Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

We deeply appreciate all UC Berkeley staff members year round and our Staff Appreciation Weeks are just one way we show our appreciation.

June 2021 Offerings

6/7 - Berkeley Trivia hosted by Chancellor Christ

Berkeley Trivia hosted by Chancellor Christ

June 7th - 12:30 - 1pm

Hosted by Chancellor Christ

Think you know Berkeley? Then join your colleagues for a special Berkekey focused trivia game. Several live contestants will have a chance to win raffle prizes. RSVP to join the Zoom event or sign up to be a contestant.

6/8 - Career Q&A with UC Berkeley Career Experts

Career Q&A with UC Berkeley Career Experts

June 8th - 4 - 5pm

Presented by Lisa Rykert and Rebecca Anderson

This is your chance to ask any career, interview, or resume question you've ever had and hear answers from Career Experts, Lisa Rykert and Rebecca Anderson. Also learn what strategies will help you advance at UCB and beyond. This will be an informal session tailored to answering your questions- so come ready! RSVP to attend.

6/9 - American Reckoning: A Conversation on Anti-Blackness in Post George Floyd America

American Reckoning: A Conversation on Anti-Blackness in Post George Floyd America

June 9th - 12 - 2pm 

A panel discussion featuring national thought leaders: Dr. Keisha Blain, Jeff Chang, Rosa Clemente, and Tim Wise. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ula Y. Taylor, Chair of African American Studies. RSVP to attend.

6/10 - Sound Bath Meditation

Sound Bath Meditation

June 10th - 12:30 - 1:30pm | Zoom

Presented by Melissa Felsenstein

Enjoy a meditative sound bath brought to you by Melissa Felsenstein of Inner Sounds Yoga. Experience a deeper sense of relaxation and renewal as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments. Simply lay down and receive sound while reducing your stress and releasing tension. RSVP to attend.

6/11 - How to Win from Any Angle

How to Win from Any Angle

June 11 - 12:30 - 1:30pm

Presented by Maurice Evans and Justin Panarese

Join Maurice Evans, 11-year NBA veteran for a moderated discussion on redefining success, channeling your inner resilience and winning from any angle. RSVP to attend.

We asked you in the September 2020 Employee Morale Survey which forms of appreciation were most meaningful to you as a UC Berkeley staff member. Explore offerings based on the top 3 responses:

  • Ongoing opportunities for professional development
  • Words of appreciation
  • Perks always available to UC Berkeley employees 

Explore Past Offerings

Fall 2020

Moving from career uncertainty to career exploration

Moving from career uncertainty to career exploration

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Often it seems there is an unspoken rule that we must have it all figured out - we need an entry career plan, a five-year plan, and even a plan for what we will do during retirement! The need to have ‘the answer’ to our careers implies there IS an answer, when in fact our careers (and lives) are unique, evolving, and impossible to define. This session will reframe career uncertainty and anxiety into healthy career exploration and an open-minded approach.


Presented by:

Rebecca Andersen, Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations at the Graduate School of Information

Rebecca has been on campus since 2007, starting in environmental protection. A career changer herself, Rebecca is a co-founder of the Berkeley Facilitator's Network, a working parent, and (for now) an educator to two little ones! Rebecca is also working on a doctorate of educational leadership at UC Davis, focusing on equity in STEM careers.

Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviewing

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Expand your career strategy toolkit and your campus connections by learning how to conduct engaging informational interviews, even while working remotely.


Presented by:

Lisa Rykert (she/her/hers), Career & Professional Development Lead

Linda Lundberg (she/her/hers), Transition Services Lead

Lisa Rykert serves as the Career & Professional Development Lead on the People & Organization Development team within UC Berkeley People & Culture. Her focus on campus is to support staff career growth and mobility with the goal of helping people to love the work they do and do the work they love within a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging.

Linda Lundberg has been with UC Berkeley since 2009 and leads the Transition Services Program within Talent Acquisition, People & Culture. Linda has a passion for providing resourceful, innovative and motivating career guidance, and is very enthusiastic about all things related to employment.

Navigate Change and Gain Agency in your Career Goals

Navigate Change and Gain Agency in your Career Goals

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Learn tools to effectively navigate work during times of change and uncertainty. This session is designed to inspire you with ways to create joy in your day-to-day work, and give you a sense of agency in your career goals.


Presented by:

Catherine Ciano, PhD, Psychologist

Emma Strong, Academic Advisor, Fall Program for Freshmen

Dr. Catherine Ciano is a Psychologist and Teaming Strategist who uses her understanding of people and process to enable change. She hosts the Authentic Work podcast to help people align who they are with how they work.

Emma Strong is an instructional design and facilitation enthusiast with a passion for public speaking, learning, and training. She has led workshops at the UC Berkeley NOW Conference, and has facilitated sessions for the Advancing Practice professional development program for academic advisors on campus.