Viterbo Employee Development Programs

These programs are free for Viterbo University employees and take place on campus (exact locations TBD). 

Advance registration is appreciated.


FEBRUARY 21, 3-4 p.m.: Brene Brown, Practicing Empathy
Presenters: Karna Marks and Sarah Hennessey, FSPA

In a world where tensions can run high – we long for the open communication and connection created through empathy – but empathy can take some practice. Together, we’ll take note of the tough feelings that can tempt us to cut off from one another in tough circumstances and explore skills that help us connect with honesty, kindness and healthy boundaries. We’ll study Brené Brown’s good work on empathy, including common empathy misses, the differences between sympathy and empathy and, when things don’t go so well, how to circle back with grace and try again. 


MARCH 27, 3-4 p.m.: Art as Meditation/Prayer
Presenter: Mary Thompson 

Artistic expression offers the opportunity for spiritual growth, transformation and healing. This is an opportunity to play and learn new techniques without worrying about perfection or finished product. Meet new friends and practice listening to your heart as you paint. No art experience is necessary.


APRIL 24, 3-4 p.m.: Reconnecting With Joy and Yourself
Presenters: Sarah Hennessey, FSPA, and Karna Marks

Joy is all around us; yet, sometimes our very real lives cloud our daily awareness of those moments that bring us JOY! Joy is not the pressure to be positive at all costs; it co-exists with other difficult emotions and buoys us up with renewed energy and a spirit of resilience, lightness and healing. If you have time, take this 3-minute quiz before you come: What’s Killing Your Joy. Come explore Ingrid Fetell Lee’s research with us, and go home with easy, practical and inspiring tips to reconnect with joy.