News from the Employee Council: Fall 2018

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

In October, Zach Nikonovich-Kahn gave us a presentation about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.  It’s a commitment that can be a positive, transformative opportunity for both “the big and the little.” There is an orientation, an application, an interview, training and then a match meeting. The intention is for this relationship to last at least a year, with get-togethers at least twice a month. There are also “Big Couples,” where you and your partner can share the experience and take turns with outings OR have all three of you enjoy time together. It’s about spending quality time with opportunity for conversation and fun. Click this link for more information on Big Brother Big Sister.

Dan Gordon, Emory’s Chief Engagement Officer, spent time talking about the Emory Strategic Plan and what is going into the decision-making process at a high level. Emory University and Emory Healthcare are both set for significant changes with building, renovating, and expanding to enhance our relationship with Atlanta and serve the world of global communities. This effort will continue to develop over the next several months by way of focus groups, survey results, and more. Ways we can help:  participate in community events, be a positive supporter of Emory and Atlanta.

For November, the committee welcomed Wanda Hayes, Senior Director of Learning and Organizational Development at Human Resources. Wanda spoke at length about the growth in leadership development programs at Emory in the past 10 years. “Talent Management” has become a very important activity with regard to recognizing and developing employees who demonstrate promise. There are supervisor and manager programs that can be signed up for, while other programs require a nomination: for a full list and more information.

Robin Morey, Chief Planning Officer, and David Payne, Senior Director of Business and Administrative Operations, were our next presenters. They spoke about the continuing Emory planning efforts underway; particulars included a surface lot at Emory Midtown becoming a parking deck of multiple levels. Executive Park developments could include a new living facility coordinated similarly to the way Emory Point handles leases.

Emory has engaged Sasaki, a firm based in Boston that emphasizes new vision for coordinating master planning that interconnects campus and urban environments. Robin spoke to the diverse focus group efforts underway and to the consultant firm’s engagement with this ambitious, forward-driven opportunity. Please visit the  website to learn more about the framework planning process.

Your LITS Employee Council Reps:

  • Denise Holliday, PeopleSoft Financials
  • Bonita Bryan, Woodruff Health Sciences Library
  • Dawn Francis-Chewning, Academic Technology Services

Please reach out to any one of us with questions we can bring to the Council on your behalf.

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