Celebrate International Women’s Day with these 7 free online courses

Since LinkedIn Learning began at the university on Jan. 26, more than 1,300 staff and faculty have activated their free online accounts. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Since LinkedIn Learning began at the university on Jan. 26, more than 1,300 staff and faculty have activated their free online accounts. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

International Women’s Day is more than just a day to celebrate the economic, business, social and political accomplishments of women around the world. It is also a chance to personally examine our biases to create balance — in life and in the workplace.

But identifying and working through biases takes more than just inner reflection — education is paramount in making meaningful personal change. Luckily, at the University of Calgary every faculty and staff member has access to LinkedIn Learning, a combination of dynamic, online instructional content, videos and tutorials that can help you grow both personally and professionally.

Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking one or more of these online courses from LinkedIn Learning to help live #BalanceforBetter in your personal life and career.

  • Confronting Bias: Thriving Across our Differences: Find greater meaning, well-being and productivity by learning how to interact with others across differences. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions.
  • Unconscious Bias: We’re all biased. Our experiences shape who we are, and our race, ethnicity, gender identity, height, weight, sexual orientation, place of birth and other factors impact the lens with which we view the world. In this course, diversity expert Stacey Gordon helps you recognize, acknowledge and prevent biases in everyday decision-making.
  • Leadership Strategies for Women: Creating an environment of “inclusive excellence,” where everyone can thrive, takes the right skills and strategy. Business professors, colleagues, and coaches Daisy L. Lovelace and Carolyn Goerner discuss the common challenges that women in leadership face and introduce strategies to overcome them.
  • Proven Success Strategies for Women at Work: Women who aspire to leadership roles face unique challenges in today’s companies and require a unique set of skills and strategies. In this course, business consultants Deborah Kolb and Elizabeth Robillard help women proactively develop these strategies and skills.
  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence: Executive coach and organizational psychologist Gemma Roberts explains what emotional intelligence is and why it’s important to be self-aware and align your intentions and your impact to build strong working relationships.
  • Executive Presence for Women: Executive presence — communicating confidence, polished professionalism, and authenticity — is a key skill for any aspiring leader, manager or executive. Instructor Roberta Matuson provides practical strategies that can help women build and sustain executive presence, and overcome common pitfalls.
  • Taking Charge of Your Career: Navigating your career now means being able to adapt and stay relevant. This course is designed for anyone who wants to take charge and plan the next move — whether it’s choosing a career, negotiating a promotion, or changing fields.