The New Mercy 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.
INTRODUCTIONS - Mercy Education Staff
Presentation Date: August 11, 2021, 1-2 pm ET
This session is for new Mercy Education administrators only.
STRATEGIC PLANNING - Denise Marbach
September 20, 2021, 11-12:30 pm EST
September 22, 2021, 6-7:30 pm EST
This session will introduce the essential elements of a strategic plan. Participants will learn about the process of getting stakeholders involved in strategic planning, identifying the critical needs of the ministry, designing strategic intents to address the needs and implementing a timeline to address the strategic intents.
EVALUATING FOR MISSION - Patricia Smith, RSM, and Kristi Wessling
November 15, 2021, 11-12:30 pm EST
November 17, 2021, 6-7:30 pm EST
This presentation will offer best practices on completing board, administrator and staff evaluations. It will emphasize: annual process, clear and rigorous expectations, multiple measures, multiple ratings, regular feedback and significance.
CHARISM AND MISSION OF CATHERINE MCAULEY - Sheila Carney, RSM
January 10, 2022, 11-12:30 pm EST
January 12, 2022, 6-7:30 pm EST
This presentation will describe the charism as a gift of God that characterized and enabled Catherine McAuley’s life and work. The presentation will address why Catherine McAuley might be appealing to all Mercy educators and what Catherine’s attitudes and actions would be with respect to Mercy education today.
BEST BOARD PRACTICES AND GOVERNANCE - Pat Coward, RSM
February 14, 2022 11-12:30 pm EST
February 16, 2022, 6-7:30 pm EST
This presentation will cover topics including the non-profit 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.
CATHOLIC IDENTITY IN THE MERCY TRADITION- Pat Talone, RSM
April 4, 2022 11-12:30 pm EST
April 6, 2022, 6-7:30 pm EST
Recognizing how many timely and critical issues have challenged Mercy ministries, this session will focus on the Catholic Identity Statement and its impact on decision-making in our schools. Leaders will be guided and encouraged to participate in courageous conversations rooted in the foundations of Gospel values, Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Moral Teaching and Mercy documents, especially Catholic Identity in the Mercy Tradition.
INTRODUCTIONS - MESA Staff
Presentation Date: September 2, 1-2 pm EST
This session is for new MESA administrators only.
REFLECTIONS ON MESA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHURCH - Sister Sharon Euart, RSM
September 9, 11-12:30 pm EST
September 14, 6-7:30 pm EST
This presentation will include reflections on Vatican II’s teaching on what it means to be Church; participation in the mission of Christ; sponsorship of MESA by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the canonical relationship of MESA to the Institute; Catholic and Mercy identity; and practical issues that arise from our relationship to the Church.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP - Sister Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM
November 16, 11 am – 12:30 pm EST
November 18, 6 – 7:30 pm EST
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.
HUMAN RESOURCES PRACTICES - Penny Alexander and Mary Klingenberger
December 7, 11 am – 12:30 pm ET
December 9, 6 – 7:30 pm ET
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.
ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING - Ed Curtin and Mary Ann Steutermann
February 1, 11 am – 12:30 pm EST
February 3, 6 – 7:30 pm EST
This presentation will outline a process for ethical decision-making and discuss how to consider the “common good” in our process and decisions. It will also provide an overview of the role and purpose of the Institute Ethics Committee in assisting with ethical decision-making; advising administration and boards; and providing ethics education, policy review and case consultation.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT / CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS - Cindy Costello and Beth Thompson
April 19, 11 am – 12:30 pm EST
April 21, 6 – 7:30 pm EST
This presentation will address the importance of advanced crisis planning and business interruption procedures. Within the presentation, many of the essential elements of crisis management will be discussed, including determining messages and managing social media.