WCTF Workshop Descriptions

Topic Areas: Special Events

March 4, 2016 - 7:30am - 4:30pm
Michigan League, Alumni Center, and the Modern Languages Building (MLB)


- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Staff Perspective - 

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2016 WCTF Conference Workshop Sessions

Session A: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.






Career Paths at U-M:  How to Maximize Your Use of the Career Path Navigator
Presenter: W. Jean Tennyson, Program Manager, UHR 

Learn how to effectively use the Career Path Navigator to identify potential next steps in your U-M career.  From career families, career bands and classification/job titles, discover the required minimums, as well as overall transferable skills needed to take you to the next level.

 MLB 1220



Career Development Tools for Personal Branding
Presenter: Jarrett Waddy, MS, Career Consultant, Resume ReVamp by JW

During this session, attendees will discuss how to create a personal brand and strategically market yourself to support specific career advancement opportunities. Attendees in this interactive workshop will learn to use their resume and cover letter as well as online resources like LinkedIn Education to maximize their business connections and pursue career goals.

 Michigan League,
Room D




Writing Effective Personal Statements and Application Essays
Presenters: Jayne S. Reuben, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, USC School of Medicine-Greenville & Jacqueline Bowman, PhD, CEW Senior Counselor

Thinking about returning to school but unclear about what the personal statement should look like? Come learn the elements of a great personal statement for undergraduate or graduate admissions. The presenters will provide confidential constructive feedback for those with statements already in progress. (Participants may bring draft of a personal statement.)

 MLB B135



Leading Inclusive Teams
Presenter: Mark Saine, Senior Director-Client Executive & Leadership Development, TIAA-CREF

This workshop will focus on inclusive behaviors, and explore how to build routines and skills to strengthen those key behaviors. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice using the skills to improve relationships in the session, and will be provided a tip sheet/job aid for immediate use with your work teams.

 Michigan League, Henderson Room


Inclusion, Integrity, Transformation
Presenter: Patricia W. Coleman-Burns, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Participants will acquire the necessary skills and behaviors to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn to: a) communicate with and relate to persons with different worldviews, cultural practices and beliefs, b) avoid compromising your own beliefs and principles, and c) lead and transform without losing sight of your authentic self.

 MLB 1420



Leading High Performing Teams - What’s Diversity and Inclusion Have to Do With It?
Presenter: Veretta Nix, HR Director, UMHS-HR

Leading a diverse and inclusive work environment can result in greater innovation, increased performance and a highly engaged team—when done well.  Yet many leaders do not know how to effectively leverage the differences of team members or where to start, much less to ask the tough yet important questions.  Let’s start your action plan today!

 MLB 2114




From Me and Thee to We: Developing Deeper Connections Across Differences
Presenters: Deborah Orlowski, PhD, Senior Learning Specialist- UHR & Mark Brown, MBA, Learning Specialist - UHR

We bring multiple "identities" to work, yet often relate to each other through obvious factors such as race, age or job position. Learn how to use all of whom you are to create deeper relationships with others across and in spite of your differences.

 MLB 2011


Emotional Intelligence: Why Your EQ in the Workplace Can Take You Farther Than Your IQ
Presenter: Debby Mitchell, DMin., Senior Program Manager, UMHS-OHEI

This workshop will cover the basic elements of emotional intelligence and review the concept of EQ.  Participants will also examine how using emotional intelligence can improve your work performance and support career advancement. 

 MLB 1400



Inside Money: Managing Income & Debt
Presenter: Theresa Serafimovski, JD, Senior Financial Consultant, TIAA-CREF

It’s your budget - take control. Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects on their lives and their futures? Let us show you the real impact of budgeting and debt - and how to help make your money work. In this workshop, you will learn the importance of cash flow - and how to use it, how to change the way you look at a saving and spending, and ways to identify and manage debt.

 Michigan League, Koesseler Room



You Can Live A Creative Life!
Presenter: Ebony Reddock, PhD, School of Social Work

This is a HANDS-ON workshop designed to provide participants with tools they can use to be more creative in their professional and personal lives. Participants will learn strategies to challenge internal and external barriers to creative living; and adopt creative approaches to achieving professional and personal goals.  Come ready to work!

 MLB B137


Is Your Exercise Program Right for You?
Presenter: Colleen Greene, MHealthy

Building an exercise plan that is effective for your life style takes strategy and research. A MHealthy wellness coordinator will lead a discussion on the components of diet and fitness, then direct participants in an interactive exercise to set up a personalized fitness program.

 MLB 2402


Intro to Aerobic Line Dance Hustle
Presenter: Sherry Hawkins, Dance with Elegance

A healthy body supports a healthy mind! Learn the basic steps you need to get your body moving to the beat in this introduction to urban hustle dances. Then join the instructors and other conference attendees at the end of class to strut your stuff.

Alumni Center,
Founders Room


Session B: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.






Brand-NU-Vision - Authentic Leadership Vision Board Experience
Presenter:  LaTanya Orr, MBA, Selah Branding & Design LLC

"Brand-NU-Vision" is an interactive, results-driven leadership experience that enables developing leaders at all levels to visualize, define and storyboard core personal/leadership values with the intent of increasing impact and value in the marketplace. (Materials for creating a personal leadership vision board will be provided.)

 Michigan League,
Room D


Ready to Write and Publish Your First Book?
Presenter: Chanel F. DeGuzman, Ph.D., Leadership Development Consultant

Attend this workshop and get an overview of the book planning and writing process, gain clarity on your target audience, overcome barriers to writing, and develop your book outline in the session.

 MLB 1400


Emotional Intelligence and Workplace Productivity
Presenter: Ann Chow, PhD, UMHS Revenue Cycle

EQ can have a significant impact on employees and a team’s ability to foster a collaborative workplace.  Participants will gain basic knowledge of the components of EQ in this workshop and be introduced to a quick EQ self-assessment tool. Know yourself. Connect better with others. Increase productivity.

 MLB B137


Meetings, Minders, and Memos: Tips & Tools for Improved Work Flow
Presenter: Leslie McGraw, LesGo Consulting

This session will cover 16 tools to help make communication and collaboration more efficient and almost effortless whether you are in office, on the road, or working from home. You can streamline processes, utilize online applications and set up systems for better workflow.

 MLB 2402





Mindful Communication: A Leadership Skill Necessity
Presenters: Ron Sober, LPD Learning Specialist – UHR & Robin Sober, Robin Sober Consulting

Mindful communication happens when you are truly in the present and can exercise curiosity, kindness and compassion. You avoid things that can put you in a position of confrontation. This session will focus on how you can be more mindful in your communication. Connect better.

 Michigan League, Henderson Room


Sustainable U! Career & Leadership Development Strategies
Presenter: Norma Jean Evans, Director Sustainability & Business Services, Cranbrook Educational Community

This workshop is designed to empower, engage and equip participants with sustainable career and leadership development tools and strategies for next level leadership.  Group interactive discussions and application drills will be encouraged. 

 MLB 2011


The Power of Influence & Persuasion in Leadership
Presenter: Tonya C. Bailey, MPA, UM-Flint

Communication skills are a major key to effective leadership. Understanding leadership language and styles, plus when to use this information can help establish you as the “go-to” person in your unit. This session will explore how to max out your persuasive abilities, learn about influence in managing teams and work groups.

 MLB 1420





Will or Trust: What Do I Need?
Presenter: Terrence G. Quinn, Esq. President, TGQ Law Firm

In this workshop participants will engage in interactive case studies highlighting good and bad approaches to will and trust planning. Participants will leave with knowledge empowering them to plan successful futures!

 MLB 2412


Raise Your Credit Score 100 Points in 6 Months
Presenter: Kathryn Greiner, AFC, U-M Credit Union

Your credit score can impact your ability to secure loans as well as get a new job.  Learn the basic yet important steps to improving your credit score in a short period of time. In addition, discover how your savings can also improve creditworthiness. 

MLB 1220 





Ballroom Dancing with Style & Flourish
Presenter: Sherry Hawkins, Dances with Elegance

Take your dance groove up a notch with this intermediate level session in urban ballroom dancing. Then join the instructors and other conference attendees at the end of class to strut your stuff. Have fun as you get your MHealthy minutes in for the day!

Alumni Center,
Founders Room




What is Work/Life Balance? Does It Exist?
Presenters: Phyllis Taylor, Alumni Association & Barbara Mulay, U-M Work-Life Resource Center

Work/Life Balance – no, it's not a myth! It is something that is attainable and is supported by the U-M. The presenters will discuss different ways to bring balance to your life and how to tap into the U-M and community resources that can help you obtain this highly desired state of being. Join us and find the elusive unicorn!

 MLB B135

Stress Management and Sleep
​Presenter: John R. Sonnega, PhD, MHealthy Thrive!

Are you getting enough sleep? A good night’s rest is essential for feeling and performing your best each day. Most adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. In this seminar we will explore how stress affects your sleep, and how your sleep habits impact your stress. Learn healthy sleep habits that can help you feel more energized and more resilient so you can bounce back from the stressors of your daily life. Learn techniques to reduce and manage the effects of stress so you can sleep better at night.

 MLB 2202

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For additional information or inquiries regarding the annual WCTF career conference, please contact Janice Reuben at 734-764-6331, or the CEW office at 734-764-6005, or via email at wctfadmin@umich.edu.

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Thank you for your continued support of the Women of Color Task Force, and the U-M CEW!


CEW extends special thanks to TIAA-CREF, our Platinum Plus corporate sponsor for its generous support of the Women of Color Task Force Conference.