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Jun 29, 2022

Thanks and Farewell

On Thursday, June 30, 2022 I will leave my position as NC State Faculty & Staff Ombuds. This was and is my choice and I want to thank NC State for its support! With 40 years in the conflict resolution field as mediator, attorney, educator and ombuds, it’s time to take a break! Thus, farewell and not…

Jun 6, 2022

Staff Senate Appreciation

Last week I attended my “final” Staff Senate meeting at NC State (I’m retiring at the end of June). Staff Senate meetings occur once a month where elected staff representatives from across campus meet to discuss issues and develop services for their colleagues and the university. I’ve been attending meetings since January 2017 and learned quite…

May 24, 2022

Being an ombuds is an interesting job!

Check out this interview of Roy Baroff about being an ombuds with Ask A Manager.

Apr 28, 2022

Ombuds Retiring – NC State 68th Faculty Senate Thank You

Apr 19, 2022

Ombuds Retiring

Jun 14, 2021

Making Decisions

On top of everything that everyone has been through over the last year plus and as we enter this next covid phase of return to physical work spaces (for some) people are making decisions. And it’s a very challenging time to make decisions. Let me explain. We’ve been living in and through a pandemic. We’ve…

Oct 5, 2020

Ombuds Day 2020

This Thursday, October 8th, is Ombuds Day 2020! A day to celebrate ombuds and their work to help people and organizations engage with and solve problems! Today’s ombuds is a trusted navigator, helps empower people to make decisions, connects people with resources, and coaches them through conflict. Ombuds are guided by standards of practice and…

Aug 31, 2020

Trust in the Workplace

When people come to the ombuds office with workplace issues, one of the prominent issues is about trust. Or rather, that trust has been “broken.” People explain how difficult it is to work in an environment where they can’t rely on people to do what they say they will do or provide one direction and…

Jul 13, 2020

Staff Senate – Building Inclusive Leadership

Curiosity – different ideas and experiences enable growth Cultural Intelligence – the world is seen through different cultural lens Collaboration – diverse thinking teams are greater than the sum of their parts Commitment – staying the course is a key driver Courage – acknowledging mistakes entails personal risk-taking Cognizance – bias is a leaders Achilles…