Professional Development Circles
How the Program Works
- Participants who have expressed interest will be notified when circles are formed and placed in a diverse group of 8-10 participants.
- A kickoff meeting will provide an opportunity to meet group members and jump-start your first circle meeting.
- As a group, you'll utilize the provided curriculum as a guide while identifying other topics based on need and relevancy.
- Meetings continue for as long as the group maintains interest. We recommend meeting at least two hours a month.
Who Should Attend
Professional Development Circles are designed for any Georgia Tech faculty or staff members who manage people and have a desire to engage in discussion and co-inquiry around leadership and people-management related topics, as well as a willingness to co-create a learning environment that generates an experience to learn from yourself and your circle members. Circles are structured for those who prefer more conversation and less structure; multiple deep-dive sessions; and shared responsibility for the facilitation and direction of the learning.
How You Will Benefit
By participating in Professional Development Circles, you will be able to:
- Enhance your support network of colleagues.
- Engage in a mindset shift.
- Explore topics around leadership development.
- Supplement workplace performance.
- Contribute to the betterment of the Institute.
- Develop relationships outside your sphere of influence.
- Create opportunities for cross-collaboration.
Listen: Interruptions Podcast - Learning through Circles
Professional Development Circles are a self-sustaining, collaborative learning experience regardless of position or years of service to Georgia Tech. In Episode 12 of the Interruptions podcast, LaTrese Ferguson, manager of Workplace Learning & Professional Development, emphasizes the need for these informal community networks, and a past participant shares her diverse experiences with the program.