DWN and Women’s Center Workshop Encourages Creative Solutions

Lin Kahn profile photoDePaul Women’s Network’s first event of the academic year will be a special three-day workshop co-hosted with the Women’s Center at DePaul. Lin Kahn, an award-winning artist who teaches in DePaul’s Department of Psychology, will build on last year’s popular DWN Brown Bag luncheon to present Creativity and Adversity: Overcoming Workplace Challenges.

This workshop for DePaul faculty and staff will take participants on a journey to discover how creative skills can help them overcome adversity in the workplace. Visit the DWN website to learn more details or register to reserve your spot for the event, which begins Sept. 25.

We asked Lin about what participants could expect from the workshop. Here’s what she had to say.

You have a background in dance. Do you apply any of the creative lessons you learned through dance to what participants will learn at the workshop? 
Absolutely. I apply creativity in the form of movement for a deeper understanding of the concepts that I’m teaching. It is remarkably effective for individual tailor-made internalizing of ideas in contrast to intellectualizing of ideas that may not be applied and practiced.

What is the most common obstacle to allowing more creativity into our everyday lives?
From teaching many students, I believe a common obstacle is a limited creative self-image and therefore a limited usage of the vast ongoing personal resource available in creativity. There is negative reactivity to problems such as helplessness or blaming instead of an empowering perspective of “how can I access my creativity to transcend this challenge” or “how can we pool our resources to achieve our goal and build our interpersonal strength in the process.”

What are ways you have seen people use creativity to overcome adversity?
I have countless stories of people, including international and inner-city women that are very moving… so many students who activated their creativity through both creative perspective and creative expression. I had a student who transcended extreme adversity as a result of the creativity she uncovered within herself in my class. With new vitality and enhanced self-esteem, she lost 20 pounds, got married and works in the world as a totally new person from the inside out.

Why should people attend the workshop?
I will answer this with a quote from a DePaul student who took my class last Spring Quarter: “Lin Kahn’s ‘Creativity and Adversity’ has been the most influential class I have ever had the pleasure of taking. I took this class for my requirement for the First-Year Program, but I had absolutely no idea that it would make this much of an impact on my life. I have learned so much and it is all so relevant to everyday life. It has truly helped me become more comfortable with my creativity and it has especially helped with understanding my blocks as well. The bonds one builds in this class are indescribable. I feel connected to each of my classmates unlike any other class I have taken at DePaul. I would recommend this class to anyone and everyone, all ages, different races, religions and sexes. Everyone needs to take this class. I honestly wish it was a class I could take forever.”

Creativity and Adversity: Overcoming Workplace Challenges will be presented on Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at the Loop Campus DePaul Center. Learn more about the workshop or register today. Spots are limited.

Top 5 Reasons for Starting DWN Blog

Welcome to the new blog for the DePaul Women’s Network!

Part of DWN’s mission is to connect DePaul University’s female faculty and staff so they can learn from each other and serve as each other’s professional support network. In order better serve this mission, this blog will help spread information about DWN and foster a feeling of community among members. Here are the top five reasons we started this blog:

1. Provide DWN Event Previews & Recaps

DWN has an exciting events planned for fiscal year 2012-13. Check back often to get behind-the-scenes looks at what our events will offer. If you can’t make it to a DWN function, check here after the event to read about it. If you did attend, feel free to post a comment about your experience.

2. Provide DePaul News & Event Info

This blog will feature DePaul news and events outside of DWN that may interest female faculty and staff. For example, we are especially excited to share details of the new designated nursing mother rooms on campus.

3. Explore Professional Development Topics & Women’s Issues

Our professional development posts will coincide with upcoming events and will cover a wide range of topics, such as networking, branding, mentoring, work/life balance and more. We are also open to writing about significant moments in women’s history.

4. Feature Female Spotlights

These posts will highlight accomplished women within and outside of DePaul, such as event speakers, DWN board members, and other DePaul female faculty and staff. Also watch for articles about accomplished female leaders or role models in the news or in women’s history.

5. Encourage Participation

Comments Are Welcome: We want to create an online community for DWN so we can communicate with each other outside of events. We invite you to leave comments here or reach out to us through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. (Read our commenting policy.)

Guest Bloggers Are Welcome: If you are a DePaul faculty or staff member who would like to write a guest blog post, please contact us at DPUWomensNetwork@depaul.edu.

Thank you for taking the time to read our first official DWN blog post. Please share this blog with fellow DePaul women and don’t forget to check us out on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as well. We can’t wait to start the year!

Are there any other reasons/goals you think we should include for the new DWN blog? What topics are you most interested in hearing about? Tell us below in the comments.

DWN Communication & Technology Committee
Jennifer Leopoldt, Advancement Communications
Lark Mills, Risk Management
Lynn Safranek, Office of Public Relations and Communications