Career Development Workshop

May 17, 2023 


TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Creating a More Inclusive Science Workplace - Action Steps for Organizations, Managers and Individuals

Speaker: Joanne Kamens, Ph.D. 
Moderators: Lakshmi Amaravadi, Ph.D., Sanjeev Bhardwaj, Ph.D.
Description: In this perfect storm of the #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and COVID's #GreatResignation movements, the need for organizations to finally genuinely address the inclusivity of their cultures is undeniable. A new way of the workplace is necessary to find, hire and retain a company's most important resource, its people. The mountain seems high. Where should we start? Join us to explore three important avenues to this work: implementing DEI strategies for leaders and organizations, the importance of managers in bringing inclusive aspirations to life and the role of individuals in the workplace and the world.
Learning Objectives
  1. Understand responsibilities and best practices for organizational leaders in establishing an inclusive workplace culture.
  2. Learn specific workplace benefits, actions and tactics for inclusive people management.
  3. Become aware of Individual opportunities to address bias and contribute to a more equitable and inclusive world.


 TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 


Effective Feedback as a Manager: How to Deliver It and How to Receive It 

Speaker: Steffi Pluschkell, Ph.D. 
Moderator: Ivelisse Colon-Rivera, Ph.D. 
Most of us have at best an ambivalent attitude towards giving feedback to others and receiving feedback for ourselves. The simple thought of feedback, mixed with memories of prior experience, can trigger an emotional response in us that can diminish the value that feedback could principally provide. This session is intended to ground us in a dispassionate definition of feedback, not as judgment but as discernment of what is – and can change on the basis of conscious choice. We will cover the reasons and responsibilities for giving feedback as a manager and how to do so skillfully with the purpose of learning and growth. Furthermore, the importance of inviting feedback to advance your career and management skills will be addressed. 
Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn how to provide feedback with the purpose of learning and growth.
  2. Improve the effectiveness of your feedback discussions through better understanding of how they are impacted by fundamental human needs and behaviors.
  3. Discover how to receive and invite feedback to advance your career and management skills.

May 18, 2023  


Session III

TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sponsors at Home and Mentors Away - Establishing and Making the Most of Support Relationships for Career Success.

Speaker: Joanne Kamens, PhD
Moderators:  Manas Mandal, Kim Huynh-Ba
Mentors and sponsors can play multifaceted roles in personal development and career advancement. Mentors support growth and development throughout your career. Sponsorship plays a key role in gaining opportunities for advancement in your organization and field. This workshop will explore actionable ways to meet, engage and interact with mentors and sponsors. 
Learning Objectives
  1. Learn the difference between mentorship and sponsorship
  2. How to “make the ask” of a potential mentor or sponsor
  3. Be introduced to mentoring relationship models that are a benefit to all
  4. Get practical ideas for utilizing the support of a mentor or sponsor


TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Effective Tools for Managing Conflict 

Speaker: Steffi Pluschkell, Ph.D. 
Moderators: Adeola Coker, Lauren Stevenson
A fundamental dilemma in all organizations is how to foster cognitive diversity of thought and ideas that improves decision quality while simultaneously minimizing affective conflict that can have negative effects on consensus building, implementation effectiveness and organizational performance. This session takes a closer look at the causes and symptoms of conflict in the workplace, and will help you raise your awareness and sensitivity towards addressing undesirable conflict before negative effects spread out of your control. Techniques for issue-driven, courageous conversations will be shared, followed by insights and tips on how reach and sustain closure with compassion and clarity. 
Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn to distinguish different types of conflict and rapidly notice undesirable effects.
  2. Understand how to prepare for an issue-driven conversation and initiate courageous dialogue.
  3. Discover how to keep conflict constructive and build trust with employees.