Career & Professional Development


Morning Sessions (10:15a -11:30a)

Building a Fearless Team

High-functioning and inclusive teams do not happen by accident. Rather, they are intentionally cultivated. Amy Edmondson, author of “The Fearless Organization,” says psychological safety — a climate in which colleagues feel comfortable speaking up to share relevant ideas, questions or concerns without the fear of being shut down or retaliated against — is necessary to achieve high performance and inclusion. While many steps go into creating a psychologically safe environment, one “best practice” step is to build and establish effective, living team norms. Join Director of Talent Development Judy Nabb and University Ombuds Julie Weber as they walk you through steps to create team norms with your colleagues and lead a discussion on the value of and connections between team norms, psychological safety and productivity.

Julie Weber, University Ombudsperson

Judy Nabb, Director, Talent Development

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Fostering Creativity in Your Team

Creativity is a key element of innovation and growth. In this session led by New Directions, part of Brown’s Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, learn how to foster creativity in your team to innovate, enhance and seize opportunities.

New Direction guest speaker

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Webinar (for large 150+ sessions) | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Information Mapping: A Secret Weapon for User-Friendly Documentation

Creating documentation (procedures, reports, manuals, emails or even web content) about a complex topic that's easy to understand is challenging. Learn the methodology to create easy-to-follow documentation with the reader in mind and level up your written communication skills in this session led by Wendi Lewis, business intelligence analyst in Brown’s Office of Information Technology.

Wendi Lewis, Business Intelligence Analyst, Office of Information Technology

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Planning a Successful Campus Event

A lot has changed in the world of events over the past few years. The Event Strategy and Management team will share what’s new and guide you through the basics of making your campus event a great success.

Jody Soares, Assistant Director of Event Management, Office of University Communications

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Powerful and Persuasive Communication

Learn how to be a stronger, more influential communicator in whatever you do, whether or not formal presentations are part of your job. Barbara Tannenbaum, a distinguished senior lecturer and theatre arts and performance studies, will teach practical communication tools such as how to be audience-centered, how to model confidence and how to be impactful through both verbal and non-verbal communication.

Barbara Tannenbaum, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

The Art of Adaptive Leadership

“What people resist is not change per se, but loss.” This is a quote from the authors Hefeitz, Linsky and Grashow and a fundamental principle in their concept of adaptive organizations. During this session, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Sarah Latham will delve into the model of adaptive organizations and change. Learn practical tools and techniques to assist you in leading your team as well as your change efforts.

Sarah Latham, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy

While empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, recently it has taken on a new level of meaning and priority. Empathy contributes to positive relationships in organizational culture and drives results. Join Keith Thompson, assistant director of professional development programs with University Human Resources, to learn the key concepts surrounding empathy and develop your capacity to show empathy to others in the workplace.

Keith Thompson, Assistant Director of Professional Development Programs

University Human Resources

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Your Career Management ToolBox Part I: Resume and Cover Letter

Learn how to create a strong resume and cover letter that will help you stand out. This workshop will include how to highlight your accomplishments and transferable skills in your resume, and what to include and not include in your cover letter.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and Career Coach

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Afternoon Sessions Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Building Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a tool that can be used personally and professionally to build your brand and network. Executive and career coach Anne Lipsitz will help you maximize LinkedIn’s potential, explain the platform’s strategic word/algorithm properties and teach you how to use it to recruit, network and be seen as a subject matter expert.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and Career Coach

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Getting Involved: President's Staff Advisory Council

Meet with the President's Staff Advisory Council, or SAC, members to learn what SAC does, who they are and how to get involved.

Linda Angela, Co-Chair, President's Staff Advisory Council
Anita Nester, Co-Chair, President's Staff Advisory Council

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

The Importance of Influence

Influence is an essential skill that is especially beneficial to leaders at all levels. In this session led by New Directions, part of Brown’s Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, learn about different styles of influence, when they are best used and some ways to increase your influence.

New Direction guest speaker

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Webinar (for large 150+ sessions) | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)