Online Briefing Series for Women

Based on feedback from the NASPA membership, the Center for Women developed an online briefing series on a variety of hard and soft skills that tie to student affairs and higher education.  These programs will be offered every other month and will focus on issues relevant toward women in the field of higher education and student affairs. This website will continue to be updated with upcoming programs and registration information.   Memebers are encouraged to register and encourage to bring staff members participate in the presentation as well. 

Have an idea?

The Center for Women is hosting a call for online briefings and hope you will consider an idea for a presentation.  Workshops are asked to be targeted to professional development topics for women in higher education and student affairs.  Consider submitting your program to be featured as part of the online series for the Center for Women.  The priority deadline for submissions is Friday, September 22 and submissions will be evaluated on an on-going basis.  

Learning Outcomes for the 2017-2018 Online Briefing Series
  • Online briefings will focus on women’s issues on a college campus and presented by those with expertise in the foundational area.
  • The online briefing series provides a venue to continue to advance and showcase the research and practice being developed about women in higher education.
  • Content will be delivered in a flexible and accessible format that matches the known demands for women.
  • Content selection will be done in collaboration with other groups within NASPA and outside partners.
Some sample topics for this year's series could include:
  • Gaining Experience for Advancement and Growth
  • The Job Search Process / Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Life Management (care giving, life management) 

Online Briefing Submission

September Online Briefing

This program will occur Monday, September 18 | 3:00-4:00 EST, 2:00-3:00 CST, 1:00-2:00 MST, 12:00-1:00 PST 

Registration Online

The Art of Creating Your Career Path

There is no one right path when it comes to thinking about your career. Although we think of our career path as defined by clear guidelines and norms, it is really more art than science.  In this Briefing, the presenters will share career pathing tools and experiences from the field. The content will be offered in a way each participant can personally explore the vast considerations and decisions for themselves.  

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Become familiar with resources and tools to learn and explore vocation and career paths.
  • Learn more than one way of thinking about career pathing, with a focus on personalization.
  • Learn methods of self-understanding, discernment, and reflection to address the anxiety and unknowing of moving ahead.
Norma Guerra Gaier

Norma Guerra Gaier has worked in the career development field at both private and public institutions for more than 25 years. In addition to her extensive experience in university career services, she has led efforts in law school career services, alumni relations, adult education career development, civic engagement, leadership initiatives and service learning. Currently, she serves as the Director of Career Services at Texas State University, offering leadership for a comprehensive career services operation serving over 38,000 students.

This year, Norma is serving her profession as the President-elect of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). With over 11,000 college and employer members nationwide, NACE serves as the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market. She enjoys serving as a NACE mentor, presenting at conferences, and she remains active in various committees.

She has also been active in various leadership positions within her region, state and locally, and is a proud past-president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, the Texas Association of Employment in Education and the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association. She has also served as an Expert Reviewer for the CAS Standards for Career Services.

One of her favorite topics is ethics in career services and recruitment, so she is pleased to serve as a faculty member for the NACE Management Leadership Institute teaching ethics. Her professional interests include communication analysis and interpretation involved in the career development process, life transitional issues, ethics, and generational impacts on the college experience and the workplace. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English-Communication Arts and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies, both from St. Mary’s University. 

Gage Paine

Gage E. Paine, J.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant at Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)—a comprehensive higher education consulting firm focused on creating change for learning. Throughout her more than thirty-year career, she has been a leader in higher education and student affairs serving most recently as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, Dr. Paine has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level and presented at numerous national and regional conferences. In 2011 Dr. Paine was honored by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education with the John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer for Region III, followed in 2012 with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean as well as recognition as a Pillar of the Profession.

Dr. Paine earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma.

Registration Information

This Live Briefing is scheduled for September 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET and will last approximately 60 minutes. Pre-readings, discussion, and the live event will take place in the NASPA Online Learning Community. The live session will be recorded and the presenters will be available to answer questions for a period of 3 weeks after the live session.;

This briefing is available for $99 and you are not required to be a NASPA member to register. If you have a discount code, you may enter this at the time of registration. Your access is connected to your NASPA profile, so while we encourage you to view the live session with your colleagues, please keep in mind that all interactions within the learning community will be made under the registrant's name and will be connected to your profile.

Registration Online

Missed a Previous Online Briefing? 

No worries! Each online briefing is available on-demand within two weeks following the live session.  Take a look at past programs sponsored by the Center for Women below. 

April 2017: The Student Affairs Mid-Level Administrator: The Power and Strength of Leading from the Middle

February 2017: Landing the job you want: Top 10 strategies to capitalize on the job search process

December 2016: Beyond Busy: Developing Life Work Integration for Women in Student Affairs

October 2016: Intersections of Identity at Work: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (self-care and support)