The Ufirst Project

Ufirst and UVA HR team up for a Finance Leadership Retreat

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Melody Bianchetto, Vice President of Finance, hosted a leadership retreat and invited Ufirst project team members and UVA HR professionals to share ideas and experiences on “Leading Through Change.”



  • Gary Helmuth, HR Business Partner for Finance, developed content that would meet the team’s need for more information on Change, Performance Management, and Goal Setting.
  • James Gorman, newly appointed Senior Director of Finance, presented his experiences with large transformation efforts.
  • Carrie Baker, future UVA HR Performance Management team member, talked about Goal Setting.
  • Rose Markey, future UVA Learning and Development team member, facilitated a discussion about surviving change.


What we heard from presenters:

“This was a great opportunity to showcase how HR Business Partners will collaborate with network of HR professionals to support schools/units across UVA.” 


What we heard from attendees:

“This was more than I had hoped for -- I thought it would be a little theoretical and hard to connect to, but it was way more practical and realistic and helpful than I had imagined it might be. Good job.”


Please remember that the Ufirst project team and UVA HR are here to support you during this time of unprecedented change.