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Sign up for September classes & workshops

Now that we’ve enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to start gearing up for a productive month ahead. Grow your knowledge and professional skills by attending live, virtual workshops offered by UCOP Learning and Development. All classes and workshops are offered at no charge for UCOP staff — one of the great benefits of your employment!

All listings reflect Pacific Time; select the course name to register.

21 Practices for Happiness and Accomplishment at Work
Sept. 7, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Presented by People-OnTheGo, this workshop will help you develop the necessary skills to practice mindfulness and emotional intelligence, adopt a growth mindset and increase your productivity at work. We’ll focus on making behavioral changes and taking initiative, while at the same time paying attention to self-care and stress reduction, increasing enjoyment of life and finding self-fulfillment.

Zoom Advanced
Sept. 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
Become a Zoom power-user with topics like personal meeting IDs, advanced web portal settings, advanced scheduling options, advanced sharing options and annotation, polling, breakout rooms, reporting and cloud recording. Plus, ask a Zoom expert your advanced questions.

STEP Office Hours
Sept. 9 & 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Have a question about the STEP Process? Come to our STEP drop-in office hours. No registration is needed. Join office hours via Zoom

People Leaders Forum
Sept. 9, 1 – 2 p.m.
If you manage people, make sure you’re taking advantage of UCOP’s People Leaders Forums. These interactive sessions are a monthly opportunity for you to build a network with your peers while developing leadership skills, sharing best practices, swapping strategies for navigating challenges and learning to better support yourself and your team! This month’s session will focus on UC experience conversations, AKA “stay conversations.”

New Employee Orientation
Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Starting a new job or at new UC location can be daunting. This orientation session is designed to facilitate your smooth transition to UCOP. Topics include UC and its history, UCOP overview, employee tools and resources, safety and compliance.

Excel Advanced
Sept. 15 & 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Targeted to experienced Excel users, this class builds on the key concepts shared in our introduction and intermediate courses. We’ll cover importing and exporting data, formatting numbers, working with ranges and macros, data analysis tools, summarizing data, using “what-if” data analysis and workgroup collaboration. This two-session class is hands-on and highly interactive.

PowerPoint Techniques 
Sept. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn powerful techniques that can help you save significant time, better manipulate and format presentations, convey information in a compelling way and collaborate with others more effectively. We’ll cover dozens of navigation and formatting tips and shortcuts, including master slides. We’ll share data presentation tips, including creating tables, charts and diagrams within PowerPoint and importing assets from other applications. We’ll also show how SmartArt can add visual elements that make your presentation more memorable, as well as other presentation best practices to increase impact.

Inclusive Virtual and Hybrid Meetings
Sept. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Inclusive meetings lead to a climate of openness as well as greater teamwork and decision ownership. This workshop features techniques to help you facilitate virtual and hybrid meetings that include all voices and engage your participants. Topics include meeting structures that foster engagement, tailoring engagement strategies for participants and objectives and best practices for hybrid and remote meetings.

Communication in the Workplace
Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Taught by popular instructor Raj Kapur from the Center for Project Management, this workshop delivers an array of tools and techniques to build your communication skills. Learn to enhance your professional presence, build more emotional intelligence and implement verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to facilitate effective engagement and make a positive professional impact.

Accomplishing More with Less
Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bombarded by information? Persistently interrupted and sidetracked? Always juggling competing and changing priorities? Frustrated with digital overload? This fun and engaging workshop, facilitated by People-OnTheGo gives breakthrough techniques for difficult time and productivity challenges.

Imposter Syndrome, Perfectionism and Perfectionist Culture
Sept. 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Imposter syndrome is the belief that you’re inadequate or incompetent in your role — despite evidence that you’re skilled and successful. Pamela Rich, organizational development consultant at UC Berkeley, will lead participants in informal assessments, individual reflection activities and small-group breakout sessions with the goal of helping you build a happier, more sustainable and positive sense of self.

Basic Safety Awareness
Sept. 29, 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Learn basic safety tips to help you feel informed, alert and safe as you travel to and from the workplace and have an opportunity to ask your personal safety-related questions. This live virtual class will be facilitated by Melissa Collins, program manager for Security, Risk and Resilience. Melissa, a safety expert, recently joined UCOP after serving 20 years with the UC San Diego Police Department.

Gartner Introduction
Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Gartner is a research and advisory organization that provides tools, training, insight and consulting on a variety of issues to help build successful organizations. Its website offers high-quality tools, research and webinars that offer insights and support around organizational topics like leadership development; diversity and inclusion; learning and development; management and employee development; and recruiting. Come learn tips and tools for navigating and utilizing this valuable site.

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