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Staff Development Workshop Sessions Schedule

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Breakfast – 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – G76A
Morning Breakout – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Morning Keynote
Welcome and Introduction: Beth Moore (MC) and Donna Rapaccioli
Keynote Speaker: Chester Elton
Topic: Managing Anxiety in the Workplace
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Book signing and email break G76A
“Fun” Breakouts – 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Healthy Cooking Donna Rapaccioli G76B
Yoga Kristen Skinner G73
Adult Coloring Christina Sakowski G72
Physical Activity Joseph Gilfedder Outside Plaza
Tour (Lincoln Center) Father Vin DeCola Lincoln Center
Mindful Oasis Room with AR/VR Zixin Mao G71
Lunch – 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – G76A
Topic Breakout Sessions 1 – 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nutrition and Wellness Kayla Kirschner G73
Well-being Strategies in the Workplace Angela Grassi G76B
Physical Activity and Wellness Joseph Gilfedder G74
Mindfulness Oasis Room with AV/VR Fran Jankowski G71
Topic Breakout Sessions 2 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Nutrition and Wellness Kayla Kirschner G73
Spirituality and Wellness Joan Cavanaugh G76B
Simple Mindfulness for Daily Life Sophia Town G74
Mindfulness Oasis Room with AV/VR Fran Jankowski G71
Afternoon Breakout – 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
Introduction: Donna Rapaccioli
Keynote Speaker: Father David Marcotte, SJ
Topic: Examen and Resilience
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Follow-up Activities Sign-up, Beth Moore G76A

Staff Development Workshop Special Guests

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Sarah Bickford
Administrator of Fitness and Recreation
Session: Physical Activity and Wellness

I have been in the fitness industry for 25 years within the NY and CT areas. My background is in Exercise Science/Nutrition with multiple fitness certifications such as a: personal training, weight training, group fitness instructor, kickboxing, silver sneakers, IM=X Pilates mat and reformer, and CPR/AED. I’ve been the Administrator of Fitness and Recreation at Fordham University Rose Hill campus since 2012 when the older gym opened. I was beyond excited to be able to design the new fitness space for the Fordham community.

My passion is teaching group fitness and making an impact in someone’s day.

Joan Cavanaugh
Campus Ministry
Session: Spirituality and Wellness

Joan Cavanagh, Ph.D., is a familiar presence at Fordham University, where she has ministered for 22 years in various capacities. Currently, she is the director of the spiritual and pastoral ministry for the University, and she serves as the director of Campus Ministry at the Westchester campus. During her time at the University, Joan earned both a master’s degree in counseling and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the Graduate School of Education.

At Fordham, Joan wears many hats. She offers spiritual direction and pastoral counsel, works with student leaders of faith-based clubs, accompanies LGBTQ students, and provides bereavement outreach to students who have lost a loved one. During her time at Fordham, she has developed and staffed many student retreats and has chaperoned international Global Outreach projects and concert choir tours. She is involved in much of Fordham’s spiritual programming, and she accompanies faculty and staff who take part in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, known as the retreat in everyday life. She loves that her work helps members of the Fordham community to find God in the midst of ordinary lives.
Joan is a huge fan of Ignatian spirituality, which has shaped her worldview and helped her to thrive. She is deeply grateful for her ministry at Fordham University.

Chester Elton
Session: Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Chester Elton #1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert Chester Elton has spent two decades helping some of the world’s most successful businesses engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal best selling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, The Best Team Wins, and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Joseph Gilfedder, M.Ed, CSCS, USAW L2, Pn2, FRCms, CISSN, FMS
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance
Session: Physical Activity

Joe Gilfedder is entering his 5th year at Fordham as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance.

At Fordham, Gilfedder is responsible for the administration of the strength training and conditioning programs for 22 intercollegiate teams and the oversight, maintenance, and safety of the Walsh Training Center, where he will supervise and evaluate the Assistant Strength & Conditioning staff.

Gilfedder has had previous stops at Rutgers University, Springfield College, American International College, Western Michigan University, and Dartmouth College. He achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree from Springfield College. He holds multiple certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting, Precision Nutrition, and Functional Movement Systems.

Angela Grassi, MS, LMFT
Licensed Mental Health Professional
Session: Well-being strategies in the Workplace

Angela Grassi, MS, LMFT, is a Licensed Mental Health professional that works with students in GSB that need academic support. Support for these students can take on many forms and can stem from a variety of things such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, executive functioning needs, grief, and much more.

Angela works alongside the GSB deans and meets with students regularly to help ensure a student’s success.

Kayla Kirschner RDN CDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Session: Nutrition and Wellness

In her role as Registered Dietitian, Kayla Kirschner supports Fordham University by providing dietary counseling for students and staff along with aiding us in implementing nutritional strategies for our dining services program.

Prior to joining Aramark, Kayla served as a Wellness Dietitian for Lenox Hill Hospital, where she led patient improvement projects, including seasonal menu updates and nutrient analysis, CBORD compliance, monthly host training, and IDDSI diet transition. She also managed and supported monthly chef tables and assisted in the development of a Teaching Kitchen aimed at giving guests firsthand information on ingredients and techniques.

Kayla has a degree in Nutritional Science from The Pennsylvania State University and holds multiple nutrition and nutrition counseling certifications.

Farther Marcotte
Psychology Professor
Session: Examen and Resilience

David Marcotte is a Jesuit priest, clinical psychologist, and member of the faculty in the Psychology Department at Fordham University, where he teaches courses on the psychology of well-being and psychotherapy. His research interests focus on the psychology of resilience and development of interventions to increase well-being, especially for underserved groups. He is a member of the Psychology Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations, which provides behavioral science consultation to support the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He also serves on the board of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, Inc., a global, health care, non-profit organization, and of Joy Inc, a Nigeria Benefit Corporation that provides training in mental health and wellbeing throughout Africa.

Kristen Skinner
Certified Yoga Teacher
Session: Chair Yoga

Kristen is a graduate student at Fordham Lincoln Center this year, enrolled in the five-year Master’s program for Early Childhood Education. She will be teaching as a Resident Teacher for Zeta Charter School in the fall. Kristen is certified to teach hatha yoga, yin yoga, and children’s yoga. Kristen has been practicing yoga for 10 years now and loves to practice yoga in her free time, dance, explore the city on long walks, and spend time with friends and family. She is passionate about the art of expression and doing what feels best for the mind, body, and soul!

Sophia Town
Assistant Professor, Leading People and Organization
Session: Simple Mindfulness for Daily Life

Sophia Town is an assistant professor of organizational behavior. Her research aims to humanize business education by fostering the knowing, doing, and—most importantly—being of wisdom and flourishing at work. She explores topics grounded in phronesis (i.e., practical wisdom) that advance theory while contributing to the social good. Central topics include discerning leadership, emotions at work, organizational paradox, and transformative learning. In the classroom, Dr. Town’s curriculum is guided by the question: “How can we develop compassionate leaders in service of a flourishing world?” In addition to her role as a professor, she serves as a research affiliate and advisory board member for the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University and a research consultant for the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience at Arizona State University.

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