studies Chair in Mercer's College of Professional Advancement

About: Knowing how to lead an effective team is key for every leader. This workshop will provide the insight and tools needed to build an effective team. Functional, cross-functional teams, geographically dispersed teams — they are all the norm in today’s world. Aligning people with different leadership styles, experiences, and knowledge around a common goal is not easy. This workshop discusses the skills leaders need to overcome group challenges, maximize team performance, and achieve the results that matter most for success. 

Workshop Benefits:

  • Understand your own leadership style with the goal of more effectively leading each member of your team 

  • Assemble and manage diverse teams to optimize innovative and high-quality outcomes 

  • Map out the conversations to build your team’s structure or analyze an existing one with the goal of enabling each member to do their best work 

  • Create a plan to address a team challenge you are facing today 

  • Develop practical skills of resolving conflict, providing feedback, and holding members accountable 

Topics Covered:

  • Your leadership style and its impact on individual team members and the team culture 

  • Common team pitfalls and how to avoid them 

  • Building a team’s structure that enables individuals to fully contribute 

  • Leading teams in optimal decision making 

  • Recognizing the sources of conflict and the different paths toward resolution 

  • Providing individual feedback for accountability and learning 

  • Leading teams in continually assessing and improving how they work together 

  • Applying strategies to virtual teams 


About the Presenter

Lynn ClemonsDr. Clemons has more than 25 years of professional and academic experience in leadership, management and supervision, as well as program and curriculum development. She has completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in adult education from Nova Southeastern University, earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Dr. Clemons is a Governor’s Teaching Fellow and the recipient of the College’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, Dr. Clemons served in the United States Army for 10 years as a military police officer.  

Under Dr. Clemons' leadership, the College has developed customized leadership development training for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health Districts 4 and 5-2, Robins Air Force Base, Leadership Douglas, Leadership Henry, GreyStone Power Corporation, Piedmont Healthcare, Paulding County Chamber of Commerce as well as a number of local churches and other nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the College received the 2019 Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) South Distinguished Program Award for non-credit programs. Dr. Clemons is an authorized Leadership Challenge trainer. 

Registration fees cover attending workshops in-person and include morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and free parking on Mercer's Atlanta campus.

Cost

  • The cost for attending both workshops on Thursday, October 22, is $250 per person.
  • The cost for attending both workshops on Friday, October 23, is $250 per person.
  • The cost for attending Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, is $400 per person.

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Special Pricing

Participants registering for both Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 may be eligible for a special pricing opportunity.

  • Current Mercer University students, faculty, and staff members may receive an $80 discount when registering for both days with use of Mercer ID.
  • Mercer University alumni may receive an $80 discount when registering for both days.
  • The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Women Who Lead attendees may receive an $80 discount per person when registering for both days.
  • Three or more participants from the same organization may receive a $40 discount per person when registering for both days. Not applicable to Mercer students or staff.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

For cancellation inquiries, please contact Jeff Wolfe, Director of the Center for Executive Education at wolfe_jj@mercer.edu. Refund eligibility is determined based on the date the request is received. 

  • Cancellation requests received by September 22, 2020: 100% refund 

  • Cancellation requests received September 23, 2020–October 18, 2020: 50% refund 

  • Cancellation requests received October 19, 2020 or later: not refund eligible

Substituting another participant in the same course offering may be possible in certain circumstances. For inquiries related to registration transfer, please contact Jeff Wolfe, Director of the Center for Executive Education at wolfe_jj@mercer.edu to determine eligibility.

Webinars

Browse our webinar series to keep the conversation going as you pursue new challenges along your leadership journey.

elizabeth chapmanThe Importance of Negotiating

Elizabeth F. Chapman, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Management
Mercer University Stetson-Hatcher School of Business

Negotiation is an important skill that we use nearly every day. However, few people are taught how to negotiate effectively, and we often overestimate our skills. This session will include discussion of unique challenges and opportunities for women negotiators.

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Morgan RiechelMindful Decision-Making for Effective Leadership

Morgan E. Kiper Riechel, Ph.D., LPC, ACS | Assistant Professor of Counseling
Mercer University College of Professional Advancement

Jordon Beasley, Ed.S., Certified School Counselor | Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision candidate
Mercer University College of Professional Advancement

Leadership requires decision-making. Some decisions are split-second responses and others entail slower, more reflective deliberations. Taking a mindful approach to   decision-making can provide leaders with tools for intentional decision-making, resulting in more fleJordon Beasleyxible thinking, greater openness to fresh interpretations, and increased sensitivity to context and ethics. This session will provide an overview of mindfulness as a tool for decision-making in leadership as well as specific mindfulness techniques that can be used.

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Jacqueline StephenLeading Virtual Teams

Jacqueline S. Stephen, Ed.D. | Director of Office of Distance Learning and Instructor of Leadership Studies
Mercer University College of Professional Advancement

Leaders face common challenges as a result of the sudden shift to virtual work environments. As organizations continue to examine the future of their remote workforce, it is critical for today’s leaders to employ a variety of strategies to effectively and efficiently lead virtual teams. This session will emphasize best practices for leaders to overcome challenges and establish productive virtual teams through communication, engagement, interaction, and accountability.

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Briana StenardIs Your Quarantine Business Idea Worth Pursuing?

Briana Stenard, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Mercer University Stetson-Hatcher School of Business

Many business ideas are being generated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to find out if they are viable. This session will discuss how to generate new ideas, as well as how to evaluate your idea for feasibility.

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