Core Classroom: Building Our Strengths Together

Core Classroom: Building Our Strengths Together

Course Start/End Dates: April 13 – April 27, 2023


The interactive workshop begins with the completion of a strength identification exercise and a reflection period.

This workshop also includes the opportunity to go into small groups, participate in meaningful discussions, and will leave with a clearer understanding of personal strengths and team strengths. Participants will also complete worksheets to help support the discussions about strengths, leadership, and team building.

The weekly sections will also contain readings, a recorded slide presentation, exercises, and quizzes. A live chat discussion will be held each session.

Format:  This 3 week virtual workshop that consists of weekly live virtual group discussions. Students should complete the assigned readings and the media prior to the live chat session. Students should also come prepared with questions, both about the content and about any workplace challenges they may have encountered, to help drive the discussion. The goal of this course is to help YOU, so attending these sessions ready to bring up what you need is important!

Core Classroom Class Schedule/Outline:

Week 1: Tuesday, April 13        3:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Preparing to Hire:  Understand the steps necessary to create the groundwork for effective hiring.

Week 2: Tuesday, April 20       3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. (CST)

The Hiring Process: Understand the basics of how to hire employees effectively, including best practices for avoiding bias.

Week 3: Tuesday, April 27         3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. (CST)

Classroom Objectives:

At the end of this classroom, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the key steps to effective hiring
  • Understand the potential impacts of bias on the hiring process
  • Learn how to advocate for fair and effective hiring practices


Students have 24/7 access to the class site for the duration of the class, and aside from assignment deadlines, the work can be completed at their own pace.  Presenters will have office hours to provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the material.  The following list of live virtual discussion sessions, moderated by the presenter, are the only live class events. All registrants must complete all assignments to receive the certificate of completion.


Julie Zaruba Fountaine is the Founder of EMPOWER Possible, LLC, adjunct faculty at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and a Well-Being Specialist at Essentia Health, a regional healthcare system in the Midwest. Her philosophy is to be data-informed, deliberately collaborative, and strategically results-oriented so that she can deliver superior health and wellness initiatives, programs, and events that result in improved morale, increased well-being, and a positive financial outcome.

Julie's work unites many disciplines that support the promotion of health and well-being. More specifically, her MBA coursework in Change and Leadership, PROSCI Change Management certification, and her Master’s of Science in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science have influenced her ability to provide hundreds of programs and develop strategic priorities for the many organizations she consults with.
Julie has over a decade of experience in hosting educational workshops, developing health promotion programs, and attaining grants which led to her presenting the outcomes of her work at various regional and national conferences throughout the United States.
Julie consistently finds inspiration for her work while living in Northern Minnesota surrounded by the north woods and the shores of Lake Superior. For more information please go to


Tech Requirements: 

A high-speed connection and headphones are recommended.

For questions about registration: contact ALA Registration at 1-800-545-2433 and press 1 or email

For questions or comments, please contact Tom Ferren, Core Program Officer at