Professional Development

Learn How to Take Action on Survey Results April 4

Leaders are invited to participate in  a webinar on Tuesday, April 4, from 12 to 1 p.m. to learn how to analyze and take action on the results of the engagement survey. The Driving an Engaging Workforce course provides leaders with insights and tools they can use to create an environment in which their team members thrive and engagement is high.

During this course, participants will gain:

  • the empowerment necessary to take ownership of their team’s engagement
  • an understanding of the factors that influence engagement and how to use the 12 elements of engagement as a lens to improve team culture and performance
  • specific actions leaders and their team members can take to enhance the team’s engagement
  • tools and insights that will help leaders lead individual and team conversations about interpreting their team’s current state of engagement

To register for a live webinar, please visit ulearn.miami.edu and search for “Driving an Engaging Workforce”. 

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Passionate About the Success of the U? Become an Engagement Champion!


The University of Miami’s first class of Engagement Champions will coach leaders and serve as experts on engagement.

As leaders across the University prepare to share the Faculty and Staff Gallup Engagement Survey results with their teams, a group of volunteers is training to become Engagement Champions and lend a hand. With a love for the U and its future success, Engagement Champions will coach leaders and serve as experts on engagement.

Nadia Castaing, director of accounts receivable management, is one of 25 of the University of Miami’s newest Engagement Champions.

“I wholeheartedly believe that when people and teams are engaged at work, they can achieve optimal results,” said Castaing. “I look forward to listening and learning from other leaders’ challenges and their plans to improve engagement in their areas.”

More spots are available to volunteer. To become an Engagement Champion, employees must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 1.5 years as full-time/permanent employee
  • Performance review of at least “meets standards” and no performance warnings for the past year
  • In a leadership position with direct reports, for at least a year
  • Successfully complete Engagement Champion training and preparation process

If you are interested in becoming an Engagement Champion and paving new paths of success at the U, please fill out the Commitment Form and submit it to engagementsurvey@miami.edu.


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Transform Your Career with the Essentials of Leadership Program

Transformational leaders make an impact on their teams on a personal and professional level. The University’s Essentials of Leadership Program (EOL) gives you the tools to transform your leadership skills and your career. Leaders begin the program by taking an individual assessment in order to determine areas of strength and opportunity. The four-month program includes interactive courses, leadership discussions, experiential learning activities, and coaching based on your individualized assessment in order to help you meet your goals. Upon successful completion, participants will have the tools and foundational knowledge they need to become transformational leaders who understand how their contributions affect the University’s broader strategy.

Visit the EOL page for more information about this program and upcoming session dates.


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Collaborate with Anyone, Anywhere, on Any Device

umit_showcase_headerSkype for Business lets you collaborate with anyone, anywhere, on any device. Work as if all participants are in one room, even when they are not. Easily start conversations with instant message (IM), voice, or video calls; see when your contacts are available online, in a meeting, or presenting; and share your screen during meetings. Learn more about Skype for Business via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”

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Shalala Named Legend in Leadership

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Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University, left, and Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita of Wellesley College, right, presented Donna E. Shalala with the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 29, 2017)—Former University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, the longest-serving U.S. secretary of health and human services who has headed three institutions of higher learning over her illustrious career, received the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s Higher Education Leadership Summit last week.

Presented by Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita of Wellesley College, and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University, the award recognized Shalala for being “an inspiring, highly accomplished, and revered leader across sectors, political parties, generations, and communities.”

“In each institution she has led, she has profoundly enhanced its performance, its integrity, and its educational vitality,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management, which hosted the summit. “She has also been one of the greatest mentors developing platoons of rising leadership talent.”

In addition to her 14 years as UM’s fifth and first female president, Shalala also led Hunter College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison—where she was the first woman to head a Big 10 university—the Children’s Defense Fund, the Clinton Foundation, and, for eight years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet. Now Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at UM, she remains president of the Clinton Foundation.

At UM, she was responsible for increasing the average freshman SAT scores by more than 100 points, raising $3 billion in funding, and drawing star researchers to enhance the University’s profile. Under her leadership, UM rose from No. 67 to the top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

During the invitation-only Higher Education Summit, Shalala joined distinguished higher education presidents and board chairs from across the U.S. in lively, candid discussions on this year’s theme, “Winning Back Hearts & Minds: Leading Higher Education Beyond the Bubble.”



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