Staff Assembly is excited to announce its inaugural Invest in U Summit taking place on June 18, 2019 at Carnesale Commons in the Palisades Ballroom. Join us for discussions designed to support staff in finding a balance within personal and professional development. This conference is focused on addressing personal growth and career advancement by bringing together keynote speakers representing UC Office of the President and our very own UCLA Leadership, along with a variety of breakout sessions led by dynamic experts sharing their knowledge and tools in a workshop setting, followed by a campus resource fair featuring university resources available for staff.

Our goal is to inspire you to become the best version of yourself thanks to the opportunities UCLA has to offer. We hope you can join us for this groundbreaking experience!

Please note, instructions on the various ways to register, including out-of-pocket or via recharge, are available on Eventbrite registration page. 

Distinguished Speakers


Time Session Presenter
8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Icebreaker
9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks & Introduction Lubbe Levin
9:05 a.m. Invest in U: Faculty Collaboration Joseph Bristow
9:10 a.m. Morning Keynote – Invest in U: People Management Marie-Ann Hairston
9:50 a.m. Fit Break/Transition FitWell

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10:00 a.m.
#1 Breakout Session Panel
11:00 a.m.
#2 Breakout Session Panel
Malibu Mindful Music Mindful Music
Hermosa A Wellness in the Workplace Wellness in the Workplace
Venice B Public Speaking Public Speaking
Venice A Financial Wellness Financial Wellness
Hermosa B Personal Branding Personal Branding
12:00 p.m. Lunch Program
12:45 p.m. Lunch Keynote – Invest in U:
From Diversity to Civility
Moderator: Rejeana Mathis
Panelists: Chandra Bhatnagar, Jerry Kang, Susi Takeuchi
1:25 p.m. Fit Break/Transition FitWell
1:30 p.m. Staff Advisor – Invest in U: Systemness Kevin J. Smith
1:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
2:00 -3:00 p.m. Campus Resource Fair

Breakout Sessions

Mindful Music: How Music Influences Our Lives

Location: Malibu Room | Presenter: Stephen Spies

Find out how music and social change influences our lives in more ways than you know.

Wellness in the Workplace: Wellness Management at Work

Location: Hermosa A | Presenter: Mandy Muenzer

This presentation will address the internal and external obstacles to creating a healthy lifestyle and provide powerful tools to overcome them. The obstacles aren’t in the way; They are they way! Using the practices and principles of behavioral health coaching and psychology, learn how to be well at work and reclaim your health no matter how busy you are. During this workshop you’ll explore the health programs and wellness resources available to you as an employee of UCLA and spend time creating a personal plan for yourself.

Public Speaking: Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

Location: Venice B | Presenter: Toastmasters International

Key Take-aways:
• Three tips to feel more calm and confident before, during and after a presentation.
• Understand what your body is conveying to the audience without you even realizing it.
• Learn how to express yourself as a leader that others will want to follow.

Financial Wellness: Considerations & Obstacles in Preparation for Retirement

Location: Venice A | Presenter: University Credit Union

Is retirement near for you? Or not? Either way, come learn what you should be thinking about and considering as we all age toward our forever vacation.

Personal Branding: Positioning U for What’s Next

Location: Hermosa B | Presenter: Dr. Anne Dela Cruz

Whether you are looking for career or leadership advancement opportunities, this session will help you position yourself for your next move. This session will provide a framework for incorporating research and networking with creating a career marketing kit. The workshop will include interactive activities where you will engage with other participants. Attendees will craft, practice, and walk away from the session with a working elevator pitch/positioning statement. This session is geared to jumpstart how you strategize your personal career development.

Campus Resource Fair

From 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., the following organizations will be available at our Campus Resource Fair. Stop by, say hi, and learn more about the resources available to you:


Official Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Blue Sponsor

Community Sponsor