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.

July 27, 2021

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

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.

August 10, 2021

Writing at Yale Level 1- vILT Confirming
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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.

August 11, 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.

August 12, 2021

Writing at Yale Level 2 - vILT
Instructors: Alison Coleman

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.

August 18, 2021

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

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.

August 31, 2021

InsideOut Coaching
Instructors: Travis Holyfield, James Vincent

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 Center 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.

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.

September 15, 2021

Aspiring Manager Program
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Are you thinking of becoming a manager, but aren’t certain if it’s the best next step on your journey? At Yale, our employees are our greatest assets and their development is a top priority. To reinforce this commitment, the University offers the Aspiring Manager program to provide staff an exploration of management at Yale, and the knowledge and resources they need to successfully consider becoming a manager at Yale. This program, held over three half-day sessions, will help those interested in a management career investigate some of the key requirements and challenges of moving from individual contributor to manager. Through self-study, readings, active homework assignments, videos, in-class discussions, and practice exercises participants will explore the management role.

September 17, 2021

Workflow Management - vILT
Instructors: Travis Holyfield

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.

September 21, 2021

Data Informed Decision Making - vILT
Instructors: Bill Florin

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.

September 30, 2021

Project Management for Yale Professionals – vILT
Instructors: TBD

Description of the class: 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.

October 1, 2021

Navigating Conflict - vILT
Instructors: Ken Hoover, Travis Holyfield

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.

December 7, 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.

December 8, 2021

Advancing the Extraordinary Leader - vILT
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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.