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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

July 6, 2021

The Editor’s Note


On this Tuesday that feels very much like a Monday, I hope you are recovering from the long weekend. Last week we introduced a new section (The Hybrid Hub) in hopes that you find useful tools for making the most of a flexible work-life. Please be sure to view this section as the featured items may change from week to week due to limited space. Also, feel free to reach out if you have suggestions or recommendations for hybrid-remote resources to feature moving forward.


Weekly Work Gem

“One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that it’s challenged our fixed mindset around flexibility in where and how we work.” – Kathleen Hogan

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.

*NEW* 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 Skillsoft courses that can aid in enhancing your user experience with Microsoft Teams. Simply click the link or use the accompanying Learning Item Number (OLC) to search and register for each course in Oracle Learning.

Microsoft 365 Teams (OLC956394)

  • Getting to know the application 
  • Using teams & channels 
  • Communicating via the app 
  • Formatting, illustrating & reacting to communications and more

Microsoft Teams (OLC1572427 – Most recent release)

  • Creating and managing teams & channels 
  • Exploring and setting up Microsoft Teams 
  • Formatting, illustrating and reacting to messages 
  • Using private messaging & calls tools and more

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications through July 9th

Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program. VLE is designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential, and whose leadership position is between frontline supervisor and director.

This university-wide program consists of eight sessions offered monthly from September through April. The program aims to help participants enhance their leadership self-awareness and increase their institutional knowledge. VLE will help participants develop their ability to work effectively with a team, lead during times of change, manage both complex and simple projects, deal with conflict, and set departmental goals and direction.

Leaders interested in VLE should apply online by Friday, July 9th, at 5pm CST. If applying for the first time, please complete the application form. For candidates who have applied before, please complete the reapplication form.

The health and safety of the Vanderbilt community is a top priority. In adherence to Return to Campus guidelines, a hybrid VLE experience—including in-person and virtual participation—is anticipated for the upcoming academic year. Learn more about the university’s Return to Campus guidelines.

Please direct all inquiries to ele@vanderbilt.edu.


Inclusive Book Group to discuss Alice Randall’s ‘Black Bottom Saints’ July 22nd

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: July 22, 2021   |   Time: 1pm CST

Register Today!


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

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

Register via Oracle Learning here.


The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center to AAUW Host Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1:30 PM CT (virtual)

Register Here!

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

Did You Know…?

Did you know that a strong sense of belonging at work can result in:

  • A 56% increase in performance
  • A 50% reduction in turnover risk
  • A 75% decrease in sick days

Learn more about these SHRM insights here.

Virtual & Community Events

 Workhuman Presents: Why Does Psychological Safety Matter at Work?

Join workhuman for a LinkedIn LIVE webinar with Director of People Analytics, Dr. Meisha-Ann Martin.

Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021   |   Time: 1:30pm ET

Add to your calendar and grab the event link here!


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

Additional Learning Resources


5 Steps to Remove Yourself From Drama at Work | TED Talks

Listen in less than 15 minutes!

No matter your industry, you’ve experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what’s really important.



If Your Social Anxiety Flares up at Work, Keep These Tips in Your Back Pocket

(Kelsey Mulvey, Real Simple)

Tap Your Creativity Skills for Career Reinvention

(Janine MacLachlan, Forbes)

Do You Have Any of These 4 Bad Habits of Managers? Here’s How to Change Them

(Amanda Miller, Ideas.TED.Com)



Got 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. 


For a healthy dose of information, resources, inspiration, or even delicious recipes, opt-in to the HealthyU distribution list at wellbeing@vanderbilt.edu.

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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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