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Kickoff Event

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Sharing highlights from our kickoff event.

The Institute hosted a kickoff event on Friday, March 5, in celebration of International Women's Day. During the event co-founders Joy Ruzek and Sheryl Van Gruensven shared their vision for the Institute of reducing barriers to professional women and empowering them to advance into positions of leadership — today, tomorrow and generations to come. Therese Pandl, recently retired CEO/President of HSHS East Wisconsin Hospital System, gave the keynote, addressing the theme "Choose to Challenge."

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Kickoff Event Friday, March 5

Full kickoff presentation (1 hour, 27 minutes)

  • Welcome & Institute Vision: Co-Founders Sheryl Van Gruensven & Joy Ruzek

  • University Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities: Michael Alexander, UW-Green Bay Chancellor

  • Community Partnership: Bridget O'Connor, O'Connor Connective

  • Keynote Address: Therese Pandl, recently retired CEO/President HSHS East Wisconsin Hospital System
    Download Keynote Address PowerPoint

  • Closing: Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Executive Director

Keynote Address 

Keynote Address by Therese Pandl (1 hour, 5 minutes)

Keynote Excerpt: 10 Recommendations for Women Leaders (11 minutes)


Keynote Address Book Recommendations

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Lean In

In response to Sheryl’s 2010 TEDTalk on the ways women are held back—and the way we hold ourselves back—viewers around the world shared their own stories of struggle and success. This overwhelming response inspired Sheryl to write this book.

In Lean In, she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals.

The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.

Learn More about Sheryl Sandberg

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Radical Candor

From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation.

Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of. 

Learn More about Kim Scott

Therese Pandl

Keynote Speaker

Therese Pandl

Retired healthcare executive, with over 35 years of progressive leadership in large, complex health care systems, Therese Pandl has demonstrated skill in building integrated systems of care, advancing physician alignment, improving clinical delivery systems, as well as developing successful risk-based payment models. 

Recognized as a servant leader and known for developing teams that produce significant results through effective board, physician and staff relationships, Pandl is passionate about spiritually-centered care, improving safety, quality, community health and building leadership capacity through a high-performing culture. Pandl has mentored many women in leadership roles, serving currently as an executive coach. 

Watch Therese Pandl's 10 Recommendations

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