Educational Work/Life Seminars & Webinars

Welcome to the information and registration page for the Work Life Seminars. View the FY15 Harvard Longwood Campus Work/Life & Professional Development Calendar (1/2015-6/2015) for dates and times of Work/Life courses. For a description of the courses and specific course numbers, view the HLC Work/Life & Professional Development Course Catalogue.

Scroll down to register for specific courses offered in the upcoming months.  Unless noted otherwise, please register through PeopleSoft>Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment>Search by Course Name>Category, enter HLC.

Click on topic for details and to register:

HLC Buying or Selling Your Home Seminars: These seminars are offered monthly in Longwood. Register here. Please see dates, rooms and times below:
Home Buying: April 7, 12:00-1:30pm, Countway, Minot Rm.

HLC Welcoming a Baby? Thinking of Adopting? New to Child Care?
Presented by: Erin Ringuette
12:00-1:30pm, Countway Library, Ware Room
April 15, 2015
This monthly seminar provides an overview of the multiple resources offered to Harvard employees as well as employees of the Longwood Medical Area. Topics covered include a review of various child care options and how to find child care that’s right for you. We also review benefits available to each employee type and their various pay schedules, planning your leave, mother’s rooms and other key information for new parents from the Harvard Longwood Community. Please note, registration of this course through PeopleSoft will result in the course being listed as complete and viewable under Individual Training Summary in PeopleSoft. For the purpose of confidentiality, you may also register by emailing Erin Ringuette ( with your name, the course name and date you wish to attend.

Year-End Assessments: Helpful Tips for Staff and Managers
This one-hour workshop is designed to help you prepare for meaningful year-end assessments. From writing a clear summary, to giving and receiving feedback, we will explore useful tools and examples. Whether you are using the ePerformance Standard Form, Summary Form, or Exception Form, the content is relevant.
April 2, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Research and Education Building (REB) Room 106: Staff Session 1:30-2:30pm, Managers Session 3:00-4:00pm
April 15
, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room: Staff Session 10:00-11:00am, Managers Session 11:30am-12:30pm
April 30
, Gordon Hall, Bibring Room: Staff Session 1:30-2:30pm, Managers Session 3:00-4:00pm
May 13
, Countway Library, Ware Room: Staff Session 10:00-11:00am, Managers Session 11:30am-12:30pm
You may register for these events in PeopleSoft by following this path: Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment>Search by Course Number>Category, enter HLC (PRO205 for Manager Sessions, PRO206 for Staff Sessions)

Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group- The Four Noble Truths-Continuation
Wednesdays, April 22 – May 27 (6 weeks)
HLC Campus (Please see Work/Life Professional Development calendar for specific rooms by date)
Fee: $60/$30(for HUGHP)
The core of insight (Vipassana) meditation is the practice of mindfulness, the quality of awareness that sees without judgment. Each meeting will include instruction, practice, and discussion. Formal practice includes sitting and walking meditation, and on some days low impact Viniyoga. The length of the practice period will vary from day to day to a maximum of 30 min.
Note:  Please register at

HLC Manager/Supervisor Series
April 29, May 6, May 12, May 20, May 26, June 2
HLC Campus (Please see Work/Life Professional Development calendar for specific rooms by date)
The goal of this training is to assist both experienced and newly appointed managers and supervisors, to develop or fine tune their own knowledge and expertise within the management function. This program has been designed with the help of experienced managers at HMS, SPH and HSDM. We hope that this course will be an opportunity to meet some new colleagues and to share best practices. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks.  Each week we build on the concepts of the previous week and set achievable goals to review the following week.
Please note: Approval from your immediate supervisor and at least one direct report is required for this series.  Attendance at all 6 classes is strongly encouraged to receive the full benefit of the program

Effective Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse Team
April 30, 2015
Countway Library, Ballard Room
Recruiting for a diverse team is essential to Harvard University. By building a diverse team, you will expand the perspectives and approaches from which decisions are made. Not only is diversity recruitment essential to our mission, but it is the law. As a Federal Contractor, Harvard has an obligation to make “good faith efforts” in the recruitment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At this course you will learn about why diversity recruitment is important, how to think differently about your staffing needs and gain skills to reduce unconscious bias during the interview process.

HLC Book Discussion: The Progress Principal
Thursday, May 7
12:00-1:30pm, Gordon Hall, Bibring Room
Join a discussion of Teresa Amabile’s book, The Progress Principle, where we will explore her model for creating a motivating and engaging work environment. This discussion will be facilitated by Linda Miklas. Enrolled participants will receive a copy of the book in advance.
Note: Pre-work is required in advance of this session. Participants will be contacted with the complete pre-work assignment shortly following the registration deadline April 16, 2015. You may register for this event in PeopleSoft by following this path: Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment>Search by Course Number>Category, enter HLC (WLB122).

HLC Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Enriching our life, public health & medical practice
Who: Faculty/Students/Staff

Where/When: Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Kresge Rm. 203, (No fee)
Facilitators: David Arond, MD,MPH ‘76/Laura Smeaton, MS                               
Contact for more info:
Mindfulness Practice: Potential Outcomes
Open creative abilities
Manage stress more skillfully
Improve focus
Increase adaptability
Mindfulness Practice:
Find our innate ability to calm and center
Increase awareness: what truly matters in life
Fosters well-being- joy- caring for public good
Learn how to enrich your life and live more fully

Bright Horizons Webinar Library offers recorded webinars on a variety of topics; parents can watch at their convenience.

General information about seminars
    • Please feel free to bring your lunch.
    • Harvard Longwood Campus map.
    • These seminars are FREE (unless noted otherwise)
    • Work/Life Seminars are provided by the Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Human Resource Departments

If you have any questions about upcoming seminars please email