Annual Spring Workshop

CWIMS Annual Spring Workshop

2021 Spring Annual Workshop

Date: Thursday, May 13th 

Time: 2-4:30pm CST

Location: Remote 

Keynote: Sherlonda Sharp, MS

With 20 years working in higher education, Sherlonda Sharp is "a creative, pragmatic, equity-minded, innovative speaker and facilitator who speaks truth to power and offers creative solutions to organizational and individual challenges".

Presentation Title: Minnesota Not So Nice: Navigating Challenging Personalities

Presentation Description: You've worked hard to get where you are. You've come in early, stayed late, and worked through more lunches than you care to remember. But that's not the hard part; not flipping over the table when that special someone makes yet another snide comment at your expense is the HARDEST of parts.
Here's the bad news: like mosquitoes, bad drivers, and poorly-maintained public bathrooms, difficult people are a reality of life. The badder news: most conventional suggestions DO NOT WORK. During this interactive session, Sherlonda Sharp will share the valuable lessons she learned after a three-year journey through difficult people purgatory and provide attendees with strategies/resources to navigate the challenging personalities in their own lives.


2-2:05pm Welcome Address by Dr. Berge, Director of CWIMS

2:05-2:35pm Recognizing and Responding to Microaggression

Presentation by Dia Yang, M.S., Office of DEI, Medical School

2:35-4:30pm Minnesota Not So Nice: Navigating Challenging Personalities

Keynote Presentation by Sherlonda Sharp, MS

An interactive and energized workshop session which provide attendees with strategies/resources to navigate the challenging personalities in their own lives.

*All times are CST


Past Workshops

  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2020

    Canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

  • 2019

    DATE: May 30, 2019

    ATTENDANCE: 76 people in-person, 44 people remote

    Complete workshop agenda can be located here. 

    Summary: The day started out with energetic conversations during the networking lunch where attendees participated in focused discussions surrounding topics such as peer mentoring, promotion and tenure, finding balance, leadership, etc. The day continued with CWIMS Leadership Team updates on initiative progress, open-forum Q&A, and Speaking with Impact seminar by Laura Purcell Verdun, M.A., CCC/SLP.

    Workshop slides are available for viewing here