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NSWM Lunch & Learn “Managing Oneself: Tools to Take One’s Development to the Next Level!”

March 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Speakers: Lakeya Cherry, MSSW & Michele Clark, MPA 



This one-hour interactive workshop will provide early to mid-career professionals tools that will enable them to identify their strengths and skill gaps in order to formulate a professional development plan. Using concepts from Peter Drucker’s, “Managing Oneself” as a foundation, we will discuss the importance of knowing one’s strengths and how one works best is important to determining the environment where one can thrive. Participants will have the opportunity to take the Network for Social Work Management’s human service management competency assessment to determine where they align with basic management performance indicators and then discuss with their peers’ strategies for self-improvement. In today’s changing workplace, it is imperative that we take an active role in managing ourselves and the direction of our careers if we hope to succeed. This workshop will be the first step for those who want more for their careers but are unsure where to start. 


  • Explore your professional goals using Peter Drucker’s Managing Oneself principle

  • Develop a plan for achieving the professional goals you identify

  • Share best practices for communication, follow-up, and goal achievement

  • Presenters share perspectives from professional experiences to guide goal development of participants


Lakeya Cherry, MSSW is the Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening social work leadership in health and human services. Under her leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere. At her previous position with 2U, Inc., a technology company partnering with prestigious universities to place degree programs online, Lakeya was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Cherry was in charge of spearheading national partnerships and managing field education agency development initiatives. She has also held a variety of direct service positions in the nonprofit sector and volunteers during her free time.

She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lakeya also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the National Human Services Assembly in collaboration with The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Executive Education Program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Michele Clark, MPA is the Program Administrator for Dean’s Initiatives at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  During her time at the School, Michele has staffed the launch of several innovative programs, including the Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) Program in partnership with the LAPD and Price School of Public Policy, the MSN@USC Program, and the USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness.  While focusing in different areas, the common theme of all of the programs Michele has launched is bringing together interdisciplinary groups to solve the world’s most pressing social issues.

Michele is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, with a focus on how to innovate in law enforcement training to build safe and just communities.  She earned her Master of Public Administration degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


March 14, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm