Scheduled Programs
Subject Date Time Location Event Details
Project Management Friday, February 3, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

Project Management Series (4) class series

This program teaches the basics of project managment. The schedule is as follows:
Part I: February 3 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm
Part II: February 10, 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm
Part III: February 17 , 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm
Part IV: February 24, 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Pronouns and Why They Matter

Pronouns are an important part of an individual’s identity. Since we use pronouns frequently while referring to others, it is important to use them accurately. This session will discuss different pronouns and share tips on using pronouns respectfully and thereby creating an inclusive environment where everyone belongs.

Communication Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

Enhancing Confidence & Clarity in Public Speaking

Speaking in front of a live audience is a common fear. Some get a little nervous while others experience a full-blown panic attack. But the ability to present with confidence is a critical competency for success at work. This program guides participants through a thorough and proven method for strengthening presentation and public speaking skills, from assessing your audience to answering questions with confidence.

Communication Wednesday, February 8, 2023 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Online

Improving Your Professional Writing Skills

This program is designed to teach employees how to improve their professional writing, including e-mail messages and letters, marketing copy (i.e. brochures), and more. Individuals will learn how to create accurate, clear, compelling content for any medium. Through hands-on, skill-building activities and interactive discussions, individuals will be confident that their message will be received. Who should attend: This course is designed for individuals who want to enhance their writing skills and learn how to create messages that will connect with their audiences. Continue your journey to becoming an expert writer who understands their audience, can craft a clear and meaningful message, and edit it to a perfect shine.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Online

Reaching Across the Racial Divide

Provided by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” As daughters, Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby found a way to live Dr. King’s dream. They will tell you their stories of discovering their family connections and embarking on a path toward reconciliation and reparation. The class will draw on lessons from their 2021 book, Cousins: Connected Through Slavery, A Black woman and a White woman discover their past — and each other.

Personal Effectiveness Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:30 am - 11:00 am Online

TIAA: Getting a Head Start: A step-by-step overview of the Penn State TIAA Retirement Plan

A guide to the ins and outs of the plans offered at Penn State, the advantages of a retirement program, how to create a retirement strategy and how to update your account with TIAA

Leadership & Management Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Coaching Conversations for Supervisors

Coaching conversations will provide supervisors the basic skills necessary to have effective coaching conversations

Time Management Friday, February 10, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Time Management

This program discusses practical, common sense techniques to use time wisely at work. It provides paradigms to help set priorities, manage meetings, organize workspaces, and develop personal daily and weekly plans. Employees learn to identify time wasters at work and to recognize time-use barriers.

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, February 14, 2023 9:00 am - 11:30 am Online

Creating a Healthy and Inclusive Work Environment Begins with You

In this seminar, you will learn how to become the ultimate team player through managing adversity and contributing to creating a positive work environment.  When faced with adversity, you have the power and the choice to “feed the good wolf” inside you and do the right thing.  Bob will present seven “Good Wolf Behaviors” that empower work teams to build and maintain a healthy work environment.  You will also learn about three Emotional Intelligence strategies that will empower you to manage work-place adversity and contribute to a positive climate and team morale.

Working at Penn State Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 331 Building

Personal Safety and Awareness

A 75-minute session that introduces key strategies for personal safety, including physical resistance strategies that includes a self-defense technique demonstration.

Change Management Wednesday, February 15, 2023 9:00 am - 11:30 am Online

The Importance of Adaptability and Flexibility

The purpose of this training is to provide a knowledge base as to the role in which qualities such as adaptability and flexibility play in professional and personal success. We will discover ideas and discuss strategies to help you become more adaptable. We will build upon current skills to aid in adapting to both personal and professional change. We will uncover coping mechanisms and learn how to take risks. Lastly, we will develop an action plan to apply to a current situations.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Wednesday, February 15, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online

The Black Experience at Penn State

Provided Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Penn State alum Darryl Daisey discusses the Penn State African American Chronicles, an interactive multimedia website and timeline that tells the stories of the African American students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have inspired and empowered the Penn State community. The website chronicles the struggles and successes experienced by African Americans at Penn State. Daisey discusses what it took to make the project a reality and shares how despite relatively small numbers, African Americans have been an important part of the Penn State fabric and helped to shape Penn State's strong national reputation.

Working at Penn State Thursday, February 16, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

[email protected]

This session introduces the main points of accessibility policy and guidelines and uses demos of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, and testing strategies and tools to show how following accessibility guidelines benefits everyone. The session ends with information on how to learn the skills and strategies to successfully implement accessibility guidelines based on your job duties and technological environment.

Health & Well-being Thursday, February 16, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Health Advocate: Caring for the Caregiver

Few people are prepared for the challenges of caring for the elderly or infirm, yet many do not have a choice. This webinar stresses the importance of caring for yourself, and outlines proven strategies for coping with the many challenges that come with being a caregiver. It also reviews the Caregiver’s Bill of Rights.

Working at Penn State Thursday, February 16, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Getting to Know the LRN : How to Access and Navigate OnDemand Trainings and Free Books

Learn how you can quickly navigate through the over 17,000+ FREE, online courses available to faculty and staff. These courses allow you to learn at your convenience by using the Learning Resource Network (LRN) to browse, launch and learn. Plus learn how to take advantage of the over 95,000 free, online book titles that are available to you as a Penn State employee.

Working at Penn State Thursday, February 16, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online

Getting to Know the LRN for Managers

Learn how you can quickly navigate through the over 17,000+ FREE, online courses available to all full and part time employees. These courses allow you to learn at your convenience by using the Learning Resource Network (LRN) to browse, launch and learn. Plus learn how to take advantage of the over 95,000 free, online book titles that are available to you as a Penn State employee. As a manager, you will learn how to run reports, view dashboards, and help manage your employee’s development.

Working at Penn State Monday, February 20, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Performance Management - How to Prepare for Your End-of-Year Review (Individual Contributor)

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to get you moving in the right direction to complete this year’s performance management process. Useful information will be provided to help you set the stage for participating in a successful review conversation with your manager (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday) and to plan for your continued growth and development. 

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, February 21, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Financial Wellness Workshop: It’s a Balancing Act – A Workshop for the Sandwich Generation

Members of the Sandwich Generation (adults caring simultaneously for their children and adult parents) can learn how to help balance their own financial security and the demands of caring for both children and aging parents.

Change Management Tuesday, February 21, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Managing Change for Managers

Managers have a unique and vital role when managing change. As a leader and a supervisor, managers are the implementers of change while also managing the people-side of change. Understanding the change process, individual reactions to change and what fuels resistance to change can help managers lead change and support their team.

Working at Penn State Tuesday, February 21, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Conflict Management Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Online

Dealing Positively with Challenging People & Situations

To realize the importance of effective communication and how to respond positively with internal and external customers during challenging situations. Sometimes it seems like people are difficult on purpose, even when you try your best to help them. Some days it seems like all your 'buttons have been pushed'! Attend this engaging seminar to help you recognize when you are going to 'react' rather than 'respond'.

Leadership & Management Friday, February 24, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

The Art of Delegation

The course provides instruction on why delegation is important, what delegation is, and insight into a multi-step process for delegation. PLEASE NOTE: There is PRE-PROGRAM WORK that needs to be completed as part of this course. You will receive the pre-work assignments a week or so before the course reminder email you will receive from the Learning Resource Network: - Read Case Studies (one page) --- will receive before reminder email - Complete Self Assessment (one page) --- will receive before reminder email

Working at Penn State Wednesday, March 1, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Working at Penn State Wednesday, March 1, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Performance Management - How to Prepare for Your End-of-Year Review (Individual Contributor)

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to get you moving in the right direction to complete this year’s performance management process. Useful information will be provided to help you set the stage for participating in a successful review conversation with your manager (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday) and to plan for your continued growth and development. 

Personal Effectiveness Thursday, March 2, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

TIAA -- Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills

Expanding your portfolio to maximize potential growth while minimizing risk—scenarios and alternative investing vehicles to help manage more complex finances

Customer Relations Tuesday, March 7, 2023 9:00 am - 11:30 am Online

Providing Exceptional Customer Service in a Hybrid Workplace

Life as we know it is very different; we are living and serving our internal and external customers in ways we could not have even imagined even one year ago. But are we achieving success or are we finding excuses to explain why customer service is falling behind?

Career Tuesday, March 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Online

Foundation: Discovering Strengths for the Individual -- Using Clifton Strengths

This course will introduce participants to their natural areas of talent so they can grow their talents into strengths, use them to do their work, and offer maximum value to their teams, partnerships, and relationships. Each participant will complete Gallup's CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) assessment ahead of time and receive custom reports to understand their talents better.

Health & Well-being Wednesday, March 8, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Health Advocate: Assertiveness

Assertiveness is the ability to confidently express one’s thoughts, feelings and actions with confidence, without negatively impacting others. This workshop outlines strategies for becoming more assertive without becoming aggressive. Participants will learn the difference between assertive and aggressive behaviors, the rules for valuing themselves and others, new skills to become more assertive, and how to say “no” without off ending others.

Career Wednesday, March 8, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Resume Crafting Strategies Workshop

In this session, you will learn about the vetting process that recruiters use when reviewing candidate resumes, along with the implications this has on what you decide to include on your resume and how you plan on formatting it. The presenter, Dr. Bob Orndorff, will reinforce the importance of crafting your resume strategically versus slapping your content onto a piece of paper. You'll also learn how to customize and tailor your resume to the needs and values of the recruiter and their organization.

Communication Wednesday, March 8, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Critical Conversations - Manager

This session will help equip leaders who manage people to explore the art of dialogue to prepare yourself to manage and facilitate critical conversations with your staff. – with a focus on discussions pertaining to the new Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) policy.

Working at Penn State Thursday, March 9, 2023 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Working at Penn State Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

PENN STATE POLICE: Who We Are and What We Do

Information on how to contact University Police and Public Safety and services and resources provided by University Park police.

Working at Penn State Thursday, March 9, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Overview of Penn State Policies

This is a proactive program highlighting the positive aspects of Penn State policies, guidelines, and practices. Discover the ways in which Penn State policies impact your work life. Taught by professionals from the Penn State Human Resources, this seminar is your opportunity to review or clarify the following topics.

Working at Penn State Thursday, March 9, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Performance Management - How to Prepare for Your End-of-Year Review (Individual Contributor)

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to get you moving in the right direction to complete this year’s performance management process. Useful information will be provided to help you set the stage for participating in a successful review conversation with your manager (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday) and to plan for your continued growth and development. 

Change Management Tuesday, March 14, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Managing Resistance to Change

Resistance is a common response when teams and organizations are experiencing a change event. It can prevent successful change outcomes, but also provide valuable insight to the team and managers. Understanding what resistance looks like and how to better manage it is key to successfully managing change.

Working at Penn State Tuesday, March 14, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Performance Management - How to Prepare for Your End-of-Year Review (Individual Contributor)

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to get you moving in the right direction to complete this year’s performance management process. Useful information will be provided to help you set the stage for participating in a successful review conversation with your manager (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday) and to plan for your continued growth and development. 

Working at Penn State Wednesday, March 15, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Communication Wednesday, March 15, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Critical Conversations -- Individual

This session will help prepare you to explore the art of dialogue and how you can better prepare yourself for critical conversations – with a focus on application for conversations regarding the new Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) policy.

Conflict Management Thursday, March 16, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

Managing Conflict

This interactive session is designed for you to focus on ways to manage conflict more effectively.

Communication Thursday, March 16, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Effective Email Communication

This session will explore how to communicate with others via email and messaging apps. Learn how to craft strong emails that get to the point professionally and quickly. The session will also briefly examine messaging apps, such as Microsoft Teams, to uncover the best practices for these modes of communication.

Working at Penn State Monday, March 20, 2023 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Working at Penn State Monday, March 20, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Performance Management - How to Prepare for Your End-of-Year Review (Individual Contributor)

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to get you moving in the right direction to complete this year’s performance management process. Useful information will be provided to help you set the stage for participating in a successful review conversation with your manager (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday) and to plan for your continued growth and development. 

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, March 21, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

Negotiation Skills for Daily Work and Personal Life -- 2 part series

Negotiation is a skill we all use every day. In two, two-hour sessions, learn the key strategies and rules of negotiating. Then delve into the intangibles of competing, problem solving, and resolving conflict situations. Examine how leverage works. Explore principles and tactics of persuasion - time-tested ways to get people to do things they might otherwise not do. Learning these principles will help you in your daily interactions both in the workplace and in your personal life. *Please Note that this is a two-part program, and that participation is expected at both sessions to receive credit for attending. The program dates are as follows: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.*

Working at Penn State Wednesday, March 22, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

[email protected]

This session introduces the main points of accessibility policy and guidelines and uses demos of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, and testing strategies and tools to show how following accessibility guidelines benefits everyone. The session ends with information on how to learn the skills and strategies to successfully implement accessibility guidelines based on your job duties and technological environment.

Working at Penn State Tuesday, March 28, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Performance Management - Tips for Making the End-of-Year Review as Effective as Possible - Managers

Please join us via Zoom for a brief session to equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that you are ready to conduct an effective review conversation (including tips for how to finish the performance management cycle in Workday), and to help your employees plan for their continued growth and development. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Tuesday, March 28, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

 Beyond Diversity: Creating a Culture of Belonging

We interact daily with individuals who have diverse traits and beliefs and are different from us in multiple ways. How we handle these interactions will determine our individual and collective experiences in both our workplaces and larger communities, and who feels included or left out. This program helps participants understand the various aspects of diversity and the many immediate actions each of us can take to create a culture of belonging in all our spheres of influence

Leadership & Management Wednesday, March 29, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

Styles of Leadership

This facilitation will present the six styles of leadership, visionary, pace setting, command directive, participative, affiliative and leader as coach. The application of each style of leadership within leadership team and individual situations will be explored and practiced.

Personal Effectiveness Wednesday, March 29, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Trust in the Workplace

Trust is key to the success of every organization.  Organizations with low trust pay a high price.  The costs take the form of low morale, low productivity, and low job satisfaction and often lead to a lack of creativity, innovation, and even more important, respect.  This seminar will explore how trust is lost and how it can be regained so that your organization or group can work together more effectively, creatively, and with greater satisfaction and respect for each other. 

Working at Penn State Tuesday, April 4, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Getting to Know the LRN : How to Access and Navigate OnDemand Trainings and Free Books

Learn how you can quickly navigate through the over 17,000+ FREE, online courses available to faculty and staff. These courses allow you to learn at your convenience by using the Learning Resource Network (LRN) to browse, launch and learn. Plus learn how to take advantage of the over 95,000 free, online book titles that are available to you as a Penn State employee.

Communication Tuesday, April 4, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online

Advanced Professional Writing Class: Persuasive Writing

In this course, participants will learn how to write persuasive prose intended to compel, drive, provoke, and interest their audience. Writers are often tasked with creating language that entices their audience to do something, and for University employees, this can include everything from making donations and increasing enrollment, to clicking the next page on a website or signing up for a newsletter. This advanced course will discuss the different types of persuasive writing: ethos, logos, and pathos. Through discussion and exercises, participants will become familiar with persuasive writing techniques and how to use them.

Health & Well-being Tuesday, April 4, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Health Advocate: Mindfulness: An Experiential Workshop

Mindfulness can reduce stress and improve concentration, focus, health, efficiency and accuracy. In this workshop, participants will review the key principles of mindfulness, and be guided through real-life exercises that demonstrate its impact on many different stressors, challenges and situations.

Personal Effectiveness Wednesday, April 5, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

The Art of Persuasion

In this interactive training seminar, participants will learn about various strategies and techniques to help them persuade others on important issues and ideas.   Certain Emotional Intelligence techniques will be presented that are important to utilize when trying to persuade coworkers on an issue or idea.  Participants will also learn about the art of “Winning Others Over” or “WOO” – including the importance of surveying the situation, confronting potential barriers, securing commitments, and generating your pitch.  Participants will have a chance to practice their persuasion skills while engaging in a mock debate.  Finally, participants will uncover their own Persuasion Style through completing a persuasion-style assessment.   

Working at Penn State Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Getting to Know the LRN for Managers

Learn how you can quickly navigate through the over 17,000+ FREE, online courses available to all full and part time employees. These courses allow you to learn at your convenience by using the Learning Resource Network (LRN) to browse, launch and learn. Plus learn how to take advantage of the over 95,000 free, online book titles that are available to you as a Penn State employee. As a manager, you will learn how to run reports, view dashboards, and help manage your employee’s development.

Personal Effectiveness Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:30 am - Noon Online

TIAA: Halfway There: A retirement checkup

With a solid career and a strong financial foundation, it's not taboo to start discussing retirement--but is the plan working? Give your retirement savings a checkup and learn steps to help you get back on track if you're behind

Working at Penn State Tuesday, April 11, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

General Safety Program: UPPS Scamming and Phishing Safety Training

Presentation on the numerous scams and frauds committed in person and online.

Leadership & Management Tuesday, April 11, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Introduction to Empathy for Leaders

Empathy is the basis of social awareness and relationship management. It is the ability to sense the emotions and understand the perspective of others. In leadership, empathy is the ability to relate to different types of people, listen attentively, and communicate effectively.

Leadership & Management Wednesday, April 12, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

The Collaborative Leader

In this facilitated discussion, we will review the concepts introduced in, "The Collaborative Leader" Skillsoft video training that you will complete before the session. In the session, you will learn about collaborative leadership skills and the advantages of leading collaboratively. You'll also learn about building collaborative teams, how to deal with challenges, and how to collaborate beyond your team and organization.

Health & Well-being Wednesday, April 12, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Health Advocate Program 101: Learn How to Explore and Utilize Its Vast Resources

In this session, learn how to navigate the Health Advocate website and find out about the free, personal assistance available to you and your family about personal, family, financial, and work issues to help you achieve a healthy work/life balance. Intended Audience: Benefits Eligible Penn State faculty and staff wishing to learn more about the Health Advocate Program benefit.

Leadership & Management Thursday, April 13, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

Leading By Developing People

Are you responsible for developing others? Developing people is an important key to effective leadership. In this facilitated discussion, we will review the concepts introduced in the Leading by Developing People Skillsoft video training that you will complete before the session and discuss opportunities and challenges for you to put them into practice.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Thursday, April 13, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

From Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion

We often have unconscious biases towards individuals with diverse traits and beliefs who are different from us or unfamiliar to us in multiple ways. Detecting and becoming aware of this bias and learning to manage it by acting on the awareness is crucial to creating an inclusive workplace. This session will introduce participants to conscious inclusion practices and focus on developing the empathy and awareness to combat biases, while diversifying their networks and experiences, and committing to inclusive behaviors. Practicing these new inclusive behaviors and tracking individual and collective progress is also essential.

Change Management Tuesday, April 18, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Managing Change in an Ever-Changing Environment

Change is constant, and not always predictable. How we manage change and interpret the experience makes a difference in how we navigate our emotions and choices. Understanding how you view and interpret change can help you manage your interactions with your colleagues and staff.

Personal Effectiveness Wednesday, April 19, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online

Enhance Your Personal Brand: Lessons from the World's Most Successful Companies

Apple. Google. Target. Twitter. Coca-Cola. Starbucks. These are some of the most famous brands in the world. But did you know that you have a brand as well? Your personal brand is the essence or promise of what will be experienced by others when interacting with you. Through self-reflective exercises and creative thought experiments, this program will show participants what factors comprise their personal brand, which ones may be increasing or decreasing their effectiveness, and how to develop a personal brand that enhances personal and professional success.

Working at Penn State Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

[email protected]

This session introduces the main points of accessibility policy and guidelines and uses demos of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, and testing strategies and tools to show how following accessibility guidelines benefits everyone. The session ends with information on how to learn the skills and strategies to successfully implement accessibility guidelines based on your job duties and technological environment.

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, April 25, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

PNC Financial Wellness Workshop: Credit Scores and Reporting – Understanding and Improving Your Score

Credit can have a big effect on your financial life. Understand how credit scores and reports work to help you keep your finances healthy and achieve your financial goals, such as buying a new home, leasing a car, or paying off debt.

Working at Penn State Wednesday, April 26, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

Records Management at Penn State: Getting Your Files Organized The Easy Way

Are you unsure of which department records to keep, and for how long? Are hard drives and shared network drives filled with files created years ago? Have you been tasked with managing documents for your department but feel uncertain where to begin? This course will provide an overview of Penn State's Office of Records Management, beginning with Policy AD35 which specifies how University Records are defined, filed, utilized, securely destroyed, and archived. This course will provide training on how to follow retention schedules for your department's records, to ensure that active records are appropriately managed and that inactive records are properly disposed of. Useful information will also be provided on the Inactive Records Center, a secure storage solution for University Records which provides transfer, retrieval, and destruction services. Finally, this program offers tips and solutions for organizing records while working remotely, so that overall management of your department's records is efficient and easy.

Leadership & Management Tuesday, May 2, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Introduction Into Inspirational Leadership

Inspirational Leadership is having the ability to inspire others to align their actions towards a common goal or vision, to get the job done, and to bring out their best qualities along the way. With inspiration you can connect with something meaningful and articulate a shared mission and/or values in a way that motivates people and offers a sense of purpose beyond day-to-day tasks. Inspirational leaders are agents of positive change, sometimes going against the grain of conventional norms or taking risks in their approach. These kinds of leaders ultimately leave the people they work with feeling inspired, motivated, and connected. So how does one develop this competency? What does it look like in different contexts?

Communication Wednesday, May 3, 2023 9:00 am - 10:30 am Online

Advanced Professional Writing Class: Factual Style (Expository) Writing

This advanced course focuses on expository writing that brings information and facts to the writer's audience. In the course, we will discuss the different types of expository writings, including descriptive, procedural, problem/solution, and comparison. Through discussion and exercises, this course will present how to share the facts clearly and without bias to present a balanced, objective description of a topic.

Working at Penn State Wednesday, May 3, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Run Hide Fight: Active Attacker Response Program

Guidance on how to respond to an Active Attacker situation for Faculty, Students and Staff can be obtained through the Run Hide Fight: Surviving an Active Attacker Program, presented by the University Police. The Run Hide Fight: Surviving an Active Attacker Program provides information on the steps you can take to mitigate the actions of an Active Attacker.

Personal Effectiveness Thursday, May 4, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

Thinking Critically

In this facilitated discussion, we will review the concepts introduced in the, "Developing Your Critical Thinking and Cognitive Flexibility Skillsoft video training that you will complete before the session. This session will help you improve your critical thinking skills. You'll learn about the intake, investigate, and act stages of critical thinking, as well as how to use analytical techniques to assess information. You'll also learn the advantages of keeping an open mind through cognitive flexibility.

Change Management Thursday, May 4, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

What is Change Management?

The term “change management” might seem to be a buzz word but, in fact, it is a defined process that organizations use to manage the people aspects of change. Change management professionals often work in collaboration with a project manager to help ensure the change being implemented is more likely to be successful. Becoming aware of this process can provide you with context on a change project you are involved in.

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, May 9, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Online

Intermediate Strengths: Working with Strengths for the Individual

This intermediate workshop builds on the principles covered in the introductory workshop by going deeper into talents and strengths. We’ll discuss theme domains, themes in development, applying talents, theme dynamics, motivators and demotivators, partnerships, and problem-solving as a team. Attendees will write a theme testimonial to apply a talent to their current work. Emphasis is on utilizing talent themes to achieve workplace outcomes.

Working at Penn State Wednesday, May 10, 2023 10:00 am - Noon Online

[email protected]

This session introduces the main points of accessibility policy and guidelines and uses demos of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, and testing strategies and tools to show how following accessibility guidelines benefits everyone. The session ends with information on how to learn the skills and strategies to successfully implement accessibility guidelines based on your job duties and technological environment.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Wednesday, May 10, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Online

Military Cultural Competency – Be a Veteran Ally

Do you know a military service member or veteran? Have you ever worked with one? What are they like and what were their experiences while they served? What challenges do they experience while serving or as they transition back to civilian life? How are they different from you and I, if at all? How do I engage and talk to them? This session is an introductory session about the military and veteran community that lives in Pennsylvania, works alongside us, and are students at Penn State. We will discuss why it is important to understand the military/veteran culture and how to close any gaps that exist between service members/veterans and civilians. We will also learn about the military services and the military experience. We will discuss military/veteran stereotypes and myths as well as veteran experiences and challenges.

Health & Well-being Thursday, May 11, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am Online

Health Advocate: Retirement Planning: An Emotional Perspective

A major concern for many people is how they will handle the emotional stages of retirement. How will they create a new identity? This workshop explores the six phases of retirement from a social perspective: everything from pre-retirement planning, to the honeymoon phase, and ultimately to reorientation and development of a new lifestyle. This workshop reviews all of the stages, which can span 5 to 15 years before retirement to up to 15 years or more after retirement.

Working at Penn State Thursday, May 11, 2023 10:30 am - Noon Online

TIAA -- Within Reach: Transitioning from career to retirement

So it’s time to retire, now what? Make some final preparations to help shift from an active career to retirement. From income options to taxes to health insurance, you need to be prepared.

Meeting Skills Thursday, May 11, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Effective Meeting Facilitation

To provide practical strategies that ensures efficient use of meeting time through amazing facilitation. Have you ever sat in a meeting asking yourself, 'why am I here', or 'this is such a waste of time--when will this end'? If you lead meetings, you certainly don't what this said about your meeting leadership. Attend this interactive session to pick up some new tips and techniques to make the most productive use of everyone's meeting time.

Personal Effectiveness Tuesday, June 6, 2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Online

Health Advocate: Business Etiquette

What is business etiquette, and what are some potential problems for workplaces that ignore this key behavior? This workshop reviews skills that staff in all work settings must learn to adopt and practice. Topics include best practices for telephone, cell phone and email communications, dressing for success, and avoiding cross-cultural pitfalls.

Conflict Management Wednesday, July 12, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am Online

Health Advocate: Bullying in the Workplace for Employees

Unfortunately, bullying does not always stop on the playground. This workshop identifies the signs and different types of bullying and provides key statistics regarding its impact on workplace productivity and morale. Participants will learn best practices and strategies to effectively combat and conquer this damaging behavior.

Ethics Wednesday, August 9, 2023 11:00 am - Noon Online

Health Advocate: Mind Your Own Business: Confidentiality, Rumors and Gossip

While workplace gossip can begin for a number of reasons, it is a dangerous practice that can decrease productivity, distract people from their work, create barriers between co-workers, compromise customer service, and cause pain and resentment for the targets. This workshop offers strategies for dealing with rumors, gossip, and confidential information proactively, reducing the impact on productivity and morale.

Instructor-led Programs

Instructor-led programs cover a wide range of business skill topics. All programs are conducted online with new programs available each semester.

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