Special Events: MSpeaks Town Hall Meetings
MSpeaks Town Hall
Reveals Topics of Interest
for the Future of VOICES
Braving a very cold February morning, nearly 100 members of the staff community, selected to represent a microcosm of the University staff population, received a warm reception at Palmer Commons for the MSpeaks Town Hall Meeting.
Welcomed by Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, the attendees settled in to give voice to their own comments, concerns and ideas for improving the University.
Guided by HRD organizational development consultant Joan Curran, participants were asked to answer the question:
What matters most to the University community?
Each table had two VOICES volunteers, one person to facilitate the discussion and one to take notes. Comments at each and every table were collected and e-mailed to a “Theme Team” comprised of four VOICES members who compiled the information and identified these specific topics:
- Benefits, Health and Well-Being
- Best Practices
- Career Development
- Green/Environmental Stewardship
- Leadership Development
- Managing Change
- Performance Management
Topics with the greatest number of comments were chosen for further discussion (one topic per table). Participants selected a topic of interest and continued the conversation to more fully define the issue. Each table then identified a key idea about the topic and presented it in a report out to the entire town hall group.
Following the MSpeaks Town Hall Meeting, staff members on all campuses were invited to participate in an online survey to provide general feedback and to register five choices from all 17 topics. Over 4,000 staff members participated in the survey to identify the topics viewed as highest priority to the U-M community. The survey results will be shared with executive leadership in March and considered as possible future themes for the VOICES of the Staff Network Teams.
Executive Vice Presidents Connect with Town Hall Participants
During the meeting, Dr. Robert Kelch, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Tim Slottow, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer were in attendance to speak and answer questions. Dr. Kelch spoke on the importance of leadership that listens. He expressed the sentiment that while leadership knows what to do, it is staff that knows how to get it done. Mr. Slottow spoke to the positive impact of VOICES, thanking everyone for their efforts and praising VOICES as the “Mother of all cross-functional teams.”
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- Laurita Thomas Welcome
- Joan Curran
- Dr. Robert Kelch
- Laurita & VOICES Alumnae
- Tim Slottow
- Topic Summaries by MSpeaks Participants
- View UMHS Inside View Cam's video coverage of the MSpeaks event...