CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM conference
Cameron University will present CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM, a conference aimed at strengthening the leadership skills of women in southwest Oklahoma, on Wednesday, March 3. Shelby Morris, a Clifton StrengthsFinder facilitator, will give a presentation about using StrengthsFinder to help individuals discover their social, cognitive, and emotional skills and talents. She will also discuss how participants can leverage this information to identify potential careers and opportunities that align with their strengths. After the presentation, there will be a reception with an opportunity for networking, and a panel featuring Shelby Morris and number of local women leaders.
Online registrants will receive a free access code to the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment via email and are encouraged to take it before the event, so Shelby can help them relate to their own results. The program is open to the public at no cost and will be held in the McCasland Ballroom, located in the McMahon Centennial Complex. Due to COVID, seating is limited to 80 people, but early registrants can join by Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please register online at the link below.
Late registration will be available the day of the event starting at 5:00 pm outside the McCasland Ballroom.
“CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM” is sponsored by CU Lectures and Concerts and the CU Home Savings Bank Endowed Lectureship in Organizational Leadership. The CU Engineering Club will host the event.
For more information, contact Dr. Sheila Youngblood, firstname.lastname@example.org or 591-8005.
5:30 p.m. KEYNOTE
Shelby Morris will kick off the event and introduce participants to Clifton’s StrengthsFinder 2.0. StrengthsFinder is a social, emotional, and cognitive assessment that aims to help individuals identify their strengths. Ms. Morris will then walk participants through their test results. At the end of the program, participants will have a better idea of their strengths and how to use them to further their goals and ambitions.
6:30 p.m. Reception/Networking
Between the keynote and the panel, appetizers will be served, and participants are encouraged to network and build further connections with local women in leadership.
7 p.m.: Panel Discussion
Following her keynote presentation, Shelby Morris will participate in a panel discussion with other local women who served in leadership roles in our community. The panelists will be asked to share their personal journey to success, including roadblocks or detours along the way. There will also be an open Q&A for conference-goers to ask impromptu questions of the panelists.
Speaker and Panelist Bios
Shelby Morris is an Employee Learning Facilitator in Human Resources at Oklahoma State University. With certifications from Covey, Gallup, Articulate, and the Association for Talent Development, Shelby creates both classroom and online learning experiences for diverse groups across OSU’s five campuses. With a focus on participant-centered facilitation, she leads her sessions with a passion for learning.
Shelby is Oklahoma born and raised and currently lives in Stillwater with her husband, Justin and children, Kylie and Evan.
Samantha Leonard is a virtual-evening middle school math teacher with Lawton Public Schools. She teaches grades 6-8 asynchronously with colorful video examples and engaging online content. In her first year with LPS, Samatha earned recognition as the 2019 CMS Rookie of Year. Blessed with her two beautiful children, Adi, aged 8, and Landon, aged 4, they are a constant source of inspiration. Samatha became a single mother in her high school senior year yet graduated as Salutatorian. She then continued her education at Cameron University, determined to become a teacher. During her studies, she worked as a math tutor at the CU Math Tutoring Lab and as a summer counselor for the 2018 CU STEM summer academy. With amazing support and encouragement, Samatha graduated in 2018 with her BA in Math Education.
Nam Do is a Senior Manager in Financial Accounting Advisory Services at Ernst & Young. In her current position, she helps companies with a range of financial and accounting support, with particular focus on operational efficiency and process improvement. Starting out her career as an auditor with Grant Thornton and Eide Bailly, Nam then moved to industries and held various leadership financial positions with Sonic Corp., Circor Energy, and MidCentral Energy Services. Nam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cameron University. She was awarded the Gold Medal from the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (“OSCPA”) for achieving the highest score on the CPA exam. She was also a recipient of the Trailblazer award from the OSCPA and 30 under 30 Next Gen Award from Ion Magazine. She’s currently living in Melbourne Australia with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Christian Morren is an assistant professor at Cameron University, where she holds the Joy W. Lentz endowed professorship. As the voice area coordinator, Dr. Morren teaches voice, opera workshop, vocal pedagogy, diction and conducts the Cameron University Choir.
Christian has sung professionally throughout her life. She has performed as a soloist with the Santa Fe Chorale, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Unlimited, Oklahoma City Pops Chorale, Oklahoma City Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, Tulsa Opera, Wyoming Symphony, and the Oklahoma Opera Music and Theatre Company. Dr. Morren was the featured soloist and musical director for two seasons for the “Festival of Life” music festival in Catania, Italy.
A two-time regional Metropolitan Opera auditions winner, Dr. Morren placed first in the Naftzger art song competition in Wichita, Kansas, where she was recognized for her outstanding singing of German and French songs. Her musical distinction earned her the University of Oklahoma Dame Eva Turner Award for excellence in singing and the prestigious Benton Schmidt scholarship for performance excellence. Dr. Morren was awarded the University of Oklahoma School of Music’s coveted Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Award for exemplary scholarship for her dissertation Emily Dickinson, Lee Hoiby, and “The Shining Place.”
Dr. Morren holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cameron University, a Master of Music degree with honors from Oklahoma City University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
She has studied under Janice Logan, Florence Birdwell, Salvatore Champagne, Marilyn Horne, and Erie Mills.