The Office of Leadership and Professional Development offers a variety of programs and resources to help you succeed in your role and advance in your career.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

All staff and faculty are invited to attend professional development programs. The following programs are sponsored/co-sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Professional Development (OLPD).

Campus Wide Programs Open to All Staff and Faculty

Joining Elon (for new employees)

Joining Elon is an orientation program offered by the Office of Leadership and Professional Development every six months for staff members who have been at the University for less than one year. This program is in addition to the New Hire Orientation program that is offered bimonthly by the office of Human Resources. This program introduces new staff to Elon’s mission and values and provides a foundation for understanding the various components that encompass and support an Elon education. You’ll hear from staff, faculty, and administrators on various topics including our strategic plan,  as well as gain a better understanding of student and academic life and learn about the Staff Advisory Council.

Learn more about Joining Elon.

Enhanced Supervision Program (ESP)

The ESP is a series of programs designed to support you and develop your supervisory skills and expertise. The series will offer adaptable trainings for all supervisors of employees, while at the same time enhancing and standardizing supervisory training. All supervisors will attend supervisor training annually and will ensure their staff members are participating in professional development each year.

Explore Elon’s Enhanced Supervision Program (ESP).

Early and Mid-Career Programs

The Boldly Elon strategic plan theme of “Thrive” includes an objective to “support faculty and staff development across career stages and professional ranks with new leadership and learning pathways, and greater access to feedback, coaching and mentoring.” In support of that objective, Elon has established learning tracks to promote professional development of early career and mid-level employees.

Elon Early Career Institute and Mid-Level Professional Institute

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee led and initiated groups that focus on shared interests and experiences. If you don’t find the group for you, suggest your own!

Advocates for Diversity and Accessibility ERG

The Advocates for Diversity and Accessibility ERG serves as a resource network for its members and the broader campus as we promote greater access, equity and inclusivity for employees who navigate physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities, senses or cognition. With better dedicated resourcing and education, we hope that more employees will exercise their rights to the reasonable accommodations afforded to them under the law.

For more information, please contact Katie King at, Casey Melton at or Tony Reyes at

Amazing Admins ERG

The Amazing Admins ERG, created for administrative professionals, provides working and networking opportunities in an environment focused on fellowship and friendship. Fellow admins, as well as special guests, speak on a variety of interesting topics and then open the floor for an enthusiastic Q & A.

For more information, please contact Tracy Pace at

Looking for a Notary Public? Several members of the Amazing Admins ERG are certified to provide notary public services.

Asian and Pacific Islander (API) ERG

This ERG is in support of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) staff and faculty at Elon University.

For more information, please contact George Dou at or Hannah Hattori at

Black ERG

The Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) is an organization meant to provide an encouraging environment and career advancement opportunities for Elon University Black employees and their affiliates. The group sponsors community and professional development, educational and networking events for Black faculty and staff. The Black ERG is dedicated to attracting and retaining black professionals by building strong networks and support for the black community.

Guiding Pillars:

  • Advocate
  • Develop
  • Preserve
  • Retain
  • Serve

The Black Employee Resource Group is excited to share a referral guide of businesses, companies and vendors in our community recommended by Black faculty and staff.

Link to the Black Employee Resource Group Referral Guide

For more information, please contact Simone Royal at, George Talbert at or Michael Williams at

Caregiver ERG

Caregiving is an important part of life. We are all either current caregivers, past caregivers or future caregivers. This group provides education, resources and community to support past, present and future caregivers.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Clark at

Cultivating Emerging Professionals ERG

The Cultivating Emerging Professionals ERG is specifically geared toward employees who are new to Elon, young professionals (35 years and below) or employees have been employed at Elon for five years or less. The mission of this group is to help emerging professionals formulate personal and professional goals, to create strategies to keep emerging professionals invested and driven within the community, to provide tools and resources for self-advocacy within the workplace among supervisors and colleagues, to strengthen weaknesses, to cultivate potential and to build confidence and professional esteem throughout the development of the emerging professional.

For more information, please contact Maria Papapietro at, Aidyn Peace at or Lea Phelps at

Divorce ERG

The process of divorce can be confusing and stressful, and we can all benefit from the wisdom and support of colleagues who are sharing similar experiences. Whether you are newly (or not-so-newly) divorced, well along in the process, just filing or considering divorce, you are invited to attend the next meeting of Elon’s Divorce ERG. While everyone’s experience of divorce is different, depending on age or stage in life, finances, which spouse filed, etc., there are certain basics that are common to most divorces. Come join our discussion, share advice, ask questions, work through the many issues that may arise and celebrate the small victories along the way for you and your colleagues.

For more information, please contact Pat Burton at

Employees with Children ERG

This group is open to any staff or faculty employee who has any number of children of any age. Join us as we discuss best ways to move forward and support each other through this journey of parenthood.

For more information, please contact Kristin Walker at or Jennie Goforth at

Global Connections ERG

The Global Connections ERG provides support and information to international faculty and staff. It offers a space for community building and professional development to Elon’s international faculty/staff and those interested in global engagement. The group sponsors community and professional development, as well as educational and networking events.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Munoz at or Takudzwa Madzima at

Hispanic/Latinx ERG

The Hispanic/Latinx ERG provides support and information to Hispanic/Latinx Elon employees about internal and external resources and opportunities. These may include Hispanic associations/professional groups that faculty and staff can belong to, interesting events on campus, grants or other funding opportunities, etc.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Bravo at or Keren Rivas at

Jewish ERG

This group welcomes all Elon University employees who identify as Jewish or employees who want to join those identifying as Jewish in Jewish cultural and religious activities.

For more information, please contact Sue Liemer at, Betsy Polk at, or Ilyssa Salomon at

LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group (ERG)

The LGBTQIA ERG builds community across faculty and staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and asexual. Our monthly gatherings alternate between happy hour socials that build community and lunchtime meetings around LGBTQIA topics of interest that impact the personal and professional lives of Elon’s LGBTQIA faculty and staff.

For more information, please contact Luis Garay at or Lynn Huber at

Mindfulness ERG

The Mindfulness ERG is for those faculty and staff who are interested in harnessing the power of mindfulness to improve self-regulation, enhance social relationships in the workplace, improve resilience in the face of challenges, increase task performance and enhance overall well-being.

For more information, please contact Bob Martin at

Remote ERG

The purpose of the Remote ERG is to create a sense of belonging and community among remote employees at Elon, helping them to feel supported and engaged with the university. This ERG serves as a valuable resource in creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture, particularly as remote work becomes more common. Some common activities and initiatives that the Elon University Remote ERG may undertake include virtual college coffee, virtual training or skill-building sessions, online discussion groups focused on professional development, and advocacy or outreach efforts aimed at promoting remote work or improving the remote work experience at Elon University.

For more information, please contact Brittany Slaughter at

Social Media ERG

Do you run a social media account on campus? We have the ERG for you!

The Social Media ERG is designed to be a resource for those running social media accounts, yet it also helps build a sense of community for communicators across campus. We will meet monthly for lunch, learn about a new topic in social media, and share with our colleagues about our ideas.

For more information, please contact Lauryn Polo at

Supervisors of Student Employees ERG

The Supervisors of Student Employees ERG collaborates to inform, resource and create best practices in the area of supervision for student employees. This group is open to Elon staff and faculty who supervise, or desire to supervise, student employees. Our monthly meetings include engaging topics such as recruiting, training, development, mentoring, design thinking, corrective action and performance evaluations. Each meeting includes an introduction to the topic, followed by facilitated table discussions.

For more information, please contact Kameryn Taylor at

Sustainability ERG

Are you interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle? Would you like to help create a more sustainable work environment? The Sustainability ERG aims to inform and support employees interested in creating a more sustainable workplace. Join us as we discuss the best ways to move forward and support each other on our sustainability journeys.

For more information, please contact Kelly Harer at

Thrive After 55

Thrive After 55 ERG (formerly Retirement ERG) is a welcoming group that explores personal growth opportunities, retirement planning and crafting your meaningful Third Life. Topics presented have included travel, wealth management, hobbies, insurance, senior health, age and exercise, downsizing and volunteer service. We want to help you discover exciting new opportunities to engage in this stage. We will also provide critical advice about retirement planning from expert speakers. Join us to find answers and build community with Elon colleagues.

For more information, please contact Deb Shaw at

Women's Forum at Elon ERG

The Women’s Forum at Elon ERG was created to serve as a resource for faculty and staff women addressing issues of importance such as professional development, mentoring and empowerment.

The goals for this ERG include:

  1. To foster a supportive environment for women at Elon University
  2. To promote discussions and awareness around topics related to women’s lives
  3. To identify and support pathways for career advancement and professional development opportunities for women

For more information, please contact Shayna Mehas at

Veterans ERG

The Veterans ERG at Elon invites participation from Veterans of all branches of service, family members of Veterans (Elon-employed spouses, parents, siblings, adult children and grandparents of Veterans), Elon retirees, and those who are interested in Veteran-related topics. This group provides a rich and vibrant community for Veterans, as well as Veteran-related folks employed at Elon, retirees, and a network across all quadrants of campus. We meet for both social events and professional development opportunities throughout the fall and spring semesters. To be added to our Veterans ERG listserv, please reach out to one of the co-chairs. Join us to get to know one another, to network, and to build community.

For more information, please contact Raymond Fletcher at or Jessica Hill at

Elon Alumni ERG

Calling all Elon University alumni faculty and staff! The Elon Alumni ERG is where undergrad, grad, or law alums who also work for their alma mater unite. It’s not your average group; it’s where we reminisce on Elon adventures past and present, share laughs and connect. From lunch and learns to off-campus hangouts and volunteering gigs, this ERG seeks to build the Elon alumni community. We will also high-five our Triad alumni pals and amp up the Elon pride!

For more information, please contact Lauren Forbis at or Kendra Haskins at

Explore Elon’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Individual Development Facilitation Coaching

Our office has partnered with certified coaches to offer confidential individual facilitation sessions for all employees. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to speak to a certified coach and experienced facilitator to shape your career at Elon and beyond.

Learn more about Individual Development Facilitation.

Monthly Programming

Each month, our office advertises a variety of workshops and professional development opportunities. Look for new events on our homepage and via facstaff emails.

Learn more about our Monthly Programming for all employees.

Professional Development Funding

Funds are available for staff who want to pursue their own professional development opportunities.

Learn more about Professional Development Funding.

Other Development Opportunities Around Campus

Personal and professional development opportunities are offered throughout campus. Whether you want to improve your health and fitness, sharpen your technology skills, or learn Spanish over lunch, there’s a lot of development opportunities for staff and faculty here at Elon.

Explore development opportunities offered by our University partners.