Fess Parker Resort - Santa Barbara January 10, 2017, All Day

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Winter Session 2017 SLS Schedule

Winter Session 2017 SLS Schedule

It is that time of year where graduates return to Santa Barbara to attend like-minded colleagues to re-engage in dynamic conversation and learning on our “virtual campus.”

Featured Alumni Events and Activites *

*This is a partial list of events. Click here for the School of SLS (HOD & ELC) Winter Session 2017 Schedule.

Tuesday, January 10

8:30-9:20 am – SLS Community Meeting – Welcome & State of the University with Leadership

7:00-9:00 pm Learning in the Organization: 26 years after Senge     

Since, Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline, in 1990, learning has become a common term for corporate lingual. However, much has changed evolved since that time. Two Fielding Graduate University senior students and executives and trainers in learning, Debra McClendon of Toyota and Katie Coates of McKinsey & Company will spearhead a discussion of their take on the latest developments in learning. Is it skills or reflection, is it culture change or helping employees learn emotional regulation to cope with massive corporate changes? Annabelle Nelson, Fielding Faculty, an expert of learning and curriculum design will facilitate. Come share your expertise.


Wednesday, January 11

8:30-9:20 am – SLS Community Meeting Faculty Networking and Dialogue

9:30 am – 12:30 pm – ALUMNI TRACK- Dancing with Surprise: Fate, Synchronicity and Unexpected Meaning with alumna Cynthia Cavalli, PhD

Learn more about Cynthia and her work- click here!

Please join us as we learn how to follow synchronicity’s thread through life’s disruptive challenges! We’ll learn to recognize the stages and dynamics of transformation from a complexity perspective, and discover the secret catalyst necessary to birthing new realities!

The scientific bias of modern culture typically denies the critical role that fate, destiny, and meaningful coincidence play in shaping our lives. But the empirical results of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s psychological research indicate that our lives are not random. The manifestation of these phenomena infuses a very different, non-rational but deeply invigorating meaning into our experience of life.

Jung developed his theory of synchronicity based on the lived experiences of thousands of patients and the patterns he observed weaving in and out of their dreaming and waking lives. In collaboration with physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung made the radical proposition that meaning is not solely subjective or created by humans only, but exists as an objective impersonal principle of order.

Researchers have recently explored this concept of objective meaning from the perspective of complexity science where the psyche is recognized as a complex adaptive system. By integrating this science with the Jungian framework of the psyche, it becomes possible to characterize the typical stages of major transformation, and recognize how they contribute to shaping individual identity and life experience.

This presentation is designed for those who find themselves on a personal path of deep change with non-linear experiences that defy rational explanation. It is also intended to offer insights for anyone struggling with deep uncertainty and no clear idea of how to move forward.

1:30 – 4:30 pm – ALUMNI TRACK –The Role of Meaning in the Patient  Experience with alumna and ISI Fellow Susan E Mazer, PhD

How patients and those that care for them make meaning of what is happening to them is informed, first, by the environment in which they find themselves. Whether a physician’s office, emergency department, Critical Care Unit (ICU), or skilled-nursing, the environment is either therapeutic or a risk factor.  This presentation will discuss how meaning becomes a predictor of health and well-being.

The Patient Experience is now studied and used to determine reimbursement levels for hospitals that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding. The Health Consumers Assessment of Hospital Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a 37-multiple choice survey used by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS).  This is the first time that the patient’s voice has not only relevance, but financial ramifications. 

This presentation will be relevant to anyone who may be a patient, caregiver, clinician, or in related fields.  And, also those who would like information about environments that impact health, recovery, vitality, and productivity.

7:00-9:00 pm – SLS Connect: Open Space to Meet & Share

Everyone is invited to participate in Wednesday evening’s SLS Connections meeting provides an opportunity for students, faculty, alumni, and staff to meet with each other, share interests, and develop new opportunities for conversations, connections, and collaboration.

Using an interactive, open-space approach, everyone who joins in will have an opportunity to discuss areas of academic, professional, community, and social change interests.


Thursday, January 12

8:30- 9:20 am – SLS Community Meeting – SLS Student Leaders Conversation              

9:30 am-12:30 pm – ALUMNI TRACK: A Leader’s Life on Purpose: A Transformational Learning Experience with alumna and ISI Fellow Zarat Y. Boyd, PhD  

This workshop is a journey to explore a leader’s life purpose. Through a series of reflective exercises and proven tools for personal discovery, leaders will move from the valley floor to the mountaintop vantage point of one’s life. Leaders gain greater clarity for more productive results in life. This experiential workshop helps leaders improve personal awareness, increase talent mastery, enhance relationships, and achieve more productive results.

Life Purpose training, which is highlighted in this workshop, is a modified version of the comprehensive Life Planning process, a nationally recognized suite of tools developed by Tom Paterson (http://www.patersoncenter.com) that emphasizes transformative learning. There is a significant opportunity to determine the impact of life purpose training in diverse settings. This workshop will highlight 3 key tools that are utilized in the life purpose training for leaders in under-resourced communities.

1:00-3:30 pmGrantsmanship with Vice President Orlando Taylor


Thursday, January 12

1:00-3:30 pm- Publishing your Dissertation with Jean-Pierre Isbouts

In this seminar, we will review opportunities for publishing the research of your dissertation in academic and professional journals, as well in the form of papers at conferences.

1:30-4:30 pm – ALUMNI TRACK: The Black Women’s Center for Carceral Empowerment’s Inside While Out Program: Development of an interdisciplinary approach to community reintegration for women convicted but not confined to prison or jail with alumna and ISI Fellow Pamela Kennebrew, EdD

The objectives of the Black Women’s Center for Carceral Empowerment include the a) development of educational opportunities within prison, b) increased use of non-custodial sentencing options and improved services for women convicted but not sentenced to prison. This presentation explores one project of the BWCCE, the Inside While Out Program.

The justice system in America operates along a continuum from arrest through community reentry. However, involvement in the system extends beyond being physically confined by the system. The Within While Out Project offers support to and advocacy for African American women who have been convicted of crimes but have not been sentenced to prison. These women are subjected to “judicial vulnerability.” Judicial vulnerability is defined as the continuing emotional trauma resulting from an encounter with the criminal justice system and includes collateral consequences (disenfranchisement, employment discrimination), increased surveillance and the constant threat of re-arrest. Judicial vulnerability can cause women to resort to unhealthy coping strategies that may lead to re-arrest and incarceration thereby contributing to mass incarceration.

According to Gilmore, it is important for people engaged in the ‘vast spectrum of social justice struggles to figure out unexpected sites where agendas align with those of others.’ As a scholar, it was during my study of economic insecurity in older African American women that the intersection of economic justice and carceral justice was revealed. It is my hope that by inviting scholar-activists within the Fielding community who are working on issues that impact the invisible members of the convict class, we can see were ‘agendas align’ which may lead to comprehensive reforms

4:00-6:00 pmUnderstanding the IRB Process

4:00-6:00 pmStrategies for Success During and After: Getting Through and Beyond Your PhD

Kassel, Willis, Isbouts, Thatchenkery, Hysmith

Faculty, alumni, and students will share best practices for getting through a doctoral program expeditiously and with quality, as well as prepare them for the potential to transition to a related or different professional capacity than that in which they were when they started the program. Presenters will talk about strategies for proceeding through course work, concept paper, proposal and dissertation with quality and alacrity, and with an eye towards a successful professional application of their doctoral knowledge, skills, personal purpose, and passion. Steps to take during the doctoral journey to move into areas such as consulting, an internal change management role, coaching, or into the academy, public speaking (or even some combination), will be discussed, and insider knowledge about each of these areas will be shared.

5:00-6:30 pm – Alumni and New Graduate Reception

Location: OFFSITE – Fielding McCune House


Friday, JANUARY 13

8:30-9:20 am – SLS Community Meeting: Celebrating New Graduates

We will have a high energy and fun celebration of the new graduates… new graduates will be introduced and alums will welcome new grads into FAN (Fielding Alumni Network)

9:30-12:00 pm – ISI Fellows Workshop

ISI Fellows are Fielding alumni whose research and professional projects are supported administratively to help them seek funding and wider recognition for their work. In this workshop selected ISI Fellows will make brief presentations about their projects. Alumni, students, and faculty are welcome to join the workshop to learn more about the important work of ISI Fellows.

12:30-2:00 pm – New Graduates and Alumni Luncheon

7:00-9:00 pm – Marie Fielder Center Event: Flint, Michigan: Community Action in Response to the Water Crisis


Saturday, JANUARY 13

1:00-3:00 pm – ELC Graduation Ceremony

3:30-5:30 pm – HOD Graduation Ceremony

7:30-10:00 pm – Graduation Dessert Reception