Understanding the Influence of Bias on Everyday Life and Decision-Making
Denise Williams, Ph.D., M.S., S.H.R.M.-S.C.P., S.P.H.R. - Performance Consultant, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, U-M Health System (UMHS)
Carmeda Stokes, Ph.D. - Senior Project Manager, U-M UHR Strategy and Planning
In this session, learn about the significant influence of unconscious and unintended biases on our beliefs, judgments, attitudes, and decisions. Bias often drives decisions that can hurt others whether we intend to or not. We will discover together how we can become more aware of our vulnerability to bias, its impact on others, and how we can choose to reduce the influence of bias in our everyday life.
Denise is a Performance Consultant in the UMHS Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. Denise is also the UMHS Lead Planning Facilitator for President Schlissel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative. Denise earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the U-M School of Public Health, and an M.S. in Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She also holds two senior-level certifications in Human Resources.
Carmeda is a Consultant and Senior Project Manager with UHR Strategy and Planning. She has over 10 years of HR experience providing guidance and consultative services in areas including leadership, performance management, employee development, employee engagement, and change management. One of her primary roles at U-M is to promote a culture of inclusion, team collaboration, and positivity in the workplace. Her professional passion is enabling individuals, teams, and organizations to define their goals and achieve them by developing their potential to grow, collaborate, and transform.
Unleashing the Power of Gratitude at Work and in Life
Mary Ceccanese - Executive Education Affiliate, Center for Positive Organizations, U-M Ross School of Business
Gratitude is a powerful emotion! Did you know that gratitude can improve relationships, help us cope with everyday stress, and increase our ability to feel more loving and forgiving? Research shows that this amazing virtue can also bring happiness, reduce anxiety and depression, and help us to sleep better. In this interactive presentation, you will hear about what gratitude can do for you, including specific and detailed steps to incorporate more gratitude in your life!
Mary is an Executive Education Affiliate with the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) at the Ross School of Business. She works closely with the CPO faculty in designing and delivering presentations based on their research. Mary has worked at U-M for over 25 years. In 2010, she received U-M’s highest award given to staff -- the Candace J. Johnson Award for Excellence. In 2015, she was honored with a “Women of the Year” award by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.
Strengthen Your Core: Posture, Back Health, and Balance
Diana Rose, M.S. - Health Educator, Nutrition and Weight Management Services, MHealthy
We will explore what constitutes our core muscles, how they work for us, and how keeping them strong can enhance our daily lives. There will also be a demonstration and participation in sampling various exercises to strengthen core muscles, muscular agility, and balance.
Diana has an M.S. in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on exercise modification for special populations. She has worked for U-M for over 16 years. While her background has mainly focused on fitness and exercise (personal training, group exercise classes), her passion is helping others manage their weight. Outside of work, Diana enjoys the outdoors, hiking, hanging out with her family, and reading.
Retiring Successfully from U-M (panel discussion)
Panelists: Christina Miller, formerly with U-M Benefits Administration; Justine Bykowski, formerly with the UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors; Jim Toy, formerly with the U-M Office for Institutional Equity; and Jim Randolph, formerly with the U-M Division of Research Development and Administration (now the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects); Moderator: Barb Mulay, M.Ed. - Manager, U-M Work-Life Resource Center
There are many aspects of retirement besides financial planning that go into making a successful retirement experience -- some can and should be planned for in advance, while others don’t come up until after you retire. Join our panel of retired U-M staff who will be sharing stories of how they navigated their retirement and enriched their lives after leaving the university. Bring your questions and hear what it's like to be on the other side of work life.
Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Terrence A. Bertram - Attorney and Counselor, Legacy Law Center, Ann Arbor
In this workshop, we will discuss the following, and answer your questions:
- Do I need a Will, a Trust, or neither?
- How to protect my children if my spouse remarries.
- How my most important asset mistakenly ends up in Probate.
- How to protect my family from poor financial decisions, creditors, and divorce.
- Why my current Will, Trust or Estate Plan may not work the way I expect.
- How the Supreme Court recently changed the rules for my IRAs, and my financial planner doesn’t know.
Terry has been providing estate and elder law planning for the greater Washtenaw County community for 30 years, and Legacy Law Center is a long-time provider of the Hyatt Legal Plan, a U-M benefit. Terry has been fortunate enough to assist thousands of people to protect their families from the often-devastating consequences of disability and death. His firm is staffed with experienced individuals trained in the complex areas of probate, trust law, and long-term care planning. He makes sure his clients' estate planning documents are explained in a straightforward manner that takes the mystery out of the planning process. Each member of the team takes pride in providing the peace of mind that comes with knowing one's loved ones are protected and cared for.