EMERGE Resource Group aims to advance culture of inclusion for next generation of leaders

Jan 19, 2017, 17:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
Emerge Resource Group
More than 90 members of the UTMB community attended the inaugural meeting of the EMERGE Resource Group on Nov. 30 on the Galveston Campus.

As the second employee and student-led resource group to be created by UTMB’s Diversity Council, EMERGE is focused on advancing a culture of inclusion for the university’s next generation of leaders. Its mission is to shape the future of UTMB by inspiring innovation, engagement and learning in a way that connects, aligns and harnesses multigenerational professionals.

Dr. Alex Vo, vice president for telemedicine and health services technology, and EMERGE executive sponsor, said he was excited to leverage resources at UTMB and externally to help members develop leadership skills.

“At UTMB, we believe in our future leaders,” he said. “So helping to facilitate learning between generations and highlighting the characteristics that people need to develop within themselves to become future leaders is so important.”

As part of that, EMERGEx Talks will be held every quarter and will cover a variety of topics to promote conversation and creatively awaken the “inner leader” in employees and students. In between EMERGEx Talks, workshops related to each topic will further discussion and offer meaningful activities.

Mari Robinson, director of telehealth at UTMB, kicked off the series of thought-provoking discussions with a talk on “The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Career Success.”

EMERGE is open to all members of the UTMB community. For more information, go to https://hr.utmb.edu/diversity/emerge/ or email culture@utmb.edu.