Professional Advancement in Leadership Roles

March 28, 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Parlor Room
NYU Silver School of Social Work
New York, NY 10003

keynote presentation

Dr. Lynn Videka joined the Silver School of Social Work as dean in September 2009. Since that time she has led the School in advancing its reputation for strong preparation for clinical social work practice; in broadening the mission of the School to embrace social justice, human diversity, and global social work; and in strong engagement with the School’s local and global communities.

Dr. Videka came to NYU from the State University of New York (SUNY) - Albany, where she served as Distinguished Service Professor, dean of the School of Social Welfare, and vice president for research. Her tenure was notable for its many successes, including establishing new dual-degree programs in social work and sociology, as well as in social work and human development. As vice president for research she led the University at Albany to achieve more than $300 million in research expenditures.

Her research interests include peer-helping models for people managing life crises or disabilities; the effectiveness of social work practice; and the intersection of family life and mental health, especially among vulnerable populations. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1981, and her AM from there in 1976. She received her BSN with honors from the University of Illinois’ College of Nursing in 1972.

She has held many leadership roles in social work education, including president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work and the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, vice president of the Society for Social Work and Research, and commissioner of accreditation and treasurer of the Council on Social Work Education, among others.

Dr. Videka is a widely published author; among her publications are research on self-help groups for bereavement and loss focusing on widowhood and the death of a child, the first social work meta-analysis of mental health practice effectiveness (in 1986) with a subsequent book (Advances in Clinical Social Work Research), and ongoing works the effectiveness of social work practice. In recent years her work has focused on recovery approaches for persons diagnosed with mental health disabilities and child maltreatment. She has joined these two interests in her work on parenting support needs for mothers diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities.

Dr. Videka was selected as a visiting scholar to several institutions, including Hallym University in Chun Cheon, South Korea, and a Fulbright Fellow to Bulgaria.

Featured Speaker

Ariel Zwang has been the CEO of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading provider of services to victims of crime and abuse, since July 2008. Each year, Safe Horizon provides support to hundreds of thousands of people who have endured domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, and many other forms of victimization. She was previously the Executive Director of New York Cares, which, under her leadership, became the city’s largest volunteering organization, deploying 40,000 volunteers annually. President Bill Clinton appointed Ms. Zwang as a White House Fellow during 1999-2000. Her previous experience includes serving as a Vice President of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation in the South Bronx, and as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. She began her career at Morgan Stanley and the Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Zwang is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

panel presentations

Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant has dedicated her career to developing the potential of disadvantaged youth. As Executive Director of Inwood House, Linda is most inspired by the young people in our programs. She has led successful prevention and family support programming throughout the city and engaged key stakeholders on the issue of Teen Pregnancy. A PhD graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and published scholar, Dr. Lausell Bryant has practice and policy experience. She has built effective programs to deter teen violence in New York City schools and played a key role in the movement to transform after-school programming to focus on educational enrichment & personal development.

Rodney Lee is the Deputy Director of Foster Care in Manhattan at The Children's Aid Society. He oversees the Medical Foster Care Program, Treatment Family Foster Care Program, Teen Foster, Family Foster Care Program and Home Making Services at CAS at the Manhattan site. Mr. Lee has been with The Children's Aid Society since April of 2004. Mr. Lee is passionate about working in the field of Child Welfare and often leads by modeling quality practice.

Carmen Collado, LCSW, is Chief Government & Community Relations Officer at Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS). Ms. Collado is also past Director of the JBFCS Foster Care Initiative, a pilot project/study to provide on-site mental health services to children at two foster-care agencies, in collaboration with the agencies, that reduced both disruption of foster-care placement and time spent in care.

On behalf of JBFCS, Ms. Collado collaborates with leaders of New York’s Hispanic human services community and Latino elected officials to inform and educate regarding policy on Latinas and suicide; high school, college and graduate school dropout rates; and racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity in higher education.

Ms. Collado’s public policy work includes collaboration with elected officials, key policymakers and coalitions (e.g., Human Services Council, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies) to support mental health and social services. Significant policy efforts include work in support of Timothy’s Law and Mental Health Parity on the Federal level; Children’s Mental Health Plan and Latinas and Suicide on the New York State level; and Autism Initiative, Children Under Five, and Geriatric Mental Health at the New York City Council level. Her work as director of the Foster Care Initiative demonstration influenced the New York State Office of Mental Health to license five mental health agencies to place on-site satellite clinics in five foster care agencies.

Ms. Collado is the current President of the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals (AHMHP) and a Boardmember Mental/Mental Health News. In 2010, she was elected by the membership of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI). She is a member of the NASW/Puerto Rican Family Institute joint Latino Social Work Task Force. She co-chairs, with Michael Friedman, the Latino Geriatric Workgroup, a collaboration among Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals, New York Mental Health Alliance, New York City Department for the Aging, and New York City Department of Mental Health. Ms. Collado brings broad experience in mental health, management, program development, consensus building, and outreach with the Latino community to her leadership roles.

In 2010, Carmen Collado was appointed to the New York State Board for Social Work to advise and assist the Board of Regents and the State Education Department on matters of professional regulation, for a term of 5 years.

In November 2012, Carmen Collado was chosen to coordinate JBFCS’s role in assisting Superstorm Sandy Survivors at the NYC Restores/FEMA center in Staten Island. JBFCS staff provided information and referral; needs assessment; advocacy; referrals for concrete service and provided both onsite crisis counseling and referrals for ongoing mental health services. Staff was choosen to meet the specific needs of the community, including English/Russian and English/Spanish Bilingual and culturally competent services.


Leaders inspire vision, offer direction, and support individual and collective action in order to obtain mutually valued results. Leaders achieve results when they combine their knowledge with management skills to move teams and organizations forward.

A panel of leaders will provide critical insight into what it means to be a successful leader as they share the many challenges and opportunities they face as they oversee organizations, develop and lead staff, create and manage budgets, and assure technological and physical resources. These leaders will describe how they have created innovative, effective service delivery programs, worked with boards of directors, established community partnerships, and assured financial stability. By sharing personal experiences, the speakers will communicate how they advanced to leadership roles, the importance of mentorship, continual learning and received the support and advice from significant others.

This seminar will include a facilitated exploration of leadership attributes and the participants’ reflections on their leadership qualities. An accomplished leader will present on overall agency views regarding staff development and promotion, and how staff can achieve upward mobility.

Learning Goals

  • Reflections on self as a leader;
  • Enhanced vision of social workers as leaders;
  • In-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities that social work leaders face;
  • Insight from personal experiences of successful;
  • Core skills required to be a successful leader including strategic thinking, goal setting, innovation, interpersonal relationships, communication, financial acumen, establishing a work life balance, structuring support systems