Professional Development

Learning and Growing


Krishnan Kottaiswamy, ETL developer, hosted the ‘One Action’ presentation for about 20 of his UMIT colleagues.

Wish you could predict the future? A small group of University of Miami Information Technology staff learned the basics of predictive analytics—the use of data and statistical algorithms to predict future trends and behavior patterns—at a lunchtime presentation hosted by one of their peers. This was the first of a series of brown bag lunches implemented by the Decision Support and Planning and Institutional Research teams as their “One Action” in response to the results of last year’s faculty and staff engagement survey.

“Collaboratively, our teams reviewed the survey results and discussed the opportunity to focus on professional development,” said Sheryl Borg, executive director of Decision Support Services. “Working together as a blended team for the past two years has given us a unique opportunity to share diverse skills. Now we’re formalizing that. The team is strengthened as each team member has opportunities to learn and lead others in learning.”

Krishnan Kottaiswamy, ETL developer, hosted the presentation for about 20 of his colleagues. “We’re considering predictive analytics to assist in forecasting future plans for the University community.” Kottaiswamy said. “This was a great opportunity to teach others about it.”

The lunches will be hosted quarterly and anyone on the team can submit a topic for consideration. “We plan on having more sessions and eventually involving others going forward,” Kottaiswamy said. “Everybody has different skills—if anyone wants to learn through these sessions, they could transfer their knowledge and help each other grow.”

In addition to the brown bag lunches, the team created a shared calendar, where anyone can post webinars and conferences, and a resource library to share learning materials. UMIT Decision Support leaders encourage team members to dedicate up to five hours per month for professional development and to provide meeting rooms to support learning activities.

What have you learned lately? Share your story with InsideUM at [email protected]. In the meantime, don’t forget to take advantage of all the U has to offer, from tuition benefits to online learning, at ulearn.miami.edu and Lynda.com.



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Last Chance to Join Essentials of Leadership Program Series 9

Launched three years ago to transform University managers into leaders, the Essentials of Leadership program (EOL) is launching it 9th series. Over 400 managers are now equipped to lead people to perform at their best and drive results that make a greater impact as the U moves toward its new century.

If you’d like to become a transformational leader and make an impact on a professional and personal level, EOL is for you. Visit the EOL homepage for more information and make sure your supervisor submits the Program Commitment Form by Wednesday, August 2, if you want to join the program.


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Apply Now for the Miami Global Executive MBA for the Americas

Applications are being accepted for the School of Business Administration’s Miami Global Executive MBA for the Americas program beginning this August. The class schedules enable you to earn your MBA degree without interrupting your career. For more information contact Jennyfer Puentes at 305-284-5509 or [email protected].


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Taking One Action

Approachable, receptive and genuine were words staff used to describe University of Miami President Julio Frenk during a recent session of Conversations with President Frenk. Launched earlier this year as the president’s “One Action” in response to the results of the faculty and staff engagement survey, the quarterly sessions allow employees to share ideas and concerns with him.

“I saw the invitation and was impressed. It’s not common for the leader of such a large organization to meet directly with staff,” said Michael Malone, director of editorial services for University Communications. “I had been at the University for only two months, and this was my opportunity to meet the president and learn more about where the University is headed.”

After a brief introduction, Frenk invited members of the group, which was open to staff with less than five years of service, to share their experiences of working at the U while he took notes.

“The president established trust with the group from the start, which made it easy for everyone to open up,” commented Hilda Garcia, senior administrative assistant with health information integrity. “He was genuinely interested in what we had to say, and I believe he will do what it takes to make improvements across the University.”

Fifteen staff members attended each of the first two sessions, which were held on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses. The sessions are intentionally small to allow the president to engage with each participant. Conversations with President Frenk will continue in the fall, with open invitations to other groups of faculty and staff posted in Veritas.

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Ready to Become an ‘I Am the U’ Facilitator?

The University’s UFacilitators, a group of volunteers who audition to host new employees at the new “I Am the U” orientation, have welcomed hundreds of faculty and staff since the program launched in January. Now the program is hosting auditions for a new class of UFacilitators who will welcome new employees to the University.

As a UFacilitator you will have the opportunity to impact our workforce from day one by sharing stories, inspiring others to share theirs, and showing everyone why it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.

If you are energetic, have a strong passion for the U, and are capable of influencing positive change, we need you!

To learn more about the UFacilitator program please email [email protected] and we will email you a calendar invite to join a webinar presentation for one of two dates of your choosing:

Wednesday, June 21, at 1 p.m.

 Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m.

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