Virtual Employee Appreciation Week


Michigan Medicine typically celebrates Employee Appreciation Day (formerly known as the Ice Cream Social) every year in late Summer/ early Fall to recognize our faculty, staff, and volunteers who make our organization a great place to work and receive care. Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration will move to a week-long virtual event that continues to recognize our employees and bring to you some of the same content that would traditionally be available during Employee Appreciation Day.

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in any of the programming available below. You must register for each session by clicking the “Register to attend” link next to the session information. After completing the registration form, information of how to log in will be provided by email. All sessions will be recorded and made available for future viewing, if you are unable to attend at the designated program time.

Everyone who registers will be eligible to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Employee Appreciation Week is also a great opportunity to send a special thank you to a colleague in your department, a team member who made your day, or a supervisor who continues to lead your team to success. Use the NEW recognition site to send a Making A Difference award or ecard today. The new site is easy to use and full of new features. It’s a quick, easy, and fun way to celebrate one another. Visit today!


Recognition survey: Help us shape future recognition at Michigan Medicine by taking a quick survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes.



If you’re missing the sweet treats of our annual Employee Appreciation Day, so are we! Thanks to our partners at Aramark, take a moment to try these tasty dessert recipes at home.

No churn easy fruit sorbet

Dark chocolate peanut butter banana bites

 No bake chocolate chip cookies




Slow Flow Yoga

Monday, Sept. 21, 9 -9:30 a.m.                               Watch this session

Instructor: Brett Knight, MHealthy

Slow Flow classes combine breath and movement in such a way that students will flow from one pose to the next, building strength and flexibility as they unite the body and mind in this energizing and dynamic practice.


Self-Care During Times of Transition

Monday, Sept. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.                              Watch this session

Instructor: Jill Castro, Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office 

This session focuses on tools and skills for prioritizing self-care, specifically during times of transition. Don't have a lot of time to squeeze it in? No problem. Folks will walk away with a tangible plan and self-care techniques that they can use both at home and at work- even when their schedules are tight.  


In Turbulent Times: Taking Control of Your Financial Future

Monday, Sept. 21, 12 – 1 p.m.                                Watch this session

Instructor: Eric Roberts, TIAA

Learn how to take control of your finances If you or a partner has been laid off, furloughed, had benefits reduced or are facing a loss of income. TIAA provides specific recommendations for each situation, along with tools and resources to help you get back or stay on track.


Making The Most of Your Retirement Savings

Monday, Sept. 21, 2 – 3 p.m.                                   Watch this session

Instructor: Fidelity Investments 

If you want to save more for your retirement: Learn how to maximize your retirement savings, ways to save for retirement beyond your workplace savings plan, and steps you can take today to get prepared for retirement.



Gifts of Art presents: From Chopin to Today by Pianist Lucy Yao

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11-11:30 a.m.                           Watch this session

Pianist: Lucy Yao

A pianist, teacher, composer, and interdisciplinary artist, Lucy Yao allows music to go anywhere possible that is unexplored. She draws from a rich repertoire ranging from 17th century solo piano works to interdisciplinary projects and music with electronics. Beginning her music studies at the age of 4, and with degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Western Michigan University, Yao is based in New York City and now performs as a solo pianist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and collaborative pianist throughout the world. 


Resource Groups: Building a Virtual Community

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2 – 3 p.m.                                   Watch this session

Instructors: Michael Herrington, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and Clarissa Love, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

This session will cover the benefits of creating community and belonging within the workplace. We will showcase Michigan Medicine Resource Groups that are one tool in creating community within Michigan Medicine.



Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4 – 4:30 p.m.                             Watch this session

Instructors: Colleen Greene, MHealthy

Get your tennis shoes on and get ready to have some fun with Zumba dance fitness! Anyone can do it - just drop in and enjoy a fun workout!


COVID-19 Disparities – Underlying Causes

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4 -5 p.m.                                    Watch this session

Instructors: Syma Khan and Steve Vinson

We have all heard how minority populations have been disproportionately impacted with Covid cases and deaths.  It is widely believed that systemic racism is at the root of this problem, but what does that really mean?  This workshop attempts to define the various aspects of racism and explain the long-standing impact of systemic racism on disparate communities.  After reviewing Covid-19 statistics and engaging in conversation, we will take a deeper dive into a few of the structural racism elements and explore how they have increased negative Covid outcomes for black, brown and indigenous folks.  At the end of the session, we will look at policy changes and individual steps we can take to impact sustainable change.



Remote Work: How to Keep Connected and Maintain Well-Being

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 – 10 a.m.                          Watch this session

Instructors: Sandy Goel, Wellness Office, Phillip Lipka, Human Resources and Denise Williams, Human Resources

Many of us were forced to make an abrupt shift to fully or partially remote work in March 2020 which will potentially continue in some form for the foreseeable future.  In this session, we will provide some survey findings of US worker opinion about what is often called the COVID-19 “remote work experiment.”  Then, we’ll invite discussion on what benefits and challenges all of you have experienced in the remote work environment.  We will share best practices we have discovered and use the wisdom of the group to help us all learn how to maximize the effectiveness of our work in the remote setting.


Money at Work: Foundations of Investing

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1 – 2 p.m.                           Register for TIAA Cref Assistance

Instructor: Shar Banks, TIAA

Smart investing starts with a solid grasp of the basics. The more you know, the better prepared you are to make informed investment decisions. TIAA’s workshop leader will highlight different types of investment options available as you make choices for your financial needs.


Yoga Stretch and Relaxation

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3 – 3:30 p.m.                       Watch this session

Instructor: Peggy Wright, MHealthy

Give yourself the gift of time to focus within.  You deserve this 30 minutes to focus on you, relax, stretch, breathe deeply and re-energize your body, mind and soul. Peggy will lead you through several yoga movements and mindful breathing for this 30 minutes, from Sun Salutation to Shavasana. All are welcome.


Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 – 5 p.m.                             Watch this session

Instructor:  Jen Jortner Cassidy, LinkedIn

We want who you are to align with what you do, and LinkedIn is a first step to help you get there. In this session you will learn LinkedIn’s best practice recommendations for building an all-star profile that tells your professional story, and helps guide your job search. This session is not intended to cover the basic mechanics of setting up a LinkedIn profile.



Guided Meditation

Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 – 9:15 a.m.                            Watch this session

Instructor: Wendy Dolan-Morawa, MHealthy

Join Wendy Dolen from MHealthy for guided meditation. Wendy will help you to tap into internal peace and calm to help you manage the stressors in our lives.


Gifts of Art presents: Folk Music & More by Gemily

Thursday, Sept. 24, 11-11:30 a.m.                         Watch this session

Musicians: Sandor, Laszlo & Emily Slomovits

Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits are Ann Arbor’s nationally known folk music duo, Gemini. However, when they are joined by San’s daughter Emily, they are called Gemily! The trio has a wide ranging repertoire, from classic songs of the 60s, to traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as their own sparkling originals. San and Emily will be together in one screen with Laz in another.  They will take turns singing and playing favorite songs on a variety of instruments.


Organize, Plan and Own Your Future

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2-3 p.m.                                    Watch this session

Instructor: Fidelity Investments 

Helping You Demand More from Your Money: Designed for women investors, this workshop will show you how to organize your investments and help build a plan to meet your financial goals.


Talking Circles: Unlocking the Power of Authentic & Inclusive Conversations

Thursday, Sept. 24, 3 – 4 p.m.                                 Watch this session

Instructors: Phillip Lipka, Human Resources and Denise Williams, Human Resources

One of the most common challenges of remote teamwork is how to build a sense of belonging and inclusion when we are physically distant from each other.  A virtual “Talking Circle” activity can help team members working remotely to connect with each other, share feelings, create/maintain a sense of belonging and trust, provide opportunities for learning, and reduce feelings of isolation or exclusion.  During this program, we will define how Talking Circles work and then participate in a fun Talking Circle experience in breakout sessions. 



Taking Your Professional Development to the Next Level

Friday, Sept. 25, 9 – 10:30 a.m.                               Watch this session

Instructor: Amy Brown, Organizational Learning and Stephen Camarata, Organizational Learning

We’re here to help you take your own professional development to the next level with a new tool that puts professional development resources at your fingertips. The Development Journey helps you navigate resources and create a development plan in areas aligned with your interests and passions. You will also learn useful techniques for diving into LinkedIn Learning that will equip you to use this anywhere, anytime professional development resource to supplement your Development Journey.


Anti-Racism Role in Social Change

Friday, Sept. 25, 1 – 2 p.m.                                      Watch this session

Instructors: Clarissa Love, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and Stacey Nguyen, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion 

Often what we say in doing DEI & Anti-Racism work, is that we’re trying to affect structural social change. Being anti-racist means that we are deconstructing and rebuilding the foundation of the house in which we all live; and the approach that we take in doing that work is not excluded. This workshop will focus on reevaluating our norms for doing social change work at an organizational level, reimagining what our modes of work should look like in doing Anti-Racism work and reconsidering concepts related to our environments, sustainability, & social ecosystems.



Gifts of Art

Fidelity Investments


  • Resource Coach: Free, confidential service for all U-M Faculty & Staff. We take the guesswork out of navigating the system and link you to the right resources at U-M and in your community.
  • Virtual Exercise & Relaxation Classes: These classes are a great way to get moving, increase your physical fitness, and relieve stress. We offer 10-12 live classes a week and every class is archived after the live class has completed.

The Wellness Office

  • About The Wellness Office: The Wellness Office works with leadership and key partners across Michigan Medicine to identify and improve workplace well-being for our faculty, staff and learners while achieving our missions of patient care, education and research.