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Cultivating a Culture of Engagement

11th Annual Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Session Registration below!

Professional Development Day is an annual event that is devoted to teaching participants professional skills, strengthening ties with fellow colleagues, and bringing awareness to important issues that affect us all.

This year’s presentations and workshops highlight and support the College’s Strategic Plan to cultivate a culture of engagement and excellence, as well as foster an understanding of human differences and similarities.

The day will open with a presentation on how to become more engaged and mindful by Miguel Valenciano. Subject-matter leaders have been selected to present workshops on themes of increasing engagement, improving communication in the workplace and embracing change.

The day will culminate by reuniting for an interactive final session that gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned and the possibility of winning fun prizes!

Register online beginning January 15th Registration deadline: Monday, January 26th Questions? Contact: Kira Barsotti, kbarsotti@linfield.edu

The Day Begins

8:15 – 8:45 AM
Morning Mingle and Refreshments
Jonasson Hall

Start the day off right with a hot beverage and a pastry while you catch up with colleagues from across Linfield.

8:45 – 10:00 AM
Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Ice Auditorium

Mindfulness: Training the Mind to Pay Attention to What’s Really Going On (Tentative – confirming)
Miguel Valenciano, M.A., Consultant, FutureWork Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in a swirl of thoughts and worries. Have you found yourself unable to remember what others have said during conversations? Eating at your desk without tasting your food? Paying more attention to your iPhone than to your nearest and dearest? With today’s 24/7 demands, our attention is fractured and we’re forced to focus on what’s urgent, not what’s important. This workshop will explore mindfulness as a vehicle to create quality focus and alertness by giving continual attention to detail and to the needs of others while still appreciating the big picture.

Objectives:

  1. Examine the ABCs of mindfulness.
  2. Acquire tools to continue being a value-led, effective, caring, mindful and sustainable provider.
  3. Apply mindfulness practices to workplace opportunities.
  4. Identify the contribution alternative styles make to the college

Enrollment for each session is varied and limited. You may register using the form at the bottom of this page. Registration below. Confirmation of class registration will be via your linfield.edu email within two working days. If you do not receive a confirmation, you are not registered for the class. If you need to drop/change a class, or have a question regarding registration, please contact Bahram Refaei at ext. 2520 or brefaei@linfield.edu.

Schedule of Workshops - Session 1   10:15-12:15

Communication Styles: Understanding Other's Similarities and Differences - CLOSED

Communicating effectively and efficiently is one of the best ways organizations can improve performance. In this workshop you will learn about your own communication style and its impact on others. And you will take away skills to adapt and flex your style to enhance your interactions with others.

Meri Justis, Owner & President, Justis Group

T.J. Day 222

Maximizing your Engagement

It's no secret that there is a direct link between the performance of an organization, customer satisfaction and loyalty and the engagement of employees. This session will help you better understand what engagement is, help you understand an improve your own engagement and explore ways to continue the shift towards a culture of true engagement.

Key learning points include:

  • Key drivers of engagement and what matters the most
  • Understanding and building your own engagement
  • Why employees become disengaged and what to do about it
  • Steps everyone can take to build a culture of engagement

This session involves a series of individual and team exercises, real life scenarios, and various group discussions.

Jenna Reed, General Counsel, Director of Compliance Services, Cascade Employers

T.J. Day 219

Embracing a Culture of Change

In spite of good ideas and intentions combined with significant organizational energy and resources, 70% of change initiatives fail. Whether dealing with the anxiety of anticipated change, the frustration of attempting to initiate change, or the daunting task of getting change to stick, each of us has likely encountered more change failures than wins. Organizations and teams that master the ability to navigate, embrace, and lead lasting change are positioned to thrive by creating an engaging environment where innovation, creativity, adaptability and excellence are at center stage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 8 steps that need to occur for effective change management.
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes of change management.
  • Discover how behavioral styles and generational differences can influence our view of and response to change.

Learn how to understand your role in the change model and how your role and strengths can best contribute to the change initiative.

Jean Roque, President/Owner, Trupp HR & Tom Faricy, HR Business Partner, SPHR, Trupp HR

T.J. Day 104

LUNCH   12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Dillin Hall

Enjoy lunch while listening to a Portland-based company's top management representative as they discuss their culture and how they engage their employees.

Schedule of Workshops - Session 2   1:45-3:45

Communication Styles: Understanding Other's Similarities and Differences

Communicating effectively and efficiently is one of the best ways organizations can improve performance. In this workshop you will learn about your own communication style and its impact on others. And you will take away skills to adapt and flex your style to enhance your interactions with others.

Meri Justis, Owner & President, Justis Group

T.J. Day 222

Maximizing your Engagement

It's no secret that there is a direct link between the performance of an organization, customer satisfaction and loyalty and the engagement of employees. This session will help you better understand what engagement is, help you understand an improve your own engagement and explore ways to continue the shift towards a culture of true engagement.

Key learning points include:

  • Key drivers of engagement and what matters the most
  • Understanding and building your own engagement
  • Why employees become disengaged and what to do about it
  • Steps everyone can take to build a culture of engagement

This session involves a series of individual and team exercises, real life scenarios, and various group discussions.

Jenna Reed, General Counsel, Director of Compliance Services, Cascade Employers

T.J. Day 219

Embracing a Culture of Change - CLOSED

In spite of good ideas and intentions combined with significant organizational energy and resources, 70% of change initiatives fail. Whether dealing with the anxiety of anticipated change, the frustration of attempting to initiate change, or the daunting task of getting change to stick, each of us has likely encountered more change failures than wins. Organizations and teams that master the ability to navigate, embrace, and lead lasting change are positioned to thrive by creating an engaging environment where innovation, creativity, adaptability and excellence are at center stage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 8 steps that need to occur for effective change management.
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes of change management.
  • Discover how behavioral styles and generational differences can influence our view of and response to change.

Learn how to understand your role in the change model and how your role and strengths can best contribute to the change initiative.

Jean Roque, President/Owner, Trupp HR & Tom Faricy, HR Business Partner, SPHR, Trupp HR

T.J. Day 104

Professional Development Day Wrap-Up   4:00 - 4:30 P.M. Ice Auditorium

We will end the day by reuniting for a wrap-up session that includes thank yous, evaluations and a chance to win exciting door prizes!

Registration for the 2015 Professional Development Day has closed.

Presenter Biographies

Miguel ValencianoMiguel Valenciano, MVM Consulting Services LLC

Miguel Valenciano has 20 years of successful experience consulting, teaching, training, facilitating, and mentoring/coaching. He has managed large international, national, state and private sector contracts and projects, and has extensive experience with cultural competency, leadership development, cultural audits, and workforce development.

Miguel is recognized in the United States and internationally for his extensive work in the field of cultural competency and has been a featured speaker at many local, state, national and international conferences. He has conducted approximately 2,000 training programs for more than 115,000 persons. He is a dynamic and energetic facilitator/trainer/consultant; his vision, energy, and creativity contribute to his success in leading diverse teams, facilitating and implementing strategic plans for organizations, and providing outstanding training and consultation.

Miguel brings both practical experience and a dynamic presence to his work as a master facilitator, having done work in the following countries: United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Saipan, China, Guam, Rota, Tinian, Republic of Belau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, and New Zealand.

Miguel has developed and facilitated modules on several content areas in the health care industry, including; cultural competency, managing inclusively, cross-cultural communications, addressing "ouches" in the workplace, strategic planning, engagement, cultural audits, micro-aggressions, teambuilding, conflict resolution, supervisory skills, change process, and inclusive leadership. He also conducts Diversity Training of Trainers programs at the national and international levels.

Miguel received his Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Education from the University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. He also has a number of certifications: Master Facilitator Certification in numerous corporations; School Administration Certification from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; ESL Teaching Certificate from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Miguel is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is versed in Italian.

Meri JustisMeri Justis, Owner & President, Justis Group

As owner and president of The Justis Group, Meri Justis provides engaging corporate management and staff development training for companies throughout the Northwest. Drawing from her master’s degree in Human Resources, 25 years’ experience in the corporate world and many years as a successful business consultant, coach and trainer, Meri shares tools and insights needed for success.

Her corporate management experience derives from a solid background in manufacturing and retail operations. For twelve years, Meri served as the Sales and Marketing Manager for a world-wide PVC pipe manufacturer, where, in addition to her sales and supervisory responsibilities, she conducted communication skills training, developed train-the-trainer and recruitment programs, and managed selection-process training throughout the entire organization. She also developed self-directed work teams and middle-management information forums.

Meri is a progressive thought leader that shows companies and teams how to think differently to generate new behaviors and ultimately create organizational change.

Jean Roque Jean Roque – President/Owner

Jean Roque is the founder and President of Trupp HR, a human resources company that provides HR consulting services, HR outsourcing, recruiting, and leadership development solutions for small to mid-sized organizations in the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area.

Jean has a passion for contributing to, and furthering the success of small business. Her straightforward yet strategic approach focuses on delivering HR services that are tailored to the unique needs, risks and business objectives of each organization while removing the complexity often associated with the HR function.

Jean has extensive experience in executive management in the software, product development and manufacturing industries. Jean’s commitment to small business can be seen in her being an investor and active member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) and sponsoring of the 2012 Startup PDX:Challenge. Jean graduated from Warner Pacific College with a BS in Business Administration.

Tom FairicyTom Faricy, HR Business Partner, SPHR

Tom Faricy is an HR Business Partner at Trupp HR, a human resources company that provides HR consulting services, HR outsourcing, recruiting, and leadership development solutions for small to mid-sized organizations.

Tom is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources with over 15 years of experience successfully curating human resources in multi-facility organizations over several leadership teams. Tom has an impressive grasp of HR disciplines from recruitment and succession planning to performance management and employee development. His warm yet commanding presence has set the stage for his numerous executive coaching and training engagements. Tom has a gift for presenting complex topics in a thorough, yet approachable and easy to understand manner.

Jenna ReedJenna Reed, JD, MBA, General Counsel, Director of Compliance Services, Cascade Employers

As an employment law attorney and HR professional, Jenna integrates compliance and practical management solutions to help organizations manage risk, build confidence, and gain new perspective on familiar (and some not so familiar) employment related challenges and opportunities. By seeking to understand your specific circumstances, obstacles, and goals, her approach will help you sort through the clutter and determine your best path.

As Cascade’s General Counsel and Director of Compliance Services, Jenna primarily focuses on employment law compliance, training, employee engagement and leading a team of HR professionals in providing practical and solution oriented support. A nationally recognized speaker on employment topics, Jenna is also a member of the Oregon State Bar and serves as a Board member for the NW EEO/Affirmative Action Association.