This year’s Difference is You Conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Indiana State Library. The DIY Conference is a training event for support staff and paraprofessionals created by the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee. The theme this year is “Refresh and Recharge.”
The keynote speaker will be David Seckman, Jeffersonville Township Public Library director. He’ll be presenting “Build a Better World with Kindness and Gratitude.” Seckman has been researching and studying the effects of kindness and gratitude on well-being and relationships for 15 years and speaking on these topics for the last 12 years. He is especially interested in how kindness and gratitude can transform the culture of an organization to bring a sense of fun and joy to the workplace. With over 10 years of experience as a library administrator and manager, he puts these concepts into practice on a daily basis.
Have you ever wondered why some teams are highly productive, creative and innovative while other teams with similar levels of talent and experience seem to be stuck in neutral? Science has shown that people who practice gratitude in their lives show an increase in enthusiasm towards life, make more progress towards their personal goals, sleep better, show less symptoms of illness and depression and have more energy. In this keynote, presenter David Seckman will discuss how cultivating kindness and gratitude can improve work and personal relationships, as well overall well-being.
Below is the proposed schedule:
2022 DIY Schedule
- 10:00-10:50 a.m. (50 minutes) Welcome and keynote
- 10:50-11:00 a.m. (10 minutes) Announce DIY Award winner/Break
- 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (50 minutes) Session 1
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. (60 minutes) Lunch
- 1:00-1:50 p.m. (50 minutes) Session 2
- 1:50-2:00 p.m. (10 minutes) Break
- 2:00-2:50 p.m. (50 minutes) Session 3
- 2:50-3:00 p.m. (Wrap up and evaluations)
Registration fee is $25 per person. If you have any questions, you can contact Kara Cleveland.
This blog post was written by Courtney Brown, Southeast regional coordinator from the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Office.