Challenging the Paradigm Conference

Challenging the Paradigm Conference - 2020

UNCW/3C is pleased to announce the first annual Challenging the Paradigm Conference, held on June 11-12, 2020 as an online summit.

The Challenging the Paradigm Conference will focus on collaborative best practices and future trends from a national and international perspective to share with North Carolina Community Colleges.

Thursday, June 11th - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair

Past President, Author, Consultant and International Expert on Innovative Best Practices

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. She believes positive leadership matters in the world and all her work is around enabling and fostering that generative possibility. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry and appreciative resilience to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational and team development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services.

Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian colleges and now co-leads a highly successful consultancy focused on ‘making magic – facilitating futures not yet imagined. She has a special interest in igniting pathways for women in leadership and is committed to the responsibility leadership provides for advancing equity and diversity.

She has co-authored Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018); and currently working on the 2nd edition of Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2020-pending). As well, she has published many articles on appreciative inquiry and leadership; and embeds her poetry into in her academic writing. She believes that words shape our world and are a powerful force for good.

Friday, June 12th - A Best Practice Partnership


Created BY community college leaders FOR aspiring community college leaders WITH university partnership

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Please contact UNCW 3C Coordinator Denise Henning at

June 11 & 12, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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