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Past Events

Style and Substance

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014


in central Basel

Fashion style consultants StyleMixers and I teamed up and created this workshop to help women be their best selves in looks, presence and communication.

We will show you how to fully embrace your uniqueness and let it shine, from the inside out and the outside in. Using video, we will help you discover how you can present yourself more powerfully in both style and substance. Topics we will cover include: dressing for your body shape, presenting powerfully, increasing self-esteem and confidence.

The workshop fee of CHF 300 includes lunch and refreshments. The number of places is limited, so please register early.

To register please send an email to team@stylemixers.com

More information here:


Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Your Life Purpose

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Time: Apéro 18:30-19:00

Main meeting 19:00-22:00

Place: Centrepoint, Im Lohnhof 8, Basel

Cost: Free for PWG members, CHF 15 for non-members


Who are you? What are you here for? What is important to you? What values guide you? What do you want to be remembered for?

An essential human capacity is our consciousness of ourselves, which enables us to reflect on our lives and the meaning of our existence. The knowledge of our mortality defines us as moving through time from birth to death, giving each moment its singularity and inviting us to determine actively what we want to do and become within this arc of our existence.

We are often too caught up in day-to-day activities to step back and consider our life purpose, and run the risk of being defined by outside circumstances, leaving us feeling dissatisfied and empty. Aligning with our purpose brings us meaning, energy and fulfillment.

This interactive evening program will provide you the opportunity to reflect on and find answers to these essential questions of identity, values and purpose. Please bring along paper and pen to take notes for yourself.

Kathy Hartmann-Campbell's professional life is dedicated to helping people live more purposeful and fulfilling lives. The consulting business she started over 20 years ago works with private and corporate clients providing coaching, facilitation and training in all aspects of communication and personal development.



Workshop / Centrepoint

Surviving and Thriving in a Foreign Culture

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A workshop on culture shock—what it is and, most importantly, how you can help yourself and your family cope with the difficulties and reap the benefits that living in another culture can provide. This evening will help you feel better about yourself and Swiss culture, and give you perspective and the opportunity for a good laugh.



Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Coping with Loss

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Loss is an integral part of human experience, but one we often avoid thinking about until it hits us hard and painfully. While the death of a loved one is the most dramatic loss, every major life change, such as relocation, divorce, illness, and even aging, also involves loss. Every loss tears a hole in our understanding of ourselves and the world that we must heal before we can re-form our identity.

In this interactive evening program we will look at the losses we have experienced and how we have coped. We will examine the process of grieving and ways that we can ease the pain and ultimately transform it into meaning. There is no avoiding the pain, and trying to do so creates even more pain, but we have choices in how we respond to loss. We will identify helpful coping methods, in particular the practice of mindfulness. We will seize the opportunity that mortality and grief offer us to reflect on the deeper questions of life to find deeper purpose and meaning.



Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Dealing with Difficult People

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Whether we are trying to manage a surly boss, collaborate with a whining colleague, or negotiate with a disagreeable neighbour, all of us occasionally have to deal with difficult people. And almost all of us are difficult people ourselves sometimes. During this interactive evening program we will explore what we find difficult—what behaviours we have

difficulties dealing with—and how we can respond

appropriately to reduce stress and get better outcomes.

The more we see ourselves as powerless to change the situation, the more frustrated and stuck we feel. And the more we avoid confronting the situation, the worse it gets. Analyzing our own reactions and gaining insight into what

makes others tick help us to discover other approaches and solutions. We cannot change other people but we can change our own attitudes and strategies and achieve amazing results. Developing our skills in communicating effectively and coping with difficult situations leads to greater professional effectiveness and increased well-being.


Workshop / Centrepoint

Surviving and Thriving in a Foreign Culture

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A workshop on culture shock—what it is and, most importantly, how you can help yourself and your family cope with the difficulties and reap the benefits that living in another culture can provide. This evening will help you feel better about yourself and Swiss culture, give you perspective and the opportunity for a good laugh.

Kathy Hartmann-Campbell works with individuals and groups to help them develop their individual potential and improve their effectiveness in communicating with others. She has experienced culture shock first hand and has helped many people overcome it.



Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Intercultural Understanding

Thursday, February 21, 2008


What does culture mean? How are we influenced by it? How can an understanding and acceptance of cultural differences help us be more effective in our jobs and relationships?

Through experiential exercises and discussion, we will explore culture’s impact and potential. By increasing our intercultural understanding and competence we not only improve our own lives personally and professionally but also contribute to world peace.



Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

How happy are you? What makes you happy? What gets in the way of your happiness? Is happiness an art, a life skill or a pursuit? Do we find happiness or does it find us? Why is it that in spite of greatly increased wealth over the past 50 years people in the West are no happier? The US Declaration of Independence classifies the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right along with life and liberty. The Dalai Lama says that the purpose of life is to seek happiness. How can you bring more happiness into your life?



Workshop / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Constructive Criticism

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Can criticism be constructive or is this a contradiction in terms? Whether you choose the word ‘criticism’ or the more neutral term ‘feedback’, this aspect of communication is one that most people struggle with, in both their personal and professional lives. Yet, being able to give and receive constructive feedback is essential to keeping relationships healthy and continuing personal development. Avoiding conflict or holding back our feelings when we are bothered by something only helps to generate resentment. A lack of direct feedback creates an atmosphere of mistrust and fear. Although it may hurt, we prefer direct and honest feedback to rumour and innuendo. Effective feedback seeks solutions and builds relationships. Offering criticism is easy; doing it constructively is an acquired skill. Join us to work on this essential communication skill!



Media appearance / Swiss national television

Participant in television discussion program Zischtigsclub

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

SF1 22.20 – 23.45

Discussion topic: Amerika und die Präsidentschaftswahlen




Workshop / Kindermusik

Ladies’ Night Out

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Taking Care of the Nurturer--YOU

Mothering is often so overwhelming that we forget to take care of our own needs. Yet to have the strength to be there for our kids, we must replenish our own resources. Come along to the Kindermusik moms’ night and find out how.

Kathy Hartmann-Campbell was born and raised in he US and has lived in Basel for 22 years with her Swiss husband. They have an eleven-year old bilingual, bicultural daughter who most miraculously grew out of being a non-stop no-sleep screamer infant into a lovely girl. More than graduating from Yale University with honors in philosophy and all of her professional accomplishments, she believes the task of mothering is the hardest and most important, and the one she is proudest of.



Lecture / Swiss British Society Basel

The Life Worth Living

October 30, 2003 University of Basel

To be is to do.



To do is to be.              





Socrates told us that the unexamined life is not worth living, the oracle at Delphi exhorted us to know ourselves. Since the dawn of consciousness, we have sought the answers to life’s essential uestions: What does it mean to be human? What is the purpose of my life? What is important?

This not-strictly-academic lecture will invite you to reflect on these questions and explore what Socrates, Sartre, Heidegger and perhaps even Sinatra can teach us about leading a fulfilled life.



Moderation of Panel / Professional Women’s Group of Basel

Life Paths/Life Choices: Balancing Motherhood and Professional Life

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Probably the biggest decision that any professional woman faces is whether or not to have a child. In this evening program, a panel of women who made the choice to become mothers will describe the different ways they have dealt with balancing motherhood and professional life.



Lunchtime Lecture / FrauenNetz Basel

Understanding Cultural Differences

April 25, 2002

The globalization of industry and commerce and the use of English as a lingua franca lead people mistakenly to assume that we all think alike. When individuals from different cultures interact, regardless of their level of education and professional competence, cultural clashes are bound to occur, but we often don’t recognize them as such. We may misinterpret cultural differences as personal offenses or incompetence. Understanding the influence of culture (particularly national, but also corporate and functional) on our perceptions, working style and communication leads to greater sensitivity, flexibility and tolerance, and enhances our effectiveness in communicating and working in a multinational environment.

Verstehen kultureller Unterschiede

Die Globalisierung der Geschäftswelt und die Benutzung von Englisch als lingua franca könnte uns zum irrtümlichen Glauben führen, dass wir alle gleich denken. Wenn Personen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen kommunizieren, egal wie gebildet oder beruflich kompetent, sind kulturelle Missverständnisse vorprogrammiert. Aber wir erkennen sie oft nicht als solche. Wir interpretieren diese Erfahrungen oder Vorkommnisse als Beleidigungen, Brüskierungen oder Unfähigkeit. Wenn wir den Einfluss von Kultur (vor allem des Heimatlandes, aber auch der Firma und des Berufes) auf unsere Wahrnehmung, den Arbeitsstil und unsere Kommunikation verstehen, dann werden wir sensibler, flexibler und toleranter, und wir kommunizieren und kooperieren effektiver in unserer multinationalen Umgebung.