U-M Career Conference: Empowering You for Tomorrow, Today

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On Friday, August 9th, Organizational Learning and Rogel Cancer Center will host the 2019 U-M Career Conference. This conference is open to all U-M staff at no cost.

The conference consists of two identical half-day programs. Please register for one morning or afternoon session.

Keynote Presentation:

Life on Purpose - How Living For What Matters Most Changes Everything with Dr. Vic Strecher

Science demonstrates an incredible connection between purposeful living, quality of life and longevity. In this session, Dr. Strecher will reveal the elements necessary for a purposeful life and how to acquire them. He will introduce a strategy to improve your energy, willpower, long-term happiness and well-being—all things that will help you to live life on purpose.

About Vic:

Vic Strecher PhD MPH is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. For over two decades Vic Strecher has been a leader and visionary in the fields of health and well-being, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology.

A noted researcher and successful entrepreneur, Vic has cultivated a passion for connecting academic research to practical applications. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” The company set a new benchmark for scalable, lifestyle and condition management program delivery. Health Media was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2008.

In late 2014, Vic founded Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of well-being while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive, healthy change. Vic and his work have recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, the Chicago Tribute, and at TEDMED and TEDX events. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Jeri. 

Breakout Session:

LinkedIn Learning and Your Development Journey with Jen Jortner Cassidy and representatives from Organizational Learning

What matters most to you in your career? Do you have goals in mind and a plan in place? Your development journey is an ongoing pursuit of knowledge for personal and professional growth, determined by you and your vision of the future.

In this session, Organizational Learning has teamed up with LinkedIn Learning to show you ways you can support your personal learning goals. You will learn how to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and how to utilize LinkedIn Learning to best support your goals and growth.

About Jen:

Jen Jortner Cassidy is a Customer Success Manager at Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company.  She is passionate about learning and ensuring that organizations gain the maximum benefit from their access to Lynda.com. Jen holds a Master’s Degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University and a graduate certificate in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University. She believes that every day of life is an opportunity to learn, and in support of this she practices meditation and yoga, travels as much as possible, spends time outdoors and loves to enjoy good food.

Program Notes:

Food items will be provided during this event. Breakfast will be provided for the AM session, and lunch will be provided for the PM session. If you have a dietary restriction or food allergy and would like to request an accommodation, please contact Organizational Learning project coordinator LisaAnn Throne at lthrone@umich.edu or 734-647-9425 at least 10 days prior to this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time to arrange and that all requests may not be fulfilled.

These sessions are being offered at no cost to U-M faculty and staff, thanks to sponsorship from U-M executive officers. Pre-registration with a shortcode is required as there is a $50 cancellation fee that takes effect two weeks prior to the course. If you attend the course or arrange for someone to attend in your place, your department will not be charged.

Topic Area

  • Career Development
  • Conferences and Special Events

Domain and Expectation

  • Mission
    • Lead innovation and change
  • Self
    • Adapt
    • Act with courage and confidence
    • Communicate
  • Execution
    • Achieve results
    • Build positive culture


  • Member of a Team


Code: SEC2001

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

Session Full, Course Interest List Available

Registration Deadline: Thu 8/8/19

Code: SEC2002

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

Session Full, Course Interest List Available

Registration Deadline: Thu 8/8/19