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Career skills courses created especially for Cornell employees

Organizational Development & Effectiveness (ODE) offers a variety of programs and workshops that can help improve work, build on professional knowledge, skills, and effective working practices, and ensure you have everything you need to put your best foot forward. Register today!

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Spring 2024 Courses

Project LIFE Awareness Training: Disability & Accommodations

Tuesday, March 12 | 9 - 11 am

HR 3075 Project LIFE - Awareness Training: Disability and Accommodations

Zoom Session facilitated by: Kirsty Lauder and Jennifer Fonseca

In session one, you will learn about disability inclusion, explore the myths surrounding accommodation, and demystify the process. Using scenarios, you will:  explore the value of creating an inclusive culture where utilizing one’s strengths is encouraged; develop an understanding of the concerns a person might have as well as discover supports needed to increase the potential for success; and begin exploring how you can create more inclusivity in the workplace.

Baseline topics include:

  • Disability awareness
  • Accommodations and support
  • Disability inclusion in the workplace

How to Shine as an Internal Candidate at Cornell

Thursday, March 21| 1-2 pm

HR 3070 How to Shine as an Internal Candidate at Cornell

Facilitated by Carolyn Chow, Talent Acquisition Partner, HR Recruitment & Employment

Would you like to expand your opportunities to grow within Cornell? Applying for an internal job posting may allow you to advance your career, move to a different department, and learn new skills. In this workshop, you will learn about Cornell’s recruiting process and what you can do to stand out as an internal candidate.

Project LIFE Awareness Training: Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces

Tuesday, March 26 | 9 - 11 am

HR 3076 Project LIFE - Awareness Training: Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces

Zoom Session facilitated by Kirsty Lauder and Jennifer Fonseca

Explore neurodiversity and components of an inclusive workplace which support the whole person. Using short scenarios, you will gain awareness of neurodiversity as well as the challenges experienced and innate strengths of the individual in the workplace; explore systematic inclusion and universal design; and begin to create goals and make commitments to increase inclusion for everyone.

Baseline topics include:

  • Neurodiversity awareness
  • Systematic inclusion and universal design
  • Inclusive conversations

Navigating Negative Self-Talk

Thursday, March 28 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

HR 2045 Navigating Negative Self-Talk

You know the voice, now explore how to tend and befriend your negative self-talk! Join us as we create awareness and gain skills that help us turn our negative self-talk/thoughts into strengths and confidence.

Crafting Your Best Resume

Tuesday, April 2 | 1:30-2:30 pm

HR 3072 Crafting Your Best Resume

Facilitated by Jamie Doss, Talent Acquisition Partner, HR Recruitment & Employment

Your resume is most likely the first impression you’ll make on a hiring manager or internal recruiter, so it’s extremely important to ensure that impression is accurate. While different opportunities require different resumes, the real goal of most resumes is to secure an opportunity to INTERVIEW. In this session, you will learn tips and important information on how to be strategic as you build your resume.

Managing and Facilitating Meetings

Wednesday, April 3 | 9:00 - 10:15 am

HR 3055 Managing and Facilitating Meetings  9-10:15 am

As a result of communicating in remote, onsite, and hybrid work environments, you will learn effective techniques for facilitating business meetings.

Being a Conscious Leader

Wednesday, April 3 | 1:00-3:00 pm

HR 2024 Being a Conscious Leader  1-3 pm

In its most simple form, conscious leadership is bringing one's whole self with total awareness to your leadership position. Conscious leaders focus on the “we” rather than the “me” and realize that their role is to create a collaborative culture of trust, care, and influence. These leaders are concerned about the overall vision, are self-motivated, and are not prone to making impulsive decisions. Conscientious leaders are concerned about getting a job done in the best way for their organization and the individuals on their team. Conscious leadership is a critical element to developing a thriving team and organization that operates from presence. Conscious leaders automatically create a reliable and robust culture of trust which has a powerful impact on morale and by extension, productivity.

  • What does it mean to be a conscious leader and how do you demonstrate it
  • Understand how conscious leaders lead Above the Line as opposed to Below the Line
  • Linking your personal leadership values with those described as conscious leadership
  • Connecting conscious leadership to creating environments where people THRIVE

So, You Want To Be A People Leader?

Thursday, April 4 | 1:00-3:00 pm

So, You Want to Be a People Leader?  1-3 pm

Discover if you have the desire and would like to acquire or hone the skills to be an excellent people leader. Data recently gathered at Cornell and supported by data being reported on across the world, indicates that people don’t leave jobs, they leave bad managers and toxic work environments. Too often in the past individuals who were good technical experts were chosen to lead and manage others. Often the skill that makes you the best technical expert is completely different than the skill of leading and managing others. Excellent people leaders are critical to creating a culture where people feel valued, a sense of belonging, and engaged.

  • Understand the role and expectations Cornell has of people leaders
  • Learn the significance of people managers having a passion for leading, developing, and coaching others towards the accomplishment of the mission and vision of the organization
  • Discover the importance of emotional intelligence in managing others
  • Learn the skills to lead and develop individuals and teams
  • Know the critical role coaching plays in developing others
  • Align and implement objectives to advance the strategy of the department

Managing Up

Tuesday, April 9 | 9:00-10:30 am

Managing Up  9-10:30 am

Managing up from any seat allows us to foster effective relationships throughout the organization, regardless of your role. In this session you’ll gain the awareness and tools that will help you consciously establish communication channels with your leaders! Explore managing up skills that help you be the architect of your own workplace experience!

Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, April 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm

Emotional Intelligence  1-3 pm

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): The capacity to be aware of, control, guide, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Come join us as we explore our own self-perception and expression and move through how it effects our interpersonal relationships, decision making, and stress management. Gain an understanding of what emotional intelligence is, how it works, and how we talk about it. Gain a better understanding of emotions and their roles in our daily lives at work and beyond. Gain a better understanding of the importance of emotional intelligence in navigating current events. As a leadership strength, begin building a foundation of emotional intelligence to cultivate growth, performance, and well-being in the workplace.

Emotional Agility

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:00-10:00 am

HR 2055 Emotional Agility  9-11 am

Emotional Agility: Harnessing your inner energy for action, impact and growth. Emotional agility allows us to harness the power of our Emotional Intelligence to take action through the highs and lows we experience as human beings. In this class you’ll learn more about the pillars of emotional agility, as well as explore your own strengths and growth opportunities when it comes to tapping into the emotional energy that flows through you!

Engaging the Strength of Connection

Thursday, April 11 | 9-11 am

Engaging the Strength of Connection

Facilitated by Ari Mack, Senior Management Consultant, Organizational Development and Effectiveness

 Engage the strength of connection as we provide participants with practical insights and actionable strategies to enhance connectivity within your workplace. Inspired by the book “Connectable” by Ryan Jenkins, we draw from the core principles outlined in the research to engage in dynamic discussions and foster authentic connections. This class is a golden opportunity for those interested in boosting their interpersonal skills, adapting to changing work landscapes, strengthening collaboration, and increasing business success.


  1. Explore key principles of connection
  2. Build practical skills for authentic connection
  3. Understand how connection boosts individual and team productivity
  4. Understand how to cultivate a culture of collaboration and belonging

De-Mystifying Burnout

Thursday, April 11 | 1:00-2:30 pm

HR 2044 De-Mystifying Burnout  1-2:30 pm

Today’s workplace presents a multitude of challenges for us to overcome! It’s hard to be at our best when we feel bogged down by the weight of burnout. We will explore how to build awareness of what your burnout activators might be and how to effectively navigate through them while building resilience when stress and burnout set in.

Effective Listening

Tuesday, April 16 | 9:00-10:15 am

HR 3056 Effective Listening  9-10:15 am

Learn the importance of listening and techniques for effective listening.

Delegating for Development and Effectiveness

April 16 | 1-3 pm

Delegating for Development and Effectiveness

Facilitated by Kathy Burkgren, AVP Organizational Development and Effectiveness

Delegating responsibility is a powerful statement to employees about how much they are trusted and how competent and valued they are considered to be to the organization.

  • Understand the importance of delegation and its impact.
  • Learn what you can do to support high performing individuals and teams.
  • Understand the impact of development opportunities.
  • Consider what gets in your way of delegating and what you might do to overcome it for you own health and wellbeing and to create opportunities for others.

Write A Winning Cover Letter

Thursday, April 18 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm

HR 3073 Write a Winning Cover Letter

Facilitated by Jamie Doss, Talent Acquisition Partner, HR Recruitment & Employment

Cover letters are an important part of your application materials and can serve as an example of your communication skills! In this workshop, we will review important details to pay attention to when communicating your interest and fit for a job. You’ll see examples of what to include and how to format a cover letter and you’ll hear about what hiring managers look for in cover letters.

Creating A Learning Culture - Explore Your Impact

Tuesday, April 23 | 9:00-11:30 am

HR 3069 Creating a Learning Culture – Explore Your Impact  9-11:30 am

More than any time in history, the products, tools, and services we use in life and in work are being dreamed about, invented, and shared with us at an ever-increasing pace. The positive of this is that we experience new, exciting things like new ways of listening to music, recording sound, communicating with one another, exchanging documents, money, and information, processes to develop new ideas, new foods, new ways of procuring food, and the list goes on. The pace at which change occurs around us, both in and out of the workplace calls for us to be engaged, take risks, be ever-passionate explorers of new knowledge to help drive effectiveness, innovation, and application of new learnings. Learn how you can be part of creating and maintaining a learning culture.

Creating and Maintaining A Highly Functional Team

Tuesday, April 23 | 1:00-3:00 pm

HR 2026 Creating and Maintaining a Highly Functional Team  1-3 pm

As a leader, managing team dynamics in a productive and meaningful way can be the key to over-all success. This course focuses on five areas that are critical to a leader’s ability to keep a team moving forward. Trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results are everyday factors that are a part of everyone’s work life. Join other leaders for small and large group discussions as we share strategies from Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

Seeing Around Corners

Tuesday, April 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm

HR 2030 Seeing Around Corners  1-3 pm

Looking ahead and creating an environment that encourages innovation is a valuable skill for any leader to practice. As leaders we need to pay attention to shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points. These shifts can either create new opportunities or they can lead to devastating consequences. Leaders who can spot those inflection points, or “see around corners” early, are poised to succeed. Most shifts have subtly built over time. “Seeing Around Corners” will help you learn to leverage this concept to create a more effective, innovative, and pro-active approach to the work with which you and your team engage.

Interviewing With Confidence

Thursday, May 2; 2-3 pm

HR 3074 Interviewing with Confidence

Facilitated by Brad Stock, Talent Acquisition Partner, HR Recruitment & Employment

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Ben Franklin.

Being offered an interview is exciting and can also be daunting. Hear from an expert recruiter about everything you need to prepare for your interview and feel equipped to answer confidently. You will learn how to present your true self, highlight your strongest attributes, and adequately prepare for anticipated questions. Walk into the next job interview with total confidence.

Radical Responsibility

May 21; 9-11 am

Radical Responsibility

Facilitated by Marcus Brooks, Senior Management Consultant and Trainer, Organizational Development and Effectiveness

Join us for a workshop on Taking Radical Responsibility, commitment #1 from “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership” by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman & Kaley Warner Klemp. This program will focus on thinking through how we might think about our response-ability, our ability to respond to all of the things that life has in store for us! We ask that you come prepared to be at least a tad vulnerable, be willing to challenge and be challenged by all parts of the program. Everyone is welcomed to engage deeply, nudge and tug at all aspects of the program for the sake of increasing our respective capacities for radical responsibility.

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