NOW Conference 2017

June 7, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to share with you information about the fifth annual Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Staff Career Development Conference, which will take place on Wednesday, July 26th in Pauley Ballroom and throughout the MLK Student Union building.

This year’s conference theme, “Bring Your Best Self,” encourages Berkeley staff to explore ways they can personally commit to enhancing their careers, the campus workplace, and their relationships with colleagues.  The NOW Conference will offer opportunities for staff to attend professional development sessions, learn about building their personal brands in the Career Genius Lab, receive career coaching guidance, listen to stimulating keynotes, network, and share experiences and learnings via social media.

The 2017 NOW Conference will feature addresses from several campus leaders, including Chancellor-designate Carol Christ and Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning Tsu-Jae King Liu, as well as from external workplace and career experts. The afternoon keynote will be delivered by Shola Richards, UCLA Medical Center’s positivity expert and author of Making Work Work, who will unveil “Three Questions that Positively Change the World.”

Registration for the conference is now open.

Please register early as this event historically fills up very quickly. Registration will remain open on a first come, first served basis until filled. Some sessions will be repeated throughout the day to accommodate both half and full day attendance. For descriptions of the breakout sessions, and to register, visit the NOW Conference website.

Professional development continues to be a priority for the campus. In addition to attending the NOW Conference, I encourage staff to join one of several career development workshops scheduled in June through the joint efforts of Learning & Development and Counseling and Psychological Services. I also encourage staff to learn about and use, a compendium of online learning tools for professional and career development available at no cost to members of the Berkeley community.

Thank you for your continued service to our institution as we endeavor to make the Berkeley campus an exciting and rewarding place to work.


Nicholas Dirks

Cal Message