Professional & Organizational Development

Support Professionals Spring Retreat

Tuesday, April 18


Watch the mentoring panel from this year’s event and access mentoring resources.


7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. | Check-In & Continental Breakfast

Please arrive by 8:00 a.m. to check in, receive your materials, and enjoy breakfast.

8:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. | Welcome and Mentoring Panel

10:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Morning Sessions (you’ll choose one)

  • Cultural Perspectives From the Inside Out (Ujima Donalson)

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Buffet-style lunch includes hot entrees, a selection of salads and sides, and an amazing array of desserts. Vegetarian options are available, but please notify POD with dietary restrictions.

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Post-Lunch Sessions (you’ll choose one)

  • Mindful Meditation (Katie Evans)

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Afternoon Sessions (you’ll choose one)

  • Unlocking Possibility (Lee Davis)
  • Fight, Flight, or Get it Right: Mastering Conflict (Linda Callecod)

Welcome and Mentoring Panel

Welcome: Ujima Donalson; Panel: Moderator Mindy Kornberg and panelists

To kick off a day devoted to your personal enrichment and professional development, a panel of accomplished UW leaders will share highlights of their journey through or to the UW, milestones from their career path at the UW, and how mentors helped guide and challenge them along the way, with time allowed for audience questions.

The panel will be moderated by Vice President of University of Washington Human Resources Mindy Kornberg; the panelists are Associate Vice President and Controller Ann Anderson, UW Finance and Facilities; Assistant Vice President Christina Chang, Finance and Administration, University Advancement; Assistant Vice President Nicki McCraw, Medical Centers Human Resources; Director of Finance and Administration Linda Nelson, College of Arts and Sciences; and Director of Building Services Gene Woodard, UW Finance & Facilities.

For those who cannot attend the retreat, the panel will be live-streamed starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18. 

In conjunction with this special mentoring panel, POD will be debuting new mentoring resources on its website, including a mentoring toolkit with worksheets.

Morning Sessions (you’ll choose one)

Cultural Perspectives from the Inside Out

Ujima Donalson, M.Ed., Executive Director, UW Professional & Organizational Development

Each of us possesses a unique perspective that’s informed by our background, heritage, upbringing, gender, identity, and other characteristics and life experiences. This experiential workshop challenges you to examine how you developed the particular lens through which you view the world, enriching your awareness of your unconscious assumptions and attitudes. Discover how micro-inequities might devalue you or others, explore how you might unknowingly commit micro-aggressions, and practice using the Ladder of Inference to identify when bias or presumptions may be getting the better of you.

Post-Lunch Sessions (you’ll choose one)

Mindful Meditation

Katie Evans, Mindfulness Facilitator

According to Psychology Today, “mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are.” Practicing it gives us the opportunity to, in a nonjudgmental manner, “become more present with ourselves just as we are.”

Some of the documented benefits of mindful meditation are improved memory, stress reduction, lower blood pressure, reduced chronic pain, improved sleep, increased energy, and better listening skills. In this relaxing session, learn tips and techniques for effective mindful meditation.  You will leave feeling rested, energized, and better than you have in some time. It’s more effective than a nap!

Afternoon Sessions (you’ll choose one)

Unlocking Possibility

Lee Davis, Training & Organizational Development Consultant, UW Professional & Organizational Development

Life is a story that we tell, and the most fulfilled and successful among us are those who’ve decided to tell a story of possibility. Explore a revolutionary approach for leaving your fears behind and breaking the mental barriers that limit your potential.

Are you ready to take a journey of self-discovery? In this interactive workshop, gain a renewed sense of ownership of your feelings and behaviors, discover from within a new way of handling yourself and the world around you, and explore tools for improving your professional and personal life.

Fight, Flight, or Get it Right: Mastering Conflict

Linda Callecod, SHRM-SCP, CPC, Senior Consultant, UW Professional & Organizational Development

Conflict is normal in all kinds of relationships, but for many of us, it can feel completely unnatural and takes an emotional toll. Knowing how to successively work through conflict requires awareness and skill—and perhaps a leap of faith, too. In this session, assess how you handle conflict, explore smart strategies for controlling your reactions to it, and learn how bringing the intention of peaceful resolution will help you feel more confident and comfortable when facing conflict.

This event will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle’s Elliott Bay. Reserve your seat (or one for the support person on your team) for a well-deserved boost to skills, perspective, and professional growth!

You will select sessions when you register. If a session is full, you will be placed in another session available at that time. In addition to a continental breakfast and buffet lunch, beverages and treats will be available throughout the day.

Important: If you have food allergies or other essential dietary restrictions, contact when you register so that we can work with the conference center to accommodate you.

Registration is now closed for the 2017 retreat.