Career Growth Series for staff: Storytelling to find your ‘why’

Join HR Employee Learning & Engagement for the next session in their Career Growth Series: Storytelling to Find Your “Why” and Envision Your Aspirations. The virtual workshop will take place from 1–3 p.m. on June 6.  

What is your “why”? What motivates you in your personal and professional life? What future do you wish to create for yourself? This workshop will help you leverage the power of storytelling to tap into your passions and purpose and unleash your best self.     

Your story is important and meaningful. By reflecting on your experiences and envisioning your professional and personal growth in the form of a story, you will be able to align your goals, your trajectory and your legacy with the story you want to live!   

To enroll in this virtual session, please click here or search for “Storytelling to Find Your Why” in Oracle Learn. This session will not be recorded.  

About the facilitators 

Brandon Telg, M.S., director of Self Narrate Inc., is a social entrepreneur who strives to help people grow through understanding and developing their personal stories. He combines his experience in communication with a hands-on mentoring approach to work with people and organizations to achieve their goals. He holds a master’s degree in leadership development from the University of Florida, specializing in the study of organizational narrative. In 2013, he co-founded Self Narrate, an organization dedicated to empowering people to tell authentic stories. His expertise in the story process, leadership development and organizational branding has allowed him to facilitate workshops in fields ranging from business to nonprofit to higher education to health care and beyond. In 2016, he co-authored his first book, Break Your Invisible Chains, followed by a number of collections of short stories. Everyone has a story. Telg can help you tell it.    

Jaron Jones, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Self Narrate Inc. and the senior program manager for AWS, focusing on ID&E talent acquisition and engagement strategy for global expansion sites. He has over a decade of ID&E experiences ranging from federal government, academia, tech and aerospace and defense. He is a nationally recognized TED speaker, story coach, author and consultant with a focus on developing resilient and inclusive communities. His doctoral studies in leadership development focused on leadership theory and measurement, critical and creative thinking, and leadership in cross-cultural settings. He believes that excellence in education, innovation, service and research is enhanced when diversity, equity and inclusion are practiced within our organizations, and through operating inclusively, organizations can successfully prepare diverse leaders to solve global problems. He believes that together, we must be committed to building and expanding individual and organizational efforts that foster respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equity and self-esteem. 


The goal of the Career Growth Series is to provide structured, intentional opportunities for staff to focus on their career development, and to add tools and resources to their career development tool kit.  

Career Growth Series sessions include crafting your elevator pitch, building your online presence, updating and enhancing your resume, mock interviewing and more. To view details and enroll in sessions, please visit the Career Growth Series page. We invite you to participate in any sessions that interest you, adding to your tool kit as you build toward your next growth opportunity, whether that means gaining new skills to use in your current role, moving into a leadership position or enhancing your personal brand in your field.    


The HR Employee Learning and Engagement team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth. Our vision is for every employee to feel connected and integral to Vanderbilt’s mission, empowered to invest in themselves and succeed in their role, engaged in the campus community and inspired to design their best future.  

HR ELE workshops are offered at no cost to VU employees. Click here to view all of HR ELE’s upcoming learning experiences and self-paced resources. HR ELE also offers workshops for departments and teams upon request.