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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.

For questions and registration information, please contact Susan Smith, Associate Director for Leadership Formation.

2022-2023 Cycle

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INTRODUCTIONS - Mercy Education Staff

Presentation Date: August 31, 2022, 1-2 pm ET

This session is for new Mercy Education administrators only.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP - Jason Moore

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Presentation Dates:
September 12, 2022, 11-12:30 pm EST
September 12, 2022, 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 will review the characteristics of a servant leader, with a particular focus on the virtues of humility, hospitality, empathy, listening, healing, stewardship and more.

BUILDING A BRIDGE - CATHOLIC SCHOOLS' RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHURCH - Fr. James Martin, SJ

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Presentation Date:
October 25, 2022, 8 – 9:30 pm EST

Mercy schools are rooted in the Gospel through the Mercy charism and the Catholic faith. This presentation will look at what it means to be a Mercy Catholic school at a time when many students feel marginalized. It will cover practical issues that may arise from a school’s relationship to the Church as well as ways to navigate those challenges.

GRACE UNDER FIRE: CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS - Debbi Della Porta

Presentation Dates:
December 5, 2022, 11-12:30 pm EST
December 7, 2022, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation will dive into learnings from crisis situations that may arise in Mercy schools, including employment issues and allegations of abuse. Case studies from the Sisters of Mercy will help participants prepare for and evaluate their response to crisis situations.

OVERVIEW OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES FUNCTION - Anne Searl

Presentation Dates:
February 6, 2023 11-12:30 pm EST
February 8, 2023, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation will look at the human resources function through the lens of Mercy. It will cover topics including definitions and best practices in recruitment, selection, job analysis and design, performance management, training and development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, and payroll.

HABITS OF THE HEART AND MIND FOR ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING - Sue Sanders, RSM

Presentation Dates:
March 27, 2023 11-12:30 pm EST
March 29, 2023, 6-7:30 pm EST

This presentation provides several approaches to help leaders identify, think about, reflect on, and discern their ways through the ethical dilemmas that will inevitably confront them during their service. Rather than an academic review of the philosophical “all-stars,” this presentation suggests some things trustees can do daily to develop the habits of mind and heart necessary for living an integrated, ethical life when truth telling is difficult, goods compete, and the “common good” is not so obvious.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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