Emotional Intelligence Seminar

Program Information

May 7 & 14

8:30 to 12:30 a.m. each day

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for Emotional Intelligence - Full

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. EI has been shown to increase job performance, productivity, and personal excellence. Come to this seminar to explore this important ability and gain skills to improve your own emotional intelligence.Participants will be able to:

  • Define Emotional Intelligence (EI).
  • Explain the business case for developing EI.
  • Recall areas of the brain involved in EI.
  • Describe the four elements of an EI model.
  • Apply strategies to increase emotional competence.

This is a 2 week series. Participants are asked to participate in both weeks. 


Crucial Conversations Workshop 

Program Information

May 15 & 17

8:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for Crucial Conversations - Full

Crucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of the organization.  By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

The CU Boulder Department of Human Resources has teamed up with VitalSmarts to offer this important course to CU Boulder employees. Based on the national best-selling book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations course teaches participants to speak persuasively, not abrasively; foster teamwork and better decision making; build acceptance rather than resistance; and resolve individual and group disagreements. See the attached document for a detailed description of the course.

Cost: $250 (The course fee includes a Crucial Conversations Toolkit, cue cards for each lesson, a Crucial Conversations model card, a copy of the New York Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations audio companion MP3 download, and a course completion certificate).

Learn more about Crucial Conversations.


New Employee Welcome Experience

Program Information

Thursday, May 16

8:30 to 4:30 a.m. 

Register for New Employee Welcome Experience - Full, register for future session

The New Employee Welcome Experience is the first event in a year-long series designed to help increase the understanding of CU Boulder’s culture, organizational structure and governance, operations, learning mission, values, and campus initiatives. This program is offered to new, permanent CU Boulder employees in their first year of employment.This day-long event will help new employees become oriented with the CU Boulder campus. The New Employee Welcome Experience starts at Old Main Heritage Center in the historic heart of campus where participants will begin to develop their understanding of what it means to be a member of the CU Boulder community. The day will include a 2 hour walking tour of campus and a 1 hour bus tour broken into two portions throughout the day. Lunch will be provided by Elevations Credit Union and print materials are provided by CU Imaging Services (your campus printer).



CU Discover: Demystifying Academic Traditions and Regalia in Higher Education

Program Information

Friday, May 17

12:00 to 12:45 p.m. 

Administrative and Research Center 620

Register for CU Discover

Gowns, hoods, and tassels, oh my! In this session, we will demystify academic traditions.The history and symbolic significance of academic dress and ceremonies will be discussed.Topics will include the differences between academic gowns, colors, hoods and other elements of dress. Traditional academic ceremonies and their significance will also be discussed.Attendees are invited to bring a lunch for these interactive, informative sessions.


  • Merna Jacobsen, PhD.:  Asst. Vice Chancellor & Deputy Chief HR Officer, and Director of Organization and Employee Development, Department of Human Resources
  • Suzanne Soled, PhD: Director of Faculty Relations, Office of Faculty Affairs

New CU Boulder employees in their first 12 to 18 months of employment are invited to participate in the CU Discover Lunch and Learn Series, part of the Department of Human Resources' comprehensive, year-long onboarding program. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Learn more aboue the program on the CU Discover webpage


Crucial Conversations Refresher: Make It Safe

Program Information

Wednesday, May 22

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

University Memorial Center 247

Register for Make It Safe

Organization and Employee Development (OED) along with campus partners introduce a Crucial Conversations Refresher program for Crucial Conversation (CC) graduates. There is no cost to attend this program. All Crucial Conversations graduates are invited to join certified facilitators for an hour-long deep dive into the CC curriculum. 

Neuroscience and learning transfer theory tells us that consistently practicing new skills is the biggest predictor to successfully integrating learning into your everyday environment. The Refresher program will provide an interactive opportunity for CC graduates to practice and hone the skills and strategies presented in the original CC training.

Refresher Participants will be able to:

  • Apply CC skills and strategies in a facilitated environment.
  • Collaborate with other CC graduates and facilitators to enhance their application of CC concepts.


Leading at the Speed of Trust

Program Information

Thursday, May 30

9:00 to 4:30 p.m. each day

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for Speed of Trust- 2 Spots Left! 

Trust is not merely a soft, social virtue: rather, trust is a pragmatic, hard-edged, economic, and actionable asset that you can create. There is a compelling business case for trust. Teams and organizations that operate with high trust significantly out-perform teams and organizations with low trust. This has been proven in dozens of studies, across a multitude of industries and sectors. The Speed of Trust Practice helps organizations better manage change and create high-performing teams that are agile, collaborative, innovative, and engaged.

Cost: $30 - You must be registed for the FranklinCovey All Access Pass to attend this in-person workshop.