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Wurtele Center for Work and Life Workshops

You can sign up for workshops by checking the box next to them below and clicking the Sign Me Up! button at the bottom:

Upcoming Workshops

 Mindful Mondays #3: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!2/27/17CC 103/104Instructor: Ruth Ozeki
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing, Ruth Ozeki hosts "The Frustration Factor: Why Struggle and Failure are Essential Parts of Creative Life." This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life.workshop image
 Communication Norms Beyond the Bubble4/4/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

How you reach out to people in the "Real World" - and how you handle it when things don't go your way - can make the difference in getting jobs and making new connections. In this workshop, you'll get up to speed on real world communication norms. Learn practical strategies you can use right away, and find out: - when, why, and how to follow up when someone isn't responding to you - how to tell if you're being blown off or just paranoid - how to deal with your 100% certain beliefs that your peers' Instagram is a 100% accurate portrayal of their actual lives and feelings - are they being rude or am I taking this too personally?workshop image
 Self-Promotion Workshop for People Who Hate to Brag4/5/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 am

Learn why self-promotion isn't necessarily bragging, why we worry that it is, and why it's important to know how to do it. You'll identify some of your own strengths worth sharing and also get a chance to practice. Free Pizza wth Gluten-Free/Vegan options. Co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center.
 Mindful Mondays #4: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!3/6/17CC 103/104Instructor: Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell will facilitate a conversation with a faculty member.
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

The discussion question for this day, and the name of the faculty member joining us, will soon be posted!
 Mindful Mondays #5: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!3/20/17CC 103/104Instructor: Kaira Jewel Lingo
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 am

This week our guest facilitator is Kaira Jewel Lingo, whose mindfulness teaching focuses on activists, people of color, artists, educators, family and youth. This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life.workshop image
 Mindful Mondays #6: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!3/27/17CC 103/104Instructor: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Statistical and Data Science, Randi Garcia
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Statistical and Data Science, Randi Garcia, hosts a discussion on "How to take a more relaxed approach to picking the "right" major." This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. workshop image



Past Workshops

 Mindful Mondays #1: Making friends with feedback with Prof. Benita Jackson2/6/17CC 103/104Instructor: Benita Jackson
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Associate Professor of Psychology, Benita Jackson, will provide tips on how you can "make friends with feedback." Co-facilitated by Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwellworkshop image
 Mindful Mondays #2: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!2/13/17CC 103/104Instructor: Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell will facilitate a conversation with a faculty member.
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Associate Professor of Art, Walt Frazer, hosts "What I learned in College Hall 101." This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. workshop image
 Imposter Phenomenon2/16/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Why so many high achievers think they're frauds. Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like it's only a matter of time before others figure out you're not as smart or capable as they thought? Do you think you got where you were by mistake, luck, or because you fooled someone? So do a lot of other people. You may be suffering Imposter Phenomenon. Join us for lunch and discussion about how IP can hold you back - and learn a few strategies to help you manage it. Enjoy FREE LUNCH!workshop image
 Effortless Perfection2/2/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Effortless perfection is the pressure women feel to excel at everything they do without visible effort - to be smart, get good grades, be well-rounded, pretty, desirable, athletic and well-liked while making it look like it all comes naturally. Come to lunch to learn more about this phenomenon from Dean of the College Donna Lisker, whose research first identified the phenomenon at Duke University, and Rachel Simmons, who is writing a book about it. Lunch provided!
 Communication Norms Beyond the Bubble1/31/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

How you reach out to people in the "Real World" - and how you handle it when things don't go your way - can make the difference in getting jobs and making new connections. In this workshop, you'll get up to speed on real world communication norms. Learn practical strategies you can use right away, and find out: - when, why, and how to follow up when someone isn't responding to you - how to tell if you're being blown off or just paranoid - how to deal with your 100% certain beliefs that your peers' Instagram is a 100% accurate portrayal of their actual lives and feelings - are they being rude or am I taking this too personally? Lunch provided!workshop image
 How to Say No1/1/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 am

 The Art of Small Talk and Networking2/10/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Grades and hard work will take you far, but your ability to form relationships through small talk and networking can make a critical, immeasurable difference to your career - and is a vital leadership skill to boot. Learn how and why seemingly random conversations can open new doors to new connections and opportunities, right now and after you graduate. This workshop will help you decode the art of small talk (we promise to help you talk about more than the weather), and get you practicing too. FREE PIZZA! Co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development.
 Op-Ed Writing Workshop: How to Make Your Voice Heard in Print or Online Media2/6/17CC 204Instructor:
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 am

Hosted by Heather Abel, writer and activist. The goals of this writing workshop are to help students articulate their opinions, learn the rhetorical styles and restrictions of an op-ed, and get their voices heard widely in print and online publications. This is a two-part series and students are encouraged to attend both sessions. Second session is Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 4:30 - 6 pm. Sign up here by Feb. 5, 2017 or email jolsen@smith.edu for more information. Co-sponsored by the Jacobson Center and Africana Studies. Refreshments included!
 Op-Ed Writing Workshop - Part 22/8/17CC 204Instructor:
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 am

Hosted by Heather Abel. Co-sponsored by the Jacobson Center and Africana Studies. This is part two of the series. Refreshments included. Sign up under Part 1 or email Janelle Olsen at jolsen@smith.edu for more information.
 Free Your Voice Workshop2/11/17Bodman Lounge at Helen Hills ChapelInstructor: Celia Miller
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Free your singing voice and in turn free yourself with Celia Miller (www.celiasvoicestudio.com). In this workshop you will participate at your comfort level in discussion, group, and solo singing as you learn to conquer stage fright and gain tools for empowering and releasing your voice. Co-sponsored by Marge Litchford, Assistant Dean of Students and Jessica Bacal, Director of Wurtele Center. Sign up here by February 7th - click box next to workshop title and scroll to bottom of page and click on "Sign me up for selected workshops" - limited to 20. FREE LUNCH!workshop image
 Stress Olympics Bingo2/16/17Campus Center Carroll RoomInstructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 am

Join Rachel Simmons from the Wurtele Center for Stress Olympics Bingo from 8-9 pm in the Carroll Room! Make your own ice cream sundaes, discuss stress culture at Smith and get concrete strategies to deal with it. Excellent prizes abound.
 Washburn House Tea2/3/17Washburn HouseInstructor: Rachel Simmons
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm