New age networking, mentoring resources, and more!
New age networking, mentoring resources, 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.

Correction: Expand your network

The Thrive! January 2021 newsletter sent earlier this afternoon incorrectly named Rachel Rump as Rachel Mendez. Her name has been updated, please see below to learn more about her and her career journey.

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? And for those that are, how many are doing it well? 

Here's a surprising fact: we are ALL networking ALL the time. In this session, we will explore the basic component of networking, which is building relationships. We will identify outdated, current, and future strategies that will allow you to strategically build and maintain relationships.
Learn more and register

Winter Thrive! Lunch Pairings 

Looking for a way to network 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, consider signing 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 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Contact Jessica Schiller at or at 574-631-7923 if you have any questions.

Sign up for a lunch pairing

Take advantage of MentorND in 2021

Did you know that people with strong networks and good mentors enjoy more promotions, higher pay, and greater career satisfaction? As an employee at the University of Notre Dame, you have the opportunity to connect with others on campus as a mentor or mentee through the MentorND platform.
MentorND is an online community for Notre Dame staff and faculty to provide opportunities for mentorship in service of career development at Notre Dame.
Follow the link below for new resources on how to use MentorND for both new and existing users.  
MentorND Resources

Expand Your Network

A spotlight section intended to grow connections at Notre Dame
Rachel Mendez
Name: Rachel Rump
Title: Employee Experience & Engagement Specialist, Employee Engagement
What brought you to Notre Dame?
I grew up in Elkhart which is in the shadow of Notre Dame. I grew up a football fan and had the BIGGEST crush on Brady Quinn when he was quarterback for the team. Football was such a way of life for my family that I actually wasn't "allowed" to attend Purdue University because Notre Dame regularly played them. I went to Ball State University and just fell in love with the university feel and culture. I knew I wanted to be around this energy for my career. 
What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101" by Lois P. Frankel. I learned about unconscious mistakes I make as a woman that a man wouldn't do. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially a young college graduate.
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

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

By: Katherine May

"Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life."
You can also read NPR's review and brief summary of the book here
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.
erg referral program

ERG Referrals

Notre Dame's employee resource groups, including Thrive!, are working with Human Resources to help attract more women, minorities, and veterans to our talent pool for professional-level roles.
Thrive! members can help by sharing job postings with your networks, including social media. We will include listings in each issue of the newsletter and on our ERG referral page. Please consider sharing the following positions this month: 
You can also share your referrals via email at HR will accept resumes, LinkedIn profiles, or statements of interest from individuals who express general interest in career opportunities at Notre Dame and those who apply to a specific job. Learn more