Mindful Leadership Workshop

June 14-15, 2018

Join us at UAF on June 14 & 15, 2018 for a highly interactive, retreat-style workshop on ‘Mindful Leadership: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive UA’ organized by UAF researchers Joanna Young, Jane Wolken and Jessie Young-Robertson, and sponsored by Alaska NSF EPSCoR.

The workshop aims to:

  • Help build leaders with the skills to effectively lead across scales in areas like research, project management and support, and collaborative work
  • Help bolster inclusivity and diversity in leadership at UA
  • Build a network and create alliances between mindful leaders in the UA community

Topics will include:

  • Creating inclusive workplaces
  • Identifying personal drivers
  • Mindfulness and emotional intelligence

See this tentative itinerary for more details.

Featured Speakers

(Speaker list will be updated as presenters confirm)

Jane Wolken is the Program Coordinator of the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC). She is a forest ecologist who facilitates the co-production of cross-disciplinary climate science research. Along with Joanna Young, she co-organized an AK CSC-sponsored Leadership Workshop for Early Career Women in Science. Jane holds an HBSc in Forestry and a MSc and PhD in Forest Biology and Management.




Joanna Young is a PhD candidate at UAF who studies Alaska's glaciers and their changes in a warming climate, from both a geophysics and environmental education perspective. She is co-founder of the outreach program Girls on Ice Alaska, and participated in the 2016  'Homeward Bound' leadership expedition to Antarctica for women in STEM, which led to the initiation of this UA workshop series. Joanna holds a BS in Astrophysics, a BA in Philosophy of Science, and an MS in Geophysics.



Jessie Young-Robertson is a Research Assistant Professor at UAF who studies boreal forest ecohydrology and the impacts of climate change in Interior Alaska. She is the co-founder of ScienceTapes, a place-based and science story recording and sharing initiative that is in partnership with StoryCorps. Jessie holds a BS in Biology and a MS and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Global Change.




Libby Roderick is Associate Director for the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence and Director of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative at the UAA. Libby is a lifelong Alaskan; she received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She works with faculty in Alaska, throughout the U.S., and in South Africa to increase their capacity to effectively conduct difficult dialogues in higher education. Libby is also an internationally recognized, award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist.



Pips Veazey is the Associate Project Director of Alaska NSF EPSCoR and responsible for managing an interdisciplinary team of scientists to build research, education and cyberinfrastructure capacity within the state. As a team science consultant and facilitator, she brings experience in team science leadership and management, group facilitation, project management and program development. Pips earned a BA in psychology from Bates College, and an MS in Oceanography and a Ph.D. in Team Science Leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.



Julie Benson is the Program Administrator for Alaska INBRE, in charge of day-to-day management of the statewide biomedical research and education program. She has been with the University of Alaska for 21 years and has significant experience in research administration, facilitation and logistics. She holds a B.S. and an M.L.A. from Texas Christian University.




Kathleen Meckel is an Assistant Professor with the UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. She received her BA in from Holy Names College and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Western Oregon. She is from the village of Nulato, Alaska.





Nicole Cundiff is the Director of the Business Administration program at the UAF School of Management as well as an Associate Professor of Business Administration. Her research areas include diversity in leadership, leadership development, program development, and evaluation. She is co-founder of the consulting firm Spectrae, which focuses on diversity training and inclusion.

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