STEM Professional Development

Spring 2017 Workshop Series & Resources


Workshop 1: Elevator Speeches 

Monday, January 23, 6-8 p.m., Malott 2001

Workshop 1 addresses the following goal: participants will be able to approach leaders in business and industry with confidence. To facilitate this goal, participants will take part in a speed-dating-style meet and greet, in which they introduce themselves to other participants and STEM leaders by explaining their background and reasons for wanting to do take part in JBB. Then, they will work in groups to craft an elevator speech, describing this project to STEM leaders. The focus on each activity will be on deciding what points are best to include to convey an idea and how to deliver those points to best effect. 

Workshop 1 Presentation (pdf)


Workshop 2: Leadership

Monday, February 20, 6-8 p.m., Malott 2001

Workshop 2 addresses the following goal: participants will be able to effectively lead teams and manage projects. 

*** Prior to attending the workshop, please complete the DiSC pre-assessment. After you have completed the pre-assessment, which should take 10-12 minutes, you will be sent two results. One is the DISC and the other are your Values results. As you are taking the DISC focus on-“How I tend to be at work!” Please bring your reports to the workshop (either printed out or on a laptop/mobile device).

DiSC Assessment (MS Excel) 

DiSC Handbook (pdf)

DiSC Powerpoint (pdf)


Workshop 3: Conflict Resolution

Monday March 6, 6-8 p.m., Malott 2001

Workshop 3 addresses the following goal: participants will approach potential or presumed conflicts effectively to advocate for themselves, and productively facilitate interpersonal dynamics in the workplace.

  • Learn how an assumption cycle can bog down productivity and lead to conflict, and how to break it. 
  • See and help improve work-place-style conflicts acted out by KU's Interactive Theater Troupe

Workshop 3 Presentation (pdf)


Workshop 4: Resiliency

Monday, March 27th, 6-8 p.m., The Commons at Spooner Hall

Workshop 4 addresses the following goal: participants are able to accept failed attempts or rejection constructively, and maintain strong momentum towards accomplishing their goals. This is a great opportunity to identify ways you can leverage your skills as strengths to impress potential employers and to constructively overcome failure to reach success.

  • Part 1 (6:00–7:15 pm): Interact with a panel of academic and business professionals: Learn about their careers, how they overcame failure or rejection, and how they have recognized and leveraged their strengths to accomplish their goals. This open discussion will offer you ways to think about how you can achieve your own success. See below to learn about the panelists.
  • Part 2 (7:20–8:00 pm): Work in small groups to think about ways you can sell your skills and how to further recognize your strengths. We encourage you to bring a copy of your résumé/CV to help you break down and list your skills. With this activity, we hope that you can identify soft skills in addition to your technical skills so that you can use them as strengths in your cover letter and during interviews.

Participants are welcomed to join the full workshop or join either Part 1 or Part 2 of the workshop.  Refreshments will be offered at the start of Part 1. 

A talk about Resiliency by Katherine Rose-Mockry, Program Director of the Emily Taylor Center Women's Resource Center at KU, will precede the panel.


Joy Wheeler, CEO of Girl Scouts of N.E. Kansas and N.W. Missouri since 2013. Joy is an accomplished executive with more than 35 years of experience in healthcare and community leadership, including foundation of a community healthcare company which sold for more than $100 million, after an initial investment of $5 million. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Kansas.

Angie Grant, Vice President and the Director of Engineering Standards at Henderson Engineers, Inc.  Angie began her career at Henderson Engineers in 2004 as a fire protection designer after obtaining her B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. She is also the Director of the Empow[HER] women's network at Henderson, which was established in 2014 to propel professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development.

Carl W. Lejuez, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU. Before joining KU in 2016, Dr. Lejuez was professor of psychology and associate dean of research for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University and completed his clinical internship at the Brown University Clinical Training Consortium.

Wayne Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI). Before joining KCALSI, Wayne was the Vice President of Global Research at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Topeka, Kansas and prior to that position, was Executive Director of Global Clinical Technology for Pfizer Human Health in Groton, CT for 11 years. He obtained his B.S. degree, D.V.M., and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Driving directions to Spooner Hall can be found here



Workshop 5: Practical Skills

Monday, April 17th, 6-8 p.m., Malott 2001

Workshop 5 addresses the following goal: participants will feel comfortable with the entire process of getting the position of their choice -- from applying, interviewing, negotiating terms of hire or pomotion, to working productively in their new position. 

We are excited to provide you with insights from two experts on the job-hunting process! The workshop will be given by Ashley Carlson, Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at KUMC, who advises grads and post-docs on careers and job-hunting, and Julie Burkhart, Director of Community Engagement at KU, a long-time talent recruiter at Sprint, currently working with the many corporations, non-profits and start-ups in our area to connect KU grads.


Why is this workshop useful for you? This workshop will cover the ins and outs of what can be a confusing process and provide the most important skills that any job candidate should acquire for a successful job application and acquisition. Ashley and Julie will address:

  1. Preparing yourself for job hunting
  2. Finding a job
  3. Applying for a job
  4. Interviewing for a job
  5. Negotiating and accepting/declining a job offer

Workshop 5 Presentation (pdf)

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