The Case Western Reserve University Administrative Professionals Network (APN), started in 2013, is a peer network of individuals who join together to share best practices, communicate and encourage professional development, and serve as resources for each other. Central to its mission is a commitment “to continuously expand our skills in order to benefit our individual professional growth, as well as improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the business operations of the university.” Currently, there are approximately 200 members in the APN representing departments throughout the campus. As members of the Administrative Professionals Network of Case Western Reserve University, we recognize and value the important contributions we make in our departments, divisions, and by extension, the entire campus community.
Our ultimate goal is to foster relationships between members of the campus community to build an environment of inclusion, continuous growth, and opportunity. The APN is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture through a variety of opportunities:
- Our bi-monthly meetings offer professional development opportunities using campus resources; past sessions have included using Google apps, cyber security, travel and event planning, wellness and more.
- Through partnership with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, we have awarded Executive Education scholarships to the Weatherhead School of Management at past conferences and sent two of our board members to the 2017 Administrative Professionals Conference.
Collaboration and Networking
- We have offered various opportunities to meet and greet others in order to provide familiarity with different areas of our campus; we have previously taken a tour of the Maltz Performing Arts Center as well as student-guided campus tours to offer the perspective of the student view of our campus.
- We have offered professional photography sessions to our members for use on their email profiles and department websites.
- We have become mentors for other administrative professionals and can assist in succession planning.
- In conjunction with past conferences, we have hosted a Girl Scout cookie sale for a local troop on campus, collected clothes for Dress for Success and donated over 336 pieces of clothing and a $100.00 gift card from the Limited to the Greater Cleveland Dress for Success.
- In 2018, we hosted a fundraiser for Isipho Admin, which is supported by Administrative Professionals and training companies to give the skills needed to South African women to obtain a sustainable career to enhance their lives and support their families.
- We have donated our floral table centerpieces from past events to the University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital nurses station.