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Opening Keynote: Wednesday, June 22 | 12:45 - 1:45 PM | Salon D

Transformative Leadership in Early Careers

Through the use of real-world examples, Dan will discuss the attributes of being a Transformative Leader in today’s volatile and changing talent landscape. He will focus on what’s now, next and beyond for professionals involved in the development and hiring of emerging and entry level talent.

Global Leader, Talent Attraction & Acquisition, EY (Ernst & Young LLP)

As Global Talent Attraction and Acquisition Leader, Dan is responsible for EY’s global recruiting strategy, including sourcing, attracting and hiring people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Dan leads a team of recruiters around the world who are responsible for hiring talent at all levels, across all EY’s locations and lines of business. With more than 25 years of recruiting experience, he also regularly consults with EY clients on their global recruitment and employer brand strategies.

 Sponsored by CareerShift

Closing Keynote: Friday, June 24 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Salon D

“You’re Nothing Like I Thought You’d Be!”:
Stakeholder Experiences from the Front Lines

Implicit and explicit biases can influence our thoughts, judgments, decision making, and therefore our actions within our educational roles and beyond. These biases and subsequent behaviors can impede our professional goals while negatively impacting our most important stakeholders and the very fabric of our institutions.

Utilizing real life examples, active engagement, and a hint of research, this keynote will empower attendees to a) understand the ways biases can distort perceptions and negatively impact the treatment of those we most need to reach b) identify and use strategies for disrupting and reducing biases in the workplace and c) reduce the influence and sabotage biases can have on those we serve, our work environments, and the strategic goals of our institutions.

Executive Director, Action as Empowerment

Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck is founder and Executive Director of Action as Empowerment, an organization providing performance coaching, workshops, and intimate multi-day retreats to professionals who are unfulfilled with their current life trajectory and are looking to pivot and bring about specific goal-oriented changes in their lives. She is also a long-time real estate entrepreneur and has previously served as Inclusive Excellence Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as Director of the Department of Education funded TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program at Beloit College, Director of the Future Teacher Program and Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. 

Dr. Vandyck holds a PhD in Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Her dissertation, “Black Names in White Classrooms: Teacher Behaviors and Student Perceptions,” analyzed how Black students with distinctive names are treated by educators in predominantly white school settings, and how that treatment plays into academic performance.  Her other research interests include college access, persistence and graduation, and factors impacting academic achievement in marginalized student populations.

A firm believer in giving back and uplifting others, Dr. Vandyck established the Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Scholarship for first generation African American students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, her alma mater. Dr. Vandyck was also recently honored as a Rock County Wisconsin YWCA Woman of Distinction for her outstanding leadership in education and in her community. 

In her spare time, Marijuana loves ignoring housework to read historical romance novels instead, going camping, fishing, kayaking and spending warm cozy times with her family.

Dr. Vandyck would love to connect with you at [email protected] https://www.marijuanapepsi.com/