MiddCORE Workshops: Building CORE Strengths

MiddCORE Workshops are designed for students who want to build skills and make connections, and who want to get a taste of the MiddCORE Program.

During MiddCORE’s fall and spring workshop series, students can sign up to spend an afternoon with MiddCORE mentors to develop skills in areas such as leadership, collaboration, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, empathy, negotiation, idea creation, and crisis management.

Spring 2014 Workshops:


TUESDAY, APRIL 8 | Investing for Everyone with Ernie Parizeau

4:30 – 6:00 OR 7:00-9:00pm in the MiddCORE Workshop Space

Veteran Entrepreneur and treasured MiddCORE mentor Ernie Parizeau walks us through an active and fun workshop in finance for investing designed for the novice as well as the enthusiast. Everyone needs this skill! No finance background needed. Learn the basics of investing from Ernie Parizeau – Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Franklin Olin College of Engineering.  Sign up at go/InvestingWorkshop


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 | Networking Night for SENIORS only

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Careers & Internships,  Alumni and Parent Programs Office, and PCI
6:00 – 8:00 at 51 Main

This event is for seniors only – to sign up, please RSVP to the email that was sent out to all seniors.


FRIDAY, APRIL 18 | Persuasive Speaking with Mike Kiernan

4:30 – 6:00 in the MiddCORE Workshop Space

No new idea ever travels further than the innovator’s ability to tell its story. We  spend our waking hours building the message and almost no time training the instrument of the messenger. This workshop uses techniques and insights from the worlds of theater, movement and neuroscience to tame and train the voice and body we use every day. It is fun, active and transformative. Space is limited. To sign up, please visit go/persuasiveSpeaking


FRIDAY, FEB. 28 | A Picture is Worth… with Alisa Del Tufo & Jud Bartlett

12:30 – 1:30 (MCSE Speaker Series talk) Workshop = 1:40 – 4:40

Join Ashoka Fellow, Alisa Del Tufo, in an afternoon of generative thinking and creativity.  Alisa works with  Threshold Collaborative to use story-telling as a catalyst for change.  The organization’s mission is “to deepen empathy and ignite action in order to build more just, healthy, and caring communities.” Alisa will be giving the MCSE Speaker Series talk in Axinn 229 at 12:30, that will continue through the afternoon as a workshop with MiddCORE. Alisa challenges Middlebury students to consider how to highlight and share her new narrative based educational resource – A Picture Is Worth.  Stories in A Picture is Worth were created by students at I-LEAD Charter School in Reading, PA. Initiated through audio interviews and transformed into written essays, these powerful narratives form the foundation for a deeper self-understanding and appreciation within the students, as well as among their peers and community, and connects with an affirming vision for their future.

During this afternoon, you will work with Alisa Del Tufo to understand the message of this educational resource and explore outreach and fundraising possibilities in order to increase access to this resource. You will ideate, design and create with Alisa Del Tufo and MiddCORE Mentor Judson Bartlett. In order to participate in this workshop, you must attend Alisa’s talk at 12:30.  To sign up, visit go/AshokaWorkshop


Past Workshops at Middlebury:


TUESDAY, JAN. 21 | Identifying an Idea with Marc Randolph

Marc is an Entrepreneur, Start-up Consultant, and Co-Founder of Netflix | 2:00-4:00 PM

How are the best ideas created, selected, cultivated and validated? Students will work with Marc Randolph to learn ideation techniques that allow them to identify opportunities, make connections, and assess the feasibility of their ideas. Space is limited.
To sign up, visit go/innovationWORKSHOP

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 | The Way of the Leader with Mike Kiernan and Jessica Holmes

Fall Family Weekend Workshop for Students and their Families | 8:00-9:30 PM

Explore the skills that allow leaders to chart their paths while inspiring others to come along. This workshop, led by persuasive communication instructor Mike Kiernan and MiddCORE Director Jessica Holmes, is open to students and their families. Space is limited. To sign up, visit go/ffwWORKSHOP  or email kmbenson@middlebury.edu  
We will let you know if you have a spot in the workshop by Monday, Oct. 7. 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16 | Discovering How We Define Ourselves: A workshop Co-Sponsored by MiddCORE and the Chellis House

8:30-9:30 PM

Ashoka Fellow Kathryn Hall-Trujillo founded the Birthing Project USA, an organization that works to improve birth outcomes for women of color in America by giving them the extended family and community support that only a “sisterfriend” can provide.  Ms. Hall-Trujillo has over thirty years of experience as a public health administrator, community health educator and advocate in the public and private sectors. Her experience in understanding, translating and bridging policy, administration, services delivery and client cultures have earned her national and international recognition. Join Kathryn in an intensive, hands on workshop on discovering how we define ourselves.  This workshop, titled “Whispers, Dreams, and Blessings” will involve movement and personal reflection.  Space is limited to 25 people.
To sign up, visit go/MiddCORE+ChellisHouseWORKSHOP. We will let you know if you have a spot in the workshop by Monday, October 14.  

THURSDAY, OCT. 17 | Idea Creation & Strategic Thinking with Ashoka Fellow Kathryn Hall-Trujillo

4:30-7:30 PM

Birthing Project USA wants you to create awareness for their 9K event. During this intensive workshop, you will work with Dr. Hall-Trujillo to understand the core values of Birthing Project USA. You will strategically plan outreach possibilities in order to build a movement that persuasively communicates the organization’s mission. You will ideate and create the look, feel and personality of the 9K Run/Walk with designers Annemarie Buckley and Jackson Latka. You will design a name, logo and modifier for the 9K Run/Walk that captures the essence of the organization. The ideas that you come up with will be used to help the Birthing Project USA organization move forward with their nation-wide 9K event. To sign up, visit go/strategicthinkingWORKSHOP

FRIDAY, OCT. 25 | Negotiation with Paul Cramer

Noon-2:30 PM

Paul Cramer ’82 is the Director of the Accenture Negotiations Center of Excellence.  During this workshop, you will jump into a negotiation simulation with a small team and learn from an expert negotiator on how to listen, collaborate and find a sustainable settlement. Lunch will be served. Only 24 spots available. To sign up, visit go/negotiationWORKSHOP 

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 | Financial Literacy: The Fundamentals of Financial Statements with Ernie Parizeau

4:30-6:00 PM

Ernie Parizeau is an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Franklin Olin College of Engineering.  His workshop will teach students how to read balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows. Students will work through several exercises to assess the profitability, liquidity and cash position of both for-profit and non-profit enterprises. The tools learned in this sessions can be used to help develop financial models for any innovative idea. Space is limited. To sign up, visit go/financialLiteracyWORKSHOP



MiddCORE was awarded The 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award which recognizes high impact in education innovations.


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