Professional Development Workshop

WICTO is excited to announce our first ever professional development workshop hosted in Lash Miller at the University of Toronto (St. George). Below is a summary of the event with all relevant information. There are limited spaces available, so please RSVP by emailing us at womeninchemto@gmail.com.

Date: Tuesday February 9, 2016

Time: 4-7 pm workshop; 7-8:30 pm networking session and refreshments

Location: 80 St. George Street; Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories, Davenport Seminar Room (3rd floor davenport wing), University of Toronto

Price: $10 ticket + processing fee


Workshop Overview

The structure of this workshop is threefold:
First, participants will learn how to best present themselves confidently and effectively and learn the secrets of projecting an air of “professional presence.” Second, we will tackle some of the issues that can be challenging to Women in STEM achieving and maintaining leadership positions, including “imposter syndrome,” family and work-life decisions, negotiation style, and confidence issues. Third, we will analyze what makes an effective leader – emotional intelligence, teamwork, problem-solving and flexibility. These are the internal qualities that accompany all of the exterior markers of success and confidence that we looked at in the first hour.

HOUR 1: WOMEN IN STEM AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE

  • Provide background information/statistics on women in STEM and leadership
  • The importance of “soft skills” for career success
  • How to speak, introduce oneself, shake hands, get into and out of a conversation
  • Attire and grooming for professional environments and interviews
  • Interview tips/LinkedIn profile tips/digital footprint

HOUR 2: OVERCOMING LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

  • Discuss the prevalence of “imposter syndrome” that high-achieving women experience
  • Work/life/family issues: Setting priorities and making a timeline that works with goals
  • Negotiation styles and women: Asking for what you want and being assertive

HOUR 3: ATTRIBUTES OF EFFECTIVE LEADERS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

  • What makes an effective leader
  • Emotional intelligence: What is it, how it can be developed, and why it is so important?
  • Teamwork and team management: The secrets of building a successful team and pitfalls of teams that are not functioning well
  • The importance of listening, giving, thanking and being flexible

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