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University Staff Professional Development

University Staff Professional Development Day

The University Staff Professional Development Day is a yearly event open to all UWEC faculty and staff.

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University Staff Professional Development Day 2020 will take place on Thursday, June 4 in Centennial Hall. Despite these challenging times with COVID-19, the Professional Development Committee is still planning and preparing for this day in the hopes that we will be able to come together for June 4th!

This year’s theme, EAU, Exploring Gateways of Opportunity, appreciates the new campus gateway on Garfield Avenue while inviting you to take time to reflect, learn, and connect with the various opportunities that exist for University Staff. Your time to explore and grow on Professional Development Day helps you achieve professional and personal goals, which make you an asset to our campus community!

Jean Abbott
Jean Abbott

Keynote Speaker: Jean Abbott. Learn more about Jean from this Today's Show story, "Woman misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy for 30 years gets relief from simple pill."

Jean shared this message with the committee: “I’m so excited that I get to be a part of your Professional Development Day on June 4th! I have no doubt that you are going to leave inspired and motivated to live a more positive, purpose-filled life. I’m going to be sharing my journey of misdiagnosis – I went 33 years thinking I had a form of cerebral palsy, which limited every aspect of my life and what I was able to do and not do. So the messages are really going to be about how I overcame feeling devalued at work, dealing with negative situations, and some tools that I used to just be a more positive person no matter what challenges life threw my way. And I don’t care who you are, we all have those challenging days! So no one gets off scot-free. I’m really looking forward to seeing you on June 4th where together we can start living a more positive, purpose-filled life. See you there!”  

Highlights from 2019:

  • Approximately 260 faculty and staff enjoyed the day.
  • 24 workshops topics to choose from.
  • 106 prize packages given away.
  • Keynote Speaker: Angela Pittman Taylor
  • 10 committee members organized the day.
  • Breakfast, lunch and gardettos!

A big thank you to the event sponsors:

  • University Staff Council
  • UW-Eau Claire Foundation
  • Sodexo
  • University Centers
  • Plus the many local businesses who donated prizes.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Angela Pittman Taylor, alumna and member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

Angela Pittman Taylor

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If you have any questions, please direct them to and a member of our committee would be happy to assist you.

University Staff Professional Development Committee:

Megan Clark (Co-chair)
Diane Christophersen
Tami Eisberner
Sheryl Gonzales
Emily Herwig
Kelsey Nowaskey
Nicole Owen (Chair)
Krista Raleigh
Diane Stegner Roadt
Lindsey Thorsness


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