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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

September 7, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Welcome to September! Other than looking forward to the weather cooling off a bit, what are you most looking forward to this fall? Something I’ve been anticipating is the lineup of new and revamped events that we are rolling out this fall. Be sure to visit the Employee Learning and Engagement section below for this month’s lineup, as we have events coming up as soon as THIS WEEK! Reserve your spot and visit our website for event descriptions.

The ELE team looks forward to continued learning with you this fall.


Weekly Work Gem

“You don’t get quality work when people are struggling with quality of life.” – Adam Grant

Employee Learning and Engagement Events


Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021   |   Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm CST

Reserve Your Spot Today!



Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 11:30am CST

Register Today!



Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 2pm CST

Register Here



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

Register Here



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

Register Here



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

Register Here

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

The Hybrid Hub

This week’s hybrid work feature:

Join Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, and Ryan Roslansky, CEO of LinkedIn, for a conversation on the trends shaping the future of work, including new data insights and product innovations to help companies navigate the road ahead.

Date: Thursday, September 9th   |   Time: 10:15am – 10:45am 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

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…?

From school to the workplace, research shows that zoom dysmorphia is on the rise as people return to in-person settings. In an article recently published by the TODAY show, zoom dysmorphia is defined as, “a feeling of unhappiness or dissatisfaction about their looks exacerbated by looking at themselves on camera all day.” A study revealed that over 70% of 7,295 people surveyed expressed concern or feelings of anxiety related to their in-person appearance. Access the article here to learn more.

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.



The Secret to Happiness at Work

(Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic)

What’s Killing Your Creativity at Work

(Davia Sills, Psychology Today)

The Future of Work is More Than About Where We Work- Who Works

(Heather E. McGowan, Forbes)



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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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