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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

June 14, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Here we are, right in the middle of June. For some of us, finding our way and regaining a sense of normalcy finally feels within reach. As we journey through June, which is also PRIDE month, we are approaching yet another reason to learn and celebrate. Juneteenth is this Saturday, with festivities and learning opportunities leading up to the June 19th celebration that commemorates the end of slavery. Please check out upcoming events below and take part in learning, growing and celebrating what June has to offer.

To learn more about Juneteenth, visit Juneteenth.com. Looking for local Juneteenth events? Click here.


Monday Inspiration

“Don’t let YOU be the reason why you’re not advancing or becoming who you want to be.” – Joanne S. Bass

Employee Learning & Engagement Events

UPCOMING SUMMER WORKSHOPS (**Register using the link at the end of this section)

If you’re ready to trade in old or ineffective habits for newer, more productive ones, then this workshop was designed with you in mind. Based on the book, Atomic Habits, by James Clear, join us on July 8th, 1pm – 2pm CST for this habit-focused workshop. Come ready to learn and leave ready to develop and practice new habits!


If you’re familiar with Brene Brown’s work on the anatomy of trust, then don’t miss this workshop. We will highlight trust as the foundation to building and maintaining healthy workplace relationships. Register today for this July 15th event.


Interested in career growth? In this workshop you will explore design thinking, upskilling, and experimenting and the value they bring as professional tools. Sign up for this event, scheduled for July 20th, 2pm – 4pm CST.

**To register and learn more about upcoming workshops, please visit our website here. You can also view what’s on the horizon and register for future events.

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Presents |Taking PRIDE in Athletics: LBGTQI Perspectives on Sports

Join the Alumni Association as Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, of Vanderbilt Athletics and author of Singled Out, a biography of the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, leads a conversation with three experts on the past, present and future of LGBTQI sports.

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm CST

Register Today!


The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Partners with LAVA (the LGBTQIA+ Association of Vanderbilt Alumni to Present | ’Dores in Dialogue: A conversation on Bostock v. Clayton County and the rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation

Bostock v. Clayton County was a 2020 Supreme Court case that ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Join us for this important discussion on the ruling’s ongoing relevance in American jurisprudence amid the recent increase of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation.

Date: June 22, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 12pm CST

Register here


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

Register for upcoming sessions via Oracle Learning here.

Date: July 26, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 3pm CST

Did You Know…?

If you think of awe as times when you have extraordinary and other-worldly experiences only, think again. Did you know that awe can cause us to be happier, healthier and humbler? Research is challenging the notion that awe is something we experience rarely, as evidence points toward daily occurrences of awe. “‘Big moments that people have in their lives are going to produce awe, but what a lot of recent research is showing is that even those more everyday experiences of awe – just briefly noticing the beauty of nature in our neighborhood or in our backyard – those can have a positive effect on our well-being,’ says Craig Anderson, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis who has studied awe in nature.”

Interested in learning more? Click here.

Virtual & Community Events

The NeuroLeadership Institute Presents:

Your Brain at Work LIVE – Juneteenth: Towards a New Perspective

Join Your Brain at Work LIVE for a robust panel discussion on Juneteenth– past, present and future. Explore meaningful ways to create a more just, diverse and equitable future.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm ET

Register here


Your Brain at Work LIVE – The Neuroscience of In-Group and Out-Group

During this webinar, Co-Founder and CEO of the NeuroLeadership Institute, David Rock, will discuss the neuroscience of in-groups and out-groups in workplace culture with Harvard professor, Dr. Jason Mitchell.

Date: Friday, June 25, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm ET

Register here


The National Museum of African American Music Presents | The State of Black Music Summit

Artists, industry leaders and culture creators will converge in Nashville, as NMAAM honors Black Music Month with its first State of Black Music Summit. This one-day event will be streamed live and feature panels and dynamic discourse exploring the intersections of black music and culture.

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021   |   Time: 9:30am – 10:30am ET

Register here


Fidelity Investments and OneUnited Bank Present | #OneTransaction to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

This Juneteenth, join Fidelity Investments for a special event. Together with OneUnited Bank—the largest Black owned bank in America and first Black owned digital bank—and Visa, Fidelity Investments is excited to offer a financial conference to focus on the #OneTransaction that will help close the racial wealth gap and create generational wealth for your family and friends.

Date: June 19, 2021 (Juneteenth)   |   Time: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET

Registration is now open, but limited. Don’t miss your chance to hear this All-Star lineup of presenters as they discuss the “One Transaction” that made the difference for them. Special guests include: Tiffany Haddish, Daymond John, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, and many more.

Register now!

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Additional Learning Resources


The Broad Experience | Thinking Differently: Neurodiversity at Work

Enjoy in less than an hour!

In this podcast, three women’s stories converge where they share a commonality known as neurodiversity. “All three women have struggled at times, but they’ve all learned to use their particular brains to fuel their success. And each of them wants workplaces to open up, to be more inclusive – to recognize that neurodiversity can be a benefit to a project or a team rather than a hindrance.” Take a listen and walk away with a newfound appreciation for neurodiversity in the workplace.



Settling Conflicts in a Remote Work World

(Brian O’Connell, SHRM)

The 3 Things That Keep People Feeling Motivated at Work

(David Burkus, IDEAS.TED.COM)

3 Reasons to Gather Employee Feedback During Disruption

(Nate Dvorak and Dipak Sundaram, Gallup )



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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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