Biennial Professional Development Conference 2018

Building You: Even Better
Hosted by the PSS Staff Development and Engagement Committee
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center
Corner of Rockwell Road & Cleveland Circle
Buffalo, NY 14213

Enjoy a day of professional development, learning and networking at this newly renovated National Historic Landmark.

Hotel Henry.

You know what they say: "Location, Location, Location"
(image by Edward Brodka, used with permission)

Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center has recently opened within the newly rehabilitated Richardson Olmsted Campus, widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings. Originally the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, the campus is taking on new life with Hotel Henry, the first phase of the redevelopment of the buildings, transforming the once crumbling H.H. Richardson masterpiece into an innovative conference facility, community hub and contemporary independent concept hotel.

This year’s conference theme, “Building You: Even Better,” is about building your skills and knowledge to be even more effective in your current role or to prepare you for your next professional role.

Featuring keynote speaker: Patrick Oliver

Patrick Oliver (photo by Charlie Baxter)

"Strategies for Building a Successful Career"

Don’t miss Rick’s inspiring story and lessons he learned as he went from a cleaner and custodian in Buffalo Public Schools to the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. He then became a project manager at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base and ultimately retired in 2016 a project manager at Rand & Jones General Construction Firm. Rick advanced himself throughout his career, not by relying on formal education, personal connections or automatic promotions, but on five key principles to make the changes he desired. Come learn Rick’s philosophy about getting ahead in today’s job market.

New this year

  • Career Coaching Corner – Meet one-on-one with a professional career coach. (Sign up for one of the limited number of 20-minute time slots when checking in at the conference.)
  • Free professional headshot – For your LinkedIn profile, email signature, etc.

Breakout session choices include

  • Build Your Network at Professional Meetings and Events
  • Renovate Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
  • “Back to School:” Get a PhD, MA or BA While Working at UB
  • Continuous Learning Opportunities: From Digital Badges to MOOCS and More…
  • Getting Involved in Professional Organizations – On and Off Campus
  • Building Better Committees: As a Member or New Chair
  • Tips for Being Interviewed or for Interviewing Others

Note: Breakout titles and topics may change.


There will also be a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, tours of the Hotel Henry and lots of door prizes.

The University supports all faculty and staff to have the opportunity to participate in important campus community-wide events.  If you have any questions regarding release time policy, here is a link to the University guidelines for staff and faculty: