|VCU Human Resources and the VCU Staff Senate are excited to sponsor "Quest for the Best," a career development event that offers participants the opportunity to explore a variety of educational topics while networking with peers. This year's event will take place Thursday, March 12, 2020, and is free to all VCU and VCU Health System employees. |
The day will consist of a 2-in-1 format, offering a morning series and an afternoon series, allowing participants to select only ONE series to attend. All sessions will be identical for both series and the format will consist of a keynote speaker, Career Development and Career Expo, Staff Senate Awards for Excellence and breakout sessions.
2019 National Teacher of the Year
Keynote Presentation Times:
Morning: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Afternoon: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Rodney Robinson is a 19-year teaching veteran. He became a teacher to honor his mother, who struggled to receive an education after being denied an education as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia. In 2015, Robinson started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline.
Robinson uses the whole child approach to education to help students who are most vulnerable. His classroom is a collaborative partnership between himself and his students and is anchored in him providing a civic centered education that promotes social-emotional growth. Robinson uses the knowledge he has gained from his students to develop alternative programs to prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.
Robinson has been published three times by Yale University and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Education Compact Team, which includes politicians, educators, business leaders, and community leaders, and is working with city leaders and local colleges to recruit underrepresented male teachers into the field of education. He has also worked with Pulitzer Award-winning author James Foreman on developing curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teacher’s Institute.
Ergonomics - Feeling better/Working better
Will discuss the basics of Ergonomics and how making small changes in your work environment can make big differences.
Presentation Times - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM and 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Barbara Back has a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies from VCU. Barbara has more than a decade in the field of safety. In March of 2016, Barbara received an Ergonomic Assessment Certification from The Back School. Barbara enjoys talking about Ergonomics and performing assessments because often small changes can make a big difference in helping someone feel better.
In this session, participants will engage in discussion around self-awareness of implicit or Unconscious Bias and how relates to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. Participants will leave with a better understanding about Unconscious Bias and how to combat it, while also learning to not shame or blame themselves for these learned behaviors.
Presentation Times - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM and 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Shana Ryman received her B.A. in Spanish ('07) and M.S., Ed. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development ('14) from James Madison University She has worked in various departments across VCU over the past 5 years and is now thrilled to be a part of the HR Learning, Development, and Organizational Culture team. She is excited to continue learning about and discussing diversity, inclusion, belonging, and unconscious bias and was a member of the Building Inclusive Communities cohort at VCU.
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You're Not That Important – The Importance of Setting Boundaries
This presentation will be all about the importance of setting boundaries at work and will engage participants in discussion about how to set these boundaries. Participants will leave this session with practical strategies that can be easily implemented.
Presentation Times - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM and 2:15 - 3:00 PM
Danielle Stubs is a pre-health advisor at VCU. She graduated from the William & Mary School of Education with a M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership in 2018. Working with students is her absolute passion, so much so that she started a blog writing about her experiences working in higher education. You can read more at daniellevictoria.org. Her presentation on the importance of setting boundaries is inspired by one of her most popular blog posts.
How to Engage Our Students
In this presentation, we will discuss strategies on how to motivate our student body to become more involved and discover their true potential using the theory of challenge and support.
Presentation Times - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM and 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Fred Tugas currently serves as Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement for the Division of Student Affairs at VCU. In his role, he manages intentional, co-curricular experiences to support student engagement, employability, and success. He has presented and published nationally on student employment and student organization development. Fred is a current board member for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and a former National Leadership Fellow for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). He has a B.A. in communication from Old Dominion University and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) from Clemson University. He is a current Ed.D. in Leadership (Higher Education) student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ashley J. Williams
The Art of Mindfulness: Promoting Individual Self Care and Workplace Well-being
Mindfulness is a state of awareness and practice of being present at the moment with an attitude of compassion, curiosity, openness, and acceptance of one’s experience. A self-care routine is a daily journey of intentional living and being mindful about your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The interactive workshop will introduce mindfulness as a tool for sel-care and collective well-being. Participants will be introduced to a variety of mindful-based interventions and strategies to support personal and workplace well-being to be used in every day life.
Presentation Times - 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM and 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Ashley Williams is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and advocates for self-care, social justice and community building that bridges yoga, mindfulness and trauma-informed initiatives in a wide range of spaces throughout the community. She is full of inspiration and light and uses her time and efforts to create spaces for people to be educated and empowered through the practice of awareness. Through her curriculum-based program, Mindfulness + Movement RVA, she has implemented therapeutic interventions, programs and professional development trainings that combine mindfulness, movement, social-emotional learning techniques and mentoring in various settings including secondary schools, higher education institutions, detention, and juvenile correctional centers, behavioral health programs, non-profits, and adult education programs.
Ashley is the Founder of BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness that intentionally offers weekly private and group classes, educational workshops, and yoga therapy sessions that foster individual awareness, community building and holistic wellbeing for elevated social impact.
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Pitch Your Awesomeness
When someone asks, “For whom do you work, and what do you do there?” Are you able to respond? Yeah, probably. If the same person asked you, “Who, What and Why are you You?” Could you answer? It is important to understand who you are, and how awesome you are. Your audience, one or many, should understand your individual personality and values and tune-in to you.
Participants will recognize the elements of crafting a personal elevator pitch through participatory exercises highlighting executive presence characteristics, storytelling techniques and nonverbal recognition and cues.
Presentation Times - 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM and 3:15 - 4:00 PM
James Wasilewski has served in various fundraising, constituent engagement and student recruitment roles in higher education for 17 years and currently serves as the Director of Development at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Melissa Hetzler Burton
Sugar Free Living: How to Take the First Step in Improving Your Health
This seminar provides education on healthy living and diabetic-friendly cooking, looks at tips and tricks to eat healthily during difficult times, and shares samples of food from Melissa’s sugar-free cookbook.
Presentation Times - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:15 - 5:00 PM
Melissa Hetzler Burton is currently Mrs. Richmond VA and has worked for the last 14 years at Virginia Commonwealth University. When she is not performing her duties on the VCU Medical campus as the financial and academic coordinator in the Vice President’s office for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, she is busy reaching out to her community in many different ways.
Melissa graduated as valedictorian of the Richmond School for Urban Ministry, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Christian Education, and used this to advance her ministry in the area of homelessness, addiction, underserved populations and work with teenage girls in the area of purity and confidence. She is a recording artist and the lead singer of the Zechariah’s Song Band, hosted a radio show, and still sings and speaks at over 100 community events a year. After losing 160 pounds 3 years ago, Melissa has written a Sugar-Free Cookbook and spoken about health and wellness at numerous places such as the Richmond Health Department, VCU Medical Hospital, J. Sargent Reynolds, Richmond Health Disparities, Richmond Health Magazine, and many others. She hopes to show through her weight loss journey as well as competing in the Mrs. VA pageant in April that we can all transform to live healthier lives and become our best selves. You can find more about her from her website: www.zechariahssong.com
The Power of Positive Perspective
Unlock your ability to reframe challenges to recognize positive attributes in yourself and others.
Presentation Times - 11:15 AM - 12 PM and 3:15 - 4 PM
Jeremy Bost is the Program Manager for Leadership Development in Human Resources at VCU. He has spent 4 years developing and launching the leadership development program as part of the HR Redesign Project. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in Learning and Development with both public-and private-sector organizations.
Career Communities 2020: Lessons Learned from Community Leaders
Career communities are made up of employees across the university who are doing similar work or have similar career interests. These groups are designed to connect regularly to network, strengthen competencies, promote innovation, and share best practices. Career communities are established around the VCU Job Family structure. Employees interested in learning about a particular career are welcome to participate in the relevant career community or participate in the establishment of a new career community, as VCU career communities continue to emerge. The communities were developed in mid-2018 and we’re still growing and developing new opportunities.
Presentation Times - 10:15 AM - 11 AM and 2:15 - 3 PM
Penny McFarline is an Organizational and Learning Development professional and has been with VCU HR for eight years. Penny is interested in people's development of all types: career, professional, organizational to name a few. Previous careers including working with traumatized families, children receiving mental and behavioral services, and continuous quality improvement and program evaluation.
Quest for the Best: Career Development Conference
March 12, 2020
University Student Commons
1) There will be a conference shuttle bus specifically for participants, that will make only two stops (McGuire Hall Annex and 8th and Jackson Streets) on the MCV campus to Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus. There will be a sign in the window on the side with the door opening and the specific times for the shuttle are located on the conference site - https://staffsenateconference.vcu.edu/#Transportation
MCV Campus to Monroe Park Campus
2) Transportation is also provided by the GRTC Pulse. Please visit their site to determine their locations and schedule - http://ridegrtc.com/brt.
|3) For those who wish to drive and subscribe to VCU Parking, please visit the following address to identify the appropriate reciprocal parking facilities and timeframes. Click here - https://parking.vcu.edu/parking/faculty-and-staff/reciprocal-parking/|