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scheduled employee development programs

Spring 2017 Program Offerings

To register for the sessions below, please visit our Registration Form. All sessions will be held in the Walsh Hall Function Room, unless otherwise noted below.


February

New Reasonable Accommodation Program
Presenters: Judy Ferres, Associate Director, Office for Institutional Diversity
Edilma Hosein, Assistant Director, Office for Institutional Diversity

Thursday, February 23rd - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(University Competency: Valuing Diversity)

Demystifying Generational Differences in the Workplace
Presenter: Lauren Rikleen - President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership

Tuesday, February 28th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Teamwork)

March

Closed - What is the Society of Jesus and why does it matter?
Presenter: Sean McLaughlin, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

Thursday, March 2nd - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

(University Competency: Big Picture Perspective)

Protection of Minors: Review for New and Returning Supervisors of Camps and Clinics
Presenter: John Bogdan, Director, Employment

Thursday, March 9th - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 

Facing Productivity Overload
Presenter: Greg Enos - Managing Principal, Time Communications Associates, LLC

Thursday, March 9th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Productivity)

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Basics of Team Development
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Wednesday, March 15th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Teamwork)

Emotional Intelligence: A Primer
Presenter: Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

Thursday, March 16th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Continuous Learning)

Business Writing
Presenter: Lisa Sherrer - EMS & Associates Training and Consulting

Thursday, March 23rd - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Communication)

Meet Your Colleague: Kerry Cronin - Associate Director, Lonergan Institute, Philosopy Department Fellow, Center for Student Formation

Friday, March 24th - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 

Developing Your Professional Communication Style: What is Assertive Communication at Work
Presenter: Jeannette Gerzon - Senior Consultant for Talent Management, MIT

Wednesday, March 29th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Communication)

Soul of Leadership
Co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and Office of Employee Development

Friday, March 31st - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Click here to register for this event through the School of Theology and Ministry

April

Best Practices for Communicating with Your Team
Presenter: David Marino - DLM Consulting

Tuesday, April 4th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Teamwork)

Paying for College - Now and in the Future
Presenter: Bernie Pekala, Director, Enrollment Management
Stephanie Wells, Director of Community Outreach, MEFA

Wednesday, April 5th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

How to Respond to Students in Distress
Presenter: Eileen Suhrhoff, Associate Director, University Counseling Services

Thursday, April 6th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

(University Competency: Big Picture Perspective)

The Military, Veterans and Higher Education
Presenter: Michael Lorenz, Associate Director, Office of Residential Life  

Wednesday, April 12th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(University Competency: Valuing Diversity)

Now That You're in Charge (Supervisory Skills)
Presenter: Pam Kristan - Trainer and Consultant

Thursday, April 13th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(University Competency: Continuous Learning)

Peer Coaching Partnerships: A Strategy for Self-Directed Development
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Thursday, April 20th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

(University Competency: People Development)

Meet Your Colleague - TBD

Friday, April 21st - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 


New Reasonable Accommodation Program

Presenters: Judy Ferres, Associate Director, Office for Institutional Diversity
Edilma Hosein, Assistant Director, Office for Institutional Diversity

Thursday, February 23rd - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

What is a reasonable accommodation? What is involved in the interactive process? Am I a person with a disability? Does my supervisor have to know about the nature of my disability? As a supervisor, who will help me provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee?  Please join us to learn the answers to these and other questions and become more aware of what BC is doing to ensure we are building an inclusive workforce.

 


Demystifying Generational Differences in the Workplace
Presenter: Lauren Rikleen - President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership

Tuesday, February 28th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen will focus on research addressing the myths and realities of generational differences.  Her interactive presentation will provide insights and strategies that can help us navigate today’s multigenerational workplace and that we can use to help our employees succeed in their careers.  Lauren is the president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management.  She is the author of You Raised Us, Now Work with Us:  Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams and the newly released Ladder Down: Success Strategies for Lawyers from Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing and Promoting You.
 


Closed - What is the Society of Jesus and why does it matter?
Presenter: Sean McLaughlin, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

Thursday, March 2nd - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Who are the Jesuits? Where do they come from? Can anyone be a Jesuit? What do they do? This presentation covers basic questions and foundation content to give the audience functional understanding of the religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola nearly 500 years ago.
 


Protection of Minors: Review for New and Returning Supervisors of Camps and Clinics
Presenter: John Bogdan, Director, Employment

Thursday, March 9th - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

An in-depth review of the Protection of Minors Policy which establishes guidelines designed to provide a safe environment for minors when on the Boston College campus, or while participating in University-sponsored activities off campus. This policy is intended to apply to all University-sponsored activities involving minors, as well as programs for minors sponsored by non-University organizations that operate in University facilities. This review will provide the model and supportive resources you need in order to successfully follow standard Boston College procedure.

 


Facing Productivity Overload
Presenter: Greg Enos - Managing Principal, Time Communications Associates, LLC

Thursday, March 9th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Do you have a feeling of being overwhelmed by the amount of work that you are facing? Would you welcome more balance in your life? Learn how you can get more done without excessive stress.
 
Technology continues to advance, creating mountains of information for you to process. It has become the norm to be deluged with digital data overload, face seemingly impossible projects, and work in an environment of near constant chaos.
 
This program will give you proven planning techniques that generate reasonable priorities, create an operating framework that minimizes distractions, and organize your technology to work for you. Procrastination, listening, delegation, distractions, and meetings will be addressed.
 
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
 
·      Cite how to minimize distractions
·      Describe your top three daily priorities
·      List the critical elements of a productive meeting
·      Explain the five steps to overcoming procrastination
·      State what your listening strengths are
·      Identify the primary components of an effective action plan
 


Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Basics of Team Development
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Wednesday, March 15th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Do you ever wonder why your team has its own distinctive (maybe dysfunctional) way of behaving? In this workshop, you will learn the models of major theorists on team development—including Tuckman, Wheelan and Lencioni—that will help you make sense of your team. We will also discuss tactics for helping our teams to move closer to becoming high-performing.
 


Emotional Intelligence: A Primer
Presenter: Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

Thursday, March 16th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The days when workplace success required “leaving your feelings at home” are long gone. Not only is that advice impossible to follow, it has become clear that unrecognized, denied or suppressed  emotions can cause a range of workplace problems such as difficulty handling change, inability to work in teams, and poor interpersonal relationships. Although emotions are the source of engagement, joy, and energy in the workplace, they are also at the heart of anger, frustration, and disengagement.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and deal with feelings, both your own and those of others, in a healthy and constructive way.  This session will explore the following key components of EI:
1.     Self-Awareness:  awareness of your own emotions and tendencies
2.     Social-Awareness: consideration of others’ behaviors and feelings
3.     Self-Management: ability to manage emotions, to respond rather than react
4.     Relationship-Management: being mindful to effectively manage social interaction
 


Business Writing
Presenter: Lisa Sherrer - EMS & Associates Training and Consulting

Thursday, March 23rd - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In the workplace, you are judged by your ability to write well. Individuals in and outside the organization evaluate your writing on many levels which can impact how they perceive your intelligence, credibility, and professionalism. Ensure you are putting your best foot forward with compelling documents that are clear and concise. This engaging and interactive workshop will provide you with opportunities to learn and practice a structured, logical, and streamlined approach to your writing product. We will discuss, identify, and resolve common business writing problems. At the end of this workshop you will understand how to better engage your reader and achieve the message impact and results you desire.

During this hands-on and interactive workshop you will learn how to:
- Deal with writing blocks
- Write for the audience
- Organize your writing
- Utilize effective sentence and paragraph structures
- Eliminate wordiness and streamline your sentences for clarity and conciseness
- Craft impactful e-mails, memos, and letters
- Apply proofreading and editing techniques


Developing Your Professional Communication Style: What is Assertive Communication at Work
Presenter: Jeannette Gerzon - Senior Consultant for Talent Management, MIT

Wednesday, March 29th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This half-day workshop focuses on developing direct, clear, professional communication. Through a variety of interactive exercises, instructional materials, and small group discussions, participants will:
 
- Learn to identify assertive communication from passive and aggressive communication
- Understand the impact of different styles
- Explore and learn about their own communication style
- Create an action plan to continue practice and learning
 


Soul of Leadership
Co-sponsored by The School of Theology and Ministry and the Office of Employee Development

Friday, March 31st - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In Western culture, leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity, and the long hours they put in on the job. What would it look if you stepped off the treadmill and took intentional time for personal and spiritual reflection in order to increase your leadership effectiveness? Join us for a talk and time of reflection on what it means to be a spiritually grounded, effective, compassionate leader. Participants’ own leadership experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment.

To register, please visit the School of Theology and Ministry.


Best Practices for Communicating with Your Team
Presenter: David Marino - DLM Consulting

Tuesday, April 4th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Using fun and innovative creative coaching techniques in a safe and energetic learning environment, David Marino will help you discover new and effective communication strategies. Explore how positivity, collaboration and agreement can make you a more effective co-worker and then bring these new tools and practices back to your team.

Objectives:

- Navigate difficult conversations
- Accept challenges as opportunities
- Foster collaboration in a “one-sided” project
- Mine positive results from negative scenarios
- Solve problems through creativity and divergent thinking
 


Paying for College - Now and in the Future
Presenter: Bernie Pekala, Director, Enrollment Management
Stephanie Wells, Director of Community Outreach, MEFA

Wednesday, April 5th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We will provide an overview of the college payment process, including the details of financial aid award letters, the college billing cycle, options to pay the bill, and how to minimize debt.  Please make sure to bring copies of your financial aid award letters to the seminar to get all of your questions answered after the presentation.

Also, it’s never too early to start saving for college. Learn essential facts about ways to save, college savings myths, how saving affects financial aid eligibility, and paying for college.
 


How to Respond to Students in Distress
Presenter: Eileen Suhrhoff, Associate Director, University Counseling Services

Thursday, April 6th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

As a caring college community, we are invested in creating a responsive and educated community that can support and responds to students at risk. This workshop was designed to provide current information, strategies, and resources that will enable staff to identify and respond to Boston College's students in distress. We hope you will join us in this conversation.


The Military, Veterans and Higher Education
Presenter: Michael Lorenz, Associate Director, Office of Residential Life  

Wednesday, April 12th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

As a veteran I have been surprised at how difficult or challenging many people find it to engage in a conversation about military service.  With a mission of support for all identities at Boston College, this is something deeply personal that we often glance over because we don't know how to talk about it. This session will cover some of the basics of military terms and culture, hot-topics in the military and how they intersect with the college environment (including BC), and how to engage with a veteran or someone who identifies as military-connected on our campus.   I will also share some of my personal stories about deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope you will consider joining me for this introductory session.
 


Now That You're in Charge (Supervisory Skills)
Presenter: Pam Kristan - Trainer and Consultant

Thursday, April 13th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn core skills to support you in your role as supervisor. Interpersonal skills -- communicating, delegating and leading -- help you take hold of your role with ease and effectiveness.

 


Peer Coaching Partnerships: A Strategy for Self-Directed Development
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Thursday, April 20th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Are you naturally attracted to working with your peers to offer or request help? Peer coaching is an informal system of learning and development that supports employee growth at every organizational level. While we often provide or receive help on operational tasks, there is also power in supporting colleagues with their professional development, in a relationship that is rich in trust, cultural knowledge and collegiality while also free from the fear of evaluation. In this workshop, you will learn:

·         What coaching is and how it differs from mentoring, counseling, and consulting
·         The value proposition for peer coaching
·         How to successfully arrange a peer coaching partnership
·         Basic skills of developmental coaching

Participants will also be offered customized support outside of the workshop to create and engage in successful peer coaching partnerships.