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8:30 AM Registration – Kroll Atrium

8:30 AM Breakfast – 1st Floor– Room L.61

9:00–10:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address – 1st Floor – Room L.63

10:30–10:45 AM Networking Break  – Kroll Atrium

11:00 AM–12:15 PM Morning Breakout Sessions (see conference program for session location)

12:30–1:45 PM Luncheon, Keynote Address and Award Presentation – 2nd Floor – Student Dining Hall

2:00–3:00 PM Panel Discussion – 1st Floor– Room L.63

3:15–4:30 PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions (see conference program for session location)

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Charlie headshot updatedKeynote: “Serving Others: A Leadership Journey with Special Partners”

Charles J. O’Connor III currently serves as Managing Director of TIAA’s Empire State Sector, a multi-functional organization created in 2015 that serves the financial needs of 101,000 participants from the State University of New York (SUNY), the SUNY Research Foundation, The City University of New York and CUNY Research Foundation, and other eligible New York State employees.  Prior to joining TIAA, O’Connor held a variety of executive positions at Fidelity Investments including Senior Vice President for Corporate Compliance; Chief Procurement Officer; and Head of Relationship Management for the Tax-Exempt Market Segment.

O’Connor was a member of the United States Air Force for 23½ years, retiring as a Colonel.  While with the Air Force, O’Connor supported and directly interfaced with Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and William J. Clinton.  He served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Clinton Administration.  He also served as the Inspector General for the buying arm of the Air Force.  He is a member of the Air Force Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Knights of Columbus, the Army Navy Club of Washington, D.C., and other professional and benevolent organizations.

O’Connor graduated from Norwich University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He received his M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, and was awarded an M.A. in National Security Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He also is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he received the highest Department of Defense program management certification.

Session 1:  “Collaborative Workflows:  The Adjunct Appointment Process at York College”

1st Floor – Room L.63

Sharon Davidson, Registrar

Barbara Manuel, Executive Director of Human Resources

Dr. Panayiotis Meleties, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

CadyAnn Paris-David, Administrative Assistant, English Department

Ismael Perez, Assistant Vice President for Planning & Budget

Greg Vega, IT Computer Services Manager

This session asks the question:  “Can every adjunct employee receive a paycheck on the first paydate?”  Representatives from York College’s Offices of Planning & Budget, Academic Affairs, Computer Services, Human Resources and Registrar, along with an academic department, will discuss how their collaboration facilitated design of a workflow that adheres to recommended University procedures.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the multi-faceted adjunct appointment process and strategies for achieving effective collaboration and best practices.

Session 2:  “Advocacy Skills and Techniques to Successfully Present a Classified Staff Disciplinary Case” and “The 20 Most Common Issues Facing CUNY Labor Designees and HR Directors Today”

6th Floor – Moot Courtroom 6.68

Carmelo Batista, Esq., University Executive Director of Classified Staff Labor Relations

Donald J. Gray, Labor Designee and College Ethics Officer, John Jay College

Jerry Rothman, Esq., University Executive Director of Instructional Staff Labor Relations

Patricia Stein, Esq., University Executive Director of Labor Hearings & Appeals

CUNY’s Office of Labor Relations will lead two back-to-back segments utilizing real case examples.  The first presentation will provide an overview on how to effectively present a classified staff disciplinary case, including conducting cross examinations and preparing documentary evidence.  The second segment will involve an interactive discussion of the most common issues and themes affecting CUNY’s labor designees and HR directors, such as adjunct reappointment errors, knowing when to extend the tenure clock, and applying compensatory time rules.

Session 3:  “Building Alliances:  The Developing Partnership between OHRM and a Campus”

9th Floor – Conference Room 9.64

Nila Bhaumik, Director of Human Resources, Guttman Community College

Jim Davis, University Director, HR Advisory Services, OHRM

Susan Haggerty, University HR Advisor, OHRM

Xena Yehya, Assistant Director for HR Operations, Guttman Community College

The role of human resources at CUNY has changed profoundly, with top leadership recognizing the value of HR as a strategic partner and agent of organizational change.  This has resulted in greater collaboration between the Colleges and CUNY’s Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), resulting in strong relationships that benefit both. In this session, representatives from Guttman Community College and OHRM will discuss real cases in which the College and OHRM worked together to streamline processes and develop unique solutions to atypical situations.

Session 4:  “How Workforce Bullying and Incivility Create Barriers to Diversity in Higher Education”

1st Floor – Room L.61

Sylvia Gail Kinard, Esq., Chief Diversity Office, Medgar Evers College

Dr. Moronke Oshin-Martin, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, Bronx Community College

Diversity is a key issue at institutions of higher education, yet research consistently suggests that workplace cultures and bullying in academia foster toxic behaviors that compromise the retention of minority faculty.  In this session, the presenters will describe the relationship between ineffective intercultural competency, poor management skills, stress, and workplace aggression, and offer recommendations on how managers and administrators can improve intercultural competency to foster cooperation and collaboration and reduce employee stress.

Keynote: “HR Management as an Interdisciplinary Field with a Multicultural Approach”

Juan J. DelaCruz is Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Lehman College, and also holds a faculty appointment in public health at the Graduate Center.  He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  His work is concentrated in the area of health economics with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS and its effects on human capital.

Dr. DelaCruz has a certificate in Human Capital Management from NYU and has taught courses on Human Resource Management and Labor Relations in the business program and was the inaugural Faculty Advisor of the Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Lehman College.

“HR as a Business Imperative:  Partners with Academics, Finance, IT, Marketing, and Student Affairs”

1st Floor – Room L.63

Vice Chancellor Gloriana B. Waters, Moderator

President William J. Fritz, College of Staten Island

President Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College

William A. Tramontano, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Brooklyn College

Robert Pignatello, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, Hunter College

Claudia Colbert, Chief Information Officer, Queens College

José Magdaleno, Vice President for Student Affairs, Lehman College

Session 5:  “It Takes a Village:  Cross Campus Collaborations at Lehman College”

6th Floor – Moot Courtroom 6.68

Dawn Ewing Morgan, Diversity & Compliance Officer

Mary Rogan, Esq., Special Counsel for Legal Affairs & Labor Relations

Eric Washington, Director of Human Resources

Effective service that meets legal compliance and policy mandates requires true collaboration and effective, timely communication.  Lehman College’s Office of Compliance and Diversity, Office of the Special Counsel, and Human Resources Department will discuss how their collaborative relationship advances the College’s strategic goals through academic and administrative prioritization, and their use of IT, media and training solutions to address personnel functions, data reporting, and to deliver information.

Session 6:  “Crossing Bridges:  Putting Your Ph.D. to Work in University Administration”

1st Floor – Room L.61

Howard Apsan Ph.D., University Director of Environmental, Health, Safety & Risk Mgt., CUNY Central Office

Teena Costabile, Deputy Director of Human Resources, Graduate Center

Christopher Jaggon, Human Resources Generalist, Graduate Center

Ella Kiselyuk, Executive Director of Human Resources , Graduate Center

Doctoral Scholar TBD

To bridge a disconnect between the employment opportunities afforded to current doctoral students and recent graduates, the Graduate Center’s Offices of Human Resources and Career Planning & Professional Development introduced a mentoring program in which participants “shadow” university executives and gain valuable hands-on experience in higher education administration.  This session will describe the program’s objectives and outcomes.

Session 7:  “TIAA Emerging Leaders Network in Action at CUNY”

1st Floor – Room L.63

Michael S. Noetzel, TIAA, Moderator

Shane Ayers, York College

John Conway, Central Office Human Resources

Sherri Hospedales, Brooklyn College

Jenny Hua, CUNY Office of Recruitment & Diversity

Bolanle Margaret Macaulay, Central Office Human Resources

Liany Marcial, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Jeannie Simmons, York College

Gary Yip, Central Office Human Resources

This session will explore the training approach and early outcomes from CUNY’s participation in the TIAA Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a multi-year national leadership development program that imparts advanced leadership skills to high potential employees in human resources at major colleges and universities across the country.  Participants also receive in-depth training in HR competencies, strategies, and expertise on the business of the higher education.  Michael Noetzel of TIAA will moderate a panel discussion featuring CUNY’s current participants in the ELN, who will describe how they have been able to solve HR problems and innovate using the best practices they’ve learned from the program.