P2S Symposium

Pathways to Success: A Professional Development Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdocs

2019 Winter Pathways to Success Symposium

December 11, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in G10 Biotech

Pathways to Success (P2S) is the Graduate School’s framework for helping graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars be successful in their research and scholarship, and establish the necessary skills for their future careers.

The Summer and Winter P2S Symposia are one-day professional development and career exploration opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. These events provide participants with information and tools useful for their time at Cornell and beyond.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the English Language Support Office (ELSO), Cornell Career Services, and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies

Participating Graduate School offices: Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate Student Life, Careers Beyond Academia, and CIRTL at Cornell.

2019 Winter P2S Symposium Schedule

8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:10am Welcome Remarks
9:10-11:10amOpening Plenary Workshop: Speak and Be Heard - Presentation and Communication Tools for Career Success

P2S Focus Area: Build Your Skills - Communication

Speaker: Eliza VanCort

Professionals at the top of their field are not simply subject matter experts — they’re also highly skilled communicators who message quickly and easily while forging meaningful connections.

VanCort will provide a targeted overview of powerful research, and offer physical and vocal adjustments participants can integrate immediately into their professional lives. Optimize your collaboration skills, leadership potential and career success while adding more value to your organization. View her TEDx on a similar topic.

Eliza VanCort is a motivational speaker with a focus on communication. Her background and experience fostered her passionate interest in human behavior's critical role in shaping personal/organizational outcomes, and its impact on society. She got her degree in political science, interned at the DCCC during Bill Clinton’s first run for President, worked as an actor in NYC, taught The Sanford Meisner Technique in Boston and founded upstate New York's preeminent Meisner Technique studio, The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca, which is still thriving. Today, VanCort spends most of her time traveling nationally and throughout the world, giving talks and running seminars on professional communication. Learn more on her website.
11:20am-12:30pmMorning Workshop: Conversations - What's Really Happening?

P2S Focus Area: Build Your Skills - Communication

Speakers: Melissa Myers and Nathan Lindberg, English Language Support Office, Cornell University

Conversations are influenced in subtle ways that are often culturally relevant. These generally hidden factors can lead to misunderstandings and cause conversations to go awry. By becoming aware of the nuances that can govern communication, workshop participants will gain a better understanding of what's happening and be more prepared to share their ideas and communicate with others.
12:30-2:00pmLuncheon Panel: Careers Leveraging Your Project Management Skills

P2S Focus Area: Prepare for Your Career

Panelists: Denise DiRienzo, Experiential Program Director, Careers Beyond Academia; Shannon Osburn, Assistant Director of Information Technology; Andrew Slusar, Project Manager, Project Management Office; Jessica Martinez, Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; and John Neuman, 1492 Consulting Group and Visiting Professor at Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management

Project Management is defined as the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to meet goals. Hear how a variety of jobs intersect with this description, managing multiple platforms to multiple audiences. How does PhD training prepare you to be a project manager? How does research intertwine and what are the projects like?
2:00-3:30pmAfternoon Workshop: 2020 Vision - Creating Your Future with Confidence

P2S Focus Area: Create Your Plan

Speakers: Erica Marx, Erica Marx Coaching, and Fred Brown

Are you on track to meet your 2020 goals? In this highly interactive workshop you will explore what you’d like to achieve in 2020, define obstacles you’ll need to overcome, and discover new insights and practical strategies you can set in motion now to bridge the gap between your present and desired future.


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