2016 NM Program Details

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Agenda - Friday, November 4, 2016

10:00AM – 4:00PM    
10:00amRegistration Opens
Coffee & Networking
10:30amWelcome and Opening Remarks
11:00amCulture of Joy
Mark Padilla
11:30amMindful Leadership
Marc Kolman
12:30pmLunch and Networking
1:15pmEmpowerment in a Disempowered Culture
Kathy Kennedy
2:30pmFailure Isn’t Fatal
Duffy Swan
3:00pmFailing Forward Competition
Interactive Stories from the Audience
3:45pmProgram Closure and Networking


Presbyterian Cooper CenterPresbyterian Cooper Center Auditorium

9521 San Mateo Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Directions & Map


We encourage alternative transportation to limit our parking presence, as well as to encourage environmental responsibility. Please consider carpooling, using transit, and/or biking to this event.


A limited number of scholarships will be available for New Mexico Public Health Association members and Health Council Coordinators/Members. See the registration page for details!


11:00 a.m. - Culture of Joy

11:00 a.m. - Culture of Joy

Mark A. Padilla
Information Technology and Center for Telehealth
University of New Mexico Medical Group

Do you find joy at work? Are the words “joy” and “work” an oxymoron? Join our speaker for an interesting and interactive discussion on this topic. Presentation will explain how you can develop a culture of joy at work, the “new” workplace, and work/life balance.

Mark A. Padilla, DrPH, is the Executive Director of the Information Technology and Center for Telehealth at the University of New Mexico Medical Group.

Mark A. Padilla’s Biography

Presentation PowerPoint (PDF)

11:30 a.m. - Mindful Leadership

11:30 a.m. - Mindful Leadership

Marc Kolman
New Mexico Department of Health

Who am I? What is my work? These two key questions will guide this interactive session that will explore bringing together our personal and professional practices and help us to look at how we can lead with intention and purpose. We will foster some ideas about how to bring mindfulness into our sometimes mundane, sometimes complex, and sometimes frustrating world of work.

Marc Kolman is the Deputy Director for Developmental Disabilities for the Sate of New Mexico Department of Health.

Marc Kolman’s Biography

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1:15 p.m. - Empowerment in a Disempowered Culture

1:15 p.m. - Empowerment in a Disempowered Culture

Kathy Kennedy
Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership

What is power, really? How is it different from authority? What power do you actually have? These concepts, as well as the notions of leadership and engagement, will be addressed in this session. The focus will be on the “myths” and the “musts” of empowering others at work. Participants will share the areas in which they would like to be empowered, and ideas for how to give power and exercise their own power in their current work lives.

Kathy Kennedy, DrPH, is the Director of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership.

Presentation PowerPoint (PDF)

Kathy Kennedy’s Biography

2:30pm - Failure Isn't Fatal

2:30pm - Failure Isn't Fatal

Duffy Swan
French Family of Companies

“Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.” John C. Maxwell, author of “Failing Forward, How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes.”

In this session Duffy Swan, well known Albuquerque businessman, will introduce us to the concept of using failure, mistakes and missteps to foster innovation and learning that will ultimately result in success both personally and professionally. Successful people and enterprises often have a non-linear path to that success that involves learning from mistakes. One element of growth is learning how to embrace the “zone of the unknown” and using it to expand one’s skills, knowledge, competencies and confidence. Following Duffy’s presentation, we encourage others to offer their own “fail forward” stories.

Duffy Swan is the Chair of the French Family of Companies.

Duffy Swan’s Biography

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