SDD 2024: Virtual Sessions

Brown & Beyond

Yours? Mine? Ours?: Records Management at Brown

In this session, the University archivist and the University records manager will talk about the importance of records management and archives in meeting your business needs and preserving records of historical value. The session will provide an overview of records management, types of archival records, records retention guidelines, best practices for handling electronic records and much more.

Jennifer Betts, Assistant Director for The John Hay Library and University Archivist

Andrew Majcher, Head, Digital Services and Records Management

Instructor-Led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

Career and Professional Development

Developing Your Career Management Toolbox Part 1: Resume and Cover Letter Best Practices

Learn how to create a strong resume and cover letter that will help you stand out. This workshop will include how to highlight your accomplishments and transferable skills in your resume, and what to include and not include in your cover letter.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and Career Coach

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Morning (10:15a - 11:30a)

Location: Zoom

Project Management for the PM Curious

Interested in learning about project management but unsure of where to start? Start here! Learn what project management is, what a project manager (PM) does and how to take a PM's skills and mindset with you into your day-to-day.

Bethany Warburton, Senior Information Technology Project Manager

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Morning (10:15a - 11:30a)

​Location: Zoom

Enhance your audio and video projects with the latest innovations in AI

Delve into cutting-edge AI advancements in media creation with the Digital Learning & Design (DLD) media team at Sheridan Center, as we showcase strategies to generate AI content and enhance the quality and accessibility of existing media. This session will cover practical methods to seamlessly integrate these innovations into your video and audio practices.

Andrew Andraos, Educational Media Producer, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

James Foley, Director, Digital Learning & Design

Demo | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

Career at Brown Panel

Want to learn more about what makes a long and successful career at Brown University? Join our panel of longtime Brown staff members with 30+ years of service at Brown and hear about how they grew their careers within the university.

Kathleen Kenney, Director of Human Resources for the Office of the Provost

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

Coaching Catalyst: Unleashing Potential in 75 Minutes

According to Gallup data, 70% of the U.S. workforce is disengaged. But research shows that leaders who utilize a more coach-like approach see dramatic results in terms of stronger relationships, higher levels of engagement and inclusion, and more innovative and effective solutions. In this highly interactive session, you will learn what coaching is, foundational principles of effective coaching and how to make the most out of your experiences when you are being coached. The session will include a lecture, discussion and application breakouts, ensuring you leave with skills you can immediately apply.

Edward Barrows, Professor of the Practice of School of Professional Studies

Instructor-led Session | Hybrid | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom and List Art, Room 120 (64 College St, Providence, RI 02912)

Developing Your Career Management Toolbox Part 2: Optimizing your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a tool that can be used personally and professionally to build your brand and network. Executive and Career Coach Anne Lipsitz will help you maximize LinkedIn’s potential, explain the platform’s strategic word/algorithm properties and teach you how to use it to recruit, network and be seen as a subject matter expert.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and Career Coach

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom


Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask About Hospice & Palliative Care

The services and support of non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations go beyond most common expectations. In this session, presented by a hospice professional and a hospice volunteer, we invite participants to learn more about palliative and hospice services, as well as the ancillary supports available to patients, families and caregivers including support groups, grief counseling, dementia care and in-home/facility-based care for moderately to seriously ill individuals. We will focus on traditional understandings of advanced illness and hospice care as well as the unexpected ways these services can positively impact the patient's care, those who support them and the community as a whole.

Deanna Upchurch, Teaching Associate in Medical Science

Janet Isserlis, Assistant Director, Curricular Resource Center

Instructor-Led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

Faculty Spotlight

A Practical Guide to Tackling Misinformation

Learn why we are all susceptible to believing misinformation and what we can do protect ourselves in this session led by Professor Claire Wardle, a leader in the field of misinformation, verification and user-generated content. Claire will also share some strategies for talking to friends and family who might be "falling down the rabbit hole" of conspiratorial thinking.

Claire Wardle, Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Instructor-led Session | Hybrid | Morning (10:15a - 11:30a)

Location: List Art, Room 120 (64 College Street, Providence, RI 02912) and Zoom/Livestream


Brown Employee Benefits 101

Whether you are new to Brown or have been here for decades, Benefits 101 is your chance to take a closer look at the programs and services available to you as an employee. This overview will help you brush up on the basics of Brown's health and retirement benefits, learn when you can make changes to your benefits and understand the importance of Open Enrollment. Participants will come away with the knowledge to support their health and financial wellness.

April O'Malley, Senior Benefits Specialist

Brian Dawson, Benefits Data Manager

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Zoom

Movement for an Aging Body

Well, we're all aging, but this workshop is specifically for those of us who are really feelin' it — whether you're in your forties or sixties. The workshop will include yoga, breathing and dance stretches and strengthening exercises that you can use when you're in a chair at work or on a mat at home. This session will be run by an ex-dancer, yoga teacher and careful mover in her 60s. We'll leave time at the end to discuss our various aches and pains. (Just kidding!) Please bring a mat if you have one.

Nancy Safian, Academic Department Manager

Instructor-Led Session | Hybrid | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Pembroke Hall, Room 305 (172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02912) and Zoom

Spring Health: Your Employee Assistance Program

Counseling, coaching, and support services are administered by Spring Health, Brown's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn how to take advantage of the counseling offer, which includes 10 therapy sessions per year for you and every member of your family, at no cost to you. Or, learn how to connect with a professional coach to help you set and achieve tangible goals, build new skills and develop healthier habits. Whether you want help managing stress or an accountability partner as you work toward your goal of completing that 5k, this great overview will help you get started utilizing your Spring Health benefits.

Carley Turner, Senior Product Specialist, Spring Health

Olivia Harris

Instructor-Led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

Personal Growth and development

Mysteries of the Solar System and the Development of Planet Earth

Since lunar samples were returned by Apollo 11 mission, it became clear that the Moon was formed by a giant impact of a Mars-size body onto the early Earth. Without the heavy Moon, humankind would have never emerged. Many other apparently accidental products developed, such as the ocean, plate tectonics, the magnetic field and Antarctica — all of which we needed to evolve and develop science. Join this session to learn about the mysteries of our very existence, the concept of fine-tuning cosmological constants and what environmental science can glean from these early developments.

Takahiro Hiroi, Senior Research Scientist & Spectroscopy Specialist

Instructor-Led Session | Hybrid | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (167 Thayer Street) and Zoom/Livestream

Security Awareness to Protect Your Credit & Identity

The number of attempted cyber attacks — including phishing — increase daily, and these attacks commonly target higher education institutions. Join this session to increase your knowledge on ways to identify phishing, tips to protect yourself and prevent cyber crimes, available resources that help protect consumer credit and identity theft, and the differences between fraud alerts and security freezes on your credit.

Cory Crew, Information Security Awareness and Training Specialist

Wynette Zuppardi, Assistant Vice President, Financial Services

Instructor-Led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom