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Relationship Engineering: How to Have Great Relationships with Your Advisor and Others

Thursday, September 29, 2016
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Dr. Samantha Sutton challenges participants to perform an honest evaluation of their relationships, and teaches them how to greatly improve troublesome ones. Participants learn the tools to resolve issues with grace and to build strong partnerships no matter how “quirky” the other person may seem. Participants then practice their skills via an hour of role-plays.

Participants leave the workshop with:

  • the ability to articulate what is important to them in a relationship.
  • a clear understanding of the steps they can take to improve the relationship.
  • a method for having “renovation conversations” to build relationships.

Participants gain a set of tangible tools to shift their relationships to be a source of pride.

Participation in this workshop earns 2 RCR credits for PhD students.

SPEAKER: Leveraging her background in Biological Engineering (MIT PhD., 2008), and career and life coaching (2007 – present), Dr. Sutton offers a toolkit that uniquely combines scientific inquiry, engineering design principles, and coaching accountability and insight. Dr. Sutton has coached thousands of individuals at institutions including Stanford Medical Center, Yale, CalTech and MIT, companies like Google and Pratt & Whitney, and organizations like Society For Neuroscience, American Women in Science (AWIS), Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellow (AUMF), and Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST).

This event is sponsored by The Graduate School's Professional Development Series. Questions? Contact the professional development team at

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Auditorium, Bryan Research Building (corner of Research Dr and Coal Pile Dr)
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Event Category

  • Professional Development