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. 

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Please join us in our 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. 

“Workshop: Strategic Networking”

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 2:00 pm CST

A strong professional network can help you find a new position, source new perspectives and ideas, enhance your reputation, and increase your influence. But how strategic are you in building and maintaining your network? In this hands-on workshop you will explore techniques for expanding and nurturing your professional networks.

The workshop will be led by Hal Weitzman, the Executive Director of Intellectual Capital and Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the Booth School of Business. At Booth, Hal is editor-in-chief of the Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question, Booth’s monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor of The Financial Times from 2000 to 2012. Currently he teaches a popular class on persuasion.

For an inspirational story about networking, we encourage you to read the recently published The Power of Networking: A Harris Connection Story. When Harris alumna Mary Michaud, MPP ’95, connected with Analiese Wagner, MPP ’20 and Sarah Gill, MPP ’20 it triggered a powerful chain of subsequent connections and events. And it all began with a single email.

The one-hour networking workshop will begin at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021. Terri Brady, the Executive Director of Professional Development at Harris, will moderate. Please join us.

Register here.

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.

The Power of Networking: A Harris Connection Story
When Harris alumna Mary Michaud, MPP ’95, connected with Analiese Wagner, MPP ’20 and Sarah Gill, MPP ’20 it triggered a powerful chain of subsequent connections and events. And it all began with a single email.

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.

Listen to past webinars from the Transition Series, the Influencing Series, and more.

“Leadership Matters: Active Listening and Questioning” with Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards is an award-winning journalist who has worked as Chief Content Officer at WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR member station), Executive Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and host of two acclaimed daily news and culture programs, The Afternoon Shift and Eight Forty-Eight. Now he is transitioning into a new position as a managing director with executive recruitment firm Koya Partners. As he makes this exciting transition in his career, Steve spoke to us about the surprising connections between journalism and leadership.

Join us to learn:

  • Insights about navigating and leading through challenging times
  • How active questioning and listening can supercharge your leadership skills
  • The techniques of inquiry journalists use to uncover deep answers and leaders use to manage teams
  • Why open-ended questions are most likely to elicit deep answers in interviews

Watch Leadership Matters: Active Listening and Questioning with Steve Edwards (1 hour).

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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.


Do you want to contribute your opinion in writing?

The Chicago Policy Review invites all Harris alumni to submit opinion editorials for their Commentary section. Promote your professional brand to an audience of policy experts. 

Submit your editorial.

Send questions to the Chicago Policy Review editor in chief at editor.in.chief@chicagopolicyreview.org.