Staff Development Day - July 25, 2018

Cover of 2018 SDD program booklet20th Annual Staff Development Day - Dedicated to Your Success!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Physical Sciences Building/Clark Atrium

Schedule of events, workshop descriptions, resource fair map, and presenter information


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You Don't Want To Miss This Event!

Take advantage of a day full of opportunities to foster career and professional development growth! The day's events center on various aspects of education exploration, professional development, wellness and community in the workplace.

New This Year!

This year features three exciting new events  to celebrate Staff Development Day’s 20th Anniversary:

  • Continental Breakfast (8:30 am) compliments of your Employee Assembly
  • Keynote Speech by Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Roundtable Talks - We want to hear from you! Join us for discussion sessions built around these 4 questions:
    • Risk Taking – What would it take to create a workplace culture where risk taking is the norm?
    • Career Development – What do you need to be successful as you manage your career?
    • Belonging – What needs to be done to truly develop a workplace where everyone feels like they belong?
    • Professional Development –  What training topics are you interested in that would support your specific job and career goals?

Plus the Resource Fair, Workshops, and Door Prizes!

The Resource Fair will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Clark Atrium

Workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m;  complete schedule will be posted here soon.

Door prizes including: An overnight stay at the Statler Hotel, Dinner for 2 at Banfi’s, Brunch for 2 at Banfi’s, One round trip Campus to Campus Bus Ride to NYC, General Admission Cornell Football Season Tickets, Cornell Cinema tickets,  and more!

Check Out These Workshop Topics:


  • Exploring a Career in Accounting/Finance Through Mentoring
  • Lifelong Learning with
  • So You Want to Be a Supervisor?
  • What Employee Educational Benefits are Available to Me?
  • Pitch-Perfect Job Applications
  • How to Get a Degree While Working
  • Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets that Shape Our Lives
  • Career Navigator: A Career Path Tool
  • Navigating Workday – All That It Offers You
  • Leveraging University Tools to Drive Your Career
  • The Power of Vulnerability: The Path to Authenticity
  • Resiliency in the Real World
  • Resume Critiques & Speed Mock Interviewing
  • Tips for a Successful Interview
  • Effective Cover Letters and Resumes
  • Managing Your Own Performance
  • Zoom Meetings: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
  • Content Contributor Training
  • Understand Your Think Preferences


  • Leveraging Workday as a Manager
  • Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets that Shape Our Lives
  • Working Mindfully
  • Career Navigator: A Career Path Tool
  • Leveraging University Tools to Drive Your Career
  • Understanding and Managing Change
  • Herman Brain Dominance Instrument
  • Vulnerability
  • Understand Your Think Preferences


  • Retirement 101 – There’s No Time Like the Present to Save for the Future
  • Retirement 201 – Help Make Sure Your Retirement is Ready When You Are
  • Take the First Step to Investing
  • Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
  • Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy


  • Creating a Culture of Wellness
  • Earn Your Green Office Certification in One Hour
  • Security: 5 Ways You Can Protect Your Devices, Your Work and Your Personal Information
  • Password Management: Keep it Secret. Keep it Safe. Use LastPass to Store Them All!
  • Leadership in a Changing Climate: Understanding the Science and Opportunities of Climate Change at Cornell
  • Understanding and Managing Change
  • Let's Talk About Grief
  • Saving Energy Saves You Money: Tips and Tools to Shrink Your Electric Bill


See you there!

Questions? Please contact Deb Billups