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Wurtele Center for Work and Life Workshops

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Upcoming Workshops

The Story Behind the Writing of "Come as You Are," with author Emily Nagoski 4/13/15Carroll Room, Campus CenterInstructor:
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Smith College Wellness Education Director, Emily Nagoski, will discuss the process of writing her new book, "Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life," out this April 2015 on Simon & Schuster.

First attendees to arrive will receive a free copy of the book.
How to Change a Tire and Look Cool Doing It: A Workshop on Important Stuff About Your Car4/14/15Meet in the circle driveway between Clark Hall and JMGInstructor: Hannah Durrant Associate Director of Residence Life
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

You are Smithies. You can travel half way around the world, complete higher level math, speak more than one language, meet with world leaders -- but can you change a wheel on a car? Come and learn how to change a tire -- and we will throw in a bonus of learning how to jump start a car. This might be the easiest thing you do all week! Pizza dinner included. Registration encouraged but not required.
Become Braver in 75 Minutes with Rachel Simmons4/9/15CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Bravery is a vital ingredient of a well-lived life. Brave helps you speak up, put yourself out there, make change and face down failure. At this workshop, you’ll pull up at the drive-through brave window for a quick shot of brave strategies, along with a powerful new way of thinking about how and why to be brave. This workshop is led by best-selling author and educator Rachel Simmons.



Past Workshops

 Using Stories to Create Change2/26/15CC 103/104Instructor: Ayla Schlosser
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

How do you tell your story? How can you use your story to connect with others? What does your story have to do with social impact? These are the questions that Smith alumna Ayla Schlosser '09, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Resonate, will help you think through in this workshop.

Resonate teaches leadership skills to women and girls through a training program rooted in storytelling. The confidence gained from developing a personal story, as well as the ability to articulate it eloquently, are essential tools for emerging female leaders. As Resonate’s Executive Director, Ayla leads strategy, builds partnerships, and oversees curriculum development and training. She was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate.
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 Find Your Anchors: Dealing With Uncertainty after Smith2/19/15CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons and Ally Einbinder
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

One of the hardest parts of thinking about life after college is facing the end of a defined path: What will you do next? Where will you live? What will happen to your friendships? In this workshop, learn strategies to manage the inevitable uncertainty that comes with thinking about life after college. You’ll leave the workshop with a “road map” to guide you through one of the most unpredictable periods of life. workshop image
 Leading by Listening: Fourth annual co-sponsored leadership conference with Mount Holyoke2/6/15Willits-Hallowell Conference Center at Mount Holyoke College (Transportation from Smith will be provided)Instructor: Public Conversations Project
Time: 12:15 pm - 4:15 pm

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Networking lunch with Smith and Mount Holyoke College students
1:15 - 4:15 p.m., Interactive workshop


One of the most common complaints about leaders is that "they just don't listen!" What does it mean to listen deeply and respond from a thoughtful and reflective place, whether leading a study group, a campus organization or a business? Through structured exercises and reflection facilitated by staff from the Public Conversations Project, participants will gain a clearer sense of their own "center," how to listen with resilience to difficult feedback, and learn to listen for the hope within the concern, the solution within the complaint, and the interest within the position.

Transportation and lunch provided. Spaces are limited. Register here: https://www.smith.edu/cwl/news_passport.php
 "Is she really a musician?" Navigating Identity and Authenticity in Music and Media2/27/15Carroll Room, Campus CenterInstructor:
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Beyoncé is accused of lip-synching, even when she isn’t. Music rags run articles exposing pop stars’ real names, highlighting Lorde, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. But being that these are the most successful female artists in the world, one has to assume that their fakeness — or, as we should be calling it, “reinvention” — is necessary for women to succeed in the music industry. It’s the basic principle of survival, period: adapt and evolve, or die." - Meredith Graves in her talk about Andrew W.K., Lana Del Rey and Authenticity at Basilica Soundscape 2014

This moderated panel will explore issues of gender, identity and "authenticity" in music and media. Panelists include: Meredith Graves, writer and singer of the critically acclaimed band Perfect Pussy; Mitski Miyawaki, Brooklyn-based musician who performs under her first name, Mitski; Suzy X, writer for Rookie Magazine and formerly of the NYC band Shady Hawkins; and Imogen Binnie, music writer and author of the novel Nevada published in 2013 by Topside Press.

The panel will be co-moderated by Smith alumnae Ally Einbinder '10 and Sam Chaplin '10.

This event is free and open to the public.
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