Professional Development Sessions

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Every semester, Employee Development & Success offers professional development programs that are free to employees. This fall, all sessions will be virtual. See the descriptions below and click "REGISTER" to sign-up and attend.  E-mail with any questions.

Virtual Library

Check out the Virtual Library for recordings of previous Learning Cafes and virtual workshops available on demand.

Fall 2020 Professional Development Sessions

September  |  October  November

virtual session Indicates that a session is virtual using Microsoft Teams.


Click to registerElectronic Communication (e-communication) Let's do it right  virtual session

At the very least we all use email and text.  Most likely we watch videos on YouTube and create PowerPoints for classes or conferences.  We teach online, FaceTime, Skype and use many other video conferencing apps to communicate.  We FaceTime, put pictures up on Instagram, Message and the list goes on. But there are limitations and conflicts that arise when e-communicating, especially when emailing and texting.  What can we do to minimize misunderstandings when using e-communications?  When should we use email and texts?  How do we be inclusive and communicative without being invasive?  Come to this training and find out the answers to these and many more questions about communicating in the electronic age.

Facilitated by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

September 2nd from 10:00am-11:30am

Click to registerProviding Effective Feedback virtual session

Feedback is an important communication tool, and providing effective feedback is an essential leadership skill. Like all skills, it can be learned and improved upon. Join this session to learn how to deliver feedback in a way the increases the chances of reaching your desired outcomes. 

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

September 10th from 1pm-3pm 

Click to registerManaging Up: Leveraging Success by Empowering Supervisors virtual session

Maintaining a positive relationship with your supervisor is essential for career success and organizational effectiveness.  “Managing Up” refers to doing whatever you can to make your supervisor's job easier. In essence, it is managing your manager and can assist in your professional development. But what does that look like? In this presentation, participants will learn the ins and out on effectively managing up and strategies to implement in the workplace. 

Facilitated by Kristia Worthy, Director of Talent Development, Athletics

September 15th from 9am-10:30am

Click to registerCreating a more Inclusive Climate through Microresistance virtual session

Whether an observer of, the target of, or the unintentional perpetrator of microaggressions, we often don’t know how to respond to them in the moment. This session will offer participants an understanding of microaggressions and their impacts on students and colleagues, along with microresistance strategies to use when they occur. The goal of the workshop is for participants to feel more comfortable responding to microaggressions with microresistance. Employing microresistance to counter microaggressions can not only contribute to individual well-being, but also serve as one part of a systemic approach to transforming oppression on our campuses.

Facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Ganote, Assistant Professor in Sociology

September 21st from 11:00am-12:30pm

Click to registerDealing with Difficult People virtual session

Are your employees being impacted by challenging individuals in the workplace? This training gives attendees concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people by providing specific strategies to influence others toward a positive result. Participants explore how their own responses help or hinder the situation and will walk away with several applicable tactics that will make a difference in their work and personal lives.

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

September 29th from 10am-12pm



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Focus on Equity: Examining how implicit and explicit bias impact our systems virtual session

This interactive workshop will explore the science and research of implicit biases while examining how and where implicit and explicit biases creep into our systems. Participants will be exposed and asked to apply new strategies for practicing more conscious awareness individually and organizationally to mitigate bias. 

Facilitated by Ryan Simpson, Program Director and Kiana Fields, Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

October 7th from 10am-12pm

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Effective Communication Strategies virtual session

Today, messages come at us in so many different formats that it is no wonder there are communication breakdowns and roadblocks in the workplace. The ability to communicate in a professional manner can further employees' careers and relationships in their personal lives. Attendees of this workshop learn how

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company to communicate effectively with management and peers in a way that opens up new dialogues and pathways for human connection.

October 8th from 1pm-3pm

Click to registerConducting Effective Performance Evaluations virtual session

We all want to be part of a high-performing, engaged workplace and a thoughtful performance evaluation process is one of the best tools for making it happen. Performance evaluations create an opportunity to set meaningful goals, discuss employee development, celebrate success, and provide constructive feedback for the year ahead. With a new instrument and schedule for evaluations, this workshop will provide tips and resources for making the most of the process and prepare for the submission deadline. All employees are welcome.

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

October 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Click to registerCommunicating Across Generations virtual session

This is the first time in history that four generations are in the workforce at the same time. Communicating with each group, especially at work, can be a major challenge for workers of all ages.  How can you increase your awareness of the communication styles of each generation?  What are the sources of intergenerational conflicts and techniques for managing them? How does age diversity benefit the university?  Find out the answers to these and more questions at this communication training.

Facilitated by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

October 14 from 11:00am-12:30pm


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Applying Leadership Basics virtual session

We've probably all heard the expression, "She's a born leader." But is there really such a thing as a born leader? Are some born with the gift of leadership while the rest are condemned to lifelong followership? No! Leaders are made, not born. Join us to learn the fundamentals of effective leadership,  and how to apply them to make a dynamic leader of yourself. 

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

October 19th from 10am-12pm

Click to registerEmotional Intelligence: What it is and how to get it virtual session

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. The most successful workers are those with high Emotional Intelligence or EQ.  Can we develop, increase and incorporate EQ in our professional behavior?  The answer is “yes”!  Come to get trained in this essential trait and learn the strategies to implement this knowledge back in your own workplace.

Facilitated by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds  

October 21st from 10:00am-11:30am



Click to registerLeading from our Strengths virtual session

It makes sense that we are at our best when we spend our workday doing things that call upon our natural strengths. If it fills our bucket, we are going to feel more engaged and connected doing it, and our work is going to feel like an extension of our life rather than just a job. In this self-reflective workshop, you will take the StrengthsFinder self-assessment and learn how to maximize your strengths (and for supervisors, the strengths of your team) for a greater sense of fulfillment at work.

Prerequisite: Take the Strengths assessment before class and bring your results with you. Go here to purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 guide and an access code for your assessment.)

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

November 4th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Click to registerCreating Inclusive Environments through Team Building virtual session

There are many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of an organization, unit, or team. Actively investing in opportunities that build trust, mitigate conflict, and encourage communication and collaboration positively impacts employee engagement and performance. During this workshop, participants will explore various team building activities that promote inclusion in the workplace and the influence that it has on making UofL a great place to work.

Facilitated by Kristia Worthy, Director of Talent Development, Athletics

November 11th from 9:00am-10:30am

Click to registerManaging Holiday Stress virtual session

While holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also create stress and depression for some individuals. Discover ways to eliminate the pressure that festivities can cause and the frame of mind that has the tendency to alienate those of us experiencing sadness. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore their beliefs, feelings and attitudes about the upcoming holidays as well as tools for handling the season with peace, grace and confidence. 

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

November 17th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click to registerCivility Training why Civility is so Important in the Workplace virtual session

When we work in a place that is not civil, it takes a toll on all of us. Not just physically and psychologically, but also financially. So what can we do about this? What are the behaviors that create civil and uncivil behavior? How does taking a self-assessment help us? What can we do to create a more civil workplace at U. of L.? All these questions and more will be answered, discussed and role played to help give strategies to make the university one of the best places to work.

Facilitated by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

November 18th from 10:00am-11:30am

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