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Guest Lecture: Beyond the Cookie Cutter: Creating a Workplace With Meaning and Purpose

The Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences is proud to invite you to a special guest lecture with Raylene Gonzalez, business professor and longtime practitioner of positive psychology principles in a range of industries.

Gonzalez’s talk examines the following:

All too often the workplace is sterile, typical and uninviting. Employees are not only disengaged with their work but sadly also with their colleagues. Organizations are in great need of dynamic people who break the mold. We need more employees who are genuine, and who are able to connect with their colleagues. We need to build trust and relationships through a balance of sincerity and straightforwardness.

Gaps Gonzalez consistently sees in the workplace are often between employees themselves. Professionalism does not mean that we have to conform to the status quo. It means that we work hard for not only ourselves and the organization but for others as well. This means being ourselves and coming from a place where we can display humility, can show concern for our peers and work together to create a cohesive and positive environment.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


About Raylene Gonzalez:

Gonzalez’s prior experience includes working for Nestle and Hilton. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Management and Leadership from the University of La Verne and aspires to earn her doctorate degree. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from Cal State Fullerton and has written for various publications as a feature writer and Editor. She is currently in the process of obtaining her second Master’s degree in Teaching at Pepperdine University. She is entering her fifth year on the Volunteer Activities Committee for St. Jude Orange County and is driven by a focus on core values, goal setting, team collaboration and working outside the box.