TU seminar to focus on women leaders

Tiffin University is to host its first Women’s Leadership Seminar in April featuring local women leaders and the co-founder of the annual NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium as keynote speaker.

The seminar was created by the school’s WLS Committee, said Victoria Galaska, director of alumni relations. She and Bonnie Tiell, associate professor of management, are co-chairs of the committee, which sponsors the event.

Galaska said the seminar was prompted by her experiences attending the Women’s Leadership Symposium in Intercollegiate Athletics as a graduate student.

“(With) the connections I made at the symposium, I was inspired to bring this same opportunity to the students and business professionals at Tiffin University and in the Tiffin community,” Galaska said.

The local WLS committee is comprised of leaders at TU including Chari Mullen, Kathleen Orr, Phylilis Watts, Dana Cordova, Jamie Marinis, Lori Hall, Wendy Ziems, Deidra Herdlick, Danielle Foster, Stephanie Smith, JoElle Hall, Jennifer Boucher, Jennifer Spangler, Rachel Crooks, Joyce Hall-Yates, Jessica Huffman and Cheri Lindsey.

Alfreeda Goff is to present “Unleashing your Leadership Potential,” as the keynote address. Goff is the senior associate commissioner and chief of staff at the Horizon League, a nine-school, Division I athletic conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“Goff is one of the most respected women in intercollegiate athletics with an unprecedented legacy of leadership and service in the industry,” Teill said. “The impact for female students will be the tremendous opportunity to interact and nurture relationships with professionals attending the seminar.”

In 2013, Goff was honored as the Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Minorities Opportunities Athletics Association. She had been honored twice as the administrator of the year by the NCAA and the Black Coaches Association.

Goff also was part of the VIP Committee for the National Football League Supper Bowl in 2012. She now serves as board president for the Indianapolis Young Women Christian Association, an advisor for the Women’s Coaches Alliance and as a charter member of Sisters-n-Sports Community Outreach.

In addition to Goff’s address, the seminar is to include multiple roundtable discussions focusing on leadership skills and career development strategies.

A reception is to follow allowing participants the opportunity to network.