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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

September 27, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Happy Monday! I hope you have been enjoying the nice weather recently. It seems like late September gives us just the right amount of sunshine with a little breeze here and there to relieve us of summer’s humidity. As Hispanic Heritage Month continues I will share a few fun facts you may or may not already know. Be sure to visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ for a wealth of resources and learning.

Additionally, I’ve added upcoming Employee Learning and Engagement (ELE) events below. Be sure to register soon, as some event dates will close a few days prior to the event taking place. Stay tuned for additional dates.


Weekly Work Gem

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” – Carlos Santana

Employee Learning and Engagement Events 


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

Register Here



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

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Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021   |   Time: 2pm – 3:30pm CST

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Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021   |   Time: 2pm – 4pm CST

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Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 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!


Virtual Employee Engagement

Looking for ways to keep your employees engaged in the virtual workplace? Check out these suggestions from FUNDOO F R I D A Y!


VU Hybrid Work Resources:

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Policy for Staff

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Toolkit


Additional Resources:

*NEW* How To Successfully Make A Hybrid Work Setup Work For You And Your Boss: Life Kit

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

Register Here


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

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

Register Here


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…?

According to The Pew Research Center, between 2010 and 2020 the U.S. Hispanic population grew from 50.5 million to 62.1 million. The population growth during that period was a whopping 51%! Learn more key facts about this growing population here.

Virtual & Community Events 

The NeuroLeadership Institute Presents: Your Brain at Work LIVE – Manage the Movement: The Science of Keeping Teams Connected During Chaos

This webinar will examine:

  • How leaders can maintain workplace culture
  • How to keep teams connected now and for years to come

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 12pm CST

Register Here

Additional Learning Resources


TED  | Got a meeting? Take a walk.

Listen in less than FIVE minutes!

In a short video, Nilofer Merchant shares a meeting tip that can take you a long way when it comes to making the most of the meeting. Got a 1-on-1 coming up? Deviate from your norm and turn it into a walk and talk!



Microaggressions at work: Recognizing & overcoming our biases

(Kelly Luc, Culture Amp)

Key Steps You Should Take After A Midcareer Move

(Cynthia Wu, Inside Higher Ed)

Burnout Isn’t Just Exhaustion. Here’s How to Deal With It: Life Kit

(Andee Tagle, NPR)



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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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