Learn and Grow Calendar

Explore upcoming opportunities for Yale managers and staff to learn and grow. Courses are focused on building leadership skills, acquiring knowledge needed to grow within or beyond a role, and growing personally and professionally—ultimately helping Yale realize its goals.

In recognition that during these trying times resilience is tied to growing and innovating, The Learning Center continues to offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for staff members through instructor-led virtual courses. Please check back here for ongoing updates to our Learn and Grow calendar as we develop more learning opportunities for an online format and curate content on our LinkedIn Learning platform.

March 3, 2021

Manager Chats: Leading through Change
Instructors: Jen Grace Barron

Join us for an impactful session with our colleagues from InspireCorps as they lead us in a presentation and discussion of how the experience of change and uncertainty launches us into a series of complex thoughts and emotions. Learn a framework for understanding the different emotional stages we pass through and how best to navigate them for yourself and for those you lead. This session will provide you with actionable content and tools.

March 9, 2021

Data Informed Decision Making - vILT
Instructors: Bill Florin

March 9 &11

Welcome to Data Informed Decision Making. This Learning Center course is held over two 120-minute sessions, virtually. Participants must attend both sessions to receive credit.The goal of this course is to provide entry and mid-level M&P staff with the insights and motivation to make quality data analysis a vital part of their decision support/ recommendation(s) and decision-making activities. The value of Yale’s data assets, the role each person plays in protecting and enhancing data, and the University’s aspirations for its data resources and culture are integrated into the discussion.

March 10, 2021

Project Management for Yale Professionals - vILT
Instructors: Gina Ohanesian, Dave Logie

March 10, 17, & 24

Welcome to Project Management for Yale Professionals. This Learning Center course is held over three- 2-hour 15-minute sessions, virtually. Participants must attend all sessions to receive credit. We cover topics such as: level setting, initiating and planning, executing, monitoring and closing a project. Day one in an introduction, while days 2 and 3 dive deeper. Come with a project in mind. A project is defined as being a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. If you are not currently working on a project please identify a personal example such as a life event, wedding, vacation, or even a renovation job at home.

March 16, 2021

Navigating Your Career at Yale- vILT
Instructors: Instructor Led

Welcome to Navigating Your Career at Yale. This Staffing course is held in a single 2-hour session, virtually. Participants must attend the entire session to receive credit. This course will be presented by Yale Staffing & Career Development team to guide and assist internal candidates when searching for a new opportunity at Yale.

March 18, 2021

InsideOut Coaching - vILT
Instructors: Chris Brown, Travis Holyfield

Welcome to InsideOut Coaching. This course is sponsored by the Learning Center and is held in one full-day session, virtually. InsideOut Coaching offers a different way of looking at coaching. It provides a practical and proven process for coaching others to improve and sustain enhanced performance. In this Learning Centr course you will learn concepts and practices that will help you and others uncover your innate ability to respond to the performance pressures of today.

March 24, 2021

Extraordinary Leader Program - vILT
Instructors: Joseph Folkman

Step Four in the Managing at Yale series. This one-day program for managers will educate, train and motivate you to become a great leader. In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive environment, the organizations that excel in their respective markets will be those whose people are most competent, passionate, and focused on delivering results. The Extraordinary Leader Program presents a proven framework for helping individuals make a profound difference in their organization’s results and in their own performance and development.

March 25, 2021

Advancing the Extraordinary Leader - vILT
Instructors: Joseph Folkman

Step Five in the Managing at Yale series. This half-day program for managers will assess improvements you have made on the development areas you identified during your experience in the Extraordinary Leader Program. A 360-degree leadership assessment, development plan, and a coaching session are included. We recommend that you attend this eighteen months following the Extraordinary Leader Program.ions are going.

March 30, 2021

Writing at Yale Level 1- vILT
Instructors: Alison Coleman

March 30 & April 6

Welcome to Writing at Yale Level I: Mastering the Basics. This course is held over two 2-hour sessions, virtually. As university employees, we represent Yale whenever we write an email, draft a memo, or prepare a report. Yale staff members are often at the front lines of communicating with internal and external constituents; their writing is critical to the success of the university—and to their own career development.

April 7, 2021

Interviewing with Confidence - vILT
Instructors: Instructor Led

Welcome to Interviewing with Confidence. This Staffing course is held in a single 2-hour session, virtually. This course is designed to help participants enhance their interviewing skills.

April 21, 2021

Project Management CoP - Becoming a Project Manager
Instructors: Amy Keach, Samantha Lockheed, Lisa Treat-Perry

This month’s Community of Practice (CoP) meeting will provide participants the opportunity to hear directly from one of our Yale recruiters along with a Project Management Hiring Manager. Learn how to write a project manager focused resume, what a recruiter looks for in filling a project manager position on campus, and what kinds of questions to ask the recruiter when applying to a project management position. This presentation may also clarify the knowledge and skills you have that are directly related to Project Management.

April 27, 2021

Career Development Forum
Instructors: Deborah Lindenman

In this session, you will learn how to prepare for and conduct a virtual career conversation with your manager so that you can maximize your skills, interests, and values throughout your career at the University.

In this session you will:

  • Learn what a career growth conversation is and why it is important.
  • Identify and articulate your skills, interests, and values.
  • Practice having a career growth conversation in preparation for one with your manager.
  • Prepare to collaborate with your manager to develop a career plan that supports your short-and long-term goals.

April 28, 2021

Writing at Yale Level 2 - vILT
Instructors: Instructor Led

Writing at Yale Level II: Advanced Strategy and Practice. This course is held over two 2-hour sessions, virtually. Excellent writing—even among the most experienced practitioners of the craft—is rarely achieved in isolation. Our work always benefits from outside perspectives. This collaborative course is designed for those who are comfortable with the basics of grammar and style, and who are ready to take their writing to the next level in a supportive environment of fellow writers.

May 4, 2021

Communicating for Results - vILT
Instructors: Kirk Hooks

May 4 & 11

Welcome to Communicating for Results. This Learning Center course is held over two-90-minute sessions, virtually.Participants must attend both sessions to receive credit. The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill for all staff. We spend 75% of our waking hours communicating our knowledge, thoughts, and ideas to others. How do you ensure that your message will be understood in the way you intended it to be understood? This course will introduce you to a process that can help. The focus will be on sending clear, direct communication—to say what you mean and mean what you say.

May 6, 2021

Job Crafting - vILT
Instructors: Instructor Led

Welcome to Job Crafting. This Staffing course is held in a single 3 1/2 hour session, virtually. Are you searching for more fulfillment in your current job? Or a manager looking to help your team thrive? Attend this interactive workshop to learn about Job Crafting, a process through which individuals shape and redefine their jobs to make them more meaningful.

May 12, 2021

Project Management for Yale Professionals - vILT
Instructors: Gina Ohanesian, Amy Keach

May 12, 19, & 26

Welcome to Project Management for Yale Professionals. This Learning Center course is held over three- 2-hour 15-minute sessions, virtually. Participants must attend all sessions to receive credit. We cover topics such as: level setting, initiating and planning, executing, monitoring and closing a project. Day one in an introduction, while days 2 and 3 dive deeper. Come with a project in mind. A project is defined as being a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. If you are not currently working on a project please identify a personal example such as a life event, wedding, vacation, or even a renovation job at home.

May 12, 2021

Workflow Management - vILT
Instructors: Travis Holyfield

May 12 & 19

Welcome to Workflow Management. This Learning Center course is held over two 2-hour sessions, virtually. Participants will be required to attend both sessions to receive credit. In Workflow Management, we will explore a behavior-based skillset that participants can immediately apply to create focus, organize information, and improve time management, encouraging planful personal productivity. We will offer strategies and techniques to focus your attention on the things that matter most, to prioritize your commitments, and create more mental space for innovation, both at work and at home.

May 13, 2021

Maximizing your IDP - vILT
Instructors: Samantha Lockheed, Deborah Lindenman

Welcome to Maximizing your Individual Development Plan (IDP). This Staffing course is held in a single 2-hour session, virtually. To keep up with the demands of today’s workplace, every employee should have an opportunity to grow and develop professionally. An IDP starts with an annual conversation between a manager and a staff member that is transformed into an action plan of realistic next steps that an employee can take to help build a desired skill, maximize existing talents or prepare for a career goal.

May 18, 2021

Navigating Conflict - vILT
Instructors: Travis Holyfield, Kirk Hooks

May 18 & 24

Welcome to Navigating Conflict. This Learning Center course is held over two 90-minute sessions, virtually. Participants will be required to attend both sessions and additionally complete several LinkedIn Learning modules prior to the start of class, as well as an electronic version of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, after the initial session and prior to the second session. The TKI allows participants to learn the benefits and downsides of their usual approach to navigating conflict and understand the advantages other options can provide when difficult situations arise.

June 10, 2021

Mastering Difficult Conversations - vILT
Instructors: Kirk Hooks, Travis Holyfield

June 10, 17, & 24

Welcome to Mastering Difficult Conversations. This Learning Center course is held over three 90-minute sessions, virtually. Participants must attend all three sessions to receive credit.At a time when organizations increasingly rely upon effective collaboration, teamwork, and adaptability to constant change, Mastering Difficult Conversations addresses a fundamental need.

June 10, 2021

Managers Chats - Deliberately Designing + Communicating Work Plans
Instructors: Jen Grace Baron

Join us for a timely discussion with our colleagues from InspireCorps as they lead us in a presentation and discussion around how to maintain productivity and fulfillment in the workplace during our continued, disrupted times. This session will provide you with ways to counterbalance confusion and isolation by designing and communicating a weekly work plan your staff will find helpful, based on your strengths, connecting you to others, and sequencing the activities relative to the essential work needing to get done to achieve individual, team, and department results. Everyone wins.

The timing of this session aligns with our performance management cycle, as managers are preparing to establish FY22 goals for their teams. This workshop will support manager’s thinking on how best to communicate priorities to their staff within the context of current workplace situations. This session will also provide you with actionable content, tools, and communication strategies unique to your current environment. Join us to learn more.

June 16, 2021

Learning in Motion: SLBU - vILT
Instructors: Kirk Hooks

Welcome to Learning in Motion: Speak, Listen, Be Understood. This Learning Center course is held in a single 90-minute session, virtually. Effective communication skills are an essential element every employee and manager must have as part of their standard tool set. This course will include a introduction to core topics, a self-assessment, and role-playing activities.

September 9, 2021

Informational Interviewing; the Ultimate Networking Tool
Instructors: Damion Smith, Celestina Gentile

Welcome to Informational Interviewing: The Ultimate Networking Tool. This Staffing course is held over two 2-hour sessions, virtually. This course is designed to demonstrate the benefits of conducting informational interviews. We will train you on best practices to initiate these conversations, so they help you build a vibrant professional network at Yale that supports your career goals.