The University of Mary Washington is inviting workers affected by the government shutdown to free professional development and personal enrichment sessions at its Stafford campus Thursday.

UMW’s “Stress Free Day of Inspiration” features faculty members and administrators offering tutorials on leadership, workplace skills and travel and creative arts from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the campus at 125 University Blvd. off U.S. 17.

Among the sessions, College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson will teach workers how to organize financial records, Human Resources Executive Director Beth Williams will discuss leadership philosophies and there will also be sessions on engaging audiences, improving performance and succeeding in a multi-generational workplace.

Professors Antonio Causarano and Julia DeLancey will explore Italian Renaissance art, and other UMW professors will offer sessions on writing, the latest in 3D design and circuit-board computer programming.

The event is free and includes a light lunch, but attendees must register for UMW Day of Networking and Professional Development at

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