Women in IH Leadership Summit


PDC 2001: Women in IH Leadership Summit

Saturday, May 18
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Lakeshore ABC
CM Credit Hours: 4.5

The WIH Leadership Summit is sponsored by 3M.

Everyone has influence, and this is the place where leadership is crafted. The Women in IH Leadership Summit is a special inaugural event hosted by the AIHA WIH community. This all-day program will explore essential leadership skills, uncover your leadership potential, and aid in transitioning from a technical professional to management. You'll also gain a practical understanding of management issues, empowerment, ethics, and more – all in the context of today's evolving workplace environment. Find a unique blend of vision, inspira​tion, and practical skills that you can apply immediately even as you build upon them for your professional future.

Course Outline


Keynote: Transitioning from Technical Professional to Management

Presented by Nicole Vars McCullough, PhD, CIH

Making the change from technical professional to manager can be an exciting time in a woman’s career. A smooth, successful transition from peer to boss or individual contributor to manager can be challenging while offering the opportunity to create a more productive team. McCollough will share her own story and reflections on leadership from women across the IH profession and others. She will explore:

      • The importance o​​f authenticity in leadership, and ​its impact on diverse and inclusive workplaces
      • Tips for new, and existing managers, to help you evolve your managerial and leadership styles
      • Suggestions on how we can support each other in our development as managers and leaders

Put the Predictive Index® to Work for You

Presented by Chris Tischer

The Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment™ is a science-based framework that shines a light on people's core drives and offers actionable insight into employee needs, behaviors, motivations and development areas. In this highly interactive session, you will:

      • Develop new insights into your management and leadership styles and understand how they impact your team
      • Explore how to manage your team by recognizing their distinct motivators and drives
      • Improve teamwork and enhance productivity at all levels by gaining valuable insight into each employee's decision-making, communication, and delegation style

The Intersection of Leadership and Equity in the Work Place

Presented by Ayodola Anise, MHS

This session will raise awareness about the bias that people can face at work and provide strategies on how to apply leadership techniques to increase equity in the work place. Anise will share her personal journey and explore how attendees can:

      • Understand how discrimination and disparities show up in the workplace
      • Discuss unconscious bias and how these biases can hinder the success of a team and a company
      • Build key leadership strategies to elevate their career success and that of their colleagues

Emotional Intelligence-Key to Our Success

Presented by Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE

The decisions leaders make every day present countless opportunities to positively (or negatively) impact the work environment. An effective leader can recognize what the needs of his people are; an emotionally savvy and intelligent leader is able to build stronger teams by strategically utilizing the emotional diversity of their team members to benefit the team. Attendees will:

      • Recognize and deal with one's own negative emotion
      • Discover how to stay proactive, not reactive in the face of difficult situations
      • Evaluate effective personal communication and handle difficult people

Career Success-As Defined by You!

Presented by Rianne Rome, MBA, SHRM-SCP

This stimulating session is your opportunity to examine your behaviors in business, discover habits that will propel you forward, and recognize your greatest strengths and weaknesses. Rome will also lead the group through a thought-provoking exercise that includes:

      • Examining how you see yourself vs. how others see you
      • Exploring behaviors that could be holding you back
      • Challenge common myths and misconceptions
      • Assess your strengths and weaknesses
      • Create a personal story and planning for career success

Round Robin Takeaways and Inspiration


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how Predictive Index applies to themselves and their teams
  • Examine unconscious bias in their workplace and develop steps to overcome it
  • Recognize how emotional intelligence works within their organization
  • Develop a personal story that will elevate their career pathway and personal objectives


Participants should have knowledge or experience working within teams as a participant or a position of leadership.

Value Added

Participants will receive some personalized evaluations of their Predictive Index and links/articles to additional tools to facilitate personal growth in mentoring and leadership opportunities.

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Ayodola Anise, MHS

Ms. Ayodola Anise is an equity and leadership strategist. With more than 15 years of experience in the public health profession, she works tirelessly to advance health and healthcare equity. Her areas of expertise include research and evidence synthesis, engagement of multi-stakeholder committees, and program development and implementation in Federal, consulting, and nonprofit environments.

Anise received her BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and her MHS from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a woman of color, her own experiences with discrimination have led her to learn, develop, and share strategies to address bias and improve equity not just in healthcare, but also in the workplace.

Nicole Vars McCullough, PhD, CIH

Dr. Nikki Vars McCullough is the Global Application Engineering and Regulatory Affairs Manager for 3M’s Personal Safety Division. She has worked in occupational health and safety for over 25 years. Nikki received her masters and doctorate in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota.

A Kusnetz Award winner in 2008, McCullough has also received the Bosch Award in Environmental Health and the Robert Gross Award in Biological Safety. She was also nominated for the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. She has presented at several conferences, published in peer reviewed journals, and holds several patents for personal protective equipment.

Rianne Rome, MBA, SHRM-SCP

Ms. Rianne Rome is the Chief Talent Development Officer with JK Moving / CapRelo, a globally recognized mobility and logistics services provider. She has more than 25 years of experience in leadership, human resources, education, and talent development in a variety of industries. She received her BAs in Architectural Studies and Business Administration, as well as her MBA, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rome focuses on talent development strategy and is motivated by the success of her company and its people in this area. Her corporate training initiatives focus on programs that support their Enterprise Core Values. An advocate for female and minority success in the workplace, Rome looks for ways to make a positive impact on the lives of others by equipping individuals at all career stages to find and fulfill their purpose.

Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE

Mr. Larry Sloan has been CEO of AIHA since October 2016.

Previously, he served as President/CEO for seven years at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association representing the United States' specialty chemical industry. Sloan entered the nonprofit sector in 2001 by serving first as a director with a subsequent promotion to president at the Adhesive and Sealant Council.

Sloan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemical Engineering and earned his MBA from Northwestern University.​​​​​​​

Chris Tischer

Chris Tischer has been a consultant for, and client of, PI Midwest for over 20 years. Utilizing his experiences as a manager, business owner, and consultant, he works hard to encourage his clients to apply Predictive Index to its fullest capacity, enabling profound impact on the companies that use it.

Tischer has customers in nearly 20 states and a variety of industries including: manufacturing, agriculture, construction, transportation, energy, financial institutions, food production, and nonprofits. He received his BS from South Dakota State University.​​