Career/Life Digest

Programming that benefits you at home and at work

Cornell Elves Summer Backpack Program: Help local kids in need get a great start on the new school year by donating a brand new backpack filled with school supplies! Shop the sales with this handy list, or bring cash or supplies to our team leaders. It only costs about $20 per child. Businesses and organizations can participate, too - see more details.

Volunteers Needed for Cornell Opening Day, August 18: Help welcome nearly 4,000 new undergraduate students and their families to campus! Assignments include help with ID card distribution and providing directions and information. Supervisory approval needed; volunteers receive a t-shirt and lunch. Sign up here!

Community and Culture

Free Summer EventsTake advantage of free concerts, performances, and lectures, on campus and Ithaca Commons. 

$ave Green at HomeA new resource for living lightly on the planet, and your wallet.  What can I do to get started on a home energy audit?  Is it really free? What’s a CSA?  Get handy tips and tricks from this new resource by the Campus Sustainability Office.Check out this Quick Start Guide!

Sustainability Recipe: Use this tip to turn your leftovers into bounty! Cook, shop, toss, repeat. Sometimes it seems like food is always flying out of the fridge, and not all of it is winding up in someone’s stomach.  What to do with the molding leftovers from last Sunday’s dinner (was it last Sunday??) Learn this one easy trick for making use of the food that no one wants to stretch your wallet further.



Preparing for Baby Fall 2017 Workshop SeriesAll Cornellians (faculty, staff, postdocs, and students) and their partners/support persons are welcome to attend, free of charge. All workshops are held on Fridays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., 140 East Hill Office Building, 395 Pine Tree Road, behind East Hill Plaza. Register here for one or more of the programs. Contact for more information.


Caregiver Support & Education Network Meetings: July 20, August 17: 12:00-1:00 pm at 221 Weill Hall. Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as to listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers. Facilitators will share strategies, tools, and resources for coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national resources that may assist you. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Questions? Contact Michelle Artibee,

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Career Development

LEVERAGING WORKDAY AS A MANAGERJuly 28, 9:30-11:00 am, B05 Uris Library and August 10, 10:00-11:30 am, B05 Uris Library. This free, hands-on workshop provides managers with the ability to navigate Workday and use it as a decision-making tool.  We'll guide you in Workday as you locate key information on employees within your organization and generate a variety of reports to assist you in your supervisory responsibilities. Additional topics will include how to navigate supervisory organizations, approve time-off and review of current and historical employee HR events. 

BUILDING RELATIONS THAT LAST – LEARNING FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE: Wednesday, August 9, 9 AM – 4:30 PM; EHP 345 Training Room; $250. You have heard the term Customer Service, but you are not really sure how that relates to your job? This hands-on skills workshop helps you build lasting relations with colleagues, students and faculty while learning from customer service insights.

COMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Thursday mornings from 9:00 am – 11:30 am, September 7 – November 30, 2017 in the Training Room, 345 East Hill Plaza; $450. This comprehensive program includes training on all types and aspects of communication to express oneself professionally by focusing on the three primary competencies of effective communication—interpersonal skills, written communication, and informal oral presentation. 

Administrative Academy

The Administrative Academy is designed to provide opportunities for the development of individual contributors in both technical job skills and skills for expanding their influence across the organization. Our professionals succeed because of their expertise as well as their abilities to work well with others, collaborate and be good team players, and communicate effectively among all levels of the organization. The Administrative Academy is designed so an individual contributor can take just one or a few programs, or receive a certificate by taking the 10 Core sessions and 4 Electives. View the complete Administrative Academy course catalog in CULearn.

Management Academy

Supervisors may take courses individually, or pursue Management Academy certificates at the Applied and Mastery levels. The purpose of the curriculum is to further develop the skills of current managers, such as managing business and administrative operations, developing organizational operating policies and procedures, estimating human resource needs, managing conflict and projects, building networks, and more. View the complete Management Academy course catalog and register at CULearn.


Inclusive Excellence Academy

Cornell University’s Inclusive Excellence Academy offers programs designed to advance an inclusive educational environment and workplace. 


Executive Leadership: Becoming an executive leader requires a broad skill set, ensuring you’re ready to handle any challenge. Whether you work at a small company or a global organization, this certificate gives you the perspective needed to develop a broader understanding of effective decision making, managing across cultures, and identifying the impact of financial performance on your business. Visit your eCornell portal to enroll:

Franklin Covey Courses

FranklinCovey Courses: These award-winning training programs specialize in performance improvement and help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior.

5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: October 23-24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ILR Conference Center. Features a hands-on technology teach, showing participants how to use the productivity concepts within Microsoft Outlook.   

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0: November 6-8, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ILR Conference Center. Achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective.

Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager: November 27-28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ILR Conference Center. Participants learn to implement a disciplined process to execute projects and to master informal authority.

Presentation Advantage: December 14-15, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., ILR Conference Center. Discover how to craft presentations around essential objectives, and present key concepts and ideas with power and enthusiasm. Training Courses

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Learning Box: Learn how to start a free personal account in Box and begin storing and viewing files.

Managing Projects with Box: Learn how to use Box’s content management features to manage projects.

Learning Box Administration: Learn how to get Box Business and Enterprise accounts up and running. Learn critical administration tasks, such as running reports, branding and customizing your account, and setting security options.

Box OneCloud Apps for Mobile Productivity: Learn how to install apps and connect them to your Box storage account, edit documents with Documents to Go, take notes with Notability, use PDF Expert and iAnnotate to view and mark up PDFs, and work with presentations and forms. 


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Featured Topic: Communication


Words That Work In Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace

Effective Communication for the Technical Professions

Certification Course:

Managing Project Communications (PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition)


Keeping Business Calls Professional

Communicating with Professionalism and Etiquette

Technical Training

For current IT Training classes:  To see a complete listing of technical training resources, go to If you are interested in attending a course that does not yet have a class scheduled, use the 'Request Learning' option to show your interest. To receive training announcements, send an email with the subject: join to Have a question?  Contact

CISER - SPSS, Stata, & Atlas.Ti Training - 3 courses available  Various dates; Various times; 103 Mann Library, Stone Computing Center; No Fee  

Administering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune - Custom for Cornell CIT Aug. 2-4; 8:30am–4:30pm, each day; 120 Maple; $1375

Word 2016 Basic  Aug. 8; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.; 120 Maple; $105 

Skype for Business & Zoom Basics  Aug. 18; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $59 

Using Microsoft Windows 10  Aug. 18; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.; 120 Maple; $59 

OBIEE Answers Tool Training – Accounting data Sept. 7; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.; Carpenter Hall, Accel Green Lab; $50

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