Thrive! Inspiring ND Women is an employee resource group focused on increasing opportunities for women to be recruited, retained, and advanced as leaders at the University of Notre Dame. Learn more.
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Join us for a conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda

The Thrive! Professional Development and Networking Committee, along with the Thrive! board and steering committee, invite you to a special, interactive conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda. Provost Miranda will share stories of impactful moments from her own professional and personal journey to the University of Notre Dame, including insights on topics such as mentorship and encouraging the next generation of female leaders.
Participants have the ability to propose questions for Provost Miranda as part of the RSVP form.
When: Tue. Dec 1 at 12 p.m.
Where: Zoom — link will be provided to registrants
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MentorND: Using the colors of fall to practice mindfulness and goal setting

Are you having trouble navigating your way through the haze and the fog of this season? Maybe it's hard to focus on the goals for your future when the happenings of tomorrow are still so unclear. The Mentoring Committee has a few tips and tricks up our sleeve that we are certain you will find as a treat!
In November, we will explore the colors of fall and relate them to a mindfulness practice that is sure to electrify your senses and get you back on track towards filling your energy buckets and making sure you are prepared each day to do the next right thing (to learn more about these buckets, listen to Craig Groeschel Leadership podcast).
Be on the lookout for an invitation to test your knowledge and spark your creativity in goal-setting exercises with the Mentoring Committee.
For momentum in fulfilling your goals and to connect with others who are trying to navigate through the season of uncertainty, we ask that you update or fill out a profile on MentorND.
If you don't yet have a profile, go to to create one today. This video will show you how. Remember to use your NetID email address when creating your profile. If you do have a profile, log on, and make any updates to your profile, preferences, and notification settings. This brief video reminds you how.

Expand Your Network

A spotlight section intended to grow connections at Notre Dame
Jessica Brice
Name: Jessica Brice
Title: Program Director, Gift Planning; Department of Development 
Bio: I am currently a Program Director in the Office of Gift Planning, and started at Notre Dame in 2019. I work with benefactors and regional fundraisers along the East Coast to develop strategies for deferred and structured contributions to Notre Dame, including estate and trust gifts, gifts of real estate, and gifts of privately held business interests. As a CPA/self-described tax nerd and total people person, this role is perfect for me. I get to meet amazing members of the Notre Dame family and assist them in structuring gifts to save taxes!
Favorite Book: I love to read, so it's hard to specifically point to one book as my all-time favorite. If I had to pick, I would go with ...
Grow your connections at Notre Dame and help others get to know you! Simply complete this form and we will feature you in an upcoming issue and on our website!
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Thrive! Recommends

TED Talk: The urgency of intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw

"Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice."
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues.
What books, articles, podcasts, TEDtalks, or other content have you found enlightening? Suggest them for future newsletters or start a discussion in our Facebook Group.

On the Calendar 

Thrive! Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Introduction with Kristine Hilger Carles
Tues. Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.

Leadership develops 21st century community leaders using the Servant-Leader model developed by Robert Greenleaf. Learn about the group's 3 programs... 
Learn more and register.

How Did They Do It? Professional Development During COVID
Tues. Nov. 17 at 12 p.m.

Hear the story of how a Notre Dame employee clarified her goals, vision, and networking asks to move forward in her professional development plan during remote, COVID limitations by partnering with her mentor and coming in motivated and ready.
Learn more and register.

Thrive! Presents: Let's Zoom Lunch
Thur. Nov. 19 at 12 p.m.

There is no denying that 2020 has taken a toll on us all. As we near Thanksgiving, join us this month as we collectively pause to intentionally make space for expressions of, and reflections on, gratitude.         Learn more and RSVP.

Thrive! Professional Development and Networking Committee presents: A Conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda
Tues. Dec. 1 at 12 p.m.

Provost Miranda will share stories of impactful moments from her own professional and personal journey to the University of Notre Dame, including insights on topics such as mentorship and encouraging the next generation of female leaders.
Learn more and register.

New Age Networking: Building & Maintaining Relationships in the 21st Century
Tues. Jan. 26 at 12 p.m.

Many of us have heard how important networking is, both personally and professionally. But how many of us are actually doing it? In this session we will explore the basic component of networking, which is building relationships.
Learn more and register

Spread the word! 

Notre Dame's employee resource groups are working with Human Resources to help attract more women, minorities, and veterans to our talent pool for professional-level roles.
Please consider sharing the following positions with your networks this month: