Advisor Workshops

Professional Development Workshops for Advisors

Advisors, we didn't forget about you. We have comprehensive workshops that will not only help you better advise your students but also enhance your skills as an educator and professional. These workshops pay close attention to certain competencies of higher education and leadership. Each workshop is offered once.

When It’s Time to Move Out: A Roundtable Discussion on Knowing When It's Time to Leave an Institution and How to Do It
Presenter: Scott Siegel
All professionals eventually come to a fork in the road: Is it worth staying at our current institutions or look elsewhere? In a roundtable discussion, professionals will get to share experiences of taking the leap to another institution. We will also discuss best practices on how to make the transition best for all.

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Using Relationship Management to Navigate Your Higher Ed Career
Presenters: Scott Siegel and Sabrina Spadafino
As professionals, the time will come when you must leverage a campus partner or someone in your office. How can we best use relationship management to turn collaboration into an advantage? Furthermore, how can we work with that difficult person to make our lives easier? We will explore different types of relationships in a university setting as well as offer best practices about relationship management and working with difficult people.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Changing Your Office Climate 
Presenter: Jeff Dess
Using the popular game as a vehicle, this workshop breaks down key strategies that help enhance office climate. Participants will discuss how to eliminate negative characteristics, how to address difficult personalities, and how to avoid being stagnant. Through dialogue, gaming, and higher-education theories, participants will work together to learn how to both eliminate toxic behaviors that stunt office growth and also continue to grow a healthy environment.

Building the Perfect Student Leader Team
Presenter: Jeff Dess
Finding student leaders who are already engaged is the easy part. How do you identify the future Student Body President or Orientation Leader? What types of characteristics will help you form the perfect team of club executive boards or Resident Assistants? This workshop provides you with the tools needed to recruit and identify non-traditional leaders on your campus. You’ll also learn about student leadership typologies that will help create a team of leaders. Step outside of the box and find the change agents and diamonds in the rough who can transform your campus.

Self-Care: Release, Rebalance and Recharge
Presenter: Sakina Brehon Williams
On this journey to self-care, participants will release, rebalance, and recharge with music that touches the soul and will get energy flowing and revitalize the system with an asana practice. At the start of the workshop, participants will identify the stresses they want to release then work on how to manage them through gentle energizing movements. The session will end with a guided breathing meditation. Eye Masks will be provided.

We Cannot Take Our Students To a Place We Have Not Yet Been
Presenter: Joe Urbanski 
We know, we know: you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid! With the 14-hour work days, nighttime programming, weekend events, nonstop emails, way too many phone calls, student demands, unscheduled meeting requests, and meetings about your meetings, it’s no wonder why burnout happens at 4-6 years. There is no work-life balance; it’s a work-life negotiation!  During this session, we will help you stop your hectic routine to see where your hectic routine is taking you by rediscovering what inspired you to join the profession, reigniting the spark to keep you going, and reimagining your concerns, excitement, and confidence in a way that rejuvenates your spirit!

The Art of the Side Hustle: Turning Your Passion Into Profit
Presenter: Ash Cash
Everyone has dreams but not everyone knows how to turn those dreams into reality. This workshop teaches you how to live your dream while making a profit. Manage your career and gain the tools to turn passion into profit.

Keeping up with Commuters
Presenter: Antonio Talamo
It seems that these days we spend more time keeping up with the Kardashians than keeping up with the growing population of commuter students on college campuses. In this session you’ll hear a fresh perspective of ways to engage the commuter population through innovative programming, campus collaboration, and student connections. Drawing on years of experience, the presenter will discuss ways to change the campus culture to help foster a commuter-friendly environment. You’ll learn about some of the key challenges to being a commuter and ways to create strategic initiatives to combat these issues. 

Are You Naked and Afraid?: Embracing Your Authentic Self
Presenter: Barb Meidl
This interactive workshop is designed to help you connect your authentic self with your professional persona while integrating ideas for continued self-growth and making connections with the students we serve.

After attending this session, you will:

  • Compare a pre-workshop and end-of-workshop personal self-awareness assessment of strengths and weaknesses
  • Summarize the differences between work-self and personal-self and know how the two intertwine on a regular basis
  • Reflect and discuss your assessment and understand how to implement personal rules to live by to maintain your most authentic self, and identify when you are in need of a personal recharge
  • Influence others with a better understanding of your personal roots and who you have grown to be as a professional