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Upcoming HR Programs
May 22, 2007, Volume 53, No. 34

Professional and Personal Development

Take advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources.  You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page), or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Professional Development Program–Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; June 1; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $75. Competing priorities. Multiple deadlines. A hundred unanswered e-mails. This engaging, highly interactive workshop will give you the tools to increase productivity, enhance your chances of success, keep focused, effectively manage all the information that comes across your desk, and reduce your stress level.

The Penn Perspective; June 7 and 8; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $60. Whether you’re new to the University or have been here for years, The Penn Perspective will help you gain a new awareness of how Penn works. This two-day program provides you the opportunity to hear about critical aspects of the University’s structure, mission, and future direction. You’ll leave with a greater appreciation for the role you play at Penn. In addition, you’ll have the chance to meet and interact with other members of Penn’s vast community.

Brown Bag Matinee–Give ‘em the Pickle; June 13; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Bob Farrell is the most impassioned customer service guru of his time!  “Give ’em the Pickle” is a fun, motivating look at the most important thing we can do in business…take care of the customer.

Professional Development Program–Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; June 14; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. Bring your lunch and join us for this two-part session to learn about all the Penn Library has to offer staff. A one-hour information session will be followed by a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Participants are welcome to attend part one only.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Networking Tips for the New Networker; June 26; noon to 1 p.m.; free; Not sure about networking?  Wonder what it is, how to do it, and how to overcome a reluctance to approach people you don’t know?  In this workshop, you will learn more about networking, what it is and is not, and why it is such an important skill both professionally and personally. Our instructor will introduce a variety of strategies for effective networking, with a special focus on networking techniques for non-natural networkers.

Professional Development Program–Strategies for Developing Effective Presentations; July 19 and 20; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $60. Do you want to overcome those “presentation anxieties” and become comfortable and relaxed with your own speaking style? Do you want to expertly handle a challenging audience? At this two-day program, you'll learn how to deliver a presentation that's clear, informative, memorable, motivating, and convincing. You'll make three live presentations and receive ongoing, personalized feedback.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Negotiation Skills: “The Sluggers Come Home...”; July 27; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Learn the key principles, strategies and tactics of negotiation–a process which many find challenging. Our video, The Sluggers come Home, tells the story of negotiations between a baseball club owner and the brothers who own a nearby baseball stadium. How they come to terms illustrates the three major steps in negotiations: preparation, bargaining and settlement.


Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers

“Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers” includes monthly lunchtime sessions on topics generally relevant to Penn staff within 2-10 years of retirement. All sessions are free; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page) or call (215) 898-3400.

Entrepreneurship; June 20; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. This session will lay out the issues you’ll need to consider if you are curious about starting your own business, doing consulting, buying a franchise or any other business venture. Led by M. Therese Flaherty from the Wharton Small Business Development Center, this workshop will introduce the fundamentals behind any successful business and introduce various resources for those interested in pursuing more information.

How Will I Spend My Time?; July 18; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. This session offers a self-assessment process to help you clarify how you’ll want to spend your time in retirement. Analyzing your current likes/dislikes and favorite activities in your leisure time will help you choose retirement involvements which will be interesting and meaningful to you.


Baby Prep 101: Preparing for a New Baby in Your Life

If you’re planning to start a family or add to your existing family, join us for the Spring 2007 health series “Baby Prep 101: Preparing for a New Baby in Your Life”. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp, or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

Keeping Your Young Child Healthy; June 6; noon to 1 p.m.; free. When a new baby enters your life, much of the focus is put on how to care for your baby when he/she is sick.  While all children get sick, and it’s necessary for them to develop immunities, it’s always a goal to keep infants as healthy as possible and avoid illness when practical.  Parents can help strengthen their babies’ immune system and keep them healthy and thriving. This workshop will help prepare you to manage common childhood illnesses and consider the pros and cons of vaccinations.  You should leave the workshop feeling confident in your ability to know the ailments to which your baby or toddler is most susceptible and when you need to call your health care provider.

—Division of Human Resources

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