Morningside Leadership Symposium 2018

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A professional development program to help power your management and communication skills

Thursday, June 21, 2018

9:00AM – 5:00PM

International House

500 Riverside Drive, New York 10027

Member Fee: $225 (group rates available)

Partner rates: $200-$300 + (see registration form)


I found The Vault excellent for gaining comfort in the language of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I was able to work with the facilitators and the rest of our group to assess current challenges, create an action plan and immediately begin working toward a more inclusive work environment. I highly recommend this training to anyone passionate about creating healthy, diverse, and inclusive teams. – Jaclyn Jussif

The session was the first of it’s kind that I have ever been to.  Changes can be achieved little by little and I can say I am already using some of the things I learned.  I really enjoyed the session and found it helpful. I hope to be able to come again. – 2017 Morningside Participant

I was recently recalling the very positive experience I had at the Communications Symposium last June. It was well organized and presented a dynamic set of remarkable people. – 2017 Morningside Participant

We were able to share real life stories and share ideas for how to work through them. This felt very actionable, and also drove home that these concepts can deeply affect people. – Participant



An interactive, thought-provoking day of professional development designed to help managers address tough diversity and inclusion, leadership, and culture questions head-on.



Politics and social stressors are undermining happiness, productivity, and creativity at work.  At the same time, member organizations are undergoing significant organizational changes – from a new majority of students as foreign-born, management peers with vast age differences, shifting team dynamics driven by a new focus on diversity & inclusion, to uncertain roles for technical staff.  At the same time, leadership is genuinely interested in culture change within their organizations and needs to bring everyone on board.

A day “away” from the office with peers will allow managers to focus on their personal professional development in practical, deep ways and bring new-found skills and understanding back to your organization.  Unlike a short, single topic “training” on diversity & inclusion, the Morningside Area Alliance Symposium, treats one of the most challenging and impactful issues of the workplace.  Your best leaders are inclusive leaders – and the 1 day program will help your key staff on this journey.



Department heads, managers, and emerging leaders of Morningside Area Alliance member institutions. Enjoy a day of professional development with peers from the world’s leading academic and cultural institutions right here in Morningside Heights!



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  • Do you feel challenged by the divergence of work styles and expectations found within and across your organization?
  • Are you missing opportunities to be valued and recognized as a leader within your organization?
  • Is uncertainly or a lack of confidence about diversity and inclusion issues impacting your work week?
  • Are there ways to better respond and cultivate relationships with students, customers, and staff members?
  • Do you want to enrich your workplace culture?



  • Participants will be able to contribute to improved diversity within their organization.
  • Participants will be empowered as individual change agents acting within their teams and organizations.
  • Participants will be able to address and facilitate conversations with staff and teams that uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Participants will better understand their own identity and its impact on the workplace and beyond.
  • Managers will be equipped with techniques for inclusive & effective feedback.
  • Understanding unconscious bias.



9:00AM – 10:00AM


Keynote “The Multicultural Organization”

Introduction and the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

10:00AM – 12:30PM

Understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion

Applying concepts of power and privilage to workplace experiences

Conversations, management, and relationship-building with emotional and conversational intelligence

12:30PM – 1:30PM


1:30PM – 3:00PM

Multicultural Organizational Development

Your Leadership and Practice

Action Plan

3:15PM – 3:45PM

Ben Waxman, International Student Recruitment Expert

Trends and Outlook for our Multicultural Organizations

3:45PM – 4:30PM



FeliciajadczakFelicia Jadczak

SGO Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak is a recognized speaker, strategist, and voice in the field of diversity and inclusion. She has deep, extensive and personal experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, multiracial concerns, and disability. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years before moving on to the startup and consulting life. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and is also the recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.




ChrishaighChris Haigh

Chris founded True Change Associates in 2015 after 20 years of working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team building. TCA’s mission is to work in community with others in helping people and organizations move through personal growth to creating lasting institutional and systemic change around equity and inclusion.





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THE VAULT: A Program on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Vault is designed to create a lifelong learning experience and is the core program of the Morningside Leadership Symposium. This unique program is intended to effect lasting and meaningful change by intentionally fostering an environment where people can have ongoing conversations, ask difficult questions, and form relationships designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within your company. The Vault is dynamic and engaging, bringing together people who have similar roles, in a space where learning and development is paramount. Our goals are to make sure that learning is translated into action by helping attendees move the needle toward equity for all within your company. By the end of this program, you will be able to have brave conversations from a more informed place, make a strong business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and understand your own identity and its impact on the workplace and beyond.



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Morningside Area Alliance (“MAA”) serves its members by facilitating communication and fostering collaboration among its roster of 14 member institutions.  MAA sponsors this, its third professional development program, to strengthen the leadership skills of peers working across Morningside Heights.


The Leadership Development Committee of the board of MAA is chaired by Larry Palfini, Vice President Facilities Management and Site Operations, of International House. MAA thanks all of its members and their staff who provided valuable input into this program’s development and for underwriting its cost.

Special thanks to Paula Mayo, President and CEO of The Interchurch Center, for her guidance and sponsorship.

Morningside Area Alliance members include Barnard College, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Columbia University, Corpus Christi Church, The Interchurch Center, International House, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, The Riverside Church, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, Mt. Sinai – St. Luke’s, Teachers College, Ulysses S. Grant Houses, and Union Theological Seminary.



For a personal conversation about this program offering or to recommend a participant, please contact us:
Jennifer Beisser, Executive Director of the Morningside Area Alliance, at 212-749-1570 or or post your question or comment below.