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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

July 19, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Welcome to the third full week of July! With so many pre-pandemic norms falling back into place, there are still a number of skills we can takeaway from the experiences we’ve had over the past year or so to continue adapting to and fostering a more flexible workplace. In the Hybrid Hub this week you’ll find a more diverse offering of resources for the hybrid work experience. From transitioning back to the physical workplace to hybrid team collaboration, we hope to have you covered from week to week.

If there is something hybrid-remote work related that we haven’t shared, please email us at: ele@vanderbilt.edu with your suggestions.


Weekly Work Gem

“If you can learn to harvest the full fruit of psychological safety, you will transform families, schools, organizations, and societies, enabling people to realize their deep yearnings– to live happy, connected, creative, contributing, and more beautiful lives.” – Timothy R. Clark

Employee Learning & Engagement Events

UPCOMING WORKSHOP THIS WEEK (**Register using the link at the end of this section)

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.

The Hybrid Hub

Whether you’re already immersed in a flexible, hybrid work world, or headed that way, check out the list of remote-hybrid work resources below. This week’s list features hybrid-specific articles, including a longitudinal study. Dig in and learn something new, or enhance your user experience by adding to what you already know.

What Do We Like About WFH? 

How to ease the transition back to the office 

Tips to Help Employees Transition Back to The Physical Workplace 

How to fight the groupthink that happens when we work virtually 

Digital body language: why how you say it matters more than ever before 

Trust evolvement in hybrid team collaboration: a longitudinal case study 

Thriving in the age of hybrid work (Harvard Business Review) 

How to manage a hybrid team (Harvard Business Review) 

10 new books for leading in a hybrid work environment 

Making the hybrid workplace fair (Harvard Business Review) 

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Upcoming Events

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Alice Randall’s Black Bottom Saints 

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in partnership with the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will host a virtual discussion of Alice Randall’s soon to be released book, Black Bottom Saints. Advance registration is required (see below). A limited number of books are available for free; if interested, contact mary.g.lindstrom@vanderbilt.edu.

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021   |   Time: 1pm CST

Register Today!


AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1:30 PM CT (virtual)

Register Here!

Contact Brianna Nesbitt at Brianna.nesbitt@vanderbilt.edu for any questions.


The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in partnership with ELE and the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries to Host A Discussion of Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm CST

Register Today!

NOTE: A limited number of books are available for attendees of this event. Sign up here for your copy and join the discussion!


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

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

Register via Oracle Learning here.

Did You Know…?

As remote work continues to be normalized, Generation Z has its concerns. “A whopping 40% of college students and recent graduates prefer fully in-person work, according to a new poll by Generation Lab, a polling and research firm that tracks trends affecting youth. Another 39% want a hybrid workplace, 19% want to work remotely and 3% say they have no preference.” Learn why this matters here.

Virtual & Community Events

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) Presents: You Don’t Want a Culture of Learning Innovation

During this webinar you will explore how to:

  • Utilize the latest frameworks in organizational psychology.
  • Create efficiencies through strategic technology.
  • Tap into resources across multiple stakeholder groups.

Join Dr. Jeff D. Borden, Chief Academic & VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, for this free online event as he shares a blueprint for such initiatives as they are leveraged in formal, Higher Education settings to create a culture of learning innovation, at scale, across the entire organization. While reimagining some old processes, strategic learning innovation can help us move forward and allow us to solve some longtime problems and address others before they manifest themselves.

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2021   |   Time: 2pm ET

Register here


LeaderFactor Presents: Becoming a Cultural Architect

This webinar will discuss four key factors in becoming a cultural architect:

1. Inclusion Modeling: Model behaviors that create inclusive and innovative environments based on psychological safety.
2. Micro-coaching: Bite-sized, in-workflow coaching conversations.
3. Learning Agility: Facilitate team learning at or above the speed of change.
4. Cultural Accountability: Accountability not only for performance, but also for cultural contribution.

Date: Friday, July 30, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm ET

Register Today!

Additional Learning Resources


What is Conscious Leadership? | Next Pivot Point Podcast

Listen in less than 30 minutes!

Join host, Julie Kratz and her guest, speaker, author, and facilitator Rosalie Chamberlain, as they discuss the importance of conscious leadership. Chamberlain defines conscious leadership as “the ability to be self-aware, to know who you are, where you are going, and where you want to go. And what behaviors and attitudes are showing up in the process.” Click the link above to learn more from this 30 minute listen.



You’ve Assembled a Diverse Team. Now, How Do You Make It High-Performing?

(Seb Murray, The Darden Report, UVA)

Coping with Stress at Work

(American Psychological Association)

How Noticing Emotions at Work Can Build Trust

(Theodore Kinni, Greater Good Magazine, Berkeley)



Achieve Your Summer Learning Goals– Tap Into Skillsoft Books and Videos!

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 OLC930045 in Oracle, or simply visit Oracle Learning to enroll.

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


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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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