2021 Career Development & Employee Appreciation Month

A Month-long Virtual Experience

 

  

"Together We Transform"

 Click here for the playlist of recorded sessions!

 

 

About Statement

 

2021 Career Development & Employee Appreciation Month

VCU Human Resources and the VCU Staff Senate are excited to announce the month-long "Together We Transform” career development series. Each session will offer opportunities for VCU staff to explore a variety of topics, network with peers, and gain invaluable insights from VCU and regional leaders. This year's event is scheduled during the entire month of March 2021 and is free to all VCU and VCU Health System employees.

Join your colleagues and the VCU community for all-virtual events featuring weekly keynote speakers, VCU leadership, staff and faculty presenters, and several sessions sponsored by the VCU Career Communities. This website will be updated regularly with speaker details and event information, so check back for exciting updates as the month progresses.

March is also VCU’s Employee Appreciation Month! VCU staff members can enjoy a variety of local discounts, experiences, and activities curated by a dedicated team of VCU Staff Senators. Be sure to check the Staff Senate’s website for more information on exclusive discounts and events for VCU Staff. We look forward to sharing a month full of fun with you and celebrating your accomplishments.

 

Online technical details

Real-time, human captioning (CART ) for each session will be provided both on screen and simultaneously through TextStream. All relevant links should be indicated in conference sessions for which attendees have registered. Please ensure you’re on the most updated version of Zoom for the best experience.

Many sessions will also be recorded and can be accessed by VCU staff post-conference through Talent@VCU. Recorded sessions will include on-screen captioning.

If you have any other accessibility needs in order to join a session or have any questions, please reach out to the VCU ADA Office through the ADA/504 Coordinator, Crystal Coombes, at cccoombes@vcu.edu.

For questions or concerns, please email staffsenate@vcu.edu.

 

Registration details

VCU and VCU Health employees will use different links to register for the individual sessions. VCU employees will use Talent@VCU and VCU Health employees will use a Google form to capture their registration interests. 

  • VCU employees click HERE to register.
  • VCU Health employees click HERE to register.

 


 

 

 

Week of March 1 - 5

 

To learn more about the presenters click on the appropriate tab above ‘Keynote Speakers’, ‘VCU Leaders’, Workshop Speakers’.

Agenda

MondayMarch 1, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Event opening with a welcome and keynote presenter.

 Dr. Janice Underwood, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

"Designing Your Personal Brand: Positioning Your Career for the Future"

Presenter - Linda Evans

Most people know that personal branding is important to their professional success but are at a loss about how to approach it in a meaningful concrete way. This presentation will demonstrate a unique framework of practical exercises to help attendees feel empowered to intentionally design an authentic personal brand that will allow them to create a more meaningful life and get closer to their full potential.

TuesdayMarch 2, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Strengths in the Workplace"

Presenter - Leslee Gensinger

Identifying your talents is the first step in developing your strengths and learning how to leverage them in the workplace. At this presentation you will learn about the value of talents and strengths in the workplace and what steps you can take to identify and develop your strengths through Gallup's StrengthsFinder assessment and coaching.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"Fighting Health Misinformation: COVID-19, the Vaccines and Beyond"

Presenter - Dana Ladd

Information about COVID-19 and the vaccines for it spreads rapidly by word of mouth and over the internet. This spread of information has led to an infodemic and figuring out where to find good health information can be difficult. Acting on or sharing health misinformation can have serious consequences. In this session we cover some core strategies for evaluating health information for trustworthiness and will demonstrate several sources for finding reliable health information about COVID-19 and vaccination.

WednesdayMarch 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Sugar Free Living: How to Take the First Step in Improving Your Health"

Presenter - Melissa Burton

I speak through my journey of becoming sugar free, losing 160 pounds, writing a sugar free cookbook, speaking about the topic, and how my life has changed for the better (Becoming Mrs. Richmond VA and beyond).  I give information about your health related to sugar, tips for cutting back and becoming more healthy, and share practical recipes that can help.

ThursdayMarch 4, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

VCU Leadership Speaker Series

Leader - Chief John Venuti

Join Session - Click HERE

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

"Celebrate Your Aha"

Presenter - James Wasilewski

You put others before you every day, but you need to remember - you are a super hero.  You are #1.  Recognize your strengths, understand compassion as a passion and use humor to realize how wonderful you really are.  Explore these ideas and more through reflection activities, group discussion and participation.  Learn how appreciated you are.

FridayMarch 5, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Cohort 1)

Presenter - Jen Bagley

This program focuses on building emotional intelligence, or EI.  A basic definition of EI is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you.   Research shows increased levels of EI lead to increased professional and personal effectiveness and happiness.

** This program includes two workshops involving pre- and post-work, as well as the creation of an individualized EI development plan.  Attendance of both workshops is required to obtain credit for completing the event.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

This session is now full, please instead join the waitlist on the registration portal.

 

Week of March 8 - 12

Agenda

MondayMarch 8, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote speaker

PresenterMr. Rodney Robinson, Senior Policy Advisor of Richmond Public Schools and 2019 National Teacher of the Teacher

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"The VCU Staff Senate"

Presenter - Nick Fetzer

An overview of the staff senate, our activities, how we work to improve the VCU community, and how our upcoming elections will function in Summer 2021.

TuesdayMarch 9, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"How to be Outcome Oriented - Maintaining Positive Relationships in a Virtual Workplace"

PresenterLeslie Bobb

Tips on understanding an outcome oriented approach to interpersonal interactions, maintaining positive relationships while working-from-home, and win-win conflict resolution.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

"Unconscious Bias"

Presenter - Karen Fields, Shana Ryman

This workshop explores how unconscious bias affects our lives, our work, and ourselves.  Content includes tactics to combat unconscious bias and stereotypes.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

WednesdayMarch 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Creating an authentic, accountable team training plan related to diversity, equity, and inclusion"

PresenterSamara Reynolds

Do you and your staff value diversity, equity, and inclusion but not have structured or intentional ways to infuse actively learning, challenging each other, or engaging with students, patients, or other stakeholders on these concepts in your daily work? VCU Career Services is in its second year of a new approach to annual training and goal setting for team members related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session will explain our approach and how it could work for other teams looking to engage in this type of education and action in a meaningful way throughout the year.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Career Community - Special Interest Groups - do they work?"

Presenter - Warren Mays and Katie Shedden

A discussion of the pilot Special Interest Groups that the Information Technology Career Community ran this fiscal year.

ThursdayMarch 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VCU Leadership Speaker Series

Leader - Dr. Meredith Weiss; Vice President for Administration

The series will be offered each Thursday in March and will highlight key leaders sharing their leadership and/or career development experience, University/Health System highlights, and encouraging words for employee engagement and growth.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

"Career Development Conversations"

PresentersKaren Fields & Beverly Walker

Participants will explore tools available to managers and staff that will facilitate good career conversations. Content includes individual assessments done by employees; manager assessments done for their teams; and the initial career conversation in which managers and employees engage each other in open conversation about career aspirations and converge on an annual development goal and plan.

FridayMarch 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Cohort 1)

Presenter - Jen Bagley

This program focuses on building emotional intelligence, or EI.  A basic definition of EI is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you.   Research shows increased levels of EI lead to increased professional and personal effectiveness and happiness.

** This program includes two workshops involving pre- and post-work, as well as the creation of an individualized EI development plan.  Attendance of both workshops is required to obtain credit for completing the event.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

This session is now full, please instead join the waitlist on the registration portal.

 

 

Week of March 15 - 19

Agenda

MondayMarch 15, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

"Communicating your way up the ladder"

Presenter - Denise Laussade

Effective communication is the primary element of building teams and getting work done up, down and across the ladders of any organization. Yet how many of us consider our communication skills as “top notch”? In this session, key elements of oral and written communication are presented, focusing primarily on our professional and academic development. Each participant will take away a “tool kit” of skills and practices to implement immediately for their work and personal use.

TuesdayMarch 16, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

"Getting unstuck: Overcoming immunities to change"

Presenter - Maike Philipsen; Penelope McFarline; Leslee Gensinger; Janet Nelson; Catherine Brown

Introduction to the concept of immunity to change (ITC), developed by Harvard social psychologists Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, used globally and applied at VCU via the NSF sponsored ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. ITC is designed to help individuals and organizations understand why they may have difficulty making a change although they are deeply committed to it. Short presentation is followed by activity involving participants in making an immunity to change map that will help them diagnose their ITCs and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Participants will be encouraged to structure the ITC exercise around an improvement goal they may have related to leadership, job skills and/or diversity and inclusion

WednesdayMarch 17, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Inclusivity in Career Development at VCU: Panel Discussion

Presenter - Various panelists, moderated by Leslee Gensinger

This panel discussion series is on career development with a focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. The session will include four panelists from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, including race, ethnicity, gender, job families, etc. Panelists will discuss their own career paths, challenges they have overcome, how they utilized mentors and support systems, how they’ve utilized Great Place HR programs and tools, and more.

The panelists are: 

 

  • Patricia Shazer, Assistant Director of Payments, Procurement Services
  • Aurora Higgs, Program Manager and School Liaison, Office of Continuing and Professional Education
  • Takeya McLaurin, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration/Chief Diversity Officer, Athletics
  • Chelsea Gary, Director Recruitment & Student Program, College of Health Promotions

 

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

“Overview of the MEd in Adult Learning with concentrations in Human Resource Development and Instructional Design and Technology"

Presenters - Dr. Robin Hurst and Dr William Muth

Overview of the masters program.

Career Community Event (Human Resources Career Community)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Career Community Leadership Panel and Fair

This will be a 2-part event that will 1) feature leaders from several confirmed communities sharing their experiences as a leader, by answering a few questions and the overall purpose of their community followed by an interactive portion with participants meeting the various leaders in a breakout room.   Representatives from the current 12 communities will be in attendance.

ThursdayMarch 18, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VCU Leadership Speaker Series

Leader - Dr. Charles Klink, Senior Vice Provost, Division of Student Affairs

The series will be offered each Thursday in March and will highlight key leaders sharing their leadership and/or career development experience, University/Health System highlights, and encouraging words for employee engagement and growth.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

"Sugar Free Living: How to Take the First Step in Improving Your Health"

PresenterMelissa Burton

I speak through my journey of becoming sugar free, losing 160 pounds, writing a sugar free cookbook, speaking about the topic, and how my life has changed for the better (Becoming Mrs. Richmond VA and beyond).  I give information about your health related to sugar, tips for cutting back and becoming more healthy, and share practical recipes that can help.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"Finance and Procurement Fun and Games”

(Sponsored by Finance & Procurement Career Community)

Calling all Finance and Procurement brain trusts.  Please join us for 45 minutes of fun and games where the topic will be finance and procurement services. This trivia style session will put your Banner, Chrome River, Finance, P-Card, Procurement and RealSource knowledge to the test.

FridayMarch 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Cohort 2)

This program focuses on building emotional intelligence, or EI.  A basic definition of EI is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you.   Research shows increased levels of EI lead to increased professional and personal effectiveness and happiness.

**This program includes two workshops involving pre- and post-work, as well as the creation of an individualized EI development plan.  Attendance of both workshops is required to obtain credit for completing the event.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

This session is now full, please instead join the waitlist on the registration portal.

 

 

Week of March 22 - 26

Agenda

MondayMarch 22, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

Presenter - Dr. Faith Wilkerson; Program Director, VCU Minority Educators Recruitment, Retention & Equity Center and founder/owner of Unlocking RVA

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"The Workplace Transformed: Accessibility Post-COVID-19"

Presenters - Crystal Coombes and Alex McWhorter

Explores how COVID 19 could potentially transform the workplace into a more accessible, equitable, and diverse space. Attention will be paid to barriers which the pandemic has made more apparent than ever, such as non-observable mental and physiological health issues, and how they affect employee well-being, equitable access to professional achievement, and employee success. Crystal Coombes will discuss how manager flexibility with alternate work arrangements like telework and flexible schedules can empower employees to perform their best, enhance equity, and greatly improve accessibility. Insights gleaned over the past year immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic are leveraged into real-work case studies that attendees can readily apply in their offices, to their thinking, and within their teams.

 


 

TuesdayMarch 23, 2021

VCU Service Awards

NO Conference Planning

 

 

WednesdayMarch 24, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

"Unconscious Bias"

Presenters - Karen Fields, Shana Ryman

This workshop explores how unconscious bias affects our lives, our work, and ourselves.  Content includes tactics to combat unconscious bias and stereotypes.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"Cultivating an effective team through the application of Team Science principles"

Presenters - Shirley Helm

The science of team science allows us to draw from theory driven principles to inform how to build an effective, efficient team.  Inherent in these principles are recognizing team member differences and welcoming diversity—in an effort to integrate knowledge to solve complex problems.  In this talk the basics of team science are presented with how they may be applied to creating a highly productive  team. The development of mutual trust, a shared vision and open communication are crucial elements to a successful team and project. A case study will be presented using a clinical research team as an example to illustrate this approach.

ThursdayMarch 25, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VCU Leadership Speaker Series

PresenterDr. Marcelle Wilson Davis, VCU Health System’s Inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

The series will be offered each Thursday in March and will highlight key leaders sharing their leadership and/or career development experience, University/Health System highlights, and encouraging words for employee engagement and growth.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"The VCU Staff Senate"

Presenter - Nick Fetzer

An overview of the staff senate, our activities, how we work to improve the VCU community, and how our upcoming elections will function in Summer 2021.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

"Career Development Conversations"

PresentersKaren Fields & Beverly Walker

Participants will explore tools available to managers and staff that will facilitate good career conversations. Content includes individual assessments done by employees; manager assessments done for their teams; and the initial career conversation in which managers and employees engage each other in open conversation about career aspirations and converge on an annual development goal and plan.

FridayMarch 26, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Cohort 2)

This program focuses on building emotional intelligence, or EI.  A basic definition of EI is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you.   Research shows increased levels of EI lead to increased professional and personal effectiveness and happiness.

**This program includes two workshops involving pre- and post-work, as well as the creation of an individualized EI development plan.  Attendance of both workshops is required to obtain credit for completing the event.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.

This session is now full, please instead join the waitlist on the registration portal.

 

Week of March 29 - 31

Agenda

MondayMarch 29, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Speaker - "Identity and Mental Health in Higher Education"

Presenter - Sahaj Kohli, Founder of Brown Girl Therapy

Sahaj Kaur Kohli's keynote will focus on the intersection of identity, mental health, and higher education, with a focus on BIPOC and immigrant-origin students. She will explore how intersectionality impacts students' mental health, and through research and anecdotal analysis, as well as narrative storytelling, she will unpack the different mental health factors and support-seeking behaviors of minority students. Sahaj will also share current research and issues that these students are facing during the pandemic, as well as tips and recommendations for creating a more equitable and inclusive higher education institution.

This session will not be recorded, it will only be presented live.




 
TuesdayMarch 30, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Together We Hire ACE-IT Students and Alumni"

Presenter - Aliza Lambert and Chris Parthemos

The purpose of this presentation is to advocate for new campus partners and departments to prioritize hiring ACE-IT in College students. VCU ACE-IT in College is a certificate program through the School of Education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students audit courses and maintain paid campus employment that matches their career goals. It is essential that students have access to departments and positions that will prepare them for employment beyond college. Presenters will give an overview of current campus partners, current student worker positions, and provide suggestions on creating new opportunities.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

"Volunteering for a Healthier You and a Stronger Community"

Presenter - Tito Luna, Angela Nicholas, and Logan Vetrovec

Research shows that there are many health and community benefits to volunteering. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how they can impact their communities through their community service leave hours. A special focus will be on how to find volunteer opportunities, as well as the process for using community service leave (all 12-month employees) and enhanced community service leave (university and academic professionals).

WednesdayMarch 31, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

“The Power of Practice: Using the 5Ps Model to Transform the VCU Experience”

Presenter - Lauren Jackson

The "5Ps model" (passion, purpose, product, process, prove) was designed by the presenter to lead higher education practitioners through an efficient and practical way of creating transformational programs and initiatives within their units. This program will demonstrate how the presenter used the “model” to develop an undergraduate course for women of color at Virginia Commonwealth University. Participants will explore how to apply the "5 Ps Model" in their positions as educators, advocates, or administrators to create meaningful experiences for those they serve.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

“Succession Development at VCU”

Presenter - Carol Ann Lawson and Julia Ayscue

The session will provide an overview of the succession development program at VCU, what it can do for managers and participants to facilitate their leadership and growth, and how to get involved. (DAR was a unit to go through the pilot, so Julia is quite knowledgeable about the program and what it can offer)

 

 


 

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Office of the Governor [View Image]Dr. Janice Underwood

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Presentation Time - Monday, March 1 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Janice Underwood, who strongly believes in servant leadership and culturally relevant reform, was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first cabinet-level Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).  This position is also the first of its kind in the nation. As the Commonwealth’s CDO, she is committed to addressing racial, ethnic, disability, gender-based, and other cultural inequities in formal and informal policies and practices in Virginia state government. As a result, Dr. Underwood is working tirelessly to build the ONE Virginia statewide strategic plan for Inclusive Excellence across over 100 state agencies and with other public and private sectors.  In her short tenure, she has been named one of “20 Women of Change” in 2020 by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for the accomplishments and impact she has already had on the Commonwealth.   Her goal is to make Virginia an exemplar for the nation, regarding diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Underwood served as Old Dominion University’s Director of Diversity Initiatives and as the chair of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence. She previously served as the Executive Director and Co-Principal Investigator for the Old Dominion University Teacher in Residence master’s program.  Dr. Underwood also served for a number of years as a national board certified teacher for students with exceptionalities in Hampton City Schools. During her time as a classroom teacher, she served for two terms on the Virginia Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL).  As a national expert in the cultural contexts of public education, change management and leadership, and professional development/training, Dr. Underwood works to make the public and private sectors more culturally relevant. In doing so, she prepares professionals from a myriad of fields to meet the demands of working in diverse environments and address difficult truths, such as the school to prison pipeline, the lack of diversity in the workforce, and systemic and institutional bias.

She earned her Bachelor’s (1998) and Master’s (2002) degrees from Hampton University in Psychology and Behavior/Learning Disorders, respectively.  In 2015, she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University, where her research focused on culturally relevant pedagogy. She is happily married to Min. Johnnie Underwood and together they have two daughters, Jayla and Jordan.

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Senior Policy Advisor of Richmond Public Schools and 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Presentation Time - Monday, March 8 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Rodney is a 20-year education veteran working with marginalized black and brown communities in Richmond, Virginia. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the 2019 National Teacher of the Year.  He has worked with Pulitzer winning author James Foreman to develop curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teachers Institute. His current role is as a senior policy advisor with Richmond Public Schools in charge of the RVA Men Teach Program to recruit and retain male teachers of color in Richmond Public Schools.  He is also working with the district to implement anti racist policies and pedagogy.


 

2021 CDC Keynote [View Image]Dr. Faith Wilkerson

 Presentation Time - Monday, March 22 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Faith Wilkerson arrived in Richmond, Virginia in 2000 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds a Bachelors in Mass Communications, Masters in Higher Education, as well as, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has worked at VCU for over 15 years managing many of the University's annual traditions, as well as, overseeing student centered diversity & inclusion programs. In 2019, she accepted the role of Program Director for the Minority Education Center housed within the VCU School of Education. Dr. Wilkerson also serves as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Richmond and sits on the Board of Directors for the VCU Alumni Association. She somehow does all of this while constantly working on her passion UnlockingRVA an event planning and promotions company.

Sahaj Koli standing in front of a blurred background. [View Image]Sahaj Kaur Kohli

Founder of Brown Girl Therapy

Presentation Time - Monday, March 29 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - "Identity and Mental Health in Higher Education"

Sahaj Kaur Kohli is the founder of Brown Girl Therapy (@browngirltherapy), the first and largest mental health and wellness community organization for children of immigrants. In this work, Sahaj creates resources that promote bicultural identity exploration, and aims to democratize and remove the stigmas around therapy in immigrant communities. Sahaj is also a second-year master’s student at The George Washington University where she studies clinical mental health counseling and works as a counseling intern.

Sahaj is also a professional writer and speaker and has created original workshops and presentations on different topics ranging from diversity and inclusion in workplaces to decolonizing mental health practices for clinicians. Sahaj has presented and spoken at various companies and institutions such as The College of William and Mary, Amazon, and Google.

As a writer, speaker, and supervised mental health clinician, Sahaj hopes to educate on decolonized and inclusive mental health care for underserved populations. With a 6+ year career in journalism under her belt, her passion lies at the intersection of narrative storytelling and mental health advocacy. She is interested in the mechanics of community building, and she reflects a lot on how we can develop intersectional and inclusive care, workplaces, and relationships.

Learn more about Sahaj by visiting her web pages:
https://www.instagram.com/browngirltherapy/?hl=en
https://linktr.ee/browngirltherapy


 

 

CONFERENCE VCU LEADERS PRESENTING

 

The series will be offered each Thursday in March and will highlight key leaders sharing their leadership and/or career development experience, University/Health System highlights, and encouraging words for employee engagement and growth. 

  • March 4 - Chief John Venuti, Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police
  • March 11 - Dr. Meredith Weiss, Vice President for Administration
  • March 18 - Dr. Charles Klink. Senior Vice Provost, Division of Student Affairs
  • March 25 - Dr. Marcelle Wilson Davis, VCU Health System’s Inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

 

 

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Chief John VenutiAssociate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police

VCU Leadership Series

Presentation Time - Thursday, March 4 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

John Venuti is currently serving as Associate Vice President of Campus Safety/Chief of Police for Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health. Chief Venuti oversees Public Safety, Emergency Management. The VCU Police Department has 95 sworn police officers and over 200 security officers making it the largest university police department in the state of Virginia and one of the largest nationally as well. 

John Venuti has a degree in Culinary Arts, from the Culinary Institute of America and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Bluefield College. John Venuti is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. The VCU Police Department has also been the recipient of numerous State and National awards for accomplishments in public safety.

Venuti served 26 years with the Richmond Police Department. Formerly, a Major in the Richmond Police Department, he has supervised the investigation and prosecution of over 450 homicides in the City of Richmond.

 

 

 

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Dr. Meredith Weiss - Vice President for Administration

VCU Leadership Series

The series will be offered each Thursday in March and will highlight key leaders sharing their leadership and/or career development experience, University/Health System highlights, and encouraging words for employee engagement and growth.

Presentation Time - Thursday, March 11 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

Meredith Weiss, Ph.D. joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 as vice president for administration. As VCU’s chief administrative officer, she oversees human resources, facilities management, technology services, safety and risk management, capital assets and real estate, parking and transportation, sustainability, public safety and VCU’s incident coordination team. She is also currently serving as VCU’s COVID-19 Director.

Weiss previously served as senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she oversaw the university’s financial, budget, treasury, and accounting operations. During more than a decade at UNC Chapel Hill, she also served as associate vice chancellor for business services and administration, associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management, and held positions at the university’s law school as associate dean for administration, finance and information technology, and as assistant dean for information technology. 

Weiss received a Ph.D. in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration and information science from North Carolina Central University, a master’s degree in instructional technology from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in human resources from the University of Delaware.

 

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Dr. Charles Klink

VCU Leadership Series

You put others before you every day, but you need to remember - you are a super hero.  You are #1.  Recognize your strengths, understand compassion as a passion and use humor to realize how wonderful you really are.  Explore these ideas and more through reflection activities, group discussion and participation.  Learn how appreciated you are.
 

Presentation Time - Thursday, March 18 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Klink has has worked for over forty years in student affairs.  Currently, Dr. Klink serves as the Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  The division encompasses 16 student serving departments and 4 administrative support units with over 250 employees and a budget of approximately 70 million dollars. 

A psychologist by training, Dr. Klink came to VCU in 2001 as Director of University Counseling Services and was promoted to an Assistant Vice Provost in 2006 and Associate Vice Provost in 2010. He was appointed Interim Vice Provost in 2014 and selected as Vice Provost in 2016 after a national search.  In 2017, Dr. Klink was promoted to Senior Vice Provost.  Dr. Klink is a member of the president’s cabinet, the provost’s executive senior leadership team, the COVID-19 ICT executive committee, and serves on  numerous university committees.

Prior to his arrival at VCU, Dr. Klink held a variety of positions in Student Affairs and Athletics during his eighteen-year tenure at The Ohio State University.  At Ohio State he served as an Associate Director/Clinical Director for University Counseling Services, Senior Staff Psychologist, Athletic Departments Substance Abuse Counselor, Disability Support Services Counselor, Residence Life and Housing Area Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing Hall Director, Career Counselor, and Assistant Hall Director. Dr. Klink began his student affairs career working in residential life and new student orientation at a small, private, liberal arts college in Northern Indiana.  He has served on threat assessment teams for the last twenty-eight years and currently co-chairs the VCU team.

 

 

 

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Dr. Marcelle Davis

VCU Leadership Series

Presentation Time - Thursday, March 25 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  

Dr. Marcelle Davis has more than 21 years of experience as a DEI strategist assisting organizational leaders in the collection and analysis of workforce and recruiting metrics. She is skilled in evaluating business landscapes and implementing projects and policies that enable organizations to integrate inclusion in business practices. Additionally, Marcelle is experienced in providing leaders with the tools and strategies that equip them to move from the ideation of inclusion to integration 

Marcelle’s background extends to academia, which includes both the design and facilitation of MBA courses. These courses include leadership, strategic management, cross-cultural management, human resource management, operations management and diversity in organizations. Marcelle has published a book titled Measuring Inclusive Leadership with G.R.A.C.E., articles in several academic journals and has also authored micro-learnings for a global micro-learning company. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at a variety of conferences, both nationally and internationally, for more than 10 years.

Marcelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University, a Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University.



 

 

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

 

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Linda Evans, M.A.

"Designing Your Personal Brand: Positioning Your Career for the Future"

Most people know that personal branding is important to their professional success but are at a loss about how to approach it in a meaningful concrete way. This presentation will demonstrate a unique framework of practical exercises to help attendees feel empowered to intentionally design an authentic personal brand that will allow them to create a more meaningful life and get closer to their full potential.

 

Presentation Times - Monday, March 1 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 

Linda Evans has training and experience in counseling, coaching, and advising, which she has incorporated into her unique Launched by Linda Model (see Services). Her main theoretical frameworks include Positive Psychology, CliftonStrengths, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

She strives to integrate clients' personal strengths, values, and interests to create deeper meaning and purpose in life. She has a holistic approach in incorporating each client's cultural, socio-economic, and family backgrounds.

Linda uses a highly individualized and pragmatic approach in guiding clients through making decisions, setting goals, and planning next steps towards reaching their full potential. She believes self-awareness and emotional honesty are central to creating full meaningful lives, so she prompts clients to explore their motives and inhibitions.

She has a strong aesthetic sense and attention to detail when editing documents and online profiles, with a determination to help clients brand themselves in the most professional, concise, clear, and compelling way possible.

Linda earned a Master of Arts in Psychology Counseling from Columbia University and an advanced diploma in coaching for New York University.

She is certified in Foundations of Positive Psychology (University of Pennsylvania); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Behavioral Tech Research); Dynamic Public Speaking (University of Washington) and Strengths Coaching (Gallup).

 

 

 

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Dana Ladd,PhD.

"Fighting Health Misinformation: COVID-19, the Vaccines and Beyond"

Information about COVID-19 and the vaccines for it spreads rapidly by word of mouth and over the internet. This spread of information has led to an infodemic and figuring out where to find good health information can be difficult. Acting on or sharing health misinformation can have serious consequences. In this session we cover some core strategies for evaluating health information for trustworthiness and will demonstrate several sources for finding reliable health information about COVID-19 and vaccination.

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 2 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Dana L. Ladd, PhD. has been a medical librarian for over twenty years. She has a passion for helping patients increase their health literacy skills and learn to identify and access reliable health information about their conditions. 

She is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries where she manages the daily operations of the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library. There she helps patients, their family members, and community members find reliable consumer health information.  She conducts regular workshops on finding reliable consumer health information, website evaluation, health literacy and plain language, and rare disease consumer health resources.

 

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Leslee Gensinger, M.A.

"Strengths in the Workplace"

Identifying your talents is the first step in developing your strengths and learning how to leverage them in the workplace. At this presentation you will learn about the value of talents and strengths in the workplace and what steps you can take to identify and develop your strengths through Gallup's StrengthsFinder assessment and coaching.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 2 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Leslee Gensinger has been a learning and development professional since 2008 with a focus on onboarding new hires and organizational and leadership development. Leslee holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Communications (2000) and a Master's degree in Management and Leadership (2013) from Liberty University. She is also a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder Coach, a Vital Smarts certified Crucial Conversations facilitator, and an Arbinger Institute certified facilitator for their Developing and Implementing and Outward Mindset program. Additionally, she has experience with diversity and inclusion development at Virginia Commonwealth University with the Building Inclusive Communities program through the division for Inclusive Excellence. 

Leslee is currently working as the Learning and Development Manager for VCU HR's Learning, Development and Organizational Culture team. Leslee resides in Chesterfield, VA with her husband and two fur-babies.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesleenoble/

 

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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 - Wednsday, March 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and Thursday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 2:00 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

 

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James Wasilewski, MBA

"Celebrate Your Aha"

You put others before you every day, but you need to remember - you are a super hero.  You are #1.  Recognize your strengths, understand compassion as a passion and use humor to realize how wonderful you really are.  Explore these ideas and more through reflection activities, group discussion and participation.  Learn how appreciated you are.

 

Presentation Times - Thursday, March 4 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

 

James has served in various fundraising, constituent engagement and student recruitment roles in higher education for 18 years and currently serves as the Director of Development at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.. 

When the opportunity is provided, he facilitates workshops and sessions based on his experiences in fundraising as well as his experiences with improvisational comedy over the past 20 years.  He leads sessions about storytelling, making the ask, creating a culture of philanthropy and more with individual nonprofits and at conferences.  He uses improvisational concepts and exercises to highlight discovery and engage participants in discussion.  He also encourages soft skill development including a variety of topics like idea generation, teamwork and communications.

James earned his BS in Accounting with a minor in Speech Communications from Randolph-Macon College and his MBA from the University of Central Florida.

Linkedin.com profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-wasilewski/

 

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Jen Bagley

"Leading with Emotional Intelligence" (2-part series)

This program focuses on building emotional intelligence, or EI.  A basic definition of EI is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you. Research shows increased levels of EI lead to increased professional and personal effectiveness and happiness.

 

**This program includes two workshops involving pre- and post-work, as well as the creation of an individualized EI development plan.  Attendance of both workshops is required to obtain credit for completing the event.

 

Presentation Times - Thursday, March 5 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and Thursday, March 12 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Jen Bagley is a Learning, Development and Culture Specialist with HR's Learning, Development and Organizational Culture Team.  She has studied emotional intelligence for some time and is very passionate about this topic given the impact it can have on improving one's professional and personal life. 

 

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Nick Fetzer, MPA

"The VCU Staff Senate"

An overview of the staff senate, our activities, how we work to improve the VCU community, and how our upcoming elections will function in Summer 2021.

 

Presentation Times - Monday, March 8 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Nick Fetzer currently serves as the Senior Director of Finance and Administration for VCU Life Sciences. Prior to VCU he worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC focusing on organizational culture. Nick has served as both Vice President and President of the VCU Staff Senate. Nick is passionate about policy and procedure generally, but especially when it impacts the working environment at VCU.. 

Nick has a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs..

 

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Samara Reynolds, M.Ed.

"Creating an authentic, accountable team training plan related to diversity, equity, and inclusion"

Do you and your staff value diversity, equity, and inclusion but not have structured or intentional ways to infuse active learning, challenging each other, or engaging with students, patients, or other stakeholders on these concepts in your daily work? VCU Career Services is in its second year of a new approach to annual training and goal setting for team members related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session will explain our approach and how it could work for other teams looking to engage in this type of education and action in a meaningful way throughout the year.

 

Presentation Times - Wednsday, March 10 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Samara Reynolds, M.Ed., has been invested in the field of career development for 15 years, and has been the Director of VCU Career Services since November 2018. She currently serves as Director of Professional Development for the Virginia Association of College and Employers (VACE). She has also served as an Associate Editor for the National Career Development Association's Career Convergence web magazine, and Past-President of the North Carolina Career Development Association. She grew up in Richmond, and has a B.A. from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Education from NC State University. Outside of work, Samara is a mom, vegan foodie, and occasional yogi.

 

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Warren Mays

"Career Community - Special Interest Groups - do they work?"

A discussion of the pilot Special Interest Groups that the Information Technology Career Community ran this fiscal year..

 

Presentation Times - Wednsday, March 10 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Warren Mays, IT Analyst II, works at Technology Services and the co-chair of the IT Career Community.  She is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Administration with one class left.  Warren's professional interests are in professional development, best practices, and good customer service.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/wamays

 

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Katie Shedden, M.A.

"Career Community - Special Interest Groups - do they work?"

A discussion of the pilot Special Interest Groups that the Information Technology Career Community ran this fiscal year.

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 10 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Katie Shedden, M.A., is an IT Specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)’s School of Pharmacy and the co-chair of the IT Career Community. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Adult Learning from VCU’s School of Education with a concentration in instructional design and technology. Her professional interests are in online education, instructional design, and accessibility in curriculum design and delivery.

 

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Denise Laussade, MBA

"Communicating your way up the ladder"

Effective communication is the primary element of building teams and getting work done up, down and across the ladders of any organization. Yet how many of us consider our communication skills as “top notch”? In this session, key elements of oral and written communication are presented, focusing primarily on our professional and academic development. Each participant will take away a “tool kit” of skills and practices to implement immediately for their work and personal use.

 

Presentation Times - Monday, March 15 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Denise Laussade joined VCU as Treasurer in September 2020. Since January 2006, had Denise served as the Senior Director for Treasury Operations at Purdue University, with oversight of the management of the university's financial relationships, daily cash oversight, credit card security, and debt issuance and management. 

Denise has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Quantitative Management Science and a Master's degree from Pace University in New York. Her experiences in IT, accounting, finance, collections, risk management and financial planning and analysis developed in her roles in several different industries – oil, banking, restaurants, manufacturing and environmental restoration – and finally, higher education.

Denise previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Financial Professionals from 2000-2006, and as chairman of that organization in 2002-2004. She continues to speak at Treasury and Financial conferences, especially in Higher Education, and has served as program chair for the bi-annual Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance conference since 2017. Denise has had a commitment to each community in which she has lived, serving on cultural, economic and environmental boards. She continues to serve remotely as Board member and Treasurer of the NICHES Land Trust in Lafayette, IN.

A native of Houston, Texas, Denise is fluent in French. Her Clifton Strengthfinders prioritized strengths are Ideation, Input, Communication, Activator, and Strategic.

 

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Dr. Maike Philipsen

"Getting unstuck: Overcoming immunities to change"

Introduction to the concept of immunity to change (ITC), developed by Harvard social psychologists Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, used globally and applied at VCU via the NSF sponsored ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. ITC is designed to help individuals and organizations understand why they may have difficulty making a change although they are deeply committed to it. Short presentation is followed by activity involving participants in making an immunity to change map that will help them diagnose their ITCs and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Participants will be encouraged to structure the ITC exercise around an improvement goal they may have related to leadership, job skills and/or diversity and inclusion.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Dr. Philipsen serves the School of Education as professor in the Department of Foundations of Education. She is also Co-PI of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant geared at increasing faculty diversity at VCU, and a certified coach in the Immunity to Change methodology. Her research interests focus on the social foundations of education, including social and individual change. Her publications include books on the challenges of the faculty career for women and faculty work-life integration.

 

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Janet (Jan) Nelson, MBA

“Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Immunities to Change”

Introduction to the concept of immunity to change (ITC), developed by Harvard social psychologists Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, used globally and applied at VCU via the NSF sponsored ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. ITC is designed to help individuals and organizations understand why they may have difficulty making a change although they are deeply committed to it. Short presentation is followed by activity involving participants in making an immunity to change map that will help them diagnose their ITCs and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Participants will be encouraged to structure the ITC exercise around an improvement goal they may have related to leadership, job skills and/or diversity and inclusion.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Jan Nelson - MBA, Masters Org Development, PhD Candidate - brings over 25 years of professional experience in  strategic management and organization, learning and leadership development to both the public and private sectors. She was responsible for operations and administration at a large cosmetic dental practice and consulted on strategic direction, leadership alignment and business operations for small and large businesses in Maine and Illinois. Jan is an experienced leader and facilitator and draws on her coaching and development skills to partner with administrative and academic leaders to increase effectiveness. Jan’s collaborative approach uniquely focuses on achieving results by integrating Appreciative Inquiry with in-depth knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and designing organizations, implementing innovative change, and improving the efficiency of operations through business strategy and change management. Since 2010, Jan has taught courses in Strategic Management, Org Behavior, Innovation, Change Management and Leadership to business, graduate, health science, EMBA and dental students. Jan’s practice areas include; strategic planning, process consulting, team effectiveness, organization design, diagnostic and assessment, leadership coaching, change management, performance metrics, and operations management.

 

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Dr. Robin Hurst

"Overview of the MEd in Adult Learning with concentrations in Human Resource Development and Instructional Design and Technology"

Overview of the masters program.

 

Presentation Times - Wednsday, March 17 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Dr. Robin Hurst is an Associate Professor of Adult Learning in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She joined VCU after more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, and Training and Organizational Development with both multinational and domestic organizations.  Robin has consulted with numerous organizations in Organizational Development, Leadership Development using Action Learning, Ethical Decision-Making, and Continuous Improvement.. 

Robin holds an MA and Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University.  She has presented at both National and International Conferences in the areas of Action Learning in Graduate education, Organizational Culture development in Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions, Organizational Identity, Transformational Learning in student study abroad programs, and moving training evaluation to a higher level.  Her work has been published in international journals, as well as served as an Associate Editor for Organizational Culture:  an International Journal.  Her current research is focused on the Agile, Digital, Learning Organization, Organizational Culture Development, Organizational Identity, and Action Learning in Graduate Education.

 

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Crystal C. Coombes, M.S.

"The Workplace Transformed:  Accessibility Post-COVID-19"

Explores how COVID 19 could potentially transform the workplace into a more accessible, equitable, and diverse space. Attention will be paid to barriers which the pandemic has made more apparent than ever, such as non-observable mental and physiological health issues, and how they affect employee well-being, equitable access to professional achievement, and employee success. Crystal Coombes will discuss how manager flexibility with alternate work arrangements like telework and flexible schedules can empower employees to perform their best, enhance equity, and greatly improve accessibility. Insights gleaned over the past year immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic are leveraged into real-work case studies that attendees can readily apply in their offices, to their thinking, and within their teams.

 

Presentation Times - Monday, March 22 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Crystal C. Coombes is the Accessibility Administrator serving as the ADA/504 Coordinator for VCU.  She offers 35 plus years of service, specifically in working with individuals with disabilities in public and private industry as well as higher education. She is an internationally recognized expert in her field, and specifically in traumatic injury, mental health, Title IX and ADA. She has served higher education as a senior leader and brings a recognized human-centered approach to her work at VCU.

 

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Karen Fields

"Unconscious Bias"

This workshop explores how unconscious bias affects our lives, our work, and ourselves.  Content includes tactics to combat unconscious bias and stereotypes

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

Karen Fields is currently serving as Senior HR Specialist in VCU's Human Resources Division, Department of Learning, Development and Organizational Culture. Karen Has been designing and delivering in-person and virtual training for VCU faculty and staff for over 26 years in both open enrollment and customized formats. She has also represented VCU in an external-consulting role by delivering training to organizations within and outside the state of Virginia.

Karen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked in Human Resources in both the retail and manufacturing industries before joining VCU in 1993.

One of Karen's passions is serving the needs of society's underrepresented individuals. In that capacity, she serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Good Neighbor Village, a community of adults with intellectual in Varina.

 

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Shana Ryman, M.S., Ed

"Unconscious Bias"

This workshop explores how unconscious bias affects our lives, our work, and ourselves.  Content includes tactics to combat unconscious bias and stereotypes.

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

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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Shirley Helm, M.S.

"Cultivating an effective team through the application of Team Science principles"

The science of team science allows us to draw from theory driven principles to inform how to build an effective, efficient team.  Inherent in these principles are recognizing team member differences and welcoming diversity—in an effort to integrate knowledge to solve complex problems.  In this talk the basics of team science are presented with how they may be applied to creating a highly productive  team. The development of mutual trust, a shared vision and open communication are crucial elements to a successful team and project. A case study will be presented using a clinical research team as an example to illustrate this approach.

 

Presentation Times - Wednsday, March 24 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Ms. Helm has over 25 years of experience within the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) clinical research enterprise which has included management and operation of the Clinical Research Center Core Laboratory as well as research participant metabolic testing, study audit/review, and workforce education as well as various institutional process improvement initiatives.  Her current role is includes responsibility for oversight of the Wright Center’s Translational Workforce Development Program in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Division of Clinical Research.  Ms. Helm obtained her BA in Biology & Chemistry from Bucknell University and her Master’s in Immunology from VCU.  Certified as a Certified Clinical Research Professional from SoCRA (Society of Clinical Research Associates), she co-founded the Central Virginia Chapter of SoCRA and serves as the chair. 

LinkedIn profile -   https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirley-helm-86923a59/.

 

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Aliza Lambert

"Together We Hire ACE-IT Students and Alumni"

The purpose of this presentation is to advocate for new campus partners and departments to prioritize hiring ACE-IT in College students. VCU ACE-IT in College is a certificate program through the School of Education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students audit courses and maintain paid campus employment that matches their career goals. It is essential that students have access to departments and positions that will prepare them for employment beyond college. Presenters will give an overview of current campus partners, current student worker positions, and provide suggestions on creating new opportunities.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 30 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Aliza Lambert is a career support specialist with ACE-IT in college. Aliza’s background is in rehabilitation counseling and she job coaches as well as leads efforts in developing student employment on campus and in the community. Aliza is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program. Her favorite student job story is a student that worked for the VCU Police Department and was hired there upon graduation (and still works there today!). 

https://aceitincollege.org/

 

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Chris Parthemos

"Together We Hire ACE-IT Students and Alumni"

The purpose of this presentation is to advocate for new campus partners and departments to prioritize hiring ACE-IT in College students. VCU ACE-IT in College is a certificate program through the School of Education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students audit courses and maintain paid campus employment that matches their career goals. It is essential that students have access to departments and positions that will prepare them for employment beyond college. Presenters will give an overview of current campus partners, current student worker positions, and provide suggestions on creating new opportunities..

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 30 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Chris Parthemos is a certified Behavior Analyst who works with ACE-IT as a job coach, academic advisor, and steward of the peer support program. He has worked at VCU for 3 years, and is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Program. His favorite ACE-IT student job story is a student given the job of organizing and maintaining the warehouse for a large contracting company. 

https://aceitincollege.org/

 

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Tito Luna, MPA

“Volunteering for a Healthier You and a Stronger Community”

Research shows that there are many health and community benefits to volunteering. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how they can impact their communities through their community service leave hours. A special focus will be on how to find volunteer opportunities, as well as the process for using community service leave (all 12-month employees) and enhanced community service leave (university and academic professionals).

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 

Tito Luna joined the Center for Community Engagement and Impact as the neighborhood outreach director in August 2013. In this role, he serves as a liaison to VCU’s surrounding neighborhoods, working closely with a cohort of neighborhood leaders to include community perspectives and voices in university-wide initiatives. In partnership with VCU HR, Luna also leads CEI’s efforts to increase VCU employees' use of their community service leave hours. Luna monitors usage data and helps employees and units find impactful service opportunities. His monthly newsletter to more than 550 VCU employees lists engagement opportunities at VCU and in the community.

 

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Angela Nicholas, MBA

“Volunteering for a Healthier You and a Stronger Community”

Research shows that there are many health and community benefits to volunteering. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how they can impact their communities through their community service leave hours. A special focus will be on how to find volunteer opportunities, as well as the process for using community service leave (all 12-month employees) and enhanced community service leave (university and academic professionals).

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 

Angela Nicholas has served in various human resources leadership and consultant roles for over 20 years. She is currently a Senior Employee Relations Consultant in VCU HR. Angela has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Mary Washington. Angela is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources Development at Regent University.

 

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Logan Vetrovec, M.Ed.

“Volunteering for a Healthier You and a Stronger Community”

Research shows that there are many health and community benefits to volunteering. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how they can impact their communities through their community service leave hours. A special focus will be on how to find volunteer opportunities, as well as the process for using community service leave (all 12-month employees) and enhanced community service leave (university and academic professionals).

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 

Logan is excited to have been with VCU since 2007. Currently, as the director, campus and community partnerships, she is responsible for project management and strategic alignment of the VCU health equity initiative, leading efforts to support health sciences community engagement, and building coalitions with campus and community partners. Logan also is the director and provides leadership for the Office of Student Experience, focusing on student success, student satisfaction, and student support. Logan holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Government and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Virginia.

 

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Lauren N. Jackson, M.Ed.

"The Power of Practice: Using the 5Ps Model to Transform the VCU Experience"

The "5Ps model" (passion, purpose, product, process, prove) was designed by the presenter to lead higher education practitioners through an efficient and practical way of creating transformational programs and initiatives within their units. This program will demonstrate how the presenter used the “model” to develop an undergraduate course for women of color at Virginia Commonwealth University. Participants will explore how to apply the "5 Ps Model" in their positions as educators, advocates, or administrators to create meaningful experiences for those they serve.

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 

Lauren N. Jackson has served as a higher education practitioner for more than a decade and has held positions within the areas of testing and tutoring, first and second year student experience and development, first and second year advising, and student life and activities. Currently, she serves as the Associate Director for Declared Advising at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is the visionary for three VCU initiatives – a student success course entitled, Leadership Development for Women of Color; LeadHERs Mentoring Program; and Black Girls Study.  

Lauren obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and holds a Master of Education in Counselor Education with a concentration in College Student Development from VCU.  Additionally, she completed course studies in Higher Education at Old Dominion University (ODU). Lauren is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a proud graduate of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute’s HIGHER Ground program.

 

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Carol Ann Lawson, MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

"Succession Development at VCU”

The session will provide an overview of the succession development program at VCU, what it can do for managers and participants to facilitate their leadership and growth, and how to get involved. (DAR was a unit to go through the pilot, so Julia is quite knowledgeable about the program and what it can offer).

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 

Carol Ann has held human resources roles at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2008. Currently, she is the Director of Strategic Initiatives in VCU Human Resources. In this role, Carol Ann has built out and leads an internal Executive Search team that is fully responsive to university and candidate needs. In addition, Carol Ann provides thought and project leadership for refinement of VCU employment brand, career development, succession development, and other HR strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the VCU Health Sciences campus, where she managed and oversaw recruitment, compensation, employee relations, and other HR functions for the Health Sciences campus. Carol Ann has been incredibly involved in Richmond SHRM and is currently the President Elect on the Board of Directors. Carol Ann holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from VCU, and an MS in Business with a Concentration in HR Management from VCU.

 

 

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Julia Ayscue

"Succession Development at VCU”

The session will provide an overview of the succession development program at VCU, what it can do for managers and participants to facilitate their leadership and growth, and how to get involved. (DAR was a unit to go through the pilot, so Julia is quite knowledgeable about the program and what it can offer).

 

Presentation Times - Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 

Julia is a seasoned HR Professional who partners with university leaders in the office of Development and Alumni Relations for the successful recruitment, onboarding, and development of staff. Over the course of her 14-year career at VCU, Julia has come to believe the investment in training and development helps to show employees they are appreciated which can help them to feel a greater level of job satisfaction.

Julia has served on committees responsible for developing and implementing the Working@VCU Great Place HR policy, led the award-winning discovery and distillation process of DAR’s Core Purpose and Core Values, and leads a 12 person integration team responsible for guiding staff development, all-staff retreats, and diversity initiatives in keeping with VCU’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Juia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia.

 

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Alex McWhorter

"The Workplace Transformed: Accessibility Post-COVID-19"

Explores how COVID 19 could potentially transform the workplace into a more accessible, equitable, and diverse space. Attention will be paid to barriers which the pandemic has made more apparent than ever, such as non-observable mental and physiological health issues, and how they affect employee well-being, equitable access to professional achievement, and employee success. Crystal Coombes will discuss how manager flexibility with alternate work arrangements like telework and flexible schedules can empower employees to perform their best, enhance equity, and greatly improve accessibility. Insights gleaned over the past year immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic are leveraged into real-work case studies that attendees can readily apply in their offices, to their thinking, and within their teams..

 

Presentation Times - Monday, March 22nd at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Alex McWhorter is an alumni with a cumulative decade of experience working at VCU. He currently serves as the Vice President of VCU’s Staff Senate and as co-chiar of the Accessibility and Inclusion Working Group (AaIWG). His work as co-chair of the AaIWG has focused on improving accessibility policy at VCU through fostering connection between policy makers and those whom policy seeks to serve.

 

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Catherine Brown, CCRP

"Getting unstuck: Overcoming immunities to change"

Introduction to the concept of immunity to change (ITC), developed by Harvard social psychologists Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, used globally and applied at VCU via the NSF sponsored ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. ITC is designed to help individuals and organizations understand why they may have difficulty making a change although they are deeply committed to it. Short presentation is followed by activity involving participants in making an immunity to change map that will help them diagnose their ITCs and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Participants will be encouraged to structure the ITC exercise around an improvement goal they may have related to leadership, job skills and/or diversity and inclusion..

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 16th at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Catherine R. Brown, CCRP, has worked in the areas of clinical research and professional development for over 30 years. Her career has included work on HIV/AIDS and communicable disease in the non-profit sector and clinical research with a global pharmaceutical contract research organization. Ms. Brown has also served in human resources, training and development and management roles. She currently serves as the Workforce Development Program Manager focusing on professional development and continuing education for VCU and VCUH clinical research professionals with the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Ms. Brown believes removing barriers for some learners ensures learning design accessible for all learners and incorporates Universal Design for Learning in instructional design projects. Areas of current interest are the intersection of workforce development programming with antiracist education, trauma-informed andragogy, and culturally competent learning design. As an Immunity to Change (ITC) Facilitator Ms. Brown promotes the ITC learning process as an ideal tool for individual growth and lifelong learning. .

 

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Penny McFarline, M.Ed.

"Getting unstuck: Overcoming immunities to change"

Introduction to the concept of immunity to change (ITC), developed by Harvard social psychologists Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, used globally and applied at VCU via the NSF sponsored ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. ITC is designed to help individuals and organizations understand why they may have difficulty making a change although they are deeply committed to it. Short presentation is followed by activity involving participants in making an immunity to change map that will help them diagnose their ITCs and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Participants will be encouraged to structure the ITC exercise around an improvement goal they may have related to leadership, job skills and/or diversity and inclusion.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 16th at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Penny McFarline is an organizational development specialist in the VCU HR office of Learning, Development and Organizational Culture. She earned her M.Ed. in Adult Learning from VCU in 2011 and is currently working on her doctoral degree. Penny joined VCU in 2012 and has designed, developed, and delivered numerous courses and programs to engage employees, managers, and leaders in their professional and career development.

 

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Leslie Bobb, MPH

"How to be Outcome Oriented - Maintaining Positive Relationships in a Virtual Workplace"

Tips on understanding an outcome oriented approach to interpersonal interactions, maintaining positive relationships while working-from-home, and win-win conflict resolution.

 

Presentation Times - Tuesday, March 9th at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Leslie Bobb is a health and empowerment coach, health educator, and author. She has a BA in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Public Health from VCU, and is a certified Integrative Health Coach, Nutritional Therapist, and Brain Health Coach. In 2014, she founded Real Simple Health with the aim of simplifying health and nutrition information. She loves to empower people by teaching them that their health and happiness are things they have direct control over.


 

"Work/Life - Well-being Resources"

 

Upcoming Employee Well-Being Programs

All Well-Being Programs are now virtual - Join in from anywhere! Open to everyone!


 AMERICA SAVES WEEK is February 22-26, 2021

Join VCU HR and Fidelity for this session to help you save!

Friday, February 26th – 12 pm

Take the First Steps to Investing

 (Presented by VCU HR and Fidelity)

Learn key investing concepts, common investment types and how to choose your investment approach.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

March 2021 - Employee Well-Being Programs

All programs are now virtual

Register in Talent to receive webinar links

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Wednesday, March 3rd – 12 pm

Yoga with Hannah

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)

Take a break from your work day to explore some basic and foundational yoga postures that are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Thursday, March 4th – 11 am

Challenging Emotional Eating

(Presented by VCU HR and Massey Cancer Center)

Join a VCU Health registered dietitian for a discussion on healthy eating habits and how to manage emotional eating during times of stress.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Tuesday, March 9th – 11 am

Eat Smart for your Heart

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Health Dietary)

Learn how to implement a heart healthy lifestyle. With a VCU Registered Dietitian, participants will be educated on decreasing salt intake, fats and cholesterol, how to include more plant-based meals and more!

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Wednesday, March 10th – 11 am

Metabolism Makeover

(Presented by VCU HR & CommonHealth)

Ever wondered why it seems one person can eat anything they want and not gain a pound, while another person's every indulgence shows up on the scale?

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Thursday, March 11th – 11:15 am

Core Exercises with Jasmine

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)

Strength starts with the core. This class will help you build a more stable, powerful abdomen and lower back to improve fitness, straighten posture and provide a foundation for an active daily life.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Monday, March 15th – 12:15 pm

Bodyweight Strength with Jess

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)

Strengthen all of the major muscle groups in your body by participating in this Bodyweight Strength fitness class! With a focus on utilizing your bodyweight with high repetitions, participants will be guided through a series of exercises targeting the chest, back, arms, legs, glutes, and core.

Register: Talent@VCU

Wednesday, March 17th – 2 pm

Managing Fear and Anxiety around COVID-19

(Presented by VCU HR and Anthem EAP)

Fears and anxieties are made up of thoughts that are based upon either personal experiences or beliefs of the world today. In this class, we will learn how to talk through our thoughts to realize that our fears and anxieties are manageable and controllable to get you through these challenging times.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Thursday, March 18th – 12 pm

Manage your checking account with confidence

(Presented by VCU HR, VCUHS HR, and Virginia Credit Union)

Learn helpful tips on how to manage your checking account. Topics include: expense tracking, online services, ATM rebates and how to avoid ATM fees.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Wednesday, March 24th – 11 am

Eating Healthy on a Budget

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU School of Business)

Eating healthy is important, especially during these times where we are all trying to stay well. In this informative session we will learn that you can still eat healthy on a budget.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Friday, March 26th – 12 pm

Deep Stretch with Jess

(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)

A slower 30-minute practice focused on active stretching of muscles and opening of connective tissue. Release built up tension, prevent injury, increase blood flow to muscles, and increase long-term flexibility.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Monday, March 29th – 10 am to 10:30 am

Money Mondays with Bill

 (Presented by VCU HR and Fidelity)

Join Bill Giesen for this quick and educational session

Register: Talent@VCU (pending)

 

Tuesday, March 30th – 12 pm

Ergonomics working from home

 (Presented by VCU HR and Risk Management)

Helpful tips from Barbara Back, safety specialist, to make working from home more comfortable and less stressful on the body.

Register: Talent@VCU

 

Wednesday March 31st – 3 pm

Estate Planning

(Presented by VCU HR and TIAA)

Create a lasting legacy with an effective estate plan. An estate plan can help improve your overall financial well-being. In this webinar you will learn which documents you should have and how to minimize taxes and streamline your estate.

Register: Talent@VCU

 


 Additional webinars and virtual sessions:

Although we are not offering in person events at this time, here are some other virtual well-being classes:

In Talent – Thriving@Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity, Managing Your Personal Investments, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive 02: Learning How to Unplug and Recharge, Mindfulness, Meditation, Life Mastery: Achieving Happiness and Success, De-stress: Meditation and Movement for Stress Management and many other online classes

(in Talent – under Learning in the search box type keyword: Well-Being, finances, happiness, or any other topic you may be interested in)


 VRS (Virginia Retirement System) offers numerous financial wellness courses. These can be found at: https://enrich.varetire.org/courses


 Also, Fidelity and TIAA offer numerous webinars and information. You can find more information at: https://www.fidelity.com/learning-center/overview or https://shared.tiaa.org/public/publictools/campaign/login/webinar?resume=/idp/WW50q/resumeSAML20/idp/SSO.ping


VCU Recreational Sports

VCU Recreational Sports – offers a diversity of virtual programs including fitness, wellness, outdoor programs, parent and child programs fun and games, and more!

 

 


 

 

 

5th Annual Staff Senate Employee Appreciation Celebration

VCU Staff Senate's Employee Appreciation Celebration is organized by the Staff Senate Awards and Recognition Committee annually to recognize staff and appreciate them for all they do! This year we are partnering with local businesses and on campus retailers to give you a chance to take advantage of some great discounts and experiences in and around RVA. Check out the pictures from years past on the employee appreciation webpage and information below for this year’s celebration. Please email staffsenate@vcu.edu for any questions or concerns

All discounts and experiences are ONLY valid during the month of March 2021, limitations apply, see details below:

Participation in any employee appreciation month activities must be done at your own risk. Employees must follow all COVID-19 policies and protocols enforced by each business listed below. Please see business websites for more details on what limitations are currently being followed. The use of face masks and social distancing will be enforced by each business. 

Please have your VCU or VCU Health Staff ID ready to present for the following locations and offers, please contact the business directly for any further questions or details on the offers provided:

 

Richmond Symphony

  • Richmond SymphonyOffering 20% off in-person or streaming tickets for Masterworks performances on March 5 and 6 and April 16 and 17. Not valid off Mezzanine ($82) or Rear Second Dress ($10) tickets for the in-person performances. Not retroactive.
    • Beethoven in Vienna: Beethoven is at the heart of this concert, with the majestic Piano Concerto No. 1 and the sunny and cheerful Symphony No. 4 that in its brightness recalls the symphonies of Haydn, with whom Beethoven had studied a decade before. Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez, First Prize winner of the Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition, will make her debut with the Richmond Symphony in this performance.
    • From Salzburg and Guadeloupe: For some decades, Europe had two composers of unsurpassed talent:  Mozart from Salzburg (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and Boulogne from Guadeloupe (Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges). They were both super-stars in their lifetimes and their elegant music was played at the top theatres and palaces in Paris and London. While the name of Mozart has survived through time, Joseph Boulogne, the first known classical composer of African ancestry, a virtuoso violinist, a conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, and a renowned champion fencer, disappeared. This concert will give them both a voice. Led by our Associate Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, this concert will feature the American violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a remarkable talent who debuted with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and a great advocate of Boulogne’s music.

 

Richmond Ballet

  • Richmond Ballet: The state ballet of Virginia with professional dancers and youth performances that reach over 100,000 patrons a year. Extraordinary dancing for extraordinary times. The Studio Series performances will feature Richmond Ballet favorites presented in new ways, paired with new works that reflect current times; all designed to awaken and uplift the human spirit.
    • Studio Series: March virtual performance tickets: For patrons who would prefer to watch from the comfort of home, we are pleased to provide unprecedented access to the performance by offering virtual tickets. On the evening of Sunday, March 28th, virtual ticket buyers will receive an email with information on how to access the performance recording, which will be available to stream for one week. Virtual tickets for Studio Series: March must be purchased by 11:59pm on Saturday, March 27th.
    • Purchase virtual tickets for the Studio Series: March performance here.
 

Agecroft Hall

  • Agecroft Hall: Majestic Tudor mansion built in late 15th Century in England and brought to Richmond piece by piece, with gardens on the James River.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: $12 admission for VCU employees with ID, must buy in-person. Guests of employees must buy tickets in advance online.

 

Richmond Kickers

  • Richmond Kickers: professional soccer club competing in U.S. League One, first 2021 match planned for May
    • $10 off Kickers+ membership for VCU employees
    • Purchase Kickers+ here
    • Kickers+ benefits include:
      • 50% off tickets to any Kickers regular season home match (limit four tickets per match, based on availability)
      • 15% off merchandise at shop.richmondkickers.com
      • Exclusive digital content and member events
      • First access to purchase tickets to Kickers regular season, exhibition, and playoff matches
      • Free jersey customization on all new 2021 jersey purchases
      • And more perks to come!
 

The Poe Museum

  • The Poe Museum: Museum, shrine, and garden established in 1906 as the state’s first monument to a writer. Edgar Allan Poe lived in Richmond as a child through young adulthood.

Brambly Park & Hof Garden

  • Brambly Park & Hof Garden: 10% of all purchases during the month of March, with the exception of alcohol, when you show your VCU or VCU Health staff ID.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery: $5 off for every $25 spent in person at taprooms at both locations, Richmond and West Creek. Must show VCU or VCU Health ID.

 

Roots Natural Kitchen

  • Roots Natural Kitchen: For the month of March 2021
  • 10% Off purchases at the store (with VCU or VCU Health ID)
  • 10% Off purchases on the RootsNK App for quick and simple pick-up (Android) (Apple) - Use Code: frontlinevcu
  • 20% Off purchases on the RootsNK App for pick-up at the VCU Medical Gateway Info Desk - Use Code: frontlinevcumed
 

Sugar Shack Donuts & Luther Burger

Refuge4Men

  • Refuge4Men: During the month of March, men’s haircuts for $25, women’s haircuts for $40, and women’s haircuts flat-ironed and styled for $50. Must show your VCU or VCU Health staff ID.

Pure Barre

  • Pure Barre: total body workout focused on low-impact/high-intensity movements that improve strength and flexibility for every body.
    • Free introduction class, 20% off memberships, and $10 off additional classes in March, valid at the Midlothian, Near West End, and Short Pump studios.
    • Email nearwestendgm@purebarre.com to register for any classes, pop-up class, and to access discounts for all three locations.

 

VCU RecSports

  • VCU RecSports
    • Virtual Escape Rooms and Virtual Trivia - Each will need to be scheduled in advance via the links provided.
    • Fitness and Wellness is working with RamStrong which offers free programs to F/S: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/events/
    • Virtual Group Exercise Classes will be open to all faculty/staff not just members of Rec Sports. Please see below schedule for more details:
      • For offerings that have a registration open date of Wednesday 02/24, visit the MyRecSports portal to register. For offerings that require registration through Talent, visit the All Events Calendar.
        • Monday, March 1
          • Pilates with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Tuesday, March 2
          • Vinyasa Yoga with Amanda, 7:45-8:30 AM, registration opens on 02/24
          • Restorative Yoga with Amanda, 5:15-6:00 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Wednesday, March 3
          • Yoga with Hannah, 12:00-12:30 PM, register on Talent
          • HIIT with Shayna, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Thursday, March 4
          • Core with Jasmine, 11:15-11:45 AM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Friday, March 5
          • Barre with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Monday, March 8
          • Pilates with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Tuesday, March 9
          • Vinyasa Yoga with Amanda, 7:45-8:30 AM, registration opens on 02/24
          • Restorative Yoga with Amanda, 5:15-6:00 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Wednesday, March 10
          • HIIT with Shayna, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Thursday, March 11
          • Core with Jasmine, 11:15-11:45 AM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Friday, March 12
          • Barre with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Monday, March 15
          • Bodyweight Strength with Jess, 12:15-12:45 PM, register on Talent  
          • Pilates with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Tuesday, March 16
          • Vinyasa Yoga with Amanda, 7:45-8:30 AM, registration opens on 02/24
          • Restorative Yoga with Amanda, 5:15-6:00 PM, registration opens on 02/24  
        • Wednesday, March 17
          • HIIT with Shayna, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Thursday, March 18
          • Core with Jasmine, 11:15-11:45 AM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Friday, March 19
          • Barre with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Monday, March 22
          • Pilates with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Tuesday, March 23
          • Vinyasa Yoga with Amanda, 7:45-8:30 AM, registration opens on 02/24
          • Restorative Yoga with Amanda, 5:15-6:00 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Wednesday, March 24
          • HIIT with Shayna, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Thursday, March 25
          • Core with Jasmine, 11:15-11:45 AM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Friday, March 26
          • Deep Stretch with Jess, 12:00-12:30 PM, register on Talent
          • Barre with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Monday, March 29
          • Pilates with Yelin, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Tuesday, March 30
          • Vinyasa Yoga with Amanda, 7:45-8:30 AM, registration opens on 02/24
          • Restorative Yoga with Amanda, 5:15-6:00 PM, registration opens on 02/24
        • Wednesday, March 31
          • HIIT with Shayna, 5:15-5:45 PM, registration opens on 02/24
 

VCU RamTech

  • VCU RamTech: RamTech will be allowing eligible F/S to put 0% down on payroll deduction during the month of March.
 

Insomnia Cookies

  • Insomnia Cookies
    • Delivery: get 20% off online delivery orders from the Richmond bakery with code VCU20. Valid 3/1 – 3/31. Must enter code prior to checkout. Limit 3 uses per customer.
    • In-Store: get 1 free Classic cookie with any in-store purchase when you show your VCU or VCU Health ID. Valid 3/1 – 3/31.
 

Thank you to all our sponsors this year!

 

 

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