Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

UC Berkeley Chief Learning Officer Angela StopperUC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, and UC President Michael V. Drake.

9:00 –  9:40 AM

Morning Keynote: Gorick Ng

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Sooner About How to Take Control of Your Career

Have big career goals... but not sure how to achieve them? Or, struggling to figure out what your goals even are? Join Gorick Ng, first-gen college grad and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules, for an interactive session that will help you reflect on what you want and how to take your best next step towards achieving your professional goals, no matter where you are in your career.

9:40 – 10:00 AM

Activity Break

9:45 - 9:55 am | Mindfulness & Gentle Movement with Liza Schlosser- Olroyd

Find a comfortable place to sit, stand, or lie down for this short and sweet mindfulness practice. We will begin with a guided meditation, and end with some gentle movement to support your mind and body before moving into the rest of an amazing day together!

10:00 – 11:10 AM

Concurrent Sessions Round 1

Accessible and Assistive Technologies for All

Mastering Transferable Skills for a Diverse Career Landscape

Mental Fitness Mastery: Transforming Self-Doubt into Empowered Leadership Using Positive Intelligence

Owning Your Career at the UC

The Power of Connection: Networking and Mentoring

Proactive Professional Development: Create Resume-Building Opportunities Within Your Current Position

Values Mapping for Team Success

11:10 – 11:30 AM

Activity Break

11:15 - 11:25 am | Meditative Drawing with Sabina Morgan

Join Sabina for an engaging meditative drawing session where she will lead us in exploring simple yet playful doodle patterns. This fun and easy activity will help you transcend mental barriers and channel your energy throughout your body. Please have a pen or pencil and paper ready for this creative journey.

11:30 – 12:40 PM

Concurrent Sessions Round 2

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace: Why Identity Matters

Discovering Your Ikigai - Finding Purpose in Work and Life

Embrace the Future: Transforming Career Exploration and the Job Search with AI

Mapping Success Through Culture Fit: Discovering Potential in Community and Collaboration

Succeed Well by Starting Now

Transferable Skills: Applying to Jobs You Haven’t Done Yet

Unleashing Our Mutual Potential: Growing as an Equity-Oriented Supervisor of Student Employees

12:40 - 2:00 PM


1:00 - 1:45 pm | Staff Orgs Info and Social Gathering Rooms

Visit our Staff Orgs Info and Social Gathering Rooms for an interactive and vibrant experience! Bring your lunch and engage with members of Staff Organizations, learn about upcoming programs and events they are hosting, and connect with colleagues in this fun and casual virtual environment. Whether you're looking to expand your professional horizons or just have a friendly chat, these rooms are the place to be. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover your potential and map your journey to success with your peers. 

2:00 – 3:10 PM

Concurrent Sessions Round 3

Charting the Course for a Successful Career at the UC

Discover Your Potential and Map Your Success When Disability Knocks

Fuel Your People Power: Developing the Top In Demand Workplace Skills

Influence Without Authority: Leadership as an Individual Contributor

Leading with Trust

Mastering Memory to Unlock Your Potential & Enhance Professional Success

Using AI Productively at Work, Home, & Job Hunting

3:10 – 3:30 PM

Activity Break

3:15 - 3:25 pm | Sound Healing with Joy Evans

Take a break to tune into self-compassion through gently guided breathwork, nature imagery, and the calming sounds of alchemy crystal singing bowls. Singing bowls can support the brain entering a theta state (or pre-sleep) and help you access the benefits of a regulated nervous system. 

Preparing for a virtual sound session with Joy:

  • Connect with your best speakers (phone, computer, or headphones) to hear the sounds clearly. Your wifi will impact the quality of the livestream.
  • Notice what your body needs. Find a comfortable place to rest. If seated or lying down, consider how to support your neck and lower back. Maybe you prefer to gently stretch or walk outside for fresh air during this break.
  • Remember singing bowls should never cause any physical pain. If you experience physical discomfort --for any reason– please be kind to your body by removing yourself from this virtual experience.

3:30 – 4:10 PM

Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Deepak Chopra

The Future of Well-Being and the Awakened Life

Experience an illuminating keynote with Dr. Deepak Chopra on The Future of Well-Being and the Awakened Life. Explore the multifaceted nature of well-being, extending beyond physical health to encompass emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions. Discover the interplay between well-being and an awakened existence, highlighting the significance of self-awareness and holistic life care. Dr. Chopra will present cutting-edge research and offer insights into the expansive scope of well-being and the pivotal influence of consciousness in fostering health and happiness, providing a roadmap to personal growth and success.

4:10 – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

UC Berkeley Chief People & Culture Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor Eugene Whitlock, J.D.

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Map Your Success Wrap-Up Party

Co-Hosts: Ying Kuah and Lisa Rykert, NOW Conference Co-Chairs

Join us for this fun and casual finale of our full day of learning! In this brief and engaging session, we’ll celebrate our collective achievements and reflect on the highlights of the event. It's the perfect way to wrap up the day and connect with your peers through a mix of polls, chat shares, and breakout discussions in a relaxed, friendly vibe. This activity will not be recorded.