Inclusive Leadership to Be a Focus of Upcoming Conference

The 20th Annual Leadership and Management Development Conference, “Forward Thinking for Today’s Leader,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. at Union South.

One focus area for the conference will be the impact leaders and potential leaders can have on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Research shows that leaders who exhibit empathy and compassion are better able to develop an inclusive culture where all employees feel like they are an integral part of the organization.

Binnu Palta Hill, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business, will deliver the keynote address on “Curiosity and Vulnerability: Traits of a Fearless and Inclusive Leader.” Palta Hill will discuss the mindset and behaviors that encompass inclusive leadership, which is essential in cultivating a culture of innovation, high performance, and employee satisfaction.

The leader’s impact on inclusion will also be the focus of several concurrent sessions. Other workshop topics include employee development, employee engagement, leadership skills, technical leadership knowledge, wellness, and workplace development. Leaders and potential leaders will have opportunities to network throughout the day.

The conference is designed to help faculty, staff, and community members develop the skills they need to lead and manage more effectively, whether they are in formal positions of leadership or not. The conference fee is $125, including lunch. Registration is open through October 26 at