AGL Professional Skills Development Workshops

Professional Skills Development Workshops

The AGL Professional Skills Development Workshops are a series of eight virtual workshops that kicked off in December 2021 and will be open to women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs from across the world. Workshops will be hosted by facilitators from academia, industry, national labs, and non-profit organizations.

Example workshop topics include communication, negotiation, resume/CV building, and interviewing skills. All workshops will be highly interactive where participants will be able to converse with the facilitators and interact with other participants to help build a community of women and to give them opportunities to network with each other.

Please note that these workshops are open to women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs. Space is limited so make sure to register today!

Coming Up

So You Have a Great Idea – What Next?

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

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RankinPatricia Rankin is the Chair of the Arizona State University Physics Department. Previously she was a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. She received her BSc and PhD from Imperial College London and after starting her career in experimental particle physics, shifted her focus to how to encourage broader participation in the sciences. She was the principal investigator for CU Boulder’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. She is especially interested in enabling effective team approaches to the complex grand challenge problems (like climate change) that need a multidisciplinary approach and researchers with broad perspectives. She is working to promote better mentoring and to encourage scientists to develop broad competencies by adding skills such as negotiation to their traditional discipline-based learning. She has held a variety of administrative roles including being a program officer at the US National Science Foundation, and the Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research positions at CU Boulder. She recently chaired the American Physical Society’s (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and is currently an “at large” member of the executive committee of the Four Corners Section of the APS.

Abstract: Persuading people to support your research is key to helping you stand out from the crowd and get the opportunities you need to move forward in your career. Making the best case you can for funding in a written proposal requires a variety of skills ranging from an ability to communicate your ideas and plans to accomplish the work clearly and convincingly, through a willingness to compromise to match available resources. This workshop will discuss common pitfalls to avoid in proposal writing and how to make your proposal stronger by taking advantage of your network to read and comment on your proposal before submission. We will discuss ways to look for weaknesses in your approach (like procrastination) and brainstorm ways to improve your proposal writing in general.

Advocacy to Bring Cultural Change

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

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Callie Pruitt 2021 photoCallie Pruett is a seasoned advocacy manager, policy professional, and political strategist with a decade of experience in campaign design, as well as nonprofit lobbying, policy, advocacy, and strategy.

Callie is the Senior Advisor to the Ruben Ramirez for Congress campaign in the TX-15th Congressional District - the only district expected to be competitive in Texas in the 2022 campaign cycle. She is the Executive Director of Appalachians for Appalachia—an independent, research-focused advocacy nonprofit. She is the Co-Host of the wildly successful podcast Appodlachia. Finally, she is the Founder and Principal of Politicary, her own political consultancy.

Callie is the former Senior Strategist for Grassroots Advocacy for the American Physical Society (APS). She is also the former lead strategist and manager of the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction in partnership with Princeton University and the Carnegie Corporation.

Callie has a degree in the sociology of social inequality from Appalachian State University, and her graduate work is in human rights from Southern Methodist University.

Callie is a mom to three special needs animals: Hubble, Geordi, and Frankie. She is a certified static line parachutist with the Liberty Jump Team and has jumped the D Day 75th Anniversary in Normandy, France, and is one of the only civilian women to ever jump National Airborne Day at Fort Benning. Callie has also served as a refugee family mentor through International Rescue Committee’s refugee mentor program.

Abstract: What does it mean to be an advocate? How can you be seen, heard, and taken seriously without losing your internal compass or cutting out parts of what makes you who you are? From advocating for yourself to advocating for issues, we'll explore the fundamental principles of advocacy that we can incorporate into our own lives. In this session, we will dive into the power of storytelling, tapping into your authentic self, and how to establish yourself as a leader in your community.

Previous Workshops:

Strategic Negotiation Skills for Women
December 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

The activities within AGL are open to individuals who do not identify as cisgender men. We encourage participation of cisgender women, gender non-binary individuals, and transgender individuals. 

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