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Valor Leadership and Coaching

Investing in Your Future: URMC Valor Leadership and Coaching Program Kicks off in July, 2022. Call for Applications for the 2nd Cohort in July, 2023 will be announced in Spring, 2023.

Whether you are an established leader, see yourself someday taking a leadership role or want to enhance your skills, our newest faculty development offering may be for you.

We are excited to partner with Valor to offer its innovative, nationally known one-on-one leadership development and coaching program to SMD faculty across our clinical, education and research enterprise. Applications for the URMC Valor Leadership and Coaching Program were due June 17, 2022. There is no cost to faculty for participating in this program.

“The Valor Leadership and Coaching Program perfectly complements our existing offerings,” said Janine Shapiro, M.D., associate dean for Faculty Development. “By offering individual, customized leadership coaching, it adds a new dimension to what we can provide to our faculty. It’s an exciting opportunity for anyone, at whatever career stage, who is interested in strengthening existing skills or acquiring new and valuable skills and insights.”

This new program kicks off in July, 2022 coinciding with the start of the academic year. Participants will spend about 30 minutes each week over the following six months either in conversations with a coach, or working independently in the online exercises. Valor coaches will help participants identify goals and develop an action plan; all communication with them is confidential.

Along with coaching, participants receive unlimited access to Valor’s digital platform, which includes ongoing course content; continuous messaging with their coaches; and the chance to connect with a community of engaged high-performers.

“As an organization, we believe our members should constantly challenge themselves, grow professionally and expand their skillsets,” said Michael Rotondo, M.D., CEO of URMFG. “That’s why we’ve always offered a robust faculty development program, and why we’re proud now to expand our offerings with Valor Engagement, which has been successfully deployed at leading health care institutions like Mass General Brigham and leading private-sector businesses like Oracle. We see it as an integral part of our effort to develop the future leaders of URMFG and URMC. And our message to faculty is clear: Especially in these challenging times, we value you and are investing in your future.”

“The Valor program is one key element of our broader institutional efforts to better support our faculty and staff,” said Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D., vice dean for Research. “Valor will help our research faculty build skills relevant to leading a scientific team, and to dealing with the personal challenges that come with leadership. The goal is to give our faculty the tools to succeed both professionally and personally.”

Valor offers one-on-one coaching in confidence, communications, strategic thinking, resilience, mental agility, goal setting, accountability and leadership. Along with the benefit for individual participants, the program helps organizations reward and retain high-performers, build resilient and adaptable teams and give leaders needed skills.

For general questions regarding this program, please contact Janine Shapiro, M.D.

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