Work-Life

...Creating the Life We Want to Live

We each face our own, every-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. These interactive lunchtime seminars can inform, inspire, and support you in this process, with research-based strategies, tips, and information to help you be better prepared for whatever life presents next.

Fixing Our Broken Sleep

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Rick Clerici, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator; Director, Clear Mind Systems

Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you are not alone. Recent studies suggest that we are experiencing a worldwide epidemic of insufficient sleep, with 60 percent of Americans reporting difficulty sleeping nearly every night. In this interactive seminar, attendees will learn techniques for overcoming common sleep problems; examine sleep from a scientific, historic, and traditional perspective; and learn the connections between sleep and health. This presentation has helped many people begin to get better sleep almost immediately. Some sleep concerns that will be addressed include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive thinking 
  • Waking too early
  • Daytime sleepiness 
  • Sunday night insomnia 
  • Chronic insomnia

Student Loan Repayment Strategies

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Jeanne Mahan, M.S.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

Student loan debt has an overwhelming impact on the lives of graduates and parents alike. This workshop will examine ways in which graduates and parents can manage education debt and guide borrowers’ successful transition from college to repayment. Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify repayment responsibilities for each loan
  • Methods for reducing monthly payments 
  • Strategies for identifying cash flow that can be used to prepay education debt 
  • Ways to avoid becoming delinquent and defaulting on education debt, even during times of personal economic hardship 
  • The best resources for managing and maintaining a repayment strategy

Personalized one-on-one consultations with a College Coach Expert on the topic of Student Loan Repayment Strategies will be available the following days on campus:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

Estate Planning Basics

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Patricia C. D’Agostino, J.D.; Senior Associate, Margolis & Bloom, LLP 

This seminar will provide an overview of the essential estate-planning documents that everyone should have. It will include a discussion of:

  • Appointing trusted individuals to make your medical and financial decisions if you are unable 
  • How and why to avoid probate court, which involves delays in decisions and financial distributions 
  • How to minimize Massachusetts and federal estate taxes
  • Tips for protecting assets for future generations and disabled beneficiaries

Patricia will also discuss the eligibility rules for MassHealth coverage of long-term care and some steps you can take to preserve your assets in the event you, or your family members, do require MassHealth coverage in the future.

Emotional Composure - Remaining Unruffled & Dynamic Under Stress (Webinar)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Mary-Ellen Rogers, B.S.W.; Principal, Excellere

Emotions are a healthy and essential part of the human experience. Acknowledging emotions and understanding your personal stress style is the first step in beginning to control them. In this session, we will discuss a number of common stressors as well as techniques for exercising better control over your reactions to them.