New leadership, new offerings for staff development

Published: July 28, 2015

img_0562_training_class_sm Sherry Darden of National Seminars facilitates Assertiveness Skills for Professionals, part of the Today’s Administrative Professional series.

Empowerment through education


Just one month into her new role as manager of HR learning and organizational development, Jeanne Monsma is putting the finishing touches on a fall lineup of more than 35 learning programs and series programs for faculty and staff.

“We’ve always valued professional development at Notre Dame, but the success of our programs has meant a lot of waiting lists,” says Monsma. “We have a renewed energy around meeting more of the demand.”

What’s back, and what’s new?

Among the fall lineup are returning favorites and new offerings. Today’s Administrative Professional — the University’s flagship series program for administrative staff — returns in September, and the popular daylong presentation skills course Speak Up! Be Effective performs an encore in November.

New offerings include a two-part program, Hiring Game Changers, as well as an expansion of the Managing My Career program. The latter is now a three-part series that will provide staff with even more opportunities to identify their true career aspirations and develop a plan to achieve them.

“I’m most excited about the scope of our programs, that we really have something for everyone,” says Monsma, who left University Relations to assume her new position following the June retirement of her predecessor, Kara McClure.

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Conducting needs assessments

Monsma brings a longtime passion for education to the University’s learning and development program, the result of what she calls her “eclectic career path.”

After spending several years in the legal services field representing underserved families in court proceedings, Monsma went on to develop innovative children’s health education programs at Memorial Health Systems. She most recently developed training for Press Ganey, and describes the common thread running through all of these experiences as “a passion for empowering people through knowledge and education”—something she plans to do even more of in her new role.

“One of my goals is to conduct a needs assessment across campus, to make sure our programs meet those needs and that everyone at Notre Dame is set up to succeed in their careers,” she says.

For more information on the fall lineup of learning programs and series, visit Space is limited, so enroll early at