Bring a friend and sample our course offerings over lunch this summer. To register as a group, call us at (804) 828-3165.

Lunch and Learn topics are also available as customized training programs. Contact corp-ed@vcu.edu to bring these sessions to your organization. 

Upcoming Lunch & Learns 

Negotiating Career Opportunity

October 16: 12:00-1:15 p.m. | Speaker: Katybeth Lee | Fee: $35 (includes lunch and parking)

In this session, we will discuss three points of negotiation that can advance your career – how you decide which jobs to apply for, negotiating your salary and benefits, and negotiating flexibility to keep all those balls you are juggling afloat! This will be an interactive workshop appropriate those who want to learn how to better negotiate their career choices. By attending this session, participants will learn:

  • How to evaluate whether they have enough qualifications to apply for a job
  • Strategies for negotiating salary and benefits
  • Options for flexibility in jobs to help balance multiple commitments 

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Winning the Interview

November 7: 12:00-1:15 p.m. | Speaker: John Worth | Fee: $35 (includes lunch and parking)

Learn how you can emphasize your most marketable and transferable skills within the different interview formats you will experience in today's business environment.  Resume, behavioral / competency and case interview formats will be discussed in detail.  Special attention will be given to how you can emphasize your most marketable and transferable skills within the different interview formats you will experience.  A brief role play activity and small group interview activities will be included as time permits. By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Better understand different interview questions and how to respond to them
  • Be more aware of how to emphasize their most marketable skills in any interview format
  • Improve their interview skills through practice activities

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Using LinkedIn to Boost Your Career

December 12: 12:00-1:15 p.m. | Speaker: Latisha Taylor | Fee: $35 (includes lunch and parking)

We all know that personal connections matter and can lead to promising job opportunities. Why not enhance your connections using LinkedIn? This session will guide participants in a step-by-step process of how to strengthen their LinkedIn profile and attract recruiters. By attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Attract recruiters with an enhanced LinkedIn profile
  • Learn how to use Linkedin as a way to search for career opportunities
  • Identify ways to utilize LinkedIn as an online networking tool 

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Past events

Previous Lunch and Learn topics are available as customized training programs. Contact corp-ed@vcu.edu to bring these sessions to your business.

Growing Within Your Job

People will hold around 10 different jobs in their lifetime on average, but the majority of employees consider themselves "not engaged" with their work. In this session, we cover how you can strike a balance between a structured job role and maximizing your skills and passions to stay engaged in your position and career. Speaker: Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D. 

Developing Influencing Skills 

No matter what your role, there are times when you need others to support a decision you’ve made or cooperate with a direction you are setting. Your effectiveness often depends on the willingness of others to work with you. How do you influence others so that you can get what you need?  Speaker: Terrie Glass

Building and Rebuilding Trust: A Leadership Perspective

Trust is one of the most critical elements in leading teams and building successful business relationships, but it takes time to develop and is easy to lose. Learn what can you do actively create a trust-based team and organization. Speaker: Jean Gasen, Ph.D. 

Mindfulness at Work: Not Another Manic Monday

Not only can incorporating a mindfulness practice at the office help you check life’s chaos at the door, but it can also strengthen your focus on important tasks, improve your creativity, and help you engage more meaningfully with colleagues and supervisors. Speaker: Elizabeth Bambacus, Ph.D. 

Talking the Talk: Public Speaking Demystified

The fear of public speaking often keeps many people from sharing their knowledge, insight, and analysis with others. Learn an approach used by many successful presenters and get a confidence boost for your next presentation or talk. Speaker: Helene Bumbalo

Data in Business

Learn how data can and should be leveraged for initiatives ranging from the elimination of food deserts to saving warfighter lives to creation of new business models. Speaker: Peter Aiken, Ph.D.

Ditch the PowerPoint: The Power of the One Page Presentation
Eliminate long, boring slide decks and build powerful visuals on one page. Speaker: Derrick Strand

Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Success
Get tips for marketing yourself in your organization and setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based) goals. Speaker: John Worth

How to Win at New Business
Develop relationship-based selling approaches and learn how to construct winning sales calls in a fun and interactive environment. Speaker: Wayne Slough, Ph.D.

Intro to Project Management
Learn the fundamentals of the project management methodology and explore examples of real world application. Speaker: Jennifer Romero-Greene

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
Discover how emotional intelligence is linked to leadership, and how you can become a more effective leader, manager, peer and overall contributor in your organization.
Speaker: Terrie Glass

LEGO® Serious Play®
Join us for a short but fun introduction to LEGO® Serious Play® and learn how this interactive facilitation process can be used to build high performing teams, develop strategies and more. Speakers: Joan Gammon and Joe Synder

Managing Your Career
Leverage the power of professional networking and develop the skills advance your careers and avoid career-derailing behaviors. Speaker: John Worth

A Mindful Approach to Leadership
Learn how leaders can utilize mindfulness to help them grapple with the intricacies of leading in a complex world where change in the only constant. Speaker: Christopher Reina, Ph.D.

Presenting with Power
Discover the secrets to creating compelling and dynamic presentations, whether writing your TEDtalk, presenting an abstract, or conducting a morning meeting. Speaker: Eva DeVirgilis

Stress Management
Practice some simple, quick and techniques for managing stress in your life and work. Speaker: Jean Gasen, Ph.D.

Your Data and Breaches: A Focus on Credit Reporting
Understand the impact of the 2017 Equifax data breach on you and your organization's credit. Speaker: Peter Aiken, Ph.D. 

Women and Money
Empower yourself with new skills to transform your own money story and fuel your professional success. Speaker: Roberta Keller