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The Wurtele Center for Work & Life teaches leadership and life skills through programs that emphasize reflection.

Above are some examples of what we've offered. Do you have an idea for a lecture or workshop? Let us know!

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Sign up for workshops by checking the workshop and clicking the Sign Me Up! button at the bottom of the page:

September 11, 2017

Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!

12:15 pm - 1:00 am
CC 103/104
New host each week!

This workshop does not require registration - just show up!

Returning in the Fall! Our popular Mindful Mondays series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Each week, we host a staff or faculty discussion leader.

September 11, 2017

  Leadership for Rebels

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CC 103/104
Rachel Simmons

Leadership for Rebels: A Recipe for Courage and Personal Authority This is a four-part workshop led by Rachel Simmons, Leadership Development Specialist at the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl and co-director of the Girls Leadership Institute. In her work, Simmons gives students tools for self-awareness, clear communication and conflict negotiation. The workshops include dinner (and a lot of fun games) and will be limited to 24 students. Four Mondays in Fall - Sept. 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Register here by Sept. 4, 2017 (or email Janelle at jolsen@smith.edu)

October 25, 2017

The Art of Small Talk

4:15 pm - 5:30 am
CC 103/104
Rachel Simmons

This workshop does not require registration - just show up!

Grades and hard work will take you far, but your ability to expand your network through small talk will make a critical, immeasurable difference to your career - and is a vital leadership skill to boot. In this workshop, you'll learn and practice tools for effective small talk, and learn how to convert seemingly random conversations into new connections and opportunities. Co-sponsored with the Lazarus Center for Career Development. With Ice Cream Sundae Bar!!!


You can listen to podcasts from past years panels on confidence and on rejection, developed by members of our Student Advisory Board.

"Everyone's Got It All Together: Deconstructing Perceptions of Confidence in Daily Life"

"Rejected But Not Defeated: Reframing Rejections in Our Personal and Professional Lives"