WIB MAPs Networking Event was a Great Success!
On May 10, 2016, the WIB-Capital Region Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) committee held a kickoff event at Montgomery College to celebrate the formation of 10 new MAPs peer mentoring groups. At the event, Susan G. Seber (CCE, ACC, Global Compliance Strategy, MedImmune), MAPs member of the Montgomery group, addressed the concept of resilience and the psychology of how it affects our choices:
In today's world, our days begin early and our nights end late. Needless to say we are constantly overwhelmed and stressed out as we stretch ourselves thin; after all, it is quite a daunting task to juggle work, family, and other aspects of life like clockwork day in and day out. The type of situation, the level of control, time, and maturity of how we handle the matter at hand defines our response. Further, Susan introduced the group to the concept of "High Performance Pyramid." Like Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs," the pyramid consists of four basic categories - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual - that we tweak to reach our ability to perform well. Studies have shown that our minds work on a 3-1 positivity ratio: to offset one negative thought, a person needs three positive thoughts.
Overall, Susan gave a wonderful presentation about the importance of resilience and maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance in the workplace. After her presentation, attendees were placed into small groups, where they discussed these topics in relation to their own experiences. Members enjoyed seeing how a MAPs meeting is typically run as well as networking with individuals from other groups.