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Keynote Address

Barry Schwartz

Why We Work

Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life. He is currently a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and previously served as a visiting professor for NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is also the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Schwartz has published more than 100 articles on various topics for professional journals and the popular press. Among his many books is the recent Why We Work (2015), an eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives. This book, and the focus of Dr. Schwartz’s lecture, show how work operates in our culture and how you can find your own path to happiness in the workplace. For additional information, visit

Jean-luc Doumont

Getting the Message Across

No matter the medium—a presentation, a document, a graph, a poster, a curriculum vitae, or other still—communication boils down to one question: do you get your message across? True to Jean-luc’s quest for the essentials, this lecture takes a transversal view at the traditional forms of communication to discuss how to convey a message verbally and nonverbally, and how to organize messages into a story—in any medium.
An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc Doumont is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds.” True to Dr. Doumont’s quest for the essentials, his lecture will take a transversal view at the traditional forms of communication to discuss how to convey a message verbally and nonverbally, and how to organize messages into a story—in any medium. For additional information, visit

Mindi Thompson


Considering Social Class in Relation
to Education and Work 

In this session, Dr. Thompson will describe career development as a lifelong process through which individuals prepare for and manage their life, learning, and work. Participants will learn about social class, which is often considered to be an invisible cultural identity that has implications for educational and career development and experiences in the world of work. In order to grow our understanding of the implications of social class, participants will be asked to reflect upon their personal experiences with, and assumptions about, social class in order to better articulate its role in the lives of our students.
Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. She is also the Director of Clinical Training for the PhD program in Counseling Psychology and the Director of Coaching for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s Faculty Success Program. Dr. Thompson’s research agenda occurs within two primary domains: (1) vocational and educational development and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. Among her numerous publications, she has coauthored a research design textbook entitled Research Design in Counseling (4th Ed.). In 2016, she was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Award by the UW-Madison School of Education and the Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award by the Society of Counseling Psychology. She was also named the Best in Science Address Honoree for the Society of Counseling Psychology.