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PD Wednesday Webinars

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Career & Professional Development at the Centre for Continuing Education is excited to launch a new weekly professional development webinar series, PD Wednesday Webinars.

Join us for free as our instructors discuss a variety of topics. Take one hour every Wednesday to learn with us each week!

  • Wednesdays at 11am beginning April 29
  • Free to attend in April, May and June
  • One-hour long
  • Presented over ZOOM
  • Registration required
CLICK on each Header to sort the column alphabetically or by date.
Webinar 11:00am▲▼ Instructor ▲▼ Date▲▼
Business Analysis as a Leadership Skill SOLD OUT Shawn Stevenson April 29
The Art of Teleworking Shelley Vendramin May 6
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Cristine Saxon May 13
Virtual Team Building Shelley Vendramin May 20
Leader vs. Manager: The Great Debate Cristine Saxon May 27
Creating Strong Teams Through Diversity and Inclusion Cristine Saxon June 3
Servant Leadership Shelley Vendramin June 10
Elicitation: Gathering the Best Information from a Stakeholder Shawn Stevenson June 17
Manage Your Emotions to Manage Your Team Cristine Saxon June 24

Business Analysis as a Leadership Skill - Shawn Stevenson

Wednesday April 29, 11am

The key traits of an effective Business Analyst include the ability to form consensus, translate strategy into tactical deliverables, and effectively communicate. These are the same skills that many organizations expect from their leaders. Increasingly, Business Analysts are being slated for promotion to senior levels because they are viewed as effective leaders. This webinar will include:

  • Defining your leadership style as a Business Analyst;
  • Learning organizational strategy;
  • Communicating to diverse audiences;
  • Creating consensus;
  • Mentoring and coaching others; and
  • Tailoring communications to a wider organizational audience

The Art of Teleworking - Shelley Vendramin

Wednesday May 6, 11am

Working in a home office requires a unique set of skills. Teleworkers or virtual employees have additional challenges created by not being in a centralized office. Communication issues alone make it a challenging job, and recognizing these challenges will help make you a great teleworker. The “Art of Teleworking” webinar will provide you with skills needed to be successful in your work from home environment; as well as it will provide you tips to address and resolve challenges that teleworkers can face!

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - Cristine Saxon

Wednesday May 13, 11am

The most productive and respected leaders are often the most emotionally intelligent ones. This one-hour webinar will introduce you to the concept of emotional intelligence, and offer some strategies you can put into effect right away. Emotional intelligence starts with awareness of your own emotions, and then builds on this to learn to monitor and manage them so that they do not manage you instead. EI then extends from self-awareness into learning how to recognize emotions in other people. This ultimately helps to relate with other people and manage relationships more effectively. Recent advances in neuroscience have shown that we can continue to grow our emotional intelligence through our lives for greater balance and enhanced relationships.

Virtual Team Building - Shelley Vendramin

Wednesday May 20, 11am

With the ongoing concern of the global pandemic, many organizations are adapting to working within virtual teams. A virtual team has the normal issues of a localized team, with the additional challenges of distance and cultural differences. The “Virtual Team Building” webinar will provide you some knowledge to work with these challenges and some tips to effectively communicate with your team.

Leader versus Manager: The Great Debate - Cristine Saxon

Wednesday May 27, 11am

To lead or to manage, that is the question. For a number of years, leadership theory has raised interest in the debate over which is best today: leading or managing people. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn about the main points in the debate. Together we will consider which approach is favoured, whether one approach is actually best, or whether there is room for both. You'll walk away better equipped to decide what approach suits you best from your perspective as an employee, which fits for you in your current role, or whether you want to develop leadership skills, management skills or both as you develop for future roles.

Creating Stronger Teams Through Diversity and Inclusion - Cristine Saxon

Wednesday June 3, 11am

Adding diversity to your teams can create more opportunities. Whether it is diversity of background, ethnicity, thought, identity or some other aspect, leveraging differences can be an effective way to build strong outcomes. This one-hour webinar will give you some ideas on how to invest your energy in the right areas. We will explore the business case for creating inclusive work groups and teams to harness the power of diversity and inclusion to meet your team's goals and to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Servant Leadership - Shelley Vendramin

Wednesday June 10, 11am

Servant leadership can seem like a contradicting term, but it is becoming a very popular tool in many businesses. Servant leadership is a philosophy that involves focusing on others (i.e. your employees), and on their success, and in turn building better professional relationships that can benefit both the manager and employee. Servant leadership shows that managers can be great leaders while boosting their employee’s confidence and furthering their success at the same time. With our “Servant Leadership” webinar, you will be provided a summary of what it means to be a servant leader; as well as some tips for self-reflection!

Elicitation: Gathering the Best Information from a Stakeholder - Shawn Stevenson

Wednesday June 17, 11am

When gathering information from a stakeholder it can be tempting for professionals to position themselves as a note taker and not as an investigator. This session will prime attendees to gather the most useful information by probing deeper into the motivations, personality and role of the stakeholder. This session will highlight tools, techniques and best practices for eliciting accurate high quality information from a stakeholder. It will include the following highlights:

  • Strategically choosing a technique, format and venue for the information gathering;
  • Planning for an elicitation session;
  • Building rapport and gaining trust;
  • Designing and asking the right questions;
  • Making effective notes;
  • Validating what you learned; and
  • Common elicitation pitfalls

Manage Your Emotions to Manage Your Teams - Cristine Saxon

 Wednesday June 24, 11am

Do you sometimes feel like your emotions manage you, while you are busy trying to manage your teams? You are not alone, and emotional intelligence has become a core component of leadership development. Learning to monitor and manage your own emotions is essential to leading people in an authentic and relatable way. In this one-hour webinar, you'll learn to identify when you are stuck in an emotional reaction and even more importantly, several strategies you can start using immediately to get back on track. These same strategies can be shared or used with your employees to help them manage their own reactions and create a more emotionally intelligent team.