Check out the past programs offered through the Center for Leadership!

WALKING MEDITATION WORKSHOP...WITH SID BROWN
  • Tuesday, June 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • https://zoom.us/j/93764778344

Calm, grounded, moving. We'd all like a bit more of all that, right? Compassionate and effective leaders spend time doing their inner work. This one-hour online workshop for Sewanee colleagues will focus on several forms of walking meditation, allowing participants to learn a bit about meditation in general and then try out forms of walking meditation before joining back for a brief discussion. 

Sid Brown, professor of Religious Studies at Sewanee, says this about why she practices meditation: "I've been meditating since 1982 because it helps me be more honest (with myself and others), more in touch with my deeper values, more stable (equanimous), and more responsive to the concerns of the world."


 “REFLECTING ON SEWANEE CULTURE, TOGETHER”
  • Tuesday, June 2 @ 10–11:30 a.m. CST
  • For the University community/all employees: staff, faculty, administrators
  • Please RSVP here  (the Zoom link is in it)

 In light of what is unfolding in our nation right now, this is now a two-part gathering: the first one will be Tuesday as scheduled from 10:00-11:30 a.m, and the second one will be scheduled within the next 1-2 weeks. In the first of these two gatherings, you are invited to join colleagues to explore Sewanee culture, specifically identifying what makes us successful as we navigate complex moments like these. In the second gathering, we will shift our attention to moving Sewanee culture into virtual/online settings.

We warmly welcome ALL University employees- staff, faculty, administrators- to join us tomorrow. The purpose of this gathering is to:

  • Identify the unique attributes of Sewanee's culture and consider how these attributes may help us navigate the complexities of the current moment
  • Find new ways to work positively and productively with present uncertainties, including meetings and classes
  • Connect as a community so we can be strong and responsive together 

PURPOSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP: Cathy Carlisi, C'89

  • April 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Convocation Hall
  • For staff, faculty, and students

Cathy Carlisi serves BrightHouse (a BCG Company) as President, The Americas. She will share her experience and what she thinks is most critical for leaders today and in the future. She'll also guide us through an exploration of purpose. Cathy has gone piranha fishing in the Amazon, survived a 150km two-day bike race with a night camping at the Jack Daniels distillery, and got married in Rome with a Papal Blessing. But she considers helping to pioneer the Purpose movement her most thrilling challenge.

Shortly after BrightHouse was founded, Cathy joined and has invested twenty years convincing skeptics that meaning matters. In the process, she helped grow BrightHouse’s processes, products, frameworks and staff into the premier Purpose consultancy. She has led seminal work that’s driven deep positive societal impact across geographies and industries.

Cathy began her career in advertising, winning awards at top tier agencies including Carmichael Lynch and Fallon. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Sewanee with majors in English and Art, and she was a member of the Society of Wilkins’ Scholars and Omicron Delta Kappa. After Sewanee, she attended the Portfolio Center for writing and art direction and spent two years studying poetry. Cathy is a nationally published poet, painter, and shares her love for family and friends through abundant Italian cooking.

Co-sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs; Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; Babson Center for Global Commerce; Bairnwick Women's Center; Center for Leadership; English Department; Omicron Delta Kappa; Sewanee Career Center; and the Wellness Center.


"The Heart of Higher Education 2020: Riding the Currents of Change"

  • Monday, June 8, 2020 - Wednesday, June 10, 2020
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • For Sewanee faculty and staff

Sewanee faculty and staff are warmly invited to participate in a local opportunity for professional and personal development coming this summer in Nashville. This conference/retreat is for those higher education professionals who are eager to foster ways to sustain and renew personal identity and professional integrity in the midst of the profound changes that impact our lives. Together we will explore how to locate ourselves when we feel adrift, identify others who can serve as important allies, and self-sustain in the rapids, all while still fully engaging in the important purposes of higher education. With this rekindled sense of vitality, we will rediscover strengths to use for the common good – connecting with those purposes for which we originally sought this vibrant work.

Drawing on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, facilitators will offer a unique experience with elements of reflection, engagement, and retreat. Individually, in community circles, and in large sessions with all participants, we will consider what it is to honor the variations and complexities of the human experience within higher education while staying nimble enough to weather changes and challenges. Embracing the very heart of our work will translate these reflections into positive action in our own settings. One evening will include a discussion with Parker Palmer, with music by Carrie Newcomer.

COST
$775 - includes lodging, meals, materials, and facilitation
$675 Commuter rate- includes meals, materials, facilitation (no lodging)

More information and registration form here.

 

The Art and Practice of Giving and Receiving Feedback (Webinar)

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • 12:00-1:15 p.m.
  • Center for Leadership (2nd floor, duPont Library)
  • For staff and faculty

Giving feedback to someone in a way that is both direct and respectful is a challenging thing to do, even for the most seasoned managers. Most of us figure it out the hard way by fumbling, softening what we meant to say, or confusing the message. The challenge for managers is to convey your message clearly with backbone as well as heart. In this hour-long webinar offered by Academic Impressions, certified executive coach and leadership development expert Mary McGuinness will provide simple but proven techniques, along with sample language, to help you become more confident and skilled at providing feedback directly. Including time for practice and reflection, this webinar is designed to provide you with a practical road map for engaging in effective conversations, whether you’re communicating up, down, or across your institution. Discussion will follow the webinar.

Who Should Attend: If you are looking to better communicate when it comes to setting expectations, asking for feedback, or giving feedback (as it relates to job performance or career development) then this online training is for you.

Agenda: Using real scenarios drawn from higher education, this webcast will:

  • Identify the different types of feedback needed in the workplace
  • Explain a simple process for giving and receiving feedback in the moment
  • Help you connect feedback back to performance expectations
  • Model how to use effective communication steps and techniques

Instructor: Mary McGuinness, President, MMCG Inc., creates environments for innovation, taps multiple intelligences, and provokes new ways of thinking and doing. She helps her clients maximize their potential to create and execute ambitious plans for themselves and for the organizations and teams they lead. Mary is a leadership development specialist and ICF-certified executive coach who partners with her clients to create collaborative cultures, improve employee engagement, and better navigate through the change, transitions, and challenges that arise in organizational life. Mary is past director of workplace learning and performance at DePaul University, where she designed and implemented initiatives to improve performance management, leadership, and employee relations. Prior to that, she directed the Hay Leadership Project, where she co-developed an intensive values-based leadership certificate program that strengthened leadership from “the inside-out,” and served as an organization development consultant to mission-driven organizations. Mary possesses a B.A. in Theatre and French from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Ed. in Curriculum Theorizing from DePaul University. Mary has studied adaptive leadership with Martin Linsky and Ronald Heifetz at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Service, coaching and adult development at Fielding Graduate University, and leadership at the University of Chicago. 

Please RSVP here. Feel free to bring your lunch or stop by the Cup & Gown on your way up!


Ignite Retreat for Faculty and Staff: The Sullivan Summit in Raleigh, NC

  • Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Fully-funded professional development opportunity for Sewanee staff and/or faculty (all expenses covered by the Office of Civic Engagement)
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 10
  • For staff and faculty

The Sullivan Summit is designed to provide faculty and staff leaders from across the Sullivan Network and beyond with an exceptional professional development opportunity that promotes deeper understanding of social innovation and deepens peer relationships and connections. You can expect to walk away from the Summit with: 1) Fresh thinking and useful tools that can be directly applied to participants’ campuses and classrooms; 2) Shared best practices that can strengthen each participants’ leadership and teaching on his or her respective campus;  3) Foster and strengthen a peer learning community that can be cultivated beyond the retreat; and 4) A forum to get feedback/actionable recommendations to help accelerate impact back home.

Please complete this brief application (use your Banner login). There will be no cost and Sewanee needs faculty and staff to help lead the trip. Questions on the application? Contact Jo Gressly in the Office of Civic Engagement (jkgressl@sewanee.edu).

 

 

“Reflecting & Recharging Through Nature” with Bran Potter

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Meeting spot: Trail entrance on University Avenue between Rebel's Rest and the ATO House
  • For staff and faculty

If you are feeling overwhelmed at the pace of this semester and your sense of well-being is low, join your colleagues in Abbo's Alley for some peace and refreshment. Bran Potter will guide us in connecting to the natural world through silence and reading in the open air as we learn to slow down and appreciate the natural world and recharge together.

This EQB experience is organized through the Center for Leadership’s Leadership Lab program. The purpose is to create opportunities for Sewanee staff and faculty to get to know each other better in joyful, small-group learning contexts in order to build community and trust among us.

Please RSVP here (so that we can notify you of any changes due to inclement weather). You are welcome to bring your lunch; trail snacks will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for full enjoyment!


 

Explore the Flora of Abbo's Alley with Mary Priestley

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
  • Meet at the ATO entrance to Abbo's Alley on University Avenue
  • For faculty and staff

Connect with your colleagues while learning about the beauty of the place where we work. Mary Priestley will lead this walk through the Alley, focusing on spring flora. Mary is a graduate of the University of the South, the curator of the Sewanee Herbarium, a prolific author and artist, an active Sewanee community member, and a devoted mother and grandmother. Her most recent book, "Sewanee Wildflowers in Watercolor" was published in July 2018. In her book, she "reflects on the passage of seasons on the Domain of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, by portraying the lives of about 50 representative wildflowers through drawings and short natural history vignettes." Please join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Sewanee's spring-flowering plants. 

Ignite Retreat for Faculty and Staff: The Sullivan Summit in Raleigh, NC

  • Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Fully-funded professional development opportunity for Sewanee staff and/or faculty (all expenses covered by the Office of Civic Engagement)
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 10
  • For staff and faculty

The Sullivan Summit is designed to provide faculty and staff leaders from across the Sullivan Network and beyond with an exceptional professional development opportunity that promotes deeper understanding of social innovation and deepens peer relationships and connections. You can expect to walk away from the Summit with: 1) Fresh thinking and useful tools that can be directly applied to participants’ campuses and classrooms; 2) Shared best practices that can strengthen each participants’ leadership and teaching on his or her respective campus;  3) Foster and strengthen a peer learning community that can be cultivated beyond the retreat; and 4) A forum to get feedback/actionable recommendations to help accelerate impact back home.

Please complete this brief application (use your Banner login). There will be no cost and Sewanee needs faculty and staff to help lead the trip. Questions on the application? Contact Jo Gressly in the Office of Civic Engagement (jkgressl@sewanee.edu).


"Facilitating Culturally Inclusive Meetings": Webinar & Discussion

  • Wednesday, February 26
  • 12:00-1:15 p.m.
  • Center for Leadership (duPont Library 217)
  • For staff and faculty

If you lead meetings, this webcast will help you re-energize and learn how to facilitate in an unbiased, culturally inclusive way. Join us for this online training to engage in self-reflection and to begin practicing communication skills that will positively impact group dynamics. You will hone your skills around listening, modeling, and question-asking. You’ll also receive guidance on how to choose an accountability partner who will help you preserve a culturally inclusive meeting environment. This webinar is provided by Academic Impressions and will be led by Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. After the webinar, Betsy Sandlin, Sewanee's Associate Dean for Inclusion and Faculty Development, will lead a 15-minute post-webinar discussion about how we can each practically apply this information to our work and future meetings at Sewanee and beyond.


“Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” with Eric Keen and Amy Turner

  • Thursday, February 27
  • 12:30-1:30
  • Center for Leadership (duPont Library 217)
  • For faculty and staff

“Deep Work” by Cal Newport argues the best way to get more meaningful work done is by working deeply – working in a state of high concentration without distractions on a single task. The book explains why deep work maximizes productivity and why few people practice it, then shows us how to actually do it and make deep work a regular practice in our lives.

Both Eric Keen (Biology professor) and Amy Turner (OESS director) have incorporated deep work practices into their lives. They will share their personal practices and lead a discussion about how we can all incorporate deep work practices into our work and personal lives as well.


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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN: “Exploring the History of Abbo's Alley and Rebel’s Rest” with Sarah Sherwood

  • Thursday, February 13
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Meeting spot: Trail entrance on University Avenue between Rebel's Rest and the ATO House
  • For staff and faculty

This lunchtime stroll through Abbo's Alley, led by Sarah Sherwood, will weave together information gathered from the features on the landscape, archaeology, historic documents, and oral history to tell the multi-layered history of this intriguing place.

This EQB experience is organized by Cohort 1 of the Center for Leadership’s Leadership Lab program. The purpose is to create opportunities for Sewanee staff and faculty to get to know one another in a joyful learning context in order to build community and trust among us.

Please RSVP here by February 12 (so that we can notify you of any changes due to inclement weather). You are welcome to bring your lunch; trail snacks will be provided. Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes for full enjoyment!


Enneagram & Tea Monthly Series:

"Enneagram & Activism: Using Your Unique Voice to Make a Difference”

  • Tuesday, February 18
  • 12:30-1:30
  • NEW LOCATION: Torian Room, duPont Library (2nd floor)
  • For staff, faculty, and students

Join this informal monthly discussion group to learn more about the Enneagram and the profound forms of power each type embodies–sources of inner strength we can all tap into. This can inform how we can use our voices and direct our energy to lead toward positive social change more effectively.

Type One represents the power of conviction. When we see a wrong in the world, it’s the part of us with the strength to take a stand and work for positive change.
Type Two represents the power of altruism. This part of us hones in on what others and ourselves need and offers it generously.
Type Three represents the power of excellence. It’s the part of us that works to cultivate our gifts and live a life of great value and integrity.
Type Four represents the power of self-renewal. It’s the part of us that listens to and expresses our own voice, honoring our personal truth.
Type Five represents the power of clarity. It’s the part of us driven to discover new truths, that refuses to back down in the face of uncertainty.
Type Six represents the power of support. It’s the part of us that stands with others as an equal, committed to seeing things through.
Type Seven represents the power of hope. When things get difficult, this facet of us can find the joy and wonder that still exist in the world.
Type Eight represents the power of strength. It’s the part of us that won’t back down, initiating action and championing justice.
Type Nine represents the power of harmony. It’s the part of us that sees an underlying unity and brings peace to the world around us.
(Content: http://inspireenvisioning.com/2014/09/02/how-the-enneagram-can-empower-you/)

Join this informal monthly discussion group to learn more about the Enneagram. The enneagram is valuable because it answers the question, “Why?” Why would someone do that? What would motivate that behavior? And why does that lead to them thinking and behaving so differently from me? Leaders find profound value in being able to work with someone with the insight of what drives them.

Knowing your personality type gives you awareness, and awareness gives you choice. The Enneagram provides a growth path, not a diagnosis. Knowing your type is a shortcut to enhancing your self-awareness and bringing out the best in yourself.

While the language of the Enneagram can fall into the same personality-naming conventions that plague most personality systems, “You are a 2,” the Enneagram is aware that at your best, you have access to the best qualities of all the types. Knowing your primary personality type shows you the common roadblocks (both thinking and behavior patterns) so you have a path to spend more and more of your time being your full, best self. (Content: KaleyKlemp)

If you don’t know your type yet, you can either read about the 9 types here (free) and select the one that fits you best, or you can take an online assessment here ($12).

No RSVP necessary. Delicious teas provided- please bring your own mug.