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Staff Development Workshop Series

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Annual Staff Development Workshop Series

July 24 - 27, 2023

A series of FREE staff development virtual workshops and an in-person Career Fair! Registration is required.

The Annual Staff Development Workshop Series is an opportunity to foster career and professional growth for all staff and people managers. We encourage everyone to promote participation in this workshop series – dedicated to your success!

  • Monday, July 24

    Keynote Address

    8:30-8:50 am

    by Christine Lovely, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    So, You Want to Be a People Leader?

    9:00-10:00 am

    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 leaders 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

    Project LIFE (Inclusion for Everyone): Session 1

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Awareness Training: Disability and Accommodations

    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

    Online Learning 101

    2:00-3:00 pm

    This workshop is for those wanting to learn some tips to help make online learning easier to navigate. We will demonstrate how to log in and navigate many of the free online learning options available to active Faculty, Staff, and Students. Platforms such as CULearn, eCornell, Skillsoft, LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft, Adobe, and Edx will be covered with time for questions as we go along.

    Coping When Work and Life Ramp Up

    2:00-3:00 pm

    When work and life demands get hard, how do you handle it? In this workshop we'll go over some of the best practices of how to manage when work and life situations may not temporarily be ideal. We will talk about what to do in those moments when it feels like you are in the heat of it all, including relaxation tips to help you keep your cool. Resource information for additional Cornell departments that can be helpful during challenging times will also be provided.

    Exercises to Improve Posture While Working Hybrid

    10:00-11:00 am

    Have you found yourself working from both a home environment and office environment? Do you find yourself having a “make-shift” workstation in your living room, dining room, attic, etc? Chances are these make-shift workstations still aren't as ergonomically correct for our bodies as our office work stations. Switching back and forth between them to work in this hybrid fashion, you may be experiencing an uptick in discomfort and strain on your postural muscles. Join Cornell Wellness for this workshop where you will experience how to strengthen and stretch your major postural muscles to decrease discomfort and improve posture.

    How to Shine as an Internal Candidate

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    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.

    Managing Up

    1:00-2:30 pm

    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!

    Crafting Your Best Resume

    1:30-2:30 pm

    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.

  • Tuesday, July 25

    Online Learning 101

    9:00-10:00 am

    This workshop is for those wanting to learn some tips to help make online learning easier to navigate. We will demonstrate how to log in and navigate many of the free online learning options available to active Faculty, Staff, and Students. Platforms such as CULearn, eCornell, Skillsoft, LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft, Adobe, and Edx will be covered with time for questions as we go along.

    Project LIFE (Inclusion for Everyone): Session 2

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Awareness Training: Neurodiversity and Inclusive Workplaces

    In the second session of this program, you will 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:

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

    Write a Winning Cover Letter

    10:00-11:00 am

    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.

    Microsoft Excel

    10:00-10:45 am

    Learn about shortcuts and time savers that will boost your productivity and make it simple and easy to work with Excel! We’ll cover off on tips and tricks pertaining to Formulas, Charts, Data Analysis, and Conditional Formatting that will add focus and impact to your spreadsheets.

    De-Mystifying Burnout

    11 am – 12:00 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.

    Interviewing With Confidence

    12:30-1:30 pm

    “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.

    Navigating Negative Self-Talk

    1:00-2:30 pm

    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!

    Microsoft Teams

    2:00-2:45 pm

    Collaborate with Team Members in Real Time from Shared files. Organize your content to have focus and purpose; and make Just The Right stuff available to Just The Right People at Just The Right Time. Maximize the Effectiveness and Quality of your Team Efforts with these Powerful tools.

    Coaching for Development

    Up, Down and Across

    2:00-3:00 pm

    Coaching is key to helping colleagues all around you develop, whether a person is your peer, a direct report, or a people leader. This session focuses on how you can help others develop and create action plans to be more effective and move and implement their ideas to advance the organization.

  • Wednesday, July 26

    Career Fair & Resume Reviews

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    In-person at the Physical Sciences Building (PSB), Clark Atrium

    Join us for an in-person Staff Career Fair! Drop in anytime between 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Clark Atrium, Physical Sciences Building. You will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters and HR representatives to learn about part-time and full-time opportunities, grow your networks, and hear about open positions. Even if you are not actively seeking a new position, this career fair is a terrific opportunity to learn more about other units and colleges and where you might take your career at Cornell! Participating Recruiters:

    • Cornell Central Recruiting
    • eCornell
    • College of Human Ecology (CHE)
    • Alumni Affairs & Development (AAD)
    • College of Engineering
    • Ann S. Bowers of College of Computing & Information Science (CIS)
    • Student & Campus Life (SCL)
    • Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy
    • Cornell University Police Department

    More detailed information can be found here.

    Need your resume reviewed?  

    Schedule a 30-minute in-person consultation to have one of our Career Support Advisors review your resume with you. Please bring a copy of your resume with you to your appointment.

    Brought to you by Career Development Services, Organization Development & Effectiveness.

  • Thursday, July 27

    Write Your Next Chapter: 5 Steps to Setting Your Retirement Date

    9:00-10:00 am

    For anyone starting to think seriously about when to retire, this webinar takes you through five steps to deciding when the time is right, including estimating retirement expenses, closing any income gap and understanding key milestones that can impact your retirement finances. 

    Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings

    10:00-11:00 am

    • See the importance of saving as much as possible

    • Learn the benefits of saving more

    • Identify different retirement account types

    Invest for Success: 5 Principles You Need to Know

    12:00-1:00 pm

    No matter where you are in your career journey, this webinar can help you understand the key principles of investing for retirement. From compounding to taxes to choosing investments, you’ll learn that how you invest for retirement is just as important as how much you save.

    Tackle Debt and Understand Your Credit Score

    2:00-3:00 pm

    • Discover different strategies for paying down debt

    • Learn how to better understand credit scores

    • Take better control of finances