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OLFU never goes out of style, invests yet again in its people with JCLI
OLFU never goes out of style, invests yet again in its people with JCLI

By: Raymond Lumagsao


By: Raymond Lumagsao

JCLI OLFU Management Training

Top executives of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) alongside heads of the administrative offices, college deans, directors, among others exemplified a strong grip of the institution’s deep-set mantra “improving man as man” as they successfully took on an intensive leadership course edified by one of the leading consulting firms in the country.

Spearheaded by University President Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez, OLFU recently commissioned the reputable John Clements Leadership Institute (JCLI) to further invest in the adept people of the institution whose influence ultimately deliver the exponential growth of the academic brand.

The “Leadership Development Reimagined Program” targeted to transform the capable management leaders of OLFU into even more stellar key components of the institution using world-class and custom-developed pedagogical methods.

From July to August 2023, OLFU leaders were immersed in exhaustive blended classes focused on a participant-centered approach where there were a total of ten sessions, each running lengthy three-hour classroom facilitated discussions.

Using the CrossKnowledge (CK) Learning Suite, a robust digital learning platform, the series of sessions broadly analyzed case studies formulated by the top-notch Harvard Business School, and complemented by Harvard Business Review Articles.

As a result, the same in-depth analyses captured critical learning objectives that would improve the skills of the participants in areas that include coaching, customer centricity and digitalization, team management, conflict resolution, persuasion and negotiations, networking, strategic thinking, strategic execution, and communication.

As a solid execution of the pedagogical approach, active participation was imperative during intensive recitations and creative gamifications. From small to large group discussions, the custom-made learning community made sure that each member had the outlet of communication to ensure that collaboration within the group was not only regarded but especially leveraged.

To effectively evaluate the impact of the program, members of the esteemed class were grouped into six teams who were later challenged to design progressive and innovative action-learning projects.

Presenting to a panel, the proposed projects had been assessed to arrive at pertinent recommendations in delivering its academic pursuit that is to continuously improve existing talents, challenging the agile managerial and leadership expertise of OLFU’s key people after the leadership course.

On 6 September 2023, a program culminated with graduation rites at Seda Hotel in Quezon City.

Among more than sixty participants during the intensive classes were Executive Vice President (EVP) Don August Santos, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Heracleo Lagrada, and Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) Mylene Bernadette Santos.

Esteemed deans of the colleges across OLFU campuses could not miss the salient opportunity as they also comprised the competitive classroom. Among the academic propellers who took on the JCLI leadership challenge involved the Campus Administrators, namely, Mr. Ernesto Leuterio (Valenzuela), Dr. Ramonita Salazar (Quezon City), Engr. Wilfredo Basilio (Antipolo), Dr. Muriel Caballero (Pampanga), Engr. Roel Trinidad (Nueva Ecija), and Mr. Armando Tecson (Laguna) including leaders of colleges who are Dr. Jose Arnel Manalili (Medicine), Dr. Maria Luisa Uayan (Nursing), Dr. Jose Jurel Nuevo (Medical Laboratory Science), Dr. Arturo de Leon (Dentistry), Dean Hernan Labao (Physical Therapy), Dean Olive de Vera (Pharmacy), Dr. Francis Jay dela Cruz (Maritime Education), Dr. John David (Criminal Justice), Engr. Mark Angelo Martinez (Engineering), Dr. Raymond Macatangga (Computer Studies), Dr. Elmer Hidalgo (Education), and Dr. Ignacio Cordova Jr., (Business and Accountancy and Hospitality and Institutional Management).

Chiefs of key offices also joined the program including Dexter Basunillo of Social Orientation and Community Involvement Office (SOCI), Marissa Chua of the Education, Learning, Innovation and Technology Enhancement (ELITE) Center, Irene Louise Gelle of the Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC), Dr. Michael Joseph Diño of the Research Development and Innovation Center (RDIC), Dr. Ana Liza Ocampo of the Center for Guidance Services (CGS) and the University Center for Quality Management (UCQM), Jilson Tiu also of the UCQM,Elaine Pascual of the Registrar’s Office, and Dr. Rodehlia Macaspac of the Center for Professional Development and Academic Partnership (CPDAP) as well as of the Graduate School.

Young dynamic members of the administration also partook in the leadership enhancement initiative. From OLFU, there were Basic Education (BED) Administrator Rafael Vicente Enriquez, Head of Student Financial Services Vincent Kenneth Mercado, and Digital and Social Media Head Vicente Santos III. From Fatima University Medical Center, there were Dr. Janella Cristin Mercado, Department of Dermatology Chair; Management Trainees, Dr. Arianna Julia Enriquez and Ms. Adelaide Margaret Sullivan, and Angelo Gabriel Santos, Supply Chain Manager. From VJ7 Printing and Packaging, Inc. was Angela Bianca Louise Escalona, Vice President for Finance. Last but not the least, law student Daniel Joseph Sullivan likewise attended the comprehensive learning series.

Deemed as crucial players in the fast-growing academic trademark, more OLFU leaders who actively engaged in the intensive program included Maria Suzette Agluba (College of Pharmacy), Elna Barrantes (College of Business and Accountancy), Gemili Caballero (College of Hospitality and Institutional Management), Michael William Catajan (University Center for Quality Management), Abegail Comandao (College of Computer Studies), Julieto Comendador Jr. (Registrar’s Office), Crisanto Daing (College of Arts and Sciences), Aira Monique dela Cruz (Central Placement Office), Maria Lourdes Diaz and Barry Dio (Basic Education), Raquel Dumaguit (Human Resource Department), Lucelle Garcia (College of Arts and Sciences), Trisha Joy Gotinga (Research Development and Innovation Center), Dr. Sharon Isidro (College of Dentistry), Sherlyn Joy Isip (College of Medical Laboratory Science), Lyn Juarez (Bachelor of Arts in Communication), Jennelie Lafrades (Center for Guidance Services), Nerceilyn Marave (Registrar’s Office), Jacquelyn Joyce Nicolas and Carmencita Pacis (College of Nursing), Hansel Hope Perez (College of Education), Mark Anthony Ramos (College of Maritime Education), Lothes Samante (College of Criminal Justice), Adrian Bon Santiago (Research Development and Innovation Center), Maria Elena Santos (College of Arts and Sciences), Londren Velasco (College of Computer Studies), John Paul Vitug (Registrar’s Office), and Maybelle Anne Zamora (College of Physical Therapy). – Raymond Lumagsao