2021 Virtual SCWHE Conference

Refresh, Renew, Refocus in Challenging Times

SCWHE is proud to announce this year’s conference theme as “Refresh, Renew, Refocus in Challenging Times.”  The 2021 conference is scheduled for February 25 – 26, 2021, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and concluding at 11:30 a.m. daily.

Each morning the conference will host a break-out session, keynote speaker, and wellness activity that focuses on the conference’s theme of Refresh, Renew, Refocus in Challenging Times.  Please consider joining SCWHE for the two-morning conference to refresh, renew, and refocus your career in higher education.

The conference will be virtual and FREE to everyone. The registration deadline is February 17, 2021.

Register to attend this year’s virtual conference online

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gailda Davis
American Council on Education (ACE) 

Dr. Gailda Davis from the American Council on Education (ACE) will deliver the keynote address on February 25. Ms. Davis leads the development and implementation of professional learning programs while acting as senior director and chief of staff at ACE.   

More speaker details are forthcoming.


Dr. Danielle Scheurer, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Medicine, and Chief Quality Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health System. She completed undergraduate studies at Emory University, medical school at The University of Tennessee, and Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at Duke University. She then joined MUSC as a Hospitalist, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research. She then practiced as a Hospitalist and Medical Director of the Inpatient Medicine Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for 5 years, before returning back to MUSC in 2010. She is also a certified trainer in Just Culture and TeamStepps, is a Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, a Baldrige National Examiner, and a certified mediator. As System Chief Quality Officer, she oversees all Quality-Safety, Patient Engagement-Experience, Population Health, and Value-Based Payment models for the system. She is passionate about instilling High Reliability principles throughout the healthcare system, to improve safety and quality across all sites for all patients, while simultaneously enabling team engagement for performance excellence.

Program Schedule

Thursday, February 25, 2021

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

Susan Pope,
State Chair

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote

Dr. Gailda Davis,
ACE Women’s Leadership Network

10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Session 1*

Marguerite O’Brien,
USC Health and Wellness

Resilience during a pandemic 

  Session 2

Dr. Damara Hightower Mitchell,
Voorhees College

Leading Toward Inclusive Excellence

11:00 -11:45 Wellness Activity

Marianne Weinstein,
Trident Technical College

Win With Wellness

11:45 – 12:00 Announcements,
Evaluation and


Friday, February 26, 2021

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Pinning:
Dr. Hope Rivers and
Dr. Natalie J. HarderSusan Pope,
State Chair
 9:15 – 10:00 Keynote

Dr. Danielle Scheurer,
MUSC Chief Quality Officer

10:00 – 10:05 BCBS of SC Presentation

Stephanie J. Pfeiffer,
Director of Talent Acquisition at

10:05 – 10:10 Andrea Allison IR Award

Amy Albrecht,
Charleston Southern University

10:10 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Session 1

Dr. Matteel Knowles,
Greenville Technical College

“Wait, You Want Me To Do What?…
Now That’s Funny!”

  Session 2

Michele Dugar,
Benedict College

Revitalizing Online Meetings & Virtual Teaching

11:00 – 11:45 Wellness Activity

Phyllis Allen,

Can Healthy Foods Improve
Your Mood?

11:45 – 12:00 Announcements,
Evaluation and


Please note:

The SCWHE Annual Conference is intended for women who serve in South Carolina’s higher education system through their roles on their respective campuses.  Participants committed to supporting and advancing women in higher education are welcome to attend the conference without regard to gender, gender identity or gender expression.  Please note that conference events and meals are intended for registered conference participants only.