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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

March 15, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Did you feel any impact from the time change today? I sure did! Nevertheless, it’s Monday as usual, and as we continue to celebrate women throughout the month, remember to check out the Women’s Center list of events taking place for the Vanderbilt community.

I also invite to you view details of upcoming events from the ELE team below in our events section. We have some exciting learning opportunities in store and we hope to see you there!

Monday Inspiration

“I imagine a bold plan for a world without discrimination, in which women and men are equal partners in shaping their societies and lies.” —  Nicole Kidman

Employee Learning & Engagement Events


The Employee Learning & Engagement (ELE) team has a host of events coming up and we want to see you there! To learn more about our offerings, please see below. Registration for all events can be done via Oracle Learning by searching the event name or clicking the registration link listed with each event below.

NOTE: Attendance links for each event will be provided following registration.



Ever have the desire to discuss that awesome podcast you recently listened to? Well, now you can! 

Join your colleagues and the Employee Learning & Engagement team for our new series, Pod Talks @Vandy! Our first discussion on March 24th from 2pm – 3pm will center around topics from the featured podcast, Dare to Lead: Eric Mosley with Brené on Making Work Human (rehumanizing the workplace and harnessing the power of social recognition). We won’t be presenting – this will be heavily focused on fostering conversations.  

To participate, please listen to the designated podcast episode, sign up here to reserve your seat, and gather with us virtually to discuss the episode in more depth. Podcasts will rotate, to offer opportunity for community members to engage with different topics, hosts, and ideas. 



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.

Join us for this workshop on Tuesday, March 30th from 1pm – 3pm CST. Register here to attend the workshop and tap into crafting your leadership presence!




The CliftonStrengths Assessment is a tool that provides insight into your natural recurring talents and abilities. In this highly engaging session on Thursday, April 1st from 11:30am – 1pm CST, 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. Register here.

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Margaret Cuniggim Women’s Center Presents Women’s History Month Events

To learn more about upcoming Women’s History events for 2021, please check out the calendar of events here.

NOTE: Multiple events are available to attend. RSVP for events here.




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

Spring 2021 Schedule

  • April 7th, 10am – 2pm

Sign up here! The next training dates for the semester:


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

Register for upcoming sessions via Oracle Learning here.

  • Mar 22nd: 9am – 11am CST
  • May 27th: 10am – 12pm CST

Did You Know…

Vanderbilt Police Department offers a self-defense training? Many of you may already be aware, but for those of us who are newer to the Vanderbilt community, this is a handy resource worthy of excitement. R.A.D., an acronym for Rape Aggression Defense, is offered as a course that centers on building awareness, reducing risk, and prevention. This Rape Aggression Defense System for Women is currently not available, but please learn more by visiting:  https://police.vanderbilt.edu/services/radselfdefense.php

Virtual & Community Events

Upcoming Symposium on Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now

Learn more and register for the virtual event here.


Join the YWCA for the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge!

The 21 Day Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Learn more and register for the challenge here.

Additional Learning Resources


What Happened to You? | Conversations on Drauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry, MD., Ph.D.

After tuning in to Oprah and Dr. Perry’s conversation at SXSW EDU last week, I was inspired to share their soon to be released co-authored book, What Happened to You? 

Oprah and renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, discuss the impact of trauma and adversity and how healing must begin with a shift to asking, “what happened to you?” rather than “what’s wrong with you?”

Release date: April 27, 2021

Pre-order your copy here!





Three Leadership Skill Shifts for 2021 and Beyond

(Melissa Daimler, Forbes Contributor)

Leveling the Playing Field for Women in Negotiations

(Daniel B. Griffith, HigherEdJobs)

How’s Your Mental Health? 1 Year into Pandemic, Experts Offer Advice

(Kerry Breen, TODAY)




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Are you ready to deep dive into sea of learning opportunity? Skillsoft Books and Videos offers you access to a library of more than 40,000 audiobooks, videos, live events, and related content. You can locate this wealthy resource under Learning Item Number OLC930046 in Oracle, or simply click here to enroll.

NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox to access the library. 

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UPDATE: We Are Less Than 30 Subscribers Away! Help Us Reach 600 and Win a Giveaway!

We previously celebrated reaching 500 subscribers for Rooted in Learning, thanks to your spreading the word. We are now getting closer to 600 subscribers and we need you to help us reach this goal. To celebrate this next milestone, we will have a giveaway prize for a random subscriber. Will it be you?! If you know someone who is new to the Vanderbilt community or who is not a current subscriber, encourage them to subscribe! They can email us at ele@vanderbilt.edu and type “Subscribe” in the subject line. Stay tuned for the winner to be announced in the coming weeks…


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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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