The fall of 2019 marks 50 years since Xavier University’s undergraduate, day program opened to women. In celebration of this historical event, the Xavier Leadership Center is offering a Women’s Business Leadership Certificate designed by the Xavier Leadership Center advisory team of women business leaders to immerse women in developing and experiencing key leadership and business competencies.
Women offer unique skills and values in the workplace that create success in any organization. Having diverse organizational leadership increases innovation, creative thinking, and well-rounded decision-making. To help organizations and individuals capitalize on developing women leaders, the certificate focuses on:
Sep 18-Jun 04, 2020 (8:30am-4:30pm)
Click here to download a PDF program brochure including an overview, benefits, facilitator information and other program details.
Women’s Business Leadership Certificate Program designed by the Xavier Leadership Center advisory team of women business leaders immerses women in developing and experiencing key leadership competencies.
The program is multi layered and highly interactive. These layers include:
Women in mid-level manager positions looking to develop the necessary business acumen and leadership skills to advance within their organization.
Stephanie Sisak is a facilitator for the Xavier Leadership Center. In addition, Stephanie is a Visiting Instructor at Xavier University and teaches corporate finance courses at the undergraduate, graduate and Executive MBA level. With over 25 years of professional management experience to draw upon, her courses have consistently been some of the highest rated by students each year. Stephanie’s unique way of making complex financial concepts easy to understand has kept her classrooms full since 1999! While teaching at Xavier, she has been honored with the Delta Sigma Pi “Teacher of the Year” award for 2013 and 2008, selected by the Executive MBA class as “Teacher of the Year” in 2011, and received the Dean’s award for “Excellence in Adjunct Teaching” in May 2005 and May 2008. Stephanie has an MBA with a concentration in finance from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Monmouth University. Stephanie worked at Great American Insurance Company for 9 years serving as Assistant Vice President in the technology division primarily responsible for business process improvement, managing technology deployments and leading business continuity planning for the organization. Stephanie began her career in retail management working for Sears for 7 years, The Disney Stores for 2 years and running her family’s business for 2 years.
Krissi Barr helps companies and individuals identify, implement and achieve their goals. She focuses on separating daily distractions from the real issues to get organizations on the right path to grow and prosper. She converts strategy into practical action so the most important work gets accomplished, and optimizes human and functional capacities to create, implement and achieve. Results are immediate, growth sustainable and profitability long-term. Krissi’s expertise is in cultural transformation, visioning, strategy and execution, executive and team coaching, leadership and sales training, keynote speeches and assessment programs. Krissi works with local, regional and global companies ranging from Fortune 50, to large family businesses, to start ups and non-profits. She was featured in Inc. Magazine as one of the country’s top ten “super-efficient”. A speaker and writer, Krissi co-authored a business/golf fable about getting the right things done called Plugged and her latest book The Fido Factor reveals the leadership traits canines embody – and shows how to unleash your inner leader of the pack. She earned her BA and MBA from Miami University and has completed The Wharton School Executive Coaching Program. She is an expert in behavior assessments and a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. She serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Xavier’s Williams College of Business and on the boards of dozens of Cincinnati’s most respected non-profits, including the Cincinnati Park Foundation, FreeStore/FoodBank, Association of Retarded Citizens, Winning Over Cancer, Association for Corporate Growth and many more.Show More
ANNIE FITZPATRICK is a facilitator at Xavier Leadership Center and a member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Drama Program. She has also taught interpersonal communication skills at UC’s College of Law and UC’s College of Medicine. As a professional actress she has been a spokesperson and corporate trainer for companies that include Procter & Gamble, Lenscrafters, Krogers, Cintas, Ipsos, Barefoot Proximity, Hewlett Packard, Parker Brothers, RCA, JB Speakers, and Motorola. She has coached professional actors for over 25 years and created a Conservatory program for The Tri-State American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She has appeared Off-Broadway, toured nationally and internationally, and works in regional theatres across the country. She has appeared in numerous national and local commercials. TV and film credits include Those Who Kill, Army Wives, Little Accidents, Fun Size, Milk Money, Loving, and Broken Hearts. As a company member of The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she has received two Best Actress Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and multiple Acclaim Awards, including one for Best Supporting Actress.Show More
Denise Dal Vera is a Xavier Leadership Center facilitator in areas including influencing, emotional intelligence, presentation skills and more. Creating interactive and engaging sessions tailored to workforce needs is a challenge she enjoys. She has been a working actress for over 20 years and is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music Acting Program (CCM), a corporate coach and co-owner of IWA Strategies LLC. Combining what both actors and neuroscientists understand about human communication, allows a fresh approach to teaching the soft skills of Emotional Intelligence that is tangible and easily accessible. Recent featured acting roles include; Rebecca in My Days of Mercy, with Kate Mara and Ellen Page, Rust Creek, Goat, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Chicago PD, Army Wives, 21 Jump Street, Northern Exposure, Days of our lives.
Reginald Tomas Lee, PhD, is a professor, author, speaker, and executive advisor focusing on business domain management, an organization-wide framework that focuses on cash generation and operations management. Currently, he is a management professor at Xavier University and the president of Business Dynamics & Research. He previously worked for GM, IBM, Oracle, and and held senior supply chain positions at EY and Sapient. Prior to teaching at Xavier, he taught at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.
Reginald is the author of four books, including Lies, Damned Lies, and Cost Accounting, and his latest, Strategic Cost Transformation. He has written over 40 articles and white papers and was a featured writer for the "Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance.” Reginald is a very active speaker with events including TEDx, Association for Financial Professionals, Index México, and the Construction Finance Managers Association. Over the next two years, several state CPA societies including Ohio, California, and New York have engaged Reginald to share his concepts to their membership.
Beverley Dunn brings a unique blend of business, psychology, movement and embodiment to her consulting and training work with individuals and organizations - using an integrated approach that values and uses both mind and body in support of strategy, communication, decision-making and personal development.
Her background includes over 30 years’ national and international experience in banking, entrepreneurial, corporate and legal environments spanning roles in Information Technology, Global Strategic Sales Support, Practice Management and Administration.
Beverley holds an Executive MBA and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University, is a Certified Movement Analyst through Columbia College, Chicago and is one of 22 Registered Movement Pattern Analysts worldwide - providing powerful insights into executive decision-making style.
Carolyn S. Craig, Founder & President, Mélange Consulting, a diversity, equity and inclusion training and consulting firm, is a keynote speaker, facilitator, educator, change agent and strategist. Her areas of expertise include diversity, equity and inclusion, implicit (unconscious bias), culture competency, diversity curriculum design, employee resource groups, organizational diversity management and assessment, and multicultural marketing. With over twenty years of professional experience as a Business Executive and Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Carolyn has recommended organizational changes that positively affected minority and female populations. Throughout her professional career, Carolyn not only received numerous awards and recognition in the areas of Sales/Marketing and Management/Leadership including the “President’s Club” as a result of delivering breakthrough business results including at Procter & Gamble, a Fortune 50 company, but also received numerous Diversity Leadership Recognition awards as a result of her work. Her impact and influence extend throughout corporations, small businesses, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, educational institutions and non-profits.
Carolyn is involved in many professional and non-profit organizations including serving on the Cincinnati Advisory Board of the Ohio Diversity Council, the Chief Diversity Officer's Roundtable Council of Cincinnati, the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Hamilton/Butler County, and as Director of the Higher Education Leadership Ministry, Legacy Pointe Church.
Carolyn holds a BSBA in Marketing from Miami University, a MBA from The University of Detroit Mercy where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a premier honor society recognizing the “Best in Business”, and has earned a certification in Diversity & Inclusion (CDP) from The National Diversity Council, advanced certifications in Culture Intelligence (ACCQP) and Unconscious Bias from the Culture Intelligence Center, certificates in Human Resources, and is a National Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education Academy Fellow.
Holly O’Driscoll is an industry expert in the field of Design Thinking and human centered innovation. She has enabled the transformation of organizations through teaching the method and mindset of Design Thinking. As Global Design Thinking Leader at P&G, Holly partnered with teams across the company to lead more than 250 Design Thinking experiences, often at the request of C-suite executives. Holly’s passions include problem framing, the application of Design Thinking to organizational strategy, unleashing the diversity of people, leadership philosophy and creating conditions that allow human creativity and curiosity to thrive.
Throughout her 20+ year career, Holly has built a reputation as a master human centered innovation strategist, trainer and facilitator. She is the founder and CEO of Ampersand Innovation, LLC; a Design Thinking and human centered innovation strategy consultancy focused on unleashing the diversity and potential of people and ideas via workshops, design sprints, and capability development.
Holly is the faculty chairperson and lead instructor of the Rutgers University Design Thinking Executive Education program. She has guest lectured on the topic of Design Thinking at The Parsons School of Design, Harvard Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Michigan State University, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, and more. In January 2018, she was named one of Michael Bloomberg’s Design Thinking Coaches for the Bloomberg Philanthropies USA Mayor’s Challenge project, and one of her cities was awarded a $1 million prize.
In addition, she has contributed to several books including Tom Wujec’s The Future of Making, David Dunne’s Design Thinking at Work, Thomas Lockwood’s Innovation by Design. She is working on her own book about Design Thinking and leadership. Holly is also a globally sought after conference keynote speaker. Holly has a BA in Chemistry and MBA from Thomas More College. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and four children.
Padma Chebrolu has been working as the Global IT Manager at Procter & Gamble for about 25 years and has been the Adjunct Professor at Xavier University Williams College of Business Executive MBA and MBA programs for about five years. She studied Leading Innovation at Stanford University, received MBA in Information Systems from Xavier University and an MEd from University of Cincinnati. Padma’s vast experience in the IT field, her passion for Digital Leadership and excellence in teaching helps the students to lead and accelerate business value in the digital world. Padma enables students with appropriate mindset and skill set to lead cross-functional digital transformations, high value critical programs and organization capability building. Padma believes that technology is an incredibly powerful tool in the hands of driven and innovative leaders who want to make a difference and bring massive transformation through their vision.Show More
Rachel Bauer is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Gild Collective. She has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Rachel began her career in postsecondary education administration and student advising, which allowed her to hone her skills in diversity training, curriculum development, and success coaching. In working primarily with non-traditional students in a predominantly female field, Rachel began to foster her passion for elevating and advancing women on their paths to success– however they define it. As the creative officer for Gild, Rachel manages all curriculum design and facilitation. In addition to Gild, Rachel is busy raising her 1-year old daughter, Louise, in Northside with her husband, dog, and cat.
Kelsey Pytlik is the Co-founder and CEO of Gild Collective. Kelsey has an undergraduate degree from Miami University, and Master’s degree in User Experience Design from Kent State University. Kelsey spent her early career in creative agencies and ecommerce retailers conducting user research and designing usable interfaces. At Gild Collective, Kelsey’s expertise in understanding user needs translates directly to developing powerful curriculum that addresses the needs of each organization through Gild Collective programming. Kelsey is the front-of-house point of contact with clients and runs the back-of-house operations. In addition to Gild, Kelsey is a participant in endurance events to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training—in 2018, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for the cause!
Chris has seen leadership treated as a mystery. Where does it come from? Are you born with it? Can you develop it? Is it only tied to position and title?
With over two decades of hands-on, strategic expertise in the areas of Authentic Leadership, Team Effectiveness, Culture Identification, and Business Development, his methods are radically different and create an alternative approach towards leadership. As one that adheres to the teachings of his mentor Nick Seta, as well as the latest empirical research, Chris asserts that effective leadership is a goal that can be attained by building relationships that echoes across the emotional planes. Human capital is then activated at the highest levels when this occurs. Chris is the COO and Co-Founder OrganicHCM (Human Capital Management) and his expertise is focused in Authentic Leadership & Culture Transformation. Chris has experience in consulting, executive coaching, strategic development, academia, and nonprofit.