2020 was a year full of surprises that empowered all of us to embrace change and evolve our leadership skills. Join us as we discuss the impacts of COVID19 and how we can use our learnings to cast an amazing vision for 2021!
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Kathy Humphrey
Dr. Kathy Humphrey serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. In these roles, she oversees the University’s internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships and government interaction at all levels. She has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, 2016 Nellie Leadership Award, distinction as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence,” and the 2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award for her contribution to the community and support of other women. She also earned the Pitt African American Alumni Council’s Sankofa Award, which honors community members who have offered outstanding education support to students of African descent.
Outside the University, Dr. Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc, Gwen’s Girls and Blood Science Foundation. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is Chair of The Forbes Funds. In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where she served for four years.
Dr. Humphrey earned a Bachelor of Science at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), a Master of Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a doctorate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University. She also maintains a faculty appointment in Pitt’s School of Education.
Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan
Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan is the Vice President of Enrollment Management at Hamline University. In her capacity she oversees the offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions as well as the Office of Financial Aid. These divisions together work to recruit, enroll, and retain new first-year, transfer, graduate, and adult education students through strategic planning involving scholarships, admission criteria, need-based aid, and more.
She also serves as the co-chair of the university-wide Enrollment and Student Success committee and is currently the president of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counselors (MACAC) and serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of River Valley. Mai Nhia holds a bachelor of English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Masters in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and is completing her coursework for her Ed.D. from Hamline University.
Annmarie Caño, Ph.D.
Annmarie Caño, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Psychology at Gonzaga University. Dr. Caño’s work as a leader is informed by personal experience and a research career that includes chronic pain and illness, empathy and emotional regulation, and diversity and inclusion topics. She has over 70 publications, has served as principal investigator on four National Institutes of Health grants, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in two divisions (Society for Health Psychology and Society for Couple and Family Psychology).
Dr. Caño also curates and edits public scholarship as an editorial board member of the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Spark Magazine. A Latina and a first-generation college student, Dr. Caño earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Stony Brook University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University. In 2010, she completed the Ignatian Spirituality Internship at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House (Michigan), with a specialty in spiritual direction and Ignatian discernment. After a 20+ year academic career at Wayne State University, where she served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Success, she moved in 2020 (during the pandemic!) to Spokane, Washington to serve as a dean at Gonzaga. She is enjoying exploring the Inland Northwest with her husband and their 9-year-old son.