Celebrating five years of success
“Administrative professionals are the backbone of an institution. They make it work,” says Ann Shiu, who developed the program with colleague Siyade Gemechisa, both of whom are senior instructional designers. “This program is to showcase the skills they have been working on their entire careers, to build their confidence so that they are ready for the next step and to help them find their voice to do so.”
Fifty-two participants—both men and women, from 14 divisions across the university—have now completed the program, with 25 receiving promotions and five moving laterally.
“The university wanted to create a pipeline of people already here who knew the Hopkins culture and could be groomed to take on exec-level roles,” Gemechisa says. “We’re also trying to build a learning community and a network; everyone who goes through this program gets added in. We’ve created this safe community where they all feel they can always rely on each other.”