Fall Forum and Summit

2014 Fall Forum

Fall Forum:  Strength Through Change

          Friday, October 24, 2014
          9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
          Skutt Student Center Ballroom

Come for a day of professional development, as well as conversations about what issues are important to employees at Creighton. More information about session topics will be available soon. Men and women are both invited to attend. Registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome.


One of the breakout session choices will be an introductory session about StrengthsFinder and how to make the most of your strengths. If you have not taken the StrengthsFinder or StrengthsQuest assessment, you can purchase a code and complete the assessment on the Gallup website. If you are interested in purchasing a book about Strengths, we recommend Strengths Based Leadership. The book includes a code for the Strengths assessment. If you plan to attend this session, please bring your Strengths results with you.

Listening/Conversation Session

An additional Listening/Conversation Session will take place on Friday, November 14, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in Harper 3023. People who cannot attend the Fall Forum are encouraged to attend this luncheon to discuss Creighton's strengths and campus climate.


Join CSW as we support the women's volleyball team at their PINK OUT in the evening after the Fall Forum. Be sure to wear PINK all day!

Volleyball Game:  Friday, October 24, 7 p.m., Ryan Athletic Center


Schedule for the Day

9-9:30 a.m.           Registration and Refreshments

9:30-9:45 a.m.      Opening and Welcome from Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., University President

9:45-9:55 a.m.      Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:55-10:45 a.m.     Breakout Session I:  Personal Care

  • The Only Constant in Life is Change, Bryn Wilson and Jocelyn Wu, second year medical students
  • A Little Bit of Self-care Goes a Long Way, Dr. Barb Harris, Social Work
  • Caring for the Spiritual Life Within a Changing Landscape, Kyle Lierk, Campus Ministry

10:55-11:45 a.m.   Breakout Session 2:  Strengths and Knowing Your Value

  • Finding Strength Through Times of Change, panel discussion lead by Lori Gigliotti, Enrollment Management. Panels will be Dr. Tanya Winegard, Kelly Ptacek, and Dr. Amy Wilson
  • Making the Most of Your Strengths, Katie Wadas Thalken, Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Career Management and Readiness in Changing Times, Jeremy Fisher, Career Center

11:55-12:30 p.m.   Keynote Speaker:  Mary Higgins, President of Marian High School

12:30-2 p.m.          Lunch and Listening Session

2-2:15 p.m.           Closing and Final Remarks

2:30-4 p.m.           Post-Conference Session:  Strength Through Change:  Cultivating a Community of Care--
                             Creighton's Response to Sexual Violence


Learning Outcomes

Through this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of self-care during times of change.
    • Participants will be provided opportunities to learn additional ways to enhance self-care.
  • Identify and discuss their strengths and how to maximize them in the workplace.
    • Seeking opportunities for further strength development.
    • Learning how to clearly articulate their strengths to colleagues.
  • Identify how their gifts and talents contribute and progress the mission and strategic priorities of Creighton University.