Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity
Nov 22, 2019
Helen Fagan, Founder/President - Global Leadership
Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity

Helen has a BA in Human Resource Management and Economics from tje University of Nebraska and an MA in Management with emphasis in Leadership from Doane College. Helen also studied International Economics and British Political Economy at Oxford University. She finished her Ph.D. in 2014 in Human Sciences with emphasis in Leadership Studies at UNL.

She has over 25 years experience in the Human Resource Field and has worked in many areas including Training, Benefits, Payroll, Recruitment and Diversity.

Helen became a Certified Diversity Trainer through the Society for Human Resource Management in 2001 and qualified for administering the Intercultural Development Inventory in 2006.

She has been an active member of the Lincoln community. She is a Fellow of Leadership Lincoln and a former Board member of Clinic with a Heart Board, YWCA, Food Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Journal Star Diversity Council, Lincoln/Lancaster County Women’s Commission, Child Guidance Center Board, and Adult Basic Education Advisory Board at Southeast Community College. Helen was instrumental in the development of the Interpreter Training Program at SCC, and has helped address employment and healthcare needs of refugees and immigrants by her involvement in our community.

In 2000, Helen became the first ever Diversity Coordinator for Bryan Health System. Helen created a nationally recognized hospital diversity initiative. In 2007, Helen re-signed her full-time position due to health reasons and began teaching part time at Bryan College of Health Sciences and co-facilitating the Leading Edge at Doane College.

While Helen’s life has been filled with challenges, and changes, Helen used her experiences to help others. From her first volunteer role as the Ombudsman for the USS Raleigh, which she received a Letter of Commendation from the Admiral of the Navy, to her efforts in helping Bryan Health System’s nurses from the Philippines learn how to live successful lives in the United States, to helping refugees settle in Lincoln; Helen has been a dedicated friend to many.

Because of her work and dedication, she was one of the recipients of the 2001 KZUM Cultural Awareness Award, in 2002 was recognized by Lincoln Journal Star as one of twenty Leaders under age 40 whose work was positively impacting Lincoln. Then Mayor Coleen Seng gave Helen a ‘Key-to-the-City’ in January 2004, before Helen’s keynote address at the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. This was to honor Helen for her work and commitment to make the dream of Dr. King come true for all people. And in October 2005, Helen was awarded the Prestigious YWCA Tribute to Women Award for her dedication to eliminating the barriers for refugees and immigrants to gain access to quality healthcare. Helen has been recognized for her outstanding teaching by the UNL Parent Association for (2012 & 2013), and by the UNL College of Ag and Natural Resources (2013); and she has also been recognized for her outstanding service by the Doane College Alumni Association (2013).

Because of her work which exemplifies the ideals of Rotary, Helen was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow by Lincoln South Rotary Club at the 2019 Rotary District 5650 Conference.