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Supervisors and Managers, take advantage of the leadership development opportunities on campus and around Portland in 2013/2014. 

Here are a few upcoming events:

Willamette Valley Higher Education Human Resources (WVHEHR) Management Development Seminars

Every year we offer a series of management development classes including communication skills, managing stress, diversity and inclusion and an overview of key laws and regulations. Human Resources along with the Executive Team will select supervisors to attend this program and sponsor the supervisor’s attendance.  If you’re interested in registering for one of these sessions please contact Kari Uhlman, Training & Development Manager at for more information. 

Keeping Your Cool Under Stress- Session 1 by Robin Rose

By gaining a deeper knowledge of how our brains work, we are empowered to think more clearly and communicate more effectively.  Learn how to stay calm, professional, and effective - especially during high-stress situations.  Understanding exactly what happens, chemically and physiologically, when we get stressed allows us to override the fight or flight response, shift from reactive impulses into more effective responses, and stay respectful, productive, and professional.

Held on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 Marylhurst University.

Communication & Problem Solving- Sessions 2 & 3 by Lenny Borer

Different communication styles have different effects on people.  Some approaches tend to aggravate situations into problems while other styles foster open discussion and lead to solutions.  Our tendency is to use the styles we’re most familiar with, whether or not they fit the situation.  This class includes the DISC assessment.

Held on Friday, November 1, 2013 & Friday, November 15, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at Lewis & Clark College.

Effective Supervisory Practices- Session 4 by Stoel Rives LLP Attorneys at Law

This session is a practical overview of key employment issues and tools for college and university employee supervisors/managers.  The focus of this interactive training is on employee hiring, wage and hour basics, tips for effective performance management of staff and faculty, legal updates on discrimination, harassment and retaliation theories, step-by-step processes for handling disability accommodation and leave issues, and ways to minimize institutional risk in employee terminations.

Held on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 George Fox (Tigard Campus).

United by Differences- Session 5 by Lou Radja

In today’s smaller, flatter, and multicultural world, it is imperative that we fully grasp and understand diversity.  Colleges, universities and even high schools all over the world recognize the value of preparing global citizens who can lead in a diverse world, who are culturally competent, and will capitalize on the opportunities diversity brings.  To embrace and value the diversity our world has to offer, we must first embrace and value it in ourselves.  Diversity starts with me!  United by Differences is a comprehensive, fun, and transformational presentation that will help academic leaders become culturally competent global citizens.  Because learning is a two way street.  The presentation is in an interactive style to encourage open dialogue and discussion on cultural and interpersonal differences without being judged.

Held on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 9:00-4:00 Reed College.

Emotional Intelligence and Employee Coaching- Session 6 by Carl Casanova

According to research of late, there are over 100 million full-time employees in the United States.  These workers spend 40 or more hours in the workplace and 70% of these employees are not engaged or actively disengaged.  This means that 30% are engaged and helping the workplace prosper with innovative ideas and new customers.  What will it take to motivate the greatest percentage of actively disengaged workers? 

This presentation will focus on three dynamic and influential elements for leaders and professionals to apply that will create an engaging and successful work culture.  Participants will learn and discover the impactful process of the five components of emotional intelligence, leadership coaching skills, and how to facilitate change to bring forth a passionate, productive and prosperous workplace.  This is a must- attend presentation. 

Held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00-4:00 University of Portland.

Stay Tuned”¦

In 2013/2014 we’ll also be having classes for supervisors on Workday, Budgeting, Labor Relations, Supervisor Overview & Update and more!


Contact Kari Uhlman, Training & Development at with questions or for further information.

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