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

Make Meaningful Connections in FY17! Click here to find out  about what shaped our priorities for professional and personal development in FY’17 and the 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). You can also read about how to enter the Meaningful Connections Challenge & Raffle!!!

Career & Professional Dev. and In The Know Courses |Work/Life Courses & Webinars |


Career & Professional Development and In The Know 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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Click here to see upcoming COMPASS events and any new resources/tools.

Unconscious Bias
Tuesday, March 28th: 11:00am – 1:00pm, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
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Wednesday, April 12th: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
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Wednesday, May 3rd: 9:30am – 11:30am, Countway Library, Minot Room
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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.

Mindful Commitments at Work
Tuesday, March 28th: 9:30am-10:30am, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
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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.

Understanding the I9 Process
Thursday, March 23rd: 10:30am – 11:30am, Countway Library, Minot Room
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In this lecture-style class, students will learn about the process for completing the I-9 form for new employees and the process of re-verifying employees with expired visas. This class will cover both staff and academic employee types. There will be in class exercises to reinforce some of Harvard’s more common I-9 scenarios.
Note: This training is strongly recommended for new and existing staff members responsible for completing I-9 forms, and for those of you who may be new or would just like to get a better understanding of the I-9 Employment Verification process.

Work/Life Integration

Tuesday, March 28th: 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Work/Life Integration model (developed by Dr. Stewart Friedman of the UPenn Wharton School of Business) offers an empowering alternative to the elusive promise of Work/Life Balance. In this course we will learn about the four life domains- Home, Community, Work, Self and how to identify mutual value between different domains to better integrate each domain into one’s life. The benefits of practicing Work/Life Integration include greater sense of control, improved health and wellness, lower stress, and more energy. This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Continuous Learning, Innovation, Risk Taking, Strategic Thinking.

Manager Networking Event
Tuesday, April 25th: 9:30am – 11:30am, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
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Twice each year we invite managers and supervisors across the Harvard Longwood Campus to gather for lively discussion over a light breakfast. Topics vary to match current trends or initiatives, such as Engagement, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Useful Tools and/or Models for challenges like process improvement. The format will vary – some sessions will feature a guest speaker, others will incorporate an article or case study, all will include time to learn, discuss, and network.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff and faculty managers.

Year-end Assessments: Helpful Tips for Managers and Helpful Tips for Staff
Please see dates and times below!
This one-hour workshop is designed to help you prepare for meaningful year-end assessments. From writing a clear summary, to giving and receiving feedback, we will explore useful tools and examples. Whether you are using the ePerformance Standard Form, Summary Form, or Exception Form, the content is relevant.

Thursday, March 30th: Countway Library, Minot Room
Staff Tips: 1:30pm -2:30pm Harvard Training Portal Registration
Manager Tips: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Harvard Training Portal Registration

Wednesday, April 12th: Countway Library, Minot Room
Staff Tips: 10:00am- 11:00am Harvard Training Portal Registration
Manager Tips: 11:30am – 12:30pm Harvard Training Portal Registration

Thursday, April 27th: Countway Library, Minot Room
Staff Tips: 1:30pm- 2:30pm Harvard Training Portal Registration
Manager Tips: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Harvard Training Portal Registration

Wednesday, May 10th: Countway Library, Minot Room
Staff Tips: 10:00am- 11:00am Harvard Training Portal Registration
Manager Tips: 11:30am – 12:30pm Harvard Training Portal Registration

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:

Meditation For All Levels
Instructor: Wilhelm Engelbrecht
No registration required!!!
Wednesdays 8:30am – 9:00am
3/29 – Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 – Countway, Ballard Room
5/10 – TMEC Learning Studio, Room 128
5/17- Countway, Ballard Room
5/31 – Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
6/7, 6/14, 6/21 –  Countway, Ballard Room
6/28 – Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room
A half hour session to practice and discuss mediation in community. Each session will include an intro to a meditation technique, a 15 – 20 minute guided meditation, and Q&A. This course is designed for all levels, and is meant to provide a safe and communal space to practice before starting the work day.
**Chairs will be provided. If you prefer to be seated on the floor, please bring along a cushion**

Meditation – Heartfulness
Bhanu Bahl
Mondays, 12:00pm – 12:45pm, (10 wk, bi-weekly class with the exception of classes in June)
2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, Countway Library, Lahey Room
Practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation. Researchers have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. Some things you know in your head, some you know in your heart. Connect the two – join us for this 10 week, bi-weekly Heartful meditation practice this spring/ summer.

Welcoming A Baby? Thinking of Adopting? New to Child Care?
Thursday, April 6th: 12:00pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Ballard Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
This monthly seminar provides an overview of the multiple resources offered to Harvard paid benefits eligible employees. 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. Feel free to bring and enjoy your lunch!
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.

LGBTQ Families: Speaking Up and Speaking Out
Thursday, April 13th: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
There are three million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents in the U.S. raising six million children. LGBTQ families have important stories to tell, joys to celebrate, and challenges to overcome. This workshop is for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, people with LGBTQ parents, and all allies. Learn more about the experiences of LGBTQ families and ways we can speak out together for the lived and legal equality of all families.

End of Life Caregiving
Wednesday, April 26th: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
Harvard Training Portal Registration
Most of us avoid discussions about end of life care for obvious reasons. Just addressing the topic can be profoundly sad and all the more frightening because it forces us to consider our own mortality. But times are changing. There is increasingly more emphasis on communicating openly about end of life care early on, so that we are not left adrift when faced with critical health care decisions on behalf of our loved ones. This seminar will address end of life care decisions and review what practical steps you can take now to prepare for the final journey.

Weight Watchers@ Work meeting information!

HLC Home Buying and Selling Seminars
Thursday, May 18th:  12:00pm – 1:30pm, Countway Library, Minot 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.


HU Human Resources, HU Happenings & Benefits Office Workshops

Financial Education Calendar March/April 2017
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.

LEARN ANYTHING: Explore the World of Free Online Courses
March 29th, 7:00pm–8:00pm PM, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston
Join this free workshop—facilitated by members of the HarvardX team—to explore the possibilities for online learning, understand the process of signing up for and participating in an online course, and learn how to interact with course materials.