Emory Report
October 3, 2005
Volume 58, Number 6


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October 3 , 2005
‘Believe & Succeed’ is council’s charge

BY Eric Rangus

Employee Council revealed its theme for the 2005–06 academic year and President Louis Burton encouraged members to step forward for their constituents at the group’s first meeting of the fall,
Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

“Believe & Succeed” is the theme of this year’s council, and Burton outlined the thinking behind it in his opening comments. “In order to succeed in anything, you must believe you can achieve it,” said Burton, senior business manager in emergency medicine at Grady. “There will be issues beyond our control that we cannot totally change. But I’d like you to focus on the phrase ‘cannot totally change.’ Maybe we can’t change the whole issue, but we may be able to influence a part of it.”

Burton encouraged council members to take active roles and participate not only in council-related activities but also bring the concerns and thoughts of their co-workers to the forefront. He urged them to get involved, be committed, be passionate and work as a team.

Following Burton’s remarks and individual member introductions, the council welcomed guest speakers.

Those guests included representatives from each of the three president’s commissions (Donna Wong, chair of PCORE; Paige Parvin and Andy Wilson, co-chairs-elect of LGBT Concerns; and Allison Dykes, chair of PCSW), who outlined the history, structure and missions of their organizations.

Before breaking into committee caucuses, the council filled its two remaining seats on the University Senate and also introduced its officers for the year.

Following committee caucuses, communications Chair Katherine Hinson said the council will co-sponsor (with the president’s commissions, Human Resources and the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs) an Oct. 6 brown bag called “De-Mystifying Hiring Practices at Emory.” The event, slated for noon in Winship Ballroom, will feature representatives from HR, the general counsel’s office, Campus Services and Equal Opportunity Programs to discuss how employees are hired at Emory.

Membership chair Laurie Asherman said her committee will contact each council member to ensure he or she has an alternate for the year. Karl Woodworth, co-chair of the council’s strategic plan steering group—which falls under the council’s special issues committee—announced that Iruka Ndubuizu volunteered to serve as his co-chair. He said the group has formed four smaller working groups focused on strategies to achieve excellence in the workplace (leadership, community and work/life balance, benefits and compensation, and internal career advancement and training). Each working group will consist of four members, and they will be tasked to put into action the strategic plan the council turned in to the administration last winter.

The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at noon in the Jones Room.

If you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail to President Louis Burton at Louis.Burton@emoryhealthcare.org.