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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

August 30, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Hopefully your week is off to a great start. With the fall semester comes the excitement of a fuller line-up of events occurring across the campus. Be sure to visit our ‘Campus Partner Opportunities’ section to see what’s coming up soon.


Weekly Work Gem

“Your worst weakness can become your single greatest strength.” – Barbara Corcoran

The Hybrid Hub

This week’s hybrid work feature:

In a Hybrid World, Quality Managerial Conversations Matter More Than Ever

VU Hybrid Work Resources:

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Policy for Staff

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Toolkit

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Introduces Work-Life Workshops for Fall

The Women’s Center’s first Work-Life Workshop will be on Wednesday, September 8 at 12:00 PM via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please note that there is an option to receive a code to take the Strengths inventory: please only request this if you have not previously taken the Strengths inventory before. We have a very small number of these codes to give out.



Finding Your Strengths | Roshaunda Ross-Orta, Assistant Director, Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service

Date: Wednesday, September 8th   |   Time: 12pm

Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like a Fraud | Stacey Satchell, Senior Academic Life Coach, The Graduate School

Date: Tuesday, October 5th   |   Time: 12pm

Gaslighting in the Workplace, Heather Kamper, LCSW, EAP Clinical Counselor and Coordinator of the VUMC SHARE Center

Date: Thursday, November 4th   |   Time: 12pm


The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity and The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Host – Straddling Class in the Academy Workshop for Staff & Faculty

Co-author of Straddling Class in the Academy, dr. becky martinez, will be visiting Vanderbilt on September 13th to facilitate an interactive workshop with faculty and staff regarding social class. During this workshop, dr. martinez will discuss the complexities and impact of social class and classism within higher education. This session will take place at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the SLC Ballroom A/B. Register for this workshop at: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/event/7230120.

Did You Know…?

Neurodiversity in the workplace is more common than you may think. “The  about 1 in 6 children are diagnosed with neurodevelopmental differences in the US, and a  found that “people working in science and engineering jobs are more likely to have autistic-like traits than less technical professions.” A  explores this higher population in STEM fields, explaining that “research shows that some conditions, including autism and dyslexia, can bestow special skills in pattern recognition, memory, or mathematics.'” Learn tips to support neurodiversity in the workplace here.

Virtual & Community Events

WorkHuman Presents: The Lighthouse Effect – Nine Steps to Cultivating Everyday Gratitude

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Gain actionable insights to create an organizational culture that drives engagement
  • Learn how small, everyday moments of gratitude can be a bridge to inclusion and belonging
  • Reflect on and develop a deeper appreciation for the human lighthouses in your own life

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021   |   Time: 11am CST

In times of adversity, a “human lighthouse” can illuminate the path ahead. Steve Pemberton – Workhuman® CHRO and author of the upcoming book, “The Lighthouse Effect”, along with Carmen Ortiz-McGhee, COO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) – will share the impact that these steadfast, selfless people can have on your organization in this upcoming webinar.

Register Today!

Additional Learning Resources


Your Brain at Work Podcast  | Innovation and Mitigating Unconscious Bias

Listen in less than 1 hour!

Unconscious bias is a huge driver of work outcomes. In this episode of Your Brain at Work Live, Janet Stovall sits down with NYU’s inaugural senior vice president for global inclusion and strategic innovation, Dr. Lisa Coleman, and Dr. Natalie Byfield, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University. The three discuss bias as an impediment to innovation, bias as a cultural concern, and ways of overcoming the inherent challenges of bias.



Autonomy Is the Absolute Key to Getting “The New World of Work” Right

(Sherilyn George-Clinton, The NeuroLeadership Institute)

How to Work with Someone Who Causes Unnecessary Conflict

(Amanda Ripley, Harvard Business Review)

3 Ways to Create A Work Culture That Brings Out the Best in People

(Chris White, IDEAS.TED.COM)



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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.

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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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