December 2020 Newsletter | A Note of Thanks + Waterloo Staff Conference 2021 + Monthly Speaker Series Launch

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

"It's not so much what we have in this life that matters. It's what we do with what we have."
— Fred Rogers

December 2020  – When most think of 2020, our first thoughts may not be of gratitude. In a year when most things have been difficult and challenging, many of have had to pivot and carry on supporting our students, our fellow employees, and ourselves. It has been amazing to see many Waterloo employees supporting their learning and development in a year of remarkable change.  As our programs and offerings changed, you changed and adapted to continue that journey along with us.  From our Mentorship and Leadership development programs to our new Community Connect series, you impressed us, Waterloo, with your resiliency and determination to support your development and growth! And for that, we at Organizational and Human Development (OHD) are extremely grateful. Grateful for your continued support and for your commitment to learning and development. It has been an honour for us to serve you in this difficult yet important year of COVID. We look forward to learning together and supporting our students together in 2021. This too shall pass — and strengthen us.

Take good care, be safe, and happy holidays!

Katrina, Sue G., Mark, Laura, Alannah, Susan W., Annette, John, Sue F., Beth, and Iris
Your Organizational and Human Development Team


Waterloo Staff Conference 2021: A Virtual Event

It's that time of year again, so mark your calendars! The annual Waterloo Staff Conference for 2021 will be taking place on April 6 - 9th.  Now it will be a little bit different next year, but haven’t we come to expect everything to be a little different after 2020?  The virtual event will take place over several days to allow for flexibility of schedules and personal time to accommodate you.  The event will include keynote presentations, workshops, and activities you can attend from the comfort of your own home or your office. OHD and many campus partners will be working diligently over the coming months to craft and curate new and interesting experiences for all who attend.  

Returning 2020 WSC Keynotes for 2021 include:

Look for new keynotes to be announced in the Winter term! More event information can be found on the Waterloo Staff Conference website.


Speaker Series Launch

To support the lead-up of the 2021 Waterloo Staff Conference, a selection of keynotes originally scheduled in 2020 will be part of a monthly Speaker Series launching in January with our first speaker, Liane Davey.  A new speaker and topic will be featured each month to support employee learning and development. 

The current line-up includes:

  • Liane Davey - Change Has Changed: Supporting Talent in a World of Perpetual Change – January 22, 11 AM
  • Dan Trommater - We've Always Done It That Way - Challenge Assumptions and Embrace the Growth Mindset - February 17, 11 AM
  • Rahaf Harfoush - Mastering the Art of The Hustle & Float - March 17, 11 AM

Look for registration announcements in the January OHD Newsletter.


Performance Conversations Workshop

We all know that a performance review is a critical driver in employee performance and motivation. These important conversations need to be ongoing where personal goals, workplace targets, and performance matters can be closely explored and keep all involved in the performance process motivated and engaged. Learn more about the Performance Conversations workshop.  Next session: Wednesday January 20, 2021 – 10 am – 12 noon EST.

Note: There are currently no costs associated with taking OHD Courses.  Casual employees, typically, cannot enroll in OHD courses. 

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please register through Workday.*
If you have questions, please contact


Support Your Wellness

2020 is a year that will be remembered for many reasons. We’ve weathered many a storm and are hopefully sailing into smoother waters for 2021. Even if we have managed to stay healthy, economically secure, and reasonably optimistic throughout this tumultuous year of social injustice and a global pandemic, we may not have a lot of reserves left over.  Some may not be able to travel home to visit their families this winter break or are finding it difficult during a time of year when many celebrate their cultural and religious festivities with messages of joy and family. If you are struggling as the year comes to a close, there are supports available to you:




We are here to help! Questions about workshops or registration? Please contact OHD about workshop registration, including cancellations and enrollment.    

Questions about this communication? Please contact Mark Lisetto-Smith, Manager, Operations and Marketing, Organizational and Human Development.

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