Peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers on navigating remote and hybrid policies is Sept. 13

Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for Conversation Circles, a series for managers and leaders, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. to discuss navigating potential inequities in remote, hybrid and on-site work policies.

This new peer-to-peer learning opportunity creates an intentional space where supervisors, managers and leaders can share and discuss insights and best practices while building their peer networks. Each one-hour Conversation Circle will offer social learning opportunities and conversations around a particular trending topic or topics among managers at Vanderbilt.

Would you like to gain insight into strategies that managers and supervisors across the university are using to address common topics and challenges? Would you like to share best practices and strategies you’ve learned or developed? Are you interested in building your network and community by interacting around hot topics? Join us as we explore and discuss common scenarios, challenges and resources and spark connections among managers and leaders across the university.

Conversation Circles are a space for sharing practical strategies and best practices, interacting with peers who are in similar roles, and building your network.

Conversation Circles are not a space for training on specific topics or policies, talking through or venting about a specific challenge you are facing on your team, or asking specific HR questions. For these areas, we encourage you to reach out to the HR Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations team.

Eligibility: Any employee in a managerial, supervisory or leadership role is invited to participate in these conversations

Format: Conversation Circles integrate case studies. You’ll have the opportunity to connect and talk through a scenario with peers from across the university. Then, we regather as a larger group to debrief multiple case studies and hear insights from the HR Consulting team and Work-Life Connections/EAP. Participants are invited to share potential case studies and questions in advance and share additional questions and takeaways during the session.

Conversation Circles are led by TaShunda Franklin and Krista Vaught from HR Employee Learning and Engagement and the HR Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations team. The Conversation Circles are Level 3: Collaborate and Create, as peer-to-peer learning is heavily discussion-based. Our time together will involve breakout rooms and opportunities to share and network with peers.

Additional upcoming topics:

  • Oct. 5, 1–2 p.m., New Managers
  • Nov. 2, 1–2 p.m., Supporting Neurodiversity

To register for Conversation Circles, please visit this direct link or search for “ELE” on SkyVU/Oracle under Learning. Please note that our learning experiences are offered at no cost to VU employees.

Are you interested in submitting a discussion topic, sharing your strategies and experiences, or facilitating a Conversation Circle? We invite you to email TaShunda, Krista, or your HR consultant to share your ideas and interest.

Feedback from past Conversation Circles participants

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Conversation Circles when I signed up, and I have since discovered that I LOVE them. We get time to work through case studies with colleagues across campus. The case studies are relevant to all departments, and I always learn something from fellow leaders. I highly recommend this series.
– Conversation Circle participant

I really appreciated the Conversation Circle topic of Mental Health and Your Team. It was refreshing to be able to speak candidly with other leaders and discuss ways we are all helping our employees through this unprecedented time. I liked being able to bounce ideas off each other and to know that we are all doing our best as managers to help our teams.
– Christine Fogg, senior financial unit manager, Plant Operations and SEMO

Grateful for interactive co-learning opportunities with colleagues! I appreciated the real-world examples shared in this session and the time to digest them with others at Vanderbilt with whom I may not otherwise get to collaborate. 
– Jackie Hansom, program manager for social innovation, The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation and Design