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Link & Learn

Free One-Hour Professional Development Webinars

Link & Learns are complimentary one-hour sessions offered by the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park. Our Workplace Communication Link and Learns help you can gain practical workplace communication strategies, backed by the latest organizational communication and management research. Sessions are facilitated by faculty from the KU Graduate Certificate in Professional Workplace Communication.

  • Sessions are hosted online from 11 a.m. to Noon (Central Time) on the Third Thursday of each month.
  • Recordings are typically posted at the end of each month, so if you miss a session you can come back to this page to view the recording.
  • Sponsored by the Communication Studies Graduate Certificate in Professional Workplace Communication at the KU Edwards Campus.

Please contact Graduate Communication Programs Manager and Faculty member, Angie Pastorek, Ph.D. with any questions: apastorek@ku.edu


NOTE: These topics can also be brought on-site to your workplace through the KU Edwards KnowledgeNow program.

Click the "2018 Sessions" link below to view the monthly topics and register for individual 2018 monthly Link and Learn sessions.


2018 Sessions:

Click on the dates below for more information and to register:


February: New Year, (Re)New You: Strategies for Reconnecting with Your Professional Network Online and In-Person for 2018

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m.

What do you do when you are planning to meet someone important - or after you meet someone interesting -  at a networking event? Do you check out their Linked In profile? Ask a trusted colleague what they know about that person? Networking - or cultivating longer-term relationships with individuals in professions and industries relevant to your career - has never been more complex or necessary as it is these days.

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March: Writing Emails that Save Time and Get Results

Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

How much time do you spend reading and responding to emails every day? In this webinar, we will discuss specific strategies for writing emails that will help you and your recipients save time and get more done every day.

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April: A New Approach to Preventing Sexual Harassment - How to Build a Culture of Respect, Professionalism and Accountability

Thursday, April 19 at 11 a.m.

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are not new to the workplace - but the now widespread awareness about its prevalence across every industry and organizational level is triggering new questions -- and an impetus to build organizational cultures that prevent these behaviors, respect women, and hold perpetrators accountable in meaningful ways.

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May: Beyond Generational Stereotypes -- Understanding and Engaging with the Desire for Connection and Meaningful Work

Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m.

The workforce is currently more diverse - and in more ways - than ever before. Yet, diversity also represents new challenges for organizations still adapting to the relatively rapid, ongoing diversification and globalization of the workplace.

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June: Communicating for Inclusion -- Constructing Welcoming Workplaces that Welcome Difference

Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m.

Workforce demographics are dynamically changing. The landscape of our workforce now includes higher percentages of women employees, racial/ethnic minorities, and four different age cohorts. This session will share research on how issues of diversity and inclusiveness impact our workforce, workplace relationships, organizational productivity and employee satisfaction and dignity.

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July: Addressing the Evolving Forms of Workplace Conflict Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Recognizing and Navigating Workplace Conflicts

Thursday, July 19 at 11 a.m.

Workplace conflict is an inevitable part of organizational and professional life. This session will address two dominant types of workplace conflicts, five commonplace conflict management strategies, and techniques for breaking a stalemate -- among other communication skills.

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August: When Smart Phones Cause Dumb Problems -- The Role of Communication Technologies and Social Media in Creating & Amplifying Workplace Conflict

Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m.

The old boundaries between our personal and professional lives have been obliterated by the "always on" nature of smart phones, texting, and social media. These technologies offer both benefits and drawbacks to our workplace relationships.

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September: "But I Can't Rat Out My Buddy - or My Boss": Handling Everyday Ethical Conundrums in the Workplace

Thursday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.

Have you ever been asked to do something unethical? Seen a coworker do something unethical but felt hesitant to speak up? In this session, we'll explore the concept of workplace ethics and discuss why it can be more challenging than we often realize to "speak up" and do the "right" thing.

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October: When the Professional Feels Personal -- Understanding the Relationship Between Emotions and Work

Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

"Gee, why are you getting so emotional?" or "Don't take it so personally!" Have you been on the receiving end of these types of exclamations and questions? This webinar will review the emotional aspects of work and the constraints placed on the expression of emotion at work, as well as highlight how emotions generated by our work impact us and our relationship with others.

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November -- Enhancing Your Influence through a Stakeholder-Based Approach to Your Personal Communication Strategy

Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m.

It has never been more challenging to get the attention of people in your organization whose active support you need to get your ideas implemented - and to advance in your career. In this webinar, we'll help you take a step back to think more strategically about who matters most to a particular project and how to adapt your message content, timing and method to help ensure others' support and advocacy.

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December -- Going Beyond Work-Life as Struggle: Creating a Life with Work, Family and Renewal

Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. (one week early due to Christmas holiday)

While we struggle to achieve "work-life" balance, we rarely stop to ask if such a goal is even attainable, given the intense demands we all face in handling work and family responsibilities, while trying to make time for volunteer work, hobbies and even some good old-fashioned down-time. In this webinar, we'll talk about the increasing intensity of the work-life struggle, and unearth the source of hidden pressures we all face to do more, more, more.

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We Used to Be Friends: Communication Strategies for New Team Leads and Managers 

Asking the Right Questions: Powerful Skills for Building Relationships, Framing Problems, and Advancing Your Career

Politics and Professionalism: Navigating the Hidden Dynamics of Workplace Culture


Why Didn't You Say Something?: Uncovering the Workplace Power Dynamics that Silence Employees

Beyond the Performance Review: Giving and Receiving Meaningful, Effective Feedback

Managing Change Through Communication Strategy: Stakeholders, Methods and Message



Effectively Integrating New Hires into Teams & Organizations

Handling Emotion in the Workplace: Acknowledging Others, Caring for Yourself

Beyond the “Open Door Policy:” Engaging Your People with Follower- Centered Leadership Communication

Everyday Communication Skills for Navigating Workplace Relationships and Conflicts

Making Meetings Meaningful

Writing Emails that Save Time and Get Results

Quantity or Quality? Crafting a Personal Networking Strategy that Works for You

Communicating for Inclusion Across Boundaries of Place and Culture

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Angie Pastorkek, Ph.D.
Program Manager and Faculty