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Haas Professional Development Programs for Staff

The programs below are designed to provide Haas staff development opportunities connected to executing the School's strategic plan and mission. These series of workshops and training programs are tailored for Haas and are facilitated by the School's senior leadership and/or theme experts. In these interactive workshops and training programs staff will experiment new behaviors and/or ways of thinking.

These programs are open to Haas staff only. Be sure to scroll down to see all the available offerings and their descriptions.

Summer 2018

Mindfulness @ Work
with Pierre Khawand from People-OnTheGo
Date/Location: June 14 (9AM - 12PM); Location: Chou Hall (Room N340+344)

Sign up here! Deadline to register is Friday, June 8th.

Course Description:

Information overload, social media, mobile apps, constant interruptions, competing priorities, you name it! Our day has become so fragmented and so inefficient. Fulfillment and satisfaction have become rare commodities! However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are effective and proven ways to navigate through these challenges while feeling less stressed and more fulfilled than ever thought possible.

This revolutionary workshop tackles today’s workplace challenges by introducing mindfulness, demystifying it, and translating it to simple techniques that you can easily incorporate into your daily work life. You probably have heard about the benefits of mindfulness practices for our physical and mental health- lower blood pressure and cortisol (stress) levels, a stronger immune system, improved sleep, increased ability to focus, enhanced emotional stability, among others. Isn’t time we introduce mindfulness at work and bring these benefits to our workday where we spend the most time and most energy? Join us to discover how to do so!

This workshop is largely about self-awareness and awareness of our surroundings and the impact that our thoughts, emotions, and actions have on our experience, and most importantly, this workshop is about equipping you with a method to become more mindful, more purposeful, and more effective at work and beyond.

Key takeaways:

  • A better understanding of mindfulness and how mindfulness at work can help you be calmer, feel less stressed, happier and more fulfilled than ever before!
  • An in-depth knowledge of The Perfect 15-Minute Day Method and how to use the journal to easily practice the method and turn it into a habit.
  • Ability to focus and get amazing results, and when needed, multi-task and manage competing demands with ease.
  • Becoming aware of how you spend your time, how long things take, and what time wasters are getting in your way.

Are you interested in reading some more about Pierre's work? Check out these posts!

Huffington Post: Does Mindfulness Matter in the Workplace?

Thrive Global: A Second Revision of the Pomodoro Technique for the Mindfulness Age


How to Be a Changemaker
with Alex Budak
Date/Location: June 22 (9AM - 2PM) and July 20 (9AM - 1PM); Location: Chou Hall (Room N340+344)

Sign up here! Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 13th.

Course Description:

Learn practical and actionable tools and approaches to better navigate and lead positive change at Haas and beyond.


Why take this workshop?

This course will inspire, train and equip you to convert raw energy and enthusiasm for creating a better world into real skills and a mindset which will empower you to create positive change both here at Haas and off campus. When we strive to make a difference in our work- such as launching a new program, serving students in a transformational way, or even being a teammate or manager who makes the world better for your colleagues- generating positive impact can sometimes seem abstract and feel out of reach. Alex Budak, Haas' Changemaker in Residence, distills the wide-ranging lessons he's learned working with hundreds of changemakers around the world- as a social entrepreneur and education innovator- into this content-rich, transformational course.

What will you learn?

This practical, action-oriented workshop will empower you to realize the opportunities to make positive change around you every day. You'll be equipped and inspired to make a difference right away, at Haas, and away from campus.

By taking this course, expect to:

  • Develop a changemaker mindset- a whole new way of seeing the world and how to improve it.
  • Learn from the lives and stories of diverse changemakers, and be inspired by them to authentically create positive impact yourself, no matter your background, personality or interests.
  • Understand microleadership, the art of being a leader even if you are not the designated leader.
  • Know how to transform an idea for good into real impact.

During this workshop you will:

  • Put the practical tools you are learning for leading change into practice.
  • Select a changemaker project, then team and collaborate with others to develop the project over the span of two meetings.
  • Get the support and guidance you need from your colleagues and the instructor to develop your comfort with and ability to create positive change.

Who is this course for?

These workshops are specifically designed to be worthwhile experiences for anyone who wants to make a positive change in the world- both those who already do and those who might not yet see themselves as changemakers.

Testimonials from course attendees:

"I had quite a few 'a-ha' moments in this class, and am eager to think more about those moments and apply this new knowledge to my work in the future."

"Happy to know that there is a number of colleagues that care for a bigger cause."

"I really appreciate this class, I learned a lot of useful tools. I will continue to strive and push myself to be that changemaker. With us being the first class, I am excited for the next changemakers that will take this workshop."

Value Statement for Managers:

Supervisors and managers may want to note that this course will enable people to become more adept both at working with change at the unit level and at generating ideas and actions that could be of benefit to the School's mission and to communities outside of Haas


Are you interested in Professional Development offered by central campus?

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Management & Professional Development Project Bank

Through time-bound projects sponsored by Haas senior leaders, the Project Bank fosters the development of professional, managerial and/or leadership capabilities. It provides Haas staff opportunities to learn and share best practices by working in a different role, function or unit at Haas.