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.

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

Unconscious Bias
Thursday, February 23rd: 9:30am-11:30am, Countway Library, Minot Room
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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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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
Thursday, February 23rd: 12:30pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
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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.

Conversations that Take Courage
Thursday, February 23rd: 2:00pm-4:00pm, Countway Library, Minot Room
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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.

Effective Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse Team
Tuesday, March 14th: 10:30am – 12:00pm, Countway Library, Ballard Room
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Recruiting for a diverse team is essential to Harvard University. By building a diverse team, you will expand the perspectives and approaches from which decisions are made. Not only is diversity recruitment essential to our mission, but it is the law. As a Federal Contractor, Harvard has an obligation to make “good faith efforts” in the recruitment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. During this course you will learn why diversity recruitment is important, how to think differently about your staffing needs and gain skills to reduce unconscious bias during the interview process. This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Valuing Diversity, Building a high performing team.

Overview of Cultural Intelligence
Tuesday, March 14th: 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Countway Library, Ballard Room
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Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness for culturally diverse situations. Come learn about the basic concepts of CQ to see how it can apply to you! This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Valuing Diversity, Embracing Change, Teamwork and Collaboration.

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
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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.

Year-end Assessments: Helpful Tips for Managers and Helpful Tips for Staff
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
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.

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:
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Work/Life Courses & Webinars

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

Welcoming A Baby? Thinking of Adopting? New to Child Care?
Tuesday, March 7th: 12:00pm-1:30pm, Countway Library, Ballard Room
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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.

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

Wednesdays, 12:15pm – 1:00pm
February 1st: Countway Library, Minot Room
February 8th: Countway Library, Minot Room
February 15th: Countway Library, Ballard Room
February 22nd: Countway Library, Minot Room
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.

Meditation – Heartfulness
Instructor: 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
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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.

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 –  Countway, Ballard Room
6/14, 6/21 – Countway, Ballard
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**

Weight Watchers@ Work meeting information!

HLC Home Buying and Selling Seminars
Tuesday, March 7th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, 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.


Harvard University Human Resources & Benefits Office Workshops

Financial Education Calendar January/February 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.

ROTH Meetings – On Campus
On-campus Information Sessions: Join representatives from the Harvard University Retirement Center (HURC) and TIAA to learn about the Roth TDA option. Click here to register.

February 2, 2017
Cambridge 10-11 a.m. at 114 Mt. Auburn St., Room 406
Longwood Campus: 3-4 p.m. Countway Library, Ballard Room

February 8, 2017
Longwood Campus: 10-11 a.m. Countway Library, Ballard Room
Cambridge: 2-3 p.m. at 114 Mt. Auburn St., Room 406