Emory Report
October 31, 2005
Volume 58, Number 9


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October 31 , 2005
Employee Council hears training options

BY eric rangus

At its most recent meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Woodruff Library’s Jones Room, Employee Council hosted three guest speakers—one from Goizueta Business School and two from Human Resources (HR)—who discussed academic, benefits and training options available to all Emory staff.

Susan Gilbert, associate dean and director of the Evening MBA Program in Goizueta Business School, discussed the degree program, which is designed for working professionals and flexible enough to accommodate a busy schedule.

Gilbert said the regular load for Evening MBA students is six credit hours per semester, and Emory courtesy scholarships cover five of those. She said, at that rate, a staff person could complete his or her degree in three years for just $11,000, and the convenience of going to school at one’s workplace is an added benefit.

“You are already here,” Gilbert said. “You can just come to class after work.”

Kathleen Maestle, HR’s director of benefits, demonstrated various aspects of HR’s benefits website, as well as how employees can find answers to their questions. Some of them, such as how much staff could save in taxes if they used a Flexible Spending Account, are new features.

Kym Harris, director of learning services in HR, was the final speaker, and she presented a PowerPoint slide show that highlighted her department’s goals (implementing a leadership development program and broadening staff access to adult education programs, among them), its accomplishments (the introduction of 22 training courses this fall, ranging from time management to CPR training) and some of its wider themes for improving the workplace (like 360-degree feedback to provide constant professional development).

The next Employee Council meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon in the School of Law’s Agnor Room.

If you have a question or concern for Employee Council, send e-mail to President Louis Burton at