Organizational Development & Learning





The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources presented Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Human Resources with the Successful Practices Award for its Staff Mentoring Circles Program.

The award is presente d to an individual or team that demonstrates creativity, process improvement or professional achievement through the implementation of a significant new practice that contributes to the overall excellence of the institution’s human resources programs, services and/or administration.

The Staff Mentoring Circles Program is a yearlong professional development and mentoring initiative for Case Western Reserve staff, created in response to ongoing feedback from long-standing and newly hired employees who attempt to manage information flow across campus and by departments within divisions. These network circles aim to increase the exchange of information between members of different department/units within the university. The network circles also were designed to enhance personal and professional skills, forge new relationships and develop strategies to increase performance. The model of a mentoring circle lends itself to an open exchange and dialogue of various perspectives, including informal support networks.



The Organizational Development & Learning Unit of the Department of Human Resources was formed to provide an in-house, training and OD function. ODL plays an integral role in providing senior leadership, supervisors and employees with competencies that positively impact the effectiveness, productivity and overall culture on the university.

The unit provides:

  • seminars for individual staff members at no cost
  • leadership and professional/career development seminars & programs
  • custom programs for departments and groups
  • organizational development consulting and assistance
  • unique learning and development platforms including E-Learning opportunities


In addition, Organizational Development and Learning can also provide custom workshops to campus departments. Delivery may include a single course to a series of courses depending on the need of the department/division/school. If you are interested in exploring how we may be of service to your area, please contact via email or phone at 216-368-4786.

For additional information, please contact our staff:

Lisa Board-McShepard, MBA, Training Analyst of Organizational Development & Learning




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