Goals For The Conference
GOALS FOR THE CONFERENCE ARE SIMPLE!
James Robilotta is an improv comedian, professional speaker, author, and host of the podcast Diner Talks with James. He speaks to willing and unwilling audiences internationally about authentic leadership and promoting memorability. As a speaker, he is doing the two things he loves the most: causing audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and making people laugh! His thought-provoking talks are infused with self-awareness and comedy stemming from his background as a trained stand-up and improv comedian.
James loves to help people get out of their own ways to live the lives they deserve and be the leaders they are capable of becoming.
James T. Robilotta Website: jamestrobo.com
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Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic For Student Leaders and Human Beings
IMPROV Your Teamwork and Communication
Reno Charette currently serves as the Networking Project Director for American Indian Higher Education Consortium | AIHEC.
"Reno knew early on she wanted a career that would include helping other Native American students achieve success. It’s her work as Montana State University Billings’ director of American Indian Outreach for which Charette was named one of this year’s 20 Exceptional Women by the Billings Gazette. Reno worked at MSUB for nearly a decade and in the director of American Indian Outreach since 2009."
“My purpose on this earth is to nurture and develop successful adults,” Reno said. “That’s the approach I took as a parent. I’m not here to be your friend. I’m here to fulfill my responsibility.”
“As an undergraduate and student myself I started analyzing the university system and the common obstacles we faced how I would do things differently,” Reno said.
Reno, who grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and is a member of the Crow Tribe in Crow Agency, Montana, has leaned on her desire for education and lessons learned as a single mother of three to mentoring young Native American students.
“My favorite conversations I have are the ones where we find solutions,” she said. “Coming from a disadvantaged background, every student has a different story and needs a different toolbox.”
Quoted langauge from: Reno Charette | MSU Billings
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Our Staff – AIHEC
Western Native Voice Community Spotlight: Reno Charette - WORC
Reno Charette | LinkedIn
Meshayla is a black/bi-sexual/cis-gendered woman, originally from Southern California. She moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana where she graduated with her degree in African American Studies. For nearly a decade Meshayla has been a fierce advocate for racial equity in Montana and is committed to supporting company cultures that nurture and value the inherent dignity of every person. Meshayla has educated over 1,700 people in the public and private sectors - from philanthropy & technology to conservation. Meshayla has given workshops and trainings across the nation—including as a TEDx speaker. She is a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional through Cornell University, and she serves on the board of Earthtone OutsideMT and ForwardMT.
Meshayla is the definition of “it takes a village” and was raised by 5 different guardians throughout her life. Meshayla attributes all of her tenacity, passion, and love of people to the amazing women she has had in her life but gives special mention to her nana Judy who immigrated to the US from Bermuda and dedicated herself to building a better life for her family. Meshayla works to honor her in all that she does. When she is not working she is spending time with her wild bug-eyed pug, Prince Odie, and enjoying the sunshine with her fiancé and friends. Meshayla is a buffalo wings connoisseur and is always on the hunt to find the best hot wings in Montana!
Meshayla Cox is an equity and inclusion consultant, anti-racism educator, facilitator, and resource who works alongside several consulting agencies such as Level Equity Consultants, Widerstand Consulting, She Geeks Out, and DF Analytics. Meshayla attended the University of Montana where she pursued a degree in African American Studies. For nearly a decade Meshayla has been a fierce advocate for racial equity in Montana and is committed to supporting company cultures that nurture and value the inherent dignity of every person.
In 2019, she received a Defending Democracy Fellowship from the Western States Center to fight against growing white nationalism throughout the country. In 2018, she created and founded the Black Solidarity Summit. In 2017, she was named a recipient of the prestigious Ulysses S. Doss African-American Studies Scholarship.
Meshayla has educated over 1,700 people in the public and private sectors - from philanthropy & technology to conservation. Meshayla has given workshops and trainings across the nation—including as a TedX speaker. When she is not working you can find Meshayla munching on hot wings and playing with her pug puppy, Odie.
Meshayla Cox Website: About | Level Equity Consultants
LinkedIn: Meshayla Cox (she,ella) CCDP | LinkedIn
Race equity and justice: Montana conference set for October (kbzk.com)
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Race, Equality, & Inclusion
Montana Racial Equity Project
My Educational Story & The Importance of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Education
Building Connection, Inclusion, & Growth Within Your Team
Dr. Eric Groves has spent 23 years in Higher Education, serving Colleges and Universities around the country. Prior to coming to RNL in 2014, Eric served 15 years at Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, CA. There, Eric led the Admissions Team to grow incoming student enrollment, increased academic benchmarks each year, and doubled the percentage of racial/ethnically diverse students in the incoming class.
At RNL, Eric has served institutions in the west for most of the last 8 years, including many institutions in the state of Montana. In January of this year, Dr. Groves decided to head back to a campus, and served as the Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, a prestigious 241 year old Liberal Arts institution. Following his time at W&J, Eric has come back to RNL and now works directly with Boards. Presidents, and Executive Leaders, to help colleges and universities to fully live into their mission.
Dr. Groves speaks about Strategic Enrollment Planning, the State of Higher Education, Financial Aid Optimization, Higher Education Revenue Generation, and Enrollment Marketing at conferences all over the world. Eric has a Ph.D. in Higher Education, where his research area is Student Success, particularly in 2-year institutions. Dr. Groves lives in Happy Valley, Oregon (outside of Portland) and has 2 kids in college, which he references often in his conversations with campuses.
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Lessens Learned from RNL's 2022 High School Student College Planning Report
Student Latest Reports & Data Sharing
Recruitment & Retention Best Practices
Bryan A. Peterson, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resource Services
Bryan Peterson has been with Associated Employers since 2007 and provides member services in the areas of organizational and staff development and training. Bryan specializes in professional and staff development to include: leadership and management development, personality assessments, communication, conflict management, team building, performance management, discipline and termination.
Bryan also provides member services in the area of regulatory and preventative training to include drug and alcohol testing reasonable suspicion for supervisors, harassment and discrimination prevention, and workplace violence prevention.
Bryan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, and his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on the local and national level.
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Understanding the 5 Generational in the Workplace and In Student Recruitment
Team Communication & Management Best Practices