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Professional Development Series

scheduled employee development programs

Spring 2019 Program Offerings

If you have trouble registering below, please visit our Registration Form. All sessions will be held in the Walsh Hall Function Room, unless otherwise noted below.

** NOTE: Simply adding a class from the calendar below to your Google calendar does not register you for training. Please complete the registration form.


Presenter: John Bogdan, Director, Employment

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.

University Competency: Big Picture Perspective

Presenters: Halley Mc Lain, Director, Compensation and Bernie O'Kane, Director, Employee Development

This session will provide an overview of the University’s Performance Management Program. We will spend time talking about performance management as an ongoing and dynamic process for manager and employee, the role of goals and competencies, the skills needed to effectively utilize and benefit from the program and the resources available to support both managers and employees throughout the process. In addition, we will review how to effectively prepare for the appraisal form completion and University's Annual Merit Review.

University Competency: People Development

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

Join Edilma Hosein and Judy Ferres from the Office for Institutional Diversity to learn more about the University's support for employees with disabilities and how you can support your coworkers, and help create an inclusive environment here at BC.

Representatives from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind will talk about the population of individuals with vision impairment, dispel some of the myths, and explain some of the most common types of assistive technology available today to help blind workers remain competitive in the workforce. A short video, What do you do when you see a blind person, will be shown and will help the audience to feel at ease when interacting with individuals who are blind.

University Competency: Valuing Diversity

Presenter: Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program and Michael Connolly, Consultant

 Our habits die about a half hour after we do.
 - Fr. Martin, Chalk Talk

Science tells us that 40% of our daily actions are habitual and virtually unconscious. The good news is because habits use little brainpower, the brain is available for higher level tasks requiring concentration. The bad news is that we are unaware of the triggers and rewards that govern every habit. Therefore our habits are hard to change. And willpower alone is not enough.

In this hands-on, experiential workshop, you will learn how behaviors become habits; how to create new habits and how to replace old ones. You cannot erase old habits, but you can build competing habits that "hijack" the triggers and rewards that govern old habits. 

When you come to this workshop, have in mind two reasonably modest habits that you would like to work on -- that is to acquire, change or let go of. 

You will learn 4 different styles of responding to the need or desire to change habits; gain clarity about the kind of support and self-talk that will work for you; and learn 3 useful tips for building on your strengths and weaknesses. You will leave with an understanding of your current habit pattern; a "Plan A" for changing a habit; and a "Plan B" for dealing with contingencies and setbacks.

University Competency: Productivity

Presenter: Valerie Vigoda, Valrose Solutions

This leadership course is for you if want to take your leadership skills to the next level.  This workshop is for staff who…are preparing to move into a supervisory position, recently moved from staff to supervisor, are in a new supervisory or management position at BC or have been in a management role for some time and want to take that role as a leader to the next level. 

Grow your leadership mindset and build trust in your leadership ability

  • Raise your awareness with the Conscious Competence Model
  • Determine where you stand as a leader today
  • Learn what makes leaders great

Maximize results from your team

  • Get to know the unique styles of your team members (with a review of the four DISC behavior styles)
  • Learn how to delegate effectively and promote accountability

University Competency: Continuous Learning

Presenter: Trisha Griffin-Carty, Griffin-Carty Communications

Have you noticed? Stories are everywhere in today’s organizations. Yet, even though the benefits of storytelling are well known, not everyone feels confident sharing a story in a meeting, presentation, interview or conversation.

Three key self-messages do their best to dissuade us from telling stories:
- I don’t have any interesting stories
- I don’t like talking about myself or being the center of attention
- Who would listen anyway?

Sound familiar? For those who identify as Introverts and anyone else who connects with these statements, storytelling seems out of reach. But wait! Finding, crafting, and delivering stories are skills that can be developed. In fact, self-professed introverts bring many strengths to what is known as “conversational” vs. “performance” storytelling.

This highly interactive workshop will dispel some of the myths around storytelling, with a particular emphasis on how “small” stories can pack a big punch.

After attending this session you will be able to :
- Identify moments from personal and professional experiences that trigger stories
- Develop a story from idea to initial draft using listening, observing and reflecting skills
- Select specific stories that will resonate with target audiences

Is it time to add storytelling to your repertoire?

University Competency: Communication

Presenter: Rita Owens, Senior Lecturer

Participants will practice a variety of business communication skills, such as:

• Discern appropriate communication medium in various business settings
• Distinguish and use appropriate tools and technologies that support daily communication
• Write and revise routine communication in a business setting
• Prepare professional credentials and reports
• Run and document a meeting

University Competency: Communication

Presenter: Lance Tucker, Associate Technology Director, Application Services

Does your office maintain a variety of information (data)? How do you collect it? How do you share it? How do you know your information is current? How to you measure the quality of information you produce? Are you able to describe your information in ways that are meaningful to those who need to use it?

These questions all relate to information governance, a hot topic that is especially the buzz in industry and higher education. Many of our peer institutions have formal programs and positions assigned to address information governance. Developing and delivering quality information is not by chance.
In this workshop you will:
• Learn the building blocks of information governance through a variety of exercises and games
• Hear about cutting edge ideas from industry leaders
• Preview of some of the tools and programs being developed at BC to assist employees in managing their data.  
• Discuss key roles for developing a successful information governance program including the role we all play in improving the quality of University data

University Competency: Applying Technology

Presenter: Caitie Whelan, Author of The Lightning Notes

A high-energy, interactive leadership and professional development workshop.

Participants will hear powerful stories, do engaging exercises, and leave with practical tools to:
• Take smart risks consistent with their values
• Develop resiliency through strategies for handling fear, failure, rejection, and criticism
• Establish self-care practices to reduce stress and burnout

University Competency: Decision Making/Problem Solving

Presenter: Michael Pratt, O'Connor Family Professor, Management and Organization Department

Negotiation is a specific way to handle conflict and is a skill that is widely applicable to many areas of life. In this workshop and presentation, Professor Michael Pratt will discuss when and why people should negotiate, and cover two basic approaches to negotiation: distributive and integrative. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn and practice skills to become more effective negotiators. Questions are welcome!

University Competency: Continuous Learning

** Prerequisite - Resilience Advantage, Part 1

Presenter: Pat Touzin - Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

The focus of the Resilience Advantage programs is to teach practical tools and strategies to strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making, especially in the face of change and uncertainty. Based on the Institute of Heart Math’s research into the physiology of optimal performance, you will learn concrete practices that increase well-being, mental clarity, and emotional stability.

This follow-up session will review and help you build on techniques taught in part 1.

Workshop topics include:
-Review of intelligent energy self-regulation techniques
-How to better access intuition for decision-making
-Relational energetics and applications for improved communication
-Stress management, self-care, and work-life balance
-Practical ideas for easily integrating valuable tools into everyday routines

University Competency: Continuous Learning

Presenter: Carolyn Donoghue, Assistant Director, Employee Development

Too much to do in too little time! We all struggle with the growing to-do list and feeling like you don't have enough hours in the day to accomplish what you want. This session will provide you with tips to help increase productivity and organize your day.

University Competency: Productivity

Presenters: Bernie Pekala, Director, Student Financial Strategies & Enrollment and Stephanie Wells, Associate Director, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

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.

Presenters: Mary Ellen Fulton - Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, Lynch School of Education
Akua Sarr - Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Andy Petigny - Associate Director, AHANA and Intercultural Center
Katie Dalton - Director, Women's Center

Four long term university administrators will share their career stories and, from a retrospective point of view, offer their advice and tips to their younger selves.

If they knew then, what they know now, what would be the most important bits of advice they'd give themselves or to new colleagues in the field.

They will also provide a bibliography of suggested reading. Please join Mary Ellen Fulton, Akua Sarr, Andy Petigny an Katie Dalton for a workshop on heartfelt insights and thoughts on navigating careers in higher education and beyond.

University Competency: People Development

Presenter: Stefane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Since first published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey has sold more than 25 million copies and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential business management books of all time. The original book jacket entices: “…Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.”

This introductory workshop is appropriate for faculty and staff who are new to the model or are looking for a refresher. We will present an overview of the book as well as provide opportunities for self-reflection, planning, and discussion.

University Competency: Continuous Learning

Sessions will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12th - Jocelyn Gates, Sr. Associate AD, Student Svcs. & Sport Administra, Athletics Department