Sessions

Keynote

Imagine being able to let go of the clutter that gets tangled up in our minds. We’d be left with a sense of space, clarity, and ease that would help us increase focus, increase connection, and decrease burn-out. Research has found that less stressed, happier employees are more productive than workers who report being unhappy at work. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to adopt a mini-vacation mindset, as well as develop specific tools to become more mindful and less stressed in our professional and everyday lives, so that we can become happier and healthier at work, at home, and anywhere we go. 

Time: 9:10 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Montezuma Hall

 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sessions

So often in life, we daydream about how we would love to be living and then we rationalize it away.  We believe that we don’t have enough time or money or something else to engage in the life we would love living.  This session introduces a life-coaching methodology that invites awareness into our longing and discontent in order to leverage that awareness toward some daily decision-making opportunities to live the life we love! 

Participants will be able to 1) articulate what they would love to do, be, or create in their life; 2) be able to participate in the courageous thinking process; 3) be able to create a list of next things to do when they leave the conference.

Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Participants will:

  • Learn to size up co-workers, colleagues, bosses and subordinates through an analysis of personality traits, vulnerabilities, and needs, through effective perception
  • Recognize behavioral patterns that reveal underlying agendas, fears, and concerns, in order to respond accordingly
  • Mirror communication styles used by difficult people to develop rapport and maximize effective interaction
  • Bond with difficult people by identifying areas of common ground, which will build trust
Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

When people come together as a team, science has found that it can help increase productivity, boost creative thinking, improve relationships, and create a greater sense of connection to a workplace. Every organization can benefit from great teamwork, but not every team knows how to work together effectively. In our workshop, we’ll learn the secrets and science that will help your team become extraordinary.

Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

The ability to communicate is largely taken for granted since it is an act that we all have done daily since birth.  Rarely do we feel that we need to improve in this area of life.  Another important area of our lives is the relationships that we build and maintain with colleagues, supervisors, subordinates, friends, family, and romantic partners.  This is a workshop that breaks down what it means to be a competent communicator in a variety of these environments and relationships.  It includes the theory and practice of these ideas so that people can quickly and easily implement these concepts into their everyday life.  It defines the notion of competence as well as provides guidelines and tips for future use.  You will be able to walk out and start to immediately apply this discussion to improve the relationships in your professional and personal lives. 

Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

How does stagnation impact innovation? Are you surrounded by risk takers or risk adverse? It is easier to stay where we are, than to take a chance on the unknown, but is it worth the payoff? This session will have you reflect on what impacts your decision making, calculating risk, prioritizing goals, and turning "I wish I had" into "I'm so glad I did."

Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Clear, concise and accurate communication is essential to the success of organizations like San Diego State University – whether internal or external to the institution. This session will provide an overview of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs and campus-wide communications, and also details how staff can best manage media requests, the presence of reporters on campus and challenging conversations from general community members. The session will also help staff members understand how best to navigate conversations and interactions that may be perceived as uncomfortable or hostile.

Time: 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sessions

Effective presentations are vital to career success. In this engaging and interactive session, Dr. Winslow and Dr. Lindemann from the SDSU School of Communication will discuss the best practices of competent public presentations, including managing communication apprehension, organizing for effectiveness, effective use of visual aid technologies, and how to excel the question-and-answer session. Attendees will be able to better understand the relationship between public speaking and communication competence and demonstrate that understanding by applying and integrating competent communication practices into your public communication.

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Participants will practice and discuss the power of a structured program of metacognitive reflections to clarify and realize individual professional goals.

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

This session will create a conversation about how best to share one’s history and traditions in the work place, and best practices on how to interact with colleagues when they share their past.

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Everything we do has communication at the bottom line. By improving our ability to speak more confidently and effectively, we can build stronger relationships, inspire our teams, boost productivity, and create a better workplace environment for everyone. In this workshop, we will learn the secret steps to overcoming nervousness, speaking confidently, moving powerfully, and igniting a spark on stage (and in the office).

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Many of us are accomplishing more than we realize. We have literally hundreds of skill-sets we practice in all aspects of our lives. How do you properly take stock of your value and find your personal “buried treasure?”

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Sharing the story (history and successes) of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs (EOP) as it relates to SDSU’s mission and the work of the program to increase the access, academic excellence and retention of the state’s historically underserved students in line with CSU’s Graduation Initiatives 2025 Goal to narrow the achievement gap.

ime: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sessions

Mindfulness is a way of paying wise attention to the present moment, with a non-judgmental awareness. In this introductory, evidence-based, experiential workshop, participants will explore mindfulness as a more integrated way of living and working in a world that can often feel stressful and demanding. Through research, guided practice, and discussion, participants will come to understand mindfulness as a way of tapping into inner resources and as a way of responding to life's challenges rather than reacting.

This Session will introduce:

  • What is Mindfulness
  • How to Become Mindful- Formal and Informal Practice
  • The Researched Benefits of Mindfulness
  • The Neuroscience of the Wandering, Negative Mind, and how Mindfulness can help Focus and Happiness
  • An Opportunity to practice Mindfulness and discuss Challenges 
  • Resources for Moving Forward
Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Becoming a successful leader in the workplace:

  • What attributes do people admire in leaders?
  • Modeling the Way
  • Inspiring a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable others to Act – Building Trust
  • Encourage the Heart
  • Leadership is a Relationship

This presentation will be highly interactive, where participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with the other participants.

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

It’s true that communication is not just about what we say, but how we say what we say. We’ll learn how to read people from head to toe, how to choose clothes that help us feel more confident, how we can setup our environment (desk, office, workspace) for maximum efficiency, and how to use body language to better understand the messages that people are trying to send, so that we can skillfully communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

The topic of stress will be discussed along with participant’s interaction on the following: taking a stress test, identifying stressors, and learning what strategies work best to decrease an individual’s stress levels.

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

Change can be difficult for any individual, and any attempts to make positive changes in life can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Believing that change begins with the individual first, this session will walk participants through the six A’s of making personal change.  Through written exercises and collaborative dialogue, participants will create an internal dialogue change script and their own personal change plan based upon the six A’s.

Please note that the presenter will provide each participant with links to two different websites to complete a values assessment and a personality assessment in advance of the session.  The results from these assessments will be used in writing the personal change plan.

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!

A necessary aspect of maintaining professional relationships involves addressing performance issues. Constructive criticism is a difficult conversation, whether you are the deliverer or the receiver. This session will provide you with insight and skills to assist you in navigating those difficult conversations.

Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Coming Soon!