Professional & Organizational Development

Support Professionals Spring Retreat

Tuesday, April 18

This one-day conference designed for UW administrative support professionals promotes on-the-job success and personal growth. This year’s event features an array of speakers and topics, with a special focus on resilience, adaptability, wellness, and transformation. Participants choose a morning workshop and two afternoon sessions, tailoring the day to their needs and interests.

As you take a day away from the office for your development, you can enjoy opportunities to network with your peers and all the amenities of Bell Harbor International Conference Center, including views of Elliot Bay and a bounty of food and beverage options.

Participants attending the retreat will receive credit towards POD’s new certificate in Administrative Excellence. Registering for the retreat will also give you the option to sign up for the online learning portal Leadership Advantage for the special price of $100 (a savings of $75).

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Check-In & Continental Breakfast

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

8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. | Welcome

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Morning Sessions (you’ll choose one)

  • Enhance Your Work Environment Through Gracious Space (Pat Hughes)
  • Keep Calm and Carry On (Clive Shearer)
  • Resilience Lab (Posy Gering)

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 indicate dietary restrictions when you register.

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

  • The Transformational Power of Group Dynamics (Jayant Swamy)
  • FULL: Undaunted: Introspection and Expression Through Painting (Linda Callecod, Courtny Nielsen & Jamie Wilson)
  • Untangle Your Stress: Mindfulness Techniques for Ease and Vitality (Danny Arguetty)

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

  • Creating What You Want Through Constructive Thinking (Lee Davis and Lynne Lazaroff)
  • Do You Want to Be a Genius? Lessons from Albert Einstein (Katie Evans)
  • Everything You Want to Know From Your Boss but Are Afraid To Ask (Ujima Donalson)

Morning Sessions

Enhance Your Work Environment Through Gracious Space

Pat Hughes

Facilitating a healthy work environment is frequently identified as a top competency for success in the workplace. For good reason: Research shows that workplace culture is positively correlated with business results.

This interactive workshop introduces Gracious Space, a framework that support professionals can use to contribute to a healthy and collaborative work environment. Participants apply the principles of Gracious Space toward practical ways to lead mindfully from their position, use diverse thinking to improve service and results, and create learning and joy in the workplace.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Clive Shearer

When change looms it is natural to feel powerless—like a cork in an ocean, or a puppet with strings pulled by others. Feeling powerless is stressful. This workshop offers a way out—building resilience, equanimity, and a sense of control.

Participants practice mindful meditation to lower stress and calm the mind and explore other ways to avoid distorted thinking, visualize the ability to manage pressure, strengthen connections and alliances, and see change as a new door opening with new opportunities.

Resilience Lab

Posy Gering, MA

Setbacks, obstacles, and blunders often derail us, disrupting our sense of well-being and taking us away from the task at hand. It may be minutes, or even hours or days, before we get back on track. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you’d like to learn how to break free of negative patterns and bounce back with energy and positivity, come to the Resilience Lab. Participants experiment with some of the surprisingly simple strategies they can use anytime, anywhere in just a minute or two. These secrets combine neuroscientific, somatic, and psychological antidotes for difficulties that can poison your day. Participants leave with a toolset that can stop a downward spiral, get them out of a stall, and amplify their satisfaction.

Post-Lunch Sessions

The Transformational Power of Group Dynamics

Jayant Swamy

This highly interactive session uses methods from improvisational comedy and traditional team building to examine group dynamics and give participants practical tools for cultivating a cooperative environment on their teams.

Participants explore the Win-Win Approach, where the real measure of individual success is the extent of their contribution to the success of their team members. Activities are designed to demonstrate the impact of cooperation vs. competition and to celebrate the interchangeability of team roles.

Undaunted: Introspection and Expression Through Painting

Linda Callecod, Courtny Nielsen, & Jamie Wilson

*** This session is now full. ***

In this lively session, facilitators guide you step-by-step through basic techniques as you paint this impressionistic sunrise view on canvas. You’ll be encouraged as you work through the analogy of the thriving evergreen and the strength and hope it represents. You may even find that your own perseverance, courage, and spirit come shining through in your art!

No painting experience is necessary. All supplies are provided and of course you may take your masterpiece home with you.

Untangle Your Stress: Mindfulness Techniques for Ease and Vitality

Danny Arguetty

Are you an expert at getting stressed? Are your muscles tight, breath short, and mind racing? Take time to recalibrate your nervous system and engage with unnecessary stress in a skillful way. Join UW Recreation’s Mindfulness Manager, Danny Arguetty, to:

  • Identify the main causes of stress and how they impact overall physical and mental health.
  • Explore quick and effective techniques to restore the body and reduce physical tension.
  • Use the breath to enhance the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Engage with mental turbulence, create more space, build resilience, and amplify focus.
  • Use laughter and community connection as additional resources to untangle stress.

Afternoon Sessions

Creating What You Want Through Constructive Thinking

Lee Davis & Lynne Lazaroff

During this interactive session, you will examine the relationship between perception, interpretation of events, and personal energy. Understanding this relationship will enable you to control your response to any event and ultimately shift your worldview in a more positive direction.

Facilitators will guide you through an active practice of reframing thoughts to harness positive energy toward creating your desired emotional state. You will learn strategies to turn around negative emotional responses in your daily life by using imagery, power words, and visualization.

Do You Want to Be a Genius? Lessons from Albert Einstein

Katie Evans

Albert Einstein left many writings on how he used his brain so well. These easy-to-master tools are the basis for his brilliance and can be learned by anyone. The key to success often lies in emulating those who have already done what you want to do.

Join Seattle hypnotherapist and author, Katie Evans, as she shares at least ten ways to expand your mind, become an expert problem solver, and recognize your personal power as a result. Science with a heavy dose of humor will make the time fly by. That’s the theory of relativity simplified: Time flies when you’re having fun!

Everything You Want to Know From Your Boss but Are Afraid To Ask

Ujima Donalson

Have you ever had a question for your boss that you were afraid to ask? Now is your chance to pick the brain of our resident leadership expert, Ujima Donalson, Assistant Vice President of Total Talent Management. In this 90-minute session, Ujima will give you insider information to help you understand and partner with your supervisor. Through a Q&A-style format and breakout group discussions, participants explore powerful techniques for communication and managing up—like how to distill all the information about what you do, how to present what you need in a succinct “ask,” and how to decode “manager-speak.”

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 break from your routine to recharge skills, perspective, and professional development!

In addition to a hot breakfast and buffet lunch, beverages and treats will be available throughout the day. If you have food allergies or other essential dietary restrictions, please indicate that when you complete the registration form so that we can work with the conference center to accommodate you.

The registration fee of $275 includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a full day of events. To register, complete this Catalyst WebQ.

  • You will select sessions when you register. If a session is full, you will be placed in another session available at that time.
  • If paying with a UW budget number, you will need to have that number, as well as budgetary authorization/approval, to complete your registration.
Special offer: When registering for the retreat, you may also sign-up for the online learning portal Leadership Advantage for $100 (a $75 savings from the spring subscription price). Your subscription will begin on April 17 and run through December 31, 2018.