Professional Development

Professional Development

Opportunities to Learn and Network


UAAD Professional Development Contacts

Becky Carter,, 472-5893
Deb Eisloeffel,, 472-5009


"Using Strengths to Manage Engagement" presented by Josh Erickson of Team Concepts

Strengths Engagement

This hands-on workshop, held Wednesday, March 29th, allowed participants to connect with peers around the topic of engagement. The take-aways from this experience included:

  • Understand the engagement cycle all employees experience
  • Learn how to provide specific encouragement to your team
  • Develop the perfect culture for your team to thrive
  • Reinforce how strengths add value to everyone on your team

For the past 20 years, Josh Erickson has been utilizing his experience, intuition, and insatiable drive for success to help transform businesses and teams into champions. After being proven successful in his own ventures, his innovative methods have expanded in reach, helping institutions like FedEx, Catholic Health Initiatives, and the University of Nebraska take their employee engagement and team collaboration to new heights. His ability to navigate the cyclical patterns of human behavior, coupled with his dynamic and personable presentation style have established him as a pioneer in his field, paving the way for emotional and professional empowerment in collaborative environments, large, small, and everywhere in between.

Building on a Foundation of Strength

Building on a Foundation of Strength

This workshop, held on November 10, 2016, aided attendees to think about their Gallup Strengths and how to put their results into action. For others, it was an opportunity to learn more about the program.

Session facilitators were Becky Carter, Human Resources Specialist, IANR Finance and Personnel, and Deb Eisloeffel, Human Resources Manager, College of Business Administration.

TED Conversations

It’s like a book club, but their lips move! In these free one-hour brown bag sessions we’ll view a TED talk and enjoy a moderated conversation about the topic. Past Conversations were held on:

  • Feb. 11, 2016, 12 pm –1 pm
    “Start with Why,” by Simon Sinek
  • Mar. 10, 2016, 12 pm–1 pm
    “Lead Like the Great Conductors,” by Itay Talgam

Fresh & Fierce


A unique opportunity for UAAD members, as well as the university community, was Paul Wesselmann’s return visit to Lincoln.

This event was held on October 14, 2016. As the organizers stated, "We have invited our longtime buddy to share some of his latest research and strategies around maximizing effectiveness. He spent several months reviewing the considerable research that has centralized around a handful of simple, specific, and significant actions we can take to more consistently bring our best selves to our daily lives. This fast-paced session will explore the current thinking around optimal living and provide practical tools you can use immediately to create sustainable improvements in your personal *and* professional effectiveness. Paul holds degrees in psychology and higher education, and worked on several campuses as he developed a passion for leadership training. Over the last two decades, he has spoken on almost 200 campuses and keynoted dozens of student leadership and professional development events. Over 30,000 people subscribe to his weekly email newsletter, Ripples, and thousands more follow his upbeat and informative social media posts. You can learn more about his work at or follow @RipplesGuy on most social media.

Discover Your Strengths

Discover and Use Your Strengths

This event was held on April 13, 2016 from 8:30 am - 10 am in the Nebraska Union 
Discover your strengths and learn how to use them to be more engaged, productive, and happier. You’ll take the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment before the workshop and work with the director of the College of Business Administration’s new Strengths Lab, Mark Pogue, to understand the unique ways you experience your strengths and how they influence one another.

About the Speaker:

Mark Pogue is Executive Director of the Don Clifton Strengths Lab at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Business Administration. His responsibilities include creating strengths-based programs in which students, staff, and faculty lead successful, self-directed lives, empowered with the knowledge of their talents and how to apply them. Mark led in the design and implementation of StrengthsQuest, a campus-based human development and engagement program, created to help students apply their strengths in academics and career. Under Mark’s direction the program grew to over 3 million participants in a wide range of settings on more than 600 campuses.


Being the Leader Your Followers Need

Amber Messersmith

This event was held on November 16, 2015 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Determine your leadership and communication styles and how they compare to others’
  • learn to read the situation to decide what kind of leadership is best
  • learn effective leadership practices to use in your work right now

Handout   Communication Styles Survey

Tech Connect

Tech Connect flyer

The Tech Connect presentation was held on October 20, 2015 in the Unity Room of the Jack Gaughan Multicultural Center. The afternoon session, held from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm was free for UAAD members, and $15 for non-members. Click the flyer to download.

Topics and speakers

Robin Bowman, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation

Andrea Schreiber, Grants Coordinator, Sponsored Programs

Deb Eisloeffel, Human Resources Coordinator, College of Business Administration

Ashley Kiekhoefer, HR Specialist, IANR

Ranelle Maltas, Technology Training Services Manager, IT Services

Tyler Thomas, Social Media Specialist, University Communications   

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry and Humble Inquiry – The Art of Asking Rather than Telling and the Search for the Best in People

This event was on February 3, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NET Building, 1800 North 33rd Street

Presented by Nancy Myers, Director of Organization Development for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tools for Innovation and Creativity

Presented on April 9, 2015 in the NET Building, 1800 North 33rd Street

Dr. Farritor shared some great insights into ways we can tap into our creativity to get outside our silos. Enjoy some of his talks recorded on YouTube.

October 16 Workshop

Negotiating Power in a Bureaucracy

The UAAD Fall Workshop was October 16, 2015 at NET
Dr. Rachel Pokora explored the levels of power that exist in bureaucracies. Participants learned to identify different types of power and considered multiple ways of negotiating that power in their relationships, in their departments and on the university level. Pokora is Professor of Communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She earned her BA in Communication in 1990 from Michigan State University and both her MA and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Pokora teaches courses on theory, leadership, gender and communication in contemporary society.

Workshop Handout