Programs - Learning & Development

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Career Development Lunch & Learn Series

This series of webinars will help you launch, fine tune, or shift your career development journey into high gear. Each session offers a new and practical subject each week. We encourage you to join us as often as you like. This series will also be a great way for you to chat with peers across UT.

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Series and Perennials

Leadership Growth Program

The Leadership Growth Program (LGP) develops current and future leaders at The University of Texas. Participants undergo extensive professional development based on an evolving curriculum of leadership principles, theory, and concepts.

This program is currently limited to the Financial and Administrative Services portfolio. All participants must be full-time employees for at least 12 months within FAS.

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UT Leadership Talks

Every month the director of Learning and Development, Emil Kresl, sits down with a leader in the UT community to talk about a specific area of leadership. The objective of the series is to add to an ongoing community conversation about leadership so that viewers can continuously learn and grow. The interviews are streamed live on the HR Facebook page, and links to recorded versions with closed captioning and transcripts can be found on our YouTube channel.

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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.

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Asynchronous (Recorded) Online Events

Face Masks, Voting, and Social Media

How misinformation and contagious behavior shape who we are and what we could become. This webinar panel discussion focuses on the role of social behavior in society. We will look at what influences our behavior, what control we have over those influences, and the overall impact social behavior has on our society.

Fundamentals of Focus 

This two-part course looks at the productive thinking process and provide tools you can use immediately to improve your focus and be more engaged with your work in progress. The first video diagrams the productive thinking process and explains why you may sometimes lose focus quickly and when many people have a fixed mindset, inhibiting their ability to problem solve and learn effectively. It also explains why externalizing your memory is so essential to productivity. The second short video provides tools that help you prioritize and organize your workload, and be deliberate about your decision-making process. You will learn about practical concepts and tools that can use on a regular basis that will help you learn and maintain your productivity.

Leading with Decency

Leading with Decency is a three-part series of 10-minute videos by Emil Kresl, director of Learning & Development.

Leading with Decency: Common Pitfalls

In the first video, Emil discusses common pitfalls and missteps of new and experienced leaders. From defaulting to common and control to justifiable reasons for micromanaging, He breaks down what to look out for in your own leadership style and others.

Leading with Decency: Common Pitfalls

Leading with Decency: Leadership Types

In the second video, Emil talks about the wide variety of leadership types, both good and bad. In the first episode we looked at common leadership missteps. Now get a better understanding of how they happen to avoid them with the right approach to leadership. Whether you need to examine your own approach to leadership, or better understand other leaders you work with, you will find enlightening and powerful information in this 10-minute video pod.

Leading with Decency: Leadership Types

Leading with Decency: Strong Leadership Strategies

In the third and final episode of Leading with Decency, Emil provides strong leadership strategies and tools. After learning about leadership pitfalls in the first episodes and types in the second, you will learn about specific actions you can take to improve your leadership.

Leading with Decency: Strong Leadership Strategies

Perspectives on Empathy

Perspectives on Empathy is a six-part video series collaboration with UT Learning and Development and Taylor Brown, Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.

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: Coach Dave O’Neill 

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.

Perspectives on Empathy: David Pierce

Perspectives on Empathy: Carol Capitani

Our guest today is Carol Capitani, 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. In this episode, Carol 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.

Perspectives on Empathy: Carol Capitani

Perspectives on Empathy: Dr. Ryan Sutton

Our guest today is Dr. Ryan Sutton, Director of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males and the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. Ryan also runs the Black Student Athlete Summit, which attracts athletes from across the country. In this episode Ryan delivers very actionable strategies for building empathy, connection, and engagement during a time of the pandemic.

Perspectives on Empathy: Dr. Ryan Sutton

Perspectives in Empathy: Dr. Suneet Singh

In this segment Taylor and Suneet discuss the role of empathy in medicine, how to be empathetic to those who hold different opinions and what trusting our leadership means in times of crisis. Dr. Suneet Singh is an Assistant Professor in Dell Medical School's Department of Surgery and Perioperative care where he is a medical education and leadership development instructor. Dr. Singh is also an emergency physician at US Acute Care Solutions and a motorsports physician at Circuit of the Americas.

Perspectives in Empathy: Dr. Suneet Singh

Perspectives on Empathy: Tony Cucolo

In this last segment Taylor and Tony discuss empathy across contexts, teaching empathy to younger colleagues and what we can take away from this crisis moving forward. US Army retired Major General Tony Cucolo served in many capacities including as the Army's Chief of Public Affairs, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, and the Commandant of the Army War College. After his military service, Tony served as UT System's Vice Chancellor of Leadership and Veteran's Programs from 2015-2019. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Security Innovation Council which is a statewide business, academic and entrepreneur consortium.

Perspectives on Empathy: Tony Cucolo

Nature of Empathy

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.

Intelligence Collective

UT L&D invites people from all around UT to develop their own course and share it with our community. Peer led instruction is a powerful way for UT to be a continuously learning organization. 

We are always looking for experienced speakers who have valuable knowledge that can help other people. We will talk to you about your subject, help identify the best format for delivering your message, and provide you with general UT L&D guidelines for instruction. Course proposals should be developmental, so please do not submit course proposals for specific jobs skills training courses.

If you are interested in partnering with UT L&D to develop a course for the UT community, click the button below and fill out the brief survey. We’d love to hear from you. There is a lot of brainpower out there. Let’s make it grow.

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