Training & Development


UCSB offers a wide variety of developmental programs to build job skills for the role you have and to foster the career we hope you develop.   Programs extend to all segments of the workforce.   Check out the many opportunities; classes and workshops, career programs, management development, UC institutes, and training certificate programs.


This event series is presented by the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Workgroup for Talented Staff in partnership with Human Resources and the Academic & Staff Assistance Program.  All campus staff are invited to attend.

Getting Your Message Heard to Achieve Desired Results

Presenter: Jeffrey Hanson, UCSB Lecturer, Writing Program and EMS Program Linguistics

Wednesday, July 13

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Corwin Pavilion

Jeffrey Hanson will be leading a workshop that focuses on an engaging story-based approach for delivering oral presentations on nearly any topic. While this approach is adaptable for each audience, purpose, and length, the workshop will focus primarily on the preparation phase of shorter multimedia presentations that inform or seek support from a broader audience. Join us for some hands-on experience and an interactive discussion of a practical 5-step plan for crafting your next oral presentation.*

Jeffrey Hanson has been teaching various forms of written and oral communication to grads and undergrads at UCSB and three universities abroad for the past 26 years. He has also given hundreds of professional presentations in 8 countries. His straight-forward ideas draw upon key elements of effective communication and the work of contemporary pathfinders like Nancy Duarte (Resonate), Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) and Jean-luc Doumont (Trees, Maps, and Theorems). A companion website, with links to these and other helpful resources, will be available to workshop participants.

*Participants should bring paper, a pen, and one specific presentation topic—past, future, or hypothetical—to work with during the workshop. Just a one-sentence summary of the topic would be fine.


Unlocking the Power of Growth Mindsets for Individuals, Teams and Organizations

Presenter: Laura Kray, UC Berkeley Professor, Haas School of Business

Thursday, July 21

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Corwin Pavilion

The concept of mindsets, which are the underlying set of beliefs and assumptions about human nature, has taken the world by storm. Whereas fixed mindsets are characterized by a belief that human potential is limited and static; growth mindsets are characterized by a belief that hard work and effort are the primary drivers of performance.

This seminar will examine the widespread effects of mindsets on how individuals, teams, and organizations perform. Mindsets are important because they drive learning, collaboration, and innovation. Based on groundbreaking research, we will identify the conditions that help or hinder problem solving, the transmission of critical information between team members, and the creation of workplaces characterized by psychological safety and high ethical standards. We will also link mindsets to culture of organizations, which influences employee engagement, satisfaction, and turnover. Attendees will gain self-awareness about their leadership mindset and develop tools for cultivating a growth mindset in themselves, their teams, and their organizations. 

Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. Kray has published over 50 articles examining how gender and cognition intersect to affect life experiences, including conflict resolution, morality, meaning making, and problem solving. Kray’s research has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Washington Post, National Public Radio, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Financial Times, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Scientific American, Business Week, and She is the founding director of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program of the Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley. She provides leadership training based on cutting-edge research to organizations across the globe.


Getting Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck

Presenters: Jason and Jodi Womack, Co-Authors, Executive Coaches, and UCSB Alumni

Wednesday, August 31

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (followed by book-signing*)

Corwin Pavilion

The surprising path to greater productivity lies in the questions you ask of yourself and of the people you work with collaboratively. During this program, UCSB alumni Jason and Jodi Womack will share how you can use the 5 Stages of Momentum and improve your ability to use inquiry-based coaching to bring out the best in yourself and in those whom you lead. The application-based Get Momentum program provides participants with radically simple ways to plan for, engage in, and acknowledge progress on short-term, as well as long-term, projects.  

Jason and Jodi Womack met in the front row of a California History class here at UCSB.  Almost 10 years ago, they founded their own consulting firm, the Womack Company.  In more than 40 states and 23 countries, Jodi and Jason have met with and helped busy professionals be more productive through coaching, consulting, their Get Momentum Leadership Academy, and now their book, Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck (Wiley, May 2016)*.

*This session will be followed immediately with a book-signing event. Discounted copies of Jason and Jodi’s new book, Get Momentum, will be available for purchase while supplies last.