Texas Tech University

WLI Conference

Thursday, April 20th, 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Workshop A: Overcoming Perfectionism & Stepping into your Full Potential as a Leader | Red Raider Lounge

Noelle Oberg, MA, Partner at Talent Ignited

Noelle's story began when she was majoring in Chemistry and had one too many terrifyingly difficult lab classes with no partner and decided to pause. This brought Noelle to fully step into her purpose and passion: people. Noelle transitioned into achieving a Communication degree from CU Boulder. Later, she earned a Masters in Education, Organization Learning, Performance and Change from Colorado State University. She holds a variety of certifications and licenses focusing on driving individual and team efficacy. Her career includes many success stories driven by her leadership and creation of various programs, which focuses on individual and team performance, increasing employee/talent ROI. Noelle finds joy in shifting group cultures from stagnation to collaboration. With a people first approach, Noelle excels at designing targeted learning activities to stimulate human potential and gently encourage others to explore their full potential. Noelle can usually be spotted with her family enjoying the Rocky Mountains.

Marla P. Whipple, MA, Partner at Talent Ignited
Marla earned an MA in clinical psychology from The University of Texas, El Paso and a BA in psychology from Miami University (OH). As an experienced career colleague and national training program designer and developer, Marla enjoys creating learning opportunities that help others find and pursue their career passions. Marla began her professional journey in counseling, assessment, and career services. She moved into a position developing and overseeing national in-person and online training events for professionals in career services and other areas of student affairs. Most recently, she developed overseen leadership training in the financial services industry. Marla is also an avid traveler and hopes to experience the cultures and challenge any adventure on every continent.

Workshop B: Embracing the Skill of Negotiation | Llano Estacado Room

Wendy Humphrey, Associate Dean, J.D., M. Ed.
Associate Dean Humphrey earned her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. While at Westminster, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar finalist for the state of New Mexico. She then earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Texas Tech University. After graduating from law school, she joined a law firm in Amarillo, where she later became a partner in the firm. Licensed in both Texas and New Mexico, she focused her litigation practice on commercial law, personal injury law, and appellate law. She is also a trained mediator.

In addition to being a member of the law school faculty, Associate Dean Humphrey oversees all aspects of the law school's recruitment and admissions efforts, and she is in charge of compliance with ABA and regional assessment standards. She is also a Co-Director of the Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy, which is a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students. In 2014, Associate Dean Humphrey received the university-wide Spencer A. Wells Award for creativity in teaching. Since joining the faculty, she has coached various negotiation teams, including the ABA negotiation team that won the international negotiation competition in 2010. She now serves as the Chair of the ABA negotiation competition committee, which oversees the administration of the ABA regional and national competitions, and she coaches the law school's ABA Representation in Mediation team. In addition, she serves on the national Executive Committee for the AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research section, and she is a Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute's national Pre-Law Outreach committee.

Workshop C: Young Women Leading Social Change: Tactics for Peace & Justice | Lubbock Room

Farah Council, Director of Development at New Mexico Voice for Children
Farah Council has worked on international peace and security issues since 2005, and in support of locally led community development, social justice, and advocacy for more than 15 years. For the better part of the last decade, Farah led the creation and growth of a cross-border group of women peace builders from Sudan and South Sudan promoting more inclusive peace processes in and between the two countries. She has worked on more than eight peace and transition processes promoting policy and structural change in support of citizens' and specifically women's engagement. Ms. Council served as adjunct faculty member at SIT Graduate Institute's Washington, DC Campus and currently provides strategic guidance for women's inclusion to several organizations and parties to peace processes. She also currently services as the Director of Development in her home state at New Mexico Voices for Children, which uses research, analysis and policy advocacy to improve the status, well-being and racial/ethnic equity of New Mexico's children, families, and communities.

Lamia Faruki, Board of Directors, Creativity for Peace
Creativity for Peace trains young Israeli and Palestinian women to partner as leaders by transforming anger and prejudice to mutual respect, facilitating an understanding of the other, and inspiring action to promote equality and peace. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2003 and operating in the USA, Palestine, and Israel, the organization uses dialogue and art to introduce the story of the other side and develop the compassion and healing necessary for reconciliation. Lamia Faruki is a native New Mexican with Palestinian heritage. She became involved with Creativity for Peace in 2009 and is currently serving a third term on the board of directors

Noon - 1:00 p.m. What it Means to be "Woke" in Todays Millennial Feminism | Keynote Speaker | Red Raider Lounge

Rahel Tekola is an alumna of Texas Tech University (May 2013) where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science. Rahel was an Honors College student and an undergraduate researcher.
Her research projects spanned from 'The Effects of HIV/AIDS on The Aging Generation in South Africa" to "The Rise and Fall of American Testosterone". During her time at Texas Tech she was the Co-Founder of a national organization chapter, Women for Women International. During her studies Rahel also held consecutive internships on Capitol Hill and with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C. During her time on the hill she worked on policy centered on women and children's issues and also authored a house floor resolution on the reform projects of the United Nations, Human Rights Council.
In her last year of college, Rahel was selected to work in the White House, Office of the Vice President, Office of Violence Against Women. Rahel worked on the Vice President's Gun Removal policy, the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Human Trafficking initiative. She was also one of six students selected to serve on President Obama's Youth Advisory Council where she advised the President and White House Officials on current domestic policy issues.
After graduating, Rahel spent three years working at The Family Place Domestic Violence Agency in Dallas, Texas. As Chief of Staff to the CEO and advocate for women and children who have been victims of violence, she worked to make sure clients received full services, counseling and education to a stable life free of violence. She also worked to garner partnerships and funding from multi-national corporations, foundations and the Dallas Cowboys.
During her time in Dallas she also served on the Mayor's Star Council to revitalize Southern Dallas, The City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force, American Association of University Women, United Nations Association Chapter of Dallas and a former fellow on the Wendy Davis campaign.
Rahel has also written as a contributor to the Huffington Post and Women Take The Lead. Today, Rahel is living in the vibrant city of New York and attending Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs for her Masters in Public Administration.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. How to be an Inclusive Leader: A Focus on LGBTQIA and Beyond| Red Raider Lounge

Jody Randall, M.S., Administrator, Office of LGBTQIA
Prior to joining the Texas Tech, Jody served as the Coordinator for the Office of LGBT Programming at Murray State University. In 2013, she received the Murray State President's Award for Diversity & Inclusion and in 2011 she was the recipient of a Staff Excellence Award. Jody holds a M.S. in Human Development & Leadership and a Bachelor's of Integrated Studies in Human Services from Murray State. In her role at Tech, she facilitates the development of educational, personal, and social support programs for LGBTQIA students, serves as an advocate for student issues, and provides leadership on efforts to promote inclusive excellence.

Kat Cade, B.S., Geography, WLI Member
Kathleen Cade-Gerzon has B.S. in Geography from Texs Tech. Her focus in on human geography and natural disaster preparedness. She is the co-founder of LubbockPRIDE where she founded the Paul Michael Rogers Award, which honors one local LGBT activists each year. Additionally, she serves as a member of the TTU Gay-Straight Alliance, the TTU Geography Club and PFLAG Lubbock. Her main focus in her work is to encourage diversity and education on LGBT+ issues in Lubbock and at Texas Tech.

Katie Miller, first year medical student at TTUHSC, WLI Member
Katie Miller earned a B.S. in Nutrition, Biology and American Sign Language from Texas Tech. Katie has served the University as President of the TTU Gay-Straight Alliance, Director of Diversity for Student Government Association, and the Tech Triathlon Team. She conducted research in the Human Nutrition Lab with a publication currently pending, served as an Army Medic for seven years, and is involved in the community LGBTQ organizations. In the past, she received the Outstanding Nutrition Senior Award, College of Human Sciences Student of the Month for March 2016, and the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award.

President's Gender Equity Council