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Start With Why, Discover Your Strengths

Welcome to the information page about the "Start with Why, Discover Your Strengths" program offered for staff in the Division of Student Affairs.

These workshops will be facilitated by Steve Lerer, Associate Director in the Office of Leadership, Service and Career and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. The “Start with Why” component of the program will use Simon Sinek’s TED talk as a guide in generating personal why statements relating to your work at UC Merced. Participants will then receive an access code to the CliftonStrengths Assessment and will be able to sign up for a 45min coaching session with a campus based certified coach.

Workshops will be held on the following dates and times (Note: Sections will fill at 25 registrants):

February 27th from 10:30am-12:00pm (Bobcat Lair) - Register for this section here

March 20th from 10:30am-12:00pm (SAAC 209) - Register for this section here

April 18th from 10:30am-12:00pm (SAAC 209) - Register for this section here


If you have questions about the program, contact Steve Lerer at


Please Note: This is a two part program, you must attend a "Why" workshop prior to receiving a code and coaching with the CliftonStrengths Assessment.


Sign up for your post workshop coaching session:

Steve Lerer


Steve Lerer

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