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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

September 20, 2021

The Editor’s Note


It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially began last Wednesday on September 15th, and it will run through October 15th. What originally started as a week long celebration in 1968 was expanded to cover a 30-day period 20 years later in 1988. Be sure to visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ for a wealth of resources, from blog posts to exhibits.

We will also welcome the first day of fall this week, so get ready for falling leaves and temperatures in the days to come. Per usual, take a scroll through today’s edition to explore helpful resources for enhancing your learning and everyday work experiences.


Weekly Work Gem

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving… and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

Employee Learning and Engagement Events 


Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021   |   Time: 10:30am – 12pm CST

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Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021   |   Time: 2pm – 4pm CST

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Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021   |   Time: 10:30am – 12pm CST

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****To learn more about upcoming workshops, please visit our website

Employee Appreciation

Staff award nominations now open; Fall Staff Assembly to be held November 2nd

The Fall Staff Assembly and staff awards are part of the semiannual effort to celebrate staff excellence and recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s mission.

Award nominations, which are submitted online, are open through Thursday, September 30th. Please visit the staff awards website for nomination guidelines and award amounts. The Staff Awards Review Committee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation to senior administration.

The Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd, from 4-5 pm CST and will feature comments from the chancellor and the University Staff Advisory Council. More details about the event will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the spring awards, the full nomination criteria or to submit nominations, visit vanderbi.lt/2021staffawards.

Nomination forms can be found at https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#university-opportunities. Questions should be directed to Employee Learning and Engagement via email at ele@vanderbilt.edu.

The Hybrid Hub

Upcoming hybrid work event:

Join Gallup experts Ben Wigert and Kristin Barry as they explore Gallup’s latest hybrid work findings and share why going back to work in the office has to be worth it.

Date: Thursday, October 7th   |   Time: 11:30am – 12pm CST

Join via LinkedIn Live!


VU Hybrid Work Resources:

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Policy for Staff

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Toolkit


Additional Resources:

Gallup Remote Work Resources

The Remote Work Assessment

Reimaging Higher Education for the Age of Flexible Work

HBR: Managing Introverts and Extroverts in the Hybrid Workplace

Deloitte’s Return to Campus: Perspectives from Higher Education Leaders

Campus Partner Opportunities

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








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

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

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

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

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TEDxVanderbiltUniversity Speaker Applications Now Open; Event Scheduled to Take Place April 10, 2022  

Vanderbilt Human Resource’s Employee Learning and Engagement team is excited to announce that speaker applications are now open for TEDxVanderbiltUniversity 2022. Applications are due on October 15, 2021. The TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event will be hosted on April 10, 2022. More details about the event will be announced at a later date.  

What is TEDx?  

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxVanderbiltUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event. 

At our TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. 

This will be Vanderbilt’s 7th Annual TEDx event. Application eligibility includes current Vanderbilt University students (including graduate and professional students), Vanderbilt University faculty, staff, postdocs, and alumni. Interested speakers may apply at: https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1846093.  

More information, including a speaker guide and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at   tedxvanderbiltuniversity.com. Questions should be directed to Employee Learning and Engagement (ele@vanderbilt.edu).  

Did You Know…?

Ever wondered why Hispanic Heritage Month begins on the 15th day of September rather than the first? The celebration begins on September 15th because this is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s independence day is the next day, on September 16th, and Chile’s falls on September 18th.

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!


The NeuroLeadership Institute Presents: Your Brain at Work LIVE – Managing Effectively in a Hybrid World: Surveillance Focus vs Outcome Focus

This webinar will examine:

  • The downsides of employee surveillance
  • Reasons why managers should be outcome-focused

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 12pm CST

Register Here

Additional Learning Resources


Transform Your Workplace  | Conquering Workplace Anxiety with Adrian Gostick

Listen in less than an hour!

Join host, Brandon Laws, for a discussion on managing anxiety in the workplace with guest Adrian Gostick, co-author of Anxiety at Work: Eight Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done. Takeaways from this episode include:

  • Managers and employees alike are not alone in dealing with the burden of anxiety.
  • Anxiety, even when we remove a stressor, is still present and can interfere with our work and, ultimately, our lives.
  • Leaders can attract top talent by letting them know they care about developing their careers.
  • Those who suffer from anxiety need to determine what they can control and what is out of their control.



The Downside of Hyper-Positivity at Work

(J.W. Traphagan, FastCompany)

10 Ways to Get Your Boss to Trust You Completely

(Lea McLeod, themuse)

Virtual team building: How to build trust in a remote team beyond games and activities

(Clair Lew, Know Your Team)



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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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