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Corporate Exec and Mindfulness Teacher Michael Carroll On Campus

April 8, 2011 —

Michael CarrollMichael Carroll, author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader, will be on campus April 28, 2011 to help Drexel faculty, students and staff learn to ease their career pressures with a healthier, more mindful approach to work. In his 25-year business career, Carroll has held executive positions with companies such as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. He has an active consulting and coaching business with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, and National Geographic Expeditions.

Higher Education Under Siege: A Workshop for Faculty and Professional Staff

Open to: Faculty and staff

When: Thursday April 28, Lunch 12-12:30pm, Workshop 12:30-2:00pm

Where: MacAlister 2019/2020

RSVP required by April 18 to Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu

As administrators, educators, and educational leaders, it seems that we are always trying to meet expectations, do more with less, put out “daily work fires,” and finish the urgent project. The speed and pace of such work can be intense - getting it done faster, better, cheaper, and smarter. Such a work style with all its ambition and energy has its benefits no doubt, but it also has a profound blind spot: in engaging our profession’s relentless pressures and demands, we too often can feel under siege, where we end up defending our jobs rather than actually doing them. When we follow a career that is excessively focused on getting more done, we can end up neglecting the very world that needs our help and managing our lives like projects rather than actually living them.

Bringing his unique experience as a corporate executive and mindfulness meditation teacher to the discussion, Michael Carroll will help us understand how to better appreciate and develop our most valued leadership asset: our minds. We will learn basic meditation techniques and explore mindfulness principles for developing clarity, wisdom and inspiration while facing life’s daily joys, demands, and surprises.

Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, The Office of Faculty Development and Equity, A Healthier U, LeBow College of Business, The Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

A Job, Success, or Sanity: What Are We Really Looking For In Our Careers?

Open to: All students

When: Thursday April 28, 3:30-5:00pm

Where: MacAlister 2019/2020

RSVP required by April 18 to Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu

Medical studies document the fact that heart disease, weak immune systems, chronic fatigue, Attention Deficit Traits (ADT), and even drug addiction and broken families are a result of stressful and chaotic work environments. In the end, the daily grind of pursuing a career is leaving many of us feeling distressed and even besieged.

But what is it about work and career that is so unhealthy? Is it our job that is distressing or is it the “mind” that we bring to the task? Can we pursue a career with ambition and passion while being at home in our lives rather than anxious and burdened?

During this hands-on, practical lecture we will learn mindfulness awareness meditation and explore how such a simple practice can help us transform the challenges and anxieties of the workplace into opportunities for cultivating wellbeing and decency on the job. This special session is targeted to co-op and non-co-op students of all levels.

Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, LeBow College of Business, A Healthier U, Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

Awake at Work and the Wisdom of “Achieving Nothing”

Open to: The entire Drexel community and the general public

When: Thursday April 28, 5:30-7:00pm - Reception and book-signing to follow

Where: Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3120 Market St.

For more information contact: Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu 215-895-1863

Today’s business culture places a high premium on success: meeting our objectives, making the deal, closing the sale, and meeting deadlines. Such demands can produce beneficial results. But the pace and speed of our work can also keep us on edge, constantly chasing outcomes and at times neglecting the very work that needs our attention. We will examine how the effort of “non-achievement” can bring an intelligent and vital balance to this relentless pace to succeed and in turn cultivate sanity, respect and wellbeing in the workplace.

During this workshop, attendees will learn strategies through which they can engage their workplace mindfully in order to contribute more skillfully at work. We will also learn how the effort of “being” versus constantly “achieving” impacts our experience at work and how we can individually inspire decency and wakefulness among our colleagues.

Sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Center for Interdisciplinary Programs, A Healthier U, LeBow College of Business, The Office of Faculty Development and Equity, The Office of Equality and Diversity, DU Student Life, The Office of Counseling & Health—Main Campus, The Student Counseling Center—Center City Campus

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