September 21, 2020



Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2020

Present: Valarie Burke, Soymya Upadhyay, Amy Tureen, Anjala Krishen, Brandon, Donna Costa, Eileen McGarry, Emily Lin, Liz Kahane, Kimberly Barchard, Marcia Ditmyer, Natalierose Pennington, Nevena Cvijetic, Nicole Hudson, Sara Jordan, Shaimaa Ali Abd El Haleem, Xue Xing

Absent: Helen Wing, Alona Angosta, Dana Cotham, Kristin Zaccaro, Nia Smercina

  1. Welcome (Valarie)

    1. History of the Leadership and Professional Development Academy - Advisory Board

  1. Introductions (Sara)

    1. Name, title, department, “why did you select this committee?”

    2. Tell us one thing you know about LAPDA

  1. Committee Charge (Sara)

  1. Let’s chat about the Leadership and Professional Development Academy

    1. Certifications, Workshops, Programs, Events...and growing

  1. Special Guest, Liz Kahane, Director of Development

    1. Three new groups to engage alumni and community members with LPDA programming

    2. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please feel free to connect us.

    3. Grad Alumni Ambassadors

      1. This group will work with the Graduate College to help promote UNLV graduate education and advocate for graduate student success. Goals include building a strong graduate alumni community; working with the Graduate College to extend networking, mentorship, and career and professional development opportunities to current students; and strengthening ties between the Graduate College, alumni, and our broader community.

    4. Financial Wellness Advisory Board (FWAB)

      1. The FWAB supports the Graduate College by serving as a working group to advise on graduate student financial wellness programming, which will be administered by the Professional Development Academy, and philanthropically supporting these endeavors.

    5. Entrepreneurship & Leadership Advisory Board (ELAB)

      1. The purpose of the ELAB is to partner with the Graduate College to develop and implement programming to provide graduate students with resources on entrepreneurship and leadership skills training. Advice on graduate student entrepreneurship and leadership programming, design entrepreneurship and leadership programming which will be implemented and administered by the Professional Development Academy with expert guidance from ELAB, and help cultivate philanthropic support for these endeavors