Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Happy August, Friends!  

We hope you’re enjoying the beauty of these warmer, restorative days mixed in with the bustle of preparation and excitement for a fresh academic year. Here in Organizational and Human Development (OHD), we’re looking forward to a fantastic fall term of workshops and events, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek! 

In this issue of OHD News: 

We wish you wellness, joy, and many wonderful memories this summer! See you in September. 

- Your OHD Team


P.S. Don’t want to miss a thing? Follow us on Twitter: @OHDuwaterloo where we share all of our latest workshop and event offerings and insights on employee learning and development.


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We are excited for another fantastic fall term of both in-person and virtual workshops. Be sure to note the format when you’re looking through Portal!

Take a look at some of the highlights in this fall's line-up:

Ways to deepen your understanding of you @UWaterloo: 

  • Core Development Suite  
  • Integrity Matters
  • Staff Orientation 
  • *NEW* Discovering Your Career Purpose 

Ways to explore and leverage your unique strengths and abilities: 

  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Managing Compassion 
  • Personality Dimensions 
  • Personality Dimensions & Wellness 
  • *NEW* VIA Character Strengths

Ways to navigate and advocate:  

  • Navigating Performance Conversations for Staff 
  • Strategies for Successfully Navigating Change 

Ways to grow in your leadership skills: 

  • Facilitation Fundamentals 
  • Leading Performance Conversations 
  • Successfully Leading and Managing Change 
  • *NEW* Change Management for Projects 

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Be sure to mark your calendar for Keeping Well @Work on Thursday, October 13. You don’t want to miss this year’s 1-day conference all about yourwellness!  


Be inspired by this year’s line-up of workshops, keynotes, wellness fair and more! Connect with and learn about the many health and wellness resources and services available to you as a Waterloo employee. 

Conference registration opens on Tuesday, September 20 on Portal

There’s still time to submit a workshop: We continue to welcome expressions of interest from those interested in presenting a workshop at KW@W this fall. Please submit your form by Friday, August 12.  A big thank you to those that have already submitted workshop proposals!  

For questions about or interest in KW@W 2022, please reach out to Dana Evans Laity


We are delighted to welcome back one of our learning & development specialists, Alannah Robinson! Alannah will rejoin OHD’s Leadership Development team part-time in August and full-time in September. So glad to have you back, Alannah! 

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to learning & development specialist Gitanjali Shanbhag, who is heading to a new role with the Centre for Extended Learning. We want to thank Gitanjali for her notable contributions to the Leadership Essentials program, the new asynchronous Working in Hybrid Teams modules, and so much more. ❤️ 


Working with OHD this term has been an educational and exciting experience. I could not have asked for a more positive first co-op environment! Everyone on the OHD team has provided me with so many different learning opportunities. Working in this department has allowed me to feel as though I am helping people within the University and truly making an impact. In my time at OHD I have learned that a healthy workplace is one where everyone strives to help you learn and succeed!  

- Melissa, 3A Psychology (Minor in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies)

Throughout my co-op term working in OHD, I’ve been able to work on some really fun and interesting projects. From Staff Orientation to producing and facilitating workshops to running OHD’s social media (give us a follow - @OHDUwaterloo), I feel like I’ve been able to spend time doing truly meaningful work. Collaborating with a team that’s so focused on learning and development has helped me gain a huge appreciation for the importance of personal development and I’ve learned just how important it is to have opportunities for staff to feel welcomed, appreciated, and invested in. I’ve learned so much throughout this term and I’m so excited for the next co-op student who will be taking my place!

- Matthew, 3A Psychology


From all of us in OHD - thank you Matthew & Melissa for one incredible co-op term. You hit the ground running and have added such value to our work this term. We will miss you, but are wishing you great success in your academic and career journeys! 

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