LHU associate professor participates in national leadership conference
October 5, 2012
Lock Haven, PA - Lock Haven University Associate Professor, Dr. Laurie Cannady was chosen to participate in the 13th Annual Leadership Diversity Conference as a subject-matter-expert panelist. The event was hosted by the United States Military Academy on October 2nd-4th and held in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Hall on the West Point Military Academy campus in New York.
The leadership conference explored best practices and approaches for harnessing the holistic power of the talent that exists in culturally diverse organizations. The speakers included military personnel, public-sector experts, and private-sector leaders. This year’s conference theme was “Diversity: Your Road to Readiness.”
Dr. Cannady participated in a two-hour moderated panel discussion as one of three distinguished women who shared their experiences and insight on operating in a hostile work environment while in the military. The panelists shared their personal stories and offered methods for dealing with, reporting, surviving, and ultimately thriving after operating in environments that forever changed their lives.
Dr. Cannady’s participation was a direct result of a course she taught last year at Lock Haven University titled; Women and Their Wars/ENL328. “I'm a disabled veteran and served in the United States Army for six years. I have passionately worked to educate our students on gender issues in the military. This issue is extremely important to me and one in which I have championed for years. I was both honored and excited to participate,” says Dr. Cannady.
The Diversity Leadership Conference has been a part of the United States Military Academy conference schedule for the past 12-years and strives to advance diversity initiatives in the Army and at the United States Military Academy.
“We are proud of the work of our faculty and staff. One of the reasons we are such a great university is because of our faculty’s dedication. Dr. Cannady is passionate and committed to excellence. By participating in this national forum, many others will see what we have come to see as it relates to her vast level of scholarly attributes,” says Michael Fiorentino, Jr., President of Lock Haven University.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.