Self-nomination deadline extended, raising anti-racist children, and more!
Self-nomination deadline extended, raising anti-racist children, 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.
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Deadline extended: Call for committee  nominations


Self-nominations have been extended until April 15th at 11:59 p.m. If you are interested, please complete the Thrive! Self Nomination FormIf you know someone who would be great, encourage her to apply too!
Thrive! is currently accepting self-nominations for positions on each of our committees: Communications, Engagement, Mentoring, and Professional Development & Networking, as well as the Thrive! Ambassadors group.
We invite all members to consider nominating themselves for one or more of these roles, which allow you to play a tangible role in enhancing the environment for women at Notre Dame while developing your leadership skills in a low-risk, supportive environment. Committees also offer a place to learn and demonstrate skills you may not have the opportunity to use in your current position.

The selection process will be administered by the Thrive! officers and steering committee chair, with the University's diversity statement in mind.
Learn more and apply

Don't miss the "Raising Anti-Racist Children" Virtual Event


This lively session will focus on the importance of positive identity and representation as well as age-appropriate conversations to build courage in the kids in your life to combat racism.
Facilitators:
Megan Akatu
Megan is the Director of Business Development in University Events, connecting campus and external groups with educational conferences and memorable experiences at the Morris Inn, Notre Dame Stadium, and the new McKenna Hall in the coming months. She joined Notre Dame in 2013 after a decade in Washington, DC working in sales and marketing.

Torence Witherspoon
Torence is a member of the Business Development Sales Team, currently serving as a HERE Ambassador in the interim, and has been with the University for two years.

Calvin Metts
Calvin joined the Morris Inn team in October of 2015, as a Sous Chef, and was promoted to Senior Sous Chef in the spring of 2017. A Chicago native, he attended Saint Joseph's College where he attained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.
Learn more and register

Join the Mentoring Committee on April 16 for Lighting the Way


The Mentoring Committee will explore how to influence others and use the influence from others within mentoring relationships to strategically light the way on both our personal and professional paths. The mentoring committee will walk you through the various levels of mentor engagement, discuss opportunities for quick one-time connections and the benefits of these short-term relationships, as well as a more thorough walk-through of how mentoring can be accessed through the MentorND platform. 
Each participant will have the opportunity to win a prize, network with others from around the University, and have the opportunity to walk away with a mentoring relationship. 

Learn more and register

Expand Your Network

A spotlight section intended to grow connections at Notre Dame
Name: Alison Thigpen
Title: Administrator for Programming and Events, Student Activities Office
Tell us about a positive mentoring experience that you've had, either as a mentor or a mentee. 
My experiences with the Thrive mentoring program have been extremely positive, both as a mentor and a mentee. In both instances, the formal sessions were just the start of great relationships, which still exist today!
What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
Helping coordinate the pre-game flyovers at home football games during my time with the band. Being on the roof of the pressbox providing the timings to the flight crews was both nerve-wracking and a rush. It's a great feeling knowing you're helping give 80,000+ fans that experience. I was proud to help execute 15 on-time flyovers, including the Blue Angels and a B-2 Stealth Bomber! 
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!

Thrive! Recommends

Strategize to Win

The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career

By: Carla Harris


Check out Strategize to Win by this year's ND Laetare Medal recipient, Carla Harris.
Whether we’re starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn’t what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and in Strategize to Win she gives readers the tools they need to get started; get “unstuck” from bad situations; redirect momentum; and position themselves to manage their careers no matter the environment.
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.

ICYMI: Advocating for diverse teams panel discussion 

This exciting and engaging conversation featured distinguished Notre Dame leaders, current and past, from across the university discussing why emphasizing diversity in the workplace and creating diverse teams is important to them. They also discussed their methods to creative and fosting more diverse and inclusive teams.

Sign up for lunch pairings 

Looking for a way to meet other people on campus but don't want to commit a lot of time? Do you prefer meeting people one-on-one instead of in a large group? If so, sign up for the Thrive! Lunch Pairings sponsored by the Thrive! Ambassadors.

Simply complete this form to sign up and Thrive! will randomly pair you with a lunch partner from a different division. If you are interested, please sign up by 5 pm on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Contact Jessica Schiller at jschill2@nd.edu or at 574-631-7923 if you have any questions.

On the Calendar 


Raising Anti-racist Children
Wed. Apr. 14 at Noon

Facilitators Megan Akatu, Torence Witherspoon, & Calvin Metts focusing on the importance of positive identity and representation as well as age-appropriate conversations to build courage in the kids in your life to combat racism.
Learn more and register.

Lighting the Way
Fri. Apr. 16 at Noon

The mentoring committee will walk you through the various levels of mentor engagement, discuss opportunities for quick one-time connections and the benefits of these short-term relationships, as well as a more thorough walk-through of how mentoring can be accessed through the MentorND platform. 
Learn more and register.

Finding Your Purpose
Thurs. Apr. 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Don't know if you're making a difference? Want more out of life? You don't have to make drastic changes to be satisfied with your job or life. You have to find your purpose. When you find your calling, you can fulfill your purpose in life. Join us for a session on how to find your purpose to live a more  satisfying life. 
Learn more and register.

Thrive! Presents: Let's Zoom Lunch
Thurs. Apr. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Join Thrive! for another virtual edition of Let's Do Lunch, designed to help you connect with colleagues from across campus. We will be talking about spring and how things in our lives change with the new season
Learn more and register.

Maternity Leave Information Session
Fri. Apr 23 at Noon

Sponsored by the ND Working Moms group, Denise Murphy, Director of Benefits and Compensation will discuss the maternity leave benefits and the process.
Learn more and register.
Join us on social
You're invited to join the Thrive! Facebook group. The group provides another way to connect and network with other members outside of Thrive! events.  
We hope this group provides an open and welcoming space for thoughtful discussion on professional development, being a champion for change, and inspiring the women of Notre Dame.

Join our community!