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Open Enrollment Sessions

scheduled employee development programs

Fall 2017 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.

Presenter: Lisa Sherrer, President/Owner - EMS & Associates Training and Consulting Services

Do you wonder how your emails come across to recipients? Are you confident that your emails are read, understood, have impact, and reacted to in the way you intended? In this interactive workshop, learn what you need to know to avoid a wrong impression and gain the respect of recipients. We will discuss when to use e-mail vs. other types of communication and how to compose e-mails that are professional and avoid misunderstanding. Learn how to use attachments, copy, reply to, and forward e-mails appropriately. We will also discuss acceptable greetings and closings, using proper style, tone, grammar, and punctuation, formatting guidelines, and use of emoticons, slang, and abbreviations. Feel confident in your e-mail communications and walk away with tips and tricks that every professional should know.

University Competency: Communication

Presenter: Bernie Pekala, Director, Student Financial Strategies & Enrollment

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 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.

Presenter: Rita Ghilani, Owner - Progams for Working People

Grit can be described as the practice of pursuing challenging goals, over time, with persistence and passion. People with grit are more successful, enjoy greater well-being and a healthier emotional life, and have greater life satisfaction. Learn what is meant by authentic grit, examine the science behind it, explore the importance of a “growth mindset,” and investigate the essential components of grit. Discover a variety of specific techniques, some of them quite simple, which can help you to increase your level of grit and enjoy the rewards of doing so.

University Competency: People Development

Presenter: Jacquelyn James, Co-Director of Research, Primary Data Studies, SSW

Jacquelyn James, PhD, co-director of the Center on Aging & Work in the School of Social Work and research professor in the Lynch School of Education will discuss the extent to which longevity and health are creating extended working lives, the disconnect between employers and their employees on these issues, what a new future might look like, and how engagement with work and/or volunteering contribute to health and well-being in later life.

University Competency: Openness to Change

This session has been cancelled.

It will be included in our spring programming and you will receive an invitation when registration is open.

Office of Employee Development

Presenter: Robert Mauro, Director, Global Leadership Institute

This session introduces staff at Boston College to the Global Leadership Institute (GLI), its work, programming, and strategic contribution to Boston College’s distinctive mission. Through a multimedia presentation participants will be introduced to the history of the GLI, its past and ongoing programming, contributions to Boston College’s mission, and future strategic goals. Following this presentation the session will be opened to questions and discussion. Participants will leave the session with an information packet about the GLI, an invitation to participate in future programming, and to contribute to the GLI’s strategic goals and programming structure.

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: People Development

Presenter: Burt Howell, Executive Director, Intersections

Since their founding, Jesuits have been experts in helping people make decisions. They call this process discernment. Because it is a Catholic and Jesuit University, many at Boston College have promoted the practice of discernment and have worked to make it accessible and relevant to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Michael Himes and J. A. Appleyard, S.J. have been leaders in this area. This program will discuss their ideas through two of their most significant essays: the Three Key Questions and the Pocket Guide to Jesuit Education.

University Competency: Decision Making/Problem Solving

Presenter: Beverley Sobers, Associate Director, Employment

This workshop will provide BC managers/supervisors with tips on how to develop behavioral based interviewing questions that focus on a candidate’s experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills, and abilities that are job related and help managers accurately and correctly assess the candidate. Managers will also learn best practices for conducting interviews to avoid legal troubles, identify the red flags, as well as participate in role play exercises.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a role description of a position for your area. This workshop is open to all BC managers and supervisors.

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

The Resilience Advantage™ Skills for Personal and Professional Effectiveness

In this skill-based program, you will learn practical tools and strategies to
strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making. Based upon the Institute of
HeartMath’s research into the physiology of optimal performance, you will walk
away with concrete practices that increase well-being, mental clarity and
emotional stability.

Workshop topics include:
• The latest findings from optimal-performance research.
• Skills for building resilience in the face of change and uncertainty.
• Intelligent energy self-regulation techniques.
• How to better access intuition for improved decision-making.
• Practical ideas for easily integrating valuable tools into everyday routines.

Presenter: Trisha Griffin-Carty, Communication Coach - Griffin Carty Communications

The question is...are you telling the most effective stories when you interact with BC colleagues and beyond? OR, are you simply describing what you do? Are you connecting with your listeners by sharing information that resonates with them and highlights your strengths and accomplishments? There is so much more to all of us...beyond the bullets of our bios!

The good news is that our brains love stories. And, instead of reciting well-worn facts about your work, you could create an engaging story. Why? Because concise, well-crafted stories have the power to create a positive, lasting impression during formal networking events, chance encounters, business conversations and presentations. The best part? People remember those stories.

Join Communications Coach, Trisha Griffin-Carty, to learn how to

  • Start with the basics, (name, job title, etc.)...but don't stay there!
  • Think about and jot down what you really do on the job...specifically who benefits from your efforts and how.
  • Weave in a short, memorable story that illustrates the value you add to your job, department, or BC as a whole.

Are you ready to tell your story?

University Competency: Communication

Presenter: Stefane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

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.

University Competency: Productivity

Presenter: Marsia Hill Kreaime, Senior Financial Aid Associate, Student Services

Identifying your money personality will help you understand your relationship to it and your spending habits.

Presenters: John Bogdan, Director, Employment
Danielle English, Senior Employment Assistant, 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.

Presenter: Pam Kristan, Consultant  

Your boss needs to know what you know. Find ways to talk with your boss so they can receive it best. Identify your communication style and your boss’s using real-world examples and practice.

Friday, October 6th - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Patricia Lowe, Executive Director, Office for Institutional Diversity

Friday, November 17th - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Kevin Powers, Program Director, Cyber Security, Graduate Program, Woods College of Advancing Studies

Friday, December 8th - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Tom Stegman, Dean, School of Theology and Ministry