Exceptional Assistants’ Network

The Exceptional Assistants’ Network (EAN) consists of more than 600 administrative and service support employees who have graduated from the Exceptional Assistants’ Seminar Series. Members of the network focus on professional development, networking, and community service. EAN series are offered several times per year. Please note your preferred series on your application, which we will try to accommodate. 

  • Seminar Series: Description and Enrollment Information

    Program Description:

    The Exceptional Assistants’ Seminar Series is designed to enhance administrative skills, broaden understanding of the University culture and to introduce program graduates to a network that focuses on personal development and community service. Sessions are designed to incorporate experiential learning through exercises that expand understanding, skill, and professional competencies with a special focus on organizational agility, developing self, communicating effectively, and individual efficiency.

    Topics covered include:

    • DiSC® Personality Assessment
    • Building Your Brand
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Applied Positive Psychology
    • Managing Up
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Email and Records Management
    • Using Outlook for Effective Communications
    • Time Management (Getting Things Done)


    The program is open to any full-time U.Va. employee serving in an administrative support or service role.


    • Attend all sessions
    • Arrive on time
    • Permission from manager to participate in the program


    • Support the participant’s attendance at all sessions.
    • Discuss coverage and workload expectations with participant in advance.
    • Encourage and support future employee development opportunities.


    • Fall 2021
      • October 5, 12, 19
      • Deadline to apply is September 1
    • Spring 2022
      • March 1, 8, 15
      • Deadline to apply is February 1


    There is no cost to participants.

    Apply Now!
  • Community Service

    As a member of the EAN, you will have the opportunity to help the Charlottesville community by engaging in outreach opportunities for local schools and nonprofit organizations. Participating in these activities will not only give you a sense of personal satisfaction, but also the opportunity to network with other members, explore career and personal interests, and perhaps uncover hidden skills and talents! Look at some of our previous activities listed below.

    What Have We Done?

    • Donated toiletries to the Shelter for Help in Emergency
    • Donated a care package to Jackson-Via Elementary School Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Delivered Valentines cupcakes to refugee families
    • Delivered bags of cheer (clothing & toys) to the pediatric patients in the Acute Unit at UVA Medical Center
    • Sponsored a Back to School Drive to provide school supplies for area children
    • Prepared lunch at the Salvation Army
    • Donated gifts to GRACE Christmas Gift Program
    • Delivered a jumbo Easter basket filled with treats to the Charlottesville Health & Rehabilitation Center
    • Donated food for the Thanksgiving Drive (Blue Ridge Food Bank)
    • Donated leave hours to the University Leave Bank

    What’s Next?

    If you have a community service event in mind, please share your idea with an EAN Ambassador:
    Betty Bowman
    Jenna Mitchell

  • Ambassadors

    EAN Ambassadors
    Betty Bowman
    Jenna Mitchell

    For more information, contact Ashley Weldon (HR Representative) at 703.963.7832 or



Tools to Lead at UVA (Health)

In this six session, cohort experience, new managers will have the opportunity to collaborate with other new managers and practice using UVA leadership tools and principles.

Tools to Lead at UVA, is designed to empower our leaders with time to learn, practice and share ideas about managing and inspiring our teams.  You will learn about UVA specific structures and processes in place to support our goals. Prior to the start of the program you will have a brief consultation with a Learning and Development Consultant regarding your goals and challenges. Our program design will focus on the role of a leader with hands-on exercises to practice skills and share creative insights.  We are confident that this program will challenge and energize you in your leadership role.

Tools to Lead will consist of six half-day classes, some preparatory work, and follow-up discussions. The dates of these training sessions are below and your full participation is expected in each of the sessions.  To better support your continued growth outside of this program, you will be matched with an accountability group.

  • Program Dates & Locations, Deadlines, & Requirements

    Tools to Lead at UVA will be part of a set of resources focusing on effectively onboarding new leaders in their first year at UVA. Tools to lead is typically offered quarterly. All participants are invited to participate upon their entry into their new role or UVA at large.  Our program will be postponed unless the minimum attendance requirement of 10 participants is met.


    Location: Zoom

    Session1: Monday, March 1st, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Session 2: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Session 3: Wednesday, March 10th 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Session 4: Wednesday, March 17th , 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Session 5: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Session 6: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dare to Lead

To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded. Dare to Lead™ is the ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. This program builds the skills we need to show up with other people, try new behaviors, experience falls and failures, get back up, learn, and try again.

Based on the research of Brené Brown, the Dare to Lead™ program is an empirically based, courage-building program based on four skills sets that are teachable, observable, and measurable. This training program, led by Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Rose Markey, will equip participants with language, tools, and exercises to put these four skills into immediate practice.

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability: face risk, uncertainty, and tough conversations with courage, clarity, and empathy.
  • Living into Our Values: identify what you stand for and how to show up from a place of integrity every day.
  • BRAVING Trust: build meaningful and authentic connections with your teams, colleagues and customers so you can work together from a foundation of trust.
  • Learning to Rise: become aware of your emotions and stories and learn how to show up and lead with courage - even when faced with failure, disappointment, and setbacks.

This program is offered as an eight part series of three hour workshops and includes the Dare To Lead™ workbook and trained badge for your LinkedIn profile. This program is most effective when offered to in-tact leadership teams who want to change and improve their culture.  This program is also offered in an open-enrollment format to any UVA employee or team member.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Rose Markey at

Leadership Essentials

This interactive program is designed to increase your knowledge, skills, and the manager/leader’s ability to succeed at UVA. The program covers the foundations of being a leader and HR policies and practices for effective management. Leadership Essentials is designed to educate, inspire, and to stretch your leadership thinking and abilities. It gives you and fellow participants the opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions and activities, learning from each other and building valuable relationships.

The class is every Tuesday, on Zoom.  An application must be completed by your manager acknowledging the time commitment and her/his support of your development plan. Participants should have at least three years of people management/leadership experience. Once approved, participants will receive a confirmation for participation and details regarding the materials needed to complete the program.

Further information can be obtained by contacting

Lisa Harris at

Upcoming Program:

SPRING 2022                            


10 WEEKS                                                                               

Applications for Fall 2021 Due August 2nd - Apply Now!

Learning to Lead @ UVA Health: New Manager Orientation

Learning to Lead @UVA Health: New Manager Orientation is a high-level, multi-session blended learning program and serves as the first step in connecting new managers to the organization and to others at UVA Health. This program has been designed so that new managers get the information and resources they need right away without having to seek it out themselves.

UVA Health’s focus is patient-centered care, and because of many demands on new managers, there is not always time for training. This program will better equip new people managers at UVA Health in a way that works with their busy schedules and provides them with what they’ll need to acclimate to a management role.

The program is designed for new people managers at UVA Health including the Medical Center, University of Virginia Physicians Group (UPG), School of Medicine (SOM), and School of Nursing (SON). 

  • Program Details

    The focus of Learning to Lead @ UVA Health: New Manager Orientation is to prepare people managers for success at UVA Health.

    The program consists of two in-person (or Zoom) sessions on a scheduled date and time, and four online, asynchronous learning modules which you complete on your own and at your own pace. These sessions will be assigned to you in Workday.

    Learning to Lead @ UVA Health: New Manager Orientation should be completed within 1-3 months of your start date.

    The sessions of the program include:

    • Welcome and Connect
    • Develop Resource Knowledge
    • Build Relationships
    • Lead Teams
    • Inspire Others

    The last session will be in-person (or via Zoom), and you will be joined by other new managers who have also completed the program for this session. It will provide you with next steps, including your own professional development and an introduction of the next leadership program, “Tools to Lead.”

    Following “Tools to Lead,” you may choose to participate in “Dare to Lead” and “Leadership Essentials.” All programs are facilitated by the HR Learning & Development Team and are delivered in a group learning style.

  • Audience

    This program is designed for “people leaders,” those who are responsible for performance, policy, and practice at UVA Health: the Medical Center, University of Virginia Physicians Group (UPG), School of Medicine, and School of Nursing (SON).

    We welcome:

    • New people managers regardless of management experience elsewhere
    • New people managers promoted from within at UVA Health
    • New managers promoted or hired within the first six months of 2021

    The program is strongly recommended for these audiences.

    New people managers will be invited by Orientation Team or assigned by their manager. Program participants will be enrolled through Workday Learning and should begin on their start date – first day of hire or promotion. It is designed to be completed within 1-3 months of start date.

  • Dates, Information, and Zoom Login

    New managers attending Learning to Lead @ UVA Health: New Manager Orientation will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the "Welcome and Connect” Zoom session on your orientation day from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Or access the session using the information below:

    Meeting URL
    Meeting ID: 523 470 9079

    Join by telephone: US: +1 786 635 1003 or +1 267 831 0333 or +1 301 715 8592
    Meeting ID: 523 470 9079

    Learning to Lead @ UVA Health: New Manager Orientation is offered every other Monday (same dates as UVA Health Orientation), except on holidays, when it is held on Tuesday of the same week.

    2021 UVA Health Orientation Dates