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“Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow;

thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides.”

-Catherine McAuley


The New Leader Orientation Program is intended for all new leaders, whether school administrator and/or board chair. These new leaders will participate in the orientation program over a two-year period, attending five sessions per year.

In addition to the new leaders, seasoned leaders are accompanying the new leaders through the orientation process. Ideally, the new leaders will form their own “cohort” group for future collegiality and collaboration.

GOVERNANCE - Sister Judith Carey, RSM

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Presentation dates: September 11 and 12, 2018

This presentation covers topics including the nonprofit corporation and its uses, the legal relationship of schools to the Sisters of Mercy, the legal responsibilities of the board of a nonprofit corporation and the “art” of being a good board member.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP - Sister Deborah Troillett, RSM

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Presentation Dates: December 10 and 12, 2018

What does it mean to be a servant leader? What does it mean to be a Mercy servant leader? This session reviews the characteristics of a servant leader, which can include listening, empathy, healing, stewardship and more.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT - Kristina Cawley and Sharon Gallagher

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Presentation Dates: April 1 and 3, 2019

This presentation focuses on the question, “What is crisis management?” The presenters discuss many of the essential elements of crisis management, including information on social media crises and communication.


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Presentation Dates: November 12 and 14, 2018

This presentation outlines a 10-step process for ethical decision-making and discuss how to consider the “common good” in our decision-making.

HUMAN RESOURCES PRACTICES - Leslie Carlson and Cheryl Kreger

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Presentation Dates: February 4 and 6, 2019

This presentation includes a review of all aspects of human resource practices. Topics include performance management and reviews, job descriptions and handbooks, employee training and orientation, safety and risk management and employee benefits and building a culture.

2017-2018 Cycle

MESA Overview - MESA Office Staff

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Presentation dates: September 2017

This presentation offers an overview of the purpose and structure of MESA.


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Presentation Date: December 2017

Carolyn Jaworski shares information on best practices around evaluations for administrators, teachers, and directives.


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Presentation Date: November 2017

This presentation centers around Catherine McAuley’s views on education and how her attitudes and actions connect with Mercy education today.

BOARD BEST PRACTICES - Sister Mary Waskowiak, RSM

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Presentation Dates: April 2018

This presentation will includes discussion about the role a board plays, an overview of the three essential elements for a successful board and board member and information on core responsibilities and best practices.

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