2015-2016 Calendar of Events

Professional development opportunities

• Public Seminar – Why Diversity Matters: Transforming Place and Belonging
Facilitated by Margaret Abraham, Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University (new York). Ms. Abraham is a noted sociologist, teacher, researcher, writer, and advocate for social justice. Join us Friday, September 18, 2015, 10:00-11:30 am, Park Place Room, NBC – register online at: go.umflint.edu/itmatters. Click for flyer.

• Technology Information Session: The iPad – An Incredible Tool for Work
Dennese Bandyk, ITS Trainer and Dave Pugh of Apple, Inc. will share information and tips regarding the iPad. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2015, with alternate sessions at 9:30-11:00 am or 2:00-3:30 pm, Michigan Room A. Register at go.umflint.edu/training. Click for flyer.

• Toastmasters International Club at UM-Flint
An informational/start-up meeting for the UM-Flint Toastmasters Club is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 12-1 pm in Michigan C-D, UCEN.  If you plan to attend, please let me know by emailing salberto@umflint.edu
Staff Council is partnering with the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership to host a Toastmasters International Club on our campus. The club is open to staff, students, and faculty and focuses on a curriculum designed to advance communication and leadership skills through practice, peer feedback and objective evaluation. For more information, please visit the Toastmasters International website located at http://www.toastmasters.org/ or click here.

• GEARup2LEAD Conference
GEARup2LEAD will host its first annual conference on Friday, October 2, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, at the Whiting Auditorium. This event is designed to gather people from all walks of life to connect, learn, and lead. GEARup2LEAD believes that we are all heroic leaders, no matter what age or background, and that we all have it inside us to create positive within our community. The Council has limited funding available to sponsor staff members to attend this conference. If you are interested and able to attend, please email me no later than Thursday, September 17, 5 pm. 
The schedule will include keynote presentations by Chris McDougall and Charlie Batch, as well as other dynamic speakers and breakout sessions. Please visit the conference page for more information about the featured presenters.
About the conference sponsor:
GEARup2LEAD is a new organization in Flint, created by a group of dedicated people within the community of Genesee County that understand the power of empowering others to be leaders. Creating content focused on developing a GROWTH MINDSET, building EMPATHY, taking ACTION and accepting RESPONSIBILITY, GEARup2LEAD aims at helping both youth and adults reach their fullest potential as leaders so we may all experience positive change. Aside from creating content and providing training, GEARup2LEAD continues to partner with schools, universities, organizations and businesses to help them build heroic cultures.  A heroic culture is made up of people that are full of energy, full of resilience, and are taking positive action despite the challenges that are present.