Upward Mobility for Staff Professional
Development Series

In conjunction with the sponsors below, the Center for Gender Equity offers luncheon programs geared to women in clerical positions. The goal is to provide a forum for navigating the UCSF system through skill building and professional development workshops. In addition, an opportunity is given to network with peers to develop a community that would otherwise not be available, given the isolation of administrative assistants' work environments. Three times a year, CGE sponsors a luncheon for women staff (up to AAII level) along with the Human Resources Development and Training and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

  Current Events

Don't Ask, Don't Get: Effective Negotiation Techniques

Tuesday February 9, 2010
Noon to 2PM
Lange Room, Campus Library, 530 Parnassus Avenue, 5th floor
$20.00 (includes lunch) - pre-registration required

You have opportunities to negotiate every day in your professional and personal life. Whether it is, "Where do you want to have dinner tonight?" or "I'd like to discuss my salary," if you don't ask for what you want and deserve, you'll never get it. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare to negotiate, build your case, present your request, and clinch the deal. In this lively and interactive workshop you will gain practical skills to achieve negotiated outcomes that will leave both parties feeling satisfied.

Amy Levine, EdD, serves as Executive Director of the UCSF Center for Gender Equity (CGE), and provides advocacy, education and services for women on leadership and diversity; health and wellness, and intimate partner violence prevention. She has substantial experience and training on a broad range of issues that affect women in society and is dedicated to addressing issues of ethnic diversity, sexual orientation, age and ability. She earned a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley, and also holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. Levine also served as a Presidential Staff Fellow, working in the UC President's Office. She co-led a project with the Associate President, to gather information on workplace practices regarding the professional advancement of UC's women and developed related recommendations to the President, including the establishment of the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.


Presented by the UCSF Center for Gender Equity and
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women

In co-sponsorship with UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine, Department of Physiology, Center for Health and Community,  The Center for Gender Equity Presents:

Dates: Wednesdays, February 3  - March 10, 2010
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Clinical Sciences Building,  Room C-343-A (see map)
Cost: $10 for the entire 6-week program!

How can you deal with everyday stress at work?
What does it take to be so happy that problems fade?

We are living in very stressful times, particularly for staff dealing with layoffs and extra work. This method is based on emerging neuroscience and positive emotional plasticity. How we process daily stress is encoded in the wiring of the emotional brain, and this method is designed to enable people to rewire circuits that amplify stress, and strengthen the wiring that favors positive emotional states.

EBT helps people to identify their brain state throughout the day on a scale of 1 to 5, from well-being to being stressed out. Then they can use the skill that mirrors natural brain processing for that state to switch the brain from stress toward joy and experience immediate relief. It can be used over time to rewire the brain from stress - overeating, depression, anxiety, overspending, overworking and more - to well-being. Named "One of the 10 Top Medical Advances of the Year" by Health magazine, research conducted at UCSF and a the University of Illinois, Chicago has shown that participation in EBT is associated with significant sustained post-treatment improvements in a range of stress-related indices.

EBT focuses on one thing: rewiring the brain for optimal self-regulation, to support improvement in the range of stress symptoms and increase spontaneous access to positive emotional states and reward. The method is based on cutting-edge neuroscience, and it is practical, effective and fun to use. We welcome you to enjoy this introductory experience.


Emotional Brain Training (EBT) was developed at UCSF in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics (Division of Adolescent Medicine). Later, faculty in the Department of Physiology became involved in the progression of the method. Currently, a national center for EBT research is housed in the Center for Health and Community, in affiliation with the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST). Funding through the Center for Gender Equity supported initial delivery of the method to students and faculty. Participation in educational programs based on EBT has been associated with improvements in mood, blood pressure, exercise and weight.


Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze their brain state and use mental practices to change their brain state.
  • Use EBT tools to experience the chemical effects of sustainable eudonic rewards.

Course facilitator:

Laurel Mellin, M.A., R.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the EBT Center of Excellence, Center for Health and Community.

Course materials:

EBT Wired for Connection Kit. Additional materials provided at each weekly session to participants in the workshop.

Workshop enrollment is limited to 12 individuals.

For more information, please contact Amy Levine at [email protected]



Please note that registration is full for this series. You can add yourself to the wait list.


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