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September 12, 2012

SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse Hosts Leadership Conference

SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse hosted the Leadership Tools for Women Conference, "Creating the Right Mentoring Environment for You,"  last month.  The conference was supported in part by an Empire State College Foundation Community Outreach Grant. Roz Dow, assistant professor of business at the Utica unit, and Lee Riddell, director of the SUNY Leadership Institute, served as co-chairs of the conference.  
 
This was a joint effort between Empire State College and the SUNY Leadership Institute and fulfills the SUNY chancellor’s goal of SUNY institutions working together to strengthen the "Power of SUNY."
 
“The idea for the conference was the result of research I completed with both new hires and seasoned employees,  which indicated that at all stages of their careers they seek good mentoring opportunities and feedback,” noted Dow.
 
“It was successful event,” said Nikki Shrimpton, dean of the Central New York Center. “It was so energizing talking to women about mentoring, particularly because this is an area of particular expertise for Empire State College.”
 
Nine community colleges (Broome, Morrisville, Jefferson, Orange, Tompkins-Cortland, Cayuga, Finger Lakes, Onondaga and Mohawk Valley) six SUNY institutions (Stonybrook, Buffalo, Brockport, Canton, Cortland and Upstate Medical), as well the SUNY Research Foundation and four private universities (RIT, Bay Path, UMUC and Ithaca College) were represented.
 
Also in attendance  was the interim president of SUNY Canton, as well as five female Empire State College students and alumni who comprise the inaugural cohort of the “Women Mentoring Women” program organized by Yvonne Murphy and Marie Penucci, both faculty members in Syracuse. These peer-mentors helped during the day as well as attended sessions.
 
The keynote speaker was Nicole Williams, connection director for LinkedIn and a best-selling author. Her talk, "Career Advancement 101," focused on the various types of mentors, from the critic to the ‘yes’ person, all of whom have an appropriate place in a person’s career trajectory, she said, adding that her 18-month-old son is, by far, her best mentor.
 
Other presentations included "Understanding Mentoring, Being a Great Mentor," "What to Expect from Your Mentor," "Communication for Mentoring Success," "Conflict and Negotiation" and "Working with Mentoring Tools."
 
“At the outset of the conference, I was excited to bring women together to talk about this important topic,” said Dow. “Dean Shrimpton was extremely supportive and our partnership with the SUNY Leadership Institute was invaluable. I was also so gratified to see the level of enthusiasm from all the participants and how invigorated they all were at the end of the day.”
 
The day ended with a networking reception sponsored by Women, Wealth and Wisdom.
 
Photos of the event can be viewed on the  Central New York Center Facebook page.