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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

October 4, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Welcome to the first full week of October! It’s hard to believe we’re already so far into the year. This month usually signals that we are embarking on the holiday season. While it’s a time when we have cooler days and a little less sunlight, holidays often provide us the joyous occasions of celebratory moments, connecting with family and friends, and reflecting on how we want to shape our future. Fall is a season that gives us more to look forward to than we might realize. And living through a pandemic has hopefully inspired us all to be more intentional about how we move through each season of the year as well as the various seasons life brings.

Speaking of celebrations, it’s still Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to head over to the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to stay in the know about upcoming events and opportunities.


Weekly Work Gem

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

– Frida Kahlo

Employee Learning and Engagement Events 


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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Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST

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Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021   |   Time: 3pm – 4:30pm CST

**Registration coming soon**



Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 2pm CST

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


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

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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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Join the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic and Latinx Alumni and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association for ‘Dores in Dialogue: A Conversation about the History of Hispanic Heritage Month

This panel discussion will explore the importance of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month to build a sense of belonging, community and connection and to reduce internalized biases in the Hispanic and Latinx community. 

Panelists include: 

  • Celso Castilho, director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies (CLACX) 
  • Ruth Howard, psychologist at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center 
  • Olivia Quiroga, Class of 2025, member of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) 

The discussion will be moderated by Gretchen Selcke, assistant director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 12pm CST

Register Today!


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…?

In 2018 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that approximately 6% of businesses owned in the United States are Hispanic-owned. Roughly 9% of those businesses are in the accommodations and food service industry. Read more about these stats and other interesting facts here.

Virtual & Community Events 

Workhuman Spotlight Presents: New Strategies for the New Era of Work

For this new Spotlight series, Workhuman will bring you the exciting, thought-provoking speakers you’ve come to expect from other Workhuman events. Join this digital broadcast and explore rethinking the future of work.


  • Eric Mosely, CEO of Workhuman
  • Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times best-selling author and top global thinker
  • Priya Parker, Facilitator/Strategic Advisor/Author
  • Aaron Falcione, Chief Human Resources Officer, Organon

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021   |   Time: 10:30am CST

Register Here

Additional Learning Resources


HBR IdeaCast  | How to Make Strategic Career Decisions, Even in a Crisis (Back to Work, Better)

Listen in less that an hour!

When it comes to work, it’s easy to focus on the near term: the next meeting, project, promotion. The global pandemic pushed many of us even further into heads-down mode. But Dorie Clark, author of the book The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-term World, wants everyone to step back, take a breath, and start thinking longer term about what you really want to do and how to progress toward those goals. She offers advice on how to ignore social media distractions, balance priorities, cultivate patience, and make the right strategic decisions. Clark also wrote the HBR article “Feeling Stuck or Stymied.”



Hard Work Isn’t the Point of the Office

(Derek Thompson, The Atlantic)

It’s Not Impostor Syndrome but the ‘Impostorization’ of Employees That Leads to Job Dissatisfaction and Turnover

(Angelica Gutierrez, DiversityInc Best Practices)

Why Some People Get So Defensive and How to Manage Them

(Seth Meyers, PsyD, Psychology Today)



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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning and Engagement Team


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