Empower Your Journey and Unleash Your Potential

October 17 - 21, 2022

The USM Training Committee, a group of talent development professionals representing each USM school, is thrilled to bring back the system-wide, completely virtual, free-for-all employee Professional Development Week (PD week). PD week is a knowledge-building week for USM faculty and staff. The conference workshops are designed to broaden and advance the employee’s professional and personal well-being. Throughout the week, you will have the opportunity to network with other USM employees. This is a one-of-its-kind event; register to reserve your seat next to other higher education professionals.

USM training and development professionals and leaders will facilitate sessions to:

  • Broaden perspectives on various topics to leverage knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Acquire competencies to advance work performance and productivity
  • Engage in diverse conversations to handle the transitioning workplace

Registration instructions:

  • October 17th and 21st events require separate registration via Zoom to participate. Please note that there is limited registration which is noted for each event. If you do not already have access to Zoom at your institution, please download it before your session here.
  • October 18 - 21 event registration is being handled via Hopin, a virtual conference platform requiring creating a user account (if you have attended one of our previous events, use your previous login). Once you register via Hopin, during those three dates of the conference, you will be able to attend as many or as few of the workshops without any additional registration (and you can add them to your calendar by clicking on the calendar icon next to each breakout session).
  • To create your Hopin account, select your university under "Tickets" and scroll down to "Checkout." A new window will open; scroll down to click on “Sign-up with email” to finalize your registration.

For technical questions or concerns, please email usmtrainingdev@usmd.edu

Register for Friday Feedback Sessions:

9:30 -10:00 am Personal Leadership Mastery 

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10:15 -10:45 am Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

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11:00 -11:30 am Wellness for the Workplace  

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11:45 am -12:15 pm Workplace Productivity  

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Registration Link

Monday, October 17

9 – 10:30 am Keynote Panel 

Register on Zoom

10:45 - 12:15 am Redefining Stress Workshop with Jill Wardell, UMBC

Same link as above

Tuesday, October 18

Transformation Tuesday 

9 – 9:30 am Morning Mindfulness 

Register for Workshops on Hopin

10 – 10:30 am Coffee & Networking 

10:45 am

Humor in the Workplace: How Authenticity Leads to Professional Success by Megan Jeffrey, UMD 

Conflict Yodas moved to Wednesday afternoon due to technical difficulties.

1 pm

We see you, we hear you, we value you! by Kelly Bubp and Kris McGee, FSU 

Speaking with Confidence: Step Up Your Game by Jim Golden, UMD 

2:30 - 3 pm Question Inspired Networking 

Wednesday, October 19

Wellness Wednesday

9 – 9:30 am Morning Mindfulness 

10 – 10:30 am Coffee & Networking 

10:45 am 

Goal Setting for Success: 8 Steps to Accomplish Your Professional Goals by Eileen (Shelly) Eldridge, UMB 

Making your Meetings, Events, and Projects Accessible for All by Emily Lucio, UMD 

1 pm

Workplace Wellness Strategies for the Hybrid Workforce by Dr. Treca Stark Bourne, UMGC and Sabriya Charles 

Conflict Yodas: Professionals Empowering Others to Free Themselves of Conflict by Aisha Samples, UMB 

Understanding and Estimating Health Care Costs by Jesse Ketterman, UMD

2:30 - 3 pm Question Inspired Networking 

Thursday, October 20

Thankful Thursday

9 – 9:30 am Morning Mindfulness 

10 – 10:30 am Coffee & Networking 

10:45 am

Escape the Cape by Tasha Wilson, TU 

Pouring from a Full Jug - Self-care Practices by Melissa Buckley, CSU 

1 pm

Emotionally Intelligent Supervision for Sups and Aspiring Sups by Pavan Purswani, UBalt and Erica D'Eramo, UMBC 

Disability Inclusion in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Michael Canale, UMBC 

2:30 - 3 pm Question Inspired Networking 

Friday, October 21

Feedback Friday

All Feedback sessions are limited to only 300 participants, first come first serve. 

9:30 -10:00 am Personal Leadership Mastery 

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10:15 -10:45 am Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

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11:00 -11:30 am Wellness for the Workplace  

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11:45 am -12:15 pm Workplace Productivity  

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Keynote Panelists

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Gregory W. Fowler, Ph.D., became the seventh president of the University of Maryland Global Campus on January 4, 2021. A nationally recognized scholar and leader in developing innovative learning models and experiences for adult and nontraditional populations, he has served on the leadership teams that built what are now the two largest universities in America—both of which do nontraditional students in nontraditional ways.

Most recently, Fowler served as president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Global Campus and before that as SNHU’s chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs for its College of Online and Continuing Education. In almost nine years with the university, he led efforts to develop competency-based online and hybrid programs that respond to the rapidly changing demands of the workforce and global communities, including disadvantaged students in Los Angeles, refugees in Africa and the Middle East, and learners in Mexico and Columbia.

Earlier, Fowler held senior-level academic and administrative positions at Western Governors University (WGU), where he served as associate provost and dean of liberal arts and oversaw the development of new competency-based degree programs for WGU’s colleges and—as director of Education Without Boundaries—launched a new student orientation program that exponentially increased student persistence. As the first director of Alumni and Career Services at WGU, he established programs that drew high participation from graduates and garnered positive feedback from their employers. Fowler was raised in Albany, Georgia, one of eight children in a family of modest means. He realized early on the power of education to change the trajectory of lives and impact communities. Working at the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park as a teenager taught him the importance of teamwork to organizational success and helped shape his management style.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College—which included two years as a Charles A. Dana Scholar at Duke University—Fowler began his career at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, DC, serving initially as an outreach specialist helping underserved populations access funds and resources to support their communities and amplify their voices. He later served as a media affairs specialist. He received several NEH employee awards for developing workshops for historically black colleges and universities and developing and administering a new summer fellows program for outstanding college students.

While in the Washington, DC, area, he earned a master’s degree in English from George Mason University, then accepted a position as lecturer and, later, as assistant professor of literature and American studies at Penn State University–Erie. At the same time, he pursued his doctorate in English/American studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He was nominated for Penn State’s Council of Fellows Teaching award three times as a faculty member.

While at Penn State, Fowler also received the first of two Fulbright awards to Germany and Belgium, where he would collaborate with students, faculty, and lawmakers on the future of the European Union and the impact of the Bologna Accords. He also taught international issues and affairs courses at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität–Berlin. Upon returning to the United States, he collaborated with the German Fulbright Commission and established a new teacher exchange program between Germany and Penn State.

Fowler served as commissioner and board member of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which provides accreditation oversight for some of the nation’s most highly regarded institutions. In that role, he co-chaired the team responsible for future post-pandemic remote learning experiences for colleges and universities.

He also served on the advisory board of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and currently serves as a member of the President’s Forum, the Board of Directors of the National Cryptologic Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, and the UPCEA Council for Chief Online Learning Officers.

Fowler has been profiled in the Washington Post and named to The Maryland Daily Record’s Power 30 Higher Education list for 2021. He is co-author of Anticipating and Managing Precipitous College Closures (New America, 2020) and contributed to Five Themes for Centering Student Equity, published in 2020 by the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah. He has contributed numerous articles on innovation and evolution in higher education, including “Scaling an Undefined Landscape with Consumers As our Guide” in The Futures of Universities Thought book (North American edition, 2020) and a series of articles in widely-read higher education publications such as The evolution. He has been a MAPS (Modeling, Analyzing, Prototyping, and Sharing) scholar with the Sorenson and Gates Foundations and an Aspen Institute scholar for the Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative.

In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Morehouse College, George Mason University, and SUNY–Buffalo, Fowler holds an MBA from Western Governors University and has completed programs in higher education administration and executive leadership and negotiation from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Business School, respectively.

Jennifer King Rice began her appointment as senior vice president and provost in July 2021.

She was previously dean of the College of Education, which focused on aligning educational resources with initiatives to advance excellence, equity, and social justice in preschool through graduate school. Rice has served on the faculty and in college leadership roles at UMD for more than 25 years and has been recognized as a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

Before coming to Maryland, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC Rice’s research draws on the discipline of economics to study policy questions concerning excellence and equity in K-12 education systems. She regularly advises state and federal agencies as an expert on school finance and teacher policy.

A prolific scholar, she has served on the editorial boards of the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy. In addition to positions as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow and a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute, she is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

She completed her BS in mathematics and English at Marquette University and earned her MS and Ph.D. in educational administration and social foundations from Cornell University.

JulieAnn Garcia is vice president and chief human resources officer for UMGC, where she leads efforts to strengthen organizational effectiveness and the global employee experience.

Garcia joined UMGC in 2015 as assistant vice president of HR Operations for the overseas divisions and has 25 years of experience in higher education, for-profit, and nonprofit settings.

Before joining UMGC, she served as chief learning and business operations officer at the National Education Association, aligning business strategy and operational needs by focusing on workforce planning.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from McMurry University and a Master of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University, as well as certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, respectively.

Dr. Anne Khademian was named to serve as the Universities at Shady Grove’s third executive director in October 2020, following a nationwide search and her appointment to the post by Dr. Jay Perman, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. As executive director of USG – a regional higher education center of USM in Montgomery County, with programs from nine universities on one campus – Dr. Khademian also holds the title of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for USM.

Before joining USG, Dr. Khademian served as a Presidential Fellow and professor at Virginia Tech. She enjoyed a stellar 17-year career as director of the School of Public and International Affairs. A resident of Montgomery County, she served in Virginia Tech’s Research Center in Arlington, near Washington, DC, in support of organizational innovation and growth.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Khademian is a nationally recognized scholar and author in inclusive leadership and organizational change. As director of the School of Public and International Affairs in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies for seven years, she led the school through a period of significant growth and transformation, including the introduction of new academic degrees and programs; increased student enrollment; new faculty hires; forging of new global partnerships and initiatives; and extended outreach into the local community.

Dr. Khademian’s research focuses on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and financial regulation. She is the author of three books: Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (CQ Press, 2002); Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (Brookings, 1996); and The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise (University of Pittsburgh Press 1992). She has also published numerous articles on public management and public policy.

Dr. Khademian is a fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization established by Congress to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

Dr. Khademian holds a BA in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science and Government from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a cross country and track star at Michigan State, and in 2016 she was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bob Grimm serves as the Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Public Policy (SPP) and the founding Director of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland (UMD). Dr. Grimm works with an incredible team that empowers individuals to do good. The University of Maryland Board of Regents awarded Grimm their 2021 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in Public Service for Do Good’s impact. The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Public Affairs, and Public Administration (NASPAA) similarly recognized Do Good with its inaugural Voinovich Public Innovation Prize.

Starting with two courses (2010) and a Do Good Challenge prize competition (2012), thousands of students participate annually in Do Good Campus programs and courses today while changing the world for good. For example, Do Good students enable thousands of families to stay safe and avoid hunger during the pandemic, change mental health accessibility and female menstrual product accessibility on campus, recycle and supply medications to tens of thousands, reduce water pollution, and eliminate over a hundred million pounds of food waste. Grimm served as the Founding Board Chair of the Food Recovery Network, which UMD students built into a national nonprofit and then launched two successful companies, Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Foods. A new building for SPP and the Institute opens in 2022 with a Do Good Hall of Fame and Do Good Plaza that features inspiring UMD efforts.

Grimm’s research on philanthropy, volunteering, nonprofits, and civic engagement has been featured in The Washington Post, New York Times, MSNBC, Fast Company, and Bloomberg. Grimm co-authored a widely-cited article on “The New Volunteer Workforce” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, articles in Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, and a book on American philanthropists. Invited to testify at the first hearing of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, the Congressional Commission focused on the Institute’s research on the decline of charitable behaviors.

Grimm served as Senior Counselor to the CEO and the Director of Research & Policy Development at AmeriCorps, which annually invests approximately one billion dollars in innovative nonprofits. Grimm received senior appointments from both President Bush and President Obama’s administrations and co-led the creation of President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund. Grimm expanded AmeriCorps’s annual research funds from $2 million to $10.5 million and developed the first social capital and civic data collected by the US Census Bureau.

Grimm earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy awarded him its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. An Iowa native, Bob and his wife Laura have one daughter named Astrid.

With more than 20 years of talent and organizational development experience, Dr. Zandra D. Rawlinson is an accomplished leader and practitioner-scholar. Dr. Rawlinson currently serves as the Director of Organization and Employee Development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Rawlinson takes immense pride in establishing learning cultures to embrace and value differing identities, thoughts, and intellect. She deeply understands creative learning and management solutions to advance individual and organizational success. Zandra is proficient in program development and evaluation, collaborative partnerships, intercultural leadership, and application software.

Dr. Rawlinson intentionally incorporates and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the learning and workspace. While employed at the University of Baltimore, she established Diversity Dialogues as a brave space for employees to discuss their concerns about the racial and social injustices relative to the national atrocities against black and brown people during the Spring of 2020. With overwhelming responses to Diversity Dialogues, she worked to create a campus-wide engagement platform known as JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). JEDI allowed for a more expansive conversation, learning, and reflection about current events related to injustices, inequities, and discrimination.

A colleague and Dr. Rawlinson produced a conceptual paper proposing a new leadership model to respond to higher education institutions' disruptive trends. Specifically, the S-Power Leadership Model consisted of four capabilities leaders could activate to effectively lead themselves, synergize teams, and transform organizational culture. The capabilities included perspectives, inclusion, belonging, and collaboration.

Zandra holds an Educational Doctorate in Leadership, a Master of Education in Adult Learning, and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. All degrees were completed at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she recently completed (Spring 2022) the Intercultural Leadership Certificate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Rawlinson leads authentically and inspires others to bring their whole selves to any learning space. She utilizes a growth mindset to create learning communities where all members are accepted, appreciated, and included.