Cameron University to present 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 Thursday, February 21. The keynote address will be presented cognitive scientist and author Dr. Theresa Huston. The program is open to the public at no cost and takes place in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex. Registration starts at 5 p.m.

Theresa HustonA cognitive scientist at Seattle University, Huston is looking to change the conversation about women as decision-makers. Her latest book, “How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices,” debunks popular negative stereotypes about women as decision-makers. The New York Times Book Review refers to it as “required reading on Wall Street, where male-dominated thinking has caused so many problems.”

In addition to writing for the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, Huston is the author of “Teaching What You Don’t Know.”

She holds a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and is the founder of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. Drawing upon her background in cognitive science, she has spent the past decade helping smart leaders make better decisions.

5:30 p.m. KEYNOTE: How Gender Bias Shapes Feedback & What You Can Do About It

Do men and women receive the same kinds of feedback?  It might feel that way, but new evidence suggests they do not.  Recent research reveals that in male-dominated industries like STEM, men receive more actionable, helpful feedback than women. We will examine why this hidden bias arises, how it might advantage men at different stages of their education and career, and what you can do to solicit better feedback.

7 p.m.: Panel Discussion  

This panel will expose students to local women in leadership roles and will focus on executive leadership development by providing the strategies, visions, and values that are required to advance in leadership roles within varied disciplines.

Joining Huston on the panel will be Amy Green, Owner/Operator, Signs Design; Captain Kelly S. Turner, FA Commander, Headquarters and Service Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill; Amanda Cognet, Patriot Training Manager, Raytheon; and Jill Castilla, President/CEO, Citizen’s Bank of Edmond. Dr. Sheila Youngblood, Assistant Professor, Cameron University, will serve as moderator

8 p.m.: Reception/Networking

The evening will culminate with a mixer to encourage participants to network and build further connections with local women in leadership.

“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, and the CU Engineering Club.

For more information, contact Irene Corriette, or 581-2486 or Dr. Sheila Youngblood, or 591-8005.



February 18, 2019