A new cohort of women staff members has been selected to participate in the Women’s Staff Leadership Institute for 2022.
The program, born from the 2015 Women’s Leadership Initiative from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, launched in 2017 and runs annually.
The Women’s Staff Leadership Institute is administered through University Human Resources’ Learning and Development. The program is supported by executive sponsor Jennifer L. Frum, vice president for public service and outreach, and is coordinated by Emily Saunders, Fanning Institute public service faculty member.
“One of the best advantages we can offer all of our staff members is an opportunity to grow and advance at the University of Georgia,” Frum said. “Through this program, our female staffers learn about their own strength and potential as leaders, which we know is critical to their success and the success of the university. I am very grateful to the leadership at UGA for supporting this program.”
“The Women’s Staff Leadership Institute offers an opportunity for the University of Georgia to support women in their career journey,” said Tammy Freeman, interim associate vice president for human resources. “The program allows participants to build a network of colleagues, create self-awareness and explore their aspirations through a series of powerful experiences.”
The 2022 cohort includes women from eight units and two schools and colleges. The program begins April 28 and runs through November, with participants meeting monthly for workshops and discussions.
The members of the 2022 class are:
Rosa Arroyo Driggers, associate director of admissions for access and inclusion. Since 2010, Driggers has worked with students, families, alumni and campus partners in recruitment and programming to create a more inclusive community at the University of Georgia. During her time in her current position, Driggers has increased admissions programming for access and inclusion by 300 percent. Driggers has worked on initiatives such as the Goizueta Ambassadors, Road Dawgs, and helped to create UGA’s first Latino/a alumni affinity group.
Taylor Cain, assistant dean of students and director of the engagement, leadership, and service department in Student Affairs. Cain has been at UGA since 2013 and oversees the registration process and provides support for nearly 800 student organizations, hosts more than 200 events and student activities annually, provides student leadership development experiences, and curates community engagement and service experiences for students with the local community, state and nationwide to enrich the student experience. Cain also serves as the advisor to the Student Government Association.
Natalie Glenn, senior director of alumni relations and annual giving for the Terry College of Business. Glenn oversees alumni engagement and annual giving initiatives that benefit students, faculty and programs. Glenn has been with UGA since 2010, and her office coordinates the Terry College Alumni Awards and Gala, the Terry Professional Women’s Conference, Terry Third Thursday, regional and national alumni events, homecoming tailgates, young alumni events and alumni engagement opportunities. Glenn serves as the liaison for the Terry College Alumni Board. She is a graduate of LEAD Athens and helped establish the Junior League of Athens Endowment, serving on its first board of directors.
Angela Hurt, executive director for strategic planning and initiatives for the Division of Marketing and Communications. Hurt joined UGA in 2008 and has worked with Marketing and Communications since 2019. She oversees strategic account management of internal projects for the university, research and reporting, the university Visitors Center and serves as the central point of contact for communicators in the university’s schools, colleges and units. Hurt is a member of the division’s leadership team, providing support to the vice president for marketing and communications on ad hoc issues, emergency management and crisis communications, as well as representing the division for multiple cross-university initiatives.
Jenny Ramsey, chief financial officer in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ramsey first started at UGA in 2005 and now serves in the office of the dean as the primary lead for finance, payroll and human resources of the college. Her roles include strategically leading, planning and organizing key administrative and operational functions to represent the college’s interests and manage resources. Ramsey also works collaboratively within the college and outside of the college with other units and leadership groups.
Shirley Reyes, program operations coordinator of the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Reyes started at UGA in 1994 and currently provides support for programs including youth and family development, nonprofit and community leadership and conflict transformation and dialogue. Reyes works with clients, helps team planning, provides budgeting and accounting support, provides logistical management and programmatic assessment and reporting. Prior to the Fanning Institute, Reyes served as an alumni relations coordinator with University Housing and an administrative coordinator for the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Kim Seabolt, assistant bursar for treasury services. Since 2012, Seabolt has provided oversight and management of the Bursar and Treasury Services Department. Seabolt provides leadership and support for all university banking-related operations, institutes credit card processes, university petty cash, cashiering functions and all related systems. She also ensures compliance with university, state and federal regulations and standard accounting procedures. Prior to joining UGA staff, Seabolt worked in the Clarke County School District in procurement and corporate finance.
Carly Surratt, director of faculty affairs operations. Surratt joined the Office of Faculty Affairs in 2018 to lead the UGA Elements project team. She now oversees OFA’s operational functions and campus-wide stakeholder support programs, including UGA Elements, and also serves as the point person for cross-functional business process development projects related to faculty appointments. Surratt addresses concerns that intersect with Academic Affairs and other UGA or USG policies in faculty appointments and employment actions. She fosters partnerships with personnel in central offices, as well as hiring and appointment units, to develop new processes and enhance current procedures for the appointment of faculty.
Monica Williams, administrative specialist in the Office of the President. Williams joined UGA in 2010 and moved to the President’s Office in 2021, where she provides administrative support to the chief of staff and one of the assistants to the president. She manages complex schedules, prepares executive documents for review, organizes travel and logistics and coordinates special projects related to initiatives launched by the Office of the President, including the Innovation District, which she will support as project manager effective June 1. In this additional role, Williams will serve on the leadership team, helping to coordinate programs that engage and support students, faculty, staff, industry partners and members of the local community.
Lisa Williamson, assistant director for fitness and wellness. Williamson is responsible for leading, managing, implementing and assessing a comprehensive fitness and wellness program for the University of Georgia community including group fitness, personal training, small group training, instructional programming, wellness coaching and fitness and wellness outreach in the Department of Recreational Sports. Williamson started at UGA in 2015 and directly supervises a fitness and wellness team composed of the coordinator for fitness and wellness and the graduate assistant for fitness and wellness, as well as more than 110 student and part-time employees.