2012 Workshop Descriptions

  • Following is a list of workshops to be offered at the annual Women’s Conference. Learn more about the workshop presenters.

    Conflict Resolution

    Presenter: David Piper

    Conflict is defined as a struggle between two individuals or groups who perceive their goals as incompatible. This seminar is designed to address the two dimensions of conflict—the issue of the conflict and the emotions surrounding the conflict—and provides insight into how conflict can be managed and resolved.


    Presenter: Wanda Minnick

    Think your chair and the position of your computer monitor and keyboard have no effect on your health and well-being? Think again. Learn tips about ergonomics that can help prevent discomfort and repetitive strain injuries.

    Getting Organized: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Presenter: Jody Adams

    We all come in different shapes and sizes—and so does all our stuff. If you’re overwhelmed by your stuff and struggle to be clutter-free, then join Certified Professional Organizer® Jody Adams in this fun session to learn how to get from where you are to where you want to be. You’ll even learn about a few products to help you along the way!

    Happier Women: 25 Ways to Reduce Stress

    Presenter: Theresa McDevitt

    Happier Women: 25 Ways to Reduce Stress is a film comprising 25 video clips that deal with challenges many modern women confront, including clutter control, sleep disorders, workplace stress, and anxiety and depression. A short discussion about the film’s content and how it applies to women’s lives will follow. The showing of the film will also serve as an introduction to IUP’s Films on Demand database.

    How Do I Look?

    Presenter: Malinda Cowles

    Women’s perceptions of their body can greatly affect their daily lives. Explore the many messages women receive about their bodies and discuss ways to challenge the negative influences some messages may have.

    Is Food the Enemy?

    Presenter: Barb Croce

    With more than 70 percent of diseases being lifestyle and nutrition related, it’s time to take a closer look at our thought patterns concerning food—and the truth about what is and isn’t food.

    Mindfulness Meditation and Everyday Life

    Presenter: Caleb Finegan

    This is your introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation and to the Shambhala lineage teachings that provide us with tools to live in the secular world with patience, gentleness, courage, and compassion.

    Nutrition Nonsense

    Presenter: Diane Wagoner

    Separating the science from the silly, this session will address some of the most popular nutrition myths that bounce around on e-mail or pop up on the daily news. What’s true and what’ not? You may be surprised! Unite in sisterhood as you learn how to sift through some of the most popular nutrition information.

    The Sandwich Generation

    Presenter: Alicia Pearce

    Are you struggling to care for aging parents while also managing your household and career? You’re not alone. Learn strategies to cope with and manage your workload.


    Presenters: Tami Cramer and Julene Pinto-Dyczewski

    A little knowledge can go a long way in thwarting an attack. These are tips you can’t afford to miss.

    Social Media

    Presenters: Patti McCarthy, Jessica Halchak, Crystal Machado

    Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, GetGlue, Instagram, Blogs, G+, and FourSquare are some of the most popular social media networks. With so many choices, it’s no wonder many people are overwhelmed by the idea of joining one. In this presentation, the panel will give a brief overview of the types of social media, as well as a more in-depth look at Facebook and Twitter. The audience participants will identify self-interest opportunities to classify and determine which social media network fits them best. Personal anecdotes from each presenter will illustrate how different networks fulfill different needs.

    There’s an App for That

    Presenter: Joanne Kuta

    If you read it, eat it, watch it, or drive it, there’s probably an app for that. Learn how your smartphone can make your life easier with these tips, tricks, and tools. Smartphone security will also be covered.

    Who Needs a Will, Power of Attorney, and Living Will?

    Presenters: James D. Carmella and William J. Carmella

    What’s the purpose of having a will? What are the consequences of dying without one? What inheritance taxes are payable upon death? Learn about these and other important topics, including reasons to consider having a power of attorney and the trend toward having a living will to control medical decisions before death.

    Women and the Benefits of Exercise

    Presenter: Roger Briscoe

    Learn about the benefits of exercise as they specifically relate to women. Topics to be discussed include general fitness and disease prevention and management. Programs provided by the YMCA, such as Y’s Loser and the Day Camp Child Watch, and the YMCA’s program guide will also be discussed.

    Women in the Community: A Panel Discussion

    Presenters: Ellen Ruddock, Michelle Fryling, Denise Clawson, Kay Werner

    What effect can one woman have on a community? Find out from some of the Indiana community’s most involved leaders.

    Yoga in the Workplace

    Presenters: Jill Fiore and Adrienne Goss

    Join Sunflower Yoga instructors Jill Fiore and Adrienne Goss to learn how you can do yoga at your desk. The focus of the session is threefold: breathing, yoga postures, and meditation. See how yoga can help you gain better focus and concentration, relieve stress and anxiety, and balance your energy for an overall sense of well-being.