Step Up Strategy Advisor Keynotes University Academic Forum

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Holy Name University held its university days last February 13-18 2018 with the theme “Honoring Traditions, Celebrating Milestones”.  Step Up strategy advisor, Mr. Michael Canares was invited to keynote the Academic Forum held at HNU Main Campus on 15 February 2018. The theme of the academic forum was “Realizing Dreams of Financial Stability”.

Mr. Canares dedicated his well-received talk to Atty. Mia Manuelita Mascarinas-Green, his teacher in both accountancy and law school. Atty. Mia, who died a gruesome death on 15 February 2017, exactly a year ago, is one of the university’s esteemed professors.  In his talk, Mr. Canares emphasized on key strategic and operational financial skills that every person should possess to ensure not only financial stability, but more importantly, financial sustainability.

The academic forum was attended by close to 200 university faculty members and staff.  It can be recalled that Mr. Canares has also taught in the university for 10 years. His teaching stint was capped by the Most Outstanding Finance Educator of the Philippines award conferred to him by the Central Bank of the Philippines, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, and Citibank.

 

Step Up Trains Phil-Am Fund grantees on Outcomes Reporting Using RBM

IMG_1576Step Up Consulting strategy advisor, Michael Canares, was engaged by the Gerry Roxas Foundation to train its grantees on outcomes reporting using a results-based management lens (RBM). The training was conducted in Belian Hotel in Tagbilaran City on February 6-7 2018.

Gerry Roxas Foundation manages and implements the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant facility called the Philippine-American Fund or Phil-Am Fund. Phil-Am Fund finances “local activities that support economic growth, good governance, anti-trafficking in persons, child and adult literacy, and environmental objectives of USAID in the Philippines”.

A total of 56 participants attended the training composed of roughly around 12 grantees of Phil-Am Fund.

Results-based management is a key expertise of Step Up Consulting. In the past, the firm has been engaged by international organizations as Louis Berger, Woord en Daad, Fundacion Ipade, SABIC Belgium to conduct monitoring and evaluation work.

Step Up Facilitates Team Building for HNU Employees

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The participants in one of the team-building activities.

Step Up Consulting was tasked by Holy Name University to conduct a series of team building activities for its employees. The team building workshop was held in two batches – on 16 January 2018, and another one on January 19, 2018.  The activities were held at the Mercederian Retreat House in Dauis, Bohol.

The workshop was mix of physical, mental, and emotional activities designed to surface key issues affecting the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of teams in work-settings.  The activities ranged from personality assessment, team temperature diagnosis, role-playing, mental and physical games that the participants enjoyed.

Team-building activities draw inspiration from Matthew 7:7 (“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.”) and consisted of four fast-paced discussion and team activities infused with games that teach.

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The conduct of team-building activities is one of Step-Up’s core services. It has a dedicated team that facilitates these activities for organizations, corporations, and associations.