News and Events

February 24, 2021

Leadership Talks: Complex Planning with Dr. Art Markman

Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor and host of Two Guys on your Head

Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 12:30-1 p.m.
Location: HR Facebook

Join us for visit from one of the most widely beloved people among staff, students, and faculty. Dr. Art Markman sits down with Leadership Talks to discuss his experience with complex planning efforts and examining alternatives, particularly around his leadership role in reopening of the UT Austin campus during the pandemic.


*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

January 21, 2021

Leadership Talks: Getting Results with Dr. John Daly

Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and TCB Professor of Management

Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: HR Facebook

Renown author and UT Professor Dr. John Daly joins us for Leadership Talks to discuss the role of communication in leadership. As we discussion topics ranging from compassion to conviction, come listen to this master story-teller explain how communication is the key to getting results.


*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

November 30, 2020

LBJ In the Arena: Women in Global Leadership with Anne-Marie Slaughter

December 2, 2020 at Noon

Now more than ever, women are taking on top leadership roles in government and national security — most notably with the recent election of the first female vice president, Kamala Harris. These women will be tasked with shaping the future landscape of diplomacy – and tackling the top challenges facing decision-makers today including morphing threats, shifting alliances, rising populism and a fractured view about America as a global leader. On this week’s LBJ In the Arena, we welcome Anne-Marie Slaughter, the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Slaughter is the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State (2009–11) and served as dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (2002–09). She will be joined by LBJ School Associate Dean for Students Kate Weaver to discuss her barrier-breaking career and what she’s learned about leadership from working in top roles in government, academia and the private sector.


November 19, 2020

Free Webinar: Perspectives on Leadership in Turbulent Times - Part 1 - Looking for the Bright Side

TEXAS Extended Campus - Center for Professional Education
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Noon-12:45 p.m. (CT)

From finding all new ways to work, to supporting colleagues as they cope with unprecedented amounts of stress, to planning for and managing financial constraints, this has been a challenging year, to say the least. 

As leaders, how can we turn the lessons learned by working through this year’s challenges into positive outcomes for our organizations, our teams and ourselves?  

Join us to explore the bright side of leadership in turbulent times.

About the Speakers:

Amira Pollock is a leadership coach and educator who uses her 15 years' experience in education and training to create engaging, interactive learning experiences at UT Austin. She teaches leadership and communication courses for the Center for Professional Education and is a frequent presenter for the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program at the McCombs School of Business.

Emil Kresl is the director of Learning & Development at UT Austin where he advocates for continuous learning for all working professionals. For more than 20 years, at every level of the university, he has worked to help others realize their potential.

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October 14, 2020

UT Celebrate's Free Speech

October 19-23, 2020
UT Free Speech Week Activities

Free Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of the press in our democracy- and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech and of the press are rights all Americans share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration. During this week, UT will celebrate a commitment to free speech and demonstrate how diverse perspectives are welcomed on campus and are integral to the educational environment.

Still Hidden Figures: Black Women in the Workplace

November 5, 2020
6-7:30 p.m.
Zoom Registration

Join DDCE VP Dr. Leonard Moore in a conversation with Yamiche Alcindor, PBS political correspondent, about her career and challenges covering the White House. She will illuminate her experiences being a Black woman while reporting. Also, a special performance by McCombs School of Business senior Gloria Akinnibosun and an interactive discussion of Black women’s experience in the workplace.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the 1950 Supreme Court ruling in Sweatt v. Painter which granted Sweatt admission to The University of Texas School of Law.

Let’s get REDI – Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Friday, October 30th, 12 pm (noon) 
must RSVP by October 28th 

For over a decade, organizations have made a commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) in their workplace. More often than not, these initiatives fall short of changing the organization’s norms and practices, and ultimately fail. That’s because it’s not possible to have true diversity and inclusion without racial equity. Rising inequity remains a complex problem that organizations need to tackle intentionally and thoughtfully.

When organizations don't prioritize racial equity alongside diversity and inclusion, the quality of experience (belonging) for marginalized and oppressed groups suffers immensely. While everyone in your organization might be receiving the same experience, certain groups do not derive the same satisfaction level. Research suggests there's more racial segregation in U.S. workplaces today than in the 1970s; and also indicates that anti-black hiring practices and other forms of institutional privilege are as prevalent today as in the 1980s. In this session you will hear: 

  • The difference between equity and equality
  • Benefits of having racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) in your workplace
  • Best practices for prioritizing racial equity alongside diversity and inclusion

Exclusive insights from one of the City of Austin's racial equity champions, Keree Brannen

October 1, 2020

Webinar: Getting to Yes: The science of how to get people to agree with you

October 30, 2020 Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Whether you realize it or not, a small change in the words you use can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion. In fact, starting a conversation with the right word or phrase can increase your persuasiveness by over 50%. Improve your powers of persuasion with help from our free webinar. 

About the speaker: Chris Aarons is lecturer of digital and social marketing and strategic communications at The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his career, Aarons has successfully tackled challenges and solves the most complex challenges for industry-leading companies including Adobe, Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, DXC, HP, LasikPlus, LG, Microsoft, Oxfam, Philips, Rackspace, and many other leaders and startups.

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Please note that, due to security restrictions enacted by The University of Texas, you will need a Zoom account to access the info session. It's free and easy to sign up. If you don't have a Zoom account, you can sign up here. Simply click on the "SIGN UP, IT'S FREE" button in the upper right corner, enter your email address, and follow the directions.
September 24, 2020

Developing Trust in Leadership: Challenges of Today’s Work Relationships

Free Webinar
Wednesday, October 1, 2020 Noon CST

Effective leadership involves overcoming resistance to change.  Trust is necessary for bringing about change, and for promoting collaboration in teams, especially in those situations that demand creativity, innovation, and the delivery of intellectual products.  However, working remotely and connecting virtually presents major challenges for developing trust, and therefore, to creating change.    

During this webinar, Dr. Harrison will discuss:  

  • The 3 types of trust and their importance in the lifecycle of leadership
  • Techniques for enriching trust within your team 
  • Developing trust signals especially in narrow media channels (such as virtual or remote work)

Can't make the live event? Register anyway to receive the recording afterward.


September 23, 2020

An Evening with Bob Woodward

Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m. CDT

Join us for an evening with bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, who will discuss his explosive new book Rage, the balance between journalism and history, and his nearly 50-year career covering nine presidents. The conversation will be moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, and presented by the LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center, and the School of Journalism and Media at The University of Texas at Austin.

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The Defeat of Black Power - Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972

Join us this Thursday (September 24th) at 7 pm for a Book Talk with Dr. Leonard Moore - VP of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin and author of the book "The Defeat of the Black Power Movement".

Dr. Langston Clark (Professor at UTSA and Sweatt Fellow) will engage and facilitate a conversation.  Feel free to spread the word and virtually join us!  This event is co-hosted by BEST (the Black Exes of Texas).

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September 9, 2020

The Latino Vote with Chuck Rocha

September 15, 2020 at Noon

This year the Latino electorate became the largest minority body of voters. The growth and dispersion of the Latino constituency has made them a pivotal vote nationwide and in key swing states.

To kick off the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chuck Rocha, one of the nation’s foremost Latino strategists, New York Times columnist and recent author of the top-selling book, Tio Bernie joins LBJ School Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto to unpack the ins and outs of the Latino vote and dig into the on-the-ground realities in the 2020 election.

Presented by the LBJ SchoolUT Latino Studies and the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association

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VP Leonard Moore Launches ‘Who Is…?’ Zoom Series

Vice President Leonard Moore is kicking off the fall semester with a new “Who Is…?” interview series featuring interesting people doing interesting things.

Our first episode features a conversation with Moore and J. Concepsion Sanchez, a first-generation college graduate, a UT Austin alumnus, current Expressworks International consultant and future Cambridge MBA student. The episode aired on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.

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September 8, 2020

UT Reads

Community is powerful. In times of crisis, we need a strong community to help us learn and move forward.

UT Reads is a Learning & Development campaign to encourage The University of Texas at Austin community to read the same book and discuss our experience. Our aim is to make this a recurring event.

The book for the first cycle of UT Reads will be The Sword and the Shield, a dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, written by Dr. Peniel Joseph, director of The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

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Living on a High Wire

Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 9-11 a.m.

In this new course from Learning & Development, join Tommy Darwin and Susan Franzen to explore some simple and powerful balancing tools that help us cope with our current situation. We encourage you to bring your challenges, curiosity, and hopes to a much needed dialogue about how our minds and hearts cope with what we're experiencing and how we can support each other to create safe dialogues for change.

*There is a prerequisite before registering for the course.

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Leadership Talks: Leading from the Frontline

Date: September 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 - 10 a.m.  
Location: HR Facebook 

Do not miss this episode of Leadership Talks. There is a lot of talk about how important frontline workers are right now, but if you are not a frontline worker yourself, it might be difficult to comprehend what it’s like.

Join us for our talk with Night Shift Crew Leader Carlos Aleman, a 9-year veteran of Custodial Services, to hear his unique story and get an inside look at being a frontline leader at The University of Texas.

*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Watch on HR Facebook

August 28, 2020

Free Workshop - Managers Matter A Relationship-Centered Approach to Driving Employee Engagement

September 1, 2020 - noon-1 p.m.

55% of Employees have quit their jobs because of poor management

Which is why, when it comes to winning the war on talent, managers are the most powerful weapon!

Essential for Business Leaders and HR Professionals

Front-line managers have more impact on your employees' engagement levels than any other contributing factor, which is why you need to equip them with relationship-centered leadership strategies to drive engagement. 


August 21, 2020

Leadership Talks: Empowerment

August 25, 2020
9:30 -10 a.m. HR Facebook   

Join us for Leadership Talks with our guest Rainbow Di Benedetto, Chair of the University of Texas Staff Council.  In this episode, we talk about leaders' role to empower others and themselves.

Rainbow has spent the past few decades developing business applications for the university, in both technical and management roles, with a particular focus on data and reporting.  However, her interest in serving the community in a more direct way has persisted.  This led her to join Staff Council in 2017, first as her district representative, then as parliamentarian, and this year as chair.  In these tumultuous times, her goal is for Staff Council to take the challenges we face and make the most of them as opportunities for change.

*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

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August 20, 2020

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

presented by Athenaeum of Philadelphia In Partnership with the Membership Libraries Group

October 1, 2020
5-6:30 p.m. (CDT)
Online. $5

In his new book, THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books; March 31, 2020), acclaimed historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a paradigm-shifting dual biography the leaders, presenting a more nuanced narrative that pushes readers to reconsider these two leaders and the era they came to define. Joseph depicts both men not as antagonists, but as revolutionaries who confronted the same problem from two different perspectives. As Joseph explains, examining their political lives next to one another provides a more complicated, but ultimately more satisfying, understanding of these men and the times they shaped.

Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan professor of political values and ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written several previous books on African American history, including Stokely: A Life. He lives in Austin, Texas.


August 5, 2020

On Course with Liberal Arts - Global Unrest and UT 

presented by the College of Liberal Arts

Thursday, August 6, 2020
3 - 4 p.m.

The events of early June 2020 exposed preexisting systems of racism, poverty and violence that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But what is the difference between protest and global unrest? African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) faculty Ashley Farmer, Ph.D.,  Edmund T. Gordon, Ph.D., and Eric Tang, Ph.D. will share their research on mass movements, police brutality, and the student activism that launched Black Studies at UT Austin.   

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August 4, 2020

Leading Through Turbulence: A Conversation with Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines 

Host: Evan Smith, CEO The Texas Tribune 
Wed, August 12th 11:00 a.m. CDT 

Join us for a conversation with Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly, McCombs BBA ’77, to discuss how the airline industry has changed since the coronavirus pandemic. We'll discuss the short- and long-term prospects for Southwest, one of the largest commercial airlines in the world, and for the airline industry as a whole.

Can't make the live event? Register anyway to receive the recording afterward.

This event is hosted by The Texas Tribune, in partnership with Texas McCombs and Texas Executive Education.


Brave Conversations About Race presented by Skillsoft

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 10 a.m. CDT

In the past few months, there have been strong calls for organizations to join the movement in the fight against racial injustice, and many have started to answer this call. Although many see the value in addressing race and racism in organizations, it can be difficult to have conversations about these topics in the workplace.

Please join us for a complimentary webinar with diversity and inclusion experts Enrica N. Ruggs and Derek R. Avery as they discuss the importance of explicitly talking about race in the workplace and provide advice on how to begin productive conversations. They will discuss factors to consider when planning these conversations, such as audience, timing, and purpose, as well as how to structure, facilitate, and navigate a conversation about race. They will provide tips on how to have brave conversations that address tense aspects of race as a way to build competency around what inclusion really looks like in organizations.

In this webinar, you will gain:

  • A better understanding of how to plan conversations around race.
  • A guide to structure and frame initial conversations about race at work.
  • Tools to use to ensure that race conversations are successful.


July 31, 2020

Upcoming August Microsoft Teams Training

All sessions will be 1 hour in length (~45 minutes presentation ~15 minutes Q&A)

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace. It serves as a hub for teamwork and collaboration by connecting you to applications, people and chats, data, and more - all within one space.

Visit the Teams website for dates and times:

Teams website

July 28, 2020

Webinar - Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

July 30, 2020 – Noon

One of the best things you can do to grow yourself is to understand
your own communication style and the way you are naturally wired.

Everyone you encounter has different motivations, different strengths and weaknesses,
and approaches tasks and relationships differently. In this webinar you will learn how
your style meshes with and differs from others, and how you can better connect with others.

Register (link removed after event)

TEXAS Development’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Summer Series: The Diminishing Black Community in Austin - What it Means for UT’s Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Wednesday, August 5 – 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Austin is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the US that simultaneously is losing its African American population, which has been steadily declining for two decades. This discrepancy flies in the face of such huge growth in almost every other area. Why is the Austin community losing its African American residents in such numbers, and what does this mean for Texas Development and our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, particularly as we strive to recruit more and stronger diverse candidates to the Forty Acres and Texas Development? We’ll talk to alumni and community leaders who will help us answer these and other questions.


July 27, 2020

The CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo Is Going Virtual! 

Virtual CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo | October 5-7
Advanced Registration Rates Available Through August 7

COVID-19 may have prompted us to move our annual conference to a virtual setting, but it will not stop us from coming together to learn and focus on the most challenging issues for higher education and higher ed HR!

You're invited to the 2020 CUPA-HR Virtual Annual Conference and Expo, taking place October 5-7 from the comfort of your own home or office. Highlights of the three-day virtual conference include seven featured speakers, 24 live sessions, up to 40 on-demand sessions and many opportunities to connect with higher ed HR colleagues and HR solution providers. 

  • Dr. Shaun Harper, a racial equity expert and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, will share his expertise in achieving equity goals and building sustainable cultures of inclusion and respect. 

  • Bestselling author Wes Moore will wow attendees with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

  • In the panel discussion, “Back to Campus: Challenges, Successes and Opportunities,” higher ed leaders — including a president, a provost and two chief HR officers — will address the challenges, successes and opportunities presented by the return to campus. 

  • View the full conference schedule.

You'll leave this event with new ideas and new resources to help you address COVID-19 challenges, to help you be a more impactful leader as you create racial equity and social justice on campus, and to help you be an even more effective HR leader during these challenging times. Don't miss this opportunity to connect! Advanced registration rates are available through Friday, August 7.


July 21, 2020

Leadership Talks: Leading Learners

headshot of Julie Schell

Date: Thursday - July 23, 2020 
Time: 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: HR Facebook*

Join us for Leadership Talks with our guest Dr. Julie Schell, Assistant Dean for Instructional Continuity and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts. In this episode, we talk about the importance of learning organizations. In particular we look into the role leaders have in promoting a learning culture and leading active learners.

More information on Dr. Schell's professional background can be found on the College of Fine Arts website.

*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video (or recorded after the event) even if you don’t have a Facebook account. 

July 14, 2020

COVID-19 and the Impact on the Latinx Community

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 • Noon - 1 p.m. via Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on the Latinx community in Texas and across the nation. They are facing more severe health and economic consequences than the non-Hispanic White population. 

This webinar will address the impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community, including the risk factors for and effects of the disease, the financial consequences and resources available, how Latinx people with disabilities are affected, and focus on where we go from here to address these disparities and improve outcomes for the Latinx community.

Speakers include: 

Dr. Amelie Ramirez, Professor and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, will be speaking about the health impacts of COVID-19 on the Latinx population, including risk factors and co-morbidities.

Veronica Cool, CEO and Founder of Cool and Associates, a management consulting firm, will be speaking about financial consequences and resources available to the Hispanic community during the pandemic

Renee Lopez, Project Consultant at SAFE Disability Services, will be speaking about the COVID-19 impact on people with disabilities, particularly within the Latinx community.

Lourdes Zuniga, Executive Director of the Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, will be talking about moving forward, where we go from here, including information on testing and PPE supplies. 


Dr. Ronnie Walker, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Nursing


Dr. Janice Hernandez, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Nursing

This webinar was developed by the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care for the Latinx population of Texas.


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Chez Zee American Bistro presents Texas Author Series with Dr. Peniel E. Jospeh

July 16, 2020, 7 p.m. on Zoom

Chez Zee American Bistro will present a conversation via Zoom between author and scholar Peniel Joseph and Cari Clark. The discussion will focus on Dr. Joseph's book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science.


Upcoming Microsoft Teams Training

All sessions will be 1 hour in length (~45 minutes presentation ~15 minutes Q&A)

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace. It serves as a hub for teamwork and collaboration by connecting you to applications, people and chats, data, and more - all within one space.

Visit the Teams website for dates and times:

Teams website

July 9, 2020

Building the Beloved Community: Allyship During Racial Crisis

Presented by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Watch the 90-minute Zoom webinar recorded on June 25, 2020.

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June 26, 2020

LBJ In the Arena: Building on the Civil and Voting Rights Legacy of LBJ

July 1 – American While Black — Reaching the Policy Tipping Point

The civil rights crisis of this moment is the product of numerous recent events situated within a context of systemic racism. Dr. Niambi Carter, associate professor at Howard University, will join us to talk about institutional racism in this country both historically and today. Her recent book, American While Black: African Americans, Immigration, and the Limits of Citizenship, is a timely analysis of how racial black identity, American heritage and notions of citizenship shape our contemporary political and policy landscape. In this moderated conversation with the LBJ School's Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, she will discuss how public policies such as the "war on drugs" have entrenched inequitable systems and what policy change is necessary for black Americans to not just survive but thrive in the United States.


June 23, 2020

SHRM on Return to Work Issues and the EEOC

June 26, 2020 (multiple times live Friday afternoon)

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June 19, 2020

Leadership Talks: Leading in a Crisis

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: HR Facebook*

Join us for the fifth episode of Leadership Talks as we discuss leading during a crisis with Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darrell Bazzell. As we experience extraordinary challenges, effective and ethical leadership is imperative. Tune in to hear about what it has been like for UT’s CFO and what his leadership approach has been during our current crisis.

*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the live video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

June 18, 2020

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present

Open Yale Courses

Course Number: AFAM 162

About the Course

The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

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June 17, 2020

School of Social Work Virtual Coffee Hour: Showing Up for Black Lives

A conversation with Professor Simmons and Dr. Calbow

Thursday, June 18th from Noon-1 p.m.

  • Objectives: Understand the impact of racial trauma during COVID-19 and police brutality
  • Explore ways that Black lives can be systematically supported by non-Black people
  • Celebrate the legacy of Black-led social movements

If you are interested in obtaining a recording of the talk, please email

June 16, 2020

The Day of Learning: The Future of Inclusion

June 18, 2020
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CDT


Join the Seattle Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice (DEI CoP) on Thursday, June 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT (11 a.m. - 3 pm. CDT) for an extraordinary virtual Day of Learning focused on sharing DEI best practices to help lead companies across industry through these unprecedented times.

The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to significantly impact many aspects of our lives and the value of diversity, equity and inclusion principles is being pressed upon our public discourse in every dynamic ways. The DEI landscape is also changing at work. In these uncertain times, we have an opportunity like never before to ensure we not just maintain, but accelerate the work to bring inclusion at the core of our company cultures.

The Day of Learning: The Future of Inclusion will support attendees in the following areas:

  • Explore best practices to meet the changing landscape of work due to COVID-19
  • Design and amplify employee resource groups (ERGs) practices for impact at scale
  • Effectively navigate difficult conversations on identity and race
  • Build thought leadership through virtual networking with other DEI leaders representing diverse national and global industries
  • Build your thought leadership on inclusion, regardless of where you are on your DEI journey


June 12, 2020

Let's Make Learning Work

June 30, 2020
9-10 a.m. CDT (2-3 p.m. GMT)

The shift to a digital, knowledge-based economy that is vibrant and engaged—is more important than ever in our changing workforce. These trends have elevated the importance of the learning-and-development function. 

No matter where your organization is in the digital transformation, it is essential to stay ahead of current knowledge in order to drive revenue and become and industry leader. Learn the three key elements of a successful learning and development approach and how to manage costs and identify learning gaps in our upcoming webinar.

HR Exchange Network is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM- CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.


June 11, 2020

Empathy Concert

Empathy is the most powerful tool that we as learning and business leaders must facilitate in these changing and difficult times. Empathy for the realities of and focus on Racial Injustice. Empathy for the continuing Pandemic uncertainty. Empathy for changes in our workplace, workforce, and economy. We invite you and your colleagues to our 11th weekly event:

Friday, June 12th – 4–5 p.m. EDT (3–4 p.m. CDT)
Reserve a Space

Songs for Right Now from Broadway Artists: 

  • Celisse Henderson (Godspell and National Tours) – Performing “Freedom” 
  • Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera & Les Misérables) 
  • Telly Leung, my Co-Host (Aladdin, Glee, and Rent)

Perspectives on Empathy: 

  • Elliott Masie – Empathy in the Digital World 
  • “I Can’t Breathe…” – The Sounds of the Streets 
  • Gregory Lewis – Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors United 
  • Learning Leader from Norfolk, VA Police Department – “Uptown Funk” Lip Sync
  • Interactive Polls – Strategies and Challenges with Empathy

Please take one hour and be part of a unique, high-energy program. We have a limit of 3,000 live spaces on this free video session.

Join us! Empathy Concert, Friday, June 12th 3–4 p.m. (CDT) 

Reserve a Space

June 10, 2020

Race, Justice, and Equity in the Workplace and Beyond: A Call to Action

JUNE 16, 2020

9-10:30 a.m. CDT (10 -11:30 a.m. ET)

Free, registration required (link removed post event) to obtain login information

Virtual panel discussion

MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER (link removed post event)

This virtual panel event is presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management.

June 10, 2020

Managing in the Age of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

Presented by Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Join Dr. Leonard N. Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and the George W. Littlefield Professor in American History, to discuss with faculty and staff how to navigate our campus conversations around Social Justice and the Black Community.

June 12, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Register Online

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June 9, 2020

History of Integration at the University of Texas

June 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Moderator: Shaleiah Fox, Director of Development & External Relations
Black Studies in the College of Liberal Arts
, the University of Texas at Austin


  • Leslie Blair, Executive Director of Communications and Virginia Cumberbatch, Director, Community Engagement Center; both of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Co-editors of the book As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Colonel (Ret.) Leon Holland, 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Colonel Holland is a career Army Medical Service Corps officer and administrator. He is a founding member of The Precursors, a group representing African-American students who were enrolled over 40 years ago, and who helped integrate the Forty Acres.

Leslie, Virginia and Colonel Holland will join us for a conversation about the early days of UT’s integration and the challenges of its first class of African-American students (known as Precursors).

RSVP HERE to receive a secure zoom link

June 4, 20202

USC Race and Equity Center
Demonstrating Care for Black Employees this Week and Beyond
A National Forum for Businesses and Firms

Thursday, June 4th 2 p.m. CDT

In this live 90-minute eConvening, a panel of Black professionals from a range of industries will address the (in)effectiveness of written statements from employers about the murder of George Floyd, actions White colleagues can take to address racism in workplaces and in our broader society, and a range of other timely topics. They also will respond to questions from the virtual audience. 

Register for this FREE eConvening at (link removed post event)

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June 3, 2020

A Disney Inspired Approach to Learning: The Learner's Declaration of Rights

Wednesday, July 1st,  1-2 p.m. CDT

Description: Master showman and communicator Walt Disney once said, "The gap between entertainment and educational represents an old and untenable viewpoint." And he proved it too. The programs Disney developed, for the public and internally for Disney employees, were informative and moving. When entertainment and learning are aligned Disney style, the results are magical: participants pay attention, they absorb information, they change behavior. In this insightful presentation, explore the ways in which Walt’s engagement strategies meet learner needs. Join us and celebrate the learners’ declaration of rights.


Free Webinar: Storytelling for Innovation & Change

Thurs, June 4th, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CDT

Persuasion isn't always about presenting more data. During this webinar, Dr. Stephen Walls will discuss the framework and elements of effective storytelling to help you communicate and gain buy-in for your ideas. Learn how to apply storytelling skills to help drive organizational change and create more opportunities for innovation.

We'll chat about:

  • The increasing importance of storytelling in a data-driven world  
  • Four critical components for crafting a compelling story
  • Tips to amplify your story to get colleagues and c-suite onboard 

Join Texas Executive Education: Thurs, June 4th, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm CDT


June 2, 2020

Perspectives on Empathy

Perspectives on Empathy is presented to you in collaboration with UT Learning and Development and Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.

In our next episode Taylor Brown interviews Coach Carol Capitani who gives an honest look at her experience leading her team through our current challenge, continuing team connection remotely, and sharpening her skill of empathy over the course of her career.

Carol Capitani is the head coach of the UT Women's Swimming and Diving team. Carol's teams have placed in the top 10 nationally in seven of her eight years as head coach.

Perspectives on Empathy Video

Miss the last video?  Watch it here: 
Perspectives on Empathy: Coach Dave O’Neill
Perspectives on Empathy: David Pierce

May 26, 2020

Perspectives on Empathy

In collaboration with UT Learning and Development and Taylor Brown, Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, watch the next video pod series, Perspectives on Empathy.

Perspectives on Empathy: David Pierce: In this segment, Taylor and David explore the role of trust in empathy, the importance of building a strong cultural foundation, and the mechanics of fostering a team driven organization.

David Pierce has been coaching baseball for 31 seasons, the last four have been at the helm of our Longhorn baseball team. In 2018, David was named Baseball America's National Coach of the Year after guiding the Longhorns back to the College World Series for the first time since 2014.

Perspectives on Empathy Video


May 20, 2020

Perspectives on Empathy

In collaboration with UT Learning and Development and Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, watch the next video pod series, Perspectives on Empathy with Taylor Brown.

Perspectives on Empathy: Coach Dave O’Neill:  In this first episode, Taylor Brown chats with Coach O'Neill about the team's response to COVID-19, the importance of being a global citizen, and how we can make a simple change in our view of others to relate to them more empathetically.

In five short seasons as head coach, Dave O’Neill has elevated Texas Rowing into a perennial national contender. The Longhorns have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship in each of his five years on the Forty Acres, culminating in a program-best second-place finish in 2018-19.

Perspectives on Empathy Video

May 18, 2020

Cvent Certification

If you have not seen it yet, Cvent is offering FREE Cvent Certifications to all event and hospitality industry professionals through May 31, 2020. 

Code: LEVELUP2020
Prep Guide

Not quite sure which certification is right for you? Take a 5-minute assessment to see which Cvent Certifications are best for you based off your product knowledge.

Cvent recently launched virtual study groups for Cvent Certification. There are daily study groups available focused on the Event Management Certification, Event Management Advanced Certification, and Mobile Event App Certification. In each study group, Cvent experts will conduct a review of the exam content and competencies expected. Plus, each session includes open Q&A to ensure all of your questions get answered.

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May 15, 2020

Leadership Talks: Psychological Safety

Date: May 22, 2020
Time: 9:30-10 a.m.
HR Facebook*

Join us as we live stream our fourth episode of Leadership Talks with our special guest, Tommy Darwin.  The focus of the discussion will be psychological safety.

Leadership and Psychological Safety:  A leader's first job is to nurture psychological safety — trust and relationships that help individuals feel connected to each other, willing to speak up, and most importantly willing to be curious, try new things, and learn quickly when things don't work. At all times, psychological safety is essential to innovation, performance, and resilience. In a crisis, psychological safety is essential to survival.

Tommy Darwin is currently the Director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program in the Moody College of Communication, and in his 20 years at UT have held positions in the Graduate School and DDCE and worked directly with a number of programs across campus. He developed and delivered programs and graduate level courses in the broad areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, community, and organizational change. Tommy also works with individuals and groups to build their resilience, ability to engage opportunities, and adapt effectively to changing situations.

*The HR Facebook page is a public page which will allow you to watch the video even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Credit for this webinar can be added to your UTLearn transcript by adding it as an external training, here's how.

May 7, 2020

The Nature of Empathy in Teams webinar

Date: May 11, 2020
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Zoom
​Registration: UTLearn

In this 60-minute webinar, Taylor Brown, Associate Director at the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, explores some of the challenges in defining and utilizing a concept like empathy. From basic definitions and distinctions to empathy in practice, Taylor will paint a brief yet complex picture of this celebrated psychological concept, and what role it can play during our current crisis.

View Taylor Brown’s bio 

May 4, 2020

Webinar: Presence - The Leadership X Factor

May 11, 2020: Noon - 1 p.m. CDT 
Let’s talk about Leadership Presence! In the last month, we have seen multiple DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to leadership. This time we are partnering with Rich Handley to deconstruct what makes up Leadership Presence by utilizing

Emotional Intelligence.

Emotionally/socially intelligent leaders are more influential because they project more strongly and positively through more powerful Leadership Presence, and that can be quantified through measuring Emotional/Social Intelligence. Leadership Presence is the spirit or aura projected by leaders: the very thing that impacts a leader’s ability to do their job – influence, train, and develop people! Emotionally Intelligent leaders have a higher impact through stronger Leadership Presence: Vision, Projection, Control, and Connection

About the Speaker: Dr. Rich Handley is president and founder of EQ University. He is a pioneer in bringing emotional intelligence to the workplace and has more than 22 years’ experience in corporate applications of emotional intelligence. He has spent those years instructing Fortune 500 firms, academic institutions, federal and state agencies, the U.S. Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies to leverage emotional intelligence in areas such as employee selection, organizational and leadership development, employee development, and sales training.

Three webinars this month on different aspects of online presentations and PowerPoint.

Dale Carnegie: How to Present Online

May 5, Noon - 1 p.m.
Join ATD Austin to learn how to break the mold of boring webinars and help you shine! Participants will be able to:

  •  Establish trust, credibility, and respect with an online audience.
  •  Identify differences between online and face-to-face presentations.
  •  Engage the online audience with strong visuals and maximum interactivity.
  •  Use technology to open, close, and deliver a strong message with impact.

Awesome Makeovers from PowerPoint Slides that Suuuuuck

May 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
There are many ways to wreck a PowerPoint slide. Behold these before-and-after gems from some of the worst train wrecks we've ever seen. Out in the world, where 65 million PowerPoint presentations are created each day, we are asked to design presentations every single day without any real design experience. No wonder “Death by PowerPoint” is in everyone’s vocabulary.

This session will not show you how to become a brilliant designer; that is an affront to the people who really are. More important, this session will help you get by with the skills that you do have, by showing you makeovers of slides that do not require a degree in the arts, and in fact were performed by a member of that massive majority not possessing one.

These are before-and-after examples of real slides, created by real people, for real circumstances. They carry the hope that you will watch them and think to yourself, “Hey, I can do that, too.”

  • When and how to illustrate a slide
  • How best to utilize white space
  • Using transparent shapes—best problem solver ever
  • When to animate and when not to
  • Decluttering and deuglifying​

Powerpoint Slide Design for Non-Designers

May 20, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Anyone can create stunning PowerPoint slides, without any design experience or ability! You'll discover techniques that help your audience understand and remember your points more clearly. Best of all, they're easy to incorporate into your slide preparation.

Takeaways will be:

  • How to customize presentation colors to maintain branding and avoid adjustments of every slide (save time!)
  • How to format the slide master to get maximum consistency in less time
  • The easy, research-based Tell 'n' Show(SM) method that will take the guesswork out of designing clear slides that trainees will understand and remember
  • The 4 layouts that always look good, so you have a repertoire of great PowerPoint slides you can always draw on
April 28, 2020

FranklinCovey: training resources and tools (available free until May 29, 2020) 

  • Leaders Toolkit (PDF): Four virtual training modules to help team members stay engaged and motivated from home. Step by step guide with imbedded links to training resources, videos and activities.
  • The 7 Habits Coach: How to Deal with Change and Uncertainty10 Episode Webcast Series. Powerful lessons to navigate real problems in challenging times.  
  • 7 Habits Cartoons for ChildrenSeven videos that teach and reinforce timeless universal principles of effectiveness. There are also teenaged/older children appropriate videos and content when you scroll up on the page.
April 27, 2020

Communicate with Confidence in a Virtual World!

Presented by Barnes Team Media and hosted by DIR as part of the Technology Today Series (TTS).

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 11:00 am – Noon |

Welcome to this new virtual world!  As we transition from in-person interaction to communicating virtually, being effective on camera has never been more important. It can be challenging and intimidating! However, there are practical and easy-to-implement tactics to help you be successful in virtual meetings and webinars - whether you're an attendee or the host.

Kim and Mike Barnes will teach you how to show up well for these events. They will cover looking and sounding good, virtual etiquette, creating engaging meetings/webinars, being prepared and more. This will also include tips for best practices regarding microphones and webcams. Participants will gain a better understanding of what they are doing (or not doing) to create more powerful virtual connections.

This free webinar is open to any public sector employee interested in the topic.

Kim and Mike Barnes have each spent 30 years on the air! Now they coach clients for on-camera impact in video and media interviews and public speaking. Kim was an award-winning reporter and news anchor for 15 years, including more than a decade at KVUE in Austin. Kim also taught television news reporting at The University of Texas (her alma mater).  Mike was an award-winning sportscaster at KVUE for over 29 years He was named Best Sportscaster in Austin 17 years and Best in Texas four times.  This dynamic duo knows how to make a great impression on camera or in front of a room.

•    This free webinar is hosted by DIR and supported by TASSCC.
•    DIR will award continuing education credit.
•    A recording will be available for 1 week only. It will take a day to prepare the recording, then check the DIR calendar listing for the link.

April 22, 2020

The University of Texas Leadership & Development Office brings you Leadership Talks

Join us on April 24th at 9-9:30 a.m. as we live stream our third episode of Leadership Talks with our special guest, Claire Hahn. The focus of the discussion will be mindful leadership.

Mindfulness can be a helpful technique to reduce stress, especially during times of crisis. When applied to leadership, mindfulness can improve our ability to connect with other people, enhance our creativity, and increase our productivity and performance under pressure. Listen in to learn what mindful leadership is, how it enhances success and how to make mindfulness a habit.

Claire Hahn leads the UT Living Well program at UT System Administration in the Office of Employee Benefits. The program aims to improve the health and quality of life for faculty, staff, retirees and their families across the 14 UT campuses. Livestream: HR Facebook page

April 7, 2020

HDO Certificate Raffle

Four University of Texas at Austin staff members were randomly selected to attend two highly regarded professional development courses offered through The Human Dimensions of Organizations. This is an incredible opportunity for university-provided training and professional development, and we are grateful to HDO for helping our community. To keep apprised of more learning and development opportunities, regularly visit the Learning and Development News and Events page, follow us on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn Group.

We at UT L&D know how hard you work for the UT community, and we in turn will work hard to provide you with the development opportunities you deserve. Learning is always important, and during this troubling time it is especially important. Keep learning.

A big congratulations to the winners!

  • Christine Gwillim, Education Coordinator for Landmarks in the College of Fine Arts
  • Corey Halaychik, Head of Content Management for UT Libraries
  • Sarah Heier, Director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences
  • Damarys Rodriguez, BBA Marketing Coordinator for the McCombs School of Business