FULL - Balancing on the Tightrope of Life (A Balanced Lifestyle)
Angela Tenisci, Jason Luce & Tina Lin
For most university students, it is difficult to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Through the presenters own personal experiences and observations through RezLife, we will provide a comfortable atmosphere where delegates will learn valuable lifelong skills for the future. Once we define and clarify what a balanced lifestyle includes, we will then provide tools for delegates to incorporate these strategies into their lives. We hope to engage the delegates by using interactive games and open discussions to stimulate group learning and participation. Specifically, we will be covering areas of a balanced lifestyle such as spirituality, physical activity, social life, personal time, emotional health, work and financial responsibilities, academic importance, and play. This presentation will also provide time for personal reflection to evaluate the delegates’ current situation and the area in which they see themselves improving. Through the presenters’ passion and personable attitude, we hope to empower the delegates to successfully walk the tightrope of life.
FULL - Can you organize a large Event? NOW YOU CAN!!!!
Logistics, Advertising campaign, effective meetings, delegating tasks, making time lines and managing large crowds of people. That’s Event Management! From the idea to the Event: Learn the basics and improve your skills!
Chew on this!
Colleen Hughes-Games & Marley Macvey
For the healthy digestion of your ideas, come and learn how to chew thoroughly on your past, present, and future experiences.
Often we can miss the powerful meanings behind the things we experiences in life simply because we do not take the time to fully digest what we’ve been through. Join us during our session to define what reflection means for you, learn how to incorporate it into your life. With your peers, you’ll delve into how your personal experiences have left you feeling about current world issues and facilitate various reflection activities. You’ll be challenged to be creative while empowering yourself to grow both personally and professionally. Come prepared to be challenged, work with other delegates, and contribute!
FULL - Creating Connections in a Competitive World: A Networking Workshop
Syed Muhammad Bin Ismail & Nicole Laberge
Strengthen your networking skills in this interactive workshop by learning to enhance your communication skills, rekindling your confidence and capitalizing on your connections.
The Workshop will explore the art of networking by exploration of three major themes:(i) Confidence, (ii) Communication, (iii) Connections. The theme of Confidence will revolve around: (a) Personal Image development, (b) Development of Personl Goals and Objectives, (c) Integration of Abilities in Circumstances. In Communication we will explore: (a) Expression of Self, (b) Encompassing Audience & Abilities. The Theme of Connection will explore methods of: (a) Maintaining Contacts, (b) Capitalizing on Contacts, (c) Expanding Networks. These concepts will be explored through an overview of relevant materials and illustrated via a variety of activities. At the conclusion you will be provided a manual with necessary material to polish your networking skills in the future.
FULL - Cultivating Breakthroughs: A High Achiever’s Guide to Goal Setting
Struggling with too many unmet goals? Need help figuring out your ‘first’ goal? Come learn the psychology of achievement and motivation and use proven goal setting tools by today’s high achievers.
Breakthroughs happen when we fundamentally change who we are — which is a consequence of our everyday thoughts and actions. But because humans are creatures of habits, we tend to do what’s “natural” to us which usually leads to average and unfulfilling results. The good news is, success is learnable. In this workshop, we’ll explore behavioral change by using evolutionary psychology (the study of natural behaviour) to: – decode our habits and cultivate self-awareness – understand the 6 types of goals we can make (and why there’s only 6) to live a fulfilling life – learn the 2 types of motivation (and how we can set them up immediately) – create a result-oriented action plan to achieve and keep our goals by the end of the workshop From novice to advance achievers, we’ll have something for everyone. So bring a notebook, a pen and join us on designing your next breakthrough!
FULL - Empowering yourself, Influencing Others
Christopher Zheqi, Lucy Yuan & Megan Chun
Empowering yourself, Influencing others
Whether you’re a student leader, or simply a person trying to relate to other people, influence is one of the most important skills you can master. You need to be able to influence your government, your community, other people and most importantly, yourself. Your ability to influence affects how effective you are at advancing in your job, maintaining your health, growing your finances, and fostering relationships that matter most to you. Think about the people who have shaped our society. How did people like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Susan B. Anthony make such a difference in the world? They had the ability to influence people’s thinking. The power to influence is the single most important skill you can acquire. It can literally give you the power to shape your destiny and alter the quality of life for yourself or anybody you really care about.
Generalizing a Generation: Understanding, Accepting and Owning It.
I’m not tryin’ to cause a big sensation, I’m just talkin’ ‘bout my Generation. This is a workshop that explores the characteristics attributed to Generation Y and how this impacts you now and in the future.
History, technology and pop culture; these are just a few of the things that shape a generations values, way of thinking and interactions with society. For every generation, researchers define a given set of characteristics that they apply generally to individuals born in a given time frame. For many of us, we are defined as Generation Y- also known as the Millennial or Generation Next. Through discussion, case studies and self evaluation-this workshop will introduce you to what these characterizations are, allow you to explore how you align with them and discuss how they impact you at the University level and beyond.
FULL - How to start a rumour – skills for team and leadership development
Cate Morrison BA ’04, Joey Cheng BSc ’10 & Courtney Northrup
Spotted: Gossip Girl on UBC Campus… oh wait, that’s a student leader! Attend this workshop to learn about strategies to ensure you don’t get caught in the gossip trap!
This just in – Gossip happens. In this workshop, you will learn how rumours are started and why they spread. Gossip is often viewed as a negative term, but we will show you the positive side of gossip. By utilizing theory, television and personal stories, we will show you how to put your leadership powers of influence to good use. Through reviewing some concepts that are applicable across many leadership roles, you will learn how to avoid common mistakes that result from gossip. Lastly, you will learn about a sweet guy named Tuckman and how to understand and utilize his theory of group development. You will leave this workshop with a smile on your face, new skills in your toolbelt, and an extra piece of celebrity gossip! XOXO – Gossip Girls
FULL - Investing Your Leadership Potential – The Importance of Diversifying your Leadership Experience
Michael Wong & Joaquin Acevedo
Just like investing in the stock market, success in leadership requires diversification – join us and learn why you should “invest” your leadership potential in more than one place!
What do stock investments and leadership have in common? Well, success in both cases requires diversification of the participant! Don’t freak out there; this workshop has nothing to do with finance, we are just using it as an analogy! As we become experienced leaders, we often devote the majority of our time serving one particular organization. This makes sense, because that organization is most likely your “home”; it is where you learned, made mistakes, and matured as a leader. With more and more responsibilities piled in front of you, it is difficult to find the time to experiment with different opportunities presented before you. Just like investing in the stock market, success in leadership requires diversification. Through an interactive activity challenging delegates to do the typical build-the-tallest-tower-with-the-given-material task, but with an unexpected twist, delegates will discover how diversifying and “investing” your leadership experience in several organizations can help you think outside of the box, bringing a fresh perspective to how you view barriers in your “home” organization, and ultimately, making a breakthrough as a leader.
FULL - Learn to attract more of what you want, and less of what you don’t!
Learn about the Law of Attraction and use it to create motivational goals for your everyday life as well as your far future! Master to attract everything into your life that you want!
You will learn how strong your mind really is and that you can achieve everything you want in life only by mastering your thoughts! Be the leader of your own mind and become the leader of your whole world! The law of attraction will also help you to create your own life movie which will summarize your goals in a very motivating way.
FULL - Pimp My Resume
Enzo Woo & Verena Facundo
Make your resume blast through the pile. Stand out in the crowd. Impress from the get-go.
A strong resume is the key to a successful job search. This resume workshop will provide detailed explanations of what should go into this all-important document, while also outlining the key step-by-step processes of creating an effective hiring weapon. Discussions will include: general expectations of a resume, what to include, what to leave out, effective structure, engaging achievement statements, clear formatting, further resources, and much more! Come on down and REVAMP!
Stereotypes: Stranger than Fiction
Haitham Haidar & Krystal Valentine
“She’s dumb, it’s probably because she’s blonde.” Guess what? She could just be uneducated or apathetic. Attend this workshop to learn how refusing stereotypes helps make us better leaders in our society.
“I love glitter and rainbows. Oh yeah, I’m gay by the way.” This sentence tells us that the speaker is a homosexual and that he enjoys the existence of glitter and rainbows. What people might interpret/assume is that all gay men like rainbows and glitter. Let’s work together by educating ourselves on the subtle differences that we can make on a daily basis in order to strengthen our understanding of stereotypical assumptions. Let’s be real, we all need a good laugh every so often and we’ll be the first to admit that some jokes that are based on stereotypes are quite hilarious. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that whether we’re joking or being serious, we are stereotyping an entire community that deserves to be given a genuine chance to develop without having to deal with the social barriers of preconceived notions. So let’s get over these stereotypes and allow ourselves to enjoy the company of people for who they really are.
FULL - The Power of Persuasion: learn how to get what you want
Jonathan Amanatidis & Kaleigh Nevin
Babies and psychopaths have one thing in common: they’re excellent at getting what they want. Harness the power of persuasion, and get what you want without the tantrums and dirty tactics.
We all have wants and needs, but we face barriers in trying to achieve them. Our workshop’s intent is to empower you to effectively communicate your wants and needs while considering the impact of your goals on others. Attend this workshop to learn the art of effective complaining, how to recognize the wants and needs of others to achieve win/win situations, and how to tap into a vision on a larger scale. Based on research in the psychology of influence, we will go through three techniques that teach you how to be a persuasive leader, inspiring others to help you succeed, while maintaining strong social ties and respect. Plus, we have plenty more fun analogies like babies and psychopaths. Persuaded yet?
What the S.H.? Sexual Harassment.
Michelle Dow, Rayna Sanghvi, Dilnozakhon Shamsutdinova & Sion Kang
Flirting, or sexual harassment? How do you defend for yourself and the people around you? Join our workshop to know more!
What is Sexual Harassment? We have all heard about or unfortunately encountered sexual harassment from time to time in our life. However, what actually is, and what is not an action of sexual harassment? Woman is generally known as the victims, but what about the other gender(s)? Promising promotion or continued employment from a supervisor in exchange for sexual favours, is clearly an example. However, what about making nicknames, asking personal questions, whistling or pinching one another? Where does the border line lie? How can we protect ourselves when we are in the situations? Furthermore, how can we help the others if we witness one? This interactive workshop involves challenging your own definition and myths of sexual harassment. Through activities and exercises, you will understand how the media portrays sexuality that leads to harassment. Common myths surrounding sexual harassment will be discussed and analyzed. In a safe space, students can share their stories and analyze their experiences in order to increase their own and others’ understanding of sexual harassment on campus and beyond.
FULL - Your Passion, Your Success
Faye Evangelista, Crystal Chu & Amanda Feng
Your heart’s in the game of tennis, but your body’s slaving away in the lab? Are you a philosophy major by day, and lead guitarist by night? Recognize your passions, and make your experiences worthwhile!
Students often have the misconception that they must do things that relate to their major in order to obtain value from their experiences. Presented by Young Women in Business UBC, this workshop is about breaking through that misconception by exploring what it means to truly pursue one’s passions.Invaluable lessons can be learned from volunteer work, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities. Develop the ability to identify the skills and values you can obtain from these experiences. Gain new perspectives on how to choose what to get involved in, and start paving your way to your dream career through discovering your passions and leveraging your experiences!
FULL - “Holy Accomplishments, Batman!”: Learning How to Market your Transferable Skills
Melany Rodgers, Jill Saevitzon, Frances Wu & Nasrin Himani
Have you ever looked at your resume, felt more like a sidekick than a superhero, and wished you knew how to turn your work or volunteer experiences into super-powered job opportunities?
Have you ever looked at your resume or CV and felt more like a sidekick than a superhero? Need some help making your mad skillz look as obvious on paper as they do in person so you can rise out of the crowd? All you need to do to join the Justice League is present yourself as the Career Superhero that you are. Many programs and positions require transferable rather than specific skills, which you’ve gained through your work, academic, volunteer, leadership and extracurricular experiences. Still missing some necessary skills and experience or looking to expand on your portfolio? We’ve also got some tips to help you develop your superhero powers. Now you just need to find a phone booth and change into your spandex.
FULL - 30 Day Challenge – Pursuing Your Passions and Going Beyond the Boundaries
Jeremiah Carag &Chandni Karmacharya
Pursue your passions and go beyond the boundaries by embarking on a 30-day challenge. Track your progress and inspire other people.
Do your days go by with the feeling that all you do is study? Have you ever had things that you always wanted to do but never got the chance to? Do you want to break bad habits and establish good ones? Yes, you are up for the 30-day challenge. At this workshop, you will learn to set your own significant and sustainable goals and challenges. Go beyond your comfort zone, pursue your passions and push boundaries. Be a part of this initiative – see yourself grow and inspire others.
Anti-discrimination Response Training (A.R.T.)
Nikki Rosychuk & CJ Rowe
Have you ever wondered how you can respond to racist/sexist/homophobic remarks and other situations of discrimination and disrespect, with concrete and constructive action? This workshop will work with workshop participants to learn more about the A.R.T.
The A.R.T. Program uses a witness-centered approach to prejudice reduction and prevention of discrimination. Participants will learn to increase their awareness of various forms of discrimination and prejudice, expand their skills base and optional responses, and raise their readiness to respond to such situations with practical and effective action. The Program is based on Dr. Ishu Ishiyama studies in Counselling Psychology at UBC. Dr. Ishiyama’s “Active Witnessing Model” proposes four levels of witnessing: (a) dis-witnessing, (b) passive witnessing, (c) active witnessing, and (d) ethical witnessing with social action. Workshop participants will learn how to move from being a silent bystander or a passive witness to being an active and ethical witness. They will learn and practice various ways of responding to prejudiced remarks and discrimination in social situations. Participants will also explore how they can make collective efforts to deal with discrimination, prejudice, and social injustice in order to build a safer and more inclusive community and society.
FULL - Grabbing the Beat: Knowing When to Speak Up and How to Do It
Michael DeMaria & Nir Av-Gay
Don’t sit at the back of the room with your head down and arms crossed any longer, learn through improvised storytelling when to speak up and how to do it from two professional up-speakers.
A lack of assertiveness and self-confidence can leave you in the back of the room hanging your head and crossing your arms, praying to anyone and anything that you don’t get called upon to speak your mind. Too much assertiveness and self-confidence can make you look like a jerk. “Grabbing the Beat” will, through the magic of improvised theatre and storytelling, teach you when it is time to speak up and how to do it without stepping on your colleagues’ toes or faces. Michael DeMaria and Nir Av-Gay are the Co-Presidents of UBCimprov, and together have around a decade of experience in improv.
FULL - Happiness by Design – how to create your own happiness project
Learn how to construct and execute your very own “Happiness Project” and about the importance of diagramming as an exercise by creating a Happiness Project plan using list-making and basic design drawing as metaphors and mediums of communication.
The pursuit of happiness can seem like a daunting quest. Some would say even the meaning of life. What is happiness to you? How can you find it within yourself everyday? How can your growth define you as a leader? You don’t need a life-altering or traumatic experience to begin revisiting your values and perspectives piecing together your own definition of happiness. At this workshop, you will learn how to construct and execute your very own “Happiness Project” similar to that conducted by myself, as inspired by the namesake book by Gretchen Reuben. Through discussion and self-reflection, you will use the medium of drawing to diagram your very own Happiness Design. You will use list-making and basic design drawing as tools to frame your happiness project while learning about the importance of good diagramming and lists as key tools for information dissemination and personal reflection. No drawing experience necessary. The only person that can make you happy is yourself. So who’s stopping you?
How To Use Your Watering Can
Katherine Sang-Anderson & Joanne Kim
“Our generation will be remembered for the Internet, for the war against terror, and for how we let an entire continent burst into flames while we stood around with watering cans—or not”
“Our generation will be remembered for the Internet, for the war against terror, and for how we let an entire continent burst into flames while we stood around with watering cans—or not” – Bono The emerging leaders of the 21st century face more issues than ever before. But – we also live in an age where creating change has never been more possible. This workshop is intended for young leaders who are no longer content with the current state of the world. You will be inspired, empowered, and equipped to breakthrough the apathy. With big enough watering cans, we can put out the flames.
Improvising Creativity & Collaboration
Sahil Dhingra UBC JD ’10
Stop, Collaborate and Listen! Get creative, and learn what your meetings have been missing!
Come learn how to use improvisation to overcome road blocks in meetings, learn more about the importance of “roles” in meetings, and explore different approaches to generating ideas in collaborative meetings.
FULL - Managing Your Time By Managing Your Life
Nick Thornton & Gillian Corbo
Let us teach you to see time management in a whole new light. We will show you that good time management is about knowing yourself not just doing more in less time
Time management is one of the biggest hurdles students will have to face while at university and effective organization is vital to academic success. This workshop will provide you with some realistic tips and tools to help you make the most of your time, analyze and understand yourself and do well in university!
Me, Myself, and My Research
Stacey Guo, Amy Hung & Mel Ang
If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount of research opportunities available in UBC and don’t know where to start, drop by on the workshop that will change your life; URO of UBC presents: Me, Myself, and My Research.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) is an AMS club designed to help students like yourselves to get into the practical work of academia. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount of research opportunities available in UBC and don’t know where to start, come to “Me, Myself, and My Research.” You will learn about URO and how it will help you to narrow down your research interests, find the most amazing opportunities, and build the tools you can use to land the coveted position of your dreams!
FULL - The road less travelled – the winding journey of finding a job you love
Theresa Liao BSc ’04, MSc ’08 & Ajay Puri BSc ’03, MHA ’05
Making decisions about your future career can be scary, especially since these decisions can have great impact on your life. Learn how to better prepare yourself for tough decisions from our stories…
Making decisions about your future career can be scary. Do you know what you want right now? Do you know what you want in 5 years? What if you change – is it too late to change your plan? Is grad school or professional school the best solution? What if you are to graduate with a degree that you don’t find interesting anymore? Will you be happy with your job? The two presenters took rather non-traditional routes to where they are right now – Theresa was en route to complete a PhD except to realize after she finished her comprehensive exam that her passion lies in science outreach and communication (not research!); Ajay completed his Master in Health Administration and now drives social changes through grass root movements and social media (Ajay was featured in cbc’s “Canada’s Champions of Change”). Together they will share their stories on how they made tough decisions, developed skills along the way, and eventually discovered their passion (and landed the jobs they wanted!). You can find presenters’ profiles here: Theresa – http://ca.linkedin.com/in/theresaliao Ajay – http://about.me/ajaypuri
Too good for your own good: The leadership behind taking time for yourself
Ever find yourself saying “Breaks are for the weak” or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”? Then you’ve got a case of the Go-go-go’s. Prescription? THIS WORKSHOP! Learn how to take time for you, guilt-free!
The traditional leader is thought to be hard working, focused, and tirelessly committed. Well where does a break fit in there? This workshop is about showing dedicated leaders that it’s okay to take a break once in a while. In fact, it’s necessary. Just like any job or task, leadership is something you work at and if you’re simply plowing through it, it will quickly become something you resent and do not want to continue. Burn-out happens to the best, but this workshop will give creative ways and advice on how to avoid it.
Tolerating Accents: Deconstructing Stereotypes and Learning to Listen
Kyuwon Kim, Francesca Luizza, Rosalind Ho & Jenny Zhao
How many times have you walked into a lecture hall and had students complain about how they can’t understand because “the Prof has an accent”? Learn to respond to these situations and ultimately, learn how to create a more respectful UBC environment.
This workshop will explore how accents can become a barrier to social equality. Through interactive theatre, participants will reflect on our society’s perception of accents. We will present several scenarios that deal with derogatory responses to accents (E.g. students refusing to listen/respect a Prof with a heavy accent OR Students equating another student’s writing ability with the student’s heavily-accented-english/broken-english). Participants will learn how to appropriately respond to these derogatory responses. Participants will reflect on their personal responses/perceptions of people with accents and how accents inhibit equality. Then, we will work together to strategize on how to eliminate these stereotypes on accents on UBC campus and throughout our society.