Registration is open
Learning & Development workshops are available to Columbia University affiliates, including: Barnard College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, and other members of the University community.
Learning & Development offers a variety of virtual workshops via Zoom, with a selection of in-person workshops (specified in the class details).
All workshops provide skill building and professional enrichment, through a variety of methods. Virtual sessions will simulate an in-person classroom experience featuring individual and group activities. Workshops are divided into categories below to help you decide on the best course fit for you.
We encourage you to also visit our Certificate Programs page to explore our other exciting offerings this semester.
Please review the Affiliate Registration & Cancellation Policies below, prior to registering.
Course Offerings by Category
Speaking with Presence (IN-PERSON)
Promote your expertise and impact by developing your leadership presence.
Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 9:30am - 12:30pm
*NEW* Presentation Skills for a Virtual Audience (VIRTUAL)
Learn the techniques and skills necessary for an effective virtual presentation to help keep your remote audience engaged.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Strategic Thinking and Big Picture Planning (VIRTUAL)
Learn to apply big picture thinking to get work done more effectively.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Effective Writing Skills (VIRTUAL)
Learn to create professional communications that are clear, concise and successfully engage others.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 9:30am – 12:30pm
Elevate Team Culture with Trust (IN-PERSON)
Learn how to use trust to drive organizational performance and productivity.
Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity for Individuals (VIRTUAL)
Understand the human experience of change and develop the skills to successfully navigate any workplace change.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Practicing Self-Leadership (IN-PERSON)
Strengthen your impact as an individual contributor and prepare for future leadership roles.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
*NEW* Developing Your Emotional Intelligence (VIRTUAL)
Discover Emotional Intelligence (EI) skills to gain the ability to better respond to the world around you, including eliminating the stress and frustration that arises from working with others.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 9:30am – 12:30pm
Strategic Management Communication (VIRTUAL)
Learn or refresh critical communication skills associated with being an effective manager.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 9:30am - 12:30pm
*NEW* Holding Effective 1-on-1s (VIRTUAL)
Learn to hold conversations that increase productivity and connection with your team.
Wednesday, September 28, 2023 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity for Leaders (IN-PERSON)
Successful leaders engage their people in change, making it feel less uncertain and more like an opportunity.
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 9:30am - 4:30pm
*NEW* The Workshop on Leadership Development and Teambuilding (VIRTUAL)
Learn how to motivate people, conquer setbacks, create inspired teams.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 9:30am - 12:30pm
*NEW* The Manager’s Role as Trainer & Coach (VIRTUAL)
Discover strategies and techniques to help train staff more effectively, improving their efficiency and making you a better overall manager.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm
*NEW* Inclusive Leadership: Practical Ways to Cultivate Inclusion & Build a Better Team (IN-PERSON)
Discover ways to develop yourself as a leader, and inspire a sense of belonging in each member of your team.
Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 9:30am - 4:30pm
Design Thinking 101 (VIRTUAL)
Learn to use Design Thinking® principles to drive practical, innovative solutions in hybrid/virtual work.
Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 9:30am – 11:30am
*NEW* Microsoft Office – Excel 2019 Power Pivot – Advanced Database Features (VIRTUAL)
Power Pivot is an Excel add-in that performs powerful data analysis and creates sophisticated data models.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager (IN-PERSON)
Develop the mindset, skillset, and toolset to consistently deliver successful projects to completion.
Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
Registration & Payment:
Affiliates may register for a course by creating an account in the Affiliate portal of the Enterprise Learning Management system (ELM).
IMPORTANT: Review the How to create an Account in ELM for Affiliates of CU job aid for detailed instructions on how to do this, paying special attention to the Security Key.
After your ELM account has been setup, please login to ELM to register for a workshop. For guidance, you may access the How to register for a Course for Affiliates of CU job aid for detailed instructions.
Affiliate Registration & Cancellation Policies
Payment: When registering for a course in ELM, you will be prompted to provide a credit card to process payment. Accepted cards include: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
Refunds: Should you choose to cancel your registration, please note that it may take up to 3 months to process the reimbursement.
Email [email protected] if you need further assistance.
Course registrations should be canceled at least seven days prior to the scheduled workshop date to ensure the full cost is waived. If the cancellation is not received within seven days, the full cost of the course will be charged to the registrant. The cancellation period allows wait-listed participants an opportunity to attend.
If you cancel a course at least seven days in advance, a refund will be processed for the cost of the course to be returned to your credit card. Reimbursements may take up to 3 months to process.
In the event that a workshop is currently at capacity, you have the option to request a seat on the waitlist. You will be notified of this at your time of registration in ELM.
As an affiliate, in the event that you request to be placed on the waitlist, you are required to provide payment via credit card. Your card will then be charged the full amount of the class. Should a seat not become available, or you choose to cancel your registration, you will then be issued a refund.
Please note that reimbursements may take up to 3 months to process.
For assistance with downloading or using Zoom, please visit the Columbia University IT page
* Note about in-person workshops: Most workshops will be virtual with the exception of a few in-person, on the Manhattanville campus and at CUIMC. The decision to offer workshops in person is subject to change, as we continue to survey the current climate.