Employee Learning & Organizational Effectiveness

Employee Development

Employee Development

Your professional development and growth are important to us. Our Employee Development programs are designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and professional growth of every university employee. These programs recognize the unique strengths, aspirations, and developmental needs of each employee.

If you are a new employee and looking for onboarding materials, please visit our New Employee Onboarding webpage.

Power Skills at Illinois

Program Overview

Power Skills at Illinois is an interactive program for employees looking to strengthen their communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to become more effective in the workplace. Participants will learn practical tools to communicate with a purpose, grow effective teams, and develop a language for understanding and cultivating capable leaders.

This certification course consists of three core sessions delivered in a virtual workshop via video conferencing and in person options.

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Learning Objectives

  • Build skills for communicating in unfamiliar situations, with the goal of developing connections, sharing ideas, and building partnerships.
  • Explore ways to make meetings more effective, including developing strong agendas and ensuring that three key leadership roles are filled.
  • Explore different aspects of leadership; reflect on their own leadership skills, values, and goals; and develop a language for understanding and cultivating capable leaders.

Completion Certificate and Badges

Participants who complete all three core sections will earn a certificate of completion.

Target Audience

All current employees


Registration for Power Skills at Illinois is free for University of Illinois Urbana Champaign employees. Registration is required.

Self-Guided Learning


Illinois on Coursera gives Illinois students, staff, and faculty free access to more than 170 non-credit online courses and Specializations. Created by Illinois faculty, Illinois’ Coursera courses provide opportunities to advance your career, explore your interests, or expand your skill set. With Illinois on Coursera you can take any course you want, whenever you want, the way you want. Complete the course and receive an Illinois/Coursera course completion certificate to post on resumes and LinkedIn ©.

Coursera Link

LinkedIn Learning

The University of Illinois has contracted with LinkedIn to provide members of the University of Illinois with access to over 1,200 online courses provided by LinkedIn Learning. Access is available today to all students, faculty and staff and titles are broken down into manageable segments to accommodate busy schedules. These video based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.

LinkedIn Course Link

Additional Resources

Check out our Across Campus page to learn more about other workshops, trainings, and development opportunities.