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Management Training Academy

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UNLV Management Training Academy

UNLV Management Training Academy (MTA) is a foundational training series designed to provide clear, standardized expectations and development opportunities for all university personnel who manage non-student employees. The eight-week program includes live seminars, interactive time with colleagues, panel discussions, and online seminars taught by UNLV faculty and community professionals

“Trainers in the MTA are not only subject-matter experts but also dynamic speakers. They employ instructive activities and share real-life examples to keep us engaged and help us strengthen our management skills.”

Tondra De, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Employees who spend time at work learning are 23% more ready to take on additional responsibilities, and 21% more likely to feel confident and happy.

— Source: LinkedIn

Competencies and Courses

UNLV recognizes that effective management directly impacts work quality, productivity, morale, and engagement and is therefore interconnected with the success of the university. MTA contributes to building adaptable leaders who leverage their strengths and address their challenges by focusing on four measurable competencies:

1. Active communication and listening

2. Holding yourself and others accountable

3. Resolving conflict

4. Conducting performance management

Each course will touch upon one or more of these core competencies.

Management Essentials: Roles and Responsibilities

Join your colleagues for a dynamic training on the four primary functions of a manager, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. High engagement activities provide impactful experiences that will motivate you to implement new behaviors and better understand your responsibilities to UNLV and your employees.

Trainer: Dr. Kim Stott,  Managing Director of HR Humanist Consulting

Listening Better, Making Difficult Conversations Easier

Listening Better, Making Difficult Conversations Easier

Communication between supervisors and those they supervise continues to be the most-reported issue on campus. Good communication starts with good listening, and this workshop will share four tips that will help you become a more empathetic listener. By listening more effectively, you will gain a greater understanding of others’ concerns and a new appreciation for their story—which may make your own story more relatable to them.

Even the best work relationships involve difficult conversations—discussions about sensitive subject matter or with very high stakes. It could be a performance evaluation, reorganization, or bad news that must be shared, but these conversations are never easy. That doesn’t, however, mean they have to be awful for either party. Having tackled listening skills, we will then explore—using case studies and interactive role plays—how to make difficult conversations less stressful and more productive.

Trainers: David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., Ombuds, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a skill that allows us to read the style of individuals and adjust our communication accordingly. This course will focus on the five core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and empathy. Participants will learn to develop and implement these competencies to enhance their relationships in work and life by increasing their understanding of social and emotional behaviors, and learning how to adapt and manage their responses to particular situations.

Trainer: Rhovine Small, MS, Senior Consultant at DRI Consulting

Trainer: Ashley Stephens, Consultant

Cultural Intelligence

UNLV is committed to cultivating environments and experiences that continually promote performance for a multi-generational, multiracial, multibackground workforce, as evidenced by UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 Area of Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Those who demonstrate a high level of cultural intelligence are most effective at realizing this goal. This course will help participants deepen their understanding of how diversity, inclusion, and social justice help them foster an equitable environment. They will help participants to develop an intercultural mindset and acquire the skills to shift cultural perspective and adapt, or bridge, behavior to cultural commonality and difference in leadership, team, and decision-making situations.

Facilitators are:

Dr. Makesha Spence, Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica,

Dr. Makesha Spence is Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Psychology and master's degree in Adult Education. As a former University President and faculty member, Dr. Spence is familiar with many of the realities faced by University stakeholders at all levels. She also has over 20 years’ experience in instructional design and training. Dr. Spence has designed and facilitated multiple sessions in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Humility, Unconscious Bias, and Diversity.

Jiayi Sun, Consultant at DRI Consulting

Jiayi Sun is a Consultant at DRI Consulting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Macalester College with a concentration on Cognitive Science. Jiayi has expeirence with evidence-based research and multichannel communication. She also has skills in training, mentorship, and supervising primarily worked with people from diverse backgrounds. With a strong passion for promoting employee well-being, improving organizational culture, and addressing systemic issues, Jiayi is excited about figuring out best culture to be perpetuated in the system. She values teamwork, openness, and equity, looks forward to providing evidence-based services to clients.

Overview of Discrimination and Harassment Concerns

Overview of Discrimination and Harassment Concerns

Brainstorm responses to a number of sample scenarios that will help you better understand what to do when someone you supervise or know expresses concerns about discrimination or harassment. You will walk away from this session with a clear list of strategies that contribute to a healthier work environment and campus climate.

Trainer: Michelle Sposito, director, equal employment & Title IX, UNLV

Motivation in the Workplace

Motivation in the Workplace

What motivates us at work? How does this affect employee engagement? How does employee engagement impact success? The answers may surprise you! Engage in a lively discussion to discover your personal strengths and learn how to use them to motivate your team. You will leave the session with a list of 2-3 self-identified behaviors to help you create a positive, encouraging work environment.


Corrective Action and Discipline

Corrective Action and Progressive Discipline.

Providing corrective action and discipline to direct reports can be confusing and sometimes scary. Come and learn about the purpose, the responsibilities, and the processes for implementing corrective action and discipline from employee relations experts. Let us help you take the guesswork out of these tricky situations. 

Facilitator: Jared Christensen, Director of Employee Relations, HR, UNLV

Performance Evaluations

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To manage participant volume, registration will take a phased approach. Employees who supervise non-student employees will receive an email letting them know when registration opens for their assigned cohort and how to sign up.

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MTA Friday Virtual Discussion Groups

During remote operations, university managers and supervisors are invited to participate in bi-weekly virtual discussions about different workplace topics. The discussions combine pre-session assignments, brief presentations by subject matter experts, and breakout sessions in which participants share collective wisdom. Below are key takeaways from these discussions.