Professional Development

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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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Sign Up for Free Planner Training on March 2

Trying to take the chaos out of project planning and add more structure to team collaboration? If so, Microsoft Planner is a useful tool for your work life. Planner helps workgroups create shared plans (projects), assign tasks, and set deadlines. It also provides ways to visually organize and track your team’s progress with tools such as charts and visual dashboards. Plus, Microsoft Office works with Planner to assist in communication among team members and scheduling important events.

Interested? This course is offered on Thursday, March 2, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., on the Miller School campus (Dominion Tower, room 301C). Sign up for this free, two-hour, instructor-led training offered by University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) in ULearn (ulearn.miami.eduby searching for the keyword “Planner.”

Additional courses are currently available featuring a number of applications. To view the entire course catalog, visit the UMIT training website.



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2016 Engagement Survey: Enroll in a Free Gallup Webinar on Creating an Engaging Workplace

This past fall, faculty and staff had the opportunity to participate in the Gallup engagement survey. In the coming weeks, the University will release  the organizational-level survey results. The results will provide each of us with the opportunity to learn more about what we’re doing well, and areas of improvement. Following the release of the results, each person will be encouraged to choose “one thing” to work on this year to help improve their work environment. To learn more about workplace engagement, the University is offering a free Gallup Webinar on Friday February 24, from 12 to 1 p.m. The Creating an Engaging Workplace webinar reviews how employee engagement is everyone’s responsibility. Employees will learn their role in the engagement process, and how they can take action to support it. To enroll, visit Ulearn.miami.edu and search for “Creating an Engaging Workplace

Space is limited so you are encouraged to sign up early.  If you have any questions, or to learn more about the Gallup engagement survey and results email engagementsurvey@miami.edu.



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Ready to Teach a Group Fitness Class? Audition at UM’s Wellness Centers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 8, 2017)—Think you have what it takes to teach a group exercise fitness class? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center are holding open auditions for instructors for all group exercise positions: sculpt, cardio, mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, studio cycling, yoga, dance fitness/Zumba, and kickboxing. Open auditions are on Thursday, February 23 at the Herbert Wellness Center and Friday, February 24 at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. Both members and non-members are invited to audition.

“We are looking for excited, skilled and motivated new instructors who meet our core values,” says Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “If you’re a fitness guru and ready to share your knowledge and experience with the University of Miami community, we want you to join our team.”

To qualify, applicants must hold a national group exercise or personal training certification, such as ACE, AFAA, ACSM, Spinning, Zumba, etc. Applicants must also be CPR/AED certified prior to becoming an instructor. For those not previously certified, the Herbert Wellness Center offers CPR/AED certification courses open to members and non-members.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please email a resume and cover letter to Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes, at mxk331@miami.edu. Each applicant will be expected to prepare a 30-minute demo class for their audition.

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