2018 ESWN Professional Development Workshop

October 28-30, 2018
Boulder, Colorado



This professional development workshop is designed to help women build leadership and management skills that will contribute to their success and advancement in scientific organizations. Over 2 days, professional facilitators and members of the Earth Science Women’s Network Board will lead participants in exploring the components of solid leadership and effective communication for management through experiential learning and interactive dialogue. Participants will also be coached in salary negotiation and engage in direct career counseling. Additional activities include a networking reception with scientists and representatives from regional scientific organizations, and an interactive panel discussion with successful senior leaders. The workshop will be held October 28-30, 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder and at Center Green Campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. The workshop will begin on Sunday, October 28th at ~2:00pm and end on Tuesday, October 30th at ~3:00pm. A detailed agenda will be available soon.

Why leadership skills? 

Science is rarely done in isolation; in almost any position, leadership and management skills are an important contributor to success.  Yet, these skills are seldom discussed as part of an academic education, and hardly, if ever, show up in professional trainings for scientists.  This workshop is designed to give you hands on techniques to grow your skills in leadership, management, and negotiation. Topics that will be emphasized include: effective communication with your scientific team (peers, colleagues, employees, students, supervisors, administrators, etc), team-building in a way that promotes motivation and trust, guidance in giving and receiving both positive and negative feedback, and negotiating your time, salary, and delegation.


Approximately 50 participants will be selected to participate in this professional development workshop via an application process, with preference given to individuals with demonstrated leadership potential. Those who identify as a woman in any career stage in the Earth Sciences are eligible to apply. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, and we aim to have a diverse group in terms of personal identity, institutional affiliation, career stage, and disciplinary training.

A registration fee of $100 is anticipated, with most local costs of the workshop covered.

Please access the application here (complete link also below). The application form includes a request for biographical information and three short essay questions regarding career and leadership goals. The deadline for applications is August 17. Successful applicants will be notified by September 1st. Apply now!

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