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In April, we are hosting a half-day workshop titled "Developing Effective Communication Skills." The workshop will be divided into three sessions focusing on: difficult conversations, confident communication, and negotiation skills.
The first session, Difficult Conversations, will be led by Laura Page, who is the instructor of the continuing education course called “Taking the Difficult out of Difficult Conversations”. This session will focus on techniques to manage difficult emotional moments.
The second session, Confident Communication, will be led by Amy Zelenski, who is the instructor of the course “Improvisational Theater for Scientists”. This session will focus on teaching students how to adapt their communication style to various audiences and learn behavioral skills for effective speaking.
The third session, Negotiation Skills, will be led by Megan Phillips, who teaches negotiation tactics at the Law School. This session will focus on using the skills learned during the previous sessions, and to apply it to a situation where women may feel intimidated to advocate for themselves and negotiate an important aspect of their career – such as a for salaries and promotions.
Overall, these sessions are aimed to provide women scientists with communications skills that will strengthen their ability to navigate gender-specific challenges they may face in seeking and developing their careers. We wish to provide a small-group environment to allow attendees to practice these "soft" skills, with each session capped at a maximum of 30 participants to encourage participation.
We believe that this experience will address the gap in the training provided to young scientists at a graduate level by cementing valuable skills, and will help empower women to confidently advocate for themselves and resolve issues that may arise over the course of a career in STEM fields.
This is event is sponsored by WISELI and the GSOPD.