Let Vera DARE you to DREAM
From the Publisher of The Urban Connection, Life Empowerment Strategist Vera Cornish now brings you
Dare To Dream With Vera Cornish. This kaleidoscope of stories of Vera’s journey was created to inspire, motivate and be a catalyst for being crazy enough to believe that all things are possible.
Imagine a life that begins with Fast Black, June Bug and a pink Cadillac in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, leading to the mountains of Pennsylvania and a little further down the road you’re working on a college campus in the President’s office!
From backstage passes to marvelous music festivals to incredible relationships, the journey continues.
A&O Regional Series
Recruiting, Retaining, and Developing a Diverse Workforce
Speaker, Facilitator, Strategist
Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Millersville University
Chairman, Dauphin County Commissioners
Shileste Overton Morris, MPA
Director Center for Schools and Communities
Vice President of Human Resources at Hershey® Entertainment & Resorts
Hershey® Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R). Helmer began his career with HE&R in
1984 in the Food & Beverage Department at Hersheypark where he held a number of
positions. In 1992, he was promoted into management within that department as food
service personnel coordinator. Throughout his more than 30-year career at HE&R,
Helmer has held a variety of positions, including manager compensation/HR information
systems, assistant general manager, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex and HE&R
managing director, human resources. Helmer enjoys spending time with his wife and six
children. They reside in Hummelstown.Hershey® Entertainment & Resorts is committed
to workforce inclusion and to establishing and maintaining a work environment where all
employees feel valued and respected. They believe that diversity enhances their
operations and products, the communities in which they live and work and the lives of
since 2004. His innovative ideas have spurred economic growth and job creation in
Dauphin County. As Commissioner, he oversees a $240 million budget, parks and
recreation, information technology and other departments. Jeff was honored by the
Harrisburg Regional Chamber with the 2013 “President’s Award” and named
“Government Leader of the Year” in 2011. He also served as the County
Commissioners Association of PA’s President and was named “Commissioner of
the Year” in 2016.
He established the first-of- its-kind infrastructure bank and land bank to fight
blight, stimulate economic growth, and improve the quality of life. He also saved
the Harrisburg outdoor show – a major economic and tourism driver for the region
– securing a new producer and making the show even more successful.
Jeff is also a longtime youth soccer coach, Eagle Scout, husband, father, and
Academic Affairs since August 1, 2004. He is the second ranking executive and reports to the
president of the University.
As the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost supervises the Deans of the four Colleges—College
of Education & Human Services; College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; College of
Science & Technology; and College of Graduate Studies & Adult Learning—and the Director of
the Honors College. The provost also has oversight over library operations, the Office of Global
Education and the Office of Learning Services. In addition, the Associate Provost for Academic
Administration, the Assistant Vice President for Assessment & Planning, and the Associate
Provost for Civic and Community Engagement & Research Project (CCERP) also report to the
Dr. Prabhu has numerous honors and awards and serves on many university-wide, system-wide
and national committees and task forces. He has also served as the reviewer for the Middle
States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the North Central Association for Higher
Education (NCAHE). Before joining Millersville University, Dr. Prabhu served as a faculty
member, chairperson, dean and associate provost at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
He also served as a member and president on the Weatherford School District Board of
Dr. Prabhu holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin,
M.S. in pharmacy from Idaho State University, and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of
Bombay, India. Dr. Prabhu also earned an M.B.A. in management and finance from
Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of Harvard University Institute of
Educational Management (IEM).
training and consulting organization that improves educational and life outcomes for
children and their families. The Center’s work focuses on a continuum of efforts around
early childhood care and development, social and emotional learning, positive youth
development, family support and community service integration, school safety and youth
Overton Morris has worked at and with public and private institutions including nonprofit
organizations, foundations and state government agencies building strategic partnerships and
leading innovations. She serves on national, state and local boards and has authored several
publications to help clinicians, parents and youth development staff work with adolescent girls
regarding female aggression. Overton Morris has a strong repertoire in topics related to parent
engagement, marginalized populations and issues focusing on cultural competence, equity and
education leadership. She is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at Shippensburg
Speaker, Facilitator, Strategist
As our team has prepared for the programs taking place in 2017 there have been certain themes or thoughts that have permeated our mindset. These include:
The Power of Exposure
Life changing decisions are often made by the experiences to which we are exposed. I love when the complex is made simple and then in the simplicity of understanding we apply it to the complex. Exposure, the first day I stepped on wall to wall carpeting. Wow! The first day I walked on campus at Penn State University Park. Ask yourself, “what were the experiences that were catalysts to the most significant decisions you have made in terms of your career and lifestyle.” Understand there is power in exposure!
The Power Of Yes!
The door of opportunity has opened and something is holding you back! Why? Ask yourself what is the impact of saying, “yes” to
your hopes, your dreams, and your career aspirations? I invite you to engage in conversations with the corporations attending the
Access & Opportunity Career Fair. There is power in saying, “yes” to exploring the infinite possibilities!
The Freedom of NO!
There are times in this journey called life when a firm steadfast No is the best answer! For your consideration saying No to inaction,
No to procrastination, No to fear of success, No to stagnation, No to people and projects that do not support your greater good. Give
yourself the freedom of no!
Finding Your Voice
2017 is the year to find your voice! In a world that competes for sound recognition it is easy to go silent and lose your voice. You are
uniquely and wonderfully made. So, let’s commit to finding our voices of leadership, of passion of the artistic expression, creativity