The SuccessfUL Supervisor Series

What Recent Participants are Saying

"Even in my MBA I did not learn as much as I did here."

"I am glad my supervisor suggested this class! I thought Brian and Virginia were 'fresh,' creative and energetic in their presentation of the material."

"I spoke up more in this class than ever before. Thanks for making it so safe."

"I found it useful to know that other people have the exact same issues that I have…I feel that more people are like me than I realized."

Please note that this program is only available to UofL employees.

The Delphi Center and Human Resources is pleased to bring you The SuccessfUL Supervisor program. This series is comprised of ten three-hour sessions, offered weekly over 10 consecutive weeks. These classes cover competency areas critical to supervision at the University of Louisville. The program was designed by a supervisory curriculum team to ensure that the unique needs of UofL supervisors are met. The series is designed for those serving in or being prepared for supervisory roles within the university.

What Subjects are Covered?

  • Problem Solving and Innovation
  • Goal Setting, Planning and Organizing
  • Clear Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Working with University Policies and Procedures
  • Working with Difficult People
  • Giving Feedback
  • Coaching
  • Leadership Styles and Best Practices

Updated Content and New Features Include

  • A comprehensive workbook with tools and job aids
  • Blackboard training components to support on-the-job application of learning
  • Team-based learning that builds collaboration across departments
  • A DiSC personality assessment
  • Tools to boost job results
  • A competency-based, 360 degree feedback tool to guide and personalize training (participants receive feedback from their managers, peers/employees and customers)
  • Continuing Education Units awarded by the Delphi Center

Seminar Fee

$750* (Includes instruction materials, online resources, assessments, continental breakfast for each class, graduation reception and certificate). Payment due at time of registration via department ProCard.

* If funding is an issue, the Staff/Faculty Professional Small Grant Development Program is designed to provide financial support to training and development for university employees. The small grant review committee considers requests monthly. Applications are due at least one week before the monthly meeting and at least six weeks before the training event.

Seminar Dates

All dates meet from 9 a.m.—noon at Ekstrom Library, Delphi Center, Room 244, Belknap Campus

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Virginia Denny brings over 30 years of training experience to her participants. Throughout her career, she has helped thousands of participants get the tools they need to excel in their positions. As the director of conferencing and professional development, she provides strategic consulting and facilitation services to area businesses. Degrees in psychology and organizational communication contribute to a human-potential focus in her work. Additionally, her master's in human resource education provides the most cutting-edge information in the field to help learners get the tools they need to be effective.

Brian Buford is the inaugural director of the Office for LGBT Services at the University of Louisville, the first office of its kind in Kentucky. In this position, he helped implement health insurance and other benefits for domestic partners, added gender identity to the university's nondiscrimination policy, and initiated nine new LGBT organizations to enhance campus life. Prior to that, he worked as a director of organizational effectiveness for UofL's human resources department, where he facilitated supervisory training and employee recognition. In 2010, Buford was selected as one of Louisville's "connectors," people who achieve remarkable results through their unique style of trusted leadership. He counts among his most treasured accomplishments a through-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007.

Dr. Sharon Kerrick is assistant professor at UofL's College of Business and associate director of its Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining UofL she was one of the founders of a technology business that grew to over 300 full-time staff in five states and was in business for nearly 20 years. In addition to her PhD, she holds a Masters in Human Resource Education and leads the college's award-winning, nationally ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program. Additionally, she teaches in the MBA program. Sharon is the recipient of several awards including: Business First's 40 Under 40 Leadership Award, Women 4 Women Champion 4 Her award, Junior Achievements Leadership Award, and UofL's prestigious Paul Weber Awards for Excellence in Departmental Teaching Award.

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