Heather Schultz to Speak at 12th Annual Diversity Conference

HeatherSchultz_croppedNoted author, public speaker, and philanthropist Heather Schultz ’72, P’14 will present the keynote at Williston Northampton School’s 12th annual Diversity Conference on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. in the Athletic Center.

Ms. Schultz is vice president of Senn Delaney, a culture-consulting firm with headquarters in California and London, England. She has previously worked as an executive at Save the Children, president of the Tom Peters Company, and as global head of marketing for Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.

Her books include Online Learning Today: Strategies That Work, with John Fogarty, and Dance Lessons: Six Steps to Great Partnerships in Business and Life, with Dr. Chip Bell. She attended Northampton School for Girls and was in the first graduating class of the combined Williston Northampton School. Her daughter, Bianca Schultz, is a senior at the school.

Ms. Schultz will speak on the conference theme of “Empowering MEdia” by exploring how those in the Williston community can be at their best more and make valuable contributions to their families, the school, and the world.

Prior to the keynote, a screening of “Girl Rising” will be held on Thursday, from 7:45-9:45 p.m. in the Athletic Center. The conference will begin with a Friday morning welcome by the Diversity Committee Co-Chairs A’Kala Chaires ’14 and Maranie Harris-Kuiper ’15 and a spoken word performance by Verdi Degbey ’16, entitled “Suicide or Homicide: The Power of Words” at 8:30 a.m. in the Athletic Center.

Following Ms. Schultz’s talk, students will participate in a workshop with Mark Wiggins from “I Will Defend,” a bullying prevention program. In the afternoon, they’ll participate in one of 21 community-directed workshops with topics to include: “Into to Saving the World,” “The New Jim Crow,” “Tintin in the News,” and “You Can Make Smart Decisions Online.”

The conference will conclude with “Oreo” by Mr. Degbey; a hip hop demonstration by Henry Lombino ’14 and visiting faculty member Marcus Ware; a call to action by faculty member Stan Samuelson; and final remarks by Diversity Committee Members Brittany Collins ’14 and Michael Thompson ’14.

Ms. Schultz’s address is open to the public and will begin at 8:45 AM in the Athletics Center. The workshops are closed to the public.

View the full list of Diversity Conference workshops here.

See the Diversity Conference poster here or the program here.

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