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scheduled employee development programs

Fall 2016 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.

October

Diversity at Boston College - HR Initiatives
Presenters: Bernie O'Kane, Pat Touzin, Patricia Lowe, Fr. Skip Conlan, Karen McDermott, Milvia Sanchez

Tuesday, October 4th - 10:00am to 11:30am

(University Competency: Valuing Diversity)

Commitment to Service: A Panel Presentation on Volunteer Opportunities
Presenters: Dan Ponsetto, Laura Bitran, Maria Dichiappari, Chris Darcy

Wednesday, October 5th - 10:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Big Picture Perspective)

The Mysterious World of College Financial Aid - Part 1: A Guide for Parents
Presenters: Bernie Pekala, Director of Student Financial Strategies, Melissa Metcalf, Angelica Fisichella and Jon McCallie, Student Services' Financial Aid Team

Thursday, October 6th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 

Meet Your Colleagues
Beth McDermott - Vice President for Development

Friday, October 7th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
 

Managing Differences of Opinions and Ideas in the Workplace
Presenters: Martha Deering

Thursday, October 13th - 10:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Teamwork/Communication)

Supervising Today's Workforce
Presenters: Lisa Sherrer

Thursday, October 20th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: People Development/Valuing Diversity)

Supporting Your Employees through Workplace Flexibility
Presenter: Jennifer Fraone, Associate Director, Center for Work and Family

Tuesday, October 25th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Big Picture Perspective)

Team Building Strategies
Presenters: Stéfane Cahill Farella and Carolyn Donoghue

Thursday, October 27th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Teamwork)

November

Introduction to StrengthsFinder
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella - Associate Director, Employee Development

Tuesday, November 1st - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Continuous Learning)

Are You Hearing What the Other Person is Saying? Developing Your Listening Skills
Presenter: Jeannette Gerzon

Wednesday, November 2nd - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Communication)

What's Your Type? Seminar on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Presenters: Pat Touzin and Stéfane Cahill Farella

Thursday, November 3rd - 9:00am to 1:00pm

(University Competency: Continuous Learning)

Navigating the Ins and Outs of Planning an Event On-Campus
Presenters: Jason McClellan - Director, Event Management
Jonathan Sage - Supervisor, Audio & Event Services
Judy Ferres - Associate Director, Office for Institutional Diversity

Tuesday, November 8th - 10:00am to 11:30am

(University Competency: Productivity)

ABCs of Sustainable Time Management
Presenter: Pam Kristan

Wednesday, November 9th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Productivity)

Beyond the Basics: Stress Management Tools and Skills
Presenter: Rita Ghilani

Tuesday, November 15th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Continuous Learning)

Career Strategies
(Session will be held in the Boston Room, Corcoran Commons)

Presenters: Joe Dupont, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Career Ctr
Halley Mc Lain, Director, Compensation, Human Resources

Wednesday, November 16th - 10:30am to 12:00pm


(University Competency: People Development)

Meet Your Colleagues
Greg Kalscheur, S.J. - Dean, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences

Friday, November 18th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

December

White Knuckled Speaker
Presenter: Trisha Griffin-Carty

Wednesday, December 7th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

(University Competency: Communication)

Meet Your Colleagues
JM Caparro - Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Athletics

Friday, December 9th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Diversity at Boston College - HR Initiatives
Presenters: Bernie O'Kane, Pat Touzin, Patricia Lowe, Fr. Skip Conlan, Karen McDermott, Milvia Sanchez
Tuesday, October 4th - 10:00am to 11:30am

As a Jesuit institution, the goal of educating "men and women for others" is central to the mission of Boston College. From the earliest days, Saint Ignatius began this work by deliberately seeking diversity in his group of closest advisors. Embedded in the culture of the Society of Jesus and of Boston College is dedication to Ignatian values of social justice, care for the whole person, and respect for diversity. Over the years, the Department of Human Resources has sponsored initiatives and programs to foster respect for diversity and a commitment to creating a welcoming, supportive community for faculty, staff and students. This presentation will share the history of these efforts.
 


Commitment to Service: A Panel Presentation on Volunteer Opportunities
Presenters: Dan Ponsetto, Laura Bitran, Maria Dichiappari, Chris Darcy
Wednesday, October 5th - 10:00am to 12:00pm

One of the reasons many staff members enjoy working at Boston College is the unique culture of the University. The Ignatian motto of “men and women for others” does not just apply to our students; it applies to faculty and staff as well. One way in which this ethic is lived out by many individuals is for them to give of their talents and time for others through volunteerism. We invite you to be part of this presentation that will talk about the wide range of service opportunities from one hour a month at local agencies to national and international service immersion trips. You’ll also hear first-hand experiences from staff who have participated in these opportunities. There’s no obligation involved—we welcome your curiosity and questions.

 


The Mysterious World of College Financial Aid - Part 1: A Guide for Parents
Presenters: Bernie Pekala, Director of Student Financial Strategies, Melissa Metcalf, Angelica Fisichella and Jon McCallie, Student Services' Financial Aid Team
Thursday, October 6th - 10:00am to 12:00pm

If you are a parent of a college-bound child, you probably have many questions about the college financial aid process, especially, the new income reporting requirements. This seminar/workshop will provide you with a short presentation on the financial aid process, followed by a hands-on workshop on completing the FAFSA and the Profile financial aid forms.  The first part’s topics will include: What is financial aid? What are the types of financial aid? How do (or should) I apply for financial aid? What is financial aid need? How is need/aid determined? How do I appeal for more aid? How do I pay the remaining costs?  The second part will focus on the financial aid forms such as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and College If you are a parent of a college-bound child, you probably have many questions about the college financial aid process, especially, the new income reporting requirements. This seminar/workshop will provide you with a short presentation on the financial aid process, followed by a hands-on workshop on completing the FAFSA and the Profile financial aid forms.  The first part’s topics will include: What is financial aid? What are the types of financial aid? How do (or should) I apply for financial aid? What is financial aid need? How is need/aid determined? How do I appeal for more aid? How do I pay the remaining costs?  The second part will focus on the financial aid forms such as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and College Board’s Profile Form.

 



Meet Your Colleagues

Beth McDermott - Vice President for Development
Friday, October 7th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

 


 

Managing Differences of Opinions and Ideas in the Workplace
Presenter: Martha Deering
Thursday, October 13th - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Managing Differences of Opinion and Ideas in the Workplace.

• Define conflict v. disagreement v. difference of opinion
• Conflict from an organizational perspective
• Group
• Individual
• Identify potential sources of conflicts
• Ways to head off conflict in the workplace
• Tips for preparing to address a conflict in the workplace
• Techniques and strategies for conflict resolution

 


Supervising Today's Workforce
Presenter: Lisa Sherrer
Thursday, October 20th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

There is a new dynamic in the workplace; the workforce is now comprised of five different generations working together. As a supervisor, your job is to ensure the goals and objectives of your department are successfully achieved by your team. Supervising five generations can present challenges as we attempt to understand what motivates the individuals on our team and how we can most effectively coach them and capitalize on their unique perspectives. In this informative and interactive workshop, we will discuss how as supervisors we can successfully navigate this new dynamic to ensure that we ourselves work effectively with our team and that members of the team collaborate successfully.                                                                                                           

Through discussion and workshop exercises, we will explore how to leverage the unique talents, strengths, backgrounds, and experiences of these five generational groups.

At the end of this workshop you will:

  • Learn about each of the five generational groups and understand the socio-cultural environment influences of the generations
  • Know how to communicate more effectively with each of the generational groups and how to engage the multi-generational team
  • Know how to capitalize on what each generational group brings to the table
  • Learn tips, techniques, and strategies to utilize the unique characteristics of the generations to improve team productivity, collaboration, and creativity
  • Have an action plan that will assist you in identifying effective leadership styles and strategies for your multi-generational team
     

Supporting Your Employees Through Workplace Flexibility
Presenter: Jennifer Fraone, Associate Director, Center for Work and Family
Tuesday, October 25th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Research and organizational practice have demonstrated that workplace flexibility can improve employee engagement and retention, decrease stress and absenteeism and increase productivity and satisfaction.  In a difficult climate, flexibility can provide employees with the benefit of time, at little or no cost to the organization, and can provide the organization with re-energized and committed employees.
 
Employees are increasingly asking for more flexibility to help them in balancing their professional and personal lives. Many managers are reluctant to provide flexibility within their departments because they fear that employees will want to work less rather than working differently, and worry about a lack of face-time and decreased ability to monitor employees’ performance.  Managers are also reluctant as they lack the tools they need to work together with their employee to develop a win-win situation for the employee, the manager and the department.
 
This course will provide information to assist managers to:
- Understand what workplace flexibility is and the many ways it can be implemented
- Recognize the benefits of flexibility and what it can do for their team/department
- Assess whether a job is suitable for a flexible work arrangement
- Evaluate whether an employee can successfully work flexibly
- Determine when it is appropriate to say “No” and how to do it
- Hear from managers at BC who are making flexibility work
- Discuss case scenarios with other managers and brainstorm about how specific situations might be handled
 
The course materials will include resources managers can use to facilitate the negotiation and management of flexible work arrangements with their employees.
 


Team Building Strategies
Presenters: Stéfane Cahill Farella and Carolyn Donoghue
Thursday, October 27th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Introduction to StrengthsFinder
Presenter: Stéfane Cahill Farella - Associate Director, Employee Development
Tuesday, November 1st - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Do you know and work with your strengths? All people have a unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills—strengths—that they use in their daily lives to do their work, achieve their goals, and interact with others. Gallup has found that when people understand and apply their strengths, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. Yet, many people don't know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.


Are Your Hearing What the Other Person is Saying? Developing Your Listening Skills
Presenter: Jeannette Gerzon
Wednesday, November 2nd - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Listening is a crucial communication skill. Whether you’re giving feedback to an employee or responding to a customer’s concerns, is what you’re hearing what the person is saying? Active listening answers that question. Active listening also minimizes misunderstandings, clarifies problems, and promotes dialogue and teamwork. Through interactive exercises, reference materials, and small group discussions, this half-day workshop will help you develop good listening skills by:

  • Examining the components of active listening
  • Learning practical methods
  • Practicing responses to difficult situations
  • Creating a listening skills action plan

What's Your Type? Seminar on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Presenters: Pat Touzin and Stéfane Cahill Farella
Thursday, November 3rd - 9:00am to 1:00pm

When you are considering a new project at work, do you begin by writing a few plans on your own? Or do you like to think out loud and generate ideas with others? Do you keep your desk free of clutter? Or do you find that files and papers tend to cover your desk by the end of the working day? When you are trying out a new software application, do you like to read all of the directions first, or do you prefer to plunge right in and learn by doing? If you think back to some of your most treasured workplace experiences, what was the source of energy, enjoyment, and fulfillment for you?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a tool for assessing the differences among people that naturally have an impact on our approaches to planning, organizing, and completing projects, whether at work or at home. As we identify our preferences, we become aware of the strengths and talents we have developed. This awareness enables us to recognize and to create opportunities to use our gifts. Using our gifts is the source of renewed energy, focus, and fulfillment in our lives.  

Throughout the workshop, you will learn the concepts of the MBTI by working with the profile of your own type results.

The MBTI is an easy to use questionnaire of 126 short questions, to which there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Upon registration, you will be sent a link to the online assessment tool. Completion of the questionnaire is a critical prerequisite to workshop participation.


Navigating the Ins and Outs of Planning an Event On-Campus
Presenters: Jason McClellan - Director, Event Management
Jonathan Sage - Supervisor, Audio & Event Services
Judy Ferres - Associate Director, Office of Institutional Diversity
Tuesday, November 8th - 10:00am to 11:30am

Come learn the ins and outs of event planning on campus, from booking your space, reserving catering services, to setup/breakdown of your space.  We’ll review the space reservation system on the Agora Portal, talk about what food and beverage options are best for the event you’re hosting, and other pieces of information which will help us help you produce a first class event.

 


ABCs of Sustainable Time Management
Presenter: Pam Kristan
Wednesday, November 9th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Too much to do? Too little time? Learn the ABCs of sustainable time management to focus your Attention, establish good Boundaries, and make wise Choices. Rather than being overwhelmed with tips that feel like just more items on your To-Do List, you’ll dig down to the issues that lie at the core of the trouble. New insights and skills from this hands-on time management lab help you deal with distractions, priorities, and procrastination. Get the sense of satisfaction, sovereignty, and service that comes from managing your time sustainably.

Pam Kristan, seminar leader, consultant, and author of Awakening In Time, has helped thousands of individuals and organizations operate with ease and effectiveness. She moderated panels for National Take Back Your Time Day speak-outs and has been featured in national broadcast and print media. Learn more at www.pamelakristan.com.


Beyond the Basics: Stress Management Tools and Skills
Presenter: Rita Ghilani
Tuesday, November 15th - 9:00am to 12:00pm

People have become acutely aware of the reality that life is moving faster than it ever has in the past. Working men and women face the daily challenge of managing professional responsibilities, responding to family or other demands, and finding time for often-neglected personal concerns. It doesn’t take much for resentment, stress, and burnout to be the result.

This seminar offers a fresh approach to managing stress amid the chaos of a world in which there is too much to do in too little time. Assess your current stress management efforts, examine a model that addresses the basics and beyond, discover new tools and techniques, and learn ways to prioritize personal needs.



Career Strategies
(Session will be held in the Boston Room, Corcoran Commons)

Presenters: Joe Dupont, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Career Ctr
Halley Mc Lain, Director, Compensation, Human Resources
Tuesday, October 18th - 10:00am to 12:00pm


 


Meet Your Colleagues
Greg Kalscheur, S.J. - Dean, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
Friday, November 18th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


White Knuckled Speaker - Tips to minimize presentation anxiety
Presenter: Trisha Griffin Carty
Wednesday, December 7th - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Sound familiar?
You know your material cold, but the idea of making a presentation brings waves of doubt and discomfort. The White Knuckled Speaker is designed for anyone who wants to speak more confidently in one-on-one conversations or with large or small groups.

This interactive session will help participants increase their confidence by providing tools to understand and manage presentation anxiety in a supportive learning environment.

Specifically, those who attend will do the following:

  • Review a model (research, write and practice) that works for every presentation.
  • Identify specific factors and symptoms associated with presentation anxiety.
  • Challenge internal negative statements as a way to reduce anxiety.
  • Apply planning and delivery tools in short practice activities.
  • Develop a list of action items for immediate application back-on--the-job.

 

Meet Your Colleagues
JM Caparro - Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
Friday, December 9th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm