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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.

2021-2022 Cycle

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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

Presentation Dates:
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

Presentation Dates:
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

Presentation Dates:
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

Presentation Dates:
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

Presentation Dates:
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.

2020-2021 Cycle

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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

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Presentation Dates
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

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Presentation Dates:
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

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Presentation Dates:
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

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Presentation Dates:
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

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Presentation Dates:
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.

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