15th Annual Summer Institute - Enhancing Career Development Competencies

2015 Institute dates and topics will be posted in 2015

Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Career Development Competencies

For Career Counselors, Career Development Facilitators and Instructors, Educators, Career Center Staff, Advisors... virtually anyone involved in career development or career and workforce readiness.

Join us this summer for professional development workshops delivered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Here's your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training. Credit in the form of a Certificate of Attendance will be given which can be used to verify hours. CEUs ($15 fee payable on site) and NBCC credit are also available.

Summer Institute

July 17 - 18, 2014

WS 1: Assessments 201: Building Your Expertise
Thurs, July 17, 9 am - 12 pm

Interested in "what's new" in career assessments? Wondering if there is a more effective way to interpret the assessments your office uses? In this workshop, we will explore a range of issues related to using both formal and informal career assessments beyond just "administering a test". Discussion will include topics such as how to best determine whether an assessment would be helpful for a particular client/student, deciding what assessment to use, interpreting assessment results with the client/student, and new assessment instruments. Participants will take several assessments and role play interpreting the results with a client/student.

Judy Ettinger has been employed at the Center on Education and Work since 1980. Her MS and PhD are in counseling and her particular area of interest is in career development and career counseling. Judy is an Instructor and Master Trainer for the Global Career Development Facilitator Training program designed and delivered by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and has been involved in that program since its inception. She also teaches for UCLA in their online College Counseling program. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Outstanding Practitioner Award and the Annual Merit Award from the National Career Development Association; and Application of Technology in Education Annual Award from the Career Development Alliance.

WS 2: Emotional Intelligence Skills
Thurs, July 17, 1 pm - 4 pm

During tough exchanges in the workplace we often find ourselves losing our balance and our ability to collaborate effectively.  It's widely known that more people lose a job due to issues with other people than for a lack of technical competency. This interactive workshop will explore how to recognize a fuller range of choice in how we hear and respond to difficult messages. Participants will learn practical techniques for developing emotional intelligence, practicing self-care in stressful situations, and teaching these skills to others. These techniques are useful to anyone, whether they are struggling with office politics, meeting overwhelm or an inability to move projects forward. Career practitioners, educators, managers-- anyone can use this information to assist in the development of these skills with those they serve, manage or teach, as well as for their own personal and professional development.

Debra Claire received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the UW-Madison, where she also worked as a disability specialist at the McBurney Disability Resource Center for 22 years, retiring in 2013. She received Emerita status and numerous awards including the top Division of Student Life recognition through the Paul Ginsber Award. Debra has been studying and practicing communication and conflict resolution skills for many years with a recent emphasis on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication (NVC). She has attended numerous NVC workshops and participated in the UW’s Compassionate Communication study group based on Rosenberg’s and others’ work. She has presented on these topics both on- and off-campus.

Jennifer Warnick is a Trainer Certification Candidate with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. A co-founder and Director of the Wisconsin Empathy Guild, Jennifer teaches Collaborative Compassionate Communication.  She is the host of Family HEART Camp Wisconsin, a community immersion experience in Non-violent Communication.

WS 3: Starting Up a Business: What Does it Take?
Fri, July 18, 9 am -12 pm

Starting up a business is an option that appeals to many individuals. But what does it realistically take to start up a business... and how can you assist your students and clients who want to explore a start-up idea? In this workshop we will be introduced to the Business Model Canvas, a free, cutting-edge tool which allows individuals to visually outline a new business or start-up idea. Discussion will include how to pick a viable business idea, what personality traits and skills it takes to be successful, and how to define and market to your audience. Participants will also walk through a Business Simulation exercise, an interactive tool that they can share with their own clients or students. This interactive workshop will present the latest information and resources available in the area of business start-ups, delivered in a way that is sure to be both educational and fun.

Julie Wood is the Education Program Manager and Youth Camp Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Business Development Center. Previously she was director of operations at Oriel Incorporated and a financial software consultant at SVA Consulting. Julie has run her own business, Checks + Balances, Inc., an accounting consulting business. She has a MS in educational communications and technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michelle Somes-Booher is a Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also served as an associated lecturer in business at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. Previously Michelle was an adjunct faculty member at Central Michigan University where she taught management and entrepreneurship. Michelle also founded Let's Do the Dishes, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, which she operated for five years. Michelle holds an MBA from Central Michigan University.

WS 4: Applying and Interviewing for Jobs in the Year 2014
Fri, July 18, 1 pm - 4 pm

Skype interviews... group interviews... getting past the HR office. Changes in technology along with a tighter economy and job market have affected the application, interview, and hiring process. If you work with students or clients on employability or job seeking skills, this workshop will help you better prepare them for the challenge. Participants will hear from a UW-Madison advisor about the process used to help students apply and interview for jobs, a Human Resources Professional at Epic Systems in Madison regarding the hiring process from an employers’ point of view, and a professional who focuses on how to apply for and land a public sector job. Participants will gain valuable insights on the employment and decision-making process, and information that every job seeker will face in seeking employment in today's world.

Chris McIntyre is a Career Advisor in the Wisconsin School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration program. Chris works with a population of over 2,000 students on connecting to employers and in all phases of career development from exploration to interviewing. He specifically oversees students in two majors: Management & Human Resources and Accounting, including the five-year Integrated Masters of Accountancy program designed to expose students to a career in public accounting. Chris is particularly interested in helping students craft relevant stories of their skills and experiences during networking and interviewing. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lisa Dally has been recruiting exceptional talent for public and private sector organizations for over 10 years. Lisa received her master's degree in human resources and labor relations from UW-Milwaukee, and trains, presents and advises managers and employees on a variety of human resource best practices. Lisa has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Kelly HRfirst, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI Department of Corrections, and is currently the Affirmative Action Officer of the WI Department of Administration. Lisa enjoys sharing information about the many rewards of public service employment.

Molly Stiffler is a corporate recruiter at Epic Systems, Inc., a privately-held healthcare software company located in Verona, WI. She has been recruiting for Epic for just over two years, and has hired for a variety of roles including non-technical, technical, clinical and administrative positions. Epic’s recruiting team focuses on full-cycle recruiting – everything from sourcing through making an offer. Molly joined Epic shortly after attending UW-Madison and graduating with a degree in Journalism (Strategic Communication) and Sociology.

Cost: $99 per workshop

Location: Grainger Hall, Room 5120
University of Wisconsin-Madison
945 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Grainger Hall location



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2015 Institute dates and topics will be posted in 2015


A block of sleeping rooms has been set aside for CEW Summer Institute participants at the following hotel. Participants are responsible for their own reservations and payment.

The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 800-356-8293
Fax: 608-257-8454


Reserve rooms under the group name Summer Institute 2014. Rates are $109 single/double. Call to reserve your room before June 22, 2014. After that date, blocked rooms will be released to the public. A shuttle is available to campus; inquire at the front desk when you check in.


Public parking is available on the UW-Madison campus. The closest public lot is located under Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue.
For parking information, visit http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/visitor.aspx.


All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance that will verify contact hours and can be used for their continuing education needs. In addition University of Wisconsin-Madison CEUs are available for a flat $15 fee. (Each workshop is worth .3 CEUs.) Forms to use for NBCC verification will also be available upon request.