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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

January 19, 2021

The Editor’s Note


As a newer employee I am grateful to be at Vanderbilt as the university recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Day as a paid staff holiday for the first time. Although his legacy is rich with numerous examples of fighting for justice and equality, one that I chose to reflect on was the sanitary workers’ strike in Memphis, TN prior to his assassination. The previous night he had admonished sanitation workers to stay the course until they got their desired results. In essence he was telling them not to give up. This led me to think of how Dr. King himself persisted in fighting for the things his was passionate about—the things that could ultimately lead to all people having the dignity and respect they deserve in every aspect of life. As anyone might, he must have grown weary at times doing the work he dedicated his life to. Yet, he persisted. The lessen in this for me is to honor Dr. King’s legacy by doing the same, persisting against the challenges and hardships life presents in various forms.

Personal Reflection: What part of Dr. King’s legacy stands out to you as inspiration?

I hope you were able to participate in the virtual events that kicked off yesterday in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. I also hope the long weekend provided you with an opportunity to incorporate self-care and get recharged for the week ahead.


A Word from Dr. King

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upcoming TEDx VanderbiltUniversity Event


The Office of Student Leadership Development is excited to announce the 6th annual TEDx Vanderbilt University conference. Join them Sunday, February 7th, to hear eight members of the Vanderbilt community share their ideas worth spreading! Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are all welcome to attend the virtual event.

Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for information on how to access the virtual event, which takes place February 7th. Learn more about the speakers and event at: tedxvanderbiltuniversity.com

Professional & Career Planning

Have You Updated Your Oracle Profile Yet?


It’s not too late! Get started with four easy steps:

  1. Log into Oracle
  2. Select the “Career and Performance” tile
  3. Select “Skills and Qualifications”
  4. Complete your Profile or import your LinkedIn profile

For more information, access the Oracle Recruiting Cloud for Internal Candidates module in Learning or email Employee Learning and Engagement at ele@vanderbilt.edu.

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series and the Project on Unity and the American Democracy


This project aims to heal societal divisions as we’ve seen the nation grow more polarized in recent times. Learn more about the project and how Vanderbilt plans to play a meaningful role in helping the nation heal ad unite at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/unity/.


Vanderbilt’s Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Upcoming Workshops

This lecture-based lunchtime program is for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs. Work-Life Workshops cover a blend of self-care and professional development topics such as navigating organizational politics, salary negotiation strategies, stress management, mindfulness, and more.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Difficult Conversations – Thursday, January 21st @ 12pm | Lauren Dattilo, Ph.D., HSP, Clinical Psychologist, Work/Life Connections-EAP

Leadership Skills – Wednesday, February 17th @ 12pm | Krystal Clark, Director of Employee Learning and Organizational Effectiveness

Enneagram Workshop – Thursday, March 11th @12pm | Liz Perez, LMFT, Enneagram Specialist

Sign up for Work-Life Workshops here.


Upcoming P.R.I.D.E. Training

P.R.I.D.E. trainings are educational opportunities to show support and develop allyship within the Vanderbilt community. See below for upcoming training dates:

  • Jan 21st, 10am – 2pm
  • April 7th, 10am – 2pm

Sign up for the next training here!


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

Register for upcoming sessions via Oracle Learning here.

  • Jan 27th: 1pm – 3pm CST
  • Feb 16th: 11am – 1pm CST
  • Mar 22nd: 9am – 11am CST
  • May 27th: 10am – 12pm CST

Virtual & Community Event

Forbes & Tata Consultancy Services: Women and the Way Forward

Thursday, Feb 4th 10am – 11:05am CST | Register here

Additional Learning Resources


How to Be Awesome at Your Job | How to Get Ahead in Your Career by Developing Your Professional Value with Don Miller

Enjoy in less than 1 hour!

Don Miller shares alternatives to career advancement that your title or degree may not afford you.

You’ll learn: 

1) The critical skills an MBA doesn’t teach you 

2) The harsh truth every professional must accept to succeed 

3) How to craft a compelling business case



Avoid Shame in the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation – Tools to Develop Diverse & Inclusive Workplace Cultures

 (Julie at Next Pivot Point)

Make the Most of Virtual Meetings by Learning to Reduce Your ‘Distance Bias’

(David Rock and Ted Bauer, Neuroleadership Institute)

Why Does Tuesday Have Less “Personality” Than Other Days

(Frank T. McAndrew, Ph.D., Psychology Today)



Edx offered by Catalyst – Starts Jan 19th

Leading with Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training)

(Dnika Travis, Alixandra Pollack, Jeff Barth – Catalyst)

Communicate & Spread the Learning Love

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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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