O'Connor Chair Lecture series

Hartwick’s O’Connor Chair Lecture to Feature Sellers, Schmitt

February 28, 2013

The Hartwick College spring 2013 O'Connor Chair Lecture series will soon present a collaborative presentation titled "Creating Inclusive Work Environment and Teams." The event will feature Kathleen Sellers and Fred Schmitt, and will take place from March 20-21, 2013.

The public is invited to join the free evening lecture on Wednesday evening, and nurses and nurse educators are invited to join the workshop on Thursday morning. Nurses and nurse educators are asked to RSVP for the workshop via the additional event details listed below.

Sellers is professor and chair of the Alfred State College Department of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience in promoting professional nursing practice in healthcare organizations as a clinical specialist, healthcare administrator, academic and researcher. Her current scholarly work is focused on describing and determining successful interventions to deter horizontal violence in the nursing workplace.

Schmitt is managing director of the Executive Development Group, LLC, established in 1992. He has more than 20 years of experience leading and consulting on governance, organizational, teamwork and management development initiatives in a wide variety of multinational, corporate, healthcare, and academic organizations.

An inclusive work environment depends on a culture that welcomes and values the individual diversity of all employees. Successful organizations seek to hire and utilize individuals who can contribute to achieving their mission and goals as effective members of a team.  By enabling employees to define themselves, an organization can best facilitate understanding among colleagues helping them to learn to value and work with the richness of the unique diversity among them. In essence, this helps answer the question "What do we need to know about each other so we can maximize our collective efforts to achieve results?"

We are well served by the many awareness programs about diversity. These enlighten us about the challenges and opportunities of overcoming the stereotypes and barriers to creating effective diverse work environments. However, though we are now becoming more aware, how do we apply this awareness to building successful collaborative work relationships?

This program will teach attendees skills and processes for managers and colleagues about how to create inclusive work environments. This training will also help to redefine stereotypes that threaten inclusion and empower dialogue and discovery among colleagues. In this way, an inclusive work environment with high performing teams can be proactively created and fostered.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre, Hartwick College Campus
Presentation: "Creating an Inclusive Work Environment and Teams"
Lecture is free and open to the public
1.5 Contact Hours

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon, Chesebro Room, Dewar Union Building, Hartwick College Campus
Presentation: "Building Inclusive Work Environments and Teams - Solutions"
Morning workshop will be held for practicing nurses and nurse educators, only
3.0 Contact Hours

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1 - 4 p.m., Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College Campus
Presentation: "Building Inclusive Teamwork - Solutions"
Afternoon workshop will be held for Hartwick College junior and senior nursing students, only
3.0 Contact Hours

Nurses and Nurse Educators are asked to please RSVP for the morning workshop. To RSVP for the workshop at Hartwick College scheduled for the morning of March 21, please contact Donna Decker, Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities, at 607-431-4790 or  

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031