Supervisor Summit Focuses on Engagement and Governance Plans

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

By Jaclyn Taylor, Coordinator, Employee Development

On Friday, November 12, 2021, nearly 100 supervisors joined us at our November Supervisor Summit. The Employee Development team partnered with Carla McKnight, vice president, organizational development and human resources, along with Katie Tagye, director, organizational design and development, and Darren Smith, director, institutional effectiveness, to discuss engagement and how supervisors and employees can get involved in upcoming governance plans.

Timely Updates

Supervisors were given the latest timely updates:

  • Supervisor Social: Save the date for the upcoming Supervisor Social that will take place on Friday, December 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. More information to come.
  • Peace and Justice (PJI) Practitioner Program: The PJI Practitioner Program for staff will take place Thursday, January 20 through Thursday, July 7, 2022. For details on how to register, click here.
  • Payroll: Year-end reminders from the Payroll team are coming soon in The Juice and The Grove.

Organizational Health

Carla McKnight and the Organizational Development and Human Resources team shared that organizational health can be based on McKinsey’s nine dimensions of organizational health.

Supervisors were then asked where they feel Valencia is the strongest and least strong in these areas and given some data on our current turnover numbers.

The Great Resignation, happening all across the U.S., has created the most competitive job market we have seen in recent times. While Valencia College’s turnover remains lower than many companies, full-time employee turnover sits at about 3.3% for the third quarter of this calendar year, up from 1.7% in the second quarter here at Valencia. This led Carla to remind supervisors that it is important to focus our collective efforts on retaining current employees by focusing on building connections, offering support, creating opportunities for employees to share their voices, and broadening the scope of tasks to support growth and development.

Governance Model

Katie and Darren took the call for engagement into action by sharing with us Valencia’s governance model. The model looks to make better decisions, as well as build greater trust across the College. They also shared the three challenges associated with this:

  1. How might we add more capacity, leadership, accountability and stewardship of the work within our governance system?
  2. In what ways might we strengthen our collaborative governance communication, systems and habits?
  3. Which voices might not be included, which individuals may not feel heard in our current system and how might we ensure inclusion?

Opportunities to engage in governance might include access to the information you need and want, participating as a member on a strategic council or governance work team, or applying to be a governance fellow.

Supervisors were also asked:

  • What would you need to have in place for you to be able to engage?
  • What would we need to have in place for someone on your team to be able to engage?

Supervisors shared the answers to these questions with our governance team, and this information will be considered as the governance plans evolve. For more information, reach out to Katie at

In place of our next Supervisor Summit will be our optional, virtual Supervisor Social, taking place on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 9 a.m. Join your colleagues for some fun and connection! A save-the-date, as well as more information on what to expect, will be sent out soon. We look forward to seeing you all again!

For any questions, please reach out to the Employee Development team at


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