Upcoming Events, Mentoring Update, and More!
Upcoming Events, Mentoring Update, and More!
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.

Thrive! Mentoring Update


Mentoring is an important part of our mission to increase opportunities for women to be recruited, retained, and advanced as leaders at the University of Notre Dame.  
Thrive! recently contracted with People Grove to build a mentoring portal similar to Irish Compass, the web-based professional community for Notre Dame students and alumni. 
This new web platform and mentoring program will take several weeks to build and test, but we are hopeful it will be ready to launch exclusively to Thrive! members this spring. In the meantime, stay tuned for training and learning workshops that will be designed to better prepare you to take on the role of a mentor or mentee. Also, consider reading this helpful article to get you started!

Expand Your Network
A spotlight section intended to grow connections at Notre Dame


Name: Elicia Dennis
Title: Web Content Strategist, Office of Communications - College of Arts and Letters
Notre Dame Career Path: As an undergraduate student, I worked in a couple different places at the University. I started in the tech department of the bookstore and then worked as a technology consultant in the College of Engineering. My last two years as a student, I interned in Development first with the Annual Giving team and then with Financial Aid Stewardship. I entered my current role as a Web Content Strategist within the College of Arts and Letters in 2019. 
What brought you to Notre Dame: I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. Although I came to Notre Dame knowing little about the school, I was sold on the University's amazing community. The programs I was a part of (particularly the AnBryce Scholars Initiative) proved to be the family I had been searching for my whole life. After graduation, I wanted to play a role in helping students with similar backgrounds. Working in my current role has allowed me to stay engaged in the Notre Dame community through programs such as Thrive! while also giving me the opportunity to serve the mission of the University in my own way. 
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!

Recommended Reading

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans


Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home — at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.


What books, articles, or other content have you found enlightening? Suggest them for future newsletters or start a discussion in our LinkedIn Group.


Upcoming Events

Innovation Rally with
Cayla Weisberg of
InvestHER Ventures
Fri. Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Cayla Weisberg is a partner at InvestHER Ventures, a venture capital fund that partners with and invests in passionate female entrepreneurs with early stage technology companies. Weisberg partnered with founder Gerri Kahnweiler in 2016 to create InvestHER Ventures to address a common issue for women with startups: few investors are funding them. Register for her keynote address during the Innovation Rally at the IDEA Center (Innovation Park), 1400 E Angela Blvd. NOTE: Due to limited space, registration is required. 


2019 Hibernian Lecture
Fri. Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Tara McCarthy, an associate professor of history at Central Michigan University and author of Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women’s Activism, 1880–1920, will deliver the 2019 Hibernian Lecture, “A Century of Suffrage: Catholic Activism, Class Consciousness, and the Contributions of Irish American Women,” in the Morris Ballroom. The 2019 Hibernian Lecture is co-sponsored by the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at Notre Dame. Learn more here