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BRIGHT Leaders TLC "Making of a Diamond" Summer Miniseries Session 1- The 4 C's of Diamond Employees and Supervisors, featuring Colleen Dutton

Thursday, July 18, 2024 10am to 11:30am

Virtual Event

This event is part of the BRIGHT Leaders Teaching Leadership Compassion (TLC) Series. 

Please join us on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10am to 11:30am, for our “Making of a Diamond” TLC Summer Miniseries session 1: The 4 C’s of Diamond Employees and Supervisors. To register for this event, please Click Here

This two-part “Making of a Diamond” Summer Miniseries is led by UT Dallas Chief Human Resources Officer Colleen Dutton and aims to help participants build skills in leadership and people management to be the brightest “Diamond” employee they can be. Lessons will appeal to both current leaders and those who seek to build their skills for future leadership roles.

Did you know the best employees are like Diamonds? In the 4 C’s of Diamond Employees and Supervisors, UTD CHRO Colleen Dutton will explain what this mean as well as explore the characteristics of Diamond Employees and Supervisors, and how we can exemplify these characteristics to be our best, both as an employee and a leader.

About our presenter: 

Colleen Dutton has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of Texas at Dallas since June 2012. As the CHRO, she is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the Office of Human Resources and is grateful for the talented professionals that work hard to achieve the mission of the HR team. That mission, to enable the success of others; what we do should help others be their best at what they do best, has successfully elevated the role of HR from transactional, to a consultative partnership with campus colleagues.

Colleen envisioned the BRIGHT Leaders program which launched at UT Dallas in February 2022, and offers all levels of staff and faculty leadership development training and resources.   BRIGHT Leaders focuses on cultivating leaders who are Bold, Responsible, Inclusive, Growing, High Performing, and Transformative in serving and advancing UT Dallas. The program was honored with the CUPA - HR 2023 Innovation Award.

 In March 2023, Colleen received the HR Professional of the Year Award from the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Ogletree Deakins for her leadership.

 Prior to joining UTD, Colleen was the Director of Employee Relations and Compensation at Rice University for 12 years and worked in public and private health care for 13 years prior to venturing into academia. In 2011, Colleen received the SHRM- HR Houston HR Leader of the Year award, and the award for Organizational Excellence for Rice University for creating the TEAMS leadership development program targeting middle managers. Colleen is also the creator of The Four C’s of A Diamond Employee model used at Rice and UT Dallas in hiring and employee relations practices.

 Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in health education from Sam Houston State University and is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified.

Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Virtual Event

Human Resources Management
BRIGHT Leaders

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