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Designing Your Life: Using Design Thinking to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Professional and Personal Life

Designing Your Life: Using Design Thinking to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Professional and Personal Life

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Event Overview
Are you still trying to figure out how your career and life fit together? Design Thinking is now being used in everything from the way we present information on our websites to how we design classes to how we handle service delivery in our universities. That said, why not look at how these concepts might apply to our personal lives as well. 

Building off the design thinking framework utilized at Stanford University’s Design School (d-school) and the book Designing Your Life (DYL), you will adopt a designer’s mindset and apply design thinking when – contemplating, planning for, iterating, and taking action – to create a meaningful and fulfilling professional and personal life. This mindset includes adopting concepts such as radical collaboration, reframing problems, curiosity, mindfulness of process, and a bias towards action paving your way to the well-lived, joyful life that you so richly deserve. You will leave with a better understanding of where you are right now, new designs for balance and energy, ways to frame problems you’ve been trying to solve for a while, insights on how to hone your decision making, and three options for five-year plans for your life.

  - Explore meaning in work and life to increase workplace satisfaction.
  - Identify resonant experiences to guide growth and progression in your current role and in your career.
  - Design the balance and energy needed to fuel life and work and reduce burnout and stress.

What is Designing Your Life all about? Watch this video: Designing Your Life Trailer Video


Where: Online

When: Tuesday and Thursday, July 21, 23, 28, and 30
9:30am - 11:00am

Workshop Organizer: Fieldbrook Advising & NERCOMP

Registration Fee:
Early-bird rate prior to June 1st- $699 
Rate June 1st and after - $850

Early-bird rate prior to June 1st - $799 
Rate June 1st and after - $950

The registration covers:
  - Lunch, breaks and a reception on Tuesday. Breakfast, break and lunch on Wednesday.
  - A Designing Your Life Workshop Workbook for your exercises and reflections.
  - A one-hour post retreat call with the instructors and fellow participants for follow-up, support, and further networking.

Hotel accommodations are not included.

Seats are limited, register now.


Scholarship Opportunity:
The Designing Your Life Scholarship provides an opportunity for an individual to participate in this valuable experience. NERCOMP will award one scholarship to a person at any NERCOMP member institution who may not otherwise have the funds to participate in the Designing Your Life workshop, scheduled for June 16 - 17, 2020.

The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the April 7-8, 2020 workshop, one-night lodging, and travel expenses in compliance with NERCOMP polices. The combined total is not to exceed $1,500.  The deadline for nominations is Thursday, January 30, at 5:00pm.   Learn More




Registration Cancellation Policy:
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