Adis M. Vila of IWF Florida recently spoke at The Critical Conversations Conference at Webster University in panel discussions promoting equality among administration, faculty and students in in an initiative from Webster University’s President’s Office and The Departments of Diversity and Inclusion and Community Engagement.
“You have to be able to identify blind spots, bridge culture gaps and have a core in advocacy. You have to be able to identify your own biases,” Vila said. “Only then will these employees, or faculty or administrators accept that a more inclusive organization is really a more effective organization.” (Source: Webster University – The Journal)
Vila was a speaker at the Fellows Program training during the 2014 IWF World Leadership Conference in Atlanta in a segment titled, “Women Leaders and their Pathways to Progress” where she shared the personal stories of courage and tenacity that shaped her career with a new generation of women picking up the mantle of leadership.
A frequent speaker on leadership, organizational culture, cross-cultural management and diversity and inclusion, Vila is a National Association of Corporate Directors leadership fellow, senior fellow for the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute for Technology and a member of The Alumni Society of Hispanic Executives. A professor of international law and international business, corporate executive, government official, academic administrator, and practicing attorney, Vila was the first Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Vila’s work at USAFA was recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHTS Into Diversity, and the “Dare to Dream Award” by the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum.
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