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From: Human Resources

The Human Resources Talent Development team has announced the launch of a new growth opportunity for managers and supervisors, Professional Development Circles (PDCs). PDCs are small groups of managers and supervisors who share a passion for self-improvement and meet regularly to provide knowledge, support one another, build connections, and grow in their leadership skills and abilities. 

PDCs are a wonderful opportunity for managers and supervisors who want a more self-directed professional development journey, with feedback from peers and colleagues that help them grow in a supportive environment. Each PDC will be unique and offer many benefits to those who join.

One advantage is that PDCs provide learner flexibility. Talent Development will host an initial orientation meeting in early October. After that, when, how long, and how often each PDC meets are up to respective members. Talent Development will provide discussion guides and resources for the PDCs, but each PDC can bring or develop its own.

Additional reasons to join:

  • Grow through feedback: Each time a PDC meets is an opportunity for members to learn from colleagues. Share progress, address current issues, gain critical insights and knowledge, and plan to improve where needed.
  • Help each other build accountability: Staying motivated can be difficult, but having a partner (or in this case, partners) who help motivate and engage can make an enormous difference in the professional development journey.
  • Be part of something bigger: Each member benefits and grows from the experience through feedback from colleagues. Shared insights and knowledge will help other leaders develop, grow, and together help make Virginia Tech an even better place to work.

Spots in the Professional Development Circles are limited, and Talent Development will accept applications from Aug. 23 to Sept. 17 so apply soon!

To learn more about PDCs, and how to apply, visit the PDC webpage.  

For more information, please contact the HR Service Center at

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