Human Resources has partnered with LinkedIn Learning and SOU Corporate Relations for a professional development framework that meets the desire for flexibility and accessibility to both on-line and in-person training.  

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand learning platform that will enable the achievement of professional goals and aspirations through on-line courses and videos.  SOU employees may now access a LinkedIn Learning account within  Once in, employees can customize their learning experience, as well as access a learning path that has been developed based on their job description.  Below are a few highlights of what LinkedIn Learning offers:

  • Unlimited access to more than 5,000 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics
  • Personalized recommendations that allow for the exploration of the most in-demand skills
  • Expert instructors representing relevant industry topics, all in one place
  • Convenient learning with the flexibility to access courses on your schedule, from any desktop or mobile device
  • Helpful resources that reinforce new knowledge with quizzes and exercises

In collaboration with SOU Corporate Relations, in-person training will be sponsored by Human Resources each Winter, Spring and Fall locally on the SOU Ashland Campus.  Details of the next session is listed below:

TITLE:Managing Stress, Building Resiliency
DATE: November 5, 2021 (Friday)
TIME: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
LOCATION: Virtual/Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Gretchen Ki Steidle
COURSE OBJECTIVE: This interactive session for stress-management, wellbeing and self-awareness will
draw upon current research in neuroscience, interpersonal biology, psychology and the ancient
traditions of mindfulness, meditation, and breath in facilitating practices for mental, emotional
and physical wellbeing. Participants will explore the typical challenges underlying burnout and
compassion fatigue, identify their own negative coping mechanisms, develop proactive strategies
for resiliency, and develop a holistic self-care plan. The workshop will also provide a short
demonstration of an evidence-based, trauma-informed program in breath and meditation for
chronic stress and post-traumatic stress. Having enhanced their capacity for self-care, participants
will begin to uncover the relevance of wellbeing to effective leadership.

About the Presenter: 

Gretchen Ki Steidle is the Founder & President of Circles for Conscious
Change. Gretchen is also the founder and President of Global Grassroots, an international
organization that leads a social venture incubator and mindful-leadership program for women and
girls in East Africa. She has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BA in Foreign Affairs
from the University of Virginia. She is author of the recently published: Leading from Within:
Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation (MIT Press, 2017), and lectures and
teaches on mindfulness and social change worldwide. A certified Integrative Breathworker,
Gretchen has been delivering breath-based resilience training and trauma healing since 2005 to a
range of individuals globally, including Rwanda genocide survivors, Haiti earthquake survivors and
first-responders, Hurricane Katrina survivors, university activists, mental health professional and
health care professionals. Her workshops have been offered at institutions including the Skoll
World Forum, Omega Institute, Kripalu Institute, Wellbeing Project, Dartmouth College and
University of Virginia, among others. In 2007, Gretchen was honored by World Business Magazine
and Shell as one of the top International 35 Women Under 35. In 2010 she was honored as a CNN
Hero volunteering in Haiti after the earthquake. In 2011 she was chosen one of seven Remarkable
Women of the World by New Hampshire Magazine. In 2018 Gretchen was named one of Inc.’s Top
100 Leadership Speakers. Learn more at:




  • Fall Term 2019: Emotional Intelligence & Effective Communication
  • Spring Term 2019: Teamwork and High Performance
  • Winter Term 2019: Conflict Resolution
  • Winter Term 2020: Managing the Work-Life Equation
  • Fall Term 2020 - Session 1 - Managing Stress in Uncertain Times
  • Fall Term 2020 - Session 2 - How to Find Enjoyment and Productive Engagement in a Virtual Workplace
  • Fall Term 2020 - Session 3 - Personal Financial Planning
  • Spring Term 2021 - Session 1 - Becoming a Valuable Team Member
  • Spring Term 2021 - Session 2 - Delivering Constructive Feedback Effectively
  • Spring Term 2021 - Session 3 - Critcal Thinking Refresh

For questions regarding LinkedIn Learning access, tools and recommend learning paths, please contact Human Resource Services at 541-552-8119 or email  For a full listing of workshops independently offered by SOU's Outreach and Engagement, please visit