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NIH Training Expo: Find NIH Training Easily

All NIH employees are invited to attend the free virtual NIH Training Expo April 6, 2022, from 9am-12noon. Learn more about NIH-wide training opportunities. Ask questions and engage with learning professionals across several disciplines. You’ll hear from the following training sources:  

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  • Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)
  • The Center for Information Technology (CIT)
  • Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)
  • Office of Extramural Research (OER)
  • NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)
  • NIH Library Services
  • Contractor Performance Assessment & Reporting Systems (CPARs)
  • NIH Training Center (NIHTC)

For details and to register in advance, visit NIH Training Expo Information Site. This site will also include a recording of the live virtual sessions if you are unable to participate on the 6th.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) – All You Need to Know

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What is an IDP?

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a personal strategic plan to realize job-related, career-related, and/or professional development objectives. An employee can collaborate with supervisors, managers, mentors, colleagues, family – all those people who are invested in that individual – to develop it. For supervisors, an IDP is a commitment between you and your employee to help guide their growth and professional development

NIH and IDPs
At NIH, the goals of IDPs are to (1) facilitate job fulfilment through competency and connectedness, (2) increase employee morale and engagement through the opportunity to learn and develop new skills, and (3) serve as a medium for ensuring employees have the necessary competencies for future responsibilities and requirements (including succession planning). 

The IDP Process
The creation of an IDP starts with an initial conversation between the supervisor and employee to identify career objectives and related growth areas (future job functions and related competencies). It’s also a prime time to agree on an IDP discussion schedule -which is separate from a conversation about performance related matters.

The IDP process consists of 5 stages:

  1. Defining career objectives and related competencies
  2. Identifying and assessing growth areas 
  3. Strategizing best and most appropriate possibilities for enabling and spurring growth
  4. Reconciling possibilities within the overall context of short- and long-term objectives, and 
  5. Monitoring, assessing, and adapting the IDP as needed.


For more information about IDPs, schedule an IDP Consultation via the NIH Training Center

NIHTC Class Spotlight - Women in Leadership: Strategies for Success

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Calling all Women Leaders to Connect, Share, and Explore!  Attend this unique NIH Training Center Leadership Course

If you are a GS-13 or equivalent leader at NIH and seek an opportunity to meet, connect, and learn with and from other leaders, the NIH Training Center’s Women in Leadership: Strategies for Success series is an excellent opportunity for you.

Launched in 2016, the program is designed to help women NIH leaders develop their own vision, voice, leadership presence, and resilience. A DiSC assessment is included in the program, which offers insights on current leadership styles and behaviors as a foundation for self-awareness and future skills enhancement.

A unique component of the program is a half-day panel featuring women NIH Executives where panelists provide mentoring, guidance, and support to participants.

Approximately 300 women have experienced this program. Our 2022 panel includes:

  • Moderator: Captain Antoinette Jones, MSOD, RN, Patient Representative, NIH Clinical Center
  • Darla Hayes, Executive Officer and Associate Director for Management, NIH Office of the Director
  • Camille Hoover, Executive Officer and Associate Director for Management, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Maryland Pao, M.D., Clinical Director, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Karen Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office, NIH Office of the Director

Here’s what NIH women leaders have shared with us about their experience in the course:

“I loved the opportunity to engage with women genuinely and honestly from a diverse range of offices across the NIH.”

“I enjoyed that it was a program by women and for women and the unique challenges we face.”

“I appreciate the wealth of experiences the panelists brought to the meeting and their willingness to be candid made this one of the best events I've attended in a long time.”

“The interactions made me take a deeper look at myself as a leader and a person.”


Invest in your leadership skills and join the upcoming cohort which begins on June 29. Register soon - this course is limited to 25 participants. For tuition, additional details about the course and to register, visit Women in Leadership: Strategies for Success.

Training Just for Your IC

Closed Enrollment Courses

Do you know that most NIHTC courses in our course catalog are available to you and your team? This is what we refer to as a “closed-enrollment” course. Sample courses include:

If you need to attend training with members of your own team, with a specific goal in mind, contact us for pricing and details at

If you have a training or facilitation need that requires significant customization and is a course not in our course catalog, we have options for you. Complete our NIHTC Customized Training Request Form so we can learn more about your group and your requirements. We’ll review this information and provide you with various options to consider.

Explore the entire NIHTC Course Catalog for classes to meet all your training needs.

Invest in Yourself! Professional Development Courses  

The NIH Training Center offers a wide variety of courses to help you in your current role and prepare you for the next level.

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Check out our upcoming offerings available to you through September. Visit: 

A few popular courses include:

and more!

Don’t Miss Upcoming 2022 DDM Seminar Series Lectures 

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series offers the NIH community engaging presentations that provide meaningful insights into leadership and management concepts, challenges, and solutions. 
Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM 
For details and to register, visit:

Videocast Website

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April 7, 2022 — Lynne Lancaster
“Working with Multiple Generations in the Workplace”
Lynne Lancaster is one of today’s most sought-after generational experts and keynote speakers. She knows what makes Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials, and Gen Z tick, and she brings her original research, insights, humor, and practical tips to audiences eager to solve the generational puzzle.


Priya Parker

June 16, 2022 — Priya Parker
“Regathering after COVID”
Priya Parker’s bold approach to gatherings redefines the ways people connect, learn, and develop relationships. The acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative, unforgettable gatherings that allow them to step back from their daily routine, rediscover their motivations, and develop strategies for innovation.

Most previous DDM Seminar Series videocasts are available for viewing at

NIH Executive Leadership Program 

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We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with The Partnership for Public Service to deliver the NIH Executive Leadership Program. We look forward to another 5 years of leadership programming designed for our most senior “Top 6” positions at NIH, and those aspiring to these positions. 

We are diligently working on a 2022-2023 schedule. Details will be shared at:

The official call for nominations and recruitment announcement will be launched in late-April.  

Questions for the NIH Training Center? Explore Our FAQ’s

To say the mailbox and main number (301) 496-6211 are popular is an understatement.  We answer many inquiries and respond to phone calls on a daily basis. Here are a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Q - How do I know if I am registered for an NIHTC class? 
A - Log into the Learning Management System (LMS) Look at the left-hand panel. The option to select is Learning. If the class appears, you are registered.
If you do not see your class, look at the top of the window and choose the Message Center (Envelope icon). Click on the Search button. You will see a list of status updates for you. There should be a message regarding your registration.
If you continue to experience issues, contact us at 301-496-6211.

Q - Why am I automatically placed on a “waiting list” for the class I registered for?
A - The NIHTC student registration process automatically moves all students to a “waiting list” until your registration is approved by your manager and final approver. If you are approved to attend class and a seat in the class is available, you will receive an email confirmation. Watch the video to learn more.

Q - I’m an NIH employee but considered an “external learner” in the Learning Management System (LMS). How do I register to attend an NIHTC class?  
A - There are several NIH employees that identify as “external learners.” These include NIH employees that do not have an HHS Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card. If you are having trouble registering for an NIHTC class, first speak with your Administrative Officer (AO). Your AO should contact the NIHTC at 301-496-6211 or for assistance.

Check out our other Frequently Asked Questions

Course Calendar

Please take a moment to visit our Course Calendar for more in-depth class details and up-to-date scheduling.

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Barb LeClair, Managing Editor
Elena Juris, Editor in Chief
John Edmond, Media Content and Web Specialist


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