Prior to Talent Development
The Talent Development team worked to develop new and innovative ways to deliver training options for the CSU community offering online, hybrid, and in-person professional development opportunities to meet the needs of our faculty and staff working from home and on various campuses.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Talent Development shifted in mid-March 2020 to an entirely virtual learning experience. TD rapidly adjusted content to respond to employees’ needs during a time of transition and uncertainty.
TD also launched its first self-paced course in the LMS – eLearning versions of the one-hour curricula.
The team changed the office name to ‘Talent Development.’
The new name, Talent Development (TD), placed focus on what the office does through training and facilitation, by building the knowledge, skills, and abilities of others and helping them develop and achieve their potential so that the organizations they work for can succeed and grow.
Emergency Readiness Trainings
The building proctor program expanded to include new emergency readiness trainings for all of campus led by a multi-disciplinary team of trainers.
Learning Management System
Recognizing the need for a centralized university employee registration and tracking system, TOD sponsored and launched a Learning Management System (LMS) for employees. The LMS is used to monitor professional development, safety, research and compliance training across campus. The team added an LMS Coordinator to provide operational and technical support within TOD and to LMS department administrators across campus.
TOD produced its first online live training to reach supervisors and other employees who work off-campus.
Supervisor Development Program Requirement
In conjunction with administrations reflection upon the campus climate survey and at the request of the employee councils former President Tony Frank announced the support for a required supervisor training program. TOD met this request with increased offerings within the Supervisor Development Program.
Expansion of Training & Organizational Development
TOD expanded its staff with the addition of two Training & Organized Development Specialists. Their primary focus was to create a required Supervisor Development Program and expand services to provide strengths coaching and customized facilitation. The TOD team also revamped the University Orientation Program.
Marsha Benedetti brought TOD her experience managing training in the healthcare industry. She also built upon her past CSU management experience to continue TOD leadership.
The Training and Organizational Development unit added a part-time staff member to provide building proctor training across campus.
Training & Organizational Development
Lorie Expanded the department services with her background and experience in organizational psychology. The office name changed to Training & Organizational Development to reflect this expansion.
Lorie Smith, along with a support staff, continued the development of the employee training program. The office partnered with Facilities; Student Affairs, including Housing & Dining Services; and the Colleges of Business and Health & Human Sciences.
The Program is Launched
Initially the program was called “Training & Development” and launched in the fall of 1999, extending through the Spring of 2000. The program focused on the development of soft skills, including leadership, relationship building, evaluating staff, and how to have difficult conversations.
Pilot Program Development
Mims worked with two part-time student employees and partnered with the Lory Student Center and Housing & Dining Services to their training curricula. This resulted in a leadership pilot program intended for deans, directors, and department heads at the University.
Meet Mims Harris
Mims Harris began working for Colorado State University in 1970 as the associate Director of Cultural Programs. She later began the Director of campus activities. In 1999 she worked under the Human Resources Department with a focus on employee training and development.