Staff Development Day

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We hope you enjoyed Staff Development Day on June 14, 2023! It was a day of learning, growth, and connection as Brown staff members invested in their personal and professional development, deepened their knowledge about Brown University, and gained insights into faculty research under the theme of "Cultivating Self | Nurturing Community."

Thank you for your exceptional contributions and unwavering support in making Staff Development Day an enriching experience for all. We are already looking forward to SDD 2024!

Did you miss Dr. Donna Hick's keynote?  You can watch a recording of the livesteam at

SDD 2023 photos

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large_DonnaHicks-bySteveBennett-819x1024.jpgThis year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Donna Hicks, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (Harvard University). Dr. Donna Hicks is a world-renowned author, speaker, mediator, and expert consultant in conflict resolution. Her most recent book, Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture that Brings Out the Best in People, explores the essential but under-recognized role of dignity as part of good leadership. She conducts numerous trainings and seminars across the globe every year on how to heal and reconcile relationships and conflict, as well as dignity leadership training. You can learn more about Dr. Donna Hicks at

To watch Dr. Hick's keynote livestream, visit

sDD Spotlight

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Photo from SDD 2023: Staff volunteering at Bami Farm 

Staff Development Day VIDEOS

In 2015, Staff Development Day was honored with The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 award in the Special Events category. The Circle of Excellence Awards showcase outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing.

Staff Development Day 2018 Guinness World Record

Staff Development Day Anniversary Video

SDD Screencast

Watch the 2022 SDD spotlights