3 Tips to Level Up Your Higher Ed Networking

3 Tips to Level Up Your Higher Ed Networking

The higher ed networking world has changed substantially in the last decade and especially in the previous year. Networking events and live conferences have been replaced by endless Zoom calls, Slack channels, and likes and shares on social media. While nothing beats face-to-face talks and a solid handshake, virtual networking can connect higher education professionals to more peers across the country and the world — but first, they have to stand out among the millions of others online. Luckily, all it takes to build your professional network in this virtual world are a few tweaks to your profile, some bold…
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5 Ways to Support University Staff and Student Mental Health

5 Ways to Support University Staff and Student Mental Health

In their 2019 study on the health of college students during the previous 12 months, the American College Health Association reported 8.4% of students being diagnosed or treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In the same study, they found 10% of students were diagnosed or treated for a psychiatric condition. Over the last 20 years, university health staff have seen a dramatic increase in students reporting major depression. The incidence of suicidal thoughts and behavior is also on the rise. Supporting the mental health of university staff and students must be a priority. Explore five things any university can…
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Virtual Conferences Higher Ed Professionals Can’t Miss in 2021

Virtual Conferences Higher Ed Professionals Can’t Miss in 2021

In 2020, the world changed in ways no one in higher education anticipated. On-campus events, including class attendance, came to a halt. University staff, including faculty and advisors, displayed true grit as they worked tirelessly to serve students. It's 2021, and higher education is still feeling the impact of a global health crisis. Most staff and students would agree—we're all figuring out how to live in a new normal. Last year many annual events were canceled, including the array of conferences higher education professionals look forward to attending. Not this year! The conference calendar is complete, and many organizations have…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Warren Buffett

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Warren Buffett

Great things come to those who wait, and now it's finally time to discover the closing guest for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience on June 16. Raftr is thrilled to announce that Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will round out a guest list that includes Arianna Huffington, Nadia Rawlinson, Lorna Borenstein and more. In the closing session of the event, Mr. Buffett will be joined by Raftr Founder and CEO Sue Decker for a conversation on financial well-being. About the Event Invest in Yourself will offer a combination of internationally-known speakers, interactive workshops, purposeful breaks, giveaways,…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Arianna Huffington

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Arianna Huffington

It is with sheer delight that we announce our opening keynote speaker for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education. And Higher Ed, it truly is your time to thrive as Thrive Global Founder & CEO Arianna Huffington will open the event on June 16. In our opening session, Arianna will be joined by Raftr Founder & CEO Sue Decker for a chat on personal resiliency and strategies from "Your Time to Thrive," the latest book from Arianna Huffington. To celebrate, we're giving away a FREE copy of 'Your Time to Thrive' to the first 100 registrants for the event. Don't delay, and get…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Nadia Rawlinson

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Nadia Rawlinson

We told you there were some incredible announcements coming up, and here's the latest: Nadia Rawlinson, Chief People Officer at Slack, will be a featured speaker at the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience. Join Raftr on June 16 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern for "Work Resiliency: A Chat with Sue Decker and Nadia Rawlinson." Nadia Rawlinson is the Chief People Officer for Slack Technologies. Nadia is responsible for all aspects of Slack’s employee and workplace operations, including global recruiting, people operations, total rewards, diversity, organizational effectiveness, real estate and program management. Nadia has nearly 20 years of exceptional experience across all…
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Invest in Yourself: Announcing Lorna Borenstein

Invest in Yourself: Announcing Lorna Borenstein

Adding to the lineup of the June 16 Invest in Yourself Virtual Conference, we are thrilled to announce the addition of Lorna Borenstein to our incredible group of featured speakers. Lorna is the Founder & CEO of Grokker, and the author of It's Personal: The Business Case for Caring. The challenges of today's new work-from-home environment have transformed the role of employers from mere beneficiaries of workforce health to essential partners in supporting employees' total wellbeing. It's Personal: The Business Case for Caring serves as a strategic and tactical guide for company leaders who want to embrace this transformational change,…
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Announcing the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education Professionals

Announcing the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education Professionals

Digital higher education communication platform Raftr will present the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience on June 16, 2021. This one-day online event, designed to promote mental, physical and financial well-being specifically for professionals working in higher education, will feature live sessions by internationally renowned speakers with a focus on staff self-care to promote heightened morale on college and university campuses worldwide.  The Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience will offer a combination of internationally-known speakers, interactive workshops, purposeful breaks,  giveaways, and fun in a 1-day virtual experience unlike anything else in higher education. Connect with other higher ed professionals and learn…
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The Higher Ed Professional’s Guide to Reducing Zoom Fatigue

The Higher Ed Professional’s Guide to Reducing Zoom Fatigue

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of higher education beyond recognition over the past year. Once-buzzing seminar rooms lie empty, while students spend most of their days learning via Zoom or other video technologies. For many higher ed professionals, the ability to deliver information and student programming while surrounded by home comforts represented a luxuriant novelty during the early days of the pandemic. If you’ve come to dread a long day of Zoom-based classes and departmental meetings, however, you’re not alone. The exhausted feeling that creeps up on you during virtual meetings is now popularly referred to as ‘Zoom…
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Safety in Numbers: How to Make Your Residential Communities Thrive in Small Groups

Safety in Numbers: How to Make Your Residential Communities Thrive in Small Groups

It's 2020, and nothing is as it was a year ago. In years' past, college and university residential communities would have been teeming with packed lobbies, movie nights with dozens - or more - residents packed into community spaces within the residence hall. Today, these busy, large-scale campus events are memories of the not-so-distant past, replaced by, in the best cases, small group activities led by student residential leaders. While this shifting dynamic has been received by most students as temporary, leaving them eager and anxious to a return to the campus experience they once knew, there are some great…
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