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Workshop Descriptions and Information

You spoke, and we listened. Employee Learning & Engagement (ELE) is excited to announce our lineup of professional development experiences!

We believe that every member of the Vanderbilt community can grow and lead, regardless of their title or position. Our goal is to provide you with opportunities and resources that equip you to be your best self while succeeding in your role and as a member of the larger Vanderbilt University community. Whether you hope to develop a new skill for your current role, advance your skills to progress in your career journey, or connect with fellow employees who are focused on professional growth, we are here to support you.

We invite you to engage with us during our new, live virtual learning experiences, designed exclusively for our Vanderbilt community and led by our ELE team. To register for any learning experience, please visit the links below or search for “ELE” in Oracle Learn.

Atomic Habits

Description: Vanderbilt football coach, Clark Lea, talks about the importance of 'heartbeats and habits' and there's no time like the present to begin building new habits as we approach August. 

Atomic Habits has been called "the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day."  This book, by James Clear,  encourages people to think deeply about the systems that need to accompany new habits.  

What new habits do you want to develop for the workplace? 
What old habits are you ready to be rid of in the workplace? 

Come learn about Atomic Habits and leave with an action plan to implement these practices into your work at Vanderbilt. 

Facilitators: Krystal Clark

Date: Thursday, July 08, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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BRAVING - Exploring the Anatomy of Trust

Description: An essential part of our daily work revolves around relationships with colleagues, whether in close proximity or distant. Trust is a key factor in building and maintaining those relationships. In this workshop, Brene Brown's BRAVING concept will be explored as it pertains to the anatomy of trust and workplace relationships. Presenting trust as a fundamental two-way street, the workshop aims at highlighting how each person in the professional relationship is responsible for building, earning and maintaining trust. Join us in discovering the positive outcomes of having workplace relationships with trust as the foundation.

Facilitators: TaShunda Franklin

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Design Thinking, Upskilling, and Experimenting for Career Growth 

Description: In this workshop, participants will explore design thinking, upskilling, and experimenting, and how we can apply these concepts and tools to our professional lives. For example, we will discuss prototyping and how we can explore if our skills might transfer into a specific role in the future, what actions we can take to experiment, and more. Participants will actively engage in discussions around their potential futures, their current role and related skills, and actionable steps to move forward.

While we can't promise to help you discover your passion and dream job in one workshop, we do promise to help you start moving forward in thinking about your current career path and in creating and leveraging opportunities for growth, both in your current role and beyond. Participants will also explore learning and growth opportunities within Vanderbilt, and how they can harness such experiences for professional and personal development.

This workshop is relevant to anyone interested in career growth, either now or planning for the future.

Facilitators: Krista Vaught

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Description: “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.”-- Patrick Lencioni

Attend this session and take some time to focus on the state of your team. There are five dysfunctions as diagnosed by the author that can impair the performance and success of any team. Due to our virtual environment, teamwork has looked a bit different over the past 1.5 years. We want to equip you with knowledge about each dysfunction and strategies for proactively addressing it within the workplace. 

Facilitators: Krystal Clark

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM-Noon (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Previous Events


Crafting Your Authentic Presence

Description: You may have heard that you either have leadership presence, or you don't – but is that true? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of leadership presence, and we will debunk myths around leadership presence. Participants will explore how communication skills, beliefs and assumptions, and physical energy, play a role in presence, and what happens when our presence slides to our comfort zone in times of stress. Taking presence one step further, participants will explore the concept of signature voice, and how we can demonstrate our value while connecting with stakeholders. 

Notes: This workshop will be interactive - please expect to discuss and engage with your peers via breakout rooms and other tools. Though this workshop revolves around leadership presence, it is appropriate for all employee levels – we are all leaders and educators in some capacity, and developing your presence can be beneficial to your professional and personal growth. 

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2021

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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CliftonStrengths for VU Employees 

Description: The CliftonStrengths Assessment is a tool that provides insight into your natural recurring talents and abilities. In this session, we will provide you with an opportunity to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment to unlock your Top 5 Talent Themes, and explore how they impact your work. 

Facilitators: Krystal Clark & Chance Ryon

Date: Thursday, April 01, 2021

Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Creating Presentations that Stick 

Description: Rooted in learning science, this workshop explores what makes presentations effective and memorable. Participants will explore how to leverage instructional design and graphic design principles. Through analysis of examples, participants will distinguish components of average presentations versus exemplary presentations, and explore how they might infuse design principles into their own work. Participants will zoom away with foundational knowledge of instructional and graphic design principles, resources for more in-depth learning on both, and tools related to accessibility.  

In the second part of this workshop (sign up separately), participants will focus on audience engagement, and explore how to integrate meaningful engagement opportunities into their presentations and talks.

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM-Noon (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Virtual Thought Leader Series: Dr. Kevin McDonald

Description: The Virtual Thought Leader Speaker Series brings opinion leaders to the Vanderbilt community. The series provides employees with the opportunity to hear from and learn from experts on a variety of trending topics.

Facilitators: Dr. Kevin McDonald & the ELE Team 

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

Description: Adapted from the book, "Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time" by Susan Scott. 

The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, she explains, you must transform everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to get your message across—and get what you want. Scott teaches you how to:

  • Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
  • Expand and enrich relationships with colleagues, friends, and family
  • Increase clarity and improve understanding
  • Handle strong emotions—on both sides of the table
  • Connect with colleagues, customers, and family at a deep level

Facilitators: ELE Team 

Date: Part 2:Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Description: Have you ever been ostracized, demeaned, hushed, or scorned? These are all experiences that can result from everyday human interactions, whether in a personal situation or the workplace. Based on Dr. Timothy Clark's book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation, this workshop takes a journey through the four stages framework, illuminating the human need for inclusion as well as safety to learn, contribute, and to challenge the status quo.  

Whether you lead a team or you are part of the team, this workshop will build your awareness of patterns of fear and social friction and enhance your ability to create a sanctuary of inclusion and innovation at work and beyond. 

Facilitators: TaShunda Franklin & Krista Vaught

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace 

Description:  The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace  will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations flow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This session will help you answer “Yes!”

(adapted from  The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace  by Gary Chapman & Paul White)

Facilitators: Chance Ryon

Date: Thursday, May 06, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Leveraging Your EQ in the Workplace

Description: Are you overwhelmed with emotion when met with a challenge? Do you find difficulty in identifying your own or other people's emotions? There's no better time than now to begin improving your emotional quotient (EQ). From parenting to leading in organizations and beyond, emotional intelligence has become a "must-have" competency for enhancing inter/intrapersonal relations. Adding it to your toolkit can help you navigate everyday challenges, both personally and professionally. Come with a healthy dose of curiosity, and leave ready to LEVERAGE YOUR EQ!

Facilitators: TaShunda Frankin

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM-Noon (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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Virtual Thought Leader Series: The Science of What Makes People Care: The Fundamentals of Excellent Communication

Description: The Virtual Thought Leader Speaker Series brings opinion leaders to the Vanderbilt community. The series provides employees with the opportunity to hear from and learn from experts on a variety of trending topics.

The scientific evidence is piling up: people don’t act on  information,  they act on what they care most about.  This session introduces participants to six core communications principles from behavioral, cognitive and social science that can be applied to help people care more about their work. Through engaging online activities, participants practice using the concepts and pair-and-share feedback provides opportunities to develop and test communication efforts with peers  

The Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications offers robust strategic communication professional development workshops for faculty and staff ready to take their communication and leadership skills to the next level. The customized workshops are rooted in what science tells us about how people learn, think, form opinions and what gets them to take action. Sessions are led by expert coaches who draw on recent findings and insights from psychology, sociology, neuroscience, public relations and political science scholarship.  

Facilitators: Ellen Nodine, M.Ed.; Director of Programs and Training at the Center for Public Interest Communications, University of Florida

Dates: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

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PodTalks@Vandy

Description: Employee Learning & Engagement presents a podcast discussion group, we will gather monthly to create a community of practice for Vanderbilt staff, focused on exploring, thinking critically about, and discussing trending topics in work life and beyond. The discussion group provides a regular gathering space where staff can engage with each other around a variety of topics. 

To participate, please listen to the designated podcast episode, sign up to reserve your seat, and gather with us virtually to discuss the episode in more depth. This will be a heavily interactive and engaging space – think roundtable chats rather than presentations. Podcasts will rotate, to offer opportunities for community members to engage with different topics, hosts, and ideas.

Facilitators: ELE Team

Dates: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Time: 1:30-2:30 PM (CST)

Location: Hosted Virtually (Zoom link will be provided after registration)

Save Your Seat! Register here.