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Enhance your leadership, operational and professional knowledge by participating in Professional Development trainings offered by The Office of Human Resources. These trainings are intended to provide employees with resources to support diverse student communities and to promote inclusive leadership.

Spring 2024 Series.

Deconstruct Imposter Syndrome and Build Confidence Organically
Presenter: Stella Grizont
Date: Feb 23, 2024. 10am - 11:30am. Virtual Session.
RSVP by Feb 22, 2024.

Description: Join Stella Grizont as she walks you step-by-step on how to let go of the anxiety and insecurity that is Imposter Syndrome. In this virtual session, you'll learn how to:

  • Identify the root causes for Imposter Syndrome so you can take action.
  • Amplify your self-compassion to transform your inner critic into a loving friend.
  • Know what to say to receive validation from others.
  • Generate confidence in a way that feels natural and empowering. 

This is an interactive, virtual workshop with 40 spots available.

About the Presenter: Stella Grizont is a Positive Psychology Expert, an executive coach, and the Founder and CEO of WOOPAAH. Read more about Stella Grizont

Presentation Skills Bootcamp
Presenter: Angel Mary
Date: March 7, 2024. 10am - 11:30am. In-Person Session.
RSVP by March 4, 2024.

Description: No matter where you are in the organizational structure, at some point you may need to speak in front of others. Communication skills when presenting to a group is different than having a one-on-one conversation. This interactive workshop discusses the importance of:

  • Understanding how to make content concise and clear.
  • Using vocal variety to emphasize points.
  • Being mindful of body language and what to do with your hands.
  • Preventing the use of filler words such as 'uh' 'um' 'like' 'so'.
  • Dispelling anxious feelings before talking in front of a group.

This is an interactive, in-person workshop with 30 spots available.

About the Presenter: Angel Mary is a motivational leadership speaker and the CEO of Star Trak Investments LLC. Read more about Angel Mary

Equity First: The Path to Inclusion and Belonging
Presenter: Mary-Frances Winters
Date: Self-paced, Virtual Session
RSVP by April 30, 2024.

Description: Mary-Frances Winters helps you gain a better understanding of equity and how it compares to equality. She explains what equity in the workplace looks like, covering gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disabilities. Mary-Frances offers ways to develop and enact equitable practices at work, along with a roadmap to a more equitable future.

Follow this self-paced session with a reflection guide that is designed to support your learning journey about equity. The guide provides you with the opportunity to do some critical thinking about your own experiences, your perspectives, and how you think about equity and equality.

About the Presenter: Mary-Frances Winters is the Founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Read more about Mary-Frances Winters.

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
Author: David Baron
Reading Dates: March 15 - May 17, 2024. Virtual Participation.
RSVP by March 15, 2024.

Description: You're invited to join the Vassar Professional Development Book Club where you'll connect with Vassar employees in a private online community to read and discuss books on a range of topics including diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership, communication, and more. Participation is based on days and times that are convenient for you. 

About the Book: In 1878, three tenacious and brilliant scientists raced to Wyoming and Colorado to observe a rare total solar eclipse. This tale of ambition, discovery, and the awe-inspiring power of the cosmos brings America's Gilded Age to life. Just as the scientists in the book embark on expeditions to study the celestial phenomenon, you can similarly benefit from venturing beyond your comfort zones and embracing new challenges to achieve professional growth. Read the book summary.

Author Talk: On May 9th at 3pm, PBC Guru will host a virtual, live Author Talk with David Baron, an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster. 

To join the book club or to learn more, visit

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Workday Expense Report Training
Presenter: Vassar Accounting Services
Dates: Feb 26, 2024, 1pm - 2:30pm & Feb 27, 2024, 9:30am-11am.
RSVP by Feb 26, 2024.

Description: This training session will be held in-person and offered via Zoom. It will provide you with:

  • An overview of expense reports for credit card charges and mileage, and other expense reimbursements in Workday.
  • Important information related to the expense report processes and policies.
  • New enhancements and functionality to streamline the process.

Click to Register with Accounting Services

Professional Development Webinars offered by your Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

Leading Impactful and Collaborative One-on-Ones: March 27 (12pm or 3pm): One-on-ones are standing, recurring meetings between a manager and their direct reports. They are a vital part of the continuous feedback model and can drive workplace communication if done well. In this webinar, you will learn strategies for impactful, collaborative one-on-ones.

Establishing Attainable SMART Goals: April 24 (12pm or 3pm): This workshop will focus on what makes a good goal by defining SMART goals and the SMART Goal Strategy. You will learn about goal characteristics, time management, making a to do list, and what to do when setbacks occur. 

Click to Register with EAP

When registering, use company code Vassar.