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Professional Education

As Cornell’s ILR School, we bring together the insight of leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners to design training courses for the modern workplace. We specialize in work – from HR practices to labor relations and conflict-resolution strategies. We train people who change their organizations.

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Effective Communication (online)

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills and overcome reluctance to speak in public and gain tools for more effective presentations. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program and participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Dec 1 - 21, 2021
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    Live Online
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    $199


Register for Effective Communication (online)

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Ready to make a difference in your union, organization, or company? Earn your certificate and build essential leadership, negotiation and communication skills with convenient and flexible online courses. The Labor Leadership Skills certificate program is an affordable and rapid-results educational experience that provides skills essential to success in your organization.


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    Dec 1, 2021 - May 2, 2022
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    Live Online
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Leading Change

Learn to artfully inspire your people and motivate them to change by meeting them where they are with a fully realized, articulated vision for the future and concrete actionable steps to get there. This workshop offers a self-assessment, a method to navigate real-world scenarios and a personal action plan.
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    Dec 1 - 2, 2021
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    Live Online
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    $1495


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Register for Leading Change

HR Consulting Skills: Becoming a Trusted Thought Partner

Become the voice of your organization and influence others to do the same. Develop core capabilities to build relationships and consult internal clients. Learn techniques to guide clients in establishing goals, achieving desired outcomes and managing expectations.
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    Dec 2 - 3, 2021
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    $1995


Register for HR Consulting Skills: Becoming a Trusted Thought Partner

Register for HR Consulting Skills: Becoming a Trusted Thought Partner

Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to harness emotions in sensing, understanding and responding adeptly to social cues in the surrounding environment. Measure your current EI level and receive coaching to improve it. Learn to use your EI to interact with others, solve problems and achieve higher performance.


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    Dec 6 - 7, 2021
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    Live Online
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    $1595


Register for Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Register for Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Conflict in a Union Environment

Learn practical approaches of how to diagnose and address this conflict and build a strong and productive relationship. Key focus is on the roles of union representatives and supervisors, rules and norms of a unionized environment, pre-discipline, just cause, communication skills and problem-solving applied to labor-management meetings.
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    Dec 6 - 8, 2021
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    $1995


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Register for Conflict in a Union Environment

Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Examine current legal and policy concerns and best practices related to preventing harassment and retaliation. Learn HR, managers and employee approaches for responding to inappropriate behaviors. Practice prevention strategies for creating a respectful workplace including providing individual feedback. Review requirements for training and explore preventive training options beyond legal standards.
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    Dec 7 - 9, 2021
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    $795


Register for Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Register for Harassment Prevention in the Workplace

Organization Design: A Foundational Course for Practitioners

Understand the core frameworks and methods in organizational design and how it can be used as a lever of strategy execution. Create alignment between components of the organization and the overall business structure. Hone consulting and analytical skills to strike a balance between facilitative and expert roles.
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    Dec 9 - 17, 2021
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    $1995


Register for Organization Design: A Foundational Course for Practitioners

Register for Organization Design: A Foundational Course for Practitioners

Grievance and Arbitration Handling

This interactive course teaches how to analyze grievances and conduct grievance meetings with an eye towards fact-finding and resolution. Learn the basics of how arbitration works with the goal of being a more effective representative during the hearing.
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    Dec 9 - 10, 2021
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    $1495


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Register for Grievance and Arbitration Handling

Return to Work: NYC Human Rights Law and Reasonable Accommodations

As workplaces begin to return to in-person, employers, workers, unions, and their counsel need to understand recent changes to the New York City Human Rights law and how it differs from the ADA.
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    Dec 9, 2021
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    $50

Register for Return to Work: NYC Human Rights Law and Reasonable Accommodations

Register for Return to Work: NYC Human Rights Law and Reasonable Accommodations

Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Communicate effectively and respectfully in a multi-generational workplace while leveraging differences to build stronger work relationships. Understand why generational differences exist and prepare to change your mindset to use new ways of communicating with others. Learn to avoid making age-based assumptions that diminish both respect and trust.


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    Dec 15, 2021
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    $995


Register for Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Register for Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

It is critical that managers at unions and social justice organizations receive training to become effective leaders and make the best use of limited resources. Participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed and respond appropriately to common issues while honoring the values of the labor movement.


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    Feb 10 - Mar 11, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $1700
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    New York, NY


Register for Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

Register for Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

This workshop provides a good foundation for supervising and managing with labor’s values. This workshop focuses on understanding different behavioral styles at work and how to adapt when conflicting styles cause misunderstandings, unproductive efforts, and impede progress on reaching goals.


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    Feb 10 - 11, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $950
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    New York, NY


Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Managing Conflict

This program allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of location or work schedules. An introduction to dispute resolution theory and practice, this course examines the nature and sources of conflict and the role of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and fact-finding in the resolution of disputes.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

Register for Managing Conflict

Register for Managing Conflict

Labor and Film

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course examines the history of unions in the US through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues raised by each film. Each week we will watch a film, analyze it, and discuss our reactions.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

Register for Labor and Film

Register for Labor and Film
Public Training
Across New York State, we engage in workplace research and training.

We offer a wide range of training available to the public focused on work, employment, and labor.

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Through the work of Sarosh Kuruvilla, Andrew J. Nathanson Family Professor in Industrial and Labor Relations, we offer capacity building programs in India.

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