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NIH Webinar: Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series – Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

December 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Speaker(s): Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1716077475889396750

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors.




Navigating school, the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of national/international news can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. Through workshops and group discussions in this series (discussion groups will be held in the week following the lecture, more info will be provided via email), we will work to identify attitudes and behaviors that can help us be more resilient as we navigate difficult situations in school, work and life. Each workshop will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for success in research and healthcare careers and will provide strategies for developing these competencies as part of your educational journey. While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. The workshops and group discussions in the series are:

Session 1 – Sept: I. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness 

Session 2 – Oct: II. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

Session 3 – Nov: III. Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Session 4 – Dec: IV. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists

Session 5 – Jan: V. Developing Feedback Resilience

Session 6 – Feb: VI. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships


December 8, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Graduate Student Life
Transferable Skills
Balance & Resilience, Communications