Voices of the Staff Annual Meeting: Collaboration, Camaraderie and Celebration

On June 8, almost 200 participants gathered to celebrate staff engagement and kick off the thirteenth year of Voices of the Staff. The Voices Annual Meeting was held at the North Campus Research Complex with the theme “Mapping Your Own Influence.”

The event keynote speaker, Ross School of Business Dean Scott DeRue, inspired the audience and emphasized the importance of leadership at all levels. DeRue used his experience climbing Mt. Everest as a metaphor for setting goals, building a cohesive team and leading through actions. Participants also explored the meeting theme through six breakout sessions:

  • Telling Your Story – Powerful Tools for Communication
  • Confidence Building Bootcamp
  • Influencing Team Members of Multi-Generations
  • Employee Engagement
  • True North: Aligning Your Self-Care Compass
  • Inclusion Starts with You

Voices team members are passionate about helping to make U-M and Michigan Medicine the best workplaces possible. That passion was on full display at the annual meeting and was reflected in dozens of social media posts over the course of the day!

Four individuals received the Voices Champion Award for their efforts to promote staff engagement at U-M, including B&F’s own Tina Jordan. Tina is the co-chair of the upcoming MSTAFF200 event, in addition to many other commitments. Congratulations, Tina!

As part of the annual meeting, Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources, led a breakout session for supervisors that emphasized the value of Voices for their staff, their departments, and for the the university as a whole. The presentation included a video with several staff and supervisors sharing their stories about the impact of Voices.  

More about Voices of the Staff

Led by University Human Resources Strategy and Planning, Voices of the Staff engages employees by providing opportunities for dialogue with university executives and a chance to help make U-M a better workplace.

Members of the Voices of the Staff project management team

The Voices of the Staff Project Management Team

Members are drawn from all areas of the university. Annually in March, staff members are invited to volunteer their time and talents by applying to join Voices for a two-year commitment of service on one of six topic-specific Network Teams. From hundreds of applicants, participants are thoughtfully selected to yield a group that mirrors the demographics of the university as a whole (work areas, gender, ethnicity and union representation).

Visit the UHR website to learn more about Voices of the Staff.