Friday, October 19, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Presentations

Students are invited to attend the following workshop presentations. Presentation rooms are located on the third floor of the Coffman Memorial Union building.

Mississippi Room (Third Floor)

10:15 a.m. - NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits
What is a nonprofit organization anyway? Will I get paid enough if I work at one? How do nonprofits stay in business? What types of jobs are available? What is the best way to get my foot in the door? These topics and others will be discussed at this session.

11:30 a.m. - Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs
Have you ever wondered how people successfully make the transition from college student to government professional? An eclectic panel of individuals from city, county, state, & federal government will discuss their current positions, and the variety of paths taken to arrive there.

1:00 p.m. - Keynote: Leading the Bureaucracy Back to its Humanity: When they dream about their job futures, people tend to think more along the lines of, "I want to be the first female President of the United States," and less along the lines of, "I want to work for an organization that treats me respectfully and helps me develop to my full potential." No matter where you land your job--even if it's your dream job-- that second aspiration is probably worth more of our attention, especially considering many of us have decades of working life ahead of us. Lark will share her trajectory in the federal government--from landing her "dream job" with the National Park Service to helping her agency remember its humanity and live up to its potential.

Lark Weller is a co-founder and the Chair of the National Park Service’s Women’s Employee Resource Group, which serves nearly 500 NPS employees nationally. Her efforts are guided by her vision of an organizational culture that seeks and values the contributions of employees in authentic, humble, humane and inclusive ways—and recognizes that each employee brings a unique background to their work and needs different resources to reach their greatest potential. She is involved in several national efforts to drive meaningful workplace change within NPS.

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Keynote: Leading the Bureaucracy Back to its Humanity

Lark Weller is a co-founder and the Chair of the National Park Service’s Women’s Employee Resource Group, which serves nearly 500 NPS employees nationally. Her efforts are guided by her vision of an organizational culture that seeks and values the contributions of employees in authentic, humble, humane and inclusive ways—and recognizes that each employee brings a unique background to their work and needs different resources to reach their greatest potential. She is involved in several national efforts to drive meaningful workplace change within NPS.

Lark’s permanent position is as a Community Planner at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minneapolis/St. Paul. There, she enjoys the challenge of park planning and public engagement in places with complicated stories and histories, as well as communicating complex environmental issues in non-technical ways. She is the co-author of the award-winning State of the River Report (www.stateoftheriver.com). She developed and is Co-PI on a grant (with a UMN partner) to identify barriers to institutional equity and inclusion.

In her personal time, Lark continues to absorb anti-racism and white privilege study. She helps to strategically plan, solicit and develop educational content to provide a spectrum of anti-racist educational content for her church, and brings these lessons to her NPS work.

Lark has a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture, sociology, and anthropology, as well as a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, from the University of Minnesota.