Cameron University to present “CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM”

Cameron University will present “CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM,” a series of two-hour presentations aimed at strengthening the leadership skills of women, on Friday, February 24. The program will include a panel discussion aimed at connecting undergraduate and graduate women with women in leadership roles throughout Southwest Oklahoma. The program is open to the public at no cost and takes place in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex.

The first two sessions will feature Patti Wood, MA, CSP, an internationally recognized nonverbal communication and human behavior expert. A former university professor in communication, Wood has conducted years of research in the field of human behavior. Her Body Language course at Florida State University was cited by Time Magazine as the top college course in the nation. She has been voted Speaker of the Year by her peers in the National Speakers Association and is widely renowned for her high-energy presentations.

10 a.m. – Noon: Making the Most of First Impressions and Body Language, presented by Patti Wood, MA, CSP

 You’re meeting someone for the first time, talking to or texting someone on the phone, meeting with a professor, interviewing for a job, and dealing with a boss: in each of these situations, you are forming a snap impression of that person on that day. These snap impressions determine how you’ll interact with that person in that particular situation. Each person is also forming an impression of you.

In this interactive program, participants will learn to accurately assess others and to improve their own first impressions by learning new techniques to improve the ability to establish rapport using the five foundation principles of body language. A question-and-answer session will conclude the presentation.

 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Creative Teaching Techniques, presented by Patti Wood, MA, CSP

Aimed at teachers at every level as well as future teachers, this presentation will focus on the seven secrets that will help you energize your presentation with great body language.  Skills include looking and feel confident, reading facial expressions and body postures, how to captivate an audience, using accelerated and optimum learning techniques, understanding room arrangement and its effect on attention level, handling tough questions and difficult behavior; and more. Wood will conduct a question-and-answer session following her presentation.

6 – 7 p.m.: Panel Discussion

The panel discussion will create opportunities for students and local women in leadership positions to explore the “why and how” of their desired success. The leadership panel will bridge the gap between CU students who are about to begin their careers and local women who have found success in theirs. The panel will also encourage local businesswomen to share their personal experiences with students. A question-and-answer session will end the panel component. The evening will culminate with a mixer to encourage students to network and build further connections with local women in leadership.

Panelists are Dr. Theresa Billiot, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Cameron University; Jennifer C. Ellis, President/Chief Chemist, Cosmetic Specialty Labs Inc.; Dr. Sherry L. Hunt, Research Leader, Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit, USDA-Agricultural Research Service; Marketta L. Jones, CDFM, Administrative Officer, Fires Test Directorate, Fort Sill; Bernadette Lonzanida, CPA, Instructor of Accounting, Cameron University; and Jennifer Meason, Chief Executive Officer, Cotton Electric Cooperative.

“CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM” is sponsored by CU Lectures and Concerts, the CU Home Savings Bank Endowed Lectureship in Organizational Leadership and Cameron University. The series is a joint venture between the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, MathCom, CU Engineering Club and Sigma Tau Delta.

For more information, contact Irene Corriette, or 581-2909 or Dr. Sheila Youngblood, or 591-8005.



February 15, 2017