The science of perception tells us that our problems are subjective and socially constructed. So what is a “real” problem, and what solutions become available to us? In this engaging session, Drs. Susanna Wu-Pong Calvert, MAPP, PhD and Gary Goldberg, MD discuss the nature of perception and “reality” in our VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous). They will also discuss how to move from feelings of overwhelm and despair to inspiration and agency by accessing our deep, inner wisdom. Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey will be presented as a timeless, increasingly relevant, and useful frame for our individual and collective pursuit of meaning and authentic, impactful action, especially in light of our modern challenges. Personal stories and anecdotes will be used to illustrate how we can create our own sagas akin to Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) and Luke Skywalker (Star Wars). Participants will be invited to envision, and then pursue their own achievable, unique, and deeply authentic solutions to achieve the beautiful new world that we all desire.
On Wednesday October 20, Susanna and Gary will open our monthly Community Call followed by discussion and Q&A.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Join our Zoom meeting via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86035064521
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Dr. Susanna Wu-Pong Calvert is a 26-year veteran of higher education, first starting at Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics, and Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program for 11 years. She joined the Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Georgia in 2016 as the inaugural Director of Programming, where she supported faculty success and wellbeing, and leadership and organizational development for the 2300 faculty across the UGA campuses. In 2018, she founded the Foundation for Family and Community Healing, who focuses on creating vibrant connections between individuals and their families, communities, and with Earth to promote wellbeing for all.
Susanna has a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Texas, Austin, a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and a postdoctoral fellowship in dermatology, also at UCSF. During her career she has published almost 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and has written hundreds of blogs for the Silver Lining blog (www.findingpositiveperspective.wordpress.com) and through FFCH. She has several coaching credentials including Clifton StrengthsFinders, Growth Edge Coaching, Arbinger Institute, and the Leadership Circle, and is trained as a life coach. Her passion is in helping individuals and organizations find and pursue their calling and the highest versions of themselves.
Dr. Gary Goldberg received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and then a Medical Degree from McMaster University. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. In 2020, he retired from clinical practice after over 35 years working in the field of brain injury rehabilitation at academic medical centers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Richmond in the USA. He now is focused on drawing on this work experience to seek a means of conjoining faith and science into a coherent conceptual framework of holistic inquiry.
Gary is an energetic member of the Pari Center, actively participating in our online events and is a member of the Pari Center Advisory Board.