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Wurtele Center for Work and Life Workshops

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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
 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
 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
 Communication Norms Beyond the Bubble - Cancelled3/1/17CC 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
 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

 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.
 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.
 Mindful Mondays #4: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us!3/6/17CC 103/104Instructor: Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell facilitate.
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Today's topic: "What do you want to talk about next?" Come to a "Mindful Mondays" focus group to talk with Jessica Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center, and Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, about what to discuss in Fall 2017. Lunch provided!
 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
 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 am

Discussion Topic: Perfectionism and Stress Culture
 Mindfulness and Self-Care for Students of Color3/21/17Neilson Browsing RoomInstructor: Kaira Jewel Lingo
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch will be provided! Surprise giveaways for all attendees!
 Public Day of Mindfulness3/18/17Smith College Conference CenterInstructor: Kaira Jewel Lingo
Time: 9:30 pm - 2:30 am

Kaira Jewel Lingo, teacher of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion, will lead a retreat on Saturday, March 18. There will be short periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, and sharing of stories. Spots are still available; To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/mindful-action Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work and Life, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. DO NOT REGISTER HERE!
 Susan Daniels Public Speaking General3/23/17CC 205Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 am

CEEDS and First Gen Students Presentation Preparation
 Jogging with Charlie4/17/17Front steps of Clark HallInstructor: Rachel Simmons
Time: 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Every Monday in April - Join Rachel Simmons and her doggie, along with special guests and members of the Smith Basketball Team, for Jogging with Charlie! Meet in front of Clark Hall at 8:15 am. Snacks to follow. For those are not able to run, Charlie is available for petting starting at 9 am!workshop image
 How to Quit Overthinking4/24/17CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Do you replay your missteps in your head at night, thinking about what you could have done differently? Do you perseverate about your problems, focusing more on the "what if" and "why" instead of how to solve them? "Overthinking" can be exhausting. Research shows it disproportionately affects women and girls, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation. At this workshop, learn why we overthink and how to stop, so you can move on, free your mind and focus on more productive activities. Free lunch with Gluten Free/Vegan options!workshop image
 Study Break Stress Olympics Bingo4/24/17TBDInstructor: Rachel Simmons
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Rachel Simmons from the Wurtele Center for Stress Olympics Bingo from 7-8 pm on the Chapin Lawn (rain location lower level of CC)! Make your own ice cream sundaes, discuss stress culture at Smith and get concrete strategies to deal with it. Excellent prizes abound. In partnership with the Department of Athletics and Recreation.workshop image
 Empowered Voices Screening4/19/17Dewey CommonsInstructor: Laura Rauscher and Emma Cornwell
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 am

Part of Disability Visibility Week hosted by ODS. Empowered Voices participants shared recorded interviews put together by Bea Grossman.