USM Foundation

2019 Institute Program

Institute Program

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM            Arrival and Check-in

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM               Lunch and Presentation by Dr. Mary Gentile, Professor of Practice, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Creator/Developer of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), a pioneering curriculum for values-driven leadership. Dr. Gentile will introduce the core principles of the GVV curriculum, which is being piloted in more than 1,085 educational and executive settings throughout the world. 

Mary Gentile asks, How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, colleagues, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite?  For young professionals and emerging leaders Dr. Gentile's focus on building "ethical muscle memory" is particularly relevant in today's business climate.

Learn More about Mary Gentile and the Giving Voice to Values curriculum.

Following the keynote presentation, participants can choose among workshops and panel discussions:

1:30 PM - 4:15 PM                  Breakout Sessions 1 & 2

1. Leadership Health Audit: A Holistic View – University of Southern Maine School of Business Professor Richard Bilodeau

Sometime leadership can be stressful!  And that stress can take a toll on us, making it difficult to inspire and lead. To be an effective leader, ideally you should enjoy good physical, mental and spiritual health. Take the Leadership Health Audit and learn new ways leaders can find balance in their lives. This is an experiential session: be prepared to meditate, chant, draw, color, play, move, walk, laugh and reflect.  

(Offered during both breakout sessions)

2. Designing A Personal Mission Statement – Linda Quarles, Director, Strategy and Organizational Design, frog design

We know that organizations need a mission, but what about us as individuals? Does your personal mission change every time your career goes in a new direction? Or is there something enduring about you as a human being that you bring to each and every life experience? In this workshop, you'll explore your personal mission and purpose – and what makes you uniquely you.

(Offered during both breakout sessions)

3. Influencing Without Authority –  Katelyn Gendron, Manager of Global Talent Management, WEX

Impactful leaders intentionally create, cultivate and tap into the most powerful resource around them: people. In this interactive workshop, you'll explore the key principles of influencing without authority and gain immediate tools to illuminate new possibilities for navigating workplace challenges. By strengthening your ability to influence without authority, you will be able to more effectively achieve your objectives for the ultimate good of the organization. 

4. Courage & Entrepreneurship – Panel discussion with Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster, Erica Schmitz of MyBodyModel, and Julia Sleeper-Whiting of Tree Street Youth. Facilitated by Terry Sutton, CEO, Maine Center Ventures.

“What does it mean to "step out of your comfort zone”? What does it take? How do you do it? Four Maine entrepreneurs tell their stories and share insights on the risks and rewards of trying something new.

5. Leading Culture Change –  Kate Gulliver, Global Head of Talent at Wayfair; a conversation with Jeanne Paquette, VP for Corporate Engagement & Auxiliary Services at USM

Learn what you can do to help your company advance culture change.  Kate will reflect on her experience at this rapidly growing online retailer and share insights on how emerging leaders can best position themselves to leave a lasting impact.

6. Values Alignment: A Proactive Approach to Conflict Management, University of Southern Maine Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development Dan Jenkins

This interactive session will explore the benefits of aligning individual and organizational values as a strategy for leading through conflict and strengthening organizational collaboration, development, and effectiveness.  Through a variety of learning activities from the Center for Creative Leadership, participants will consider the connection between values and decision making, behavior, collaboration, strategy, prioritization, and conflict within an organization. 

4:25 PM – 5:00 PM             Closing Session

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM             Cocktail Reception, open to Corporate Partners, USM alumni and general public

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM             Evening Keynote, Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Giving Voice to Values: The “How” of Business Ethics, Dr. Mary Gentile

Dr. Gentile will share her groundbreaking approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision-making. Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting-edge research, Giving Voice to Values (GVV) fills a critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?” 

2019 Presenter Bios