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Personal Development

Catch up on the latest UCF Alumni offerings with our library of recorded events and webinars. We’ve compiled a variety of recorded events and webinars in one place for you to enjoy at your convenience. Some are available for a limited time, so check them out now!

Check out all the offerings across these categories

Personal Development

Adulting: Steps and Strategies for Startup Success

Join us for our second Young Alumni Adulting Series event with Cameron Ford, PhD, director of the UCF Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Cassie Willard, program director of the Blackstone Launchpad at UCF. These experts from the UCF College of Business will share secrets of startup success for beginning and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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Adulting: Buying a House 101

Does thinking about buying a house overwhelm you or make you feel nervous? Learn the steps in the home buying process so you can be ready to buy on your time! In our second Adulting Series event, Professor and Howard Phillips Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate, David Harrison, walks through the home buying process step by step. Whether you are ready to buy in the near future or just want to learn the basics ahead of time, this one-hour webinar is a great way to learn!

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Financial Goals to Know Before 30

Join UCF Alumni and Prof. Paul Gregg ’74 ’76MA for an engaging conversation about where your personal finances should be by the time you are 30. He will provide an overview of financial milestones young alumni face, tips and tricks for completing your own financial checkup and the financial goals critical to having a financially successful career.

View Professor Paul Gregg’s PowerPoint Financial Goals to Know Before 30

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Money Management

A series of workshops to teach you skills you didn’t know you needed to know. 

In this session, Amelia “Mills” Bender ’17, founder of Mills Knows Bills, will share her expertise to help you gain financial freedom.

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The John T. Washington Lecture Series It Could, In Fact, Conquer the Color Line: Black Women, Beauty Advertisements and Dreams of Equality

UCF Alumni in partnership with the UCF Department of History’s Africana Studies Program is pleased to host the 4th Annual Dr. John T. Washington Lecture Series benefiting scholarships for Africana Studies Minors! This year’s speaker is Dr. Leah Gaines a University of Central Florida lecturer. Considering historical practices of determining beauty and access to opportunity, this research calls for the challenging of current and future societal definitions of beauty, the politics of respectability, and the way that race is either privileged or deemed unworthy in society. 

 
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REELing in Followers: How to Make and Effectively Use Instagram Reels

Do you ever find yourself wondering how you can create a catchy, viral Instagram reel that everyone can see? Join UCF Alumni and the Queen of Reels herself, Brandee Gaar ’01 to walk you through the basics of making an Instagram reel and how to effectively use them. Reels aren’t simply there to make people laugh, they can be a great part of business strategy. Knowing how to make and effectively use reels opens up an opportunity for your content and your brand to get in front of more eyes that don’t already follow you! 

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The John T. Washington Lecture Series Uprooting Racism: An Evolution of Hip-Hop & Hip-Hop Nation Story

UCF Alumni, in partnership with the College of Arts & Humanities hosted the John T. Washington Lecture Series, featuring Professor Donald Harrell. This multifaceted presentation includes perspectives on hip-hop vs racism, a historical account of the role that music has traditionally played in the African American struggle for survival, liberation, and civil rights, and contextual music and storytelling in the African tradition, as well.

 
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About the Issue of Race: The Taboo Unraveled

UCF Alumni, in partnership with the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a two-part series exploring how we, as a society, can be more understanding, respectful and inclusive.

Key industry experts discussed, in a straightforward manner, important issues of the day – including the things that make us different and the similarities we share despite our race, ethnicity, culture or other differences, whether perceived or real.

Through this authentic approach to education featuring an open and honest dialogue, we underscore the importance for society to be more understanding, respectful and inclusive.

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Outside of Race: Other Marginialized Populations

UCF Alumni, in partnership with the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a two-part series exploring how we, as a society, can be more understanding, respectful and inclusive.

Key industry experts discussed, in a straightforward manner, important issues of the day – including the things that make us different and the similarities we share despite our race, ethnicity, culture or other differences, whether perceived or real.

Through this authentic approach to education featuring an open and honest dialogue, we underscore the importance for society to be more understanding, respectful and inclusive.

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A Conversation on Navigating Identity in the Workplace

Hear from College of Sciences alumni, who share their insights on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and how they navigated identity in their fields. Learn what they wish they knew when starting out in their careers, how they have overcome obstacles in the workplace, and more. Featured panelists include Andrew Buchanan ’15, Laurita Tellado ’10 and Joe Saunders ’05 ‘20MNM MPA.
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Art of Charcuterie

A series of workshops to teach you skills you didn’t know you needed to know. In this session, Julie Fleishman ’15, co-founder of Say Cheese Tally, and her business partner Brittany Barnhart will teach us everything we need to know about assembling a gorgeous charcuterie platter. When you register, you’ll get a recipe guide to plan your own kit.
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Mixology 101

A series of workshops to teach you skills you didn’t know you needed to know. 

In this session, learn a slew of bartender tricks while you whip up a tasty traditional beverage with Mixologist Ariel Bruckner ’12, Director of Beverage for On The Rocks! 

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For the Health of It: Cook Along

Grab your mixing bowls for our live cooking demo from the FreshU Kitchen! We’re making: black bean burger, quinoa salad, and better 4 U cookies. 

About the speakers:

Stephanie Spies ’06 ’09MA has her BA from the University of Central Florida in Psychology and her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for Wellness and Health Promotion Services. She has a passion for nutrition and cooking.

Megan Case is the Nutrition and Outreach Coordinator for Wellness and Health Promotion Services at UCF. She’s been with the university for 4 years and has worked in the field for 11 years.

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2022 Date Knight Wine Tasting

Grab your partner in wine for UCF Alumni’s Date Knight, a virtual wine tasting from the Anheuser-Busch Beer & Wine Lab at the Rosen College of Hospitality with UCF’s wine professor Dr. Robin Back!

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Joy of Movement: Bodyweight Workout

Drop it like a squat. Break a sweat with us in this bodyweight workout in partnership with the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center.

Meet our instructor:

Ross ’18 or “RJ” graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Event Management and a Minor in Fitness Training. Over the past 6 years in the fitness industry, they have obtained a various array of fitness certifications ranging from Athletic and Fitness Association of America®, Zumba® and various Zumba® specialties (STEP, Aqua, Toning), Cycle, Barre, Pilates, and BODYPUMP® among others. 

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2021 Date Knight Wine Tasting

Grab your partner in wine for UCF Alumni’s Date Knight, live from the Rosen College of Hospitality with UCF’s wine professor Dr. Robin Back!

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Create a Routine: Your Best Self

Don’t ignore your own potential. Join us in discussion with  UCF Recreation and Wellness Center and UCF Wellness and Health Promotion Services discuss creating a routine to become the best version of yourself!

Meet the panel:

Arman Canlas is currently the Graduate Assistant of Strength and Conditioning for the RWC and is pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology. In his free time, Arman likes to work out, read, and volunteer at his local church.

Stacey Embry ’19MS is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, an Exercise in Medicine Professional, and a Personal Trainer. Stacey earned her Master’s in Sport and Exercise Science from UCF in 2019 while completing a graduate assistantship in Fitness. When Stacey is not teaching or training, she enjoys ballroom dancing.

Pam Mills coordinates the stress management programming at Wellness and Health Promotion Services, a department within the division of SDES at UCF. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a certified biofeedback counselor and Koru Mindfulness Instructor. Pam has been at UCF for 12 years. 

 

Megan Case is the Nutrition and Outreach Coordinator for Wellness and Health Promotion Services at UCF. She’s been with the university for 4 years and has worked in the field for 11 years.

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Get Grounded: Desk Yoga

Less Stress, More Flow. Take a “better than coffee” break with us to clear your mind with yoga at your desk.

Meet our instructor:

Danielle is currently in her second year at the University of Central Florida studying Integrated Business. She has been working with the Recreation and Wellness Center for over a year and has her RYT200 certification! She loves using yoga and meditation as a way to unwind, and loves being able to share that with others.

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