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How to Hold a Renovation Conversation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Whether you like to admit it or not, your relationships with your adviser and other colleagues are some of the most important in your life. You will spend 5+ years working with them, growing into the professional that you want to be. And yet, if you are like most grad students, you feel at the mercy of your adviser’s opinions, approaches, and "quirks." This seminar shows you a different way of relating to your mentors so that you can build surprisingly great relationships with them. In two hours, you will learn the tools to resolve issues with grace and to build strong partnerships no matter how “quirky” the other person may seem. You will also participate in role-plays to practice these tools. You will leave the session with a set of tangible tools for shifting your relationships from a source of pain to a source of pride. This workshop is open only to students of The Graduate School (research master's and doctoral students). Lunch will be provided for this limited-enrollment opportunity.

Samantha Sutton, Ph.D., received her degree in Biological Engineering from MIT, and has coached thousands of individuals at institutions like Stanford, Columbia, Scripps Institute, American Women in Science (AWIS) and the National Cancer Institute in how to build great careers and relationships. To learn more about Dr. Sutton, visit her website.

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Perkins 217

Event Category

  • Professional Development