Human Resources: Upcoming September Programs

Professional & Personal Development Programs

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources. You can register for programs by visiting or contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Business Writing for Success; 9/8; 1-4 p.m.;  $75. This interactive workshop has been designed to assist participants with techniques to draft, compose and edit professional documents for the global audience. Participants will become more aware of business considerations for internal and external clients, and will learn to communicate factual information objectively for the practical reader. Emphasis is placed on appropriate organization, clarity and conciseness with a focus around global communications for multicultural recipients. This interactive workshop is especially valuable for those who work globally, for whom English may be a second language. Participants will acquire skills through interactive and written learning exercises, developing writing processes as they write and revise required samples. A participant guide containing tips to reinforce learning will be provided.

Essentials of Management: Session 1; 9/13; 9 a.m.-noon; $250 for the multi-session program. If you’re a new manager at Penn, this program is for you. You’ll learn about a variety of general management practices to help you shine in your new role—like interviewing, hiring, development, engagement and performance management. This program runs over a five-month period and includes classroom sessions and several online modules. You’ll participate in a 360-degree feedback process, meet with a professional performance coach, and have the opportunity to network with other managers from all over Penn’s campus.

During the first session, you will work with peer managers to identify different management issues and determine appropriate actions towards resolution.

Navigating Difficult Conversations; 9/15; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress and tension. They can also impair and even destroy relationships. When handled poorly, they are likely to result in serious problems that interfere with productivity and leave everyone involved feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. You can’t avoid these kinds of conversations, but you can learn how to handle them more effectively. Developing the ability to handle these challenges will pay off in terms of reduced stress, increased confidence, improved relationships, increased trust, fewer problems, better teamwork, higher productivity and better career opportunities.

How to Determine Your Key Skills presented by HR Recruitment; 9/20; 12:30-1:30 p.m. An important part of navigating your career is knowing your greatest talents and skills. In this session, HR Recruitment will help you discover what those key skills are.

Project Management; 9/21; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Managing projects can feel daunting. It requires a focus on defining the initiative, planning for work, managing the initiative and monitoring results. Join us for a seminar to learn about tools and techniques that can help you managing your projects. Learn how to identify the key activities in the project life cycle and how to construct a project timeline. Understand the role of the “triple constraint” in project management and apply it in determining project scope. Learn how to keep projects on track by managing project risks and effectively using a communication plan. Capture valuable project lessons and use them to define and improve project management practices within your organization.

Cross Cultural Communication; 9/28; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Communication goes far beyond the actual words that you say; it’s also how you say those words and the non-verbal messages that you send with them. The receipt and interpretation of that message depends on the other person’s view of the world and his or her beliefs and values. This workshop reaches beyond the surface to explore the similarities and differences among varying cultures. It helps to teach participants to monitor and adapt the more subtle aspects of effective cross cultural communication.

Quality of Worklife Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops, sponsored by Human Resources and led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Quality of Worklife Department, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. For complete details and to register, visit or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or

Managing Relationships; 9/13; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Managing relationships isn’t always easy, especially when conflicts arise. With the right strategies, you can effectively manage even the most difficult relationships. This workshop can show you how. You’ll learn to find “win-win” solutions to personal and professional conflicts with assertiveness, collaboration, handling internal reactions and other skills.

Guided Meditation—Take a Breath and Relax; 9/16 and 9/30; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Practice mindful breathing that focuses your attention on the present moment with kindness, compassion, and awareness. Self-massage and gentle mindful movements that promote relaxation and reduce stress may also be included in the one-hour workshop. No experience necessary.

Mindfulness Monday: From Mind Full to Mindful; 9/19; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness practice develops awareness of your present thoughts and feelings to help you manage different situations. In this once-a-month experiential workshop, you’ll see how mindfulness can help you become more engaged and effective both at home and in the workplace. No prior meditation experience necessary.

A Proactive Approach to Caregiving: Guidance on Planning Ahead; 9/21; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mom or Dad may be healthy and independent now, so conversations about care needs down the road have been pushed to the back burner. But chances are you will find yourself in the role of caregiver at some point in the future. Planning ahead and communicating early and often with your parents can help avoid future pitfalls. Learn about strategies for proactive planning, options for care and the cost of long term care. Most importantly, learn how to broach the topic of care preferences with a parent or loved one to decrease resistance and increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Healthy Living Workshops

Get the tools you need to live well year-round. From expert nutrition and weight loss advice to exercise and disease prevention strategies, we can help you kick-start your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle. These free workshops are sponsored by Human Resources. For complete details and to register, visit contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or

Gentle Yoga; 9/14; 11 a.m.-noon. Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this Gentle Yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders and wrists. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided.

Get to Know What is Healthy at Houston Hall; 9/20; noon-12:30 p.m. Join Dan Connolly, Bon Appétit’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, on a Healthy @ Houston tour. You will meet Mr. Connolly at the information desk in Houston Hall, where he will give a brief history of Bon Appétit and explain the elements of a healthy meal. Then you will follow him downstairs to Houston Market, where he’ll walk you through the café and explain how you can eat Healthy @ Houston.

Fitness 101: Back to Basics; 9/22; noon-1 p.m.; free. Have you always wanted to start an exercise program but don’t know where to begin? Janna Rothschild and Devon Vicari, Campus Recreation’s fitness professionals, both hold advanced degrees and certifications in fitness and will lead a complex discussion regarding fitness programming. This workshop is perfect for anyone new to the fitness field or who just wants a refresher in fitness basics. Join them to learn how to create a personalized program to help you reach your goals. Topics such as physical/mental benefits, finding your target heart rate, and exercise for specific goals will be covered. There will be time for demonstrations and Q&A at the end of the lunch hour! Feel free to bring your (healthy) lunch.

Wellness Walk; 9/23; noon-1 p.m. It has been proven that spending more time outside reduces stress, increases energy levels and boosts immunity. You can start achieving these goals by meeting staff from the Center for Public Health Initiatives and Human Resources Wellness at noon in front of College Hall by the Ben Franklin statue. We will start with some quick and easy warm up stretches and then get our feet moving. The walk will be approximately two miles. We will inform you when we have reached the one-mile mark in the event that you need to leave the walk early. Bring your water bottle and don’t forget your sneakers!

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