Continuing Education Workshops

University Staff Conference



9:15 - 9:40

Registration and Check-In University Center - Hamilton Room

9:40 - 9:45

Welcome, Instructions & Introductions

9:45 - 11:00

Keynote: Carolyn McCall - "Free to be Phenomenal" Now, Give Yourself Permission!

11:00 - 11:10         


11:10 - 12:00

Breakout Session I

12:00 - 12:45


12:50 - 1:40

Breakout Session II

1:50 - 2:40

Breakout Session III

2:45 - 3:00

Announcements, Drawings & Closing Remarks by Chancellor Kopper

 Downloadable Agenda                                                                          Downloadable Session Details

Keynote: Carolyn McCall

"Free to be Phenomenal" Now, Give Yourself Permission! (University Center: Hamilton Room)

Free to be Phenomenal is about discovering who you are what you want and who you want to become! It doesn’t advocate for a selfish approach. When you give yourself permission to be free and phenomenal, you’re acknowledging and daring yourself to act and live from your highest purest loving self.

In this keynote audience members will learn that choosing to be “Free and Phenomenal” is a conscious choice.  A conscious choice we make every day with the language we use, the words we use and the attitude we bring to the table.

3 Steps away to Phenomenal:
  • 1st Step – Decide to operate from your highest purest loving self by elimination “intruder” thoughts
  • 2nd Step - Ask yourself “What do I want” meaning what kind of team do I want to work with, what kind of person do I want to be
  • 3rd Step - Face your “victim story” in order - to free your “Phenomenal Story!”

Breakout Session I

Carolyn McCall- "Free to be Phenomenal" while Dealing with Difficult People! (University Center: Hamilton Room)

Are you ready to be Phenomenal while dealing with difficult people? If the answer is yes, then get ready to learn how to never again fall victim to those who love to make life miserable for the rest of us:

  • You'll learn why they act the way they do
  • You'll find out exactly what to say and do in specific situations
  • You'll become less of a target for their barbs and antics
  • You'll see how to bring out the best in even the worst offenders

This workshop will give you the communication and cognitive skills you need to de-stress all of your difficult relationships, at work and in your personal life.

Matt Kiederlen - Keeping It Safe - YoU and your University! (University Center: Room 261)
Discussion and presentation on how to keep yourself safe whether on campus or not. Learn the systems and procedures the University has in place to assist you in staying safe and helping others,preventing bad things from happening. Discover the emergency systems, plans and notification actions you will hear, see and potentially interact with if a significant emergency happens on our campus.

Valerie Vargas - A Holistic Approach to Stress Management (University Center: Room 266)
As front line service providers, University Staff perform a crucial role in ensuring the institution runs smoothly. You are often the first to see and feel the real challenges facing the university. As a result, you may unintentionally harbor those challenges internally which can lead to high levels of stress. In this session, you will learn a variety of strategies for stress management and self-care. Employee mental health data, effects of stress, and tips for modeling health behavior will be discussed. Creating an office culture of support and well-being can start with YOU.


Community Service Activity: Handmade greeting cards for Military or Nursing Home Residents

Breakout Session II

Dr. Jeremy Reed - Blue-Collar Mentors (University Center: Room 261)
Beyond their hard work keeping the campus running, UW-Whitewater blue-collar campus workers often play important, but unappreciated, roles as teachers and mentors for students. Attend this informal and interactive session to learn about some of the stories and findings from Director of Admissions Jeremy Reed’s research into campus custodians in Iowa. Jeremy will also talk about his own blue-collar background and share some of what he learned from his supervisors when he paid his way through college by working in maintenance.

Dr. Scott Tellefson - Reducing Pain in the Workplace & Demystifying How to Sleep Well (University Center: Hamilton Room)
This highly interactive session will cover posture, workstation ergonomics, exercises and stretches to help ensure you are pain free through the workday.

Take home information will cover sleeping positions,mattresses and pillows to help you get the best rest possible ensuring a productive you.

Paige Smith - Best Practices for Maintaining a Positive Work Environment Part 1 of 2 (University Center: Room 259)
This 2-part session will include a discussion of the balance between an employee’s right to a workplace environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, retaliation and bullying and an employee’s constitutional rights under the First Amendment.  The presenter will discuss ways in which employees and supervisors can respond to difficult situations in a non-confrontational, effective manner.  The session will also walk through the disciplinary process and what a complainant and/or respondent can expect during this process.  Finally, attendees will be given an opportunity to work through scenarios in a group discussion, as time permits.

Breakout Session III

Ben Revak and Scott Behnkee - Habits for Financial Stability (University Center: 261)
Presented in partnership by Ben Revak, Branch Manager - UW Credit Union & Scott Behnke, Financial Literacy Coordinator, UW-Whitewater Financial Services

This session will help you understand the power of spending habits and their link to reducing debt and achieving financial stability.

Dr. Kristina Navarro - Coaching for Leadership (University Center: Hamilton Room)
This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of transactional and transformation leadership in the workforce. Conversation will be rooted in motivational techniques to work with millennials to baby boomer generations. Participants will leave energized and ready to tackle complex problems in a meaningful and systematic way via an enhanced understanding of leadership and motivation styles.

Paige Reed - Best Practices for Maintaining a Positive Work Environment Part 2 of 2 (University Center - 259)

Kari Borne and Lynn Smith
We Need You! Enhance Your Knowledge, Polish Your Skills, Earn a Certificate (University Center - 266)
Members of the University Staff are the backbone of our campuses.  You serve on the front lines in providing services to our students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders.  Technical knowledge is quintessential to doing your jobs, but so are the soft skills that we sometimes overlook.  The University, like many employers, seeks staff with strong leadership, communication, and management skills to fill these important positions.  In this session, you will learn how to enhance your skills by investing in YOU in a professional development certificate program. Program objectives, using Professional Development Funds, and tips on successfully completing the program will be discussed.


Cost Information

Early bird = $50

After October 31= $60


Parking Information

Permits are required to park in campus lots. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

A campus map can be found here.  University Center is labeled “UC” and can be located near B4 on the map.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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