This event is part of the Johnson Center’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series
Join our guest presenters as we explore mindfulness as it applies to professional growth and career development. In this 90-minute lunch and learn session, participants will be introduced to and explore how mindfulness and contemplative practices can help alleviate work related burn-out, distraction, and loss of productivity.
In this session, participants will:
- Learn how mindfulness practices such as self-compassion, mindfulness meditation, and empathic listening can enhance well-being and productivity at home and at work.
- Learn mindfulness practices that can be used to combat distraction and feelings of anxiety, stress, and burnout.
- Receive resources and tools for establishing, building and or maintaining a mindfulness practice.
Elisa Salazar, L.M.S.W., Work Life Consultant, Grand Valley State University
Heather Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Public Health program, Grand Valley State University
Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.
Elisa Salazar, L.M.S.W., has been a Work Life Consultant at GVSU since 2017, helping faculty and staff get connected to resources and address work life balance needs. In this work, she has learned the importance of self-care and resiliency for working professionals. Elisa’s background is in diverse settings including juvenile justice, special education, and substance abuse however, she has spent most of her career as a therapist working with children, families and individuals with mild to severe mental health concerns. She received extensive training as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. Elisa graduated from GVSU with her master’s degree in Social Work in 2010, and is currently working on a second master’s degree in Communications.
Heather Wallace, Ph.D., began her career caring for complexly ill patients in acute settings, long-term care, and community clinics. Her professional academic career has involved community based work and research on rural aging, living with life limiting illness, and treatment decision making among older adults with cancer. Her recent scholarship has focused on the role of spirituality across the life-course and it’s role in healthy aging. She has designed, developed, and presented educational programs for culturally diverse audiences and professional health care organizations covering mindfulness, self-care, intergenerational care giving, and spirituality. Dr. Wallace has expertise in teaching mindfulness meditation and is a certified Koru mindfulness meditation instructor.