Session Descriptions

Session 1 – 10:15am-11:15am

Make Smartsheets Work For You
Sara Parris and Brian Vanderheyden

In this session, Sara and Brian will demonstrate the variety of ways they have used Smartsheets, a tool available to ISU employees for a small annual fee. Sara will demonstrate how some basic forms provided the foundation for a complex and interconnected system of forms, surveys, and sheets that were used by the university Public Health Team for COVID contact tracing and case investigation. Brian will share how Smartsheets facilitated online programs, training registration, applications/hiring processes, presentation/outreach requests, and facilitation sign up for Student Wellness.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify multiple uses for Smartsheets they can implement in their own department.
2. Explore advanced capabilities in Smartsheets, such as automating workflows and sending emails.


Neurodiversity at Work: Supports and Strategies
Jamie Niman

Learn foundational information about ADHD, Autism, and co-occurring conditions. Apply inclusive practices for neurodiverse colleagues. Develop strategies and advocacy for support for those of us who are neurodivergent.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand basic terms and diagnostic traits of ADHD and Autism.
2. Generate ideas and utilize resources for supports and strategies for self and colleagues.


Negotiating for Success: Strategies, Tools, and Skills
Ryan Bhattacharyya

Negotiation and conflict resolution don’t have to be avoided. Learn how to effectively maximize the strengths you already have to advocate more persuasively for your position(s) in a collaborative, yet effective way.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify their interests in various types of negotiation scenarios.
2. Achieve optimal outcomes by implementing effective strategies specific to each situation.


Preparing For Your Next Career Move
Teresa Rummer and Luisa Orticelli-Pinto

You’re ready to take the next step in your career….now what? This session will help you prepare for your next advancement opportunity. Staff Recruiting Specialists from University Human Resources will provide tips and tricks on how to market yourself, make your resume stand out, and improve your interviewing skills. This session will give you all the tools you need to put your best foot forward when that next opportunity arrives!
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Explore and develop skills to interview more effectively.
2. Discuss ways to improve their resumes and their personal brand.


Healthy and Productive Habits For Improved Wellbeing
Dabney Larson Hargrafen

This presentation will focus on creating healthy habits as an employee. We will discuss how employees can improve their wellbeing through basic nutrition and regular exercise programs; increase productivity and reduce work-related injuries by using techniques for proper ergonomics; and review risks around chronic disease and healthy aging. Join us for a lively discussion from our campus Physical Therapists.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Investigate good posture and body mechanics techniques.
2. Explore recommendations for implementing healthy habits.


Where Roads Converge: Paying Attention to the Intersections
Denise Williams-Klotz

What are the intersections of your identities and how can we approach our work with a mind toward converging roads? Intersectionality lives in our interactions, our policies, our data, and professional experiences. In this session participants will explore intersectionality, the term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, and understand how aspects of a person’s identities shape how they experience an environment, discrimination, and privilege.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Define and provide examples of intersectional identities.
2. Articulate how intersectionality relates to their work.


Session 2 – 12:45pm-1:45pm

Smarter Project Management
Scott Willsey

This hands on workshop will explore how the Smartsheet project management platform can be used to help you manage activities and collaborate with team members, participants, and stakeholders. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to explore: data collection, sharable digital workspaces, cloud-based access, tracking contract deliverables, ensuring compliance, and determining funding eligibility.

*Please bring a fully charged laptop to this session.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Explore streamlined data collection and utilization of a project management hub.
2. Identify options for tracking regulations and compliance for funding sources.


Two Personal Skills Critical For Meaningful Relationships
Jan Wiersema

During this very interactive and experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice two personal skills that will help them not only professionally, but also socially. Participants will be introduced to the skills, identify needs by working with a partner, and leave the session with specific words and actions that will promote more personal and meaningful relationships.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Engage in practicing two personal skills.
2. Identify specific nonverbal and verbal components of each skill.


Partnership Development: Danger, Don’t Go Alone
Jeff Jackson

“Who should I partner with?”, “How do I partner with them?”, “What should I be asking?”. In this workshop we will discuss how to identify potential partner businesses/organizations, how to develop opportunities with/for partnerships, and think outside the box around successful potential partnerships. Successful organizations and programs utilize key partnerships to pave the path to greater awareness, relationships, and happiness.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify why we need partnerships.
2. Discuss finding partner opportunities and securing desired partnerships.


Mindful Eating: It Really Isn’t About the Food
Stephanie Downs

Are you tired of feeling out of control when it comes to your eating? Ever wonder why you eat, especially the what, when and how much? Mindful eating
is about putting you in charge. It’s about the flexibility and freedom to fuel yourself the way you want to. Are you ready to feel in charge and not spinning out of control? Join us for this session on mindful eating. We’ll look at several patterns of eating that disrupt our ability to listen and trust our body, and we’ll explore mindful strategies that provide a skillset to move beyond fearful eating to courageous living.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of three eating cycles.
2. Identify their own hunger/fullness scale and personal eating rhythms.
3. Adopt some mindful eating strategies they can incorporate immediately.


The Courageous Audit: A Powerful Tool to Understand and Challenge Our Internal Barriers to Change
Sarah Noll Wilson

We all have goals personally or professionally that we want to accomplish or make movement on. Even when we care about the goal and are passionate about changing behavior, research shows that most of us will not make changes even when the situation is urgent, important, and we have clarity on what to do next. While there are factors that can impact our ability to change like time, skill, and energy, the bigger challenge is that can we have one foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake and not realize it.

Before we can make a list of our “how to” all the things we need to do differently, we need to understand our “why do”. Why do we do what we do that gets in the way. What would be possible if you were able to uncover and understand the ways you stall your own progress to your goals?

Leveraging their collective decades of experience with learning and development, along with the insightful research from the work of Robert Keagan and Lisa Lahey (Immunity to Change), Sarah Noll Wilson and Dr. Teresa Peterson will guide you through a transformative experience to help you discover and understand the assumptions keeping your foot on the brake.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Practice the Model of Perpetual Learning
2. Explore the Stages of Change Model to understand yours and others readiness for change
3. Experience an abbreviated Immunity to Change tool for examining assumptions and beliefs driving undesired behavior


Session 3 – 2:00pm-3:00pm

Do the Electric Slide: How to Make Better PowerPoints
Rachel McKenny

In this workshop you will learn how to create and present more engaging PowerPoints by considering audience needs, purpose, and context. With the average person spending six or more hours of their week in meetings, learn how to design slides that help your audience maintain focus and grasp your concepts better.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Evaluate how their current slides can be reworked to better consider audience needs.
2. Be able to apply slide designs that are backed up by research on audience needs and design principles.


Positivity: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Tracy Schlater

Many professional development programs have focused on attitude of gratitude and the power of a positive mindset, but can positivity become avoidance? As teams, we have to admit the suck exists before we can embrace it and start to work through it. Join this session to learn about tools that enable you to embrace the suck and how to reevaluate and move forward.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the importance of ‘negative’ emotions and how they are critical guideposts for teamwork and leadership.
2. Compare tools that enable you to embrace the suck and how to reevaluate and move forward.


Relational vs Positional Leadership: Leadership in the Workplace
Tera Lawson

During this workshop participants will explore positional and relational leadership, how you can have one without the other, and how they are not mutually exclusive. Together we will unpack leadership, discuss how leadership is enacted in our workplaces, and discover how to cultivate opportunities to enhance our relational leadership skills.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Define and recognize relational and positional leadership.
2. Implement relational leadership strategies in their work and workplace.


“Why Did You Call Instead of Email?”: Engaging Your Office Using Cross Generational Communication
Jamie Sass

Has it ever been a challenge to talk with your Baby Boomer supervisor? What about the Generation Z new hire? Join this workshop to learn about navigating our modern four-generation workplaces. This session examines the four-generation workplace (Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z) in the context of professional communication to address what we need to know about generational differences to increase a workplace culture of good communication across the generational divides. You’ll take a deep dive into understanding what defines and motivates each generation and how that informs a work ethic, work culture preferences, and ultimately, preferred communication styles.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify how and when you should use different mediums such as face-to-face conversations, meetings, phone calls, texts, and messaging systems.
2. Explore team engagement using communication strategies grounded in research.


Parents Living Through the Pandemic: Using Research, Reality, and Positive Discipline
Lori Korthals and Barbara Dunn Swanson

The unintended consequences of the pandemic may have left parents feeling stressed and experiencing decision fatigue about their parenting practices. In this session participants will learn about parenting tools and techniques including how positive discipline is an important parenting tool to build positive parent-child relationships. Join us as we discuss how to use research to help inform your unique parenting reality!
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Explore how research can inform their parenting practices.
2. Apply the STOP BREATHE TALK strategy to situations they experience personally and professionally.
3. Recognize how positive discipline can be a strategy for developing a strongparent / child bond.

Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gap Among Marginalized Communities in Iowa
Lorena Dorado-Robles

This session will demonstrate the current demographics of the state utilizing data for decision makers and finding the diversity in the different counties around the state. We will encourage participants to change the language and describing the gap as an “opportunity gap” rather than an “achievement gap”, along with other terminology that is best used to describe the disparity of opportunities among marginalized communities. The participants will explore how to acknowledge inequities in general, identify internal inequities, enact changes in organizational structures, and reach out to contribute to systemic social justice.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Acknowledge opportunities in the system that can be available for all communities
2. Learn how to implement them back in their communities, along with resources to support these efforts