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Session Descriptions

Morning Workshops

Cultural Perspectives From the Inside Out

Ujima Donalson, M.Ed.; Director, Professional & Organizational Development

Each of us possesses a unique perspective that’s informed by our background, heritage, upbringing, gender, identity, and other characteristics and life experiences. This experiential workshop challenges you to examine how you developed the particular lens through which you view the world, thus enabling you to enrich your awareness and become more conscious of your unconscious assumptions and attitudes. In addition, discover how micro-inequities might devalue you or others, explore how you might unknowingly commit micro-aggressions, and practice using the Ladder of Inference to identify when bias or presumptions may be getting the better of you.

Bridging Generation Gaps

Linda Callecod; Senior Consultant, Professional & Organizational Development

Is your teenage son driving you nuts? Do you have a hard time relating to a colleague who's old enough to be your grandmother? Whether you're mystified by millennials or bamboozled by baby boomers, you can begin building a bridge to span any generation gap. This interactive workshop uses a game-based approach to promote understanding of the dynamics of working and living with multiple generations. Gain new insights about co-existing with people of any age, along with tools for greater collaboration and less frustration.

Acing the Marshmallow Test: Willpower for Self-Improvement

Chuck Pratt, MS; University of Washington Consulting Alliance

Walter Mischel conducted the famous Marshmallow Test in the late 1960s and early 1970s with four-year-old children to see if they could delay gratification. More notably, he revisited those same kids 20 years later to discover the significant impact that good or poor impulse control had on their lives. Impulse control—or willpower—plays a key part in self-management, is thought by many experts to be the most important element of emotional intelligence, and affects everything from our credibility to our decision-making skills. Like a muscle, it can be strengthened through use, and, with tenacity, it can even be improved. In this workshop, learn more about where you are on the willpower scale, why this aspect of self-management is so critical, and how you can increase your impulse control skills.

Post-Lunch Sessions

Mind-Body Nutrition Connection

Amy Putiri, MS; Certified Nutritionist

Nourishment is not limited to the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients absorbed from our food. Take your awareness of nutrition to a new level as you explore your relationship with food, examine your attitudes toward yourself and your body image, and ignite your culinary curiosity. Learn techniques for listening to your body, being present in the moment, and integrating healthy eating habits into your lifestyle. From weekly meal planning to daily snacks, gain tips for boosting the nutrient quality in the foods you eat while working with a tight budget and saving time in the kitchen. Whether you live to cook or cook to live, this session is for you!

Communicating With Candor

Susan Templeton, M.Ed.; Training and Organizational Development Consultant, Professional & Organizational Development

Many of us were taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Unfortunately, whether it’s avoiding a co-worker whose perfume irritates your eyes or silently stewing about something your spouse said, choosing not to speak up can harm personal and professional relationships and create a culture avoidance and workarounds. Alternatively, choosing to be open and honest is a sign of respect and shows that you value the relationship. In this session, work to overcome your fear of giving feedback by learning to have constructive conversations that build trust and lead to positive outcomes.

Recharge With Qigong [I]

Brendan Thorson, LMP; Yi Ren® Qigong Instructor and Continuing Education provider for Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists

Whatever your age or fitness level, this session will activate and boost your internal battery pack! Discover how Yi Ren® Qigong training assists and supports the energy balance of the organ, nervous, and endocrine systems to achieve higher levels of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Using physically simple yet powerful energy exercises, this Qigong practice session can help decrease fears, increase willpower, quiet the overactive mind, and enhance awareness levels. Qigong practice can also reduce stress and increase sleep quality.

Choose either the post-lunch or afternoon session (I or II), or if you’re looking for a more profound impact, register for both!

Afternoon Sessions

So, Now What?

Joey Pauley, MA; University of Washington Consulting Alliance

Whether it’s a change in University leadership, the impending move to a new payroll system, or process improvements in your department, many things around us are subject to change at any time. Although a change in itself may be out of your control, how you respond to it is entirely in your own hands. In this session, practice applying a mapping process to an improvement goal of your choosing (such as exercising each morning or responding to email more promptly). Through this process, unearth your fears and assumptions, better understand your resistance to change, and discover strategies that can be applied to overcoming roadblocks and achieving goals in other aspects of your personal and professional life.

Change Your Mind About Stress

Clive Shearer; University of Washington Consulting Alliance

We hear a lot and talk a lot about stress, but what does being stressed really mean—and what can you do about it? Gain tools to accept change, manage work pressures, and get more out of your everyday life. Topics include task management to lower stress, attitude adjustments to deal with things that go wrong, the use of imagery to work though upsetting situations, the art of mindfulness meditation, and avoidance of distorted thinking such as catastrophizing, excessive perfectionism, and forgetting to celebrate oneself. Leave this interactive session recharged, better equipped to put events in perspective, and ready to approach your work and life with renewed enthusiasm.

Recharge With Qigong [II]

Brendan Thorson, LMP; Yi Ren® Qigong Instructor and Continuing Education provider for Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists

Whatever your age or fitness level, this session will activate and boost your internal battery pack! Discover how Yi Ren® Qigong training assists and supports the energy balance of the organ, nervous, and endocrine systems to achieve higher levels of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Using physically simple yet powerful energy exercises, this Qigong practice session can help decrease fears, increase willpower, quiet the overactive mind, and enhance awareness levels. Qigong practice can also reduce stress and increase sleep quality.

Choose either the post-lunch or afternoon session (I or II), or if you’re looking for a more profound impact, register for both!

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