October 31 , 2005
Council hears training options
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,
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
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
“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
(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