Be Engaged Programs

Project Management Essentials

Sarah Staley, Director of Workforce Development and Talent

Project management is a set of techniques that anyone can apply to achieve goals and make projects more successful. Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex initiatives. This course will focus on the fundamentals of project management, from establishing project goals and objectives and building a project plan to managing resources and work, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. 

February 28


HR Conference Room

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Process Improvement in Action

Sarah Staley, Director of Workforce Development and Talent

Most of us, no matter our role at the College, rely on a set of processes and procedures to get our work done. When problems arise, we may make periodic adjustments to solve specific problems. We don't always step back and look at the process as a whole to identify root causes and long-term solutions to improve the process. In this session, we will explore the Process Improvement mindset and tools.

February 29


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Understanding the Neuroscience of Stress to Enhance Productivity  

Sabrina Woods

When our nervous system goes into that fight, flight or freeze state from stress, our brains are foggy and our work pace slows down. Shifting focus to your well-being can put you in a more calm, clear-headed place and increase your perseverance and productivity.During this workshop you’ll learn a bit about the neuroscience of stress. We’ll also take you through some mindfulness-based practices to help you shift your mind and body into that calmer and more productive state.

March 12


Virtual - Register via Zoom

Finding MAGIC at Work: Creating Meaningful Employee Engagement 

Kim McCullen, Workforce Development Specialist 

Meaning, Autonomy, Growth, Impact, Connection - These five critical aspects of our work drive our level of engagement and fulfillment with our jobs. This training will dive into what true engagement looks like and the positive impact it has on teams when employees are choosing to be highly engaged in their jobs. We will also examine tangible ways that you can support your colleagues or your team in becoming more engaged and finding MAGIC in their day-to-day. 

March 14


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SCRUM in Action

Sarah Staley, Director of Workforce Development and Talent

Get a simple answer to a common project management question: What is scrum? Using LinkedIn learning content, this course provides a short, fast-paced introduction to one of the most popular agile frameworks. Explore the roles of the scrum team, from product owner to scrum master; the five core scrum events; the three scrum artifacts that build into project developments; and the reasons behind the widespread adoption of scrum. 

April 3

10:30 to noon

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Mentoring Program

Sarah Staley, Director of Workforce Development and Talent 

The Mentorship Program will run from April to June and include three HR-run sessions. Mentors/mentees will also meet on a biweekly basis during this period. The program is designed to connect employees in a mentoring relationship to help each other develop as leaders and managers, discuss career paths at Holy Cross, and develop important skills for career success.

Kick Off: April 4

Mid-point: May 16

Celebration: June 20

All sessions are 9-10:30

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Design Thinking in Action

Sarah Staley, Director of Workforce Development and Talent

Design thinking is a deeply human process that taps into abilities we all have but get over- looked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols. This will familiarize you with Design Thinking in action.

May 7 

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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