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Faculty Staff Development Workshops


Faculty/Staff Development workshops are designed to help our community members enhance their skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty and staff members at Swarthmore.  We look forward to sharing the knowledge drawn from our own talented faculty and staff as well as to welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich these 3 days of learning.

Fall 2019 Faculty/Staff Development Workshops

Tuesday, October 15

Thriving in an Ever Changing Environment
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Inn at Swarthmore
 

This interactive keynote presentation will allow attendees to explore what is happening around them and how they are responding to those happenings. The conversation will have people consider current strengths of their organization, the changes that are occurring all around us, and challenges those changes create. We explore how to thrive among the changes and challenges by examining our comfort zones and understanding how to intentionally expand our zones in a positive, growth producing, agile manner. The second half of the session will transition into building skills in the area of relationships and networking. We will introduce ‘tools’ that each person can use to expand their comfort zones thus having more positive impact on their communication skills, conversations with others, leadership interactions, and openness to new ideas. The participants will have the opportunity to ‘practice’ these tools, which is fun, and more importantly, allows them to apply their new skills after the session. Part of expanding our comfort zones is stepping outside in a secure environment – we will create that environment for everyone. The session will conclude with each person making a commitment to utilize what they learned in the keynote to ensure they create positive changes for themselves as a result of their invested time.

Register for Thriving in an Ever Changing Environment

 

Keynote Speaker:  Katie Iorio Martin

Lunch provided.

Less Stress at Your Desk
1:30–2:30 p.m. 
Matchbox
 

Our bodies are designed for movement, but many of us sit or stand at our desks for hours every day. We exhaust ourselves with inaction and don’t even realize it. You can increase energy and reduce pain by paying attention to how you sit, stand, and move-and by committing to move more frequently at work.  Even small adjustments in habitual patterns can add up to big improvements in how you feel both during and after your workday. In this workshop, we will focus on bringing mindfulness and better movements into your daily routine. You will learn to incorporate simple stretches and exercises throughout your day to refresh both your mind and body. We will look at posture, breathing, and ways to make small changes in your work environment and behavior that will increase your overall health. Workout clothes are not required. You will enjoy the session more if you can move without restriction, so dress comfortably if possible.

Register for Less Stress at Your Desk

Presenter:  Cathy Raymond '79, Pilates Instructor

Refreshments provided.

the fundamentals of compensation

2–3:30 p.m.
Bond Memorial Hall

Join us for a presentation and discussion on Staff Compensation Fundamentals to learn how staff compensation is determined. We will discuss the elements of staff compensation, including the College's philosophy, job evaluation, grade structure, market data, career development and more. 

Register for The Fundamentals of Compensation

Presenter:  Michele Mocarsky, Director of Compensation and Benefits, Yelena Stiles, Vice President, Sibson Consulting and Paula MacDonald, Associate Director, OD and Workplace Relations.

Refreshments provided.

ERGs-Get to Know Us Gathering

3:30– 4:30 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are groups of employees who come together based on shared characteristics, interests and concerns for the purpose of creating a more inclusive environment at Swarthmore. Meet informally with each group to learn about what they are doing and how you can participate. Our ERGs groups are as follows:

  • Women of Color
  • Men of Color
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • New Employees on the Move
  • Working Parents
  • Veterans at Swarthmore

Register for ERGs-Get to Know Us Gathering

Presenter:  ERG Coordinators

Refreshments provided.

 

wednesday, october 16

2020 OPEN ENROLLMENT AND BENEFITS UPDATES

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

As the benefits landscape evolves, the College continues to offer a high-quality, competitive and viable suite of benefits to our community members. We invite you to attend this informational session to learn more about your benefits choices for 2020. 

Register for 2020 OPEN ENROLLMENT AND BENEFITS UPDATES

Presenter:  NFP (College’s benefits consultant),  Michele Mocarsky, Director of Compensation and Benefits, Diane Echternach, Benefits Specialist

Breakfast provided.

Upskill Your Life: Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Learning Experience

10:30–11:30 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

This session will introduce our community to LinkedIn Learning, and highight the differences between it and Lynda.com, including tips and tricks to enhance your LinkedIn profile with acquired skills. Attend to learn how to:

  • Identify and answer common questions about the Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning transition
  • Log in and link your accounts -- what does it mean for you, and what happens if you leave Swarthmore?
  • Use the tool for interactive skill-building for work-related questions
  • Use the tool for interactive skill-building for outside-work interests
  • Leverage playlists and video/course sharing

Register for Upskill Your Life: Make the Most of Your LinkedIn  Learning Experience

Presenter: Jessica Stockett

Refreshments provided.

Sleep better  *Please note this session is full!*

Noon - 12:45 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

During this session, you will learn:  awareness of sleep needs, technology detox, rituals and patterns, sleep hygiene and healthy family sleep time habits. In a very practical setting, you will be guided through different tips, techniques, body positions with bed props and more, to obtain a restful night’s sleep. Remember—pun intended—these things do not happen overnight! Think of taking small incremental positive steps, one at a time. Note that each "Sleep Better" session is limited to 25 participants, therefore two sessions will be offered. You need only attend one.

Please note this session is full!

Presenter:  Do It Better Wellness

Lunch provided.

Sleep better  *Please note this session is full!*

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

During this session, you will learn:  awareness of sleep needs, technology detox, rituals and patterns, sleep hygiene and healthy family sleep time habits. In a very practical setting, you will be guided through different tips, techniques, body positions with bed props and more, to obtain a restful night’s sleep. Remember—pun intended—these things do not happen overnight! Think of taking small incremental positive steps, one at a time. Note that each "Sleep Better" session is limited to 25 participants, therefore two sessions will be offered. You need only attend one.

Please note this session is full!

Presenter:  Do It Better Wellness

Refreshments provided

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement
10–11 a.m.
Bond Hall
 

The financial knowledge to help plan for whatever life brings TIAA has experience helping people save and invest since 1918. We’re proud to share that knowledge with you in the form of a fun, interactive and informative workshop. Tomorrow In Focus: Saving for your ideal retirement. No matter where you are in life, you can plan and start saving for the retirement you want. Learn how to create a plan that can help you reach your goals—on your timeline. TIAA’s workshop leader can help you:

  • Understand the benefit of time in regards to retirement planning, saving and investing
  • Learn the essential features of retirement investments
  • Gain the confidence to create or modify your own retirement plan

Register for Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

Presenter: TIAA

Refreshments provided.

Having Difficult Ideological/Political/Religious Conversations

1 - 2 p.m.
Bond Hall

In this workshop we will share general principles based on the nonviolent communication approach, which has been used in a variety of settings around the world. Anyone willing to try will have the chance to do some role-play.

Register for Having Difficult Ideological/Political/Religious Conversations

Presenter:  Rabbi Michael Ramberg

Refreshments provided.