University of California, Davis
Ralph J. Hexter was appointed Acting Chancellor on April 27, 2016, and became Interim Chancellor on September 15, 2016. As the top institutional leader and primary public representative of UC Davis, including the Human Health System in Sacramento, he oversees all aspects of the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.
Hexter came to UC Davis on January 1, 2011, as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the university’s chief academic and budget officer, primary liaison to the Academic Senate, and the Chancellor’s representative in her absence. In coordination with the Chancellor and working closely with faculty and deans, Provost Hexter was responsible for leading the development of academic priorities and strategies, recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty, leading the university’s strategic planning processes, allocating resources to advance strategic priorities, and managing the daily operation of the campus. In addition, he oversaw the work of the deans, vice provosts, and those in other similar positions, many of whom he recruited to UC Davis.
Throughout his career, Hexter has made it a priority to foster excellence across the full range of disciplines and professions, and to promote equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. A recipient of the University of Massachusetts’ Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall Award (2008), he was also a founding member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education.
After earning degrees at Harvard, Oxford (Corpus Christi College), and Yale, Hexter taught for a decade in Yale’s classics department before moving to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directed the graduate program in comparative literature. In 1995, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley as professor of classics and comparative literature, advancing to posts as chair of Comparative Literature, and then dean of Arts and Humanities and executive dean of the College of Letters and Science, the last two concurrently. From 2005 through 2010, he served as President of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, a selective liberal arts college with approximately 1,400 students known for its innovative, student-centered pedagogy and curriculum.
At UC Davis, Interim Chancellor Hexter holds an academic appointment as Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature. Throughout his administrative career, he has continued to teach, lecture, and publish on the interpretation and meaning of classical Greek and Roman literature from antiquity through the Middle Ages to modern times. In 2016, Hexter was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mentorship & Leadership by Example
Julie A. Freischlag is the Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. She oversees UC Davis Health System’s academic, research and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 619-bed acute-care hospital. With nearly 10,000 employees, more than 815 students, an operating budget of more
than $2 billion, $230 million in outside research funding and 860,000 outpatient visits each year, UC Davis Health System is a major contributor to the health care and economy of the Sacramento
region and a center of biomedical discoveries that help advance health around the world.
Freischlag is one of the most prominent leaders among the nation’s academic health centers. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her
role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery
at nationally ranked hospitals. Before joining UC Davis Health System, she served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths
Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the immediate past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. She is the immediate past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery.
She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Freischlag received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and a medical degree from Rush University Medical College in Chicago. She completed her surgical residency and vascular fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Baltimore Magazine named her “Top Doctor,” Working Mother Magazine selected her as one of the “10 most powerful moms in health care,” and she was named one of the 2015-16 Best Doctors in America.
She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.
Healthy Campus Initiative and Wellbeing
Dr. Wendy Slusser is Associate Vice Provost at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), for Chancellor Block’s Healthy Campus Initiative that was envisioned and is supported by Jane and Terry Semel; Dr. Slusser is also HS Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and Co-Founder and Academic Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program. Dr. Slusser graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University, received her Medical Degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and her Masters Degree in Science from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1996 and since then has been a leader in community, school, clinic, and family based programs related to health promotion, infant and child nutrition and physical fitness.
UC Path Update Panel
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UC Path Update Panel
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Director of Employment Practice Consulting
(Breakout - The Wedge: A Simple Metaphor for Improving your workplace relationships)
Gerry Preciado has been a contractor with UCOP for several years. He is authorized to work with all campus locations, laboratories, and health systems. Mr. Preciado has literally trained and consulted with thousands of employees, supervisors, leads, managers, and executive teams. His areas of expertise and emphasis are leadership, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team building and development. After spending several years as an employment law trial attorney (representing first plaintiffs and then defendants), Mr. Preciado realized that rather than being part of the solution to create great workplace environments, he was part of the problem. After seeing the proverbial light and the error of his ways, he spent several years developing an approach to leading and managing people and empowering them to positively manage and respond to conflict and other workplace challenges.
His unique and proprietary Wedge Extraction™ and Maxim Management™ approaches to human interaction have empowered agencies of all sizes to develop more effective and efficient workplace environments. His emphasis on the Human Interaction Toolbelt™ and the skills found thereon has helped thousands create more effective, efficient, and harmonious workplace cultures. When employees understand the need to respect each other’s paradigms and respond to conflict in a productive and positive manner good things happen. The solution is simple, the execution takes practice, and the results always reinforce that it was worth the effort.
Mr. Preciado received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from UCLA.
Breakout - LinkedIn, Social Media
Bio coming soon
Office of the Ombuds
(Breakout - Difficult Conversations)
Ellen provides mediation services and designs and facilitates group experiences ranging from staff retreats and team building to strategic planning and group conflict resolution. Ellen trained as a UCSF Volunteer Mediator in 2007 and joined the Office of the Ombuds in 2012. Her diverse group facilitation experience includes working with both small and large group processes for non-profit organizations, academic efforts, and governmental entities. Ellen has been a popular guest lecturer on community-engaged research strategies. At UCSF since 1988, her work has focused on HIV/AIDS, health equity, and linking research to community practice. Ellen is a Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner as designated by the International Ombudsman Association and is available to meet with individual members of the UCSF community to discuss workplace concerns.
Director of the Talent Management and Development Center of Expertise at UC Davis
(Breakout - Talent Management Center)
Carina Celesia Moore, MA, SPHR, CPLP is Director of the Talent Management and Development Center of Expertise at UC Davis, which includes learning and development, leadership development, worklife and wellness, rewards and recognition, and career counseling and coaching, at both the UC Davis campus, and the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento. Carina has over 20 years of experience in higher education human resources and she promotes integrated talent strategies through developing, engaging and retaining employees. She has been involved in several University of California talent management initiatives including serving as an instructor in the UC Management Development Program. She is a frequent speaker and instructor for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) Annual Conference, Business Management Institute (BMI), and professional development workshops. Carina is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). Carina holds a Masters degree in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College in New York.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
(Newborn Horses Give Clues to Autism)
Dr. John Madigan is a distinguished professor of medicine and epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Animal Welfare. He is a clinician in equine medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital where he started the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Equine Neonatal Critical Care Unit in 1987. He co-leads the Comparative Neurology Research Group at UC Davis investigating neurological conditions of horses and humans. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant with Stanford Medical School and UC Davis Medical School investigating transition of consciousness at birth in infants based on recent discoveries in neonatal foals.
UCSC Director of Bus. & Admin Services
Marie Logan is the Director of Operations and Resource Management in the Business and Administrative Services division (BAS) at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has dedicated her work life to the field of higher education since 1991 and has spent over half of this time working in academic units. Marie has served in roles as diverse as Assistant Dean at the School of Natural Resources & Environment and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts at the University of Michigan, as well as Assistant Dean of Social Sciences and also her current role at UC Santa Cruz. She has a BBA from Western Michigan University with a major in Marketing and minors in Economics and French. In her spare time, she is an oil painter and ocean sailing enthusiast. Relevant to this conference, she leads many cross-functional simplification efforts, leads a large training institute within the BAS division, and teaches staff development courses at UC Santa Cruz on the topics of Lean Thinking and Liberating Structures.
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA
(Negotiation Skills For Managers…Time, Information, and Power)
Thomas Nykiel is the Chief Financial Officer at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA. IPAM has received $45 million in grants from the National Science Foundation. Prior to UCLA, he was Financial Director for an international trade association, Accounting Manager at Cigna Healthplan of Illinois, and Senior Auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick. He passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam and has an MBA and Bachelor degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member of the Mt. Pinos Nordic Ski Patrol, which provides winter ski safety service, including emergency first aid and search & rescue, and past President of Beverly Hills Toastmasters.
(Breakout - How Fear can Propel Your Career)
Tracy Preciado infuses humanity into the workplace by modeling transformational leadership, grounded in her ability to recognize and inspire the unlimited potential of the people with whom she works. Currently a Senior Organization Development Specialist at UC Davis and the owner of Introspection, Tracy specializes in professional business coaching and organization development. Tracy is funny, creative, compassionate, and honest. She is particularly skilled at leveraging her personal strengths, which include curiosity, assertiveness, and insightfulness, to productively co-create new opportunities and perspectives with/for her clients. In addition to holding a B.S. in Psychology, a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through International Coach Federation, Tracy has more than a decade of experience. She has worked with a variety of leaders from executives to front line supervisors to empower, inspire, and reach levels that seemed impossible before partnering with her.
Breakout - Peer to Peer Mentoring Best Practices - UCSF ABOG Mentorship Program
Darin Lum, is a Senior Financial Analyst at the UCSF Global Health Group. Throughout his career, Darin has been part of operational improvements at the UCSF Controller’s Office and UCSF Global Health Sciences. Prior to working at UCSF, Darin worked in Banking and Investments for nearly a decade.
For the past 3 years, Darin has been a member of the UCSF ABOG Mentorship Committee. He has helped oversee the planning and processing for the UCSF Mentorship Program. In his spare time, he is a fitness enthusiast, obstacle course runner, and father to a very active 2 year old.
Darin attended the University of San Francisco for a M.S. in Finance and University of Washington for a B.A. in Sociology.
UC Regent Speaker Regent
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) in 2007. Since his appointment, he has fostered strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the college. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students. He joined LBCCD in 2002, serving as the assistant superintendent/executive vice president of administrative services. In this capacity, Oakley undertook supervision of the Measure E Bond construction program for the district and oversaw the finances and operations of the district’s two campuses. Before that, he served as the vice president of college services at Oxnard College; the assistant vice president of the Property & Casualty Division of Keenan & Associates and the manager of risk services at the Coast Community College District. Oakley also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching in and coordinating the Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College.
Partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Oakley helped form the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise (College Promise). Through the College Promise, LBUSD administrators and high school teachers work with college faculty and staff to create clear structured pathways for students to follow as they move from one education institution to another. These pathways prepare LBUSD high school graduates to succeed in college, and College Promise students are guaranteed a tuition-free year at LBCC and preferred admission status to CSULB after completing the transfer requirements. Reports suggest the College Promise measurably reduces demand for college level remediation, increases student persistence rates and creates financial efficiencies so LBCC can educate more students for less money.
Oakley serves on the boards and committees of the University of California Board of Regents, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Forward Leadership Council, the College Futures Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Rotary Club. He sits on the advisory board for the CSULB Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership. Oakley himself is a community college success story. After serving four years in the U.S. Army, he enrolled at Golden West College. He then transferred to the University of California, Irvine where he received his degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and Master of Business Administration.
Professor and Chair - UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director – UC Davis Center for Human/Robotics/Vehicle Integration and Performance
(Motivational Speaker Dr. Stephen K. Robinson)
Before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2012, Stephen Robinson spent 37 years at NASA, where he served as a research scientist, manager, engineer, and astronaut. Robinson now directs the UC Davis Center for Human/Robotic/Vehicle Integration and Performance, where students pursue research in: Human/Systems Engineering, Human Spaceflight, Aviation Safety, Human/Robotic Integration, and UAV applications. He also serves as Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
As a NASA Astronaut, Dr. Robinson flew on four space shuttle missions, including three spacewalks, and has extensive expertise in spacecraft systems, operational safety, space robotics, aerodynamics, and fluid physics. He has received numerous awards, including NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. Robinson is a UC Davis alumnus in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (B.S., 1978) and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in turbulence physics from Stanford University in Mechanical and Aero/Astro Engineering (1986, 1990).
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