Distinguished Speakers


Imagine: Creating the World you Want
Dr. Jennifer Wisdom

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 PM – Missouri Recital Hall

Jennifer Pelt Wisdom, PhD MPH, is a woman with a mission: to help people achieve clarity, reach their greatest potential, and lead with wisdom. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, health services researcher, administrator, coach, consultant, and author. Previous activities include conducting federally funded research on improving behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and their families; managing research operations and implementing quality improvement for a large, urban university; and providing mentoring and training to graduate students and faculty. She currently manages her own consulting firm in which she provides training, coaching, and consultation to universities, governments, and industry on mentoring, productivity, and leadership.

Speaker recommended by Dr. Brenda Ross, Professor of Chemistry

Portrait of the Entrepreneur as a Young Woman:
A Letter To My Younger Self
Dr. Adeline Koh


While Adeline Koh spent the majority of her working life building and navigating an academic career as a tenure track humanities professor, she has transitioned into starting her own small business, a small-batch, ethically handcrafted skincare company called Sabbatical Beauty. In this letter to her younger self, she muses about what she has learned in her academic career and how that translates into the way she runs her business today.

Adeline is an associate professor at Stockton University, an independent web designer and the founder of a skincare product startup, Sabbatical Beauty. She’s passionate about teaching, web design, technology, and the darker side behind tech: inequality and oppression. She writes a lot about gender, race, ethnicity, issues in higher education, digital pedagogy and the digital humanities.

Speaker recommended by Dr. Catherine Volle, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry

Imagine Freely
Dr. Andreé Robinson-Neal

Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 PM – Missouri Recital Hall

When viewed by others, boxes are ticked regarding gender, age, physicality, race/ethnicity … and just as often, the invisible boxes of our level of education and subsequent knowledge are also ticked before we open our mouths. How, as scholar-practitioners who are also identified as female in the midst of all these boxes, are we able to be who we want and not get lost? In this talk, let’s explore together what it means to be a ‘professional’ and how imagination enhances our ability to serve the world with honesty, power, and strength.

Andreé Robinson-Neal, EdD, serves the global community as a scholar-practitioner dedicated to the study of diversity in higher education. She currently works for Yorkville University and Grand Canyon University as an online faculty member. She also works virtually to support and assist her clients through consulting, editing, and ghostwriting. She has also served as an administrator at Azusa Pacific University and Salem Community College. She completed her doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara and also completed the Fielding Graduate University “Teaching in the Virtual Classroom” program. Her research interests include but are not limited to: higher education administration, community college education and administration, social networking, faith, social justice, grounded theory, diversity, redevelopment and revitalization of US urban centers.

Asian Americans and the New Era of Civil Rights
Helen Ho, J.D.

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 PM – Missouri Recital Hall

Asians are the fastest growing racial group in the country with the fastest rates of growth in the American South. While immigrant and refugee populations are a relatively new demographic, both are introducing new paradigms in the standard conceptions and discussions of racism and social justice. Ms. Ho will address issues related to ongoing struggles for human rights and her own journey to leadership and starting a nonprofit – including opportunities, growth, self-doubts and challenges.

Helen Ho is the Founder and former Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, the largest Asian civil rights legal organization in the South. She led Advancing Justice Atlanta’s public policy, legal education, community organizing, and leadership development work to further its goal of increasing the civic participation of Asian Americans in the South. Advancing Justice – Atlanta was formed in April 2010 after Helen successfully organized Asian immigrant and refugee-led groups to take collective action against a proposed English-only driver license bill that violated the 14th Amendment. Helen is a graduate of Rice University and a 1999 Honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. Helen is married to Rodney Ho, Entertainment Columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and is the mother of two adorable dogs.

Speaker recommended by Dr. Julie Tietz, Professor of Psychology

Funding provided by the Alice Virginia Coffin Enrichment Fund for Cottey College. This fund was presented to the Cottey College Board of Trustees by Massachusetts P.E.O. members in recognition of the Coffin family origin on Nantucket Island Massachusetts.

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