USM Professional Development (PD) week is the first virtual conference hosted by the USM Training Committee, a group of talent development professionals representing each of the USM schools. 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. PD 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 to leverage knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Acquire competencies to advance work performance and productivity
  • Engage in diverse conversations to handle the transitioning workplace


Conference Events:

Monday, June 7, 2021

10:30am - 11:45am

Reimagining the USM Workplace 2021 and Beyond

Welcome and Panel Discussion

1:30pm - 2:45pm

Back to Campus: Hitting the Reset Button

As our campuses begin the transition back to being onsite, there are many questions you may be pondering. How can we prepare to be successful in this transition? How will we handle in-person interactions? Am I alone in feeling anxious about this transition? Join Jill Rice, Training and Development Specialist at Towson University and UMD UHR Learning Consultant Cameron Hostetler, for a 75-minute discussion on how to prepare yourself for unknowns and think through potential solutions to these challenges.

Tuesday, June 8 - Thursday, June 10, 2021

3 day event
9:00am - 3:45pm


USM Engage

Join your colleagues for a series of workshops and conversations on the Hopin platform on Transformational Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday and Thankful Thursday. Build your confidence and skills in the following tracks: Personal Leadership Mastery, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Wellness for the Workplace, Workplace Productivity. See below for a full list of sessions for each day and login to Hopin to register.

Please note: Registration is being handled via Hopin a virtual conference platform that will require the creation of a user account.

  • 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" in order to finalize your registration.


Conference Workshops

June 8 — Transformational Tuesday

  • Building Your Resilience - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Session Description: What is resilience? Why is it important? Do I have it or how do I get it if I don't? These are questions that we have all been asking ourselves a lot over the last 15 months. In this interactive session, we'll share with you a stress-coping skills model and steps you can take to build your resilience and take care of yourself.

    Facilitators: Mark Emmel, UMB & Heather Killeen, FSU


  • Exposing our Blinders: The Role of Unconscious Bias at Work - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Session Description: We are all influenced by nonconscious drivers, or biases, that impact how we see the world. These biases can have a significant impact on interactions and decision-making processes in a work environment, sometimes causing harm, and often doing so without us even being conscious of their influence. In this session, we will learn why our brains are hardwired this way, explore some common blind spots and biases and the impact they have, and discuss how to begin building awareness.

    Facilitator: Katie Hershey Conlon, UMCP


  • Servant Leadership Moments of Truth - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Session Description: Leadership is a momentary phenomenon. Every day, we participate in moments of influence that shape our lives and those of others. The quality of leadership we bring to these moments defines who we are and what we contribute to the world. In this workshop, we will explore our individual leadership moments and what servant-leaders bring to these moments that makes their leadership uniquely impactful.

    Facilitator: Dr. Jeff McClellan, FSU


  • Cultivating Your Network - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    Session Description: When thinking about your career development, it’s important to look at what your needs are and to identify specific avenues for getting those needs met. When you shift from a person-based to a needs-based framework, it frees you from the unrealistic goal of finding one mentor who can meet all of your needs to instead pro-actively cultivating an ever-expanding network of support, contacts, referrals, and advisors. This session will help increase your confidence and learn practical strategies to broaden and cultivate your network in order to meet your career needs and goals.

    Facilitator: Elisa Medina, UMB


June 9 — Wellness Wednesday

  • Putting on Our Own Oxygen Masks: Self-care in Traumatic Times- 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Session Description: The pandemic has added to the already complex roles of many faculty and staff by requiring us to take on a number of possible new tasks--teach online, counsel struggling or traumatized students, home-school our children, and act as caregivers to ill or aging loved ones. If trying to play these multiple new roles has been wearing you down, you are not alone. In a national survey conducted in November 2020, 87% of faculty agreed that the pandemic had made their jobs more difficult. Ongoing socio-political conflicts and economic pressures further compound these stressors in significant ways. It is crucial that we attend to our own needs in order to be able to continue to support students and our loved ones. This interactive session offers participants the opportunity to discuss the challenges of living during uncertain times, explore the power of mindset, practice coping strategies in our sphere of influence, and create a stress resilience plan. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of themselves and practices to implement when dealing with challenges and change.

    Facilitator: Jill Wardell, UMBC


  • Strategies for an Inclusive Search - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Session Description: The session will explore the myriad of common practices that lead to less diverse hires. The facilitator will share strategies to counter common place practices during the search process that lead to less diverse spaces. Participants will leave the session with strategies and tools to facilitate a more equitable and inclusive search process.

    Facilitator: Joan Williams, SU


  • Engaging Remote Employees: Supervisor Strategies for Success - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Session Description: How can supervisors thoughtfully create environments where remote employees have a voice and feel a strong connection to their team? We will explore the new remote worker and identify how a leaders’ communication and personality styles impact the cohesiveness of remote teams. Consideration will be given to the "hybrid" operating model that many organizations will be facing, the blend between in-person and remote teams.

    Facilitator: Dr. Mike Sarran, UMGC


  • Cultivate Self-leadership to Transform and Maximize Your Potential - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    Session Description: Daniel Goleman, a well-known psychologist of emotional intelligence said, “Exceptional leaders distinguish themselves because of superior self-leadership.” In this class, participants will learn the particulars of self-leadership and the essential qualities to masterfully transform their performance for success.

    Facilitator: Zandra Rawlinson, UB


June 10 — Thankful Thursday

  • Leadership: What's Vulnerability Got to Do with It? - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Session Description: The skills necessary to be a leader have been extensively researched. Brené Brown, a renowned author and speaker on the topic, expands her research to include the concept of vulnerability and what it means to becoming a better leader. This session is an introduction to her work and why being vulnerable as a leader is crucial to success.

    Facilitator: Michele Hunt, UMB


  • Keys to a High Trust Work Place - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Session Description: In a high trust work environment, employees feel accepted, appreciated, valued, respected, and connected. No matter your role at your institution, we all play a part in creating an atmosphere where people can flourish, feel supported, and do their best work. Participants who join this session will learn a simple, yet powerful three-step tool for engaging, including, and building trust with everyone in the workplace.

    Facilitators: Lillian Rosen, UMCP & Cameron Hostetler, UMCP


  • When Things Fall Apart: Navigating Uncertainty With Grace and Ease - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Session Description: These times have been called unprecedented and yet we have all lived through adverse, uncertain times before. Indeed, the only thing we can ever count on is movement, transformation, and change. Instead of resisting the current it might serve us to learn to flow with it and even learn from it. This session will be a virtual hands on deep dive into the practice of mindfulness meditation as a practical tool for dealing with uncertainty and change. In our time together we will explore basic tenets of mindfulness and practice together expanding our mindset to 'welcome the unwelcome,' begin cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, and practice accepting situations as teachers, or as the poet Rumi suggests, 'guides from beyond.' Participants will leave with tools to perceive these times differently as well as the start of a practice that has been proven to foster well-being and ease.

    Facilitator: Jill Wardell, UMBC


  • The FACES of Accountability - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    Session Description: Based on the work of Tim Ito and Ryan Changcoco, we will discuss the FACES framework of accountability which includes focus, apprenticeship, challenge, education, and safety. It can enable managers to focus on helping their teams improve and succeed while getting employees to buy into their own contributions while growing themselves and their organizations.

    Facilitator: Mike Noll, UMB


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For more detailed information about the USM Professional Development Week Conference and to register, click here.


Friday, June 11, 2021

9:30am - 11:30am


Feedback Friday: USM Reflects

Join your colleagues in an end-of-the-week reflection session where we share key takeaways from the sessions attended. Click on one or all of the following learning track conversations listed below to register. Each session is only 30 minutes in length.




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