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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.

Introducing participation levels

Do you prefer learning experiences where you’re expected to participate and connect with your peers via chats, polls, and activities? Or do you silently exit Zoom calls when facilitators mention breakout rooms, as you prefer to engage in learning in a webinar style?  

Employee Learning & Engagement (ELE) is excited to introduce participation levels for our learning experiences. Participation levels will guide you in selecting learning opportunities that are a good fit for you, your schedule, and your energy.   

Let’s face it – we know that on some days, you are ready to fully participate in breakout room discussions and activities with peers from across the university, as you’re craving interaction and connection. On other days, you may experience Zoom fatigue or feel stress from an upcoming deadline, and want to participate more passively. We want you to have the opportunity to participate in the way that is most meaningful, valuable, and growth-focused yet comfortable for you.   

Our learning experiences now offer three levels of participation:  

  • Level 1 : Level 1 workshops involve opportunities to consume and consider new information, concepts, and practices. Your primary method of interaction will be via active listening.   
  • Level 2 : Level 2 workshops involve opportunities to comment and connect, including via chats, polls, and non-verbal Zoom reactions.   
  • Level 3 : Our most interactive learning experiences, Level 3 workshops may involve a combination of breakout rooms, verbal discussions in the larger room, exercises and activities, as well as chats, polls, reactions, and active listening. These workshops involve multiple opportunities to collaborate and create. *For some workshops with breakout rooms, we will offer a silent/reflective breakout room for those who wish to participate in the activity on their own.   

How can you determine the type of participation involved in a workshop? Look for the acorns in our workshop graphics and descriptions.    

ELE workshop participation levels

Whether you hope to develop a new skill for your current role, to advance your skills to progress in your career journey, or to connect with fellow employees who are focused on professional growth, we are here to support you.    We look forward to connecting with you in an upcoming learning experience.  

Upcoming Events

Are you looking to download a flyer of our full Fall 2021 learning experience lineup, or prefer a visual? Download our learning roadmap (clickable pdf/png) or learning board (clickable pdf/png).

#IamRemarkable

Description: The workshop strives to empower underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Our goal is to: 

  1. Encourage everyone, but particularly those in under-represented groups, to develop the confidence and competence to engage in self-promotion
  2. Raise awareness of the challenges facing under-represented groups in engaging in self-promotion.

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krystal Clark

Date: September 8

Time: 1:30-3:30 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Zoomed Out: Virtual Meeting Fatigue and How to Combat It

Description:  Do you find yourself avoiding, canceling, or rescheduling video conference calls? Have you noticed that after a video call, you are incredibly tense or tired? Are you jumping from one Zoom meeting to another, without a chance to regroup or take a breath in between?  

While virtual meetings have helped us to collaborate and stay connected, we know that spending time on camera influences our energy differently, and can affect our wellbeing. Join us as we discuss the causes of Zoom fatigue, and methods to mitigate those underlying causes. You can plan to leave this workshop with at least a handful of specific strategies to incorporate into your workdays.   

Learning outcomes: Following this workshop, learners should be able to:  

  • Describe the four causes of Zoom fatigue  
  • Explore strategies to combat underlying causes of Zoom fatigue  
  • Take one concrete step to reducing Zoom fatigue  

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: September 9

Time: 11:00-11:30 AM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Remote Work – Best Practices & Common Pitfalls

Description:  Remote work came without warning in recent times for many of us. And just when we think we've mastered this flexible workstyle, something new along. This workshop is designed to help you keep the pace with the ever-evolving world of remote work. Learn helpful tips and common pitfalls to avoid to enhance your remote work experience.  

ELE level 2

Facilitator: TaShunda Franklin

Date: September 16

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

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Creating Presentations That Stick: Design Principles (Part 1)

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  

Special invitation: Think about any upcoming or potential presentations you are working on – or one you’ve presented in the past that you would like to revisit. We’re looking for two or three volunteers to walk us through what their presentation is about, their ideas for design, and then discuss, as a group, practical ideas and feedback to enhance your design for greater effectiveness and impact. If you would like to volunteer for this role, please reach out to Krista ( krista.e.vaught@vanderbilt.edu ).  

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: September 23

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Fierce. Foundations

Description: Undo old assumptions, spark new insights, and lay the groundwork for transformation across your organization. Fierce Foundations offers an intellectually and emotionally compelling context concerning the role and impact of conversations in our lives. This core content provokes the first of many epiphanies throughout the training: the Three Transformational Ideas, the Four Objectives, and the Seven Principles.

ELE level 3

Facilitator: Chance Ryon

Date: September 28

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

 

Dealing with Change at Work

Description: “There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus   

Working within a thriving and evolving workplace means that change is constant. We all handle change differently and it’s important to continue developing strategies that allow us to deal with change effectively. This session will focus on the point of view of being on the receiving end of change and not being the formal leaders of change. How can you use personal leadership skills and influence as an informal leader to lead yourself and support others through change efforts?   

Attend this session to fill your toolbox with practical go-to tips to help you navigate change.   

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krystal Clark

Date: October 5

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Design Thinking, Upskilling, & Experimenting for Career Growth

Description:  In this workshop, we invite you to explore design thinking, upskilling, and experimenting, and how you can apply these concepts and tools to your professional life. 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, and is especially relevant if you are considering pivoting or leveraging your skills in a different way, either in your current role or in a new area. We invite you to invest these two hours in yourself, your career, and your future.  

*This workshop will include about 5 minutes of pre-work. Please  consider whether the  participation level  is a good fit for you: this workshop is  Level 3: Collaborate & Create , and you can expect breakout rooms, exercises, and activities. Discussion and feedback are critical to the design thinking process – and we’ll do these in a supportive and inspiring environment.    

ELE level 3

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: October 6

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Leverage Your EQ at Work

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!

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Tashunda Franklin

Date: October 7

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience (Part 2)

Description:  Rooted in learning science, this workshop explores what makes presentations engaging and interactive. Participants will explore what engagement means, and then how to leverage instructional design and audience engagement principles. Through analysis of examples and shared experiences, participants will distinguish components of engaging and interactive presentations versus ones that are not so engaging, and will discuss how they might apply design principles to make their own presentations more engaging, whether in person, virtual, or a mix.   

In the first part of this workshop (Part 1, Design principles - sign up separately), participants explore what makes presentations effective and memorable. Part 1 is strongly encouraged but not required before participating in Part 2.   

Special invitation: Think about any upcoming or potential presentations you are working on – or one you’ve presented in the past that you would like to revisit. We’re looking for two or three volunteers to walk us through what their presentation is about, their ideas for engagement, and then discuss, as a group, practical ideas and feedback to enhance engagement in the presentation. If you would like to volunteer for this role, please reach out to Krista ( krista.e.vaught@vanderbilt.edu ).  

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: October 19

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

CliftonStrengths for 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. 

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krystal Clark & Chance Ryon

Date: October 21

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

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

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.

ELE level 2

Facilitator: TaShunda Franklin

Date: October 28

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

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Employee Motivation: From Theory to Practice

Description:  When thinking of employee motivation, what naturally comes to mind is doing what is takes to keep employees engaged and productive. However, there is more to employee motivation than one may think. This workshop will take you on the journey from theory-to-practice as we expand our knowledge and explore the many avenues of practicing employee motivation.

ELE level 2

Facilitator: TaShunda Franklin

Date: November 10

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

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Back to School with Vanderbilt's Employee Tuition Programs

Description : Attend this session with members of the Benefits Team who will demystify Vanderbilt’s Employee Tuition Programs including navigation of the newly updated EDAssist Portal.   

We know that a lot of thought goes into making the decision to further your education.  A panel of Vanderbilt staff members who have completed or are in the process of completing a degree will join us to share their back-to-school testimony and provide tips for navigating life as they work, study, and live out other important roles.   

A representative from the Master of Liberal Arts & Science (MLAS) Program will provide information about this unique academic experience that attracts employees from all parts of campus.   

This session will focus on Vanderbilt University staff members ONLY. We will not address the dependent/spousal tuition benefit or the faculty tuition benefit.    

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krystal Clark

Date: November 11

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Digital Body Language: Is That What They Meant?!

Description:  Every piece of digital communication is subjective. In the workplace, seemingly subtle choices can lead to miscommunication, inefficiencies, and challenging interpersonal dynamics.   

Have you ever experienced a supervisor sending a meeting invitation without a subject for a late afternoon, a colleague responding with one word when your email outlined multiple questions and priorities, or a message that the sender marked urgent that was not at all urgent? From emails, video calls, and texts, to emojis, punctuation, phrasing, tone, and more, this workshop will explore how digital body language influences your relationships, effectiveness, and understanding. We will discuss how brevity, response time and medium, seemingly meaningless word choices such as adding “very” or another adjective for emphasis, and other non-verbal virtual cues can impact our message.   

Together, we will explore strategies to enhance and clarify our digital communications so that our messages are fully received in the way that we intend, and so that we’re giving our colleagues the benefit of the doubt when we interpret their messages. For example, we can shift our response to a proposal a colleague shares from “I like your ideas here, but...” (which can feel invalidating or can, at the least, make others focus on what negative feedback might be coming after the “but”) to “I like your ideas here, and I wonder...” We can limit our use of words such as “kind of” and “just,” which can undermine our message, and we can limit saying “I’m sorry” (such as, “I’m sorry to bother you...”) to times that truly call for an apology.   

This workshop draws from multiple resources, including  Harvard Business Review , TEDx talks, Erica Dhawan’s  Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust & Connection, No Matter the Distance,  and various other articles.   

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krista Vaught

Date: November 16

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

CliftonStrengths for 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. 

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Krystal Clark & Chance Ryon

Date: November 17

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

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

Five 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)

ELE level 2

Facilitator: Chance Ryon

Date: November 18

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save Your Seat! Register Here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save your seat! Register here. 

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)

Save Your Seat! Register here. 

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. 

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)

ELE level 2

Save your seat! Register here. 

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

ELE level 3

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

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

ELE level 3

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here. 

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

ELE level 3

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM-Noon (CST)

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

Save your seat! Register here.