Main Conference Day Two, Thursday, October 15, 2020

11:00 am - 11:05 am WELCOME

Of the many elements determining the success of Shared Services in higher education institutions, none is more key than your Shared Services team. Your team members must be great communicators, keen listeners, and skilled technicians with the ability to marry departmental needs with institutional policies and system configurations. They must

be enthusiastic learners, willing to work together through change and challenges as a supportive unit. Building such a team is hard work; sustaining it is even harder—especially in the new remote work environment.

§ What are the qualities of a strong and successful shared services team?

§ What qualities do individual team members need to bring to the table?

§ What hiring strategies will bring the right people to the team?

§ How will the new normal “work from home” impact your ability to build and sustain the right team

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Heidi Rauscher Tilghman

Director, Shared Services and Change Management Communications
University of Washington

11:50 am - 12:30 pm IS YOUR PRODUCTIVITY UP OR DOWN? LEVERAGING METRICS TO SHOW WORK FROM HOME PRODUCTIVITY

Melissa Long Shuter - Executive Director of Business Operations, University of Louisville

As Shared Services organizations continue to adapt and navigate the pandemic’s new normal—working from home -- SSO leaders are tasked with providing metrics to prove the productivity of their remote workforce. Choosing the most impactful metrics is key to measuring your team’s performance. Join this session, to hear:

§ What data and the metrics are useful to build better policies around working from home

§ What metric should be examined to determine the productivity of a remote team

§ Why the best remote/most productive teams have a good strategy and the right tools

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Melissa Long Shuter

Executive Director of Business Operations
University of Louisville

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: LEADERSHIP LESSONS— HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE REMOTE LEADER

Lisa Sharpe - Project Director, Shared Services Operations, Office of the AVP for Finance, West Virginia University

According to SSON Analytics, only 10 percent of shared services leaders felt they were fully prepared to lead remote teams. The global pandemic quickly forced SSOs to pivot to a remote way of working. With a virtual workplace being the new normal and a preference for employees, effectively managing a remote team comes with its challenges. In this session, we will discuss:


  • How to provide effective coaching when your team is remote?
  • How to develop your staff when you are unable to have a face-to-face interaction?
  • How to effectively manage personnel issues remotely?
  • How to maintain the culture when your team is no longer in the office?
  • What are the essential leadership soft skills required to manage and motivate a virtual team?


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Lisa Sharpe

Project Director, Shared Services Operations, Office of the AVP for Finance
West Virginia University

Never before, has diversity, equality and inclusion been more important to an organization’s culture. As higher education shared services organizations continue to change and grow—ensuring a more diverse and inclusive team is imperative for an equitable future. In this session, we will discuss:

 Hiring practices to eliminate biases

 Building out your team to be ensure diversity

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Melissa Long Shuter

Executive Director of Business Operations
University of Louisville

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Pam Gabel

Executive Director, Shared Services Center
University of Michigan

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Chase Loper

Director Shared Services
Duquesne University