Hot/Mix Workshops

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies has a storehouse of knowledge and practical experience, and HOT/MIX is a repeating series of free, short workshops designed to share some of these insights with local and regional professionals. It’s Marlboro’s way of saying “thanks” to the local community.

MIX (Management Ideas Exchange) is a free, lunchtime workshop series sponsored by the nonprofit, business and healthcare managements program at the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. Directors and staff of mission-driven organizations are invited to join us for network opportunities, best practices in organizational success, and the exchange of ideas. With topics ranging from “Managing Organizational Change” to “Calming the Storm: De-escalating High-Heat Encounters,” these workshops build on the experience of participants to reach new horizons in professional efficacy. Each session will be presented by an instructor from one of the Marlboro graduate degrees in management, or by a local nonprofit, government, or business leader.

HOT (Hands On Technology) is a free, evening workshop series provided by the educational technology program at the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. These workshops are helpful for anyone who is interested in using technology more effectively, in their workplace or in their home. From “Simple Tricks for Stunning Presentation Slides,” to “Search Engine Optimization,” to “Google Docs,” these hands-on workshops will provide skills that you can apply right away. Participants are expected to bring their own laptops.

Both HOT and MIX workshops are free, but please register in advance on eventbrite. Check our Events (link) for upcoming workshops. For more information, contact Ariel Brooks at

Upcoming HOT / MIX Events

HOT (Hands On Technology) workshops take place the last Tuesday of each month, from 5:30-7:00pm

MIX (Management Ideas Exchange) workshops take place the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:30pm.

All workshops take place at the Marlboro College Graduate Center.

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POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 3 DUE TO WEATHER - HOT January: Make Cool Graphics for Your Blog or Newsletter - Tues, Jan 27, 5:30-7:00PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Would you like to spice up your blog, newsletter, website, or other social media site using unique graphics that you create? In this workshop for beginners, you will learn the basics of photo editing using Picmonkey, a free online software. You will learn how to add text to a photo, make a photo collage, add effects to your photo and make an ad for Facebook. This is a hands-on tech class for BEGINNERS, so please bring your computer and get ready to make your first graphic!

MIX February: The Gift of Feedback - Tues, Feb 10, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Most of us have trouble speaking directly, honestly, and respectfully to others, especially in a boss/employee relationship. Yet, the only way we can get better is through self-reflection on feedback from others. Feedback can be perceived as a gift and opportunity for learning.

HOT February: Creating Culture with Technology - Tues, Feb 24, 5:30-7:00PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Our new technologies provide incredible access to information and amazing communication tools. Learn to use these tools in a people / client / worker centered way. Teaching and other leadership takes creativity and intentional strategies. If we use the new in an old way are we really making progress and getting better at what we do? This presentation is designed to use blogs, search engines, and other cloud based (and computer based) technologies to create a free, warm, inclusive, and exciting environment for self expression.

MIX March: Unstucking Your Committee: Tools for Reinvigorating Your Work - Tues, Mar 10, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Work groups, committees, coalitions, and other long term collaborative teams can produce innovative ideas and action oriented teams.  It is important for these groups to cultivate their creative spark in order to do their best work.  We will explore five specific tools to reignite a team's collective awesome.

HOT March: Sitting Tall: Caring for Your Body When You Have a Desk Job - Tues, Mar 31, 5:30-7:00PM (Details and Free Tickets)

In this practical, hands-on workshop we will discuss what constitutes good body alignment in general and for sitting at a desk or computer specifically; we will gain body awareness through a guided relaxation session; and, we will learn some easy stretches and some self-massage techniques using a tennis ball.

MIX April: Going on a Mission: Prepping for Your Next Job - Tues, Apr 14, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

As the economic lumbers back, now is a good time for a work transition. In this presentation, people will identify their best selves by merging their hard and soft skills, looking at potential jobs to identify the position they want, and then marketing themselves to be the person that employers are looking for. This is only a 1 – 1.5 hour workshop so time will be tight, but the presenter will at least give the foundational building blocks for participants to go after their next job with clarity and confidence.

HOT April: Wordpress for Beginners - Tues, Apr 28, 5:30-7:00PM (Details and Free Tickets)

This workshop is designed for beginners who want to build their first WordPress website or, for those with existing websites, to answer basic questions about site features and capabilities.

MIX May: The Manager as Mediator - Tues, May 12, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Managers can spend more than twenty percent of their time sorting out conflict and managing ongoing tension in their workplace teams. This workshop explores the skills needed to mediate conflict successfully from inside your own organization and introduces participants to an essential conflict resolution tool they can begin using immediately.

Questions? Contact Ariel Brooks,, 802-451-7118