Professional Development Summer Series 2019: Lunch and Learns sponsored by Staff Advisory Council

This summer, bring your lunch and join the CFAES Staff Advisory Council (SAC) for our Summer Professional Development series. Each event is free and open to all CFAES employees. The events will be broadcast via Zoom and also recorded. Please register below if you plan to attend. The 2019 series focuses on CliftonStrengths®, and each session can stand-alone, so you are able to choose sessions that fit your schedule. If you’ve attended a session before, you will discover content different from the original workshop. 

Where: 211 Agricultural Administration (Columbus), 126 RESEARCH SERVICES (WOOSTER), 160 Endedavor center, (PIKETON), AND Zoom

1: Why should I care about my Strengths?
Tuesday, July 16, 12:00-1:00pm
Many of you have been through Beth’s Strengths Finder workshops and know your Top 5 CliftonStrengths. This session starts with a quick refresher on the research and philosophy of the Strengths movement then moves into exploring your Top 5 at a deeper level and what that means for you. Be sure to have your personalized Strengths Insight Report during the session as you will refer to it often.  Outcomes for this session are:

  • Review CliftonStrengths philosophy
  • Identify what makes you unique from any other person in the entire university

2: Successfully using your Strengths at work
Friday, August 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Your Strengths are an important part of what contributions you bring to your job. This session will help you discover how your Strengths influence your job performance and will provide you with tips to more effectively utilize your Strengths and avoid blind spots. Outcomes for this session are:

  • Identify the Strengths you use to perform your job duties
  • Discover blind spots to your performance
  • Determine how to use your Strengths to enhance your performance

3: How your Strengths boost your the team
Monday, August 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Strengths of individual team members mesh to boost the team’s success. If everyone has the same or similar Strengths, chances are the team would falter. This session will explore how you can work with colleagues with differing Strengths to build a strong and successful team. Outcomes for this session are:

  • Review a sample Talent Map
  • Discuss best practices 


Beth Flynn will be facilitating from the Columbus campus. She is a member of the Ohio State University Leadership Center team and a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach. Beth holds a master’s degree in Community and Human Resource Development from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Beth’s Top 5 Strengths are Woo, Positivity, Communication, Strategic and Includer.

Myra Wilson, Director of Alber Enterprise Center, will be co-facilitating from the Wooster campus. She has been a Strengths practitioner since 2003 when she first took the assessment and embraced the philosophy that changed how she lives and works. Myra earned her master’s in Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business/Organization Communications from Otterbein University. Myra’s Top 5 Strengths are Maximizer, Achiever, Adaptability, Futuristic and Positivity.

Off Duty Pay

Effective July 1, 2019 all Off Duty Pay requests must be submitted on the attached Off Duty Pay Request form and accompanied by an Off Duty Pay calculator. Please note, there is no need to submit the ODP Request form if your ODP request for Summer 2019 has already been submitted and approved.

During the past year, an ODP Taskforce has met to develop a college procedure that would be supplemental to the University’s Off Duty Pay (ODP) policy. The developed procedure provides guidance to faculty and staff on what may or may not be allowable as ODP and will increase consistency across our departments. Currently, we do have consistent use of the ODP calculator and ODP calendar, but this process speaks to the upfront requirements and approvals.

The procedure and documents have been vetted by a focus group of faculty, HR professionals and Fiscal/finance officers. In addition, feedback has been requested from all Chairs and Directors as well as the Vice President’s Cabinet.

These documents can also be found on the CFAES HR website: CFAES Off Duty Pay 1.) A copy of the Off Duty Pay Standard Operating Procedure 2.) Off-Duty Pay Request form 3.) Off-Duty Pay Calendar 4.) Off-Duty Pay Calculator 5.) Off-Duty Pay FAQs for this process.

Please direct any questions to either Angie LeMaster ( or Elayne Siegfried (