Workshops: Career Development – Work/Life and Wellness – Community Events

Make Meaningful Connections in FY17! The recent HU Engagement Survey results, as well as a wide range of community dialogs on the Harvard Longwood Campus (and beyond), shaped our priorities for professional and personal development in the coming year:

  1. Enable more effective communication, whether through more regular and specific feedback, or embracing courageous conversation.
  2. Expand our individual and collective fluency of diversity to cultivate our roles in creating an inclusive community.
  3. Foster continuous improvement organizationally (process improvement/innovation) and individually (career development), as cornerstones of both job satisfaction and contribution.

Four content suites comprise the Meaningful Connections curriculum:  COMPASS-Career Navigation, Work-Life & Wellness, Interpersonal Focus, and In The Know (compliance and/or cyclical topics).  Learn about the FY17 Meaningful Connections Challenge and Raffle, here.

Career & Professional Dev. Courses |Work/Life Courses & Webinars |


Career & Professional Development Courses


The FY’17 Meaningful Connections: Work-Life & Professional Development Calendar is now available for viewing. For detailed course information, check out the HLC Work-Life & Professional Development  Course Catalogue.

All listed courses are available for registration in the Harvard Training Portal (HTP) . To access the portal, go to  and sign in with your HarvardKey.
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*JANUARY IS WELLBEING MONTH!!! Click here for more information on January workshops & talks exploring:
Career Wellbeing
Social Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
Physical Wellbeing
Financial Wellbeing

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Click here to see upcoming COMPASS events and any new resources/tools.

Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, January 25: 9:30am-11:30am, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Thursday, February 23rd: 9:30am-11:30am, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Each of us has biases, of which we are not consciously aware, that may prevent us from making equitable, inclusive decisions. Our brains rely on past cultural experience to provide data that “fills in the blanks” between the things we see. We “understand” by weaving together the information we have with the threads of information that our brains remember. We tend to make associations very quickly, based on our experience or beliefs, and more slowly when we see something counter to our experience or beliefs. This course has been created to enable to you understand bias and to find ways to mitigate unconscious bias. This course will develop the following Harvard competencies: Communication Skills and  Valuing Diversity.

Conflict Resolution Strategies
Tuesday, February 7th: 10:00am-12:00pm, Countway Library Ballard Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
We all have situations when conflict might arise. In this course we are going to discuss the main elements that create conflict, how to identify your own style and learn some strategies to help you to resolve conflict. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Managing Conflict, Communication Skills, Negotiation

Stress Management on the Go
Tuesday, February 7th: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Countway Library Ballard Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Do you wish you had some quick-and-easy ways to manage your stress on-the-go? Whether you are stuck in traffic or waiting in a very long line at the bank during your very short lunch break, come learn tips and tricks to help you bring yourself back to a calm and focused state – no matter what life throws your way! This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Continuous Learning, Managing Conflict.

Mindful Commitments at Work
Thursday, February 23rd: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Have you ever agreed to take on a volunteer assignment only to find yourself overwhelmed and resentful as a result? Do you find yourself wracking your brain for ways to back out of commitments that you didn’t have to take on in the first place? Learn how to discern between extra work that propels you towards your professional goals and extra work that adds to your already full plate without adding to your resume. The course contributes to the development of the following competencies: Communication Skills, Decision Making, Strategic Thinking and Interpersonal Skills.

Conversations that Take Courage
Thursday, February 23rd: 2:00pm-4:00pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
This course will help you to reflect on conversations that take courage whether they involve managing up, engaging as a team member or addressing a challenging situation. You will take time to self-reflect on your own style and to prepare and implement the key elements for a successful conversation. This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Communication Skills, Building Trust, Interpersonal Skills

Performance Management
Please click here for the latest information on training and tools.


Center for Workplace Development: On the HLC, UMT & Harvard Leadership

Universal Manager Training
To learn about this CWD program, click here.  This program equips managers with knowledge and skills in the core areas of Employment Law, HU Policies, WorkLife, Leaves of Absence, Civility, Safety, and Diversity.  This program is required for all managers and supervisors (new managers should attend within their first year at Harvard). For more information and to register, go to the Harvard Training Portal ( and enter Universal Manager Training under Search in the upper right-hand corner.

Harvard Leadership Development Programs
Please click here for a description of available programs and options.  To enroll contact:
Chan SPH –
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Work/Life Courses & Webinars

Work/Life resources for the Harvard Longwood Campus community can be reached via e-mail:

*JANUARY IS WELLBEING MONTH!!! Click here for more information on January workshops & talks exploring:

Career Wellbeing
Social Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
Physical Wellbeing
Financial Wellbeing 

Welcoming A Baby? Thinking of Adopting? New to Child Care?
Tuesday, January 17th: 12:00pm-1:30pm, Countway Library Ballard Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Tuesday, February 14th: 12:00pm-1:30pm, Countway Library Ware Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
This monthly seminar provides an overview of the multiple resources offered to Harvard employees as well as employees of the Longwood Medical Area. Topics covered include a review of various child care options and how to find child care that’s right for you. We also review benefits available to each employee type and their various pay schedules, planning your leave, mother’s rooms and other key information for new parents from the Harvard Longwood Community.
Note: registration of this course through the Harvard Training Portal will result in it being listed as complete and viewable under training history. For the purpose of confidentiality, you may also register by emailing with your name, the course name and date you wish to attend.

Yoga for Every Body
Karen Kwass
(all levels welcome, no registration required!)

Wednesday, December 21st Minot Room: Noon – 1:00pm
For January dates, click on the Wellbeing Month information above!!
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to work at their own pace. She brings joy, compassion, and awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs.
Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

LGBT Aging 101: What You Need to Know About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging
Wednesday, December 14th: 12:30pm- 1:30pm, Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Our mainstream community has limited knowledge of the cultural, psychosocial, historical and economic issues facing LGBT older adults and caregivers. This presentation will examine what life has been like, and is for LGBT older adults and caregivers. We’ll explore  the unique experiences of this population, generational differences, caregiver responsibilities, questions about healthcare, housing and what is “successful aging”.

Caring for LGBTQ Youth: Celebrations and Struggles from the Voices of Parents and Guardians
Monday, February 13th: 12:30pm-1:30pm – Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Come hear from a group of local speakers about their journeys as caregivers of LGBTQ youth. The landscape of sexual orientation, romantic and emotional orientation, gender identity, and gender expression can feel like it is changing every day. These caregiver stories will illuminate families’ resilience and progress within that landscape while also speaking to the ongoing struggle facing LGBTQ people and families.

Weight Watchers@ Work meeting information!

HLC Home Buying and Selling Seminars
Thursday, January 12th: 12:00pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Ballard Room
To register and for information about other seminars, please click here.
Demystify the home buying and selling processes by attending a seminar that will help answer the following questions:
How much can I really afford to pay and what type of mortgage makes the most sense?
What is a Purchase and Sale Agreement?
How does the process, from offer to acceptance to closing, work?
How can I best price my home and prepare it for sale?
Seminars are offered every other month on the Harvard Longwood Campus, September-December.

Bright Horizons Webinars
Bright Horizons Webinar Library offers recorded webinars on a variety of topics; parents can watch at their convenience.


Harvard University Human Resources & Benefits Office Workshops

December 2016 Financial Education Calendar
From the Harvard Benefits Office
View this calendar to see what is being offered in the world of financial education over the next few months –you are just one click away from setting up a one-on-one or watching a webinar or signing up for an in-person presentation when they are offered.