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WIM and METRANS Lunch with USC Trustee Suzanne Dworak-Peck

Reposted from METRANS, Pacific Southwest Region 9 UTC 

Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 9:45pm

By Richard Aviles, USC MSW MPL 2019

On March 6th, 2018, at the USC Doheny Memorial Library, USC Women in Management (WIM) and METRANS hosted USC alum Suzanne Dworak-Peck in a lunch conversation centered around her life and career, her principles, and her advice. Suzanne Dworak-Peck has served as President of the National Association of Social Work, is a member of the USC Board of Trustees, and is a proud social work practitioner, and generously provided the naming gift for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. We appreciate her sharing her time and thoughts with us, and both WIM and METRANS for making this event possible.

Dworak-Peck stressed to the audience of students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from varied backgrounds know that at the center of her work and career, the values of social work have been at her core.  She noted that, as conveyed by the NASW’s Code of Ethics, social workers strive for “competence, dignity and worth of the person, human relationships, and social justice,” and these have been her guiding principles in all aspects of her life.

Dworak-Peck began her talk with a dilemma too common in the social work profession; for those people outside of the profession, social workers are believed to be simply “baby snatchers.” Dworak-Peck explained that the portrayal of social workers in the media does not do justice to the intricacies and pedagogy of the profession. As a dual degree student in Social Work and Planning, I am striving to follow in the legacy of Dworak-Peck: a nontraditional social work practitioner striving to find nontraditional solutions.

She reminded us that at a time where we have social movements like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and Gun Violence Reform, it is more imperative than ever that we all reconnect to the principle of social justice. Dworak-Peck added that said principles are not limited to just the social work profession. As an example, she applied the NASW Code of Ethics in her real estate business, and believes that social workers can be, and work hand in hand with, developers, planners, artists, and politicians. Social workers, in the words of Suzanne Dworak-Peck, are driven by empathy; in a world that seems to be disconnected and disengaged, now is the time for social workers, and truly all of us, to step to the forefront and remind the world of the power of empathy and human connection.

About the Author: Richard Aviles

Aviles is a dancer, choreographer, and dual degree student. As an artist, Aviles focuses on choreographing queer and feminist theories in American Modern Dance. As a student, Aviles is interested in using his background in choreography to further his interest in spatial analysis and the role of social workers in the development process.

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Special Offer to WIM Members from The Headshot Truck

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The Headshot Truck parks in different neighborhoods around the city 2-3 days per week.  Click the link below to see the truck dates and locations throughout the month! You can book your appointment online and a Headshot Truck staff member will be in touch to confirm your time.

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February 15, 2018: HSC Book Club – The Leavers, by Lisa Ko

“Deming Guo’s first six years of life were spent with his immigrant mother in New York, then China with a grandfather he’s never met, and America again. After his mother disappears from her job at a nail salon, Deming is adopted by two professors and dropped into what feels like an alien, all-white suburb upstate. This pattern of early upheaval sets Deming – now Daniel Wilkinson – on a path marked by difference and isolation. As Deming’s story unfolds, his mother’s side of the story gradually comes to light, filling in holes and ripping others open, until finally, side by side, their disparate journeys form one complete portrait of the resilience of the spirit. This is a heartbreaking, poignant, beautiful book that will stay with you for a long time.”
— Caroline Froh, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI and
February 15, 2018, noon to 1pm
Norris Library Rare Book Room 2nd floor, HSC

Feb 15, 2018 selection HSC Book Club meeting at Norris Library.

And don’t forget to check our calendar for exciting new events.

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UPC Brown Bag Book Club – Designing Your Life (An extra month! check in on 11/10 and book club 12/1)

Designing Your Life coverSo.

We resonated with last month’s book (Designing Your Life) and decided to take an extra month to lean into the exercises.
If you want some accountability in getting to the exercises, we’ll meet Nov, 10th to do a check-in.

Then we’ll have another book club meeting about the book on December 1st.

Think of it as extra time and space to end 2017 on an uplifting, rethinking priorities way.

Check in, Friday, November 10th –
Noon to 1pm
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 304
Book Club meeting: Friday, December 1st,
Noon to 1:00pm
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) rm 219

For more information about the book,

Find the flyer here.

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How to turn out burnout

“Burnout can get the better of you, even when you have great passion for your work. Burnout often results from a misalignment of input and output; you get burnt out when you feel like you’re putting more into your work than you’re getting out of it. Sometimes this happens when a job isn’t rewarding, but more often than not it’s because you aren’t taking care of yourself.”
7 Powerful Ways To Beat Burnout, by Travis Bradberry, Forbes, November 8, 2016

Have fun; avoid burnout.

And don’t forget to check our calendar for exciting new events.

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9 reasons good employees quit

“It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about—few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.

“Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

“The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that’s required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part.”
9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit, by Travis Bradberry, Forbes, February 23, 2016

And don’t forget to check our calendar for exciting new events.

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Network that network network

“So it all starts with networking. The problem then becomes: Where should you start?

“Having a network of strong working relationships across your organization can connect you with hidden information, resources, and opportunities to help strengthen your network. Having a great network also makes it easier to get your job done, influence outcomes, and gain buy-in more easily, three critical skills every emerging leader should possess.

“Who, then, do you look for when it comes time to network? To maximize your time while you expand your network, consider starting with The Five Key People You Need in Your Network:”
Ask Jo: Five Key People You Need in Your Network, by Jo Miller, Be Leaderly, March 15, 2017

Please don’t forget our last WIM Mixer at HSC’s Edomondson Lounge on Tuesday, August 15 from 4-7pm (super great for networking), and our last Professional Development session of the Summer Program at HSC:

Joy, Success and Meaning: Creating the Balance you Desire
August 17, 2017 Noon to 1:30
Norris Medical Library East Conference room
Are you living the life you have always wanted, or are you just going through the motions of every day? This workshop introduces a structured method to help you identify the most important areas in your life and to focus with intention on the areas that you want to improve. You will leave this workshop knowing what is important to you and excited about making positive changes in various areas of your life. You may be discussing topics of a personal nature (but you don’t have to), so please come with an open mind and agree to keep everything said confidential. Facilitated by Elaine Padilla, Ana Nguyen, and Kristine Moe. Seating is very limited, so please don’t delay submitting your RSVP, which closes on Tuesday, 8/15.
FREE for WIM members; $10 for non-members

Where networking grows on trees (or something)

And don’t forget to check our calendar for exciting new events.