Melissa Clodfelter, Associate Director of Leadership and Professional Development, had the honor and privilege of attending the Annual CUPA-HR National Conference held at the end of October at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Melissa and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Manager of Diversity Education in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wake Forest University, presented on the topic of Cultural Competency Coaching. Over fifty people attended their 75 minute concurrent session and participated in a discussion on a topic that is very much on the minds of institutions of higher education presently: how to develop cultural competency in students, faculty, and staff. Shayla and Melissa shared their findings and next steps based on a small coaching pilot that took place from 2012-2013.
Melissa and Shayla were joined by Angela Culler and Gary Willis from the Wake Forest University Human Resources Team. The group attended concurrent sessions and networked with colleagues from across the nation. During one of the keynote addresses, Dave Ulrich, Professor from the University of Michigan, shared that the intersection of talent and culture creates success. He said,”Equally important to talent is culture. Great people become extraordinary because they make a great team.”