Every day brings new challenges for professionals. We understand your desire to become better leaders.

Whether you are seeking to be more effective in your current role, transitioning to a new career, or pursuing lifelong learning, Harris is here to support your professional development. 

Listen Up

Explore our collection of webinar series and individual events to hear from experts on a range of topics related to professional development and leadership.

Transitions Series

We developed a series of “Transitions” webinars to provide insights and skills to guide you in your career development.  We suggest you begin your journey by viewing our webinar with Dorie Clark, an expert at self-reinvention and change management.  

“Reinventing You” with Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, frequent contributor to HBR, and author of three books, including Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future. During our wide-ranging discussion Dorie provided enlightening stories and actionable advice on important topics:

  • How to do a personal “inventory” to uncover hidden strengths
  • How to converse at networking events
  • Ideas to develop strong communication skills
  • How to “stand out” and be credible in a busy digital world

Watch Dorie Clark's "Reinventing You" (1 hour)

View Dorie's free self-assessment workbook.

Past Series and Webinars

Listen to past webinars from the Transition Series and more.

Read Up

Stay informed about important professional development and leadership topics. Our curated and insightful articles highlight connections to our webinar speakers. 

High-Performing Professionals Run on Self Awareness
A commentary by Terri Brady about developing self-awareness, which requires curiosity, humility, and courage.

How to Network When There Are No Networking Events
Our initial webinar speaker, thought leader Dorie Clark, wrote a piece in Harvard Business Review on how to network when there are no networking events.

Why Managing Uncertainty Is A Key Leadership Skill
Our recent webinar guest, Michele Wucker, author of The Gray Rhino, talks about why the ability to cope with ambiguity is critical for leaders dealing with the pandemic and other gray rhinos.

Master of Influence: The “Notorious RBG” Used Persuasion to Advance Equality
A commentary by Terri Brady about how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used the persuasion tools of framing, building relationships, and asking strategic questions to change policy and laws.

Show Up

Join us in the following upcoming professional development events. These webinars focus on providing insights and skills to guide you through your career “transitions,” and add to your communications skills toolbox. 

New Alumni Webinar Series: “Influencing”

To be an effective professional in today’s work environment, you must exert influence. How do you convince your co-workers, your boss, colleagues in other organizations and even your friends, that they should listen to your ideas and accommodate your point of view? How do you effect change in thought and behavior in people and organizations?

Nick Morgan, author of Power Cues, acknowledges that gaining influence in the modern workplace is difficult. In a recent HBR article he asserts that “It’s never been harder to influence others, because they’ve never been more distracted.  Information overload and the pace of our digital lives [have led to short attention spans].” Of course, the importance of exerting influence continues to be critical for policy leaders.

To provide you with opportunities to gain insights and skills related to “influence,” we are expanding our professional development program to include a new series titled “Influencing.”  Please see below to register for the first two webinars in our Influencing series.

We will continue our Transitions series, so look for announcements of upcoming programs.

Influencing Series

“Influencer Stories from Tom Alexander: Diversity and Inclusion Entrepreneur, Communications Strategist, and Policy Wonk”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:00 pm CST

If experience is the best teacher, then Tom Alexander is a walking case study for exerting influence effectively. Tom is a leader in inclusion and diversity, and the founding partner of Holistic, a technology firm dedicated to improving the entire employee experience through the use of data.

Before founding his own company, Tom was the COO for 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States, and the number one rated university-affiliated incubator in the world. His role included managing external relations with government and media partners.

Tom also served as deputy communications director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where he oversaw day-to-day communications strategy and long-term planning, written press materials, and coordination among city agencies. He also played a leading role on the Mayor’s economic council, where he worked to attract and retain companies and jobs to Chicago.

Prior to his time in the Mayor’s office, Tom served as a senior communications director at the University of Chicago, a policy and communications projects director in the Office of the Governor of Illinois, and a senior disaster analyst for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC.

Tom earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and his MPPA in Public Policy Administration at Northwestern University.

The one-hour webinar will begin at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Terri Brady, the Executive Director of Professional Development at Harris, will moderate. Please join us.

Register for the Tom Alexander Webinar

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If you have questions about professional development, or you would like us to explore specific subjects, contact Terri Brady, Executive Director of Professional Development at tbrady@uchicago.edu.


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