University of Wisconsin–Madison

When Every Day Feels Like Monday: Motivating Yourself and Others in Uncertain Times


Motivation is a key success factor in the workplace, yet the challenges of uncertain times can impact our productivity, focus, energy, and optimism. In this 3-part virtual workshop series, you will learn foundations of the neuroscience of human motivation, develop strategies for effectively dealing with low motivation in yourself and your team, identify ways to maximize personal motivators and develop an accountability and growth mindset, improve your ability to get things done, and leave with a personal toolbox of tips and techniques for motivating and inspiring yourself and others through the changing times ahead!

Class Schedule and Topics

Participate in a quick conceptual overview on April 27, or dive in deeper to build your motivational toolkit by registering for the full course!

April 27th: Understand the Neuroscience of Motivation

  • The amygdala, hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and more: Explore the foundations of your conscious and unconscious behavior
  • Learn the “must know” principles of human motivation and how your brain affects your behaviors and those of others
  • Prevent anxiety, fear, and uncertainty from hijacking your brain and becoming an obstacle to your success
  • Understand the power of neuroplasticity and how to use it your advantage

April 28: Build a Brain that Works for You, Not Against You

  • Train your brain by developing effective strategies to disrupt feelings of low motivation
  • Learn how to break bad habits that squash motivation and cultivate breakthrough habits that spark motivation
  • Take control by identifying and conquering your energy drainers to get more things done
  • Rewire your brain using simple techniques to experience maximum results and success!

April 29: Motivating Your Team in Times of Challenge or Uncertainty

  • Tap into the primary psychological drivers of motivation to energize your employees and engage your team
  • The SCARF Model: Learn 5 Key domains that can spark or squash employee motivation and how to translate their power into action
  • Leave with a wealth of tips, techniques, and resources to help you boost employee and team motivation and performance


Location:  Online

Schedule: April 27 -29 

  • April 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • April 28 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • April 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 am


  • Click to Register This $279 class is being offered at no charge due to funding from the CARES Act.

This program is currently full. To be put on a wait list please email us at with the name of the program, your full name, company, job title, business address, phone and email address. As seats open up, you will be notify and you will be able to register on a first come bases.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Tracy Nelson MSOD, SPHR, CPTD

Tracy is a senior human resources, organizational development, and talent development executive with over 30 years of business experience in a variety of industries spanning healthcare, financial services, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, and more. She is currently President & Chief Talent Officer at Aspire Talent Group, a talent optimization and training firm with deep expertise in leadership development, human resources, talent management, learning design, assessment services, and coaching.  Tracy teaches in the MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business and is a talent solutions advisor and instructor for the Center for Professional & Executive Development.  She has earned both national and international recognition for her leadership and employee training curriculums. Her work focuses on helping leaders, teams, and organizations optimize their performance through leadership development, keynote speaking and training workshops, organizational, team, and leadership assessments, coaching, and consulting.


Jon Zulawski, MBA, SPHR, CPTD

Jon has over a decade of experience driving learner engagement by leading the development of learning programs and enhancing the effectiveness of the learning function at organizations both large and small across a variety of industries.  Jon currently serves as Executive Vice President of Aspire Talent Group, a talent optimization and training firm with deep expertise in leadership development, human resources, talent management, learning design, assessment services, and coaching.  Jon has led leadership and organizational development, employee development, learning technologies, and patient, customer, and employee experience functions at health care, financial, insurance, and benefit administration companies. Jon has a passion for helping organizations leverage learning technologies to create and deliver effective, engaging development programs and is a recognized leader in designing and developing award-winning virtual workshops.