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Enrich the Workplace

LEARN | GROW | LEAD

A Conference for Administrative
and Business Professionals

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// Wednesday, April 21, 2021
// Business Education Center

 

Join us for an engaging seminar and gain valuable knowledge to take back to the office!

This conference is designed to help you develop yourself both personally and professionally. There are no limits to what you can achieve when provided with the right tools and inspiration. At this conference, you will spend the day with other administrative and business professionals learning new skills and techniques to take back to the office.

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Sample Conference Schedule

Although the 2020 conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sample schedule below will give you an idea of the topics that may be featured in the 2021 conference schedule.
Titles and topics of the sessions will change.

 

BREAKOUT SESSION #1
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Active Threat in the Workplace
Eric Anderson
We hear it on the news all too often. Employees and customers have been wounded or lost their lives. Nobody wants to be caught in a threatening situation, and yet it could happen to you. Be prepared. Put yourself in a position to know how to respond. This session will provide you with response options in the event you ever encounter an active threat in the workplace.

A Primer on Intercultural Competence and Development in the Workplace
Mitch Baroni
Intercultural Competence [IC], or one’s capacity to experience and operate within the context of difference, exists as more than a scientific construct and has real-world consequences for employers and employees alike. This session will provide an overview of the importance of individual and collective awareness of IC within a team or organization, as well as review one framework for measuring and interpreting IC. It will also discuss how increased IC can foster net gains in employee satisfaction and productivity.

Changing the Way Things Look
Deb Clarke
Take a deep dive into perspective building. Examine a perspective you hold that is not serving you well. Create an action plan for building new perspectives. This break-out will build on the concepts examined in the Keynote presentation.

Outlook Tips & Tricks
Denise Woodford
This session is structured for those who are already familiar with the use of Outlook but who are interested in exploring some of the hidden shortcuts and tricks that can make your use of the application much more efficient. We will explore tools that will help you to better manage your email, calendar, address book, and task list.

BREAKOUT SESSION #2
10:55 - 11:55 a.m.

Chair Yoga
Stephanie Powell
How many times have you looked up from the computer, shocked at how long you had been working? Those long hours at a desk can really do a number on us, both mentally and physically. This breakout session will teach you use your breath to stop the clock and check in with yourself. You will be guided through a sequence of yoga poses, that are accessible for anybody, that can be easily done at a desk, in a cubicle, or even a home office so you can give yourself the gift of self-care any time, any place. You will have illustrated handouts as well, so you can start your own Chair Yoga practice as soon as you leave the session!

Leading Kind: Tips That Work When Dealing with Conflict
Brooke Richartz, SHRM-SCP
If you ask most people, they will tell you they dislike dealing with any sort of conflict. While it’s true it can be uncomfortable, it is also necessary most of the time to move forward. I truly believe that if what you have to say is coming from a good place and has good intention, it can make it less awkward. In this Leading Kind session, I will share some tips on how to frame your mind into a ‘kind place’ and make conflict resolution a little less stressful. Tips like being an announcer vs a referee throughout a conversation, the idea of a conversation flow chart vs being combative or competitive and how to ask more questions to get the results you need. Along the way, I will intertwine some real-life stories from the world of HR. Let’s get comfortable being uncomfortable!

Office Ergonomics
Matt Lind
Every year thousands of workers are sidelined with Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSD’s), Soft Tissue Issues, or other long-lasting health affects due to the way their work is performed. These issues, cost both employers, and employees billions of dollars each year. Understanding how work affects the body is referred to as Ergonomics, or the process of designing or arranging workplaces to fit the worker better. Ergonomic methods help organizations minimize over-exertion and stress on the body, while creating an environment that is safe and pleasant to work in. This in turn creates happy employees, and helps organizations maintain a healthy and safe workplace.

Salary Negotiations
Katie Walk
If you don’t ask, you won’t get it. Whether you're looking for your first job or are changing jobs, you may have heard mixed messages about negotiating your salary. While there is no one-size-fits-all model for salary negotiation, there are strategies you can use regardless of industry and experience level.

 

BREAKOUT SESSION #3 | Lightning Round Sessions
1 - 2 p.m.

During this breakout, you will attend two 25-minute sessions and participate in open discussion groups rather than a formal presentation. You will choose which sessions you plan to attend the day of the conference, but keep in mind, each session will have limited space so be sure to plan ahead. Each topic will repeat during this time, so you will have two chances to attend your topic of choice!

LinkedIn Tips & Tricks
Danny Fladhammer
LinkedIn is one of the top social media platforms to help grow professionally. LinkedIn has been around for years and continues to grow as an industry-standard social media platform. This breakout session will focus on the basics and your introduction to LinkedIn. It will show where to start and what LinkedIn can offer you.

Outlook Tips & Tricks
Denise Woodford
This discussion group is structured for those who are already familiar with the use of Outlook but who are interested in exploring some of the hidden shortcuts and tricks that can make your use of the application much more efficient. We will explore tools that will help you to better manage your email, calendar, address book, and task list.

Salary Negotiations
Katie Walk
If you don’t ask, you won’t get it. Whether you're looking for your first job or are changing jobs, you may have heard mixed messages about negotiating your salary. While there is no one-size-fits-all model for salary negotiation, there are strategies you can use regardless of industry and experience level.

Starting a Wellness Initiative
Carmen Peterson
Join this discussion group to learn more about starting a workplace wellness program. You will hear from CVTC’s Benefits Coordinator on what CVTC does for a wellness program, as well as hear about fun and engaging ways to work with smaller groups or departments.

What’s ‘Appening? Apps for Increasing Productivity
Jeff Pepper
In this interactive session we will share and discuss apps we can use in our work and life to make things easier and more organized. Bring a device with you to the session and share what works for you!

BREAKOUT SESSION #4
2 - 3 p.m.

Chair Yoga
Stephanie Powell
How many times have you looked up from the computer, shocked at how long you had been working? Those long hours at a desk can really do a number on us, both mentally and physically. This breakout session will teach you use your breath to stop the clock and check in with yourself. You will be guided through a sequence of yoga poses, that are accessible for anybody, that can be easily done at a desk, in a cubicle, or even a home office so you can give yourself the gift of self-care any time, any place. You will have illustrated handouts as well, so you can start your own Chair Yoga practice as soon as you leave the session!

Leading Kind: Tips That Work When Dealing with Conflict
Brooke Richartz, SHRM-SCP
If you ask most people, they will tell you they dislike dealing with any sort of conflict. While it’s true it can be uncomfortable, it is also necessary most of the time to move forward. I truly believe that if what you have to say is coming from a good place and has good intention, it can make it less awkward. In this Leading Kind session, I will share some tips on how to frame your mind into a ‘kind place’ and make conflict resolution a little less stressful. Tips like being an announcer vs a referee throughout a conversation, the idea of a conversation flow chart vs being combative or competitive and how to ask more questions to get the results you need. Along the way, I will intertwine some real-life stories from the world of HR. Let’s get comfortable being uncomfortable!

Managing Your Priorities and Your Energy
Dan Burns
This session will help create greater awareness of possible actions we can take to identify and fulfill our work and life priorities.

Navigating Difficult Conversations
Deb Clarke
Examine key concepts related to navigating important conversations that help strengthen rather than diminish relationships. Explore the role mindset plays in approaching others and helping you communicate effectively.
* Examine sources of difficult conversations
* Explore mindset related to approaching difficult conversations
* Identify strategies for navigating difficult conversations