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Wurtele Center for Work and Life Workshops

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Upcoming Workshops

 Be Yourself! How to Identify and Use Your Unique Qualities for Authentic Presentation9/28/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the second of a series of six workshops. Drop in, or attend all six to qualify for private coaching with Susan Daniels. This series is co-sponsored by The Lazarus Center for Career Development. Tonight's topic is: How to show up authentically for successful presentations. This 90-minute workshop will help you identify and use your strengths to present confidently and authentically every time you speak. REFRESHMENTS SERVED!workshop image
 Relax. Focus. Engage. Use Actors10/5/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the third of a series of six workshops. Attend all six to qualify for private coaching with Susan Daniels. This series is co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. This weeks topic is: How to use professional actor skills for public speaking. Using the same skills professional actors practice to relax, focus, and engage, this 90-minute workshop will take your speech from a "loud reading" to a dynamic performance. REFRESHMENTS SERVED!
 Persuasive Speeches: How to Create and Deliver a Compelling and Authentic Speech10/19/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the fourth in a series of six workshops. Attend all six to qualify for private coaching with Susan Daniels. This series is co-sponsored by The Lazarus Center for Career Development. Tonight's topic is: Persuasive Speaking - How to Create and Deliver a Compelling Speech. Learn to persuade an audience to think differently about a topic without using manipulation. Free Refreshments!workshop image
 Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback10/26/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the fifth of a series of six workshops. Attend all six to qualify for private coaching with Susan Daniels. This series is co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Tonight's topic is Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback. This 90-minute workshop show you how to give positive, productive feedback to anyone within 60 seconds of their oral presentation, an essential leadership/life skill. Free refreshments!workshop image
 How to Evaluate Public Speakers 11/2/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the sixth of a series of six workshops. In this final workshop, students will have the chance to give speeches and receive feedback from peers. This series is co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Using the skills you've learned in the previous 5 workshops, this 90-minute celebration invites you to practice what you've learned: speaking in an authentic, engaged and confident manner and giving constructive feedback to your peers. REFRESHMENTS SERVED!workshop image
 Mindful Mondays #4 - Free lunch & liberating conversation10/17/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Nnamdi Pole, Professor of Pscyhology
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This is a new series that includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. It's co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center. Each week, we host a faculty discussion leader. Nnamdi Pole, Professor of Psychology, will lead the discussion. Topic to be announced.workshop image
 Mindful Mondays #5 - What happens when things go differently than hoped? How design thinking can you help manage disequlibri10/24/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Zaza Kabayadondo, Co-Director of the Design Thinking Initiative
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This is a new series that includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. It's co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center. Each week, we host a faculty discussion leader. The topic this week is: What happens when things go differently than you hoped? How design thinking can you help manage disequlibrium. Zara Kabayadondo, Co-director of the Design Thinking Initiative, leads the conversation. FREE LUNCH!workshop image
 Mindful Mondays #7- Free lunch & liberating conversation11/14/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell will facilitate a conversation with a faculty member.
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The discussion question for this day, and the name of the faculty member joining us, will soon be posted!
 Toolkit for the First Year Soul - with coffee, tea, and dessert!9/29/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Truth: It's hard to know what college will be like until you actually try it. There might be some things you didn't expect, know about, or, okay, want anything to do with at Smith. We got you. In this workshop, learn a few tricks to navigate the first waves of college life and ask that question that dogs you right before you go to bed. Plus, Rachel Simmons will make you laugh and remember that you're not as crazy or alone, as you might suspect.workshop image
 How to Quit Overthinking10/5/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 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. Dessert will be served!
 Imposter Syndrome: Why So Many High Achievers Think They10/18/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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 Syndrome. Join us for lunch and discussion about how IS can hold you back - and learn a few strategies to help you manage it.workshop image
 11/30/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Because a family size bag of Doritos and that breakup playlist will only take you so far. Because let's face it, your mom might say something really unhelpful. And because dealing with a breakup is a big deal. In this workshop, you'll learn concrete strategies to help you get through --- and eat your feelings proudly at the Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar.workshop image



Past Workshops

 How Women Decide9/15/16NeilInstructor:
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Am I the Only One Feeling the Pressure? Women, Decision-Making, and What Society Might Be Telling You9/15/16Campus Center 205Instructor: Therese Huston
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Therese Huston, who researches gender and decision-making, will talk about what's true, what's not, and what strategies spark the best choices. She will also be selling and signing her new book, How Women Decide (Houghton Mifflin, 2016). Refreshments provided, plus we will be giving away 5 FREE BOOKS!workshop image
 Speaking Anxiety: Causes and Cures 9/21/16Campus Center 103/104Instructor: Susan Daniels
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the first of a series of six workshops. Drop in, or attend all six to qualify for private coaching with Susan Daniels. This series is co-sponsored by The Lazarus Center for Career Development. Tonight's topic is Speaking Anxiety: Causes and Cures - Fear of Public Speaking has often been cited as the #1 fear in the world, over the fear of death! In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn why we become "self conscious" and will learn three specific steps you can take to appear calm, confident and compelling when it's your turn to speak up. REFRESHMENTS SERVED!workshop image
 Mindful Mondays #1 - Free lunch & liberating conversation9/12/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Jesica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell facilitate a lunchtime conversation with a faculty member
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

The discussion question for this day, and the name of the faculty member joining us, will soon be posted!
 Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us! - What do you do when you receive negative feedback?9/19/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Floyd Cheung, Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This is a new series that includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. It's co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center. Each week, we host a faculty discussion leader. The topic this week is: What do you do when you receive negative feedback? Floyd Cheung, Associate Professor, English Language & Literature, will lead the conversation. FREE LUNCH!workshop image
 Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us! - Do we "have time" or "make time" for things? How do we prioritize?9/26/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Kate Queeney, Professor of Chemistry
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This is a new series that includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. It's co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center. Each week, we host a faculty discussion leader. The topic this week is: Do we "have time" for things, or do we "make time" for things? How do we prioritize and decide what is important? Kate Queeney, Professor of Chemistry, will lead the conversation. FREE LUNCH!workshop image
 Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us! - How is it going so far this year? What are some secrets to thriving at Smith?9/12/16Campus Center 204Instructor: Benita Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This is a new series that includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. It's co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center. Each week, we host a faculty discussion leader. The topic this week is: How is it going so far this year? What are some secrets to thriving at Smith? Benita Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology, will lead the conversation.workshop image