Are you looking for high-impact professional development opportunities for yourself or your team?

Miles Husid
Marketing Coordinator, HDO

August 3, 2021

Join us for an online information session on Thursday, September 2 from noon to 1 pm to learn more about our Fall 2021 Professional Training programs.

HDO offers one- and multi-day programs for individuals, as well as multiple training options for groups. All programs are developed and led by UT Austin’s top faculty. Our training programs focus on key human-centered organizational challenges, including change management, communication and negotiation, strategic thinking, ethics and leadership, corporate culture change, and individual and organizational resilience, among others.

Attendees will have the chance to chat with faculty and staff. Attendees will also be provided with exclusive program registration discounts.

During the session, several Professional Training instructors will provide attendees with key concepts and learning outcomes of their respective courses. The following instructors and courses will be featured:

Addressing Change-o-Phobia: Leading Change Up and Down the Org Chart

  • Davida Charney, PhD and Marcia Silverberg, MSW

Changing an organization’s policies, culture, or operating procedures requires the utmost in persuasive strategies. Drawing on rhetorical theory and organizational psychology, this workshop will help you understand why people resist change, plan out steps for introducing changes, and design communications promoting change directing at different kinds of audiences.


Telling Your Story: Crafting an Honest, Effective Organizational Narrative

  • David Beaver, PhD and Danny Gutknecht

Meaning is critical to personal and organizational success. A strong and honest personal and organizational narrative is the way that we communicate meaning. It is crucial that an organization’s narrative can be naturally interwoven​ with the personal stories and values of employees and customers, and that it evolves along with the personal journeys of those stakeholders as well as the wider cultural and business environment. Participants in this course will be presented with methods for identifying and developing these narratives.


Communicating for Impact

  • Cyndee Lake, MA

Whether an individual communication is complex or not, it needs to be crafted thoughtfully by engaging your audience in relevant and meaningful ways. If you don’t take the time to do so, your communication will still have an impact, but not necessarily the one you intend.


Risky Business: Human Error & Organizational Resiliency

  • Mike Legatt, PhD

This course provides participants with core scientific principles from psychology and engineering to help better understand what human error is, and ways of building barriers to keep errors from turning into major events. This seminar is helpful for people at all organizational levels and positions. The tools provided will empower participants to reduce error, both in their organizations and their personal lives.


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